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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1468) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4118) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (808) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Wow, this was special. Inky black pour with a foamy, dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and wild yeasts. The flavour was probably one of the most subtley complex I have experienced in a stout in some time. The Belgian yeasts provide a nice wild spicy flavour as a backbone to a huge roasted malt profile. Absolutely incomparable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (375) - 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 (41) - - JAN 16, 2015
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 (1283) - 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 (3600) - 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 (1105) - 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 (135) - 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 (1080) - 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 (183) - 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.

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