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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Hearths Ablaze is a stout brewed to be enjoyed while basking in the warmth of your fireplace. Hoisted up by roasted-chocolate aroma, jet black in color, silky smooth in taste and feel, this is a straight-forward stout built for wintertime accompaniment.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Black pour with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma, licorice, notes of chocolate, and some earthy hops. Light coffee, hints of fruit, and some sweet toast. The flavor is mildly sweet with notes of toast, dark fruit, and licorice. Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and coffee. A touch of bitterness and somewhat dry on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a very deep brown nearly opaque with a small but lasting tan head. The aroma is standard stoutie stuff of roast, chocolate, walnut, tobacco, leather, prune and plums along with a touch of dark wheat bread and herbal hops. The taste is malty and sweet up front but a fair amount of coffee and hop bitterness for balance. Earthy and a bit plastic-y as well. The mouth feel is smooth and ashy. A good stout, nothing more and nothing lass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1050) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bomber from Evanston 1st liquors thanks to beermenus. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head and no lacing. Aroma has cocoa, caramel, light molasses and chocolate liquour. Taste is of sweet caramel, some bakers chocolate with some malty roast and some salty licorice. Smooth and slightly syrupy. Finishes sweetly bitter with some linger. Another solid Half Acre dark brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bomber. Pours a ’stouty’ deep and opaque brownish-black, decent head with good retention and nice lacing. Nose is dark roasted and some toffee. Mouth is medium bodied, dry with roast and malty up front, hint of diacetyl butterscotchiness. Fades out cleanly. Nothing mind-blowing, but a decent enough stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Not a bad stout from half acre. I like this one better than big hugs from half acre. It is a little less coffee tasting ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2109) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Super black pour from tap at half acre. Malty taste for a stout. Smooth and tasty. Nothing outstanding but good overall

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Enjoyed a 5oz sampler at the Half Acre Taproom in Chicago, IL after being kicked out for a Downton Abbey watching party. Appearance is a dark cola brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, not much lactose, more of a roasted oatmeal stout. Taste is pretty smooth with a light bitterness, mostly chocolate, taste is pretty good. Nothing outstanding. Just good and solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
22 oz bottle from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep blackish body, decent haze as the edges get a firm glowing ruby copper glow. Light shows on bottom and edges. A brownish small head sits atop, ring thicker and laces ok. Aromas are gentle cocoa, darker malts, and toast. Dryness, some bigger toffee, toast, and dryness. A gentle roasty quality with mellow dusting of bakers chocolate. Initial is medium bodied, a bit bigger, offering firm silky dark malts, cocoa and toffee. Toast, roast is mellow yet grows slowly. Kiss of dryness, dark cocoa hit the nostrils. Mellow yet inviting. Initial is thicker, toffee and biscuits, black malt and bready toast. Some sweetness, big of chocolate mixing sweet and darker elements, dryness, gentle spice. Middle shows some bread, gentle dryness, black malts and gentle roast, coffee grounds are subtle. More cocoa and biscuits, gentle roasty earth and fuller dark malt feel without getting too sticky. Backend shows a gentle spice, dryness, earth. Lingering cocoa, faint dash of dark fruit dances in at times but never gets in away for a person that doesn’t generally like it. Silky elements, goes down smooth. Lingering cocoa, mellow roast and dryness into the finish. Well integrated, good flavors are firm, yet quite quaffable. Enjoyed. It’s not complex, but it’s an enjoyable winter offering that you could drink a good deal of. A well constructed stout, giving odes to all elements and remaining lighter and dry through the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich, dark and milky chocolates with a good amount of roasts and a bit of a grainy nuttiness. Flavor is similar. Rich, nutty chocolates with a solid roast backing. A bit grainy with a touch of creamy vanilla. Finishes dry with plenty of rich chocolates and a balanced roast. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a straightforward, but very enjoyable stout. Rich chocolates and a balanced roast backing in a smooth, easy drinking body. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5973) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2012
On tap at the taproom. Pours a clear very dark brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate. Flavor has dark chocolate throughout with roasted malts and dark grains.


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