Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace.

Added by emerge077 on 12-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,341
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
748
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
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294
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Photo of hermit990
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of admonster00
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can "Keep Keeping On 11/19/18" goopily oozes into a pint glass like hot fudge sauce at taste freeze. The thick, faintly brown, black oily sludge floats a 1/4in cocoa colored head and leaves erratic lacing.

Profuse aromas of roast cocoa and coffee beans dominate and make up the flavors as well. Roast bitterness is balanced by an even sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full, and satisfying.

Overall a top class imperial stout.

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Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DocWaters
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mig100
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/20/18: $5.50 Pint canned 11/16/17 purchased at Lincoln Square location poured into snifter. Pitch black pour, minimal thin tan brown head. Cocoa and coffee aroma. Taste somewhat sweet, chocolate and vanilla with a hint of coffee. Firm mouth feel, carbonation holds. Overall good offering.

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Photo of TomMorris
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Qbdoo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can dated "Unsupervised Pizza" 11/14/17. Pours a very dark brown with a minimal head that's gone in a flash, no lacing but it leaves a thin oily residue on the glass. Aroma has a faint hint of coffee, ash and some cocoa, flavor is similar. Medium bodied, zero carbonation. Very easy to drink considering the ABV. I was expecting something like a coffee Yeti or Old Rasputin.......this was in no way a disappointment. Nice to see Half Acre does something besides IPA'S and APA's.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oh wow they can this now? Good news, I remember getting bombers of these years ago. Pours a black color and viscosity synonymous with imperial stouts. 3/4" tan head. Good retention. Small bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt and nothing else. Simplicity in a good way. Some of those slight diner coffee from the roasted malt aromas.

Grainy, chocolate malt roasted heavily and not in short supply. Good mouthfeel, not overly bitter or acrid. Not syrupy. Relatively easy banger given the double digit abv on this one. Dark fruit notes aren't over the top.

All things considered this is a pretty reliable straight up 10% stout. I bet the price per oz is nicer than it used to be also. The one thing lacking was the purported coffee, I didn't remember any coffee or get anything that was adjunct related as opposed to roasted malt.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking black stout with a mocha head with nice lacing. Smell is chocolate, burnt malts, slight char, and stale coffee. Taste is vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Feel is smooth and crisp. Overall this is a fine beer but nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/14/17, it pours pitch black color with a 2 finger tan colored foamy head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes which popped and dissipated slowly, leaving nice spotty foamy lacing as the head went down.

Smells of chocolate malts, roasted grains, dark chocolate, smoked malts, burnt wood, iron or metallic notes, brown sugar, chocolate syrup and light dark fruit notes. I'm surprised by how much the iron or metallic notes dominate and limit the char and chocolate aspects.

Tastes like dark chocolate, Whoppers candy, espresso beans, burnt malts, roasted grains, iron or metallic notes, brown sugar, faint vanilla, smoked malts, burnt wood, chocolate syrup and light dark fruity notes. It's mostly chocolate malts, metallic notes and sweet dark fruit mixed with a mild bitterness. I don't get any of the advertised coffee on the can, except in the bitterness - that is a real dissapointment.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth to the point of being watery, with mild carbonation, an average level of roasty bitterness and a mellow texture. This does hide the ABV quite well, but is more like a Foreign Stout than an RIS.

Overall it did nothing to blow me away, and while it tasted good it just did not excite me.

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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 748 ratings