Split Decision | Roughtail Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Roughtail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by russpowell on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 9
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labeled as an Imperial Black Rye Ale, so I called it a rye...

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of rocky, tan head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Peppery rye, hints of roastyness that really develop as this warms. Also some brown bread

T: Follows the nose, a bit of carob, roastyness is there in spades up front, along with dryness. More roasted malt as this warms & touch of pumpernickel & pineyness & a trace of grapefruit & plenty of peppery spice bite. Finishes with a ton of roastyness, rye spiceyness

MF: Fairly chewy, firm carbonation, nicely balanced for the style

A nice take on the style that delivers on rye, roastyness & hop bitterness. So far, I haven't had a bad beer from these guys & I like/love all their hoppy offerings

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown into a Roughtail pint glass with a huge, creamy head that lasts several minutes. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Nice mix of rye and hops on the taste, some toffee, chocolate and a little pine. Medium mouth. No date, but I found this in a sale bin, so it's probably been around a while. Still a nice brew. Roughtail is one of my favorite local breweries.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, rich brown that not quite black. Fluffy khaki head that does a great job of coating the sides of the glass.

S- Extremely raw coffee bean is the initial aroma. Earthy hop character and spice of the rye also shows up. A bit muddled with the dirt and bark notes.

T- A nice step up from the aroma IMO. Many rye beers fail to highlight the rye, but this one certainly lets the rye do the talking (or boxing, in this case). Tons of roasted goodness. Love the cracked pepper-like spice. Some cocoa, lots of coffee astringency, and a strong bitter hop finish. So aggressive in nature.

M- Mid body bordering on full. Dry as can be from the strong, bitter notes. Creamy on the tongue.

O- unique no doubt. Aggressive and quite enjoyable. This brewery isn't at all scared to push the envelope and live on the edge. This thing is earthy as hell and I like it. Well done. I haven't had 12th round yet, but I will certainly seek it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pure black and a full tan head. Hoppy aroma. Tastes of rye and chocolate with a touch of phenols and hot as hell. This beer is all over the place an in your face but owns it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown nearly black with a big three finger finger mocha head that left very sudsy lacing.

S - Aromas of spicy aggressive rye, darker malts, little char. Nice rye notes

T - Taste is spicy rye, aggressive hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, chocolate, very nice spice notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, a pleasant surprise from Oklahoma. Very nice rye spice notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Split Decision from Roughtail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 31 ratings