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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1181) - Waterloo, Ontario, - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle shared by toffsbury - thanks! Pours opaque black with a tan head, and lacing made up of big bubbles. Aroma is roasty and spicy. The taste can also be mainly described that way: roasty and spicy. Some molasses and dark fruit notes creeping up in there too. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (278) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle (22oz): Near black with small head. Aroma or roasted malts.. Medium body, light carbonation. Taste some bitter sweet chocolate. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (9) - - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
Aroma of chocolate& toffee. Flavour presents with a subtle current & surprising refreshing quality. Finishes clean and more in line with the aroma; semi sweet chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1126) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
A nice imperial stout overall. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick brown head. Smells of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Taste starts thick and creamy, with some coffee upfront, followed by milk chocolate and some vanilla in the finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3385) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2014
Medium beige head dark mahogany like pour near black more charcoal really medium carbonation aromas malt chocolate caramel liquorice vanilla smooth coffee fruit the flavours dark fruit rich chocolate liquorice mildly roasted coffee caramel a burnt note syrup touch medium bitter goes wel with the sweetness the finish rich imperial bright tastes of hops malt bitter finish good on the taste buds

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (946) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Very dark brown black pour fast dissipating tan head. Aroma coffee licorice magic marker, wood, cream. Tastes char very low carb. Licorice. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bahumat (125) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Aroma: 10/10. This beer smells like caramel banana bread, followed by coffee. Appearance: 4/5, pours a cola brown with a thin mocha head. Taste: 8/10. Complex despite the relatively thin mouthfeel, this beer tastes like itís doing a lot despite not a lot of heft to the body. Toffee, rum, coffee, licorice, are the dominant notes, with subtler raisin and port wine notes. Finish is a long coffee-red-wine sort of finish. Palate: 3/5. Thin mouthfeel for a stout, but creamy and silky nevertheless. Feels like this beer would be really improved with a bit more thickness and body. Gently active on the tongue and astringent. Overall: 16/20. Boy this is an odd one, but pleasantly odd. Notable for the complexity of the flavors, and that long, long finish that really does taste equal parts coffee and red wine. Enjoyed it and would enjoy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (832) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, caramel, coffee, toffee and molasses. Taste is again deep rich malt profile with a faint note of dark fruits and wild yeast. Finishes smooth with a very pale bitterness. Appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (162) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Dark molasses brown, medium brown head, minimal. Smells like chocolate and light roasted coffee, and a little flowery perfume. A bold, biting flavor, kind of bitter, but smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3129) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
09-MAY-2014, draft @Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown. Black - actually slightly transparant - with lasting tan head. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, very full taste - almost barrel notes. Taste the same with a touch of smoke. Almost full body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (919) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
650ml bottle. Black pour with thin light brown head. Forceful aroma of molasses, tar and liquorice. Taste follows a similar path, but diverges a little. I start to pick up some notes of coffee and black cherry, plus hops. Perhaps needs a bit more carb. Anyway nice stuff, not sure how itís Belgian (the label describes a fruity yeast influence that I donít think is really here) but it has a lot of flavours I appreciate in a big stout.

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