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Split Decision - RoughTail Brewing Co.

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very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co. visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 8
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown into a Roughtail pint glass with a huge, creamy head that lasts several minutes. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Nice mix of rye and hops on the taste, some toffee, chocolate and a little pine. Medium mouth. No date, but I found this in a sale bin, so it's probably been around a while. Still a nice brew. Roughtail is one of my favorite local breweries.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown nearly black with a big three finger finger mocha head that left very sudsy lacing.

S - Aromas of spicy aggressive rye, darker malts, little char. Nice rye notes

T - Taste is spicy rye, aggressive hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, chocolate, very nice spice notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, a pleasant surprise from Oklahoma. Very nice rye spice notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Huge dark tan head. Great retention & lacing. Black body.

S: Somewhat muted aroma of roasted malts, light chocolate, and some rye spice.

T: Interesting mix of roasted dark malts, spice, and herbal hops. Touch of chocolate. Pretty tasty, but finishes a little off – vegetal almost. In the 2nd half of the bottle, that vegetal taste all but disappeared – replaced w/ citric hops that meshed much better w/ the roast & light rye spice.

M: Medium+ body. Fairly light, fine carbonation.

O: I love rye IPAs and black IPAs, so expectations were high. Maybe too high, as the hops didn't quite take me where I wanted to go. Worth a try, but it doesn't quite measure up to their other offerings.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, rich brown that not quite black. Fluffy khaki head that does a great job of coating the sides of the glass.

S- Extremely raw coffee bean is the initial aroma. Earthy hop character and spice of the rye also shows up. A bit muddled with the dirt and bark notes.

T- A nice step up from the aroma IMO. Many rye beers fail to highlight the rye, but this one certainly lets the rye do the talking (or boxing, in this case). Tons of roasted goodness. Love the cracked pepper-like spice. Some cocoa, lots of coffee astringency, and a strong bitter hop finish. So aggressive in nature.

M- Mid body bordering on full. Dry as can be from the strong, bitter notes. Creamy on the tongue.

O- unique no doubt. Aggressive and quite enjoyable. This brewery isn't at all scared to push the envelope and live on the edge. This thing is earthy as hell and I like it. Well done. I haven't had 12th round yet, but I will certainly seek it out.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml served in a DFH IPA glass

A - Pours black with brown hued edges, a thick 2 fingered head stands tall and frothy. The glass stays coated with mocha lacing and the head shows impressive retention.

S - Roasted malt, leafy green hops, brown bread crust, peppery, toasted rye

T - Sweet roasted malts, creamy chocolate at first then turns slightly scorched, some citrus lurking underneath sharp rye grains, the roast is mild at first but grows along with the rye, and leafy green hops. It's like all the components come together and build growing stronger toward the finish, ultimately choking out all sweetness. Finishes dry with a spicy citrus bitterness.

M - Medium/heavy weight with a fuller body, moderate carbonation, creamy, Lots of hop resin left on the aftertaste.

Great stuff here. I tried to sip it but I found my self drinking this like a session beer. It's a big transition beer from start to finish. Great showcasing of the rye as well. I really enjoyed this brew and will definitely buy again.

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Split Decision from RoughTail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.