ArtiSnale | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 08-31-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Collaboration with Stillwater and Teresa's (Wayne, PA).

Interesting brew here. I wasn't totally sold on it, but it was interesting. Dark brown-black pour, dark reddish tints around the edges, with a nice medium-sized, creamy tan head; spotty lacing and decent retention that rejuvenated with a quick swirl. Aroma was fairly roasty with a interesting bitterness, and a definite ashy quality. The aroma was well reflected in the taste, moderate roast, ash, quite mineral from the addition of of escargot shells, similar to an oyster stout but not nearly as noticeable. A little bit awkward, and it took a while for me to really grasp the melding of flavors entirely. Mouthfeel wasn't as smooth as I like my stouts, about medium in body, maybe a little thin, but about what I expected. Decent overall, but honestly with all the other beers TH has to offer, I probably would not get this one again. Points for ingenuity though...I don't think I've ever seen a snail beer before.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Good retention. Thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Strong roasty aroma. I might be imagining a briny aroma. Some licorice.

Taste - Roasty dark chocolate. Fruity flavors, like the licorice aroma. A little vinous. Bitter roasted malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Roasty bitterness.

Overall - Pretty good. I think the brininess is a result of suggestion, but whatever.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Tired Hands offering on tap at the source. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that is frothy and akin to espresso. Some patchy lace clings to the glass as the cap slowly fades.

The smell is roasty with a dark grain inclusion that evokes thoughts of fresh coffee and chocolate with a bit of a citrus hop aspect. There is a pretty solid mineral inclusion to the aromatics (in assuming to be the shells) along with hints of fruity alcohol esters.

The flavor also includes a fruity to solvent alcohol character mixed with almost a citrus zest to fruit and floral component. A roasted grain aspect brings out flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a solid mineral aspect. There is a lingering earthy aftertaste of dirt and dust that is mildly musty that increases in character as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew woth a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel but really one roasty bugger with an evident amount of hops. I feel like the shells really came through and produced the desired effect of making this feel like an oyster stout. It was spot on with the feel and mineral inclusion. The earthen components and roast really worked well together.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ArtiSnale (artisnal) in a glass at the brew cafe in Ardmore.

Artisnale goes in the glass black, yet not jet black, this is just your standard black. Some dark brown suds up top, leaving no cling. The body looks on the thick side but drinks lighter than that. The smell is something different. I am not a snail guy, so I guess that's the odor I am getting here. Some cocco and roasted malt, maybe some hop presence. This is a weird one. Taste is fairly impressive, I would say this is in between american single and double stout in viscosity, the body is medium, the carb is low on the one, yet the beer is not dead, rather a smooth ride. Taste is a stout with snails, thats about all i can deliver on that end. I finished my glass, it's enjoyable, but not memoable but scores points for originality sake.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s another odd one, served on tap at Tired Hands. Brewed with snail shells but I must admit I detected little difference from the various oyster stouts I’ve had in terms of mollusk-ability. There’s a lightly metallic mineral note and suggestions of briny sea water here but it’s subtle and well-integrated. The look is lovely; deep and dark brown, with a frothy tan head, creamy lace, and a milkshake aspect that makes you want to get to it. Roasty aroma, with piney, citrusy hops underneath, some coffee, and the aforementioned mineral quality.

The flavor is aligned with the aroma; roasted malts hit you first, but it becomes more hop dominant as you work your way through the glass, with citrus and pine and a general bright bitter hoppiness emerging and taking over. The mineral aspect comes out a bit after the swallow where it intermingles with slowly fading bitterness.

Very smooth and creamy, as is now par for the course at Tired Hands, and medium in body. In the end my impression was less of a stout than of a hybrid; hops become the dominant force, with a nice appearance from the roasted malts and snail shells, but the latter two are supporting players.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an eight ounce glass at the brewpub, Artisnale is black in color, topped with a cream colored head that retains well. The nose opens with black roast, charred coffee, some musty salts/minerals, and dark pine hops. On the palate this thing really hits - it’s a big flavor, and a bit overpowering, with heavy charred elements. Burnt molasses. Minerals. Dark hops with a growing bitterness. Drinks harder than it’s abv. Appreciate the experiment, but not one I’d go for again.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was the first unwaxed bottle released by Tired Hands. Originally a draft offering only, this batch was conditioned for an additional 6 months before being bottled in April of 2013. ArtiSnale is a strong stout brewed with spelt, specialty malts, Chinook hops, and escargot shells for a Gallic take on the oyster stout. It is then fermented with the house saison yeast. It was brewed in collaboration with Andy from Teresa's Next Door, and Brian from Stillwater Artisanal.

I poured this three year old beer into its proper glassware, the original Believer's Club stemmed glass. The carbonation held up very well, and a thick mocha head developed on top easily. The black body sits coolly in the chalice, and the head does leave some foam on the sides of the glass. Overall, a solid looking stout! Not much to complain about here.

Oh oxidation... Not sure what you can expect with an unwaxed bottle three years later. That's on me for sure. But my hope was that it wouldn't be so obvious. It does blend together with the aromas of the stout fairly well. It isn't completely ruined for me. The aroma carries a dominant sherry note, followed by chocolate, dark fruit, vinegar, and sour cherry.

The flavor has also taken a hit from time, with subtle wet paper notes. But it doesn't dominate at all. The flavor shows off all the different components fairly well, with a strong roasted quality from the specialty malts, a tangy, almost sour quality from the saison yeast, and an earthy salty quality from the escargot. The salty meatiness of this beer lingers long into the aftertaste. There is a definite smokiness to the beer as well, like a cured hard meat. The body is on the fuller side, but the carbonation is so effervescent that it lifts this beer off the palate and does wonders for lightening the body. The texture is almost spritzy, and the front end of the beer is sharp.

I can't say that I have had many Saison Stouts or Black Saisons, and this is definitely unique with the addition of escargot. I can only imagine what this tasted like fresh. I could do without the subtle oxidation, but I bet that this would pair well with some roasted vegetables, smoked meats, and charred steaks.

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ArtiSnale from Tired Hands Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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