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Only Void (Stainless) - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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89
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 22
Gots: 17 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spontaneously fermented, aged in stainless.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for busting open all the Tired Hands stuff recently. The more I know about them, the more I like 'em. Only Void is oily and black, falling straight out of the octopus's ink sac. Almost no head on this sucker - perhaps a consequence of the growler? A tan-colored collar, the thinnest I've ever seen, outlines the black abyss before leaving the top completely bare only moments later.

This is the "Stainless (steel)" version, though I actually can smell a touch of wood immediately in the aroma. Then again, maybe it's just my psyche yearning for a barrel-aged version and playing dastardly tricks on me. Roasted malts and lightly burnt coffee beans mingle together nicely; cool, calm, and collective. I'm talking "George Clooney picking up a college chick at a frat party" kind of smooth, here.

The taste is roasty up front, but Only Void pulls an immediate bait and switch, pulling the roast from your tongue and launching a thousand ships of sweet, molten cocoa nibs into your senses like your palate was Paris and it had kidnapped Helen of Troy. I'm getting more wonderfully sweet flavor meshes here; cocoa, vanilla, faint coffee, and even a hint of maple.

Finishing residual sweetness lacquers the palate and keeps your sweet tooth in check, flirting with disaster but never actually reaching the point of no return. This is much more delectable of a stout than I figured it would be. Even after smelling it, I never thought the taste would be so sweet, yet so controlled and refined.

It's got a pretty big body, but is on the lighter side when only considering the spectrum of 10%+ ABV stouts. It's one of the skinnier chicks in the plus-size section of the Sears catalog, if you catch my drift. Low carbonation, as evidenced by the lack of head, and I'm still not sure if that was growler induced or intentional, but it didn't harm the mouth feel too much; still pretty silky, smooth, and sexy.

Wow, this one really did it for me. I really enjoyed this beer, probably more than I should have. I'm somewhat apprehensive when it comes to sweet stouts, but something about the sugar-y and sweet aspect of this beer didn't bother me whatsoever. So welcoming and easy to drink, I went back for a few more pours. Now I have to get the red wine barrel aged version, dammit.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2013 16:18:32 | More by tectactoe
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger light mocha head

S- Chocolate, some roasted coffee, some molasses, pepper spices, some citrus, hints of toasted marshmallow.

T- Rich fudge, slightly tart dark fruits, molasses, some bitter coffee in the finish, somewhat smoky, great, complex, balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A very nicely done stout, alcohol is very well hidden. Very easy to drink, very happy I took the time to pick this up.

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Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a 12 oz glass.

Pours black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.

Dark chocolate, ash, some bitterness

Sweet dark chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, and ash.

Very good imperial stout. Nice amount of roast and dark fruits.

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09-07-2013 02:56:34 | More by kawilliams81
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Black wax. 500ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

This one's a huge gusher that basically exploded over my entire kitchen. Poured whatever was left into my glass. 5 finger light mocha colored head with extreme retention. Lacing is thick, stringy and layered with excellent stick. Beer is pitch black but pretty thin. Looks great.

Nose is tart red fruit, peat and smoked and roasted malt. Alarmingly tart.

Opens roasted malt, chocolate, Brett funk, plastic and light smatterings of tart red fruit. Coarse smoke throughout. Butter and cocoa powder and soil bitterness. End if dirt and more roast. Aftertaste is awkwardly bittersweet. Not good. And I'm pretty sure this is infected.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Weirdly prickly but at the same time buttery in the mouth. Pretty thin. Goes down oily with a coarse, accented finish and a sticky, filmy aftertaste that sticks around. Too thin and too carbonated.

Another shining example of why, when you get an imperial stout, DO NOT AGE IT! This one's clearly infected. Pretty poor all the way around but I think the worst part is the buttery but at the same time too carbonated feel. I really like Jean and Tired Hands in general but this is just a really bad beer.

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woosterbill

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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour courtesy of the kind bartender at Tørst a few weeks ago; thanks!. Reviewed from notes.

A: Black, still body with bright red-brown highlights. Ok.

S: Powerful molasses, chocolate, peppery spicy, and raisins. Fudge and smoke, too. Extremely complex.

T: Smooth, rich dark chocolate dominates, with coffee, raisin, almond, and smoke as well. Big, lingering, warming finish with a smoky aftertaste. Very nice.

M: The flat-looking body wakes up at least a little, with some light carbonation helping to soften the blow of the hugely thick, viscous body. Delectable.

O: This was excellent, and I can only imagine that the barrel-aged versions are better still. Can't wait to try more Tired Hands stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-01-2013 00:02:57 | More by woosterbill
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Only Void (Stainless) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.