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:
#3,176
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
744
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
Wants:
293
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189
Trade:
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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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Photo of Hallertau
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. Part of a trade with flat_lander, Thank you man!
The beer pours a brown cola color with a fluffy tan head of 1 cm foaming up. the foam fades to some wispy surface islands and a sticky thin edge layer.
The aroma is some roasted malt notes with a bit of brown sugar and some nice coffee ground hits. The nose isnt huge but is appealing. there is no hop presence nor any hints of the alcohol content on this beer.
The first sip reveals very fine tingly carbonation and a lighter body than I had anticipated for this big stout. Texture is smooth and drinks very easy.
Flavor i what the nose predicts with some roasted malt and a bit of coffee mixing together. There is a little bit of brown sugar and some dark chocolate here too. Again no real hop character makes a presence and the alcohol is well hidden for this double digit brew.
I am enjoying the beer but if it had a little more on the nose and some more umph on the body this could be a great beer. As it is, it stands as an okay imp stout. Glad I got to try it, but I wouldnt chase it down again.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like them big, this fits the bill.
a) The beer pours the deep dark brown body, with a finger full of tan head that fades quickly to a crema and leaves a a firm ring all the way down (like a good espresso).
s) Too faint, the smell offers char, charcoal grilled fruit, coffee with the grinds, and a bit of hops.
t) Taste starts with strong bitter roasted dark coffee beans, with hops, wood, char, bourbon and lots of esters. More bitter than sweet. Good see-saw battle between.
f) Smooth and a bit syrupy with medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, sticky finish.
o) Enjoyed the hop tone and the solid kick, more coffee than most.

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

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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 744 ratings