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Tralfamadorian - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tralfamadorian
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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:
Beer added by: ShanePB on 04-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of russwbeck
2.27/5  rDev -46.3%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to BA eagles22 for hooking me up with a 1-liter growler of this. Poured into a matching TH oversized wine glass, the brew appears dark brown to mahogany with hints of lighter yellowish coloration seen around the edges. When held to the light, a deep ruby is seen through the body. A finger of off-white head rests atop and fades to a thin film leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is tangy and fruity with soft alcohol and overall wild notes. A little bit of earthen aspect, brett and raw oak. As the brew warms up, more of the barrel comes out with a hint of vanilla that really exaggerates the fruited notes to the nose.

The flavor is just as tangy and tart as you might expect based off the aroma. Mild seedy fruit flavors somewhat reminiscent of raspberry are present from start to finish. There is a mild barrel character present mid-palate that extends into the aftertaste. As the brew warms up, it gets raw and woody with a hint of must and damp aspect almost like mushrooms. The alcohol that once was completely masked, starts to show itself with a warming effect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Despite Tired Hands having issues in the past with flat growlers, I am pleased to see this one perfectly carbonated despite a cap that was pinched and not put on correctly. This brew was not exactly what I was expecting for being advertised as a Biere de Garde but despite it being quite wild, I think it is decent. Not something I would get excited about and want to drink again but not bad and worth a try if it isn't gone by now.

Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz swing top growler graciously given to me by NJOssie thanks again for the opportunity amigo!

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a 1 finger dull white crown that shows little retention and no lace.

Smell: Nice tangy borderline vinegar acid notes (almost cherry like with a lemon tinge) that come off like a nice oud bruin...but one that is more sour than sweet. Also a hint of must (not quite funky), vanilla, and a touch of lightly charred (if at all) oak.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit more "one note" with the tangy acid taking the lead. I do feel like I'm detecting a mix of very mild bourbon and brandy flavors in the background though. I enjoy the muted quality of the barrel in the flavor profile of this one. Kind of compliments the sheer drinkability of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. It does compliment the flavor profile though and you do get a tiny spritz of carbonation on the swallow.

Overall: Overall I like this beer more than my other scores might indicate. It's quite drinkable, thirst quenching, and quaffable. The flavors do seem a bit muddled though, giving this beer an "experimental" feel at best. That could have been the brewers intention though. Good beer either way. Best one out of the eight beers I've had from this brewery so far.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1L growler, fill/drink 4/12/13
HF stemmed wine glass

A: Pours a deep dark brownish reddish color. Didn't get tons of head. Just a collar of light tan around edge of bulb of glass. Leaves some lacing actually. Slight carbo.

S: Smells like a Flanders style red. Dark tart pie cherries. Some oak. Some tannic notes. Maybe some cocoa.

T: Get that tartness up front. Some of that cherry note that you smelled. Then it fades with the malt bill. You taste some dark fruit and some cocoa powder. Finish is slightly tannic and dry.

M: Medium bodied.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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