Big Hugs
Half Acre Beer Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #981
Ranked #2,500
4.15 | pDev: 7.95%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace.
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16oz single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 3-3-20 for $4.99. Canned on 11-27-19; consumed on 5-7-20. Suspect this sat uncooled in Chicago for a couple of months.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some good hang time.

Nose is medium roasted malts and a trace of coffee.

Taste is very good, medium roasted malts and coffee astringency combine nicely with dark cocoa and are balanced with a good dose of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i really dig the nice touch of coffee and cocoa. This is one of the better balanced coffee stouts i have had!

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arizcards from Arizona, May 08, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit, mild marshmallows, coffee and earthy. The flavor is roasted malts, marshmallows, coffee/chocolate and an acidic/slightly sweet finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Apr 06, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and little thick. Smells great. Taste is great. Not super powerful on the bourbon punch. Good stuff! Supporting local Chicago brewery.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of milk chocolate, some coffee. Taste is the same as the aroma, there is considerable alcohol and a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Mar 24, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer, comes in multiple varieties: Vanilla or no, Nitro, Barrel Aged. Had the regular and the Vanilla of both the 2018 and 2019 vintage on tap at The Green Lady. Amazing beers all of them. I actually prefer the regular over the vanilla. 2018 was amazing, while the 2019 adds a little more of the coffee notes. Rich in taste but not too fat in mouthfeel (at 10% ABV), beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Coffee, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, spice, coffee, with a hint of honey.

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KS_Augsburg from Illinois, Mar 03, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: smokey, tobacco, dark roasted malts, coffee beans, dry, slight sweet. Same with the nose. Black/brown, mostly opaque, with delicate tan head, small ring of lace. Medium to med/full body. Dessert time.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown as night in a mahogany forest hammock. Good lacing.
S - Toasty, light roast coffee, an almost marshmallow fade to it, good use of coffee without dominating.
T - A wonderful imperial coffee stout; curious to see how it evolves and how the malt will sweeten over time as hops fade. My kind of jazz. Not their best however, for Stouts (give me Benthic 95% of the time).
F - Good carb, good palate impression without cloying sweetness. Not a diabetic beer, for sure. Good stuff.
O - a nicely balanced bug hug this year (2019).

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eppCOS from Colorado, Feb 05, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thick and viscous on the pour, with a thick tan head in the glass. Aroma full of roasted grains, dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste followed. There was a slight fruitiness to it, perhaps from the coffee. Full bodied but somewhat dry on the finish and easy drinking. Outstanding.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jan 24, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the can.

Appearance: Semi thick black body with little bubbles to the frame.

Smell: Light coffee and mocha, dissipates quickly.

Taste: Little sweet chocolate and coffee with a scoop of malt. Roasted coffee with mellow bitterness.

Mouth: Sticky beer with medium carbonation.

Overall: good brew but there's room for tweaking. Coffee beer which comes off a little lighter than I was hoping. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Apr 01, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am sitting here at Chez Woody, CANtemplating the next few days. The Caps/Pens game is on TV & tomorrow is a half-day early dismissal, followed by my 2nd shift at CKW2G. I want to play trivia on Thursday night, having missed out on Monday & then Friday is my monthly excursion to KoP/Gulph Mills for a monthly bottle share. What does any of this have to do with anything? I am also CANtemplating my next beer. I have a crushing backlog that is now worthy of exCANvation. I have a number of brewery horizontals, but I think that I will go with a big single-O for this one.

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee & Vanilla".

