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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we add a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create this wheat stout. Brimming with aromas of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winterís eve.

This beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle conditioned. Haze and sediment from the live yeast in the bottle are a result of the natural process used to create this beer. For best appearance, decant carefully into a clean, clear glass.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3468) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at the Brewpub. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and hints of some minor background fruitiness. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly bitter with light sweetnes balancing it, lots of chocolate some roasty coffee, and a smoky note.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bellco33 (653) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2016
Poured into sample glass at brewery: Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste more of the same, a little sweet with some Dr. Pepper and dark fruit. Medium body, itís solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5402) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Tap at Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland. Originally rated 20160221. Colour is almost black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, wheat, chocolate and malts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (565) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from The Drinkery, Derry NH. Aroma is bready malts with chocolate undertones. Appearance is opaque black with minimal sparkle. I wouldnít even call it a brown head as it was basically brown bubbles that were gone in an instant after the pour. After that, it looks like really flat cola--no lacing. Taste is medium balance of sweet and bitter with slightly more bitterness. Palate is surprisingly thin, between light and medium bodied. Carbonation is almost absent and finish is pretty abrupt and slightly bitter. Overall, you could certainly do a lot worse as far as the beer universe goes. But, this is a pretty tough category to produce a pretty ho hum beer. If the palate and appearance were better, this would be a contendah...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6301) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque back, very large brown head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is wheat, lots of anise, molasses, black licorice. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, some sharp acidity. Medium body, high carbonation. Tough to categorize...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2015
Interesting take on the stout. The yeasty wheat is evident, but at the base there are still sweet malts of slight toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Pour a cola color with quickly, almost nonexistent head. Itís an okay beer, nothing special.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (73) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Black/brown in appearance with only a minimal tan colored head and not much lacing. Aroma is of toasted marshmallows, wood, chocolate, and malts. Taste is of dark fruits, cocoa, and oak. Medium bodied at best but coats well enough and has nice drinkability. To summarize; this is a really good stout with a unique twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (8776) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a pours a cloudy brown with tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and roast. Thin mouth with strong chocolate and roasted malts, good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (822) - - JAN 28, 2015
On tap at tasting room. Later was drink of choice for entire table at Duckfat. Pretty unique stout. Pours a deep hazy brown/black. Drinks somewhat light bodied for a stout but really smooth. Roasted notes, chocolate and smoke come through. Dried fruits and yeast later. Belgian notes are subtle but add definite interest. Unique.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
malrubius (2483) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle from Meditrina. Black with loud dissipating brown head. Boozy tangy wheaty clovey chocolate aroma. Tangy fruity chocolate sweetness with very heavy raisiny plummy fruitiness and some woody bitterness with lingering chocolaty fruit. Medium-full body. Low carbo. Itís an "icy winterís eve," but this is far from perfect. Mostly unpleasant. Some beer seem good on paper...


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