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Clare's Thirsty Ale - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Clare's Thirsty Ale
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 84
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 14
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Growler, huge thanks to rudzud

Pours a big creamy dark mocha colored thick frothy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent messy spotty lacing, nice legs too, pitch black.

Nose explodes from far away with chocolate, thick heavy fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate, nice jammy raspberry in the background, some fluffy nougat and caramel, nice big vanilla barrel, little whiskey note but nice barrel, faint wafer cookie, wish the raspberry was a touch stronger. Raspberry increases as it warms.

Taste brings tons of big jammy raspberry, tons of raspberry, like a raspberry chocolate truffle, also loaded with chocolate, dark creamy chocolate and thick rich lush truffle filling, etc. Nice fudge and caramel with a little cookie dough and wafer, with some vanilla barrel mostly overpowered by the raspberry and chocolate. A bit of whiskey in there, a little whisky barrel stout generic favor but quite background. Finish brings a little bitterness, a little sticky malt, just a touch of booze, lots of jammy raspberry and dark fudgey chocolate.

Mouth is full bod, creamy, nice carb, no real booze, it's like a slight booze warmth of a light stout aged in whisky barrel thing, rich like but perhaps slightly more chewy and rich.

Overall just amazing, phenomenal.

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4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Hellshire V day at Oakshire. What an absolute treat to sample this beer.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets considerable milk chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla,, noticeable rye whiskey and light raspberry. This beer smells great, but as good as it smells, it was even better on the palate. Initially, I got a huge flavor hit of dark chocolate and rye whiskey, but the on the mid palate and finish, the raspberry flavor really comes on strong. The brewer really nailed it wit the raspberry flavor; it's a huge presence on the palate, but it doesn't drown out any of the other flavors (chocolate, vanilla, coffee, etc). Mouthfeel is pretty full, and the finish is long and raspberry infused. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. You can tell it's up there, but there's no heat or bite from the high abv.

Very impressive. What I wouldn't give to be able to have this around on a regular basis.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jegross for hooking me up with this. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super dark brown chocolate hue with a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and thin lacing.

S - Aromas of raspberries, chocolate, dark bakers, so fudgy. Light caramel, faint malts, really nice whisky. As it warms the raspberries really really pop. Jammy raspberries, not fresh as that would not really come through. Super aromatic.

T - Taste is absurd. Just absurd. So much raspberry, delicious raspberry jam. Like a raspberry chocolate truffle. Rich bakers dark chocolate. The whiskey is second fiddle to the raspberry and chocolate. Nice barrel notes with good vanilla. Drinks like it's 7%, not 12.5!!! Not hot at all.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice for a growler, wish it was more chewy. Alcohol is super hidden, insane.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal beer. Mind blowing. The raspberry and chocolate is just insanely good, the whiskey is really nice too. This is incredibly well done. Floored.

Serving type: Growler

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4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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