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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 01-03-2010)
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%

animal69, Sunday at 08:09 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 6/2015. Pours dense fairly pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, licorice, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of big dark/roasted malt and moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

amishbooze, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DougT, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Synapstic, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Fantastic. Delightful taste, not very frothy but STRONG. One to start the night, not to be abused. I'm slightly lit by first one.

Jonathan_Dunne, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ciocanelu, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

leitmotif, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

brianmandell, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ShriverMO, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MaseFace, Aug 06, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep dark brown with a thin, oily beige collar. Aromas of dark fruit, particularly plums, chocolates, raisin, chocolates with raisins all up in them, raisins dipped in chocolate. Chocolate flavor, a hint of vanilla. Rich, roasted malt with a touch of espresso. Double digit abv well masked. A nice sipper.

Huhzubendah, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

boudeysbigbrew, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

little_star, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Halfbrother83, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

KG710, Jun 28, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an almost jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of malt.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, dark fruit (plums, especially), and a little bit of coffee. A big flavor (just like an RIS should be) that's complex and satisfying. Didn't get much of the coffee that other reviewers got, but still a good flavor.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a slick, smooth finish. Full-bodied, but not overpowering.

O: A very solid beer. Usually I don't expect that much from Belgian brewers when they stray from their native styles, but this was a very enjoyable beer.

avalon07, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

vhmf1978, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

whatname, May 29, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, almost tar black. A tiny beige head build up, only to be reduced to stick lacing quickly.
Big chocolate and coffee in the smell, with a dark fruit zing in the back, that gets more apparent as the beer warms. Lots of caramel, some vanilla and licorice. akes me think of sweet milk & coffee with a bit of cognac.
Taste start with roasted malts, sweet with molasses, caramel, mildly strong dark chocolate and espresso. Acidity, not just from the coffee notes, but also from juicy dark cherries, plums and blackberries. A bit of red grape mustiness that works well with the warm alcohol. Sweet spices are felt towards the finish, with some licorice, peppercorn and faint anise, just before coffee and ashy burnt grains come in to settle, with a mild bitterness (some hop presence too).
Full bodied, but not too heavy, low carbonation, smooth, fits nicely. Aftertaste consists of roasted malts, coffee sediment, but no dark fruit.
A tasty IRS, not ostentatious or flashy, but elegant and rich.

dcmchew, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

hopsolutely, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ystazi, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ohiobeer29, May 07, 2014
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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.