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Polar Night Stout | RoughTail Brewing Co.

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Polar Night StoutPolar Night Stout

Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BizyBrewer on 11-22-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 96
Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black, oil spill color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, mild hints of chocolate, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice stout. It fits the traditional style very well without some of the metallic aftertaste that many stouts tend to have. This one didn't have a lot of balance due to the intense roastiness of the malts, but overall it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong chocolate / roasted coffee flavor. Very dry with intense hop aftertaste. I like having it with some strong aged cheese or with chocolate based desserts

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Photo of socon67
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just didn't like the hop profile in this stout. Just seemed unbalanced. Way too hoppy and it overwhelmed what smelled like a decent chocolate quality.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours from the can a brownish black with a substantial brown head. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and spice. The taste is pretty close to the nose, but there's quite a hoppy bitterness for a stout. A bit of booze too. Medium mouth that's slightly oily. Not bad, and the hop profile is distinctively Roughtail.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brown nearly black with a good thick almost three finger dark mocha head that faded to leave spotty side lacing and a dense one finger blanket.

S - Aromas of dark, roasted malts, light chocolate, light bready notes, faint caramel, light coffee bitterness. I get some hops, but, they're a bit older.

T - Taste is more of the nose, nice roasted black malt, coffee, darker chocolate, bitter roast and bitter chocolate, rather bitter spicy hop note too. Decent enough stout aspects here with light nougat notes and caramel, the chocolate here is rather prevalent and carries throughout the profile.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad, slightly lighter/thin but does hide the alcohol well.

O - Overall, not a bad stout, but the hops might be a bit too aggressive here. Great chocolate notes though.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hplascencia1024
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade. I will say it is a great beer and am glad I got to experience it. I was really surprised by the aroma coming off of this. A lot of pine smells, very surprising for the style, but very good. For the ABV it drinks remarkably smooth. Have to be careful with this one. A nice roasty taste, very mild, easy drinking stout. Would definitely like to get my hands on a few more cans!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of NCalement
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into this awesome Sexual Chocolate glass.

A- Pours pitch black with a one finger coco powder head. Holds well, looks good.

S- Faint nose. Hops, roasted malt, dark fruit and some smoke.

T- Bitter hops, roasted coffee, malt, and again a little smoke.

M- Active carbonation, smooth, a little thin, alcohol is hidden well.

O- Not a bad stout. A little thin and I would say it is on the boundary of a hoppy black ale. I usually like my stouts to be a little more rich.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of markgugs
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to okbeerlover for the trade. 16oz. can poured into a dimpled Guinness mug

A: Very dark brown in color, totally opaque. Aggressive pour yields a 1/2-inch of bubbly, foamy, mocha-colored head. Leaves rings of sticky lacing, surprisingly for a low-hop brew.

S: Fairly weak nose; what's there is slightly sweet, somewhat chocolatey with toasted grains.

T/M: Superb espresso-like quality, with burnt toast and a rich baking chocolate finish. Good bitterness from the roasted characteristics. A bit thin in body but typical of the style. Creaminess makes up for it. This would be sublime on nitro.

O: On the whole I enjoyed this very much and if it were readily available to me would buy a few times a year. Solid.

edit: to add that I had no idea this was 8% ABV - I truly thought this was a "normal" 5.5-6% stout. Wow, alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a Prairie teku

A - Pours black as night with a frothy tan head, excellent lacing patterns with ok retention.

S - Nice roasted malts with solid hop aroma, hop oils, cold coffee, earthy.

T - Roasted barley, coffee, some anise, a solid backing of green and citrus hops bring an adjoining bitterness to the roast. Has some salty characters, very savory with smoke and peat moss in the mix. Finishes with a dry roasty bitterness.

M - Silky feel, medium to full body with adequate carbonation, dry roast finish.

A solid stout. Bold flavors with a very nice dry-hopped aroma. This rivals Chocs Winter stout, which i hold in high regard. I'm digging the beers I've had from this brewery. Well done Roughtail!

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2” tan head with good retention. Black body.

S: Some roasted malt & coffee. Plenty of earthy hops.

T: The aroma is fine, but it tastes quite a bit better than it smells. Aggressive earthy & citrusy hops. Nice bitterness. Plenty of roast to match. Some chocolate. Some coffee.

M: Medium+ body. Soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: An aggressive, hoppy stout – just as advertised. Very well done.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased Polar Night from Ranch Acres Liquor in Tulsa, OK on 12/30/13. Was glad to see it on the shelf as I was curious if another Oklahoma brewer could make a stout capable of tantalizing these taste buds.

Poured from 16oz (1 pint) can into an Anchor pint glass I noticed this thing was thick and viscous. A nice look to it with its golden brown two fingers of thick pillowy foam which hangs around for a long time, even after warming up. The aromas of blended coffee, chocolate malts, burnt cinnamon toast, spicy hops, and smoke grab the attention of the salivary glands. Flavors follow the nose - coffee bean, dark toast, sweet smoke, dark chocolate curls, a flash of vanilla, and a hearty cascadian dark type of hop bite. Very nice full body - velvety, luscious, sticky, and perfect carb. I look for this new Oklahoma brewery to go far and do well. With a year-rounder like this, how could they not? Year-round? Oh, hell yeah!

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Polar Night Stout from RoughTail Brewing Co.
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