Only Void (Red Wine) | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Only Void (Red Wine)Only Void (Red Wine)

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released on 10/16/2016 in white waxed sealed bottles for Only Void Day.

Added by Greenplastic615 on 06-10-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 90
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

This was a truly terrible concoction. Sour and spoiled like expired yogurt. As far as I know, this was not supposed to be a sour stout! Vinous all around, with very little redeeming qualities. I drain-poured 3/4 of the bottle. Not worth almost $20 and/or waiting in line, and a far cry from the delicious regular Only Void.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016. Black pour with a large-grained tan head. Sour and bitter, kind of like a Belgian stout with some lambic. A bit weird, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Only Void beers tonight. This is a review for the 2013 maroon waxed 500ml bottle. I poured this into the Only Void balloon glass. Unlike the "Stainless" version, the "Red Wine" version does not gush forth, and actually pours a beautiful opaque black color with a reasonable, two-finger thick, tan head. The head is not one to stick around, but it has a creamy quality to it that makes it look more appetizing than the "base" version.

The aroma is jam-packed with fruits, showing off notes of strawberry jam, grape juice, cherry cordial, Black Forrest chocolate cake, and Linzer torte. Really incredible meshing of stout and fruit, and it's definitely inviting. The aroma alone is worth making the attempt to track this beer down.

The body is on the lighter side, with a thin watery consistency and a dry finish. The flavors show off red fruits and roasted malt. I wish that this variant had the same body as the base, with a little more heft, and some of that honey-like residual sugar. This feels a bit too weak in the body to measure up to an Imperial Stout. The carbonation is good though.

This is a big step up from the base beer, and the fruity quality of the red wine barrel worked really well with the stout base. I enjoyed drinking this, and I think I would spend more money on this beer. I believe it was $16 a bottle back in the day.

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Photo of Filabee
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This was a huge disappointment for me...Had high hopes based on Tired Hands Hype. Thankfully...HandFarm did not let us done...That is one great beer. This one - Not so much.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released in June 2013 drank in December 2014

Appearance: pours a solid black. maybe some dark browns through light or around the very thin edges. a three or so finger tan head that has a strong retention and leaves some big streaks along the sides of the glass. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: dark fruits, plums and dates. chocolate. red wine grapes. booze and roasted malts.

Taste: opens with a variety of fruits. red wine grapes are obvious and sweet. the grapes also blend together with the chocolate and dark malts to form a dried plum to date like fruit taste. semi-sweet chocolate comes through along with another wave of berries. the back end starts to become bitter with deep roasted malts and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: fairly thick and full-bodied. sweetness up front but washed away by bitter roasted malts. strong alcohol warmth, despite being very smooth and not-astringent.

Overall: First Tired Hands bottle for me. Can't say I can think of too many red wine barrel aged imperial stouts, but I can say that this one is hard to beat. great blending of vinous character with strong roastiness. incredibly well balance and extremely tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a tan head. Nose is dry malt, light olive and notes of milk chocolate. Vinous notes with berry malt sweetness. Taste follows the nose, olive and hints of milk chocolate with berry sweetness and vinous red grapes. A touch of paper. Not sugary, malt richness isn't high. Body is thick and velvety, carb is light to moderate.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16oz. waxed bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black but again, a touch thin. Lacing is stringy with moderate stick and thin legs. Decent.

Nose is slightly tart and vinous. Hints of roast, smoke, and peat. Big woody notes waft in and out. Pretty odd.

Opens vinous, woody, and leathery. Boozy too. Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, coca cola in the middle. Fudge and smoke with a bit of bittersweet rotting dark fruit in the end. Finishes boozy with ethanol heat. Aftertaste of rubbing alcohol and thin molasses. Weird but not too bad.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down moderately abrasive and boozy. Finishes hot with sticky, lingering aftertaste. Pretty thin and awkward.

