12th Round | RoughTail Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerRefugee on 05-17-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 77
Photo of johnnyd10vt
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Beautiful color like an English brown, light lacey tan head. Smells similar to an IPA only more subtle. The taste is pleasantly complex. Sweet and malty on the start, followed by a light west coast hops taste, and finishing just slightly more bitter than my preference. All in all a fantastic beer I will definitely have again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with crimson hues. Smells of faint malt. Tastes of grain, subtle dark fruits, chocolate, burnt sugar, candy and a larger than expected earthy hop presence at the finish that lingers unpleasant. Medium in body with a slight alcohol burn.

12th Round is like those puzzle pieces that look like they'll fit, until you place them next to other pieces, only to notice there's something just slightly off. But that little something makes all the difference.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a deep reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. It leaves nice lacing on the pint glass. Smells of roasty malts, caramel and a touch of dark fruit. The taste begins much as the aroma, but ends with a hoppy bitterness. Medium mouth that's rather creamy. I really like the malt profiles tha Roughtail develops in their beers, and this is a great example.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at recommended temperature on can (50F) in a snifter. Pours to a rocky beige head that laces well and lasts when given a little regenerative swirl. Color is a deep cherrywood red. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy, suggesting roasted malts, dark caramel malts and spicy/piney hops and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is much like an English "old ale", roasted, brown, and caramel malts with a balance of earthy hops with a dryish, resinous, boozy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly warming. Overall a very good strong ale that sits in good company with Pyramid Snow Cap and other such complex darkish strong ales.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for giving me this, another from this interesting brewery. and Yay craft tall-boy cans!

Pours a tan 1/2 finger fluffy head that fades at a slower pace, decent sticky lacing, very dark brown mud molasses colored with pretty much no light getting through.

Nose brings darker sweet malts, candy like, a touch of butterscotch and toffee, biscuity as well, some molasses and candy syrup, bits of dark dried raisin like fruit, and some phenolic booze notes, a bit of an alcohol aroma, mild brown candy malts, but doesn't really seem sweet. Nothing too special though.

Taste brings more candy, lots of candy sweet flavors but not super sweet, lots of toffee and candy brittle, caramel brittle like, melting in my mouth, so much candy, a little nutty note, biscotti even, faint molasses with the caramel and toffee and lots of peanut brittle. A mild creamy note, creamy brown malts, smooth brown malts. A mild spicy hop note kicks in, grassy like, and a phenolic booze kick that hints at a 9% beer not 7.6%. MIld booze warmth with the phenolic tingle. Finish is sticky sweet, syrupy, more brown malts, caramel, lots of caramel and brown malts lingering, and a bit more phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter carb, a little phenolic booze, mild syrupy but smooth creamy too.

Overall OK, nothing too special, decent all around, could use some work, but otherwise not bad.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown that doesn't let light through. Very nice two finger off white lightly tan creamy head that fades to leave nice side lacing. Almost looks like a stout.

S - Aromas of sweeter, toasted malts, flashes of chocolate, lighter dark fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Sweeter toasted malts, light chocolate, rich malts, some nice spicy hops and a little bit of fruit. The hops are a nice balance to the malty sweetness. Alcohol hidden well, the more I drink this the more I enjoy it and its balance. As it warms I get a flash of coffee on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and slick, lowly carbonated.

O - Overall, this beer had its highs and lows. Awesome appearance and solid taste can kind of make one forget about the sub par aroma and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Zmechanic
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times now so it's time to garner a review.

A- Pours dark dark brown, but clear, letting very little light through. At first glance you could mistake it for a stout, but holding it up to the light reveals its deep dark brown color. Depending on pour, forms a modest khaki-brown head with very little lacing.

S- Comes on immediately with toasted malt, followed by a bit of dark chocolate. The balance comes by way of a slight fruity, hoppy note. It's subtle, but helps temper some of the sweetness of the nose.

T- Taste very similarly follows the nose. First a wave of malty richness. Followed by a bit of creaminess that transitions right into the slight spicy and fruity hops. For a brief second, there is a quick hit of the high abv of this beer, then it quickly fades. The hops provide a spicy, slightly fruity flavor to balance out the sweet and malty first impression.

M - The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but not unlike many ales. It is definitely contrary to the appearance, but makes this beer feel less heavy and puts more weight on the flavor.

O - 12th round is somewhat surprising. At first the mouthfeel is somewhat shocking given the appearance and smell. This beer is largely dominated by toasty malted flavors. The hops help give it a nice balance. Overall I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can, glass jar, no freshness date.

This particular strong ale is enthusiastically foamy and chestnut brown. All that head is a darker shade of tan. It's nice looking, with more brown than red.

