Tonight I’m having the terrific Claire’s Thirsty Ale from the Haymarket Beer Company in Bridgman, Michigan and Chicago. This is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and with raspberries. This is absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get a lot of the barrel aged and raspberry in the aroma, but the taste is one of a kind. I get a ton of the raspberry in this which I love. I definitely get more of the fruit here than I do the bourbon but overall I love this. Sometimes the barrel aging overpowers whatever else is going on with the beer, but Claire’s Thirsty strikes a great balance between the two. I picked this up this afternoon from Haymarket and it was canned 7 days ago, so this will probably get better over time. I felt the carbonation could have been a little more, but that’s minor compared to how great this beer is. This would be the perfect dessert beer, I’m just glad I have 3 more of these to test my theory out. If you see Claire’s Thirsty Ale, grab it! I gave it a 9.4 on a 1-10 scale.
Tonight I’m having the fantastic Vanilla Barrel Aged Big Hugs from Half Acre. This is outstanding! I love everything about this. Great color, the aroma for me is more of the vanilla and bourbon than the coffee. This had good carbonation initially and a wonderful taste. The vanilla blends well with the barrel aging and coffee making this very smooth up front, towards the end you get more of the barrel taste. This is almost too smooth for a 12%, I could see this sneaking up on you!
The 2nd half of the beer warms up nicely. The aroma to me has almost a biscotti like smell to it and everything about the taste is that much better. Truly a terrific beer, I gave this a 9.6.
The bottom of my can is imprinted with “The Long Night Is Over” and this would be a great nightcap beer to have with some dessert. I’ve made in the past a bourbon/caramel topping for a cheesecake I made. I could see using this for something like that! HMMMMMM…….
We’re up to 20 now! This week I’ll have a great Pizza Port Permanent Vacay IPA, have some other solid beers plus I’ll piss off both political parties by calling them a Jagoff!
This week I’ll have some American Wheat Ales, finally try a Phase Three plus the Jagoff Of The Week!
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