Up and down the ratings, this is just a really strange brew altogether. It smells weird, it tastes weird, and it feels weird. And not all of these in a good way. I'd pass on this if I came across it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Dark khaki I guess. Thick collar. Single island of foam

Smell - Lots of red wine. Dark chocolate. Burnt malt still comes through.

Taste - Tons of red wine here. Vinous flavors mix with dark chocolate. Red wine covers up the burnt malt character.

Mouthfeel - Very vinous. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The red wine covers some of the flavors of the base. Decent barrel nonetheless.

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Photo of jtladner
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Essentially black, with a small brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. The red wine was definitely front and center in the aroma, with a sour vinous quality. However, this was backed up by strong roasted malts. The flavor nicely blended the big, strong roasted malts, including a little bit of coffee, with the slightly sour, acidic wine character. There is definitely a little heat from the alcohol, but very enjoyable.

Definitely a unique beer that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wine tasting glass. Much thanks to the DC bottle share and to beerontwowheels for the bottle.

Fain tan head on a classic dark walnut brown body. Some minor staying power with the head on the small pour.

Bouquet is quite closed on this. Some time produces very faint notes. Mild indistinct inct chocolate. Raspberry like fruit. A soft subtle roast quality.

Palate is wonderfuly oak soft and supple. Fruit angle opens up a hit with a mild tartness and very low hinting acid. Juicy red fruit with a creamy feel. Slight roast character with a little lush body. Mellow. Not very large or obvious or intense, but not that complex.

Overall an interesting beer from this new brewery. It will be curious to see how beers they make like this evolve, and what the future holds.

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Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering at the source on "Only Void Day." The brew appears a dark brown to black color with a creamy fluff topping of brown head that looks similar to a nitro pour with its creamy consistency. Some lighter brown and reddish clarity is seen around the edges.

The aroma is quite vinous with notes of alcohol tang over an earthen roast aspect. A bit of chocolate emerges as the brew warms up. There is a wild aspect that smells somewhat like brett mixed with the vinous barrel character but it integrates well with the brew.

The flavor is quite boozy with a bit of a vinous note. It is quite warming with chocolate, roast, earth and coffee tones that fade into the aftertaste. The barrel presence is quite noticeable and very much different from the base brew. A bit of tartness and accenting alcohol brings out a tannic woody flavor that if it was any more bold, id be hard pressed not to call it a wild ale instead of stout.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall I was quite pleased to try this variant on tap which should satisfy my curiosity for at least a little while longer before I have a second go at this via bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TH

Solid dark brown-back pour with a finger of tan head; moderate retention, minimal lacing. Lots of wine in the nose, roasty dark malts trying to make themselves known, notes of chocolate-covered cherries, barrel profile. Yeah, you definitely have to like red wine to like this beer, and fortunately, I am a fan. Big hit of red wine up front in the taste, boozy for sure, yet not very hot, barrel notes come out nicely, dark chocolate, earth. I wasn't a big fan of the regular Only Void, but it seems to be a readily transformable beer when barrel aged, and I think this version was a marked improvement. Only Void's body is about medium, thin for the style in my opinion, though with this version, it worked well, and the dryness from the wine gave it an overall pleasant mouthfeel.

I definitely want to let a bottle sit for a while and see if the wine mellows. It will be very interesting to see how the flavors meld with more age.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands yesterday for Only Void day. Glad I was able to get a pour of this while it was still on tap, since it kicked pretty fast.

This variant was fermented and aged in a spent red wine barrel from a local winery, and only the wild yeasts present in the barrel were used to ferment the beer. Pretty impressive (and possibly lucky) to get it up to 12% and not have any off flavors.

I wouldn't call this sour, but it's extremely different than the stainless version. It doesn't even taste like the same beer. Medium tartness, lots of tannins, and plenty of oak. I'm not sure if I like this version better than the regular one, but it's certainly an interesting take on the imperial stout style, as I'm not quite sure if I've ever had anything quite like it. 93-94/100.

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Only Void (Red Wine) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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