Only Void (Stainless) | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Only Void (Stainless)Only Void (Stainless)

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontaneously fermented, aged in stainless.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.43/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Black wax. 500ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

This one's a huge gusher that basically exploded over my entire kitchen. Poured whatever was left into my glass. 5 finger light mocha colored head with extreme retention. Lacing is thick, stringy and layered with excellent stick. Beer is pitch black but pretty thin. Looks great.

Nose is tart red fruit, peat and smoked and roasted malt. Alarmingly tart.

Opens roasted malt, chocolate, Brett funk, plastic and light smatterings of tart red fruit. Coarse smoke throughout. Butter and cocoa powder and soil bitterness. End if dirt and more roast. Aftertaste is awkwardly bittersweet. Not good. And I'm pretty sure this is infected.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Weirdly prickly but at the same time buttery in the mouth. Pretty thin. Goes down oily with a coarse, accented finish and a sticky, filmy aftertaste that sticks around. Too thin and too carbonated.

Another shining example of why, when you get an imperial stout, DO NOT AGE IT! This one's clearly infected. Pretty poor all the way around but I think the worst part is the buttery but at the same time too carbonated feel. I really like Jean and Tired Hands in general but this is just a really bad beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This review is from a 2013 black wax bottle, the non-barrel aged Only Void. This bottle was chilled for over 24 hours, though when I cracked the waxed cap, it did start gushing. I'm fairly confident that this is due to overcarbonation and NOT infection, because there is no sour vinegar-like accompanying smell, though I can't be 100% certain.

So, I poured this into my Only Void balloon glass, with a mountain of excitable tan head on top of a black body, showing hints of light brown on the edges. The head stays for a while, and leaves a sticky pattern of lacing behind. Way more head than expected, and unfortunately more than needed or desired.

The aroma is a blend of fruity, earthy and spicy. Notes of tart boysenberry, sour black cherry, licorice, charred marshmallow, and chocolate. It is certainly interesting, though I wonder about the tangy berry aromas being appropriate for the style, and if they are any indication of an infection.

The beer is full-bodied, chewy, and yet effervescent enough to not feel heavy or cloying. It starts with a sweet honey quality up front, with high acrid roasted grain flavors hitting the roof of the mouth and notes of berries in the finish. The flavors don't work very well together, and it does end up tasting like there was something that went wrong.

I had the chance to try this when it was on tap as well in 2013, and I remember not being entirely impressed with Only Void, though many others were saying something to a similar effect, and who know, maybe I was unfairly influenced. This time around, though this beer feels fairly flawed, I enjoyed the uniqueness of this stout. I would not pay another $12 for a bottle, but I finished the bottle I did pay $12 for. How's that?

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3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Lost Abbey stemware, this one is deep black, topped with an inch of fluffy cocoa-colored stuff.

Lots of pine and orange juice in the nose. A little woody, some toast, some cocoa. Sweet.

Sweet flavor too. A touch of grapefruit. Orange, pine, chocolate. Sugary throughout, very little bitterness, though there is some hop flavor.

Full body, fairly thick and syrupy. Mild tingly carbonation, just a bit of fizz. No alcohol at all, though.

Very sweet, almost hard to drink the whole bottle. Tasty, just a bit cloying.

An...imperial stout? It's not like any I've ever had. Very citrusy, very sweet, not at all roasty.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without a head and a chunky collar. Big bubbles. Some wisps.

Smell - Chocolate. Sweet brown sugar. Dark malts with a bit of a burnt character.

Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate. Burnt malt gives it an acrid flavor. Still good.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Not too boozy. Medium body.

Overall - Pretty good stout. Nothing exciting but well made.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Poured black as a void (I get it), with a moderately sized tan head that fizzled down to a thin layer, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasty dark malts, toasted grains, lesser notes of anise and raw cacao. This followed through in the taste, pretty basic for a stout actually, dark malts, grains, slight bitterness reminiscent of unsweetened chocolate, anise, and some yeasty undertones. As with mostly every stout I've had from TH, my main beef was with the body: came in at about medium, and quite thin, especially for an imperial stout; fairly smooth and drinkable, but thin, with no real complexity. Sort of reminded me of Mikkeller Black Hole. But for a 12% beer, there was very little heat, and that aided the drinkability.

Not too impressed by this one. The red wine version had a lot more character to it, and I've yet to try the whiskey. So while a so-so base beer perhaps, it seems barrels bring out the best in it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So first off I think this tastes, looks, and smells more like an old ale.

Very flat with minimal lacing and head.

Alcohol hidden well. Pretty smooth.

Heavy raisiny smell and taste.

I think this could be very good with the removal of some of the dark fruit presence.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Only Void (Stainless) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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