Polar Eclipse
Roughtail Brewing Co.

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From:
Roughtail Brewing Co.
 
Oklahoma, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,605
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,876
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 12.9%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
26
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 28, 2021
Added:
Feb 20, 2017
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  10
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Our late-winter seasonal Polar Night Imperial Stout with cacao nibs. Rich, sweet and full bodied, this is a departure from our normal hop forward offerings.
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Rated: 4 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I should have reviewed this from the first can in the pack instead of the last as I am slow to finish 4- or 6-packs.
I can tell you the last can is not as good as the first. This is still enjoyable and boozy, but it's flattened a little. No lacing to speak of, not even a follow ring. The cocoa nibs are strong, though. That's good. Sticky mouthfeel. It's the finish that's a little flat, but it does have that roastiness that can be expected from imperial stouts. That's good. I am not regretting drinking this now, just to be clear.
Dec 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Beermeister101 from Texas

1.34/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1
Not too sure on the quality control here. I received a sour bitter light tasting low ABV 5-6 ale/lager. It has an almost sugary bitter almost sour finish. Watery and too light on the palet to claim any boast. Comprable to choclate soapy water baked in the sun. Weak sauce by far and not anything Roughtail should consider in the slightest putting their reputation on the line for.
Nov 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 19, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and toffee. Strong roasted coffee taste with dark chocolate, toffee and caramel.
Nov 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Full review pending.

Sweet, roasty, chocolatey, smooth...and did I say sweet? Poured from a crowler purchased from a masked stranger at the takeout window at their new Memorial Dr. Location. The head did not last but everything else did. A smooth, dessert-type, high-calorie satisfying sipper.
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with thin tannish head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Sweet cocoa and bitter roast.

T.F: Sweet up front... rich roasted grains and dark chocolate. Light espresso and char give some bitterness but definitely more on the dessert side. Baked raisin and vanilla. More cocoa at the finish. Sticky on the tongue... warming and the ABV is dangerously hidden.

O: An outstanding big winter stout. Great flavor... wish they grew this one locally.
Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by ImNoBetterThanU from Texas

Oct 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by nicklu24 from Oklahoma

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

May 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by harpus from Alabama

Apr 23, 2018
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had it from draft. Poured dark brown with a good head and lacing. Earthy chocolate smell and taste. Nice hoppy backbone. Sweet mocha taste, hint of cherry cola as it warms. Good stout.
Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by Bum4ever from California

Feb 23, 2018
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Reviewed by ABabbidge from Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Very dark, small tan head. Smells like burnt malt and coffee. Tastes like dark chocolate, coffee, a little lactose and little alcohol as well. Didn't realize how high the ABV was until I looked about half way through drinking this and I would not have guessed it was that high. Ends with a pleasant chocolatey sweetness. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Very good stout.
Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by ruzzal from Texas

Feb 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by SavageHopHead from Texas

Feb 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Jan 26, 2018
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Some booziness on the nose. This is a nice surprise. Everything you need in an imperial stout to make it much worth while. Superb balance. Hop presence seems perfect. Mildly sticky, delicious chocolate flavor. Nice mild coffee notes. Am I tiring of trying these bourbon barrel aged? This isn’t barreled, but seems better than many BA stouts I’ve had.
Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by MinerBob from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer is sweet! That being said beer pours black! The smell is dates, alcohol, cocoa and some coffee. The taste is really good and smooth. Overall a top beer.
Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Jan 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by nsiergiej from Indiana

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by dbarny76 from Oklahoma

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Looks like black magic — opaque dirty motor oil with a thick khaki film and ghost-shaped foamy lacing.

Smells like melted dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt malts.

Tastes like bitter, burnt coffee with a lactose and chocolate sweetness.

Feels heavy , sticky.

Overall, nice dessert beer, tasting a bit too much tangy lactose or chocolate in the sticky finish.
Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Nov 09, 2017
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Reviewed by HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Roughtail Brewery “departs” from their hoppy in-your-face Hoptometrist, and their “juicy IPA “ ERWO with this American Double/Imperial Stout offering. This pours a deep dark brilliant chocolate with a 1/2” head and light lacing to finish. Cacao nibs. Rich tasting and despite 12.2% ABV It’s still a well-balanced “easy” drinking beer. That said, drink one ( or two
Nov 01, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer was a rich black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The beer had a nice Coco nose.

Taste - I was surprised by this one. The beer had a nice chocolate profile. It was a little syrupy, but not too sweet. Burnt molds were faint in the back the chocolate was not overly cloying.

Mouthfeel - It can be dangerous to have a sweet beer that is too thick. But the carbonation and the viscosity allow this to linger for an appropriate amount of time.

Overall - I am surprised by how much I like this one.
Sep 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Aug 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Jun 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jun 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.63 by Rdmike16 from Oklahoma

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Allurex from Kansas

Mar 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by South2NW from Oregon

Feb 27, 2017
Polar Eclipse from Roughtail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 38 ratings