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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This winter glider is a concept reserved for the haul, the long push, the times when the day extends into the night. Roast punch and hop slice make this black ale your solution to winter sessions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Newk (299) - - JAN 8, 2012
had this from a growler and poured into a pint glass. No real head to it but pours a solid brown color. Extremely good aromas of roasted nuts, caramel, malts and a touch of hop aromas too. Very good depth accompanies this as well light bodied with a nice feel, but lacking a bit. Well balanced with flavors of roasted malts, caramel and a touch of hops on the back end a nice session ale. If the feel and flavors were as good as the nose, this would really be something. Still, it’s enjoyable as is

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
growler... really nice session beer out of HA... good looking dark brown, watery edges, medium tan head... nice light chocolate backbone, really easy to drink, a touch thin and watery but at 3.5% can’t complain to me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Growler from the brewery (Chicago, IL). A new small beer! Hot damn! And just in time to watch Iowa’s Bowl Game. Pours a blackish brown hue, not opaque but it’s dark, brownish edge show some glow to them. Even a few days old, a big fluffly light brown head sits atop, sticks around and laces pretty damn well, eventually turning into a thick ring. A nice cakey head. Aromas are touches of creamy roast and toast, gentle sweetness and a hint cocoa moving immediately into a healthy piney and citrusy grapefruit hopping, healthy and lively on the nose. Really inviting nose. Initial is lighter bodied, a touch of body to it offers some gentle sweetness and cocoa, subtle roast and a whole nice load of hops. Citrusy, piney, well hopped small dark beer. Really refreshing, backend shows more flashes of roast, cocoa, and subtle coffee. A refreshing dry hoppy essence compliments well, but overall nothing gets too strong. Instead, dancing in and out with jabs of flavor. Light and quite "crushable". It’s not fair to compare this to Weegene as I said I was going to. This is simple yet tasty, quite drinkable, with a sturdy hopping for such a small beer. I love beers like this.. And openly joked with a few people that while others crowds get excited for beers like Big Hugs, this is exactly the beer we get excited about here on RateBeer. Up there for me. Good flavors, hopping, toast and roast clash with touches of sweetness, faint fleeting creaminess, dry piney and citrusy hops dancing in and out. Just lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Wow a low ABV with big flavor session beer. Poured a dark clear brown with tanish head. Smell is pure freshnes of roasted malts and resinous hops. Taste is right on with the aroma. Crisp finish with a hoppy kick. this one is great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Opaque dark brown with a tan head. Piney hop aroma with some roast. Taste is quite dry with roast and long resiny hop finish, Thin texture to be expected from 3.5%. Every brewery should make flavourful low ABV beers like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Growler filled this past Friday... Growler opens with a mild hiss and yields a mostly opaque slightly darker than cola porter-like hue. A fluffy light beige head rests on top and lingers on for a bit... Citrusy green hop aroma with some nice roast complimentary notes, more hoppy than roasted malt... Flavors are more of the same with fresh hop and an equal degree of roasted malt. Light bodied and completely drinkable. A fruity backdrop also exists and goes well with the hop forward style of beer although really not quite resembling a mild. tasty and drinkable with a low abv to boot. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4026) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Growler from Half Acre. Big, dark brown pour with a tan head that clings to the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roast, strong pine and resin, toast, caramel, mild cookie dough. Smells great. Flavor is astonishing. A ton of flavor packed into a low abv session beer. Chocolate, pine, pumpernickel bread. Lots of resiny hops. Some dark chocolate and fudge notes. Mouthfeel is this with nice active carbonation. This is absolutely wonderful. Supremely drinkable. Another winner from Half Acre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Growler fill from Half Acre. Pours really dark brown, nearly black with a light tan head. The nose is a surprise. Super hop forward, light roast. Resiny pine is dominant. Like Alpha Klaus’s little brother. On tasting, quite refreshing with some drying roast and a big hop flavor. Piney and some light citrus. Pretty fresh and clean, no real astringency. Really interesting beer here and different.

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