Tired Hands Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #285
Ranked #21,789
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Black Barleywine brewed with clementine juice and zest. Conditioned atop heaps of Pennsylvania black walnuts for many moons.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jwhancher
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sorry but this isn’t a barleywine, it’s either a stout or imperial black ale or simply a strong ale. Pours jet black with tan head. Smells of walnuts, earthiness, and hints of light roast/coffee/chocolate. Ever subtle notes of citrus in the nose. Tastes like a dry stout with enough dry roast and subtle hints of chocolate & coffee. Citrus flavors linger in the aftertaste. Drinks fairly easy with just a touch of bitterness and seems about medium. For 10% ABV this beer is well brewed with no hints of alcohol or warming characteristics. I’m about 50/50 with this beer. I don’t think the concept quite works but the execution is pretty good.

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Photo of cervisiaveritas
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical barleywine.
This is from the 12-20-17 release, one day after it was canned, so it’s gonna need some time to settle.

Poured clean with a small head into a proper dimpled mug.

First sip a strong fresh walnut taste aroma. Reminiscent of smelling a crushed black walnut long after it fell from the tree and you smashed it with a Louisville.

The aroma is persistently citrus with a deep complexity that varies according to your surroundings. In pleasant indoor company it was dark and woody but by the fire it was fresh and herbal.

The see-saw balanced experience this beer provided continued from there.

First taste was a sip of orange juice, caramel, walnut, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of fresh oak. During each sip you can focus on the chocolate, walnut or winey alcohol notes against the omnipresent, lingering, nostalgic flavor of eating too many different flavors of dum dums in one sitting. Tastes better than it sounds. But there’s just enough depth to keep the mandarin notes grounded. Fresh but old. Bright but dark. Strong, but thin.

The St. Oner Witch carefully chooses her victims.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft in a tulip.

L - deep brown, black color. No head. Ring of foam around the glass.

A - clementine, coffee, and dark chocolate. Clementine really hits you in the tulip.

T - chocolate, coffee, clementine, smooth nutty, dark chocolate finish. Awesome!

F - tastes like a stout, thick like stout. A bit boozy, nice cold weather big beer feel

O - I'm giving this all 5s because everything they put into this beer is there. Really blew me away. I tend to stray away from fruit beers but the clementine was an excellent touch. Really rounds out the beer. Cheers!

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger of head. The nose has definite notes of citrus along with a essence of vanilla (which was hard to believe). The most prominent flavor is citrus. The malt flavor is rather weak.

The finish brings an even more potent grapefruit citrus presence along with the hops.

The body is far too thin to be seriously considered a barleywine.

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Photo of epyon396
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Short review. Fairly awful beer.

Both the nose and taste are like a Gusher/Fruit Roll-Up and chocolate combination. It honestly reminded me of a fruit snack. The clementine is very upfront and provide a somewhat articifical fruity and citrus quality. The heavily contrasting flavors do not work well together.

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Photo of larryi86
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into teku
Not reviewing to style because of the clementines, just reviewing to my enjoyment

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Big, juicy clementines/tangerines, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, some toffee.

T- Roasted malts, some dark chocolate, slightly piney, some walnuts, all beautifully balanced by the clementines which drive this beer.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Clementines are super juicy, almost fruit snack like quality and work surprisingly well in this. When I first read the description I thought this beer would suck, but it turned out great, who would have thought clementines would have worked in a Barelywine!

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Photo of dsharvie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Fermentia. Nice deep black color with brown head. Fantastic beer with flavors of licorice and chocolate. Love the Melvins reference too.

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Photo of THSmusicman
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sample (4 oz.) on draft at Tired Hands for my birthday!

Look: Looks as dark as an imperial stout! Nothing floating around, which is good. Beautiful.

Smell: Holy wow, this beer smells incredible! Noticeable notes of tangerine, slight walnut, dark dark roasted malts, and molasses.

Taste: Similar to the nose. The clementine in this imparts such a unique taste! Never had a barleywine with this sort of flavor profile! The malts on this really approach on the back end of the sip and really make this beer special! It finishes with a slightly dry, walnut flavor. Wow. I'm amazed.

Feel: Bordering on syrupy but not to the point where it's undrinkable. This beer is dangerous. Wouldn't expect this to be even close to 11%. It has no alcohol burn at all!

Overall: I'm very impressed! I usually enjoy barleywine's but this was superior to any barleywine I've ever had. The clementine really makes this beer otherworldly. So very glad that I got a 64 oz. growler of this!

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Photo of lateralundertow
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured a tawny brown with minimal eggshell head. Smells of chlorine, cherry, other bad things. Could only muster a few sips between 3 people and into the drain it went.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From 12/30/14 notes. 4 oz. pour of this on tap at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cream, dark chocolate, light oranges and citrus, light nuts, apples, smoke, bread, and grains. Lightly tart in the taste sometime. Full thick smooth body and low carbonation, great mouthfeel.

Overall not terrible but weird; seems like a beer that doesn't know what it wants to be, so they called it a barleywine. Some smoke, some chocolate, some caramel, some citrus hops, and some tart fruit. Wouldn't seek it out again, a rare miss from TH IMO.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69, my brother for sharing this on New Years Eve, enjoyed chilled in a goblet from the growler.

The color is an opaque black with medium tan head with average sized bead, lace sticks in spots. The smell is not pleasant, however it is not horrible either -just strange with dirty walnut skin and slight tangy aroma. The feel is okay with moderately full body with mild carbonation and subtle tangy yeast with mild tannin or acidic quality from the citrus.

The taste is okay even knowing what went into this it seems like a strange mix of flavors with the earthy nutty and citrus tangy almost juicy quality and alcohol combo it kind of has a gin type spice and citrus peel quality. Overall I was glad I got to try this since the Melvins are one of my favorite bands, but I am not sure I would want to have this again

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.

I generally haven't been a fan of TH's barleywines, but this might be the best they've done so far, or at least the most interesting. Dark brown pour, opaque, with a medium tan head. Caramel malts in the aroma, anise. Tasted kind of like Good N Plenty candy, notes of molasses, licorice, roasty dark chocolate, walnuts, and a slight citrus presence...though if I hadn't been told there was citrus in this, I might not have noticed. On the thinner side as far as body goes, but not a bad drinker, with the higher ABV fairly subdued.

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Photo of Jonada
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a Tired Hands teku

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with about a finger of a tan head that settles to a thin ring. Color is black once in the glass. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate and a mild citrusy aroma.

Taste: Malt sweetness accompanied by a light tartness. Walnuts, which were lacking in the aroma, are quite prominent in the taste, along with toffee, pumpernickel bread, light roastiness and a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium, with lower carbonation. ABV is hidden reasonably well for being nearly 11%.

Overall: A really good beer with the typical Tired Hands twists that really make it unique. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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StonerWitch from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 68 ratings