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
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
103
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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14
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For Trade:
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black hue with a one-finger cap of frothy dark tan foam. Attractive.

Smell: rich, chocolatey and caramelly malt aroma with a distinct oaky character. Not terribly complex but it all comes together rather well.

Taste: several big flavors come together here: a big maltiness with lots of fruit character, either from the Belgian yeast or from the alcohol; there is some cherry, grape and plum here; rich but not dank or dusky. Chocolate comes through from below, but it is not overpowering at all. I like the complexity quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: big body with a smooth, silky texture. Not particularly creamy, but it's a low-carbonation style. I like it.

Overall: a tasty and surprisingly drinkable beer for its ABV. It would be interesting to cellar this for awhile and see how much more Belgian character develops.

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