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Ursus Spelæus - Sound Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.31%
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 woemad
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of deschutes_fan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Pours thick and dark with a small layer of tan foam

- Nice smell of roasty dark chocolate and cherries.

- Very pleasant taste, bitter dark chocolate mixed with black cherries and roasted malt. Clean and not very BIG compared with other RIS. Medium body.

- Overall, a tasty, smooth RIS with nice cherry flavor. Not very complex (not BA), but it does hide the 10% ABV quite well. Solid offering here, but certainly not the best in a very competitive RIS category.

deschutes_fan, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kmat10, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with an average size, tan, foamy head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is quite mild with some cocoa and coffee. Flavor's a vinous, Belgian, like nose, bit more sweet than bitter, hint of tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, long, no sign of alcohol. Decent enough but I don't find much special.

drpimento, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev -2.9%

604growler, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

schopenhauerale, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a rich opaque black w/ a 1-finger mocha head that settles to a narrow band.

Aroma is big chocolate and espresso, bitter roasted malt, cocoa. As it warms, dark fruit overtakes the chocolate and coffee.

Taste follows nose. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, chewy dark fruits, earthy roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is thick, full-bodied but not sticky or syrupy. Good carbonation, finishes semi-dry.

Overall a highly enjoyable, rock-solid imperial stout.

draheim, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of C_S
4/5  rDev -2.9%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of DJMonroe
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

DJMonroe, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of irishgreensoda
4/5  rDev -2.9%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -9%

jmccraney, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hopmodium, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -9%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev -2.9%

HopsMatt, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

IanSpindler, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

schnarr84, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

BeerOps, May 27, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, 8.5% ABV, and dubbed a 'Belgian Style Imperial Stout'.

This beer pours a solid black, with prominent cola highlights, and nothing but a thin film of flaccid bubbly beige head, which bleeds away before my eyes, leaving a low landfall pattern of lakeshore lace around the glass.

It smells of chalky dark cocoa, lightly toasted caramel malt, thin toffee crisps, black licorice nibs, a very subtle dry yeastiness, and herbal grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, softly caramelized toffee, rather rich anise drops, ethereal zingy yeast, and earthy, leafy hops. A hint of warming alcohol permeates as it warms.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, but still capable in their support role, the body a sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, with a mild touch of creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the cocoa, licorice, and caramel malt all lazily colluding to push out any lingering Belgian-inspired yeast, or alcohol edge, for that matter.

As Belgian Stout is not yet a style on this site, it falls that this must be shoehorned in elsewhere. However, that seems patently unnecessary here, as this comes across as mostly just a lighter (in all manner save ABV) version of a Yankee Imperial stout, sexed up with licorice. Worthy of a try, even at around 10 bucks a bomber.

biboergosum, May 12, 2013
Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -2.9%

leedorham, May 03, 2013
Photo of ifixufly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ifixufly, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drat at uber tavern

a: had no idea what to even think of/call this at the bar, served in a stubby snifter glass, ursus is deeply brown, opaque in color, with a short mocha head

s: loaded with dark fruits and caramelized sugars, strikingly complex from the start, notes of molasses, chocolate and char hint at the “ris” but it’s really much more, flashes of belgian yeast, plum and raisin, mildly hopped

m: thick, rich mouthfeel with a carbonation to the higher side of the moderate range

t: loaded with dark tree fruits and complimented with roasted barley, hints of cocoa, a touch of smoke, and a belgian yeast profile giving some interesting spice notes, maybe a touch of coffee, nicely bitter to finish with lots of lingering flavor

o: a unique an interesting style combination that completely impresses, quality stuff

4/45/45/45/45

blackie, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MaseFace, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
3/5  rDev -27.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.613.

A - Pours a motor oil dark brown with a few small dark brown bubbles.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some sweet fruits.

T - Nice bitter coffee and chocolate mix and again some sweet dark fruit.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very nice stout with a surprising fruit kick that is nice.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 picked up today at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City for a sorta pricey $10... Poured into my slim tulip and a thin brown head rises quickly and leaves nearly as fast. The brew is black.

The nose is rich dark fruits that mesh perfectly with dark malt and some lesser Belgian character.. "boozy raisinettes", does that sound interesting? It is in this beer. Some anise and possibly some clovey phenols.

Flavor does not disappoint.. thick and rich... cocoa, milk chocolate, a lot of golden raisins, lingering dark fruits... A bit of char/light smoke brings things back mid palate and lingers forever...

Body is thick and inviting... velvety.. carbonation is on the light side.. surprisingly there is very little alcohol... This is very well done.. Just hints of yeasty Belgian notes that I honestly believe could be bloomed a bit more..

I am amazed how much I like this one... As far as I can tell Home Brew Stuff is the only store that got this one in.. but Boise stores should pick this one up... so should Boise peeps. Really good... No Shit.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.25

Not nearly as good as the best RIS out there, but certainly better than ANY Belgian Imperial Stout that I have had before... I am very.. VERY impressed.

JohnGalt1, Jan 20, 2013
Ursus Spelæus from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.