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Clare's Thirsty Ale - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Clare's Thirsty Ale
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 58
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-16-2011

An Imperial Stout aged for 13 months in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels on Raspberries.

2014 - Aged 1 year in Woodford Reserve barrels.
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Photo of JammyV
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler, poured into a Haymarket globe glass, enjoyed on 1.20.15, review from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a jet black color, thick, oily, viscous with a finger or so of thick, taut, caramel head that leaves nothing in the way of lace, mild retention settling into a faint layer of film atop the beer. The aroma is quite pleasant, plenty of fresh raspberry, jammy and sweet with rich chocolate, rye barrel that offers some cutting spice and earthy oak. The flavors resonate well, intense raspberry, very sweet, like a jammy preserve, a bit of that tart but earthy brambly character with tons of rye barrel, spicy with earthy and chewy oak and nice chocolate and malt richness. The mouthfeel is very nice, thick creamy, rich, coating with an easy smooth finish.


Verdict: A very nice stout from Haymarket, definitely one of the better beers I've sampled from them. It's quite sweet and very heavy on the raspberry preserve flavor, rendering it a bit one dimensional.

Photo of jrallen34
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkAl
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at 2014 fobab. Smells like lots of barrels. taste comes through as backyard, berries and stout. I’ll go as far as saying that this is better than the BCS fruits. Damn tasty.

Also had this at 2013 fobab. Guess I never rated, but I remember enjoying it more than backyard.

Photo of Gunch52
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eddie5721
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of drewone
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DHS1029
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip at home from a half growler picked up from Haymarket just half an hour prior. I gotta say this stout blew me away. A friend told me about it and recommended I go get some. Pours a midnight black color with about an inch of khaki colored head. The smell is strong of chocolate with the rye whiskey prevalent and up front, with a slight berry presence. The taste is dark chocolate with a strong berry presence and rich roasty malts. If I had this blindfolded, I would swear up and down I was drinking Bourbon County Bramble. The difference to me was that this had a thicker creamier mouthfeel, not necessarily a bad thing but it definitely amped up the richness. The booze was noticeable but hardly overpowering. This was entirely too easy to drink. Absolutely loved it.

Photo of Suds_Suds
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Haymarket. Has a nice bourbon, milk chocolate nose. Taste is even better..get a ton of fruity sweet raspberry followed up with chocolate and a hint of coffee in the finish. It's like biting into a nice dark chocolate raspberry from Dove or something. Reminds me a lot of Bramble, but slightly thinner.

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4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.56/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.