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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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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 jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jaasen64, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black in color. When poured into a tulip, it forms a moderate-sized very dark mocha colored head that fizzes away rather quickly to a bubbly surface coating. Very little lacing.

S: Aroma is full of dark fruits. Black cherry and plum. Some sweeter chocolate, a little coffee and a hint of black pepper.

T: Taste is fairly curious. This stout is on the sweeter side of things. Again there are the dark fruits: prune and cherry. And again there is the semi-sweet chocolate. There is a bit of coffee to a lesser extent and a wheat-like flavor that really just gets overpowered by everything else. Cocoa powder on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of heavy. Lower carbonation levels give this one a smooth feel on the front end, but its fairly chalky on the finish.

O: An interesting take on the style. Not a bad beer by any means. Somewhat lighter than most stouts while offering up a bit more complexity as well makes this one a pretty good drink.

Florida9, May 31, 2013
Photo of jbeervt
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jbeervt, May 20, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a skim promptly, with leggy lacing. Aroma is anise and dark malts.

Taste begins with a quick shot of dark sweetness, which quickly gives way to balancing bitterness, and then a touch of alcohol smoothing through the close. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style, but goes down easy, and drinkability is good. Pretty sessionable for a hearty stout.

ppoitras, May 16, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kelp, May 13, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a tiny brown head

S: Plenty of roastiness, along with quite a bit of fruitiness from the yeast. Also get a touch of wheat and chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roastiness and dark chocolate, followed by dark fruits and wheat. Transitions well, which provides a nice complexity

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, flavorful stout with a subtle wheat kick and dark fruits from the yeast. Definitely different because of this, but that's a good thing. Pick this up if you want something different

BEERMILER12, May 06, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

In_Control_Mike, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

acurtis, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nebula1999, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of 603beerlovah
3.25/5  rDev -16%

603beerlovah, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Satchboogie, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

rderedin, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of tneenan1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

tneenan1, Mar 21, 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 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
Photo of Brad007
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head into my glass. The title is perplexing. What exactly is a weizen stout? Come to think of it, this isn't a stout at all.

Cocoa and sweet, sweet clove greet the nose. It's like a demented milk stout in my opinion. Complex.

Cocoa, roasted coffee, clove and wheat sum up the flavors. Very reminiscent of a brown ale as well but with weizen yeast. It's not viscous like an ordinary stout though.

Lingering cocoa and clove flavors punctuate the mouthfeel. Very mellow. Easy to enjoy.

It's certainly not a kristalweizen or a weizenbock for sure. Similar to the beer I reviewed before this in the way that it's an experimental take on combining two styles.

Brad007, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DonFrap, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

erlenmeyer, Feb 03, 2013
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 MikeHRayn
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MikeHRayn, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nquigley16, Dec 25, 2012
Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.