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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Named for a long extinct Russian Cave Bear, Ursus Spelaeus is as deep and dark as the caves its namesake inhabited. Spelaeus has thick, rich maltiness with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and subtle licorice in the nose and on the tongue with just enough hops to keep it balanced. The Belgian yeast strain adds touches of fruit, herbs, and spices. Availability: Bottles and Draft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4721) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Heavy black, good tan foam. Bitter black licorice, spice, some alcohol richness on aroma. Fairly dry body, Belgian character I suppose. Some spice, black pepper, chalky dry. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Licorice undertones, some fruitiness. Fair warmth. Quite fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2951) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2016
22 oz bottle poured, shared by Matt. Thanks! Celebrating the Bengals 7th TD of the year, even though there is very little about this game to celebrate. Pours black with a rocky tan foam head. Slightly dough malt and licorice aroma. Flavor is smooth, and a soft sweet. Chocolate, and a stout unique fruitiness. A late heat to it, reminding the double digit abv bill. Definitely get a unique imperial stout here with the belgian yeast. Overall a pleasant, very tasty stout here. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2761) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Black pour under a dark head. Licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and faint smoke. Complex and full of intrigue. Finish is sharp and bitter with cocoa and more licorice, especially as it warms. Body is on the medium to near thin side, which aids its drinkability. A very enjoyable Imperial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver; 2 years old
Black color, small head. Mild aroma of roasted malts. Lean body, some roasted malt flavor, also quite sour; low bitterness.
Is this what it was supposed to be or is this the result of an infection? Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
runaway (81) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Smells of chocolate, pours dark cola brown with thin head. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Body is thick and creamy, quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Dark brown/black, with light cocoa notes. Taste is dry-ish with chocolate, and very mild Belgian esters. $5/12 oz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle - Pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of coffee, toffee, chocolate, raisins, raisin bread, black licorice, dark fruit - medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2934) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Pours near black with a foamy dark head. Aroma of chocolate and yeast. Taste is unusual but not in the typical "funky Belgian" way that my wife sometimes doesn’t like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
Rating #1439 - 16.01.2015 - Bottle from CBI. Beautiful dark brown pour with a fairly foamy tan head with mild lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, belgian yeast apparent. Taste is oaty and thick, almost sludgy on the mouth feel, but layered with hints of vanilla and chocolate, yeast character subdued but present. Alcohol is well tempered. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1508) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Unique imperial w/ a phenomenal mouthfeel! The light body really sets this off from other stouts as well as the Belgian dark chocolate twist. It has just enough bitterness to really make this a complex & outstanding stout!

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