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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,606
Ranked #5,053
4.08 | pDev: 9.07%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Photo of Vetbidder
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried an Ethiopian version of this before that was 10% that was really good. This one has a gone away head that hangs around the edges a bit and this is a dark dark brown colored beer indeed. Malty almost cola like nose with notes of coffee and booze. Flavor is a bit uneven, mostly low bitterness coffee, unsweetened chocolate and booze with the slight bitterness lasting with a sticky ending. Thick full bodied beer here. Getting sweeter and a bit better as I drink it. I’d call it very good.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a quarter inch mocha head that left no lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light roasted malts, a bit of char and leather. Full bodied, light carbonation, dry finish, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Bl00 for this
16 oz can, dated 9/23/19, poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, charred oak, coffee, dark chocolate, touch of dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hints of toffee, some dark fruits, earthy bitterness.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A really tasty stout with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark as night, full of Stout flavor

Look: Black with an inch thick fluffy off-white to mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, lots of coffee and some dark fruit and chocolate.

Body/Overall: full body

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Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

thanks to CanConPhilly for this one, from NBS BIF #9. 16oz can (of course) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with just over an inch of brown head that had decent retention and no lacing.

Coffee. Fucking coffee. Coffee is all I got in the nose. Maybe some light malt roast in the background. Maybe.

Burnt coffee on the tongue. 6 hour old Maxwell House in the office Mr. Coffee level burnt coffee.

The body was a bit thinner than I like in the style, but was smooth and even, and finished semi-dry.

Drinkability will clearly depend on ones attitude for coffee.

Overall, not my jam. Maybe it's yours.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a large snifter from a can can dated 10/13/16.

Pours a completely opaque, black shade with a mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing is present around the sides of the glass.

Smells initially of sour milk, old coffee beans, alkaline, sweet lactic malt.

Tastes of bitter chocolate, old coffee, chocolate ganache, milk duds.

Mouth feels like I'm drinking motor oil. Thick and viscous to the point that I'm taking half sips. Super heavy

Far from a good imperial stout and not what I expected from Tired Hands. hopefully this brew doesn't make the cut for next time.


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Photo of corby112
2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into lasting ring. Decent retention lasting most of pour. Sporadic streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Sweet, slight roasted dark malt aroma with a decent balance of robust bitterness, vinous fruit and decadent dessert-like sweetness. Slightly acrid but not burnt with charred toast, coffee bean, oatmeal and bitter dark cocoa. Slight oxidization/cardboard along with a subtle medicinal quality and faint herbal hops. Lighter malt sweetness with silky chocolate, gooey fudge and German chocolate cake. Slightly metallic with cherry juice, coffee bean and vinous fig, date, currants and blackberry.

Medium body with slight viscosity and tight carb. Slightly thin, almost metallic/tinny, and medicinal in the watered down finish. Herbal medicinal quality intensifies as it warns. Cherry cough syrup with medium roast, burnt toast, bitter coffee rinds and dark cacao. Tart cherry juice sweetness with other dark berries and dark malt notes. Some flourless chocolate cake, bakers chocolate, caramel and toffee but not enough sweetness to counter overwhelming acrid and astringent bitterness. Kind of messy and unpleasant with very different flavors clashing.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like thick black oil. Settles into the glass with a medium mocha colored head. Aroma is big roasted malt, hints of unsweetened cocoa and a dash of smoke. Flavor is big and rich with lots of malt sweetness, lots of roastiness, cocoa and sweet cake. Feel is slick, thick, oily and rich. Big flavor and very complex for a non-adjunct stout. Drinks fairly easy for the abv, but a definite sipper. Really awesome beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a munique glass.

Wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. I've had TH pale ales and IPAs and been wowed, but then I had their pilsner and was highly disappointed.

Can they handle an imperial stout?

Indeed they can. This is excellent. Right from the nose I'm finding a lot to appreciate. It's creamy, chocolatey, with a dark fruit medley and a bit of bitter cocoa. All of this carries over to the flavor. It's a bit gooey, chocolatey, heavy on the dark fruit and a touch of caramelized sugar. The finish lingers with coffee.

