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Hearths Ablaze | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clocking in at a pleasant 6.5% ABV, Hearths Ablaze is a stout brewed to be enjoyed while basking in the warmth of your fireplace. Hoisted up by roasted-chocolate aroma, jet black in color, silky smooth in taste and feel, this is a straight-forward stout built for wintertime accompaniment.

Added by MasterSki on 12-11-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
77
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by dlello2:
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Half Acre. Liked it enough to pick up a bomber.

A - Pours relatively thick. A nice, nearly black color. Good half finger of head, settles to a thin tan surface layer. 4.25

S - Nice. Nothing too crazy, but decent coffee and dry cocoa powder. 4.25

T - Super roasty. Taste is more akin to a robust porter with tons of roasty flavor. Good amount of chocolate and burnt toast. Really up my alley. 4.5

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Right on for the style. 4.5

O - This is a great beer--underrated in my opinion. Oh well, more for me. 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body and a rigorous pour only produces a bubbly mesh of light tan for a short bit. There are a few microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The slightly sweet dry roasted malt has a dark chocolate nougat note and a finish with just a touch of soy sauce but it is very pleasant.

T- The roasted black malt is slightly dry and fresh with a black roasted graham flavor in there and a dark roasted cola flavor in the finish. A touch of sweetness compliments the gentle roasted barley flavor that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice tasty stout with some dry stout character and some milk stout character. It also has many subtle layers of flavor that leave me wanting another sip.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler, poured into a pint glass.

Thin layer of creamy tan foam, a collar forms around the edges, irregular arcs of lace adhere to the glass as well.

Initial aroma had a note of peanut butter, later becoming roasty with a little bit of blackened malt.

Dry and bitter with a smooth feel, though a bit of a CO2 bite at first. It mellows out nicely as it warms. Nutty aftertaste with a bit of coffee bitterness and unsweetened chocolate. Light bodied, drinks more like a porter almost. Pleasant and drinkable, tasty and suited well to cooler weather when hearths are indeed ablazin'.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks the HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to the dood for making the trip with me!

A: Pours an appropriately dark, inky black-brown. Two fingers of creamy, light khaki colored foam spings up on top before slowly settling down to a full skim that left a bunch of lace behind.

S: A slight aroma of toasted marshmallow when first poured. This is followed by some dark chocolate, cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. Healthy roast in the smell.

T: See above. The roastiness of the smell get balanced here by more chocolate & cocoa. Pretty standard yet solid.

M: A tad thin when first poured. This chilled for about 4 hours in our beer fridge before we shared the bottle and it was around 52-54 degrees. Perfect temp for me for a stout. I let mine sit for about 20 minutes and it thickened slightly, but still remained a bit on the thin side of the stout spectrum.

O: We liked this and dug the balance between chocolate and roast. I was, however, slightly off-put by the thinness I perceived in my pour. We have another bottle and will re-evaluate at a later date.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the tap room.

Finishing things up here with a beer I though I missed out on by not investing in a gift basket. Nice. This stuff pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a decent sense of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though a general sense of toasted sourdough pervades, providing a mild bit of bready sourness that detracts a bit, but not enough to make me unhappy in any tangible manner. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice stout, nothing to get excited about, but a more-than-tasty beverage for those cold winter nights in the City.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.
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