Clare's Thirsty Ale | Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Illinois, United States
haymarketbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Stout aged for 13 months in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels on Raspberries.

2014 - Aged 1 year in Woodford Reserve barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 11-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.59
pDev:
7.41%
 
 
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127
Gots:
3
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0
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3.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Normally like the style, this one just didn't hit me right.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.67/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian29
3.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Desp59
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of w5baron
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -12.9%
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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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of halo3one
4.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtrog313
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4B
4.19/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016: Draft at the brewpub, full snifter sample. Big tart fruity raspberry presence, more natural than in the past. Juicy and drinkable, slightly thin though still packs a punch. Reminded me in some ways of Blue Gene, with different fruit.

2015: 4.21
Fobab sample, much improved with better integrated natural raspberry flavors.
Melded well with the big chocolate from the base imperial stout.

2013: 3.5
Fobab sample, somewhat oxidized and tasted artificial like raspberry tootsie rolls.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
4.59 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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