Mecha 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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2013 - Aged in Corsair Distillery’s Quinoa Whiskey barrels.
2014 - Aged 6 months in 30 gallon Koval 4-grain whiskey barrels then blended with brewed coffee from El Salvador.

Added by MasterSki on 05-24-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,457
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
29
pDev:
9.31%
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0
 
 
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On-tap at the tap room. Had a 13oz snifter and then another 5oz pour the next day.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Very dark brown, opaque body.

S - The aroma is a tad buttery, which is a bit confusing as I've never perceived that flavor from Big Hugs; I've never had Corsair Quinoa whiskey, so perhaps that's the source? There's a good dose of milk chocolate, coconut, and vanilla, and the coffee from the base beer has largely fallen off. Whiskey flavors are present, but understated. Reminds me a tiny bit of Good King Henry Special Reserve. Well-hidden booze for 10%.

T - The taste loses a lot of the buttery flavor, although there's still a vague buttercream-filled chocolate vibe. Coffee finally shows up, and whiskey contributes a bit more than barrel to the taste. Roast comes out more as this warms up, but the barrel-aging has blunted the charred astringency I don't totally care for in the base beer. Quite rich and decadent, but goes down surprisingly quickly. Again, well-hidden booze.

M- Light oak, gritty coffee grounds, surprisingly dry and clean finish for such a sweet beer. Full bodied, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Again, pretty mellow for 10%.

D - If I hadn't been biking I definitely would have ordered a second snifter. Best barrel-aged offering I've had from Half Acre, and one that I hope they repeat in the near future. I find this significantly improved and enriched Big Hugs.

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Mecha Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 29 ratings