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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:
#1,660
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
707
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
291
Gots:
183
Trade:
17
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of bschmidt_37
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of miniditka77
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black-bodied beer with a finger of dark foam left negligible lacing down the glass... Fairly mundane stout entry, coffee is appreciable but somehow not outstanding - Runs toward the dry side of the spectrum, meaning not particularly sweet, which I liked... Smooth and soft, medium body-weight, mildly roasty, slight char, ample coffee impressions... 11/16/17 canning...

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can dated 11/16/17 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - looks totally opaque ("used engine oil") in the glass. Dark tan head fades to a thin collar fairly quickly. Initial impression is coffee and dark chocolate, but neither is dominan tor overwhelming. Mouuthfeel is surprisingly thin. Carbonation is light. Alcohol is well hidden, but there is a slight warming sensation. Finish is more coffee and milk chocolate. Altogether, an underwhelming Imperial Stout. Quite drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, thanks to my friend, Derek, for sharing this pick-up with me.
Near black body with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Big coffee aroma with loads of chocolate and roast. Chocolate and creamed coffee meld well on the boozy palate with notes of roasty grain and earthy hops. Full body, creamy and smooth; ample carbonation. Overall, really solid as expected. Glad to try it!

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaBeers85
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 5EKF
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Egotist
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Black and opaque look. Smell is roasty and toasted malts. Taste is all toasted malt, coffee comes after. It is close to tasting barrel aged although I know it isn't. Abv is hidden amazingly. I'd swear this is 6% tops, not 10. Overall an amazing RIS. Probably top 5 non-ba stout for me

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Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of probert
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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