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Polar Night Stout | Roughtail Brewing Co.

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3.79/5
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98 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roughtail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States
roughtailbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BizyBrewer on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,176
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
98
pDev:
13.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of MtnBiker
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
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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Photo of hplascencia1024
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Mhowsley
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubbadog
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of FocusDave
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of DelMontiac
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KShophead
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of alex_hart
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Jbrett13
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WizzardofMOZ
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StaveHooks
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Polar Night Stout from Roughtail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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