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

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured deep, deep brown with a small light brown cap, not much on lacing and the head was faint but stuck around by way of a small brown ring

S: Lots deep roasted notes, licorice, light smokiness, dark chocolate with some spiciness, booze sting

T: Perhaps some anse, but defeinite light spiciness back with huge roastiness, dark chocolate, licorice.The back end leaves some bitterness, sugar sweetness

M: Well carbonated, tasty, dry feel but yet sticky sweet, warming and big bodied

O: Awesome brew!

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black, thin light brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Pleasant RIS aroma of roasted and dark malt, molasses and a hint of Belgian yeast. Flavor follows, dominated by roasted malt but with a lighter fruit and anise element. Finish with a sharp hop bitterness and espresso coffee that lingers on the tongue. Very tasty. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Somewhat light bodied for a RIS, but the flavor is rich and compelling. A very nice stout and my fifth straight excellent beer from this stellar brewery.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks libbey!

A: Pours a pitch black with no light shining through. There is a quarter finger of dark tan head that settles quickly and leaves a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. It's sticky and syrupy, and has serious legs. This beer looks great.

S: The nose is mainly raisin, with a big chocolate presence and a tad bit of Belgian funk and booze. I usually like my stouts with more burnt toast and bitters, but it smells good.

T: Mmm. This beer is sweet and syrupy with notes the raisin and dark chocolate hitting hard in the in the front. The middle turns towards more milk chocolate and burnt toast. I'm digging it. The finish is back to sweet and syrupy, but the raisin notes fade away. Really nice. The Belgian influences are mild and it makes me glad that they didn't overdue it.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet, syrupy, cloying, milky, thick and smooth. Really solid.

O: This is a solid beer. I had my doubts with the Belgian Stout label on it. But this beer is just right. It's like candy cigarettes, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, raisin, and burnt toast. Would love to drink again.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending me this beer! Thanks Hollis!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers worth of medium tan colored head. Lacing is pretty nice on this beer as well; stick to side of glass.

Smell: This is a really fruity stout almost like a quad fruity. Black licorice, molasses, chocolate, mild roast and smokiness.

Taste: Smokey and dark fruits. Mild coffee roast that is mildly bitter adding balance to the fruity belgian yeast. A touch of spice mingles with the dark fruits. Really solid!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation between the middle to high end of moderate. Not a hint of booze for such a big beer. Really nice carbonation thats smooth and lucious. well made beer.

Overall: This is my first beer from Sound Brewery! Really really nice beer. They have impressed me! Its a unique beer that does a solid job in all aspects of this beer. Overall score of 4.5; wanted to bump the taste to a 4.25 score.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Short tannish mocha head on a dark brown near black body. Head recedes to a collar.

Purple and red grapes. Slightly metallic? All good though.

Fruits, first and foremost. "Slight smokiness" as it warms. Would put this right at its stated ABV, well hidden booze overall.

Diggin' the mouthfeel, thicker side with carbonation on the high end...it works here when considering the Belgian yeast influence.

Well integrated use of malts and yeast rarely used together. Well done Sound Brewery. Thanks for the new beer try 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Ursus Spelæus from Sound Brewery
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