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:
No notes at this time.

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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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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gmag51
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hagbert
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 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 drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Briken
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler it is chalky black color with a foamy brown head and poor retention. Espresso and a burnt yeast aroma. Coffee and tobacco with a light chocolate finish. Yeasty fruit notes and a moderate tobacco linger.

Not very nice to look at but this has a very intriguing flavor and personally I like the tobacco flavor but it is rather dominating. The flavors are clear and stay interesting throughout the bottle.

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3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A vigorous pour into a Darkness tulip reveals an oily dark liquid, and yields a tall, but thin head, which recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: What an unusual smell. It's unlike any Imperial stout I have had before. I don't even know how to describe it. There might be some chocolate in there, and maybe some black licorice. I am at a loss for descriptors.

T: The taste is much more familiar. It has the usual Imperial Stout characteristics, with above-average hop presence and below-average sweetness.

M: This is a very thin Imperial Stout, which makes it seem really light. The alcohol is well-masked. I don't know whether the thin body is an asset or a flaw. It's very drinkable, but I kind of want something richer.

O: I don't know if I have ever had a Belgian Imperial Stout before. This is interesting and drinkable, but in the end, I find it slightly challenging, and lacking harmony.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 karmachief
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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

Photo of Cruzgator
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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