Vanilla Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Coffee Stout with vanilla bean.

Added by MasterSki on 12-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,506
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
88
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
15
Trade:
4
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fubudu187
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHMD_Brewing
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark shiny black color. Completely opaque, thick and oily in appearance. Thick 4 finger tan head collapses in on itself as it dissipates. Thin layer of residual foam remains on the beer. Overall a lovely appearing imperial stout.

Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of piney earthy hops. No real vanilla on the nose even when warmed up.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, hints of char, vanilla, milk chocolate, and coffee. Pretty straightforward array of flavors that hit all the expected notes. Well crafted and not too sweet.

Feel is sticky and somewhat chewy. Medium to full bodied. Mild carbonation.

Overall this is a nice imperial stout. The vanilla is well integrated and doesn't become overly sweet. A beer to revisit yearly when it comes out.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 11.28.2018, poured into a Half Acre "occult" snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a great caramel colored head, rising about two fingers tall with excellent retention and great soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, strong bitter dark chocolate, rich roasted grain and lightly toasted coffee bean with a bit of vanilla and a light chalkiness. The flavors are nice, strong burnt chocolate, nice bitterness that brings out the coffee roast, light acidity and a touch of fruitiness while the vanilla is a nice layer of sweetness but adds more of a cream flavor to the beer while the roasted grain lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body, lively but still smooth and rich with a dry finish.

Verdict: A good stout from Half Acre. The vanilla is a nice layer, not in your face and adds a nice creamlike flavor that plays well with the chocolate and coffee qualities of the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dukeandduke
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

3/31/18 - Blue Wax Bottle, 1 Pint 6 ounces. $14 purchased at Half Acre Brewpub on Lincoln on 2017 release day. Very sweet vanilla aroma, bourbon and chocolate as well. Pitch black pour, thin tan lacing. Nice balanced taste of chocolate / vanilla. Bourbon well hidden. Creamy body, slight carbonation. Silky smooth going down. Overall excellent beer, well done Half Acre!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of vanilla, light fruity coffee, Hershey syrup

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 88 ratings