Haymarket Clare’s Thirsty Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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An Imperial Stout aged for six months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels on raspberries.

A Bronze medal winner at the 9th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Growler shared with Timfoolery. Pours a dark brown. An overwhelming amount of berries on the nose. Tons of berry flavor on the palate too. Could have had a little more body to it. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Draft at brewpub. Comes to me completely black body. This is basically a beer version of those cheap chocolate liqueur filled candies. The raspberries are there, the thin alcohol is apparent. This is in line with the thin body. Its kind of cool but it isn’t really my thang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7581) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
REally tart up front, super sweet, liek the beer but it is almost too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5578) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Draft sample at FoBAB ’12. This was one of my favorites of the festival. Pours near black to black with a small, fine, creamy tan head. The aroma had chocolate, raspberries, lighter bourbon notes, vanilla and hints of cherry. The flavor had big raspberry and cherry notes covered in chocolate. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel add extra dimensions. Everything Bramble should have been and then some. I would love to see this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Sampled FOBAB ’12 - enjoyed this one last year, never rated it, and made sure I made it back for another try - and am I glad I did. Pours black with (maybe I’m imagining this) some reddish hints on the extremities... Aroma is great, seriously! Roasted malt, burnt sugar, chocolate and this ridiculous level of raspberry - tart and fresh. Flavor is very raspberry forward, but with a great sweet malty backbone to balance the action - chocolate, sweet malts and a slight wood presence here as well. Palate is appropriate for the style. I could easily enjoy this beer on a regular basis - yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Fobab. So glad pete brought this back out (rock bottom years). black with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of berries - raspberries and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of raspberries, roasted malt, wood, chocolate, and bourbon. Just lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
FoBAB 2011. Black with a thin beige head. Rich burnt chocolate and molasses. Some red fruit in there with burnt rich malts. Decent, though not as good as the original. As Pete keeps reworking this on his new system I suspect it will rise to be as good as the original Thirsty Ale. 8/3/8/3/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
fobab. pours black tan head nose big rasp choc, flavors have big rasp chocolate thing, sweet licorice and espresso,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
FoBAB 2011. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and a ton of raspberries. Really strong raspberry flavor, it comes through quite well. Chocolate, sweet, very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. Same recipe as at Rock Bottom Chicago, different conditions. Really excited to see this one show back up. Pours intense black with a brown head. Nose is really great. Some vanilla and cocoa, minimal bourbon notes, coconut and a big blast of fresh raspberries. Really great nose with the fruit and beer playing like chocolate dipped raspberries. On tasting, soft tartness and a nice sweetness from the base. More of that Woodford barrel in there, vanilla, light tannins. Creamy texture and just fantastic. Great beer.

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