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Ursus Spelæus - Sound Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sound Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 01-22-2012)
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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer is getting rated as a promise from a trade nearly two years ago.

Appearance: If you shine a light right through it, you will see a dark ruby color. From a distane, it looks black.

Smell: It smells like burned caramel and cffee, pretty simple.

Taste: highly toasted grains, a tiny bit of coffee, and a nibble of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: the most irrelevant catagory. It is thin with little carbonation. Okay, still a good beer.

Doppelbockulus, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kmlund, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Davepoolesque, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Zaximus, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -3.1%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

andrenaline, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

joemcgrath27, May 27, 2014
Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +9%

DaveRinn, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

oso, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TheDrunkenDeer, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Kurmaraja, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

vermilcj, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of nice liquorice notes with some light fruity notes which mix well with some light black chocolates notes. Taste is also dominated by some liquorice notes which are well-balanced by some black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with some light fruity notes also noticeable. Body is semi-full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the liquorice notes and the creamy texture of this beer.

Phyl21ca, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%

650ml bottle poured into tulip 31/12/13

A looks fairly black with a deep cola edge, lots of tiny bubbles go up the side when you tilt the glass, a large, dense mocha foam has good retention but doesn't leave any lace until the head fell to a thin film

S burnt toffee, licorice root, candied dark fruit, root beer, coco comes out strong, has some Belgian flair with a little spicy yeast and brewers candy

T some bakers chocolate and more licorice then I smell, a little char but other then that it mimics the smell and the booze is well concealed but I preferred the nose

M medium full, somewhat silky upon entry and it stops short of creamy, a little slimy after the fact with chocolate and sour plum on the finish

O a fair bit going on and overall a solid brew, I haven't had to many Belgian stouts but I like what their doing here, everything works well together

I liked this one but for 11$ a bomber its a little steep, nothing to put in into the big leagues but well worth a try

wordemupg, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%

New to BC , this is a super solid American stout with a nod to Belgian though don't expect lots of Belgian yeast notes or other indications of the Belgium style. This is a very rounded and big stout with a lovely long finish almost on the sweet side. Lots of chocolate and an almost milk stout feel to the beer. Impressed by a brewery I was not aware of until now.

canucklehead, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%

The pour starts off an extremely dark brown, but by the time the snifter is half full, it's turned completely black. There's a faint head for a bit, but it's quickly gone. While it lasts it a nice shade of brown. Has a viscous look. If the head made a better showing, it would be a 5.

Early on it reminds me of a Belgian dark ale with an initial blast of dark, ripe fruits. Eventually, all the scents meld together and they get harder to pick out individually. Chocolate and licorice start to evolve as the smell of the fruits intensify.

For some reason the taste doesn't quite match the smell. The same tastes are there, but they don't work in harmony like in the nose. It's a bit more chocolately on the tongue than in the nose and the fruits are kind of in the way. While not a bad tasting beer, something isn't quite right to me. As it warms, the taste of the alcohol grows more prevalent.

A bit thinner than you'd guess...again, I think it's the fruit that's out of place. A bit of sweetness dances with tangy notes from the fruits before bitterness grabs the taste buds leading to a warming, slightly bitter, boozy finish. A bit of carbonation might liven things up. It's anything but light bodied, but I wouldn't call it heavy or full bodied. That's another place where it just misses the target.

Overall, it's an easy beer to drink and despite the warming feeling, the high alcohol is very well masked. In looking at the bottle, I had the beer a little cooler than suggested. The warming brings the chocolate to life, but none of the scores change.

RickS95, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ImperialStout, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

msubulldog25, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

karmachief, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Pours an indigo color with a rather modest head that grows wispy with alacrity and fades to a ringlet though it leaves wisps of lacing; when a brewery calls their beer a Belgian stout, however, I am expecting it to look like a Belgian, so I have deducted .5 points

Smell: Chocolate, chalk, roasted meat, charred toast and coffee

Taste: Chocolate and lactose, up front, with toast, red licorice and a hint of coffee developing, in the middle; the flavors up front, blend nicely together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am flummoxed a bit with how to rate this beer; I don't think it measures up as a Belgian stout as it lacks the yeasty complexity and the appropriate look/mouthfeel; on the other hand, I really like the way it tastes and would rate it higher as an American Double Stout or as an Imperial Milk Stout

brentk56, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Illos
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Illos, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

lupercmda, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, banana, toast, molasses, light char, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, banana, clove, pepper, light char, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, raisin, banana, clove, pepper, light char, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

From notes

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. No freshness date, though the label had a space for one.

Poured a viscous-looking shade of broen that looked virtually black, even when held up to light. Thin, mocha colored head was rather short-lived, leaving spotty lace on the sides of a St. Bernardus goblet.

The nose was primarily of chocolate and toffee. Not too complex.

The taste was more interesting. Dark chocolate first hit that tastebuds with a subordinate amount of coffee-like bitterness. Spicy Belgian yeast notes were detected, but they were far in the background.

Full bodied, with a level of carbonation that seemed a little low. Rich, coating mouthfeel.

This was pretty good without being great. I've had better RIS, and I've had better beers purporting to be Belgian stouts. Still this was more than drinkable, and a big improvement over the last time I had a bottle from Sound Brewing. For the right price, I'd drink this again.

woemad, Oct 31, 2013
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Ursus Spelæus from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.