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent on this massive pint CAN of a massive beer. Next came a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was fascinated by the resulting pseudo-cascade that eventually saw fit to form just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with great retention. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was a revelation with notes of coffee, Baker's chocolate, light smoke, peanut butter & a soft sweetness that was more like marshmallow than vanilla. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but I would have expected a greater fullness in this style. Oh well. CAN't have it all. The taste was initially loaded with coffee and dark chocolate, but it slowly built outwards with a creamy vanilla/marshmallow sweetness. Mmm. I initially thought of hot chocolate with marshmallows, but that would be inexact. Instead, it had a higher bitterness from the coffee than to make the easy CANparison. Does Starbucks (or their ilk) make a coffee-infused hot chocolate with marshmallows? This would be what I expect it to taste like. Finish was dry, more like bitter morning coffee for me, but a really nice treat.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Mar 13, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 11/20/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery hop; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic coffee imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly rich malts and moderate fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with solid earthy hops against sweetness, and mild fruity yeast. Was expecting a bit more coffee intensity, but there is an adequate amount. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 20, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canning date of 11/19/18 printed on the bottom of the can. Large fizzy tan head when poured into the glass. The nose and taste of this beer is dark and toasty with coffee. Overall, Big Hugs is a solid imperial stout.

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cjgator3 from Florida, Feb 20, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown/black color.

Dark tan head; strong lace.

Coffee bean & lactose sugar nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Hops & coffee beans mix; pickle juice is hinted at but a milk finish smooths it out.

Just OK.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Feb 19, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a can into tulip glass

Color is a rusty brown with mocha foam

Smell is bitter coffee and dark chocolate

Taste follows the nose mostly but the coffee flavor is a bit sweeter

Medium carbonation

Mouthfeel is full but not heavy

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Jlabs from New York, Feb 14, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very good beer. The can I bought says imperial stout brewed with coffee, and you can definitely smell the coffee roast on the nose. Looks good, although the head retention isn't great. A little thin in the body, takes it down a notch for me. I would enjoy it more if it were a fuller mouthfeel, more body, considering it is 10% abv. Still a good beer, drinks more like a 7% coffee stout, a little dangerous in that regard. First can I have ever seen, I recommend it. Hard to go against a Half Acre beer.


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beer_truth from Massachusetts, Feb 07, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brown with full tan head and smells of good coffee notes, but then fails to deliver on taste. What a disappointment for a coffee stout. Best thing about this beer is the can art.

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JdubsNY from New York, Jan 31, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 11/16/17, so 14 months old.

Jet black body with a small tan head which quickly fizzes out to a ring. no lacing.

Only very faint coffee notes.

Quite tasty though. Slightly sweet, smooth coffee taste, stronger than expected after the nose. nice slow burn from the abv.

Mouth is around medium, but comes off thinner than expected. Finish is a slow coffee burn.

Overall, it's a tasty enough beer. perhaps it's an age issue, but it's a little light in most of the categories, no head, light aroma, thinner mouth.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jan 17, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/20/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy dark khaki head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are balanced. Hints of coffee and vanilla. It has an espresso vibe. Lots of malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More coffee and vanilla along with some chocolate syrup. Moderate bitterness. There's a touch of sweetness. Nice malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly creamy and velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid coffee stout. It might not be "mind blowing", but it's still pretty nice. It's well crafted and enjoyable stuff.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Jan 10, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. Poured with a short, creamy, dark beige foam with medium low retention. Sweet dark chocolate aromas with light roasted malt, roasted coffee, and earthy malt notes. On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Creamy smooth feel through the middle followed by mellow boozy warmth to the end. Sweet dark chocolate, dark malt and light roasted malt flavors. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed by dark malt and roasted coffee notes. Finished dryly with dark chocolate and light earthy hop notes. Body was a little on the light side and generally lacked the richness that's indicative of the style. Balance tipped a bit to the sweet side. Nice dry finish. This was okay.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Jan 10, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Dark coffee brown with a 1.5 finger tan head and some small spotty lacing. The aroma is fresh coffee and espresso layered in with a nice base stout of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is big on cold brew coffee and espresso. The stout notes are of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. There is also a nice sweet lactose flavor to mimic sugar and cream. Feel is very velvety and rich. Very nice imperial coffee stout.

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Ri0 from Wisconsin, Dec 16, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +14%
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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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Dec 07, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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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dukeandduke from Illinois, Mar 21, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Feb 15, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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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