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Tralfamadorian - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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93
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barrel-fermented Biere de Garde. Brewed with oats and fermented with PA wildflower honey in a blend of our favorite barrels. Conditioned for almost four months before being tapped.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 04-12-2013)
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by russwbeck:
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2.18/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up from HopKilaMonster. Thanks man!

A: No pop on the growler and no head despite a vigorous pour. I'm worried this has gone flat despite it not being much more than a week old. A lot of bubbles race through the beer, but they don't last long. The color is dark brown, but see-through at the edges. 3.5

S: Booze, some sweet malts, whiskey, vanilla, and sugar. There's a lot going on here, but overall the takeaway is sweet. Let's see how balanced the taste ends up being. 4

T: Damn. This growler is way flat. It is really impacting the taste. It's all stale malts, whiskey, and sugar. It could have been a contender! But instead, it's just meh. Taste falls off in the middle. 2

MF: Flat, flat, flat. Thin body. No carbonation. 1

O: Really disappointing first shot at Tired Hands. I will give them another try. 1

russwbeck, Apr 26, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Tired Hands on release day.

A: Deep maroon/mahogany colored body with a creamy, almost nitro looking, tan head. Nice amounts of lacing and thin film of retention on top.

S: Dark red fruits, black cherry, caramel malt, oak and some dry tannins. There's a slight sour edge on the aroma but it's not that pronounced.

T: Mildly sour on the palate with plenty of the wine barrel coming through. A nice blending of the oak, wine, sour qualities, more black cherry and underlying malts.

M: Quite creamy, carbonation was really nice and it drank incredibly smooth.

It sort of reminded me of a Guillemot-esque beer, which is no bad thing. Nicely done.

ShanePB, Apr 12, 2013
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from agold. Thanks!

A: Pours a burnt amber with a small off-white head.

S: Smells lightly acetic, caramel, red wine tannins, sour citrus.

T: Taste brings dry oak, some very light toffee notes from the malt, a bit of vanilla, fruity tartness.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: While this was good, it didn't blow me away. It was a bit simple and restrained for a barrel-fermented soured biere de garde, albeit very drinkable and even refreshing.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Deep mahogany pour with a small, creamy cap of off-white head that retained nicely and laced the glass. Nice aroma of dark dried fruits, tannins, and some good barrel notes. Overlaid on a sweet caramel malt base, a healthy dose of red wine, dried black cherries, and even a little strawberry, mildly tannic, bringing in an acidic sourness that was not at all intense, and very well-balanced; again, a nice barrel quality appearing throughout the session, showing some Guillemot-ish characteristics (makes sense, as this was partially aged in Guillemot barrels). This beer surprised me, as it was a bit more full-bodied and "intense" than most of the softer and/or hoppier IPAs and saisons that Tired Hands offers, and it almost seemed more in line with the stuff that Russian River puts out. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that.

Great quality brew overall, and probably in my list of top 5 beers Tired Hands should offer year-round...on tap and in bottles.

Rifugium, Apr 14, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
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On-tap at the Tired Hands 1st Anniversary party. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, tiny off-white head, no lacing.

S- Fruity and sour, some cherry, oak and vanilla.

T- Quite tart and vinous, great fruity flavors of cherry and red grape, some oak, tannin, vanilla. Barrel character is mild and complements the tart and fruity flavors nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, very dry.

O- A really interesting, highly drinkable beer. Not sure in what respect this is a biere de garde, it strikes me as a bit more of just a general American Wild ale, but whatever you wanna call it, it's very tasty.

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Tralfamadorian from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.