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Clare's Thirsty Ale - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Clare's Thirsty Ale
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 79
Gots: 1 | 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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4/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FoBAB 2011. Served in taster pint glass.

A - Thin wispy partial cap settles to nothing. Black body.

S - Holy raspberries Batman! Fresh raspberry purée mingles with chocolate, vanilla, coconut, roasted malts, and a hint of bourbon. Reminds me of chocolate-covered raspberries, unsurprisingly.

T - Unsurprisingly the flavor is also redolent of chocolate-covered raspberries. The fruit intensity mutes a lot of the bourbon and barrel flavors, although some oaky vanilla creeps into the periphery.

M - Smooth full body, with some tannic fruit and barrel character present. Carbonation was surprisingly active and zesty on this one. Alcohol was a bit more present than the espresso version.

D - A very rich dessert of a beer - it's a slow sipper like the base and doesn't quite match the addictive qualities of Steve it to Bieber. It looks like Pete Crowley has finally hit his stride - looking forward to seeing these beers on-tap at Haymarket.

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4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a snifter glass.

Dark as night, reddish edge to it with a rich mocha head that quickly disappears to nothing. Fruit very noticeably in the aroma, then gobs of raspberry in the taste. Almost jammy it's so fruit-forward. Thick, sludgy dark fudge behind all that fruit, drinks like a rich, intense melted Godiva chocolate candy. Oil-like mouthfeel, incredibly viscous. Very good but couldn't drink more than 6-8 oz in a sitting.

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4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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.

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4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Clare's Right Hook (aged with Lemon Zest) from Haymarket Pub & Brewery out of Chicago, Illinois. This beer is an imperial stout aged for 13 months in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels on Raspberries. I previously had this beer at FOBAB, but finally got the chance to sit down at try it "at my leisure."

Score: 94

4 oz sample served in a taster glass and enjoyed at Haymarket's 2nd Anniversary Party on 01/12/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a very traditional barrel aged stout look. Dark brown, maybe black in color with a foggy, film-thin layer of tan head when brought to the table. Decent lacing/retention. 4/5

Smell: Raspberries, fudge, cocoa, a little spice and very faint vanilla. Not detecting any bourbon/barrel at all in the nose outside the marginal vanilla notes. As the beer warms, I get a faint amount of molasses in the nose too. Even still, the nose is predominantly chocolate and raspberry. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes like an (aged) Bramble Bourbon County Brand Stout clone! Fudge-infused raspberry jam/chocolate covered raspberries, some vanilla/oak and a light roast. The raspberry flavor is very "upfront" and mellows thereafter on the palate. There is a little spiciness on the midpalate. Hint of bourbon towards the finish. A little bit of booziness, but nothing intense. Finishes with a cocoa-y flavor with a light brown sugar twinge. Very tasty! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like all of Haymarket's barrel aged stouts, this beer is not full-bodied (I'd say it is closer to medium bodied) with minimal carbonation. However, the beer is silky smooth and a little jammy, and its bold enough in flavor to soak the palate in flavor despite possessing a thinner mouthfeel than its Bourbon County Brand Stout variant sister. For whatever reason, the mouthfeel here works and does not leave me wanting more viscosity (unlike their Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout). This stout is sweet, but not Lindley Park sweet. 4.25/5

Overall: Considering that Bramble has been retired, this periodically brewed beer is an excellent replacement for those who want to try an example of fruit in a stout done right.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out; it's one of Haymarket's best!

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $2 for a 4 oz pour or $6 for a 12 oz pour.

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Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.