Clare's Right Hook - Cocoa Nibs | Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge 13% Barley Wine aged for 6 months in Woodford Reserve Barrels with two pounds of Roasted Cocoa Nibs!

Added by MrMcGibblets on 12-29-2011

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4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"A huge 13% Barley Wine aged for 6 months in Woodford Reserve Barrels with two pounds of Roasted Cocoa Nibs!"
A: medium amber, kind of a woody, toffee-ish color if that makes any kind of sense. off-white head is what you'd expect on-tap.
S: a wonderfully complex, in your face explosion of the woodford reserve, and caramelly, honeyed, vanilla-ey malts. the cocoa is not so prominent but detectable i suppose. smells kinda like a bourbon-soaked fruitcake, in a good way.
T: definitely let this one warm a bit, if you can wait after smelling it. full, complex, caramel malt sweetness stars as the foundation. next up in prominence would be the bourbon/whisky notes. some cocoa in the back of the throat adds a delicious, interesting twist. hops are present enough to bring it all to a semisweet, long, complex finish.
M: lusciously viscous and chewy. carbonation struggles through the big body, which in this beer is a pleasant aspect.
O: i wish this was available in bottles and/or growlers. would be awesome to have some of this on hand for cellaring.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jegross2
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing Clare's Right Hook (aged with Cocoa Nibs) from Haymarket Pub & Brewery out of Chicago, Illinois. This beer is a bold American style barleywine (13% ABV) aged for 6 months in Woodford Reserve Barrels with two pounds of Roasted Cocoa Nibs. This was sampled next to the lemon zest version.
Score: 90

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: Looks like an unfiltered homebrew milk chocolate milk shake blended with a dash of roadslush. 3/5

Smell: TONS of cocoa notes in the nose, followed by figs, leather and hot chocolate mix. 4.5/5

Taste: Much sweeter and less bitter than anticipated given the amount of cocoa in nose. Leather, oak, fig, prune and malty caramel. A little biscuit too. In such a small sized pour, the sweetness is not overwhelming, but I can tell that I would struggle to finish a 12+ ounce pour of this in respectable time. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Sweet. Very dry on finish. 3.75/5

Overall: The nose was complex and enticing, but the rest of the beer does not quite live up. The flavors were than I would have liked, and the mouthfeel was thinner than hoped for. That said, this was still a pretty darn good beer that I would order again.

Recommendation: Worth ordering if on tap, but there is no need to order a larger sized pour of this one.

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

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Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket.

A - Pours a darker brown color, cream-colored head, thin ring.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, booze, oak. Not sure if I really dig a chocolate barleywine, but that's just me. The booze is pretty big on the nose, which is surprising because the version with lemon zest is really well-hidden.

T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate, booze, dark fruits, oak, caramel. Again, pretty big and boozy...a bit too hot for me. Finish is hot booze and dark fruity sweetness.

M - Medium, good carbonation, rich, creamy oak finish.

O - Not nearly as good as the lemon zest version, but still, not too bad. Could use some more age to lose some of the hotness. Otherwise, a decent BA Barleywine, but nothing more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket. Sampled next to the lemon zest version.

A - Lightly hazed medium bronze color. Thin white foam settles to a partial cap and solid collar, leaving some lace splotches behind. A bit less head and retention than lemon zest version, and perhaps one shade darker in body.

S - I can crib my description from the base beer, as the cocoa nib influence is quite mild. "The smell is quintessential Woodford Reserve barrels and barleywine. Huge vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, hint of chocolate, oak, and whiskey." However, there seems to be more alcohol heat than I remembered, and certainly more than the lemon zest version.

T - The flavor has improved a bit, or at least mellowed, since the base beer was released. It's certainly sweeter, with more caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and less harsh oak and alcohol. The cocoa nibs imparted a chocolate and lightly roasty note, but it's a fairly mild contribution.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, viscous, and sticky texture, a dry, oaky finish, and surprisingly zesty carbonation in comparison to the lemon version. Some not entirely well-hidden alcohol warming here, but it's not excessive for 13%.

D - I'm confused as to why this treatment was so much more boozy than the lemon zest version, seeing as they're the same age and the cocoa nibs don't contain additional alcohol. In any case, the base beer has mellowed out a bit since it was first released back in September so this ends up being a mild improvement. I'd get this again, but not if the lemon zest version were available.

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Clare's Right Hook - Cocoa Nibs from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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