Polar Night Stout - RoughTail Brewing Co.
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3.89/5 rDev +1.6%
Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a nice deep dark brown nearly black with a good thick almost three finger dark mocha head that faded to leave spotty side lacing and a dense one finger blanket.
S - Aromas of dark, roasted malts, light chocolate, light bready notes, faint caramel, light coffee bitterness. I get some hops, but, they're a bit older.
T - Taste is more of the nose, nice roasted black malt, coffee, darker chocolate, bitter roast and bitter chocolate, rather bitter spicy hop note too. Decent enough stout aspects here with light nougat notes and caramel, the chocolate here is rather prevalent and carries throughout the profile.
M - Mouthfeel isn't bad, slightly lighter/thin but does hide the alcohol well.
O - Overall, not a bad stout, but the hops might be a bit too aggressive here. Great chocolate notes though.
07-30-2014 22:28:54 | More by rudzud
3.89/5 rDev +1.6%
Yay more tall-boy cans, thanks to rudzud for leaving this one for me, my first from this brewery.
Pours a darker colored fizzy head that hits 1/2 finger and keeps trying to fade quickly but seems to be reinforced, eventually leaves lots of messy lacing, pitch black beer no real light getting through.
Nose is pretty strong and aromatic, nice dark chocolate and cocoa powder, little biscuit and malted milk mall notes, a touch of roast and black malt, with a bit of a fluffy nougat note and some nice caramel, some creamy notes with a hint of milk chocolate and coffee milk. Faint earthy spicy hops in the background.
Taste brings more of the same but this time some bitter roast comes out front, roasted black malt, and some dark roasted coffee beans, etc, then into the big spicy earthy hops, big bitterness with a touch of an orange zest. Quite strong and bold out front. In there is mixed with some creamy oats, a bit of a milk chocolate like flavor, with some bitter roasted coffee, etc. A bit of a very dark bitter chocolate as well, and a mild fluffy nougat note and nice caramel. The chocolate keeps going as it goes. Finish is quite bitter, with more spicy earthy hops, a touch of pine and citrus too that seem to clash a bit wiht the big dark roasty malts, etc. nice layered chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts and coffee lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit creamy chewy and fluffy, lighter but decent carb.
Overall OK pretty nice, lots of dark malts, roasty, chocolate, decent creamy oats, roasted coffee, etc etc. HOps are nice at first, but turn a little citrus and piney which clash a bit. Otherwise a pretty nice beer.
07-30-2014 01:55:20 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a pounder can. Dark, oily brown with an off white head and lacing. Aroma of charred malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. In the taste, big chocolate malts, then more residual coffee, vanilla and hop flavor. Well balanced, the hop flavors are fairly brash to stand up to the malts, and do so in an earthy, bitter fashion. Full bodied brew with good carbonation and a hop bite. Overall, this stout is a great canned option. Recommended
06-08-2014 01:52:52 | More by Stinkypuss
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a nice, large, dark brown and creamy head, with great retention and tons of spiderweb lacing. Dark black beer, as expected.
Surprisingly bright, grassy, bitter aroma, focusing on dank, green hops. Bitter chocolate malt hides in the background. Pleasant, but not what I'm expecting in a traditional stout (then again, the can does mark "aggressiveness" through the roof).
Smooth, bitter, roasty and chocolatey taste. It doesn't at first stand out, but then a huge wave of dark cacao comes rushing over the palate. Huge hoppy bitterness smacks your gums, but leaves only a slight citrus peel flavor behind.
Very smooth, but a little lighter feel overall than I prefer in a stout. No sting; lively and creamy, with a long, lingering finish.
This is a solid, enjoyable stout, probably about on par with Storm King (and in a similar style), but well below the style benchmarks a la FIS. Nor does it bring anything unique enough to the table to stand apart from any other good-but-not-great stout. Certainly worth picking up for a try.
05-11-2014 17:30:53 | More by Roguer
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured into a nonic pint glass. One inch had that falls to thin film and leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasted barley and citrusy hops. Flavor is typical rush of roasted malts and coffee flavors with a balancing bitterness. Overall, it is a good call if you like the style.
04-23-2014 23:20:28 | More by EagleTalon
3.81/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint.
A: Black. 1 finger, foamy head. Plenty of beer ring lacing.
S: Chocolate, coffee, and black licorice.
T: Roasted espresso, and coffee forward. Slight bittering on the back.
M: Hearty and earthy. Chalky finish.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is really nice. Strong head and persistent lacing. Nose is chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a bitter licorice subtly available on the back end. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
04-23-2014 03:04:59 | More by bmwats
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from a 16 oz can into a pub glass. Received in a trade from OK.
A - Half a finger of light tan head with very short retention. Pours a very dark brown/black and is basically opaque. Little to no lacing.
S - Dark roasted malts. A hint of coffee.
T - Malty flavor with bitterness coming from both coffee and chocolate.
M - Nice and thick up front with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.
O - At 8% and with plenty of body and carbonation it drinks like an imperial stout. Quite delicious.
04-16-2014 04:21:10 | More by FocusDave
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
I got this beer as an extra in a trade. I will say it is a great beer and am glad I got to experience it. I was really surprised by the aroma coming off of this. A lot of pine smells, very surprising for the style, but very good. For the ABV it drinks remarkably smooth. Have to be careful with this one. A nice roasty taste, very mild, easy drinking stout. Would definitely like to get my hands on a few more cans!
04-02-2014 04:01:40 | More by hplascencia1024
Polar Night Stout from RoughTail Brewing Co.
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