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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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87
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we added a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create a wheat stout. Redolent of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winter’s eve.

(Beer added by: dciBA on 12-18-2010)
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Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1/4 creamy head, medium-highcarbonation

Smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and light wheat

Taste: cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body for the style, medium carbonation, sweet with rich bitterness

Overall:Solid, but not spectacular stout. I was searching for a wheaty taste in this one and found it to be minimal. Not a bad beer, but not one i would rush to get again.

tigg924, Feb 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a mug the beer was black with a thick cocoa-colored head that resembled whipped cream.
Aroma of sweet fruit and roasted malt.
Complex taste, lots going on. Raisins, banana, fruity. Chocolate. Smokey.
Medium-bodied. the flavors all came together really well.
This was an enjoyable, change of pace beer. Different.

lordofthewiens, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bishopdc0, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

acurtis, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Kinsman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and dark looking pour which is pitch black in the body and crowned with a thick and dense mocha colored head.

Aroma is loaded with cocoa and slightly fruity notes. Some roasted barley/robust coffee notes as well. Fruity esters are hard to pick out from the robust aromas of the stout but definitely are noticeable.

First taste greets you with dark chocolate and espresso notes before the fruity notes of the German Weizen yeast come into play. The wheat aspect seems to lighten the robustness a bit but add a pleasant maltiness to the body.

Mouthfeel is rather light for a stout but still pleasant. Nice creamy texture in the finish. Overall, I like the weizen yeast twist added to this beer as it adds a bit of a fruity touch that is quite pleasant with the bold flavors of roasted barley and dark crystal malts.

Kinsman, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Bjlps
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bjlps, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drazzamatazz for this beer. Cheers! Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice dark brown color. About two fingers of mocha colored head are achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Dark roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, slight dark fruits.

Taste – Interesting beer. Begins as a stout with the roasted malts and bittersweet cocoa. Next comes a distinct weizen flavor such as banana, yeast, and malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, very creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – Was on the fence when trying this but it was actually not that bad. Glad to try it.

SpdKilz, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the brewery after sampling.

Poured dark with a thin head and nice lacing. Bubbles released a nice aroma of dark fruit, slight sweetness and very very light coffe. Overall smell was clean and smooth which will follow later. Slight lacing if any.

Smell was chocolaty with roast on the forward end of it...

Taste and moutfeel.... OK.... you start to drink it thinking it will be heavy and full feeling.. no... almost too smooth...nice flavor on the front end and little bitterness in the middle but when that baby goes down it's almost like it wasn't there... then you say I want more.... and to me thats what separates the good/bad beers. I like the slight almost unnoticeable wheat feel to it. It's definitely different especially when you look at it and judge it on it's color.. I was pleasantly surprised of how good it was...

pjkelley82, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -16%

TrojanRB, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 111BORN-NOV12. Sampled on March 18, 2013.

The color of the pour is very dark brown to charcoal black with a small, short-lived beige head.

Coffee and dark malts lead the aromas with a mellower subtle hop note around the edges. Little in the way of wheat.

The body is medium and thinner than I might like in a stout.

While the coffee and dark malts are still noticeable in the taste there is also a slight dark fruit like cranberry or plum playing up a bit. It is not difficult to drink.

puboflyons, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't done a review in over a year but this beer almost demanded it. It is rare anymore when I am really surprised by a beer but this one is really flying under the radar.

Pours like liquid gold, totally black body and a beautiful two finger thick rich milk chocolate brown head. All the looks of a big bold stout.

Smell is soft and rich, but more like a Scottish ale with the dominant malt tones. Subtle and slightly musky sweet on the nose.

Taste is not what I expected but is truely wonderful. Rich, creamy and overall very mellow for a stout. Malt is well balanced and prickly sweet on the tongue. This almost comes off more like a porter or black ale, but in all the right ways. So smooth and almost sessionable for a 6.7% stout. Mouthfeel is just perfect. I really could drink this brew by the growler full.

I am a hardcore stout fan and don't mind at all that this stout is a bit soft. It is absolutely delicious!

SPLITGRIN, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nebula1999, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef!

Off the pour a cocoa brown head barely forms and disappears leaving a small collar. Body color is dark brown walnut, some red hues, a little see through just a bit.

A very malty but also hoppy nose. Some bitter hop but also some real noticeable licorice senses. Sweet molasses to brown sugar as well, almost syrupy but not too sweet. Very grainy sweet, interesting.

Light bodied almost cocoa cola like palate. Mild cola nut tasting in the mid palate, some mild sweetness. Slightly tingly on the tongue but doesn't distract from the flavors. Some wet viscosity, but also some coating thickness. A sort of malty gaseous aftertaste and feeling. Some mild lingering roast, and feeling of light cigarette tobacco after some sipping.

Overall it's quite a unique stout, fun and enjoyable. It's not exactly drawing me in much though, but no complaints about drinking it.

smakawhat, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a freakin' huge light brown head, fades at a slow rate and some patchy lacing along the way.

Smell is primarily roasty toasty malts with a hint of chocolate.

The taste is interesting for a stout, afterall, they do call it a "Weizen Stout", the roasted malt is at the forefront with a subtle touch of chocolate in the aftertaste, the roasted malt covers up most of the wheat presence but it is there, carbonation is on the high side which I think hurts it slightly as it hinders the development of creamy textures, finishes dry.

An interesting stout from an upstart brewery, I like it and it's pretty easy drinking, although the assertive carbonation is a slight drawback.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Inglewood, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pry-off 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance (4.5): Black as night! Holy crap this is dark, but a medium-brown around the edges. Deep tan head, dies down relatively quickly.

Smell (4.0): Bits of coffee, an odd wheat scent, like charred wheat. No hops to speak of in the nose.

Taste (4.0): More coffee. Some of the fruity banana-ness you’d expect from the “weizen” part of this starts to come in, especially as it warms a bit and opens up. JUST a bit of dark chocolate. At first, the banana is really pretty subtle—taste is mainly coffee and charred wheat, with some mild, chewy yeastiness followed by a little bit of banana finishing out the back end. That banana definitely increases as it warms, and moves forward quite a bit on the palate.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Relatively light, actually. Not too sticky or thick, which I suppose isn’t surprising considering it’s 6.7% abv. Light- to medium-bodied, with a dry finish.

Overall (4.0): This is an interesting stout, and I’m enjoying it. I’d enjoy a thicker body with more weizen-y banana happening here, though I appreciate how quaffable it is. I bet this’d be killer on cask.

fmccormi, May 13, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with over a finger of foamy tan head. The head sticks around pretty nicely.

Smell: Rather sweet but light. I'm getting some dark fruit and a hint of molasses. There is also a slightly fruity note in the mix.

Taste: Like a sweet stout, but a bit lighter. There is a cocoa like roasty note, but there is a bready sweet malt note that shows up as well. I'm getting a lot of dark fruit and come molasses. The finish is sweet and slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Reminded me a bit of a roasty oktoberfest. I'd have it again.

oline73, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of jgammoniv
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jgammoniv, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Bilco, Jun 02, 2012
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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.