Ursus Spelæus | Sound Brewery

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103 Ratings
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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:
103
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

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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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Ursus Spelæus from Sound Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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