And it drinks pretty well. Creamy, sweet but restrained, and a touch roasty.

Well, the pilsner wasn't their lane, but this is. This is damn good.

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Photo of mothman
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tan head. Black color.

Overly roasted. Charred and ashy. Chocolate. Smoke.

Medium bodied. Ends dry and roasted.

This beer is not very enjoyable. Wasn't anything that I was expecting. Let down by tired hands for the first time.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from dbawdbawdbaw recently. No signs of whether or not this is a variant or anything, so I think it’s the base imperial stout. No idea when it was canned either.

From a 50cl can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out opaque dark brown/black and yields a two finger, looser, foamy, fizzy, crackly tan head with lousy retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a foamy, loose cap, then to a faint wisp and ring. Black body and no real carbonation. Looks rather flat by the end.

SMELL: Very European nose with lots of leather, licorice, tobacco, and some toffee notes as well. Dark fruits show up too with blackstrap molasses. Not sure if this is my style, but it's got lots going on.

TASTE: Lots of leather and licorice up front. Definitely European in style. Heavy on the leather with some burnt malts and tobacco at the swallow. A big, bold and lingering finish of burnt, charred malts, leather, lots of tobacco, lots of it, like cigarettes, burnt blackstrap molasses and some alcohol as well. Bold, flavorful, and very charred, ashy and leathery. Dark fruit notes come through as well. Bitter charcoal comes to mind.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth enough with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. No real heat lingers. Solid here.

OVERALL: This is not your standard roasted, chocolaty American style imperial stout. This is very European, with lots of leather, licorice and ash all over the nose and flavor profile. It’s not always my favorite take on the imperial stout style, and you really have to be into this profile to enjoy this, but there’s no doubt it’s bold, complex and well-made. Thanks again dbawd!

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like Stakem, I have no idea which variation this is. The can I obtained didn't list any special blend or barrel aging, so this seems like the most logical spot to post this review.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, there's an impressive aroma of chocolate, cocoa powder, light coffee and noticeable vanilla. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, and while I thought it a tad sweet, that really didn't bother me after the first couple of sips. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. The beer is very soft, full and almost creamy on the palate. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly I was surprised when I read that the abv. is 11%.

Very tasty, easy to appreciate and enjoy beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I dont know if this entry differs from the "stainless" version that was released on tap/growler and in bottles previously but since I got a chance to try this again recently, I figured id toss up a review. Note: this is infact a new batch and different from what I remember this beer being.

1-liter growler filled on 3/8/15. Thank you tenderbranson and slatetank for the hookup. Poured into a matching only void snifter, the brew appears brown in color with a thin khaki head. Some cola clarity around the edges and a silky khaki cap rests atop.

The smell is sweet of raisons, dates, molasses and cola/root beer. Some faint roast elements and a touch of alcohol increases in intensity as it warms up.

The taste is sweet like the previously mentioned dark fruity character like raison/dates and molasses. There is a hint of anise and it imparts almost a feeling of cola/root beer which is strange. It gets somewhat herbal/medicinal as the sweetness transitions to mild bitterness and faint belgian/saison-like clove spice in the finish with a touch of chocolate roastiness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew and moderately carbonated. This beer is like a strange halfway house caught in an identify crisis between a dark fruit beer, a stout and quad/saison. Its not bad...its just different. Having had prior batches of this beer I cant really say that I dig this as much as I remember but its still enjoyable for what it is... wait, what is this again?

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Photo of Jonada
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler into a large snifter

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of a tan head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, black licorice, plum, dark chocolate, booze and a bit of coffee.

Taste: Dark chocolate, fudge, roasted malt, dark fruit and some smokiness that intensifies in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of full bodied, with a sticky feel. Booze is detectable, but is integrated with the rest of the beer in such a way that it doesn't hinder it's drinkability (if that makes sense). Very smooth.

Overall: An excellent beer and probably one of the better non barrel aged imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out very dark black with a brown head on top. The smell of the beer is roasted with some chocolate and burnt sugar in there. The taste of the beer has a heavy roast with some bitter dark chocolate in there. The feel of the beer is full bodied and rich. Overall it's a solid brew.

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