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Split Decision - RoughTail Brewing Co.

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very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 10-20-2013)
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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance - black with some mahogany against the light. Very thick, tan head; lacing is thick and sticky!
Smell - roasted barley and malts, rye bread, and floral hops that is surprising, but I like the boldness!
Taste - follows the nose. The floral hops is very unique for a black ale, or even a black rye ale, as this one is categorized.
Feel - a nice balanced and complex black rye ale.
Overall - I appreciate the uniqueness of this brew, and the drinkibility is a nice touch!

DenverHopHead, Oct 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Justin8mypants
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Justin8mypants, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labeled as an Imperial Black Rye Ale, so I called it a rye...

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of rocky, tan head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Peppery rye, hints of roastyness that really develop as this warms. Also some brown bread

T: Follows the nose, a bit of carob, roastyness is there in spades up front, along with dryness. More roasted malt as this warms & touch of pumpernickel & pineyness & a trace of grapefruit & plenty of peppery spice bite. Finishes with a ton of roastyness, rye spiceyness

MF: Fairly chewy, firm carbonation, nicely balanced for the style

A nice take on the style that delivers on rye, roastyness & hop bitterness. So far, I haven't had a bad beer from these guys & I like/love all their hoppy offerings

russpowell, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kmlund, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CRJMellor, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Makebelieve81, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

shortbus126, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

PoBear, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Bosoxfan20, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Davepoolesque, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

gruss004, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bubbadog, Jun 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

BeerRefugee, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  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

rudzud, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TechBrew, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

beernads, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Texasfan549, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

capnamerica, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Auror, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JakeWright, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RichH55, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

JaredA, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Bierlerner
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man. This beer is a knockout.

A- pours black as night. Slow to form carbonation, like the bubbles are coming up from the depths unknown, and build into a 2-3finger head. Nice!

S- smells of slight roast and chocolates with fresh hops and maple syrup. Pretty different and extremely pleasurable.

T- roast, chocolate, dark spices, rye that are completely balanced by fresh, wet, sapp, and piney hops. The spicy rye and hops play so well together here.

M- pretty thick and heavy body for the style. Slight chewyness. Velvety texture and carbonation though.

O- boom! Great stuff. A complete surprise and it was wonderful. I will be drinking many more.

Bierlerner, Oct 24, 2013
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Split Decision from RoughTail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.