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Polar Night Stout - RoughTail Brewing Co.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co. visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BizyBrewer on 11-22-2013)
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DelMontiac:
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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased Polar Night from Ranch Acres Liquor in Tulsa, OK on 12/30/13. Was glad to see it on the shelf as I was curious if another Oklahoma brewer could make a stout capable of tantalizing these taste buds.

Poured from 16oz (1 pint) can into an Anchor pint glass I noticed this thing was thick and viscous. A nice look to it with its golden brown two fingers of thick pillowy foam which hangs around for a long time, even after warming up. The aromas of blended coffee, chocolate malts, burnt cinnamon toast, spicy hops, and smoke grab the attention of the salivary glands. Flavors follow the nose - coffee bean, dark toast, sweet smoke, dark chocolate curls, a flash of vanilla, and a hearty cascadian dark type of hop bite. Very nice full body - velvety, luscious, sticky, and perfect carb. I look for this new Oklahoma brewery to go far and do well. With a year-rounder like this, how could they not? Year-round? Oh, hell yeah!

DelMontiac, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Tiernan, Mar 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Roguer, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent new brew from Roughtail. I'm excited to see these guys get their stuff out onto the streets...and in 16oz cans no less! Excellent brew, smooth mouth feel, excellent taste and at 8%, it's lower ABV so you can have more than one! The only thing bad about it is it doesn't have much of a smell...but who gives a shit, I'm not sniffin' flowers here, I'm drinkin' it!

MtnBiker, Dec 06, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Some floaties, great lacing & nice head retention.

S: Carob, roastyness & a bit of raisin

T: Roastyness, dryness, a touch of carob & piney hops up front. More roastyness as this warms, plus dryness, faint carob & bit of pumpernickel & licorice. Finishes dry, roasty, with some Baker's chocolate & a touch of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, hides the ABV well. I find the floaties a bit off-putting

russpowell, Jan 15, 2014
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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.

EagleTalon, Apr 24, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

FocusDave, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Polar Night Stout from RoughTail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.