Polaris | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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3.91 w/ 100 ratings

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Ben for sharing! This bottle is number 151 of 336. Poured into a tulip. The color is nice and black with a small than head. This one looks a little thin compared to other barrel aged stouts, but I'm not knocking it for that (I'm not sure this would be an imperial stout anyway).

The aroma is full of licorice and lots of bitter dark chocolate. I get a hint of fruitiness or maybe some cherry notes.

The taste is bitter coffee, much of the positive aroma notes are muted and hard to perceive entirely. There is a slightly tart cherry finish.

The body is a little thin, with heavy carbonation that drinks like a seltzer almost.

I'm wondering if this might be headed downhill; I'm a little disappointed. The aroma was promising at least.

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A: absolutely no head I wasn't sure it wasn't bad no carbonation

S: wow this beer just smells like straight up whiskey

T: very very low carbonation and straight up whiskey almost tastes like a mead I had once it's really not horrible

M: really a muted mouthfeel kinda like a water down whiskey

O: Don't bother really a muddled waste of time it's not a stand out anywhere just kinda whiskey flavored

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A - pitch black pour into a pint glass (wrong glassware oh well), half a finger tan head that doesn't hang on too long, very fine bubbles, minimal lacing

S - alcohol front and center, very red wine-esque, coffee and roasted scents hidden deep below

T - astringent and alcoholic up front, whiskey/bourbon middle (smoother than the first bit), butterscotch sweet finish

M - smooth and light with a slight tingle toward the end

O - this is a winter warmer for sure. Very complex. A bit unbalanced I feel as that alcohol kick is a bit too strong for my liking. Might have been better letting this one age a bit longer, but I'm not dissatisfied.

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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79% out of 100 with 100 ratings
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