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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 (1721) - 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!!


4.4
Mrnoluv (354) - long beach, California, USA - APR 29, 2017
This one caught me by surprise, the smell is vanilla, cocoa, coffee, the taste is dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. A hint of spice, a little creamy, very complex! Because it has some much going on with its complexity, the ABV sneaks up on you. This one is a classic.

4
jonno (2761) - JAPAN - NOV 20, 2016
Very refined, taught, roast RIS. Hides ABV well, lots of dark chocolate and roast with an austere finish.

3.8
luttonm (6271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Heavy black, good tan foam. Bitter black licorice, spice, some alcohol richness on aroma. Fairly dry body, Belgian character I suppose. Some spice, black pepper, chalky dry. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Licorice undertones, some fruitiness. Fair warmth. Quite fine.

3.8
andrewje41 (3880) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2016
22 oz bottle poured, shared by Matt. Thanks! Celebrating the Bengals 7th TD of the year, even though there is very little about this game to celebrate. Pours black with a rocky tan foam head. Slightly dough malt and licorice aroma. Flavor is smooth, and a soft sweet. Chocolate, and a stout unique fruitiness. A late heat to it, reminding the double digit abv bill. Definitely get a unique imperial stout here with the belgian yeast. Overall a pleasant, very tasty stout here. Impressive.

3.9
Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Black pour under a dark head. Licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and faint smoke. Complex and full of intrigue. Finish is sharp and bitter with cocoa and more licorice, especially as it warms. Body is on the medium to near thin side, which aids its drinkability. A very enjoyable Imperial.

3.3
fiulijn (20493) - 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
runaway (92) - 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
Arayaga2 (2197) - 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
jtclockwork (16581) - , 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
dfinney23 (3269) - 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.


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