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Polaris - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
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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1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

chippo33, May 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 27, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

Thanks to Ben for sharing! This bottle is number 151 of 336. Poured into a tulip. The color is nice and black with a small than head. This one looks a little thin compared to other barrel aged stouts, but I'm not knocking it for that (I'm not sure this would be an imperial stout anyway).

The aroma is full of licorice and lots of bitter dark chocolate. I get a hint of fruitiness or maybe some cherry notes.

The taste is bitter coffee, much of the positive aroma notes are muted and hard to perceive entirely. There is a slightly tart cherry finish.

The body is a little thin, with heavy carbonation that drinks like a seltzer almost.

I'm wondering if this might be headed downhill; I'm a little disappointed. The aroma was promising at least.

andrewinski1, Dec 22, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Khazadum, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

mportnoy, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Jonny41, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

BostonPhilly, Nov 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

IrishColonial, Jan 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Jslay013, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

doremite, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

discharmingly, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thegerm87, Jan 07, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

A - pitch black pour into a pint glass (wrong glassware oh well), half a finger tan head that doesn't hang on too long, very fine bubbles, minimal lacing

S - alcohol front and center, very red wine-esque, coffee and roasted scents hidden deep below

T - astringent and alcoholic up front, whiskey/bourbon middle (smoother than the first bit), butterscotch sweet finish

M - smooth and light with a slight tingle toward the end

O - this is a winter warmer for sure. Very complex. A bit unbalanced I feel as that alcohol kick is a bit too strong for my liking. Might have been better letting this one age a bit longer, but I'm not dissatisfied.

poolemhore, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mjstacker, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bunuelian, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jgammoniv, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

smutty33, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

juliusseizure, Jan 28, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Grabbed two bottles at RSVP. One to rate, one to cellar.
As almost always, poured into a Sebago tulip glass.

Jet black with a small dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells like bourbon and vanilla, no surprise. Taste is light, mineral, with notes of coffee and alcohol. Sharp tight carbonation. Some chocolate malt in the dry grainy finish. Vanilla and bourbon flavors become more pronounced as it warms, but not overwhelming.

ggilman, Dec 19, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle 151 of 336. Poured into a tulip. This pours jet black with a thin layer of dark mocha head. It settles quickly leaving some thick lace.

The aroma is jam packed full of rich bourbon right up front. Hints of chocolate and licorice in the background with dark fruits. The pallet has a nice chocolate flavor to it with some vanilla notes. A little bit of a dark cherry flavor rounding it out with good roasted malts throughout the drink.

The body is a little lighter than I would prefer and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. But it doesn't ruin the end result. Overall a nice treat here. I look forward to new beers from these guys.

Bendurgin, Dec 22, 2011
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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.

jdhilt, Jan 10, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass. This is bottle number 163 of 336.

The beer is completely black, with a decent of amount of tan foam resting on top. The liquid is too opaque to make out and rising carbonation. Lacing is good.

The beer has a strong bourbon aroma. It's like sticking my nose into a glass of Jim Beam. I'm not really smelling any of the roasted malts that make up the nose in Ursa Minor (the base beer). There is a little bit of malty sweetness, but for the most part this beer smells boozy. If it still smells like this after 5 months of aging, I wonder how hot it was when fresh?

Luckily, the bourbon in the flavor isn't as overpowering as in the aroma, although it is still strong. It provides some good oak and peat moss flavors, and a smokiness that works very well with Ursa Minor's roasted malts. There is a slight chocolate flavor here that I didn't pick up on in Ursa Minor, and Polaris doesn't have any obvious wheat characteristics.

The body is thick, but not as thick as some other stouts. It leaves a slight stickiness on my lips. The mouthcoat is also sticky, but retains some decent flavors. Despite the strong aroma, there is no heat from the alcohol.

Although not an amazing bourbon barrel aged stout, this is an enjoyable beer. I think I would have liked to let it age a little longer, but I was in the mood for Rising Tide tonight, so I cracked it open. If you were one the people who sought this beer out, I think you'll be happy with it. Hopefully, this is the first of many barrel aged releases that Nate has in the works. There is a lot of potential here, but I am left wanting slightly more. Still, no part of me regrets checking Facebook obsessively until I saw Polaris was on sale and rushing out right away to secure bottle. I only regret not picking up a second bottle (but with such a low bottle count, I wanted to leave plenty on the shelf).

ToasterChef, Apr 29, 2012
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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.