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Polaris - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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86
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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Turbojet307

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-24-2011 17:26:47 | More by Turbojet307
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jbuttitta

Maine

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-01-2011 04:14:33 | More by jbuttitta
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IBU5000

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 17:31:30 | More by IBU5000
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, Bottle number 69 of 336 2011 release.

Appearance: Same as Ursa Minor minus the head. Rich dark brown, yields a ¼” head that recedes to a thin cap. Very, very, nice lacing. The lack of a large head is to be expected from a BA stout.

Smell: Jim Beam bourbon is the first thing you get, underneath is some roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Again, Rising Tide surprises, the bourbon is present in an oaky vanilla flavor but this doesn’t overwhelm the Ursa Minor base beer, it just complements it. Damn near perfect balance, you get the chocolatety roasted wheat flavor wrapped in a nice oaky, vanilla, bourbon. Very well done, I liked Ursa Minor, I love Polaris. Such a unique beer, I don’t get any overt weizen characteristics such as banana, but there is such a nice unique flavor to this stout that it leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, delicious. Not cloying or overly sweet in any way. Easy to drink all night.

Overall: Great offering, hope to see this again next year. I bought three bottles and gave one to a friend, now I’m starting to wish I kept it. Really impressed with this brewery and their products, in all honesty I might even prefer this beer to KBS, it’s THAT good.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:25:07 | More by BobZ
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-15-2013 02:01:07 | More by Benesi88
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2013 02:35:35 | More by WanderingFool
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-28-2013 02:16:28 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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Pleasure

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-28-2013 16:19:39 | More by Pleasure
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-23-2013 00:52:51 | More by claytong
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MikeHRayn

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-17-2013 12:36:52 | More by MikeHRayn
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-28-2013 12:59:16 | More by billab914
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:38:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:17:43 | More by Etan
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Brez07

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Ursa Minor aged in Jim Beam barrels (which were previously used for Allagash Curiuex) for 6 months. Had three 8oz pours of this tonight at Mama's Crowbar

A: Pours a dark brown color and leaves a minimal amount of tan head. Not much retention to speak of, and no lacing

S: Some bourbon right up front, but nothing that overwhelms. Still get the nice roast and wheat from the base beer. Notes of chocolate as well

T: Composed similar to the nose, except the bourbon is much more specific to Jim Beam. There is some dark fruit presence not detected in the nose. Brief flavors of caramel, brown sugar and oak. And as odd as it sounds, there is even a small amount of fresh dill at times

M: Starts off medium bodied but finishes a little thin. Dry, roasted (almost hazelnutty) finish. Appropriate amount of carbonation

D: Very smooth, easy drinking. This was aged well to give it subtle barrel aspects. Looking forward to this in bottles

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 04:06:52 | More by Brez07
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2013 00:03:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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davey101

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2013 23:24:44 | More by davey101
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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.