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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 winter’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (224) - 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 wouldn’t 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4969) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1635) - 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. It’s an okay beer, nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (72) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (661) - - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
malrubius (2190) - 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. It’s an "icy winter’s eve," but this is far from perfect. Mostly unpleasant. Some beer seem good on paper...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a deep brown to black with a medium sized tan head. Chocolate and wood. Medium bodied, rich and full of cocoa and chocolate. Long slowly warming chocolate finish. Big and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (388) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Pours black with a very thick light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate with dark roast coffee after taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bulk_Carrier (2889) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug and a weizen. At the time, I was a bit confused as to what style this beer really was. What was poured into the weizen glass yielded a far larger white foamy head that the mug. Everything else is the same. The rest of the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. The lacing is the same in both glasses, foamy and thick. The smell was the same in both glasses, though the banana esters may have lasted longer in the weizen. There’s a dark roasty chocolate in a stale breadiness. The taste followed the nose. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium in body. Sessionable? To me, not exactly as I don’t think the flavors really meshed that well. Overall, out of all the times I’ve had this when I was living in Maine, I could never get into this beer.

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