Hearths Ablaze | Half Acre Beer Company

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3.85/5
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78 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

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
Ranking:
#15,818
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
78
pDev:
7.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served very cold from bottle (left in freezer too long before drinking).

Solid tasting beer, but nothing extraordinary. The taste is fairly typical for a stout, with nothing unpleasant, and it is very easy to drink. I'd say its worth getting if you find it on tap at a bar, but not really worth the cost of a bomber.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Half Acre. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Tan foam with a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lace. Dark brown body with some ruby-brown glints to it.

S - Molasses-heavy, with dark breads, baker's chocolate, a touch of caramel, and a bit of roast that comes out as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is definitely on the liquid dark and toasty bread side of things, with fairly low roast and sweetness. Some baker's chocolate, anise, and a hint of molasses.

M - Very chewy, with good heft for only 6.5%. Fairly dry and roasty texture even if it didn't manifest that much in the flavor. No alcohol presence and moderate carbonation.

D - Solid beer, but nothing super crazy. I could have used a bit more chocolate and roast, but this is a pretty solid straight-up stout.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Dechutes snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown highlights around the edges. A tan head recedes to a thin cap and collar of foam. Sticky, soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Roasty and sweet up front. There are some light dark fruits and some bitter backer chocolate.

T: More dark and roasty than the nose would suggest. Sweet, creamy malts. Bitter bakers chocolate with just a faint hint of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Easily drinkable.

O: Not going to knock your socks off with flavor, but it's a really easy drinking stout (almost porter-like). I'd recommend if lower ABV stouts tickle your fancy.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 78 ratings