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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 billab914
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of chocolaty and roasty malt flavors to it. The wheat malts really come out in it as well and give it a bit of a sweeter, bready like presence.

The taste shows more of a chocolaty, cocoa flavor to it up front. Towards the finish more of the wheat malts start to come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a bit of a creamy, silky feel to it. Overall it was a pretty tasty and interesting beer. It had some very nice stout flavors to it and had a bit of a twist to it with the wheat malts. Very enjoyable beer overall.

billab914, Dec 26, 2011
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 EagleRare
4/5  rDev +3.4%

EagleRare, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of pperez38
2/5  rDev -48.3%

pperez38, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
1.83/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

The pour is dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. The nose on this is just awful. Burnt plastic, chemical solvents, rubber, and maybe even some smoke. Blech. The flavor is no better. Still lots of burnt plastic notes, rubber, acidity, and some roast and smoke. Terrible.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +29.2%

stevecooks, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland. Pours a pretty much opaque black body with a thin film of light tan head. Dark chocolate and espresso beans mix with clove, banana, and bubblegum to comprise the aroma. Clove, nut, and dark chocolate hit the palate at first, fading into fresh espresso toward the finish. Surprisingly light-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. I'm wondering if I'm drinking it a little fresh and it hasn't had time to properly carbonate. Otherwise, it's a tasty balanced stout that doesn't taste quite like any other stout I've had. Awesome idea having a stout/hefe mix.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of RDHerm
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

RDHerm, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +29.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of bpk59
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bpk59, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving.

Pours dark brown and sits "like squid ink." Thin mocha colored head. My pour beer is naked and foamless by mid-glass. Wheat should make a for better retention, no?

Aroma is dark German wheat bread, instant coffee mix and dark caramel.

Tastes...odd. Molasses sweet vs. roast malt and bittersweet baker's chocolate but there's an odd tang. I'm guessing that's the wheat.

A successful mash up of styles.

donkeyrunner, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown with fizzy cola like head, gone quickly with little retention. Scent is a blend of dark roasted and charred grain along with tangy wheat, notes of chocolate and coffee with a light metallic twang. Taste follows suit, the tangy wheat and charred grain combine with a thin medium body and present more "meh" than "yay". Only the second wheat based stout i've had (haandbryggeriet dark force being the other), but neither has really stuck out as bringing the best each style can offer.

rfgetz, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +3.4%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, Maine.

A - Poured a deep black hue with a deep, dark mocha one finger head that fades somewhat quickly to leave a tiny mocha halo.

S - Big dark roasted malts, light chocolate and light coffee along with some light dark fruits as well. Some slight alcohol on the nose on the finish.

T - Taste is more of the same. Sweet malts and fruits mixed throughout with good rich roast malts. Very light on the chocolate and coffee. Mostly just nice rich malts.

M - Nice in the mouth. Creamy, lower carbonation. Feels a little on the watery side though.

O - Overall, this isn't a bad american stout. A little too heavy on the dark fruit and too subtle with the chocolate and coffee for my tastes, as well as being a bit too thin. Still, for the price this is a solid beer.

rudzud, Nov 05, 2011
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 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 seeswo
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Cam. Thanks man.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight, way off-white head. The nose is roasted malts and not a whole lot else. Pretty low key. The taste is just slightly off of what a lot of imperial stouts bring to the table. That dry roastiness is replaced with a dry wheatiness, which is both slightly odd and yet., it works. That said, those represent the entirety of the dimensions of this beer. The mouthfeel is fine, maybe slightly high carbonation with a good body. Overall, it is a bit forgettable in spite of being a beer defined by something I've never heard before (Weizen stout).

seeswo, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Almost black. A nice amount of tan head. Looks great. Smells a bit muddled but a nice rich chocolatiness. Tastes smooth and roasty. A bit of bitterness on the tongue from the dark malts. Dry, thick. Enjoyable. Good mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable

Urbancaver, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Major dark brown, lots of tan head, slow to leave. Not much lace.

S - Roasted malt. Very light.

T - Chalk, roast malt, astringent.

M - Not very sweet, but not hugely bitter either, so the balance is pretty good.

D - Not my favorite. A little too chalky for me and tiring.

srandycarter, Aug 22, 2011
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 BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, builds a big billowy dark tan head of 3” that slowly recedes to about an 1”. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate come through right away, smells as nice as any other solid stout.

Taste: Wow what a nice surprise, up front you get the chocolate and the roasted malt then the weizen yeast flavors subtly creep in adding a really nice dimension to the beer. I don’t get an overwhelming banana or clove, just some nice hints beneath the bittersweet chocolate. Very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated which helps build that initial head but also actually adds to a smooth mouthfeel and a clean palate.

Overall: This was a very unique take on a stout, I’ll be buying more on my next trip to Maine. Congratulations to a new brewery trying something different and making it work well. Very good beer.

BobZ, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird (c/o EnronCFO) for sharing this one. 22oz. bomber served in a tumbler. Label describes this brew as a weizen-stout. Pours an inky black with a half inch, dense, mocha-colored head embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Head eventually dissipates to half its original volume and retains its consistency. Some strands of lacing are revealed and remain during the tasting. Nose expresses mocha, a slightly metallic quality, black licorice, more coffee notes as it warms and a roasted character. The immediate impression I get off the initial quaff is smokey and rauch-like. Roasted, dark malts with some dark fruits (plums and prunes) are interwoven in the flavor profile and gives the brew a wine-like character. Mouthfeel is medium-light (lighter than anticipated, based on the flavor and color) with a light carbonation and a mild, oily texture. Flavorful and complex and easy drinking for the style. It almost reminds me of a Baltic Porter/American Stout hybrid.

Jwale73, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a huge, dense milk chocolate colored head that sticks around for a little while and laces well.

aroma of heavily roasted malts, some chocolate (dark, bitter, unsweetened) some burnt coffee, chocolate covered bananas, some dark fruits, burnt wheat toast.

cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, cereal grains, a bit of charcoal, some fruitiness and plenty of yeast flavors that separate this from you average stout as well as the wheat that seems to dry it out a bit.

not as full-bodied as would be ideal with a nice, creamy carbonation and some lingering fruity flavors.

very flavorful and pretty unique without being overly alcoholic or hopped up or aged in expensive barrels. just a good beer.

silentjay, Jul 17, 2011
Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.