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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (240) - 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 (2266) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (334) - - DEC 13, 2013
Opaque, Assertive nose, Full body, medium in flavor intensity, flat in mouthfeel, avg length. Balanced bitter-sweet tastes, suggestion of lactose, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Appearance bonus due to the nitro tap I had this on. Like a roasty creamy beer milkshake. Tasty notes of cocoa and like roasty coffee. I like this quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1155) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
650ml bottle. Dark pour with some reddish undertones. Aroma is cocoa and some coffee. Much of the chocolate is lost in the taste, it is more like one of those coffees that are described as being fruity, which I can’t describe better as I don’t really drink strange imported coffee very often. Overall, smelled better than it tasted, kind of an odd mishmash. It worked, but was strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (3931) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2013
on draft on at brewery, nitro. Great creamy stout, so rich and thick the nitro is really necessary about this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (925) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 18, 2013
From 10/17 notes. 22oz bottled October ’13. Pours dark black brown with big creamy 3 finger head. Nose is coffee, cream, fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich, carbonated, creamy. Taste is banana, fruity notes, latte, roasted coffee. Finish is smokey notes, bitter cocoa, banana, zucchini, fruity. Fresh bottle, pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
650 ml bottle
Thanks to the person who sent me this in a trade. A fine experimental stout is different than your average bottle. I would consider trying to get a couple more of their beers if I were ever in the area. This is an example of going on out a limb and getting it right.

Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated black brown fluid seeps into the glass. An ebony brown head is dirty like water after rinsing a greasy rag. Smoke and ash mix with chocolate to form an inviting profile. Hints of wheat give it that weizen edge.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and ash start the first impression well. Next comes smoke and pepper. A dry malty finish tickles the senses. This is an odd blend of hefeweizen and stout. Somehow though it works. I am glad to find at least one risk that paid off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5095) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, body with a small fizzy brown head that completely vanished. The nose is an interesting mix of dark wheat, roast, and chocolate with a unique yeast profile. The flavor is a mix of dark wheat, caramel, and roastiness with a heavy yeastiness on the finish. Nicely earthy and almost a bit chalky on the finish. Medium bodied and rather thick with soft fizzy carbonation. I really like this one, it’s really unique due to the yeast profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle. Black pour, tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light roast, vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, roast, vanilla. Palate is soft, creamy, light bitter.

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