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Polaris - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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86
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Polaris is our first special release beer—a wheat stout aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. We started with our winter weizen stout Ursa Minor, fermenting it to completion in steel before barrel aging it for 5 months. Hints of the base beer remain but with the added complexity of vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and oak notes. Conditioned to a moderately low level of carbonation in the bottle, this beer is a perfect cold-evening sipper.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 11-10-2011)
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%

Late Autumn 2012 release. 12.7 oz. C&C bottle. Limited release of 960 bottles.

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Roasted barley, dark fruits, and a hint of barrel character that includes vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Subtle and complex

T: Follows the nose, only more complex. Starts with the roasted malts and fruity wheat character and goes into the barrel aspects. The barrel imparts the usual vanilla, bourbon, oak, and some tannins. Again, the barrel is subtle and doesn't overwhelm the base beer

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: The base beer is already solid, and aging this in Jim Beam barrels only makes it better and more complex. Far from a bourbon bomb, so don't expect that. That said, I'd drink this sooner rather than later given the abv and subtle barrel character. A little pricey at $8.49 for a 12.7 oz. bottle, but this is one unique beer

01-28-2013 02:31:01 | More by BEERMILER12
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Mostly an aroma of bourbon. Some vanilla, some roasted malt. Maybe a bit of spice.

The bourbon aroma smoothed out in the taste. Still present, but not as forward. Chocolate and coffee notes, a little bit of vanilla. Things came together well.

This was a smooth, easy-drinking beer. Very enjoyable, will drink it again.

12-15-2012 21:04:36 | More by lordofthewiens
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-02-2014 19:16:30 | More by Janeinma
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-24-2013 04:03:47 | More by doremite
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2013 14:41:19 | More by acurtis
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-20-2013 22:27:35 | More by mjstacker
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-28-2014 01:55:22 | More by Bunuelian
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cfrobrew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-19-2014 22:50:11 | More by cfrobrew
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-01-2013 02:35:26 | More by hockeypuck
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a fine, huge brown head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, lots of vanilla and toffee (actually smells a lot like a vanilla toffee candy), mild earthyness, light bourbon. Smells great. Starts out with bourbon soaked dark toasted malt, then thins out to a more bourbon influenced, vanilla, chocolate and caramel character, finishing with lingering bourbon barrel and light greassy hops. Different, but good. Medium bodied, lighter than expected from a rich stout. Starts out as a barrel aged stout experience, but then presents an interesting light body from the wheat that actually showcases the other relatively complex flavors. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests, overall well integrated, but you will know this is bourbon barrel aged. I enjoyed this quite tasty and off-beat stout (they call it a barrel aged wheat stout and that fits perfectly). Hope I can find something else from this brewery. If the body of most heavy barrel aged stouts is too much for you, it may be worth trying this out as a nice change.

01-17-2014 04:50:23 | More by LiquidAmber
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Mike

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2013 05:28:53 | More by Mike
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle 117 of 336
Released Autumn of 2011

Pours a wicked black color, a large tan head gives about two-three fingers of head, fades at a slow rate to leave a long lasting cap.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, picking up a bit of chocolate, not really finding any bourbon or woody aspects that might come from the barrel aging process.

Taste starts out with a burnt roasted malt front, bitter dark chocolate follows, dark fruit begins to linger in and is likely from the barreling process even though it still remains subtle, incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slightly above normal carbonation level, picking up hints of heat so although the ABV is unknown it's probably a bit stronger than the regular Ursa Minor.

Very glad I was able to find a bottle of this at a lesser known wine & cheese shop, especially considering it has been sold out everywhere else for at least a few weeks before procuring it.

02-11-2012 00:20:39 | More by deltatauhobbit
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. 2011 bottle - #70.
Pours a deep black with a creamy creamy tan head. Wow, this looks awesome! Nice boozey barrel roasted malt and oaty aroma. Taste is nice booze/bourbon, roasted malt and oat; some coffee notes. Silky smooth as can be, and super easy to drink. I actually thought this was much bigger by the taste, but almost a sessionable stout; if it came in 12oz year-round bottles. Nice brew.

01-24-2013 16:38:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

375ml sent by Valdieu2. Autumn 2013 bottle, /1620. Thanks! Into a flute glass.

A: Pours brownish black with a small dark cocoa-colored head.

S: Thick notes of bourbon and fudge push up, along with some dry oak and soft raisiny sweetness. This smells more robust than the 6.7% would suggest.

T: Taste brings milky coffee, mild bourbon and oak, dry dusting of cocoa, slight vinous note.

M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy carbonation.

O: This is pretty nice. Man times lighter-strength stouts get washed out by the barrels, but Rising Tide managed to keep things pretty balanced here.

