Big Hugs Imperial Stout

Thanks to Half Acre Brewing Company. for EVERYTHING!

With only 3000 22 oz. bottles available at the Half Acre brewery, Big Hugs Imperial Stout is a limited release that I will look forward to every December.  I got my 2 bottles, and $12 each I felt like it might be a gamble.  I guess the line of Big Hugs fans that went out the door on release day should have calmed my fears.  (Good Lord, I waited in line for a limited release beer – DORK!)  Big Hugs is a black beauty.  Its big, frothy 2″ head collapses to a splotchy layer after 2 minutes or so, revealing the dusky jewel below.  Aromas of dark coffee grounds and chocolate are present, some anise and woodsmoke too, but the Bailey’s Irish Cream notes excite me the most, complete with the boozy tang at the end.  It tastes like heaven, with more coffee and some carmelized brown sugar.  Its smooth, round mouthfeel makes this a surprisingly easy drinker for a 10% ABV Imperial Stout.  The finish is good, being neither too bitter nor too dry with hints of yeasty esters, and the gut warming quality is a great winter comfort.  The label is great as well.  If you can find it, buy it!  If not, I’ll see you in line next year.

Thanks to Jim Morrison for inspiring the use of “dusky jewel”.


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