Polaris | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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Photo of illpass78
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
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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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting another heavy bourbon aged stout, but found something much better. An excellent beer with smooth but not too smooth notes of oak, bourbon and caramel ending with chocolaty malt finish. Presented in a nice wired corked 22oz bottle.

Pours as a nice tall rolling surf style nougaty tan head that modestly settles without going flat. The head wafts full of butterscotch and vanilla blended nicely with a bourbon-oak foundation that stays with the beer throughout. Emphasis on the head, can't recall the last time I've been this surprised by such a balanced but dynamic bouquet in a stout. Great full-body as expected but goes down buttery smooth with chocolate and hints of espresso at conclusion.

Polaris disappeared on me quickly, it could be a sipper but was too dam quaffable to keep around for my palate. Maybe it was the wheat that brought out the complexity and rich flavors which helped to eliminate that overly roasted malt finish many traditional stronger stouts uphold. Overall a very unique offering…wish I had purchased more than 1 bottle. Another great pour from Rising Tide and the state of Maine.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, Bottle number 69 of 336 2011 release.

Appearance: Same as Ursa Minor minus the head. Rich dark brown, yields a ¼” head that recedes to a thin cap. Very, very, nice lacing. The lack of a large head is to be expected from a BA stout.

Smell: Jim Beam bourbon is the first thing you get, underneath is some roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Again, Rising Tide surprises, the bourbon is present in an oaky vanilla flavor but this doesn’t overwhelm the Ursa Minor base beer, it just complements it. Damn near perfect balance, you get the chocolatety roasted wheat flavor wrapped in a nice oaky, vanilla, bourbon. Very well done, I liked Ursa Minor, I love Polaris. Such a unique beer, I don’t get any overt weizen characteristics such as banana, but there is such a nice unique flavor to this stout that it leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, delicious. Not cloying or overly sweet in any way. Easy to drink all night.

Overall: Great offering, hope to see this again next year. I bought three bottles and gave one to a friend, now I’m starting to wish I kept it. Really impressed with this brewery and their products, in all honesty I might even prefer this beer to KBS, it’s THAT good.

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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Mostly an aroma of bourbon. Some vanilla, some roasted malt. Maybe a bit of spice.

The bourbon aroma smoothed out in the taste. Still present, but not as forward. Chocolate and coffee notes, a little bit of vanilla. Things came together well.

This was a smooth, easy-drinking beer. Very enjoyable, will drink it again.

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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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