12-15-2013 02:17:43 | More by Etan
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losethemittens

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-02-2014 16:57:24 | More by losethemittens
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jgammoniv

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-29-2013 20:22:43 | More by jgammoniv
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-11-2013 00:03:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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Cadebro

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

I was lucky enough to get one of these in a 22oz bottle the day before it was officially released.

A - Black with a thin, dark caramel brown head. Leaves tiny clusters of lace behind.

S - Bourbon, dark cherry and coffee. There's a sweet smell as well, perhaps vanilla.

T - Bourbon, plum and slightly smokey. Finishes sweet and a little cloying.

M - Fairly heavy body for a stout, at times almost too thick and sticky.

D - Rising Tide's Weizen Stout is one of my favorites. This bourbon aged version is very good. They balanced the aging very well, I would drink this many times except for the price tag.

11-10-2011 10:41:19 | More by Cadebro
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-29-2013 02:29:08 | More by discharmingly
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

not sure if I've ever had a wheat based stout before, esp aged in bourbon barrels, so this should be interesting.

Pours a darker colored bubbly fluffy 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly with all the big bubbles popping, leaves just a bit of lacing which surprises me a bit, over almost pitch black beer with slight hints of ruby light sneaking through the edges.

Nose brings a nice blend of malts and bourbon barrel, starting with a bit of a roasty dark malt with hints of coffee, then dark chocolate and baker's choc plus cocoa, then plenty of bourbon to match the malts, a bit of an oak barrel with vanilla and light woody shelf sawdust like barrel aromas, then more malts with caramel, toffee, molasses, and a strange malty softness I can only attribute to the wheat.

Taste starts with slight esters from the wood actually, but then quickly moves to the barrel flavors, some nice bourbon with a light toasty oak and more wood shelf flavors, and a light vanilla and oak chip like. Then malts kick in, some chocolate but not as much as I expected, light baker's chocolate, a bit of roast with hint of coffee, some caramel and light toasty brown malt flavors, toffee, molasses, etc. It gets a very slight burnt malt quality that adds a hint of briny roasty quality that brings it down a bit. It does have a creamy almost oatmeal like feel and flavor, with perhaps a touch of lactose, and a nice soft malt cushion. Some bitterness is brought in with the roasty flavors but also a bit of an earthy hop kick. I also gets very slight hints of dark fruit and even a caramelized banana flavor which is really interesting, and I'm not making that up!!! It finishes sticky and a bit syrupy but slightly drier, with more dark malts, hints of chocolate and caramel, as well as bourbon and barrel woody esters, and a creamy feel all lingering.

Mouth is full bodied, a bit creamy, no real booze, and decent enough carb for the style although its lower than usual.

Overall really interesting, a nice profile with nice malts, a bit more chocolate would have been nice, the roast hits well but just a hair too much burntness, bourbon comes on nice but fades too quickly, and the barrel brings a good profile. there are some hints of wheat with the soft feel and hints of banana like fruits and softness overall, and a bit of a creamy oatmeal or lactose feel. The hints of bitterness and hops play in well and not too much, but maybe a hint more would kick this up a notch.

02-20-2012 02:16:30 | More by jlindros
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-24-2013 00:14:10 | More by BostonPhilly
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-22-2014 02:49:34 | More by mportnoy
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-11-2013 00:05:30 | More by IrishColonial
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Pours a light brown, one-finger head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied, body is a little thin for a stout. Bourbon and sweet wheat nose. Flavor is malty sweet wheat and bourbon. Pricey at $8.50 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

01-10-2013 23:14:59 | More by jdhilt
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IBU5000

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

Was expecting another heavy bourbon aged stout, but found something much better. An excellent beer with smooth but not too smooth notes of oak, bourbon and caramel ending with chocolaty malt finish. Presented in a nice wired corked 22oz bottle.

Pours as a nice tall rolling surf style nougaty tan head that modestly settles without going flat. The head wafts full of butterscotch and vanilla blended nicely with a bourbon-oak foundation that stays with the beer throughout. Emphasis on the head, can't recall the last time I've been this surprised by such a balanced but dynamic bouquet in a stout. Great full-body as expected but goes down buttery smooth with chocolate and hints of espresso at conclusion.

Polaris disappeared on me quickly, it could be a sipper but was too dam quaffable to keep around for my palate. Maybe it was the wheat that brought out the complexity and rich flavors which helped to eliminate that overly roasted malt finish many traditional stronger stouts uphold. Overall a very unique offering…wish I had purchased more than 1 bottle. Another great pour from Rising Tide and the state of Maine.

01-06-2013 17:31:30 | More by IBU5000
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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.