Father Beast | Tired Hands Brewing Company

Father BeastFather Beast
BA SCORE
85.7%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 49 Ratings
Father BeastFather Beast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by weeare138 on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
49
Liked:
42
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
10.68%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Brewski
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from the release at TH

Poured into an #appropriate FatherBeast snifter. Chestnut brown color, deep and nearly opaque, with a small cap of bubbly head that soon receded to a thin collar; small streaks of lacing here and there. Now, MotherAnimal, the base beer for this one, I admittedly was not a big fan of, but the power of a barrel should never be underestimated (although Dad's Hat isn't exactly good booze, and I think that's the brand of barrel they used here). The best quality of this beer was definitely the aroma. Toffee, molasses, cream soda, butterscotch, lesser notes of licorice and subtle warming booze. Definitely had that luscious barleywine nose. The flavor profile wasn't nearly as alluring. Better than the base, but still just kind of weird to me. Sweet, but kept from being cloying by a solid woodiness lent by the barrel, notes of cocoa, rum raisin, burnt caramel, hints of vegetal vanilla bean and old coffee grounds--as opposed to MA, I don't think there was any actual coffee in FB, but if so, it was nearly faded, and I think that's a good thing. Definitely had a boozy kick, with sensations of whiskey, rum, and fusel alcohol. Mouthfeel was still a bit on the thin side for a barleywine and not very smooth overall, carbonation was appropriate. It was good, and I'd like to try it again in a few months to see what time does to it; not sure if aging it any longer than that will make a difference, but I guess it's worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of kbuzz
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of stakem
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate Rifugium hooking me up with a bottle of this as well as the matching proper glass. Poured from the wax dipped 375ml into said father beast snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with a rich tan cap that fades quick. Upon closer inspection, some balls of yeast particulate find their way into the glass.

The smell is a blend of something woody and fruity then transitions to a maltiness like molasses. Hints of raison and raw oak fill out the rest of the holes in the aroma.

The taste is solvent and boozy with raison, vanilla, caramel and herbal hops. Overall it blends well with all the flavors expected/indicative of a barrel aged barleywine.

This is a medium bodied brew thats moderately carbonated. Its a boozy sipper and overall enjoyable. I appreciate the chance to crack into a bottle - its not bad but its also not something id venture out of my way to secure more of.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing this for National Repeal Prohibition Day. This is a holiday I will get on board with for sure. FatherBeast was one of the earlier bottle releases from Tired Hands, along with W13 (Westy13). From the label: "FatherBeast is our Barleywine conditioned on vanilla beans in local rye whiskey barrels. Aged for six months at the brewery before being released. All Hail FatherBeast" Served in the FatherBeast snifter, and slightly chilled.

Poured from the 375ml bottle, FatherBeast is a brilliantly clear, dark ruby glass body with beautiful bright red highlights throughout. The tan-colored head is about a finger thick, and takes some time to diminish. It leaves a thin lacing behind, wispy and light. For a high alcohol beer, this is better than expected.

The aroma is remarkably strong, leaning heavily on aromas derived from the whiskey barrels. Big whiffs of vanilla, cranberry, butter toffee, cherry, oak, spice, and a vague hint of the underlying alcohol.

The flavor mimics the aroma, with notes of vanilla and oak, but there is a berry-like tartness here that pulls back on the sweetness of the beer, and while it isn't because of any infection, it still puts me off of this flavor. It's not as full bodied and sweet as one would expect after the aroma.

I've had this beer in a blind tasting of barrel-aged barleywines, and this ranked very low. I don't remember if it was THE lowest, but it definitely stood out in the bottom. It was disappointing to say the least. But having it tonight, Not in comparison with world-class barleywines, it is not a "bad" beer. There is just something off about this, and I think it's that subtle tartness that is unexpected and kind of undesired in a sweet style like a BA Barleywine with vanilla beans.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with toffee and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at the Dusty Sheep in Lancaster, PA. enjoyed chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is dark amber like maple syrup with a translucent clarity and sandstone head that settles to a ring of beads, lace sticks. The smell is very intense with wood from the barrel malt and a lot of vanilla aroma with some light whiskey odor. The feel is great really full with mild carbonation and slight alcohol under a foundation of rich malt with semi-dry finish with warming after the sip.

The flavor manages to incorporate all of the components of the aroma with mostly malt chewiness and and subtle alcohol from the barrel with smoothness of the vanilla adding to the profile in a way that makes it all come together with sweet, spice and wood represented well. Overall this is a great wood aged beer-it is showing some of the abv in the flavor with subtle wood tannin, but it could be a good candidate for cellaring and i would not hesitate to have it again if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark, clear walnut hue with a thin wispy head that leaves nice legs.

S - Aromas of rye whiskey, vanilla, caramel, soft barrel, brown sugar, raisins. No alcohol at all.

T - Taste is similar, the whiskey is super subtle, light barrel notes, nice malts, good brown sugar, vanilla is almost non-existent. The booze is super hidden, still, the flavor profile is a bit thin.

M - Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, though the alcohol is hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was super aromatic and tasty, the mouthfeel was awful though.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Father Beast from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.7% out of 100 with 49 ratings
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