Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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4.14/5
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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:
#1,776
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
726
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
187
Trade:
17
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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

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

Photo of JeffSK
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lloydboss
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2017 release, enjoyed January 2018. First time having Big Hugs & a little disappointed. Thin mouth feel for a 10% ABV beer

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Photo of CharlesK
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chris7482
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CSO
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaybomb81
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Please Half Acre age this beer in bourbon barrels next year

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of miniditka77
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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 -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 726 ratings
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