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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 it once inhabited. Blends of rich maltiness, notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee & subtle licorice with a perfect balance of hops. The Belgian yeast strain adds touches of fruit, herbs, and spices.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1076) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bahumat (118) - 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 it’s 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 (685) - 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 (133) - 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 (2892) - 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 (786) - 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 it’s Belgian (the label describes a fruity yeast influence that I don’t think is really here) but it has a lot of flavours I appreciate in a big stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1231) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Bomber. 8.5% ABV. Deep dark darkest hueless brown, vanishing mocha foam. Aroma of burnt dark roast, tar, molasses and chocolate. Taste is heavy dark roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, black oily licorice, some coffee bean, spice and yeast. Soft carbonation, full bodied, moderately hopped. Boozy, dark and nasty and: DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
Une bouteille de 650ml bue à deux avec Milan. D’emblée je dois admettre que je ne suis pas un fan des stout belge, je dois admettre que celui-ci ne me fera pas changé d’avis. Une bière noire avec un simple rond de mousse. Un nez de fruits rouges. Une bouche mince de chocolat et de levure belge. Pas pour moi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3167) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
650 ml. Une bière brune très foncée traversée par une lumière rouge. Un anneau de mousse qui traduit son appartenance. Un nez vineux et bien belge avec ses épices, ses fruits noirs, ses parfums de réglisse et ses malts chocolatés. Des papilles qui chevauchent deux beaux styles appréciables: quelque chose entre un stout impérial et une ale belge forte ténébreuse. Une bouche de moyenne densité avec un pétillement bas et une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale qui ose le mariage entre une levure surette et des malts bien rôtis. Intéressante!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Visual: Pours almost inkjet black with a hint of purple-redness in it, pretty much headless, almost no retention, some slow activity near the surface, and the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy. Nose: Huge coffee-toffee-malts, a very clean nose (7/10-pungency) Attack: sour/tangy thick caramel malts, drinks almost flat (not much CO2) Mid-palate: (6/10)-sourness, malty (7/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, coffee Finish: alcohol detection, continual sourness, licorice malt exhale, malty soft coffee-bitter finish. Summary: Every sip is different with this sour-bitter brew; Depending on the bite of the food you’re eating, it heavily leans toward either the oversour or smooth malty sweet. Too much sourness and not enough texture, for me to thoroughly enjoy this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (976) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
bottle, pours pitch black, thin tan head, some lacing. nose is a mix of belgian and espresso stout. it’s an odd mix of flavors for me, not really feeling it but it is well exicuted.

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