Brewed by Ursus Breweries (SABMiller)
Style: Schwarzbier
Cluj Napoca, Romania


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URSUS Black nu este o bere brună obișnuită. Povestea ei începe nu cu unul, așa cum au berile obișnuite, ci cu trei tipuri de malț toate 100% pure. Iar în povestea ei, fiecare malț are rolul lui: unul dă gustul, altul dă culoarea, pe când al treilea conferă aroma. Gustul blând, nu foarte amărui (23 unități de amăreala), și cele 6 procente de alcool îi dau personalitatea unică. Așa că URSUS Black cu trei tipuri de malț, e altfel decât orice altă bere brună.

URSUS BLACK a fost medaliată de trei ori la competiția European Beer Star (Germania).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2012
50 cL can. Pours clear dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and breadish, light toffee malty. Toasted malty, breadish, sweet and caramelish. Light bitter and roasted finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25079) - Lyserřdovre, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2012
Can 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear orangey brown with a dense and creamy beige head. Odd farty aroma initially, then some sweet roast. Medium body, subtle roast, and some licorice, roasty finish. Quite decent. 230512

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (578) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
500ml bottle and can. Dark ruby body. Beautiful medium creme brulee head with decent retention, nice bubbles. Delicate caramel nose, some coffee, a little burned sugar. Taste is delicate coffee, roasted malt, caramel and some hops in the back. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viceroy (95) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - APR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 Can, Bottle - Supermarket Romania 0,5l Appearance: Clear black with hints of red with a small, short lasting, tan head. Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, rosted malt, toast. Taste: sweet with a medium lasting bitter finish. Palate: Medium body and medium carbonation, oily texture. Overall: The best beer in my home country. Very cheap here too. A very good schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2012
#1430 Bottle; Nose is decent roasted malt, sweet licorice, stale cola, oak, red pepper, feel is quite fat, carb Is medium, taste follows nose with weak cream, sour earth,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Bottled. A black beer with a small beige head. A sweet lager. Notes of coal. A good malty beer which is more dunkler bock than dunkel in profile with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (5564) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2012
500ml Can (Thanks Omhper) - Dark brown, almost black, with a foamy tan head. Chocolate, metal, roasted malt and some smoky hints in the aroma. Smoky and malty taste with notes of plain chocolate, coffee and beech detected. Not bad and better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freddy42 (5) - cluj napoca, ROMANIA - MAR 16, 2012 does not count
As a general rule Romania produces some very average pale beers (called BERE BLONDA here). However in every country you sometimes find some real gems. I have read on this site rave reviews about URSUS BLACK and no surprise, it is a lovely dark beer with a really deep rich flavor. If you test it alongside its rival SILVA BLACK you will find URSUS BLACK to be in a different league! Its a funny thing out here in Romania that BLACK/BROWN beers are much more popular with women than men (proving once again that they are smarter than us!).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
In short: A sweet and sticky burgundy beer with liquorice and dark fruits flavors
How: Tap and bottle a few times in Transylvania/Romania
The look: Clear dark burgundy topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose is black liquorice soft candy, bran muffin, notes of fresh tobacco. Taste is more of the same. Liquorice soft candies, black jelly beans, residual sugars, caramel, dates, figs, cookies. Medium body and medium carbonation. This beer is actually not all that bad beer when fresh on tap, however the beer has an oily sweet flavor that I just cannot drink in quantity, it therefore loses points for low drinkability. To give you an idea of the Romanian beer scene, this Ursus Black is currently the highest rated Romanian beer on with a current weighted average of 3.23 and an overall score of 74. So you can imagine the shit I was drinking in the weeks I spent there. On the positive side, my decision to spend my 2011 vacation in Romania was met by cheers and applause by every other nation on the planet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estpiwo (1298) - ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2011
Canned. Dark brown color with huge creamy foam. Aroma of roasted fruits. Taste was coffee like, some roasted malts, raisins maybe. Light smoky aftertaste.

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