Only Void (Rye Whiskey) | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerThursdays on 06-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 54
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 2013 Rye Whiskey Only Void, the one with the puke green wax dip. Allowed to warm up to room temperature, and poured into the Only Void balloon glass, this beer looks as good as the Red Wine version did, since it wasn't over carbonated or infected. Black body topped with a creamy tan foam that didn't do much sticking around.

The aroma is softer than the Red Wine version, and certainly less fruity. The Rye Whiskey version shows a lot of spice, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, oak, charred marshmallow, but then also has a little tangy whiff to it as well, with a quick hint of lime.

The body is closer to what the base beer showed; it is more full-bodied, chewy, and the carbonation helps to lift the sweetness. The taste carries all the flavors of the aroma, with a lot of rye, spice, green pepper, vanilla, lime, and some burnt caramel.

I thought this beer was just okay. There wasn't any one thing that stood out to me that made me want to drink more. The beer definitely picked up some flavor from the barrel, but it felt subdued. I was hoping for something more noteworthy. I wouldn't suggest that people go out of their way to try this beer, but it isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is near black with an inch+ of dense, beige head. the aroma brings a potent dose of whiskey, followed by vanilla, bread, oak, chocolate. Again, big whiskey flavor, followed closely by rye bread and chocolates. Huge barrel characteristics. A bit tannic in the finish with lingering booze on the palate. Overall, a really solid beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my first steady trader, beerisheaven, for this bottle. I'd count up how many bottle we've swapped, but then I might think about the FedEx charges, & that just leads no place good. So I'll bask in the beer. I mean, not literally. 500ML bottle with some cool, trippy, artwork that has my inner sci-fi geek head-bobbing.

First, I have to penetrate the waxcrete, but luckily, I'm the Michael Weston of wax, & it's soon on the floor, in pieces. Pour is close to 100% dark, with a very bold head for such a big beer. Nose rates an 'interesting' on the scale, with lots of roast, raw chocolate, & a huge dose of vanilla. Just listing the ingredients isn't quite right; they combine to smell very good with an edge of uniqueness to it.

Only Void - Rye Whiskey: the taste, too, is borderline indescribable. Nothing stands up to shake your hand, the flavors are all melded & mellow, which is odd, considering how aggressive the nose was. Mild roast, chocolate, a wisp of campfire, subtle does of rye whiskey (really subtle), vanilla, Pepsi. Mouthfeel is on the over-robust side, not enough to be distracting, but toeing that line. Kind of wish now I'd split this with my wife. EDIT: nah. This is a very nice beer to sip over two hours or so.

A good beer that seems out of place in this loud, in-yo-face brewing world, this is the brew that stands silently in the corner.

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Photo of fdig23
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Nice pitch black body with a medium-sized khaki head.

Nose: Huge creamy, sweet whiskey up front with a hint of chocolate and tons of coca-cola. There's a sharp funk in there that is weird but works. It smells great at first but as it warms it gets to be too much. Pure cloying cherry coke with a lot of whiskey character.

Taste: Creamy,chewy chocolate covered cherries, more coca-cola, a good bit of spicy/sour rye whiskey, and some roasted chocolate. It finishes with loads of sticky, sweet coke.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good all the way around just wishing there was a bit more body to it.

Overall: Really interesting and different imperial stout. The sweet soda notes can be a bit overwhelming, especially in the nose, but there's enough chocolate and fruit to balance it out in flavor. First of the Only Voids I've tried. Excited for the rest.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Big thanks to Stakem for splitting this one with me a few months back. Pours black with a rich dark mocha head. This maintains a firm richness, leaving back a thick cascade of lacing that slows drips down the sides of the glass. The nose is mix of whiskey, chocolate, roast and dark fruit. It’s got some overall nice flavors here but seems a little subdued considering. The taste has a moderate whiskey sting to it up front, which is followed by a big push from behind of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and dark fruit flavors. This is dry, tannic and burnt feeling on the edges and finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth. Alcohol is handled well with just some sting from the barrel being present. This was good. I wish that the aroma had given up a bit more character but the flavor and smoothness of the body more than made up for it. Thanks again for sharing Adam.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a 3.5 finger frothy, mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick and oily legs. Great looking beer!

Nose is dank dark fruit, wood, some mocha, peat and leather. Deep, dark and rich though with some weird flavors.

Opens yeasty. Notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses and plum. Some ashy notes in the middle with just the slightest hint of booziness. More dark fruit sweetens this one just a bit before the finish which is liquorice and roast. Aftertaste of chocolate, smoke, ash, and rotting wood. Pretty enjoyable.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slightly prickly but pretty smooth in the mouth and goes down rich and warming. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very solid.

Compared to the stainless steel version, this is a much better beer. There is no infection, the flavors are pretty complimentary and the barrel is subtle but noticeable. Worth trying.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Nice surface wisps. Thick chunky collar.

Smell - Not much whiskey. Dark chocolate. Booze. Vanilla.

Taste - Chocolate. Vanilla. The whiskey isn't prominent, but it cuts the ashy flavor from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly boozier than the base.

Overall - Pretty good, but no improvement on the base.

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Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml into a matching Tired Hands glass. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki finger of head. Some brown clarity is noted around the edges. The cap holds fairly well, slowly fading leaving patches of lacing effect.

The aroma is oaky with a minor vinous appeal blended with chocolate. Some earth and roasted quality is evident. A little bit of brine and alcohol tang meshes with sulfur. As it warms up, a spicy whiskey note really starts to evolve.

The flavor is roasty with earth and raw oak. More sips reveal a bit of chocolate and tangy vinous elements moreso than the expected whiskey. However, the flavors really meld well with an aftertaste mildly reminescent of tobacco.

This is medium bodied bordering on heavier from the modest level of carbonation and smooth to chewy feel it displays. I dont know how this is 12% abv, it never feels even half that much. This is a pretty awesome brew, I could easily drink more than a liter of this myself. When is the next only void day? I need more.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into taster glass. About 4oz.

A - Nearly black with a small off white head. Decent lacing.

S - Similar to the Stainless Void with a bit of the barrel character coming through. Oak and chocolate.

T - Amazingly smooth. Thought it would be more sweet, but it's very well done. LIttle to no heat. NIce roast character and a bit of whiskey. Again with the chocolate, coffee and oak.

M - Full bodied and decently carbonated. Goes down very easily.

O - Well done beer. Another solid offering from Tired Hands.

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Only Void (Rye Whiskey) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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