Only Void (Stainless) - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tectactoe:
4.31/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-19-2013 16:18:32 | More by tectactoe
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2.38/5 rDev -40.8%
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.
08-31-2013 18:34:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.69/5 rDev -8.2%
32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pours without a head and a chunky collar. Big bubbles. Some wisps.
Smell - Chocolate. Sweet brown sugar. Dark malts with a bit of a burnt character.
Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate. Burnt malt gives it an acrid flavor. Still good.
Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Not too boozy. Medium body.
Overall - Pretty good stout. Nothing exciting but well made.
07-30-2013 02:32:28 | More by Alieniloquium
4.18/5 rDev +4%
32oz growler into a matching glass. HUGE thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with these. Pours a jet black in the glass with a thin covering of frothy mocha head. This mostly retains with some thin ringing around the edges that leaves a moderate smattering of spotty lace and brown oily residue down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sweet chocolate, earth, green citrus, dark fruit, smoky char and a touch of anise. Alcohol gives this a bit of sizzle in the nostrils. I like the flavors here but they just aren’t jumping out of the glass like I would have expected. The taste is a dense and complex mix of chocolate, earthy citric bitterness, tart dark fruit, licorice, smoke and roast. The high alcohol adds an extra forceful layer of sweetness and spice to this as well, which only emboldens the other flavors in the profile. The sweetness almost gets out of hand but never quite does. The finish is dry and bitter before giving way to some lingering sugars. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a firm chewy carbonation that spreads those flavors around nicely in the mouth. As mentioned, a formidable alcohol presence is here but it barely gives off any heat on the palate. You would never know that this is 12%. This was nice. Lots of rich flavors and complexity here that certainly comes on strong in several areas yet still manages to not over stay its welcome. And the overall smoothness of this is just ridiculous for the size. I’m looking forward to checking some of these barrel treatments out.
06-13-2013 22:04:28 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
So first off I think this tastes, looks, and smells more like an old ale.
Very flat with minimal lacing and head.
Alcohol hidden well. Pretty smooth.
Heavy raisiny smell and taste.
I think this could be very good with the removal of some of the dark fruit presence.
06-17-2013 04:06:55 | More by mendvicdog
Only Void (Stainless) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.