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Only Void (Stainless) - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Only Void (Stainless)
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Spontaneously fermented, aged in stainless.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 14
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Poured black as a void (I get it), with a moderately sized tan head that fizzled down to a thin layer, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasty dark malts, toasted grains, lesser notes of anise and raw cacao. This followed through in the taste, pretty basic for a stout actually, dark malts, grains, slight bitterness reminiscent of unsweetened chocolate, anise, and some yeasty undertones. As with mostly every stout I've had from TH, my main beef was with the body: came in at about medium, and quite thin, especially for an imperial stout; fairly smooth and drinkable, but thin, with no real complexity. Sort of reminded me of Mikkeller Black Hole. But for a 12% beer, there was very little heat, and that aided the drinkability.

Not too impressed by this one. The red wine version had a lot more character to it, and I've yet to try the whiskey. So while a so-so base beer perhaps, it seems barrels bring out the best in it.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1-liter growler into a matching Only Void snifter. While the beer is being poured down the center of the glass, it almost looks still with no bubble formation. Than about half-way full the carbonation errupts from solution. The brew is black with a rich mocha creamy brown froth sitting atop. A thick patchy pattern of lace sticks to the walls of the glass. Some lighter brown clarity is noted around the edges.

The aroma of this is a bit sulfuric initially when swirled with some alcohol and fruity tang like cherry mixed with a touch of mineral/metallic character. There is a solvent almost vodka alcohol impact before some notes of black licorice root and chocolate/roast come into play. A bit of herbal hops are the last things to cross the nose.

The taste is bitter and roasty like coffee/bakers chocolate. Some minerals, earth tobacco and more fruity aspect almost cherry is present that provides some tangy alcohol. A sweetness like milk chocolate is there at times and a slight medicinal feel comes together from a flavor of herbal hops mixing with the tart cherry notes. As it warms up, there is an anise aftertaste with a warming alcohol feel.

This is a rich medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and creamy with lots of character. The alcohol initially is dangerously hidden but take it to a second glass and as it warms up, you start to feel it. Imperial stout? Big black saison? Wild ale? Whatever this is, it is much better than I expected and I really liked it.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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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.


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Only Void (Stainless) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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