Ursus Spelæus | Sound Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
soundbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 01-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Cruzgator
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is really good. It's not a RIS by any stretch, but whatever it is it's an excellent strong dark beer. It's not overly sweet, and the alcohol is not overpowering. Dark and nicely frothy in the Wander Brewing tulip. Malty body with a rising foamy mouthfeel that is just right for the dark flavors with a touch of fruit.

There is just the right malty sweetness to start. Some hops and a bitter edge add to the complexity. The Belgian yeast gives it the nicest drying finish. Roasted grain with a touch of char, but it's elegant and smooth.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainQ
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 01/10/2016.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had on tap at Sound Brewery. Body is a very dark brown, almost black. There was a brown finger head, but it has receded to a thin ring around the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, smoked coffee, and some boozy dark fruit.

T: Dark fruits, smoked coffee, and some dark chocolate and nuttiness at the end.

F: Medium/heavy bodied and foamy with a bit of a warming bite.

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Photo of Sathanas
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Slight spiced rum, chocolate and coffee but overwhelmed by an over-ripe banana taste. Over carbonated. Very strange

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, roasted nut, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted nut, powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of nutty aromas and flavors, but I am not getting any distinct Belgian yeast qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Arch Bridge Tap House the other day.

Really like this beer, and thought it a bit unusual from your typical RIS. There was a considerable amouont of cocoa powder and dark fruits in the beer, in addition to vanilla, licorise and dark chocolate. Alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability was pretty tasty.

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Photo of SamuelR
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: On tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Big chocolate raisin, currant, purple grape, and coffee hard candy flavors. Thick and sweet, less ash or roast than expected. Minimal booze flavor, at least initially. Very rich chocolate finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Almost a floral tobacco note as well. Tastes wonderful, if a bit strange for the style.

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Photo of 510a
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jpowelltheowl
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Ursus Spelæus from Sound Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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