Lubiere (12384) - 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 (1265) - 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. I’d really love to see what this is like in the BA version. Cheers to those good lads up there on N. Lincoln Ave!
ineedbeer (1610) - 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 (1589) - 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 -- it’s 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 (15617) - 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 I’ve 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 it’s 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 didn’t bother me.
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/07/2011: Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout... Aroma: Semi-sweet chocolate brownies, cherry, hint of smoky malt, suggestion of alcohol. Appearance: Color brown color, small tan-colored crown. Flavor: Rich dark chocolate and coffee; rich with a good depth, plenty of chocolate liqueur and alcohol coming through; more of the roasty coffee notes with a splash of artificial creamer. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth, milky and mellow, coats the mouth well. Overall: Pretty decent beer; coffee undertones come through without being overtly coffee; moderate sweetness layer balanced with acidic and roasted coffee bitterness; GOOFY LABEL!
1 Pt. 6 Fluid Oz. bottle (10% Alc. By Vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #132 for this beer.
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade 8BC, kld., DK-1655 Copenhagen, Denmark.
Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.
_angst_ (4317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark chocolate brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with heavily roasted malts, high quality dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet dark bread, burnt cookies, charred wood and hints of liquorice fudge. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, toffee, vanilla fudge, liquorice fudge, bitter chocolate, sweet dark bread, charred wood, caramel and burnt cookies. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, tiny roasted astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with heavily roasted malts, dark roast coffee, liquorice fudge, charred wood and burnt cookies. Very tasty...