rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, black pour, minor head. Nose is Hersey syrup. Taste is bitter chocolate with a touch of coffee. On the lighter and more carbonated side for an imperial stout. Kinda like a thinner version of a tier chocolat with a hint of coffee
ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The coffee-forward nature of this one comes through immediately. A blend of fresh ground and fresh roasted coffee beans burst through. This is accompanied by an undertone of dark cherry and maybe some melon (cantaloupe?). A bit of caramel aroma peaks through as well as the hint of alcohol. Itís a deep, rich red-brown, nearly opaque pour with a milky brown head. Initially it appears that this oneíll have nice head retention, but it slowly retreats to a thin, wispy layer leaving very trace amounts of lacing along the glass. Medium-heavy sweet malty flavoring deriving from dark fruits and milk chocolate hit the tongue first, but quickly give way to a mellow, but very much present, coffee bitterness. Creamy texture, medium body, aided by above average carbonation in the mouth makes this a dangerously smooth beer - especially to an experienced coffee addict!.It does get slightly sticky near the end of the bottle and finishes with a decent alcohol kick - although itís fairly mellow, not really offensive by any means - which provides a nice warming quality to the swallow. This fades to a mild roasted coffee aftertaste with some spiciness to it (Iím thinking licorice / anise), but itís a very mild and light aftertaste at that
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle thanks to my man Neal. Pours a dark blackish brown with the Tan head. Big coffee and hops aroma. Taste is the same with a chocolate finish
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2012 version (Big Hugs vs Mechahugs), about one year old. Dark brown/black with a small, light tan head that diminishes down to a thin, frothy ring. Aroma is moderately rich with notes of dark chocolate, light-to-moderate bourbon, maple syrup, espresso beans, mild oak. Moderately high black coffee bitterness that quickly mellows into bakers chocolates, toasted marshmallows, lightly charred wood and earth. Lingering aftertaste is of roasted malts and nutty coffee. Outside of the bourbon aromas and a mild nip in the immediate aftertaste, there isnít much alcohol noticeable in this at all. My only knock against it Iíd that perhaps itís just a tad thin on the palate.
Lubiere (12958) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, loads of coffee attack the nose with caramel, treacle, and floral hops, very nice and pleasant. In mouth, intense bitter chocolate with good coffee grind, musty character, chalky notes, light alcohol warmth, very classic and pleasing. On tap at brewery.
ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from the carryout @ HABC. Pours a dark, stouty brown black, thin espresso colored head, so so retention and lacing. Nose is big and fat with chocolaty goodness, dark roasted coffee, dried fruit, Tawny port, brown sugar, black cherries, plums, hint of vanilla, kiss of smoke. Mouth is big and rich, oily mouthfeel, medium sweet, lots of chocolate, coffee, those dried fruits again, dark berries, vanilla, touch of soot at the finish. ABV is well hidden until the finish where it is slightly warm. Iíd really love to see what this is like in the BA version. Cheers to those good lads up there on N. Lincoln Ave!
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bomber (Big Hugs vs Mecha Hugs).
Aroma is dark and roasty with a moderate roasted coffee aroma. Moderate sweet chocolate aroma with hints of plum and cherry dark fruit. Hint of alcohol, but really just a nice mocha aroma.
Pours dark brown to black with a moderately thin, small mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a pretty predominant roast coffee note upfront. Some light dark frit notes and a hint of green coffee beans mid palate. The finish has quite a big chocolate note and finished like a mocha. Medium light alcohol spice and medium to medium high bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an a pretty nice coffee stout, but not one I would agree more than a year as I think this is showing hints of a negative oxidation experience. Nice coffee and chocolate character combine to make for a mocha finish.
degbert (1705) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an utterly opaque black with a brown, fine-grained, velvety head with lots of lace -- gorgeous motor-oil thing going on. Nose has a big punch of roast coffee, licorice, vanilla, baking chocolate, and spruce/fir. On the tongue -- itís big and bright, tending more towards the licorice and horehound end of things, but with enough weight behind it to give it the punch it needs. Intensely bitter but very, very smooth. Not very coffee-like, which is a pleasant change. Round and silky on the palate. Very nice.
TBone (16196) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @Mikkeller Bar, CPH
Dark black color, small beige head. Licorice, roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Licorice, some coffee, a bit sticky. Quite basic but well-brewed imperial stout.
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(1/21/13) A - Looks thick, decent carbonation, and with a light brown sugar colored head that dissipated quickly to a cream colored ring. Nothing special here. Pretty average.
S - Amazing nose on this brew. Reminds me a lot of a milk stout. A mix of sweetness and roast. Vanilla. Chocolate - both milk and dark. A hint of booze. Really nice nose on this brew. One of the best for a coffee stout.
T - Not like a milk stout. Definitely has the flavors of a top notch coffee stout. Awesome coffee flavors. Perhaps a medium to medium dark roast with some sweetness to it. Some really great lingering roastiness. Great mixture of bitter roast and sweetness. Big Hugs has some of the best coffee flavor of any coffee stout Iíve had.
M - Kinda disappointing because of the medium thickness. However, the creaminess of it makes up for the lack of body. Very drinkable too. The creaminess reminds, again, of good quality coffee.
O - Really enjoyed this one. For me itís second to BCBCS for coffee stouts. In actuality, it reminded me a lot of BCBCS on the nose and taste, except without the bourbon of the BCBCS. This is my first Half Acre brew and I am impressed. The disconnect between the nose and taste was a bit odd, but this brew was so good it really didnít bother me.