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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,972
Ranked #17,388
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
5 Out Of 55 Out Of 5
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with cacao, peanut butter, marshmallow, PA maple syrup, vanilla beans, and One Village Coffee espresso beans.
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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick dark brown pour with a bubbly, cola looking much colored head that settles quickly. Aroma is very dessert-like; chocolate-peanut butter, notes of coffee and vanilla as well. Flavor is big and sweet, with the chocolate, peanut butter and notes of marshmallow all coming through. Such a hodge-podge of flavors it is hard to pull each ingredient, but it is sure dessert like. Feel is not too thick, very slick, medium-low carb. Surprisingly well done overall, with this one not being too much of a sugar bomb.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler. HUGE thanks to Stakem for gifting me with the remnants of this. Pours black with a thin mocha head. Just some thin ringing around the edges for retention and lace. Pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is a rich mix of coffee, caramel, cocoa and vanilla. A dark fruit component is sticking out to me as well. I’m even getting a bit of that peanut flavor. This is mostly sweet in the nose but there’s definitely a dark edge to this too. The taste is similar, being sticky up front with an extremely sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla and syrup. Roasted coffee bitterness and some earthy citrus (even dark fruit) character help take some of that sweet edge off. Peanut butter is present and hangs in the finish with that leftover sweetness (and seems to come out the more you let this sit in your mouth). The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but sadly fairly flat, although there is soft chewy carbonation that is still present. Adam had warned me that the carbonation here was pretty much DOA right off the bat, so I was at least expecting it. I will say that the big 10% is extremely well hid. This is a smooth sipper. This was interesting. While it definitely didn't blow my socks off, it isn't quite the train wreck that this could have easily have been either. Thanks again for the share Adam. I know this wasn't a cheap growler to acquire.

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to BA tenderbranson by way of BA Slatetank for getting this growler to me. Poured into a matching TH oversized wine glass. The brew appears dark brown in color with lighter brown around the edges almost like cola or root beer in appearance but quite hazed. A finger of tan head fades back quickly to a thin film. A swirl hardly releases a few bubbles but places some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with an earthen aspect that blends into coffee, chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit of citrus component present and I am stretching to say that part of the roasted grain element faintly seems like peanut butter but without knowing that was an ingredient, I dont think I would know its there. When deeper whiffs are taken, the alcohol has a solvent to fusel aspect.

The flavor is sweet and full almost sticky with a chewy feel of vanilla before blending into milk chocolate. The roast component hints towards citrus with a mineral aspect towards the back. There is a mild fruity alcohol note that once blended with the residual sweetness and vanilla almost gives a cola sort of flavor to this brew just like the aroma hinted towards.

This is a full bodied brew that is slick and smooth with a chewy feel. The carbonation leaves a lot to be desired as it is way too low. The lack of bubbles inhibits the flavors from really blending and rolling across the tongue like they possibly could have. This brew screams vanilla and even possibly marshmallow fluff. The chocolate roast is faint as well as the coffee inclusion. The peanut butter is seemingly completely lost in flavor but present somewhat in the aromatics. Overall I would call this brew interesting on paper and creative to let your fans pick the adjuncts. But this is collectively pretty much a failure in my glass. I wanted to like this beer, I really did. But paying $35 for 2 liters of this has been the dumbest choice I have made in awhile.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at the Dusty Sheep grand opening my first Beer enjoyed on my birthday!

The color is pitch black with thin ring of med brown which settles quickly. The opacity is inidicative of a rich stout. The smell has a lot going on -vanilla and coffee are the dominant with sweet malt odor. The feel is strong with roasted malt and caramel sweetness with a dry alcoholic finish.

The taste is like having dessert with vanilla and cocoa with some coffee acidity and mild caramel malt sweetnes. The flavor ends on the dry side with some warming alcohol and the flavor has a dark toffe taste with some residual sugar in the taste. The overall impression is this is a pretty tasty stout...lots of things to chew on and it has a pretty full presence with the added flavoring. I would definitely try this again -great stout.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the brewpub - served in wine glass

Deep, blacked out pour with a tanned creamy head resting on top. Retains well, leaving spotty lacing along the glass while drinking.

Sweet and malty in the nose with vanilla bean, marshmallow, chocolate and syrup. Dark malts, roasted warmth and a boozy glow shine through.

Somewhat of a hodgepodge of tasty flavors, with marshmallow and vanilla bean right at the top. Dark chocolate, warm maltiness and a soft hint of syrup. The peanut butter doesn't quite exactly make it through, which was a bummer, but soft notes of coffee beans fill out the profile on the back end. Finishes malty, sweet and warm with lingering vanilla.

Fuller medium body, lighter carbonation, creamy and soft on the tongue. With so many ingredients, this was bound to have a jumbled profile, although I still really enjoyed the chocolately-vanilla bean blast that sang the longest and loudest in this beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the Brewpub, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours pitch black, one finger tall tan head, minimal lacing.

S - Smell was all over the place but I did get most of the added ingredients. The cocoa, vanilla and a tiny bit of marshmallow fluff are present initially and as it warms up more and more maple syrup and PB start to come out.

T - Very similar to the nose. The lighter flavors start things off while the PB is slow to develop but once it does it really shines through. Finish is pretty sweet with some light lingering roast.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, smooth feel.

O - This is definitely a big beer with a ton of flavors going on inside its depths. I am glad I got to try it while it was around.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at TH

Served in an 8oz. wine glass, 5Oo5 was a dark brown-black liquid, with a creamy cap of tan head, with lines of chocolate brown penciled in; this receded to a wisp, leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass.

For all that went into this beer, the aroma was pretty muted, all roast: dark malts, light notes of peanuts and a little coffee.

The taste was pretty much dominated by a rough phenolic flavor, quite medicinal, with a solventy, malt-liquor-like booziness maybe from the maple syrup addition (I had the same thing happen with one of my homebrews, so I'm guessing that's what it was, not certain though); beyond that, there were lesser notes of raw chocolate, burnt marshmallow (detected mostly in the flavoring of the head, which was neat), sugary sweetness, really nothing in the department of peanut butter or vanilla, with very little coffee coming through; more cacao emerged as the beer warmed, but more solvent emerged as well. Mouthfeel was about medium, quite thin for a stout, but about the norm for a Tired Hands stout. Would be nice on nitro, I'd imagine.

So I went back a few days later to try this again. "Maybe it was a bad pour?" I thought to myself. "Tap lines not fully flushed when switched over perhaps?" But honestly, I got the same exact off-flavors, and nothing else had changed. Hmm. I just don't know. Either 1.) there's legit something wrong with this beer, 2.) I just don't like the beer, or 3.) I don't have a taste for beers made with junk food thrown in! (Wasn't a fan of Snack Attack either, so go figure). I tried.

End of story: if there is 1 out of 100 Tired Hands beers I don't care for, I guess this is that one.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OnTap at tired hands.

Appearance is deep dark brown, not quite black, but almost there.
Described as brewed with, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, vanilla beans, cacao, espresso. In the nose, it is mostly the cacao and espresso that i can discern.The taste of this had many levels. It stats off with a strong espresso, and then slowly fades from cacao to vanilla. Great carbonation level, and mouthfeel. Overall a great beer, but there is a little room for improvement

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5 Out Of 5 from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 72 ratings