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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Polaris is our first special release beer—a wheat stout aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. We started with our winter weizen stout Ursa Minor, fermenting it to completion in steel before barrel aging it for 5 months. Hints of the base beer remain but with the added complexity of vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and oak notes. Conditioned to a moderately low level of carbonation in the bottle, this beer is a perfect cold-evening sipper. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Limited release of 336 hand-numbered bottles with letter press labels printed by The Ascensius Press in South Freeport, Maine. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will benefit the Autism Society of Maine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1465) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2014
375ml bottle from Tully’s. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored foamy head. No lace. Some dry oak, raisins and bourbon on the nose. Wheat, more oak, vanilla and dark fruit round out the flavor. Nothing stands out. Thin and dry palate. Ok stout, but disappointing for the price. Didn’t see where there was anything exclusive about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2089) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Nice job Rising tide. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, light toffee, and cocoa. Taste is very similar with a bit of toast. Quite dry and tasty. Thing body is my main complaint but you know what... NICE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2014
This is what I call a 4. Awesome barrel characteristic. This is nice. Rich and roAsty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4167) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha head crackles and recedes leaving no lacing. Oak, vanilla and Beam aromas. Thin with light caramel and Jim Beam front to back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Pours a light brown, one-finger head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied, body is a little thin for a stout. Bourbon and sweet wheat nose. Flavor is malty sweet wheat and bourbon. Pricey at $8.50 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Thanks to Dobby for this tick. Bottle 28 of 336. Very dark brown color with a well-formed tan head. Roasty aroma with a hint of bourbon and chocolate. Interestig flavor, both roasty and wheaty with a slight tartness at the finish. A bit thin on the palate with average carbonation. Not great, just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to dholland. Numbered 37 of 336... Pours a deeper silk black pour, almost opaque with dark reddish brown edges, and topped with a thin film of light khaki head that eventually turns wispy... Aroma of an assertive bourbon bent in the aroma with a roasty yeasty second dipping. Softer cocoa and chocolate, a touch of smoke... Lighter dark fruit boozy woody whisky it seems with some following notes of chocolate and bitter roast... Flavors are very much along the same lines with an assertive barrel notes with softer roast and char. Somewhat tart but not infected by any means. Body is lighter than medium and desereved more body. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma maple bacon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavors are a bit tangy wheat, chocolate, dark fruit, salty bacon. Thin body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle thanks to a generous trader. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Flavor has dark grains with a bit of roast with backing sweet bourbon. Flavor starts with roasted malts and a hint of salty meat backed by sweet bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2012
#1173 bottle; nose is chocolate, mint, oak, leather, later sweet coffee, feel is watery, carb is mediumweak, taste is sweet roasted malt, espresso acid, cream, mediumweak alcohol

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