Polar Night Stout - RoughTail Brewing Co.
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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
4.7/5 rDev +22.7%
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!
12-06-2013 04:34:03 | More by MtnBiker
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
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
01-15-2014 04:06:36 | More by russpowell
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
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
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
3.81/5 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
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
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours black. Creamy tan head with great retention and lacing.
Getting some hops on the nose. Faint roast.
Taste is roast with moderate piney hop bitterness. Nice and pretty enjoyable. Perhaps not as intense as I would expect for 8%. But really like the earthy Pitney hop notes.
Full mouthfeel. Moderate carb.
Nice very easy drinking stout.
03-01-2014 02:20:38 | More by Powderhornphil
3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
Can generously given to me at the end of a bottle share in chicago about 2 weeks ago. Enjoyed from a TB batch 002 snifter.
a - brew poured black as night with a massive mocha tan foamy head that hung out for a while and coated the glass with lacing as it dissipated.
s - nose is hoppy milk stout. Little grainy.
t - big roast subtle hop on the finish. Chocolate and grain the middle. Kind of meh, but the hop on the finish saves it.
m - soft and easy drinking. Kind of milk stouty.
o - overall far from a bad beer, but not a memorable stout. Very down the middle and good. Sadly there are a slew of great stouts that outshine this beer. This is the kind of beer that you would drink all the time if it was a local on draft all around town, but wouldn't make a special trip to get a taste.
01-24-2014 04:40:04 | More by cosmicevan
Polar Night Stout from RoughTail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.