Vanilla Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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Vanilla Big HugsVanilla Big Hugs

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

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

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 48
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 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 SeanBond
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Let me get this out of the way right now:

I don't understand the hype behind regular Big Hugs. It's a perfectly decent beer, but I don't get why people line up for it. However, Vanilla is a little more of a standout. Still don't think it merits standing in line for hours, but it's definitely a good beer.

Had on tap at Half Acre's taproom, pours pretty nice, with a thick brown head. Smells very faintly of vanilla and MAYBE a hint of coffee. Not particularly strong smelling either way.

The taste is not dissimilar to the smell, a mild vanilla over a pretty standard-tasting (I don't mean this in a bad way) roasty stout. It's creamy and pleasant, and not too sweet. The finish is what gets me, though--The vanilla beans give the beer a sticky, oily quality, and it leaves your mouth feeling really rich. I generally don't rate mouthfeel as being overly important (obviously a thick stout is better than a thin one, but taste usually matters MUCH more to me), but for this beer, it's one of the main things that makes it. Very pleasant to drink, and equally pleasant as it leaves your mouth.

Good stuff from Half Acre! I can only imagine how great the Maple version of Big Hugs was, and sincerely hope they decide to barrel age this (or Maple). Now THAT would be worth lining up for!

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Photo of eifster82
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a snifter.

Deep dark brown color with some foam head, which dissipated quickly. Smell had mild vanilla and some coffee, but neither in a noticeably large presence. Taste was similar: mild on vanilla and especially on the coffee. The end had a bit of a bitter bite which I didn't expect. But overall, the feel was thin.

Overall, an OK stout. I wanted to try it and I'm glad I did. I also wouldn't discourage others from trying it, but I wouldn't wait in line or trade for it.

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Photo of Prager62
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Half Acre release served in their signature snifter.

Look- A thin dark coffee colored brown with a generous mocha colored head.

Smell- Weak coffee, some roast, a slight hint of vanilla trying to poke through.

Taste- Bakers chocolate, a little coffee, and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

Feel- Oily, but on the thin side with a semi dry finish.

Overall- I've enjoyed buying a couple Big Hugs every year, so I figured to give this a try since I was in Chicago for the weekend of the release. A good enough beer, but nothing spectacular that raises the bar to world class status. The coffee and vanilla are both a little lacking in aroma and flavor for me.

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Vanilla Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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