Vanilla Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
6
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
11
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a snifter glass. Dark black body, slightly cola brownish in the right light, one finger off-white head, short retention, not much lacing. Smell is roast, milk chocolate, with a mild vanilla presence. Slightly smoky, like coffee. Flavour is more roast and milk chocolate than anything else; the base stout is all there in its full glory. Roast and milk chocolate, a bit of pumpernickel, light vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with a good amount of carbonation, not much vanilla contribution to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Egotist
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tourdot
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris7482
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Art of Beer on March 9, 2017. Look is dark brown with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Smell is a nice balance of vanilla and dark roasted malt. Taste is nicely balanced as well. Feel is full in body.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GDawgs34
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of my_knew_craft
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've never had the regular Big Hugs, but this was an excellent beer. I had it at the Half Acre Big North event.
L - Dark color as you'd expect, with a light head that sticks around longer than I'd have guessed.
S - vanilla, as you'd expect, though fairly light
T - Creamy vanilla mixed into a stout. If you like stouts, and you like vanilla, and you like them mixed together you'll really like this. It's smooth for a 10% stout, though it didn't hide the alcohol as well as some can.
F - the right level of thickness
O - a really solid stout. I got back and forth between 4.25 and 4.5

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Photo of Gotti311
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Photo of BeerOps
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016. Very dark ruby pour. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes. Good.

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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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