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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Got this from Jake65 in a great trade and sharing it with a late night coworker.... Poured into my slim tulip and a thin brown head rises quickly and leaves nearly as fast. The brew is black. The nose is rich dark fruits that mesh perfectly with dark malt and some lesser Belgian character.. "boozy raisinettes", does that sound interesting? It is in this beer. Some anise and possibly some clovey phenols. Flavor does not disappoint.. thick and rich... cocoa, milk chocolate, a lot of golden raisins, lingering dark fruits... A bit of char/light smoke brings things back mid palate and lingers forever... Body is medium/thick and inviting... velvety.. carbonation is on the light side.. surprisingly there is very little alcohol... This is very well done.. Just hints of yeasty Belgian notes that I honestly believe could be bloomed a bit more.. I am amazed how much I like this one... Boise stores should pick this one up... Really good... No Shit. Not nearly as good as the best RIS out there, but certainly better than ANY Belgian Imperial Stout that I have had before... I am very.. VERY impressed. Thanks Jake!!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18573) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
runaway (79) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2098) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14584) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2618) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1686) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1448) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1136) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
on tap at belmont station. never smelled a beer this alcoholic, add in belgian gas and burnt paper across the street. lighter in the mouth than expected, smooth & dry. flavor favors charcoal, with licorice, alcohol & dark chocolate, balanced finish

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2512) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Dark brown molasses candi sugar herbal creamy raisin. Backseat roast flavors. Fruit. Other esters.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4881) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2015
Pitch black color. Black strap molasses, dark fruit tobacco and dark chocolate in the nose. Very enticing. Low carbonation, big strong Belgian yeast with lots of molasses. Rich, to the point of almost cloying but smooth and moderately sweet. Nice lingering dark fruit and dark chocolate finish. Bitterness is very low. Excellent t


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