Big Hugs
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #974
ABV:
10%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,513
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.95%
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
813
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Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  290
Gots
  197
SCORE
92
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Notes: This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace.
Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 813 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MikeWard:
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 17, 2019
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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

Nothing special coming from this bomber, just a good stout to share with friends over a football game.

Simple, a bit thin, but drinkable and sweet on the palate.

Artwork on the label was the highlight.

Dec 11, 2015
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miniditka77 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm updating my rating below after letting the beer sit for several weeks. The carbonation seems to have died down, which improved the taste and feel bigly. The carbonation on my first one was so high it was affecting the flavor and making the beer taste lager-like. Not a problem this time. Also, less carbonation helped turn the mouthfeel from "thin" to "drinkable". I enjoyed this one.

L: jet black with a fizzy tan head
S: not very strong, a little bit of coffee aroma
T: VERY thin for a stout with this high of an ABV. The coffee is the strongest flavor, and the coffee isn't even that strong. There really isn't much else going on, I get a little bit of a grainy flavor, almost like a lager, and maybe a little bit of chocolate, but really lacking complexity and strength. Almost tastes more like a black lager than a stout.
F: thin feel and high carbonation for a RIS. It's easy to drink for a beer this strong, and it hides the alcohol well.
O: very disappointing. I was really hoping for more flavor after the hype this beer gets. It's not terrible, but I can't see how anyone would wait in line to get this. Plenty of better stouts can be found on the shelves of any good liquor store year round.

Updated for 2018 version: This year's is very different from last year's. Still a very drinkable coffee stout for its ABV, but this year's has a LOT more coffee flavor and is significantly better IMO. The vanilla is almost undetectable in the Vanilla variant because the coffee is so strong. I like it.

Dec 17, 2017
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rhinos00 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to boothbeer for opening this one up. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber and split four ways. Really love the artwork on this bottle.

A- Pours a dark, coffee bean, brown color. Produced two fingers width of tan head. Distinct lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Good head retention.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts with a considerable amount of espresso. Rich and potent.

T- Taste is dominated by espresso and roasted malts. The chocolate adds just enough to balance out the taste. Finishes with a bit of dark fruit and a tremendous amount of sweetness. Slight bitterness in there as well.

M- Creamy feel, but definitely on the lighter side for this style.

D- Very drinkable, especially since this is close to 10% abv. The sweetness did wear on me after a while, but it was nowhere near overdone.

Overall, this was quite a surprise. If you see this one on the shelves, pick some up.

Mar 07, 2010
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3Hops from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Aug 02, 2012
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fthegiants from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 15, 2018
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Dec 29, 2012
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CEDAMA from California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Jan 21, 2013
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ARoman from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*transferred from old notes - 12/30/2013*
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The coffee-forward nature of this one comes through immediately. A blend of fresh ground and fresh roasted coffee beans burst through. This is accompanied by an undertone of dark cherry and maybe some melon (cantaloupe?). A bit of caramel aroma peaks through as well as the hint of alcohol. It’s a deep, rich red-brown, nearly opaque pour with a milky brown head. Initially it appears that this one’ll have nice head retention, but it slowly retreats to a thin, wispy layer leaving very trace amounts of lacing along the glass. Medium-heavy sweet malty flavoring deriving from dark fruits and milk chocolate hit the tongue first, but quickly give way to a mellow, but very much present, coffee bitterness. Creamy texture, medium body, aided by above average carbonation in the mouth makes this a dangerously smooth beer - especially to an experienced coffee addict!.It does get slightly sticky near the end of the bottle and finishes with a decent alcohol kick - although it’s fairly mellow, not really offensive by any means - which provides a nice warming quality to the swallow. This fades to a mild roasted coffee aftertaste with some spiciness to it (I’m thinking licorice / anise), but it’s a very mild and light aftertaste at that

Apr 10, 2015
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Dec 20, 2011
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vfalstad from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dec 16, 2012
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South2NW from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 15, 2016
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 06, 2015
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nrs207 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 01, 2014
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Sean66 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 18, 2015
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mooseo from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 12, 2019
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robwestcott from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 28, 2014
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Deeeeezzzzznuts from Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Nov 17, 2011
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MaximumYuks from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2015
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adrock7309 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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puftdank from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 16, 2019
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DangleBerries from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Feb 03, 2014
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hawks10 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Half Acre pint glass...

Pours pretty much black, maybe a little light penetrates the edges...a thick three finger dark tan head forms and sticks around for a while...

Some dark roasted malts in the nose, toffee and caramel as well. A bit of a coffee bean aroma and a bit of bitter dark chocolate...

Taste pretty much follows the nose, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee and a bit of a hop bite in the fnish...

Thin mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout, silky and smooth, medium bodied and nicely carbonated...

Pretty good beer from Half Acre, mouthfeel left a little to be desired, just drinks a little too thin for what it is. Definitely something I'll be drinking again though...

May 01, 2010
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Chitex78 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 17, 2015
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler -- filled today -- into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a firm black color with a 3 cm brown head. Said head slowly dissipates, leaving dabs of lace on the glass.

Smell: A jolt of coffee in the nose, with vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, a hint of cocoa present as well.

Taste: It starts out with a touch of sweetness, almost like molasses, then moves to a ton of coffee, bringing a strong bitterness with it. In the midst of this coffee bombardment, the chocolate and roasted malts are noticeable. Some smooth creamy flavor in here too. Finishes fairly sweet, with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium carbonation, full body. A bit sticky on the lips, and some heat from the alcohol warms the stomach.

Drinkability: This was quite nice, and really in my wheelhouse ABV-wise. I would drink this frequently.

Dec 05, 2010
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