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Polar Night Stout | Roughtail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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:
#18,907
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
98
pDev:
13.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Dizzy242
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of markgugs
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hootie159
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Polar Night Stout from Roughtail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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