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Polaris | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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100 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
risingtidebrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Polaris is our first special release beer—a wheat stout aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. We started with our winter weizen stout Ursa Minor, fermenting it to completion in steel before barrel aging it for 5 months. Hints of the base beer remain but with the added complexity of vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and oak notes. Conditioned to a moderately low level of carbonation in the bottle, this beer is a perfect cold-evening sipper.

Added by Brez07 on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,617
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
100
pDev:
12.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
13
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of mmorris15
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost-black with a head that recedes quickly. Aroma of whiskey, wood, cocoa, and yeast. Flavors of banana, cocoa, clove, and a hint of barrel-presence. Feel is on the thinner side. Overall, pretty solid beer from Rising Tide.

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Photo of smanson56
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LostHighway
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelpearson
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well done Rising Tide -- this held up exceptionally well! Admittedly, I didn't cellar this properly and was pleasantly surprised how good this beer was, especially given the preceding. Lovely,
high carbonation that pops the cork with head that lingers like the lacing of an Americano. Nose is subtle and blended reminiscent of chocolate pot de creme. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and full bodied without any heaviness. Tastes like dark chocolate with a wonderful subtle bourbon coating. Overall this beer is disappearing far too quickly from my glass. Wish I had another one stashed...

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge head that lingers forever. Beer itself is totally opaque and midnight black. The head is a creme brulee color. The nose is somewhat coffee-like, but, unlike some other stouts it seems rather subdue with some very rich oaky-vanilla notes. The taste is exceptionally smooth, none of the harsh burnt flavor that most stouts have. The first flavor is a surprisingly sweet maltiness, this becomes chocolaty, with lots of vanilla, and just a bit of boozy heat on the head.

Overall this is an excellent stout and I really don't like stouts. Flavor profile is fairly standard stout, but with a bit more booze and a really nice vanilla oak smoothness.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeast presence offers banana up front mixed with some cocoa. As fizzy beige head recedes, barrel comes forward with Vanilla and more chocolate. Taste is similar with a rich and moderately sweet complexity, balancing fruity yeast, roasty grain, and Barrel woody and vanilla qualities. A touch thin, but solid.

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Photo of braican
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rim bubbles come from the small head. No lace. Deep, deep brown where no light shines through.

Dark, nearly burnt toast smell. Biscuity.

Think brandy and stout blended. It's tasty. Chewy but not too full a body. Higher carbonation.

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Photo of VTCombi
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hopley
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of struttinj
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kristougher
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infuturity83
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of illpass78
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a big tan head. Some bubbles noticeable.

Aroma: Smells of whiskey, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate and booze.

Taste: Big, tasty bitter chocolate presence up front. There's a wheaty, bready note along with dark fruits and plenty of the whiskey and bourbon that are present in the nose. Also notes of coffee and espresso.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy beer, at least to my palate. A sipper for me.

Overall: Terrific wintry stout. Complex, fulfilling, and full of flavor. Would recommend to any fan of dark beers.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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