ArtiSnale - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Here’s another odd one, served on tap at Tired Hands. Brewed with snail shells but I must admit I detected little difference from the various oyster stouts I’ve had in terms of mollusk-ability. There’s a lightly metallic mineral note and suggestions of briny sea water here but it’s subtle and well-integrated. The look is lovely; deep and dark brown, with a frothy tan head, creamy lace, and a milkshake aspect that makes you want to get to it. Roasty aroma, with piney, citrusy hops underneath, some coffee, and the aforementioned mineral quality.
The flavor is aligned with the aroma; roasted malts hit you first, but it becomes more hop dominant as you work your way through the glass, with citrus and pine and a general bright bitter hoppiness emerging and taking over. The mineral aspect comes out a bit after the swallow where it intermingles with slowly fading bitterness.
Very smooth and creamy, as is now par for the course at Tired Hands, and medium in body. In the end my impression was less of a stout than of a hybrid; hops become the dominant force, with a nice appearance from the roasted malts and snail shells, but the latter two are supporting players.
09-27-2012 02:24:28 | More by tobelerone
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
My first Tired Hands offering on tap at the source. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that is frothy and akin to espresso. Some patchy lace clings to the glass as the cap slowly fades.
The smell is roasty with a dark grain inclusion that evokes thoughts of fresh coffee and chocolate with a bit of a citrus hop aspect. There is a pretty solid mineral inclusion to the aromatics (in assuming to be the shells) along with hints of fruity alcohol esters.
The flavor also includes a fruity to solvent alcohol character mixed with almost a citrus zest to fruit and floral component. A roasted grain aspect brings out flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a solid mineral aspect. There is a lingering earthy aftertaste of dirt and dust that is mildly musty that increases in character as it warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew woth a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel but really one roasty bugger with an evident amount of hops. I feel like the shells really came through and produced the desired effect of making this feel like an oyster stout. It was spot on with the feel and mineral inclusion. The earthen components and roast really worked well together.
09-11-2012 13:01:57 | More by stakem
3.58/5 rDev -6%
ArtiSnale (artisnal) in a glass at the brew cafe in Ardmore.
Artisnale goes in the glass black, yet not jet black, this is just your standard black. Some dark brown suds up top, leaving no cling. The body looks on the thick side but drinks lighter than that. The smell is something different. I am not a snail guy, so I guess that's the odor I am getting here. Some cocco and roasted malt, maybe some hop presence. This is a weird one. Taste is fairly impressive, I would say this is in between american single and double stout in viscosity, the body is medium, the carb is low on the one, yet the beer is not dead, rather a smooth ride. Taste is a stout with snails, thats about all i can deliver on that end. I finished my glass, it's enjoyable, but not memoable but scores points for originality sake.
09-08-2012 17:25:43 | More by BARFLYB
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
First had: on tap at the brewpub
Collaboration with Stillwater and Teresa's (Wayne, PA).
Interesting brew here. I wasn't totally sold on it, but it was interesting. Dark brown-black pour, dark reddish tints around the edges, with a nice medium-sized, creamy tan head; spotty lacing and decent retention that rejuvenated with a quick swirl. Aroma was fairly roasty with a interesting bitterness, and a definite ashy quality. The aroma was well reflected in the taste, moderate roast, ash, quite mineral from the addition of of escargot shells, similar to an oyster stout but not nearly as noticeable. A little bit awkward, and it took a while for me to really grasp the melding of flavors entirely. Mouthfeel wasn't as smooth as I like my stouts, about medium in body, maybe a little thin, but about what I expected. Decent overall, but honestly with all the other beers TH has to offer, I probably would not get this one again. Points for ingenuity though...I don't think I've ever seen a snail beer before.
08-31-2012 03:52:33 | More by Rifugium
ArtiSnale from Tired Hands Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.