Clare's Thirsty Ale
Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery

Clare's Thirsty AleClare's Thirsty Ale
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From:
Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #61
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #190
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.65%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
292
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 05, 2022
Added:
Nov 16, 2011
Wants:
  137
Gots:
  7
SCORE
99
World-Class
Clare's Thirsty AleClare's Thirsty Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.02 by Stevem68 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 27, 2022
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Untappd backlog, from 10/12/2019.
Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
The last thing I expected to be at FOBAB was an old whale I never thought I would tick, but here we are and I'm so happy!

Despite all that, I can settle myself and dig in. As I do, here in this 8 ball black, short mocha headed ale, I get chocolate raspberry sticks and not a ton of barrel. There's just a little bite of slightly herbal wood, which I think more than anything helps to bring us to a powder dry finish.

I can see how this would have made the news in its heyday (see what I did there?), but in today's world of absolute confections and bombastic feats of oak, it's quite underwhelming.
Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Aug 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Part of the wonderful deluge of midwest goodies sent my way by @FBarber during NBS BIF #13.

Gorgeous pour. Body traps light. Completely dark. Lovely finger of soft dark brown foam. Quite the beaut.

Nose has lovely rich velvety espresso with vanilla and milk chocolate and sure enough there's a hint of raspberries layered in there as well. Inviting.

The berries are much more prevalent here, beginning at the first sip. It starts off as just kind of a general berry/fruit sweetness that builds alongside the other components I will get to in a moment to reveal a jammy decidedly raspberry note. We'll come back to this later. The build alongside this has silky espresso and dark chocolate as well as a hint of vanilla and spice and oak from the barrel. This brings us back to the raspberry. You know how raspberries are actually kind of tart alongside their juicy sweetness? It's one of the great things about them, is they offer a balance and a range of experience, and that presents here. The finish has some bitter from the coffee, and a bit of pucker that feels like the raspberry tartness joining the oakiness of the barrels and a bit of alcohol astringency (that works well in this situation to accentuate the other flavours listed there) to give it a little 'ooh!' to the finish. Really enjoyable.

Body is velvety smoothe, and that tart finish I descibe above fades to leave behind some of the dark chocolate bitterness and a slight reminder of the alcohol contained therein. Would not descibe it as hot, but it isn't shy about it's double digit ABV.

I'm really enjoying this. Raspberry and chocolate are such a natural seeming pairing, but I feel like I still don't see it quite as often as I'd expect, in beer. I think it really really works well here, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. Thanks Frank!
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2021 release. Great smell of raspberry jam right upon cracking the can. Dualing raspberry and cocoa powder on the palate, with a shot of bourbon as a chaser. Excellent barrel character. Good legs for 12% ABV, but slightly thinner than expected.
Jan 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Destiney from Indiana

Nov 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Oct 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Oct 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by Hopelessly0 from California

Aug 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by Beerbom from California

Aug 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.71 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

May 29, 2020
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Rated by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So much raspberry. Made me think of chocolate covered raspberry with just a little bourbon
May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Poured into a sampler, the beer was a murky deep black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - Raspberries were strong in the nose, paired with a definite bourbon presence.

Taste - Raspberry is tough to capture in a beer. The raspberry seemed fresh, without overdoing it or making it seem artificial. The sweetness is balanced by roasted malts and a little bourbon sting. The finish was slightly warming, though never overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Before there were slushies with gobs of fruit puree, Haymarket made a nice thick stout with fruit.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer as the raspberries were well presented and not artificial tasting.
Mar 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by osseo222000 from Illinois

Feb 19, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Johng19751 from Indiana

Jan 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by codytwo from Connecticut

Dec 14, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wakefest 2019; well balanced with raspberries on the backedge
Oct 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by unclekeith from Alaska

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by FreshZ from Missouri

Jun 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a finger of mocha head.
Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, light barrel.
Taste is dark chocolate, huge fresh raspberry, vanilla, barrel, dark fruits.
Full enough body, good carb levels.
Overall an excellent fruited stout!
Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

May 31, 2019
Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 339 ratings