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Polar Night Stout - RoughTail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

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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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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