Hearths Ablaze | Half Acre Beer Company

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Hearths AblazeHearths Ablaze

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some garnet highlights. Good head after the pour with a somewhat strong, mild brown foam.

Great roasty and hints of smoky malt aromas. Great dark coffee and chocolate with dark rye bread crust and some creamy milk notes as well. Smells satisfying and relaxing for a colder day.

Palate feels a little thin, but there's still some creaminess to the flavor and feel after each sip. Add that creamy flavor to some chocolate and you have a satisfying stout come round Winter time.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter.

It pours a nice jet black color, very opaque, touches of cola brown when struck by the light. A finger high, compact, tan head rises from the glass but recedes quickly leaving some trace film and some soapy lacing. Nice roast on the nose, light coffee and toasted grain, a bit of dark chocolate and licorice and some lingering sweetness. The flavors are similar, roasted coffee, licorice with dark chocolate, a bit of molasses and toasted grain, finishes a bit weakly. Despite the finish, the flavors are very well integrated and balanced. The body is okay, a bit thin and carbonated for my liking, but still adequately smooth with a bit of a fizzy finish.

Verdict: A very pleasant American Stout from Half Acre. Amply robust and rich while being quaffable, they hit the mark with a simple stout for the winter months.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up in chicago suburbs when i was there not all that long ago. enjoyed from my half acre snifter.

a - poured a bold, yet watery black. shined like silk. thin to no head leaving small bubble pools and a ring on the surface of the beer.

s - nice cocoa smell...some big coffee roast. bittery bakers chocolate. some nuttiness.

t - big roast. some coffee crossed with chocolate. great stout to warm up with next to a fire. very VERY solid.

m - medium bodied, great feel. bold and roasty.

o - overall, a really nice big robust american stout. great roast, nice chocolate and coffee. i'm surprised the ratings aren't better for this. for an american stout, this puppy kills!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown in color, but still a little translucent. Forms a small tan colored head on an aggressive pour that doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing.

S: Aroma is full of heavily roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, and a slight bit of smoky char.

T: Taste starts off dry, with heavily roasted malts, molasses, cola, and a touch of char. There is a hint of smoke on the backend, but its rather faint. Long, somewhat earthy, finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Relatively drinkable, but not overly exciting.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Saw this bottle sitting at the store, intriguing label as all Half Acre brew are. Pours a dark black, not thick like an imperial, but definitely opaque. Short tan head forms and retains nicely. The nose is roasty with mild smoke character and a touch of bitter chocolate. Did not get the campfire quality that the label art promised me. The taste is more smokey than the nose with a bit of malty sweetness. The woody smoke character comes on stronger at the end with a considerable amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit towards the thin side with high carbonation. This taste good but is somewhat forgettable.

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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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