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

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4.54/5
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235 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Haymarket Beer Co. 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
Ranking:
#200
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
235
pDev:
7.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

been looking forward to trying this one for a long time and am stoked to have finally gotten the chance. this is a really neat and sort of unexpected beer, strange to name a strong barrel aged stout thirsty ale, like it implies easy drinking or high volume beer or something, but this is anything but, and it would take a special kind of thirst to want to drink a ton of this one. a rye whiskey barrel aged imperial stout with raspberries, and a wonderful one at that. i go back and forth on the fruited stouts, sometimes they get way too sweet and candy-like with the chocolate in the malt and the fruit sugars, but the raspberries are as tart as they are sweet in this, so while it has some residual sugar and raspberry jam qualities, its also really natural tasting, clean, and fairly acidic from their tartness. its amazing how forward the fruit is in such a dense strong dark beer. sure there is still plenty of dark malt in here, its intensely roasty with a coffee quality to it, and there is some barrel char and earthy wet wood as well, but the summery brightness of the berries lightens it all up and really defines this beer for me. rye is a smart choice for barrels too, its less sweet in this manifestation than bourbon would have been, and the dense slightly spicy rye character makes the grain base seem particularly interesting to me. light vanilla too, but it isnt desserty so much. dark cocoa, a little bitterness, and whiskey, along with old school raspberry jam in the finish, its just delicious and about as well done as something like this could be. this reminds me of an excellent raspberry stout i had from hardywood park a few years back but with the barrel, but other than that beer, quite original. worth the hype!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
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 bodied, 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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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
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4.45/5  rDev -2%
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Clare's Thirsty Ale from Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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