There's a dusting of cocoa in the nose. Deep sweetness and maltiness, a little nutty and a little like a dense, brown sugar sweetened whole wheat cake. There is a little hop fruitiness dancing around too.

More alcoholic in taste than the nose lets on. Hop and alcohol bitterness more than balance the rich maltiness. It is certainly a strong ale, but not in the mold of Arrogant Bastard. It has more nuance and seems like it might age well if it was a mite less alcoholic. Or more hoppy, but then it would be arrogant.

It's thin and slippery, seemingly something to do with the alcohol. Just a little tickle of carbonation. Pleasant, but I think it could do with some more substance.

I had a can two nights ago and it has certainly grown on me since then. It has more subtle aromas and flavors than I picked up the first time and if you are a fan of this category, I think you'll like 12th Round.

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Photo of McStagger
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a seminal dark brown, bordering on black. Murky and dark, this pours half a finger of tan head. Retention is moderate, as is lacing. Head is comprised of small bubbes.

S: Large roasty notes, with good drops of liquer inspired dark fruit. Dark cherry, strawberry (?!), roasted malt. A touch of chocolate.

T: Big roastiness up front, the same red fruit (cherry, strawberry pectin) flashes across the palate mid swig. Ultimately, a nondescript roastiness/grilled component takes over

M: Light on the tongue, with a slight prickling sensation. Personally, I would like this beer to be chewier. As is, the carbonation inhibits the style.

O: This beer has many redeeming qualitees. I like it for its roastiness and distinct berry quality. However, it lacks depth of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New beer Sunday! Also Groundhog Day, aka DelMontiac's birthday. I saw my shadow today. You're all screwed, lol!

I was pleased to see some RoughTail product show up in the store around the corner from my house. Thanks, Plaza Wine and Spirits! I poured this "American Strong Ale" into my favorite heavy pint glass (which I lovingly refer to as "the anchor") from the tall-boy style can depicting a boxer in what I call low def graphic printing. Topped by a finger of tight eggshell-colored foam, this turbid copper-brown beer reminds me of an old Indian head penny that's been through many a pocket. It reveals a pretty heavy webbing of lace on a clean glass.

The aromas open up a bit upon warming. I get what reminds me of those square Brach's caramels and butter rum candies melting on the stove top for caramel apples. Some apple butter, buttery bread dough, warm pecan pie, toasted nuts, and earthy hops follow.

Much like it's aroma, the flavors are tied up in sweet buttery caramel on the tip of the tongue. Then there's a transition to toasted nuts and finally a grassy hop bittering and slight spirit of alcohol on the finish.

Nice smooth medium feel and a fairly dry finish due to the alcohol.

Overall I like this beer for what it isn't. Many American Strong Ales are without balance and complexity and have an abv that leaves you breathing fire. This has a lot going on and I'm compelled to refer to it as a "double ESB", but what is that, really? RoughTail is a very young brewery and I have a feeling that these young Oklahoma proud boys are going to turn out some really great stuff in the future. Happy Groundhog Day!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy can served in a Prairie teku

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with a solid off-white head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Toasted barley, clean citrus hops, nut bread, caramel, earthy.

T - Follows the nose with toasted barley, toffee sweetness surrounded by earthy tannins, peppery hops add firm but rounded bitterness, English yeast profile, nutty and bready, citrusy hops really starts coming off once warmed. Finishes nice and very dry with pecan like bitter tannins.

M - Lush body with great carbonation, firm but sloshy. Dry tannin-bitter finish.

It's a hybrid English/American strong ale. Strong toffee/barley flavor, toasted with a rounded earth/tannin character. The citrus hops are semi spicy and paired with the firm lushy body makes for a nice drinking beer. This surprised me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was so happy to see this in Jenks the other day...

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some brown bread, figs & brown sugar & toffee

T: Roastyness, a touch of charcoal, leafy hops, faint figs up front. Figgyness, a touch of raisin, toastyness, dryness & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes fruity, dry, toasty & a kiss of booze & leafy/woody hops & a hint of carob

MF: Firm carbonation, medium body, skews fruity

A decent stab the style lacks body & could be a touch hoppier for my taste. Probably my least favorite from these guys, but still well worth a go. These guys are probably my #2 or at worst #3 in-state brewer!

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Photo of BeerRefugee
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some amber highlights. Moderate off-white head with good retention and lacing. Nice malty aroma with some citrus hop notes. Very nice complex flavor with layers of caramel, roast malt and citrus. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. Really hides the alcohol well and very easy-drinking. Very nice effort from this new brewery.

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12th Round from RoughTail Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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