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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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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Reviews by GoldenVIKE:
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GoldenVIKE

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -33.5%

Had a bottle at The Publican, and paid $14!!

A: nice thick pour, creamy beige head that with nice retention and lace.

S: did not smell too great when it was served, but I think the restaurant served it too cold. probably around 40-45 degrees. smelled way more alcoholic than a 11% ABV been should. otherwise, standard coffee and chocolate notes came through, and it smelled much better and richer as the beer warmed.

T&M: first tastes were overwhelmed by alcohol and bitterness, which i didn't expect from a $14 12oz bottle of stout. tastes mellowed nicely as the beer warmed and become much more espresso like by the end. porter-like.

O: for the price there are much better beers out there. while this one did warm up nicely, it didn't offer anything that you can't find in other good stouts or porters.

05-24-2011 02:12:39 | More by GoldenVIKE
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured jet black with a thin mocha colored head that was gone almost instantly.Deep complexity in the nose,dark roast,vanilla,and dark fruit stand out most along with some unsweetened bitter chocolate.Big and syrupy in the mouth and quite sweet on the palate,dark fruit and char,with bitter chocolate and molasses sweetness in a lingering finish.Nice flavors but the sweetness can be a bit much,still a nice sipping RIS.

06-14-2010 21:12:14 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Pours viscous black with a creamy, tiny-bubbled tan head on top. Big charred grain note in the nose with some chalky yeast in the back. Body is like it pours: thick. Right off the bat, there are some in-your-face chocolate and espresso flavors happening. Mild hopping is not noticed for the most part, aside from a faint leafy flavor. Black currant fruitiness with a slow, back-ended warmth. Hint of charred wood. Bitter chocolate in the finish. A very good run at the style--worth seeking out.

01-11-2011 18:12:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2013 00:33:14 | More by bishopdc0
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codysjb

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-12-2014 21:45:37 | More by codysjb
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-02-2013 02:26:29 | More by Guinnsslvr
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kaneel

France

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-02-2013 10:19:16 | More by kaneel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is heavy chocolate, burnt malt and some coffee. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

08-05-2010 02:58:44 | More by Mora2000
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

First review in a while. Bottle into snifter, not too cold to start. Best before date is in Dutch: "tenmiste houdbaar tot einde" and is March 2013. (Thanks Google Translate!)

Pours dark, dark brown. At first it appears flat, dead flat, then from the abyss a thick, one finger head of tan bubbles rise. Leaves mild lacing.

Smells of espresso first, then a strong whiff of fruits soaked in brandy.

Wow, this stuff is pretty thick. Starts with a pronounced blend of chocolate and malt, which then transitions into a gentle dark fruit note. Finishes with a light gracing of char that lingers with some earthiness. Sometimes a quick burn of alcohol.

Thick and wet mouthfeel, very smooth.

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. The head is a little weak, but for a Dutch Brewery this is pretty darn good.

10-29-2011 19:10:30 | More by BranfordBound
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. As the beer warms hints of earthy hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla make an appearance before fading out to allow earthy and slightly herbal hop flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a pretty big fan of this beer but for the large ABV I feel as though it should be a bit more flavorful. Still, it's worth a shot.

07-27-2010 16:20:20 | More by glid02
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

(served in a snifter)
A- Jet black body with a thin film of bubbly tan head that soon fades. There are a few microbubbles at the base but that is all that can be seen.
S- The aroma of prunes and black roasted malt is mellow with a cola aroma that takes on more of a berry aroma when the beer opens up. There is a slight cologne quality to the aroma also.
T- The mellow roasted black malt doesn't have any astringency or bitterness to it and there is a slight watery taste to follow . The berry flavor close, to blueberry, lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is a bit dry and no alcohol heat at all.
D- The strongest flavor in this beer is the fruity berry flavor. The malt is very mellow with not much depth and no sweetness or alcohol to add character. Just not very exciting or big, I don't know where they hid the alcohol but it is gone.

07-27-2010 21:31:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-27-2013 20:00:38 | More by prdstmnky
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

On the evening before my grandmothers funeral I had to drink a special brew. I was looking for a tasty stout. I drunk this one before but didn't review it yet.

A - Pitch black and a ring of foam against the glass. The foam is beige colored.

S - Oak wood, dark fruits, some sweetness in the scent.

T - Brown sugar, dark fruit, complex body, cherries, raisin, its all in there but it is not overwhelming.

M - Low carbonation, alcohol is present and some medium bitterness in the end.

O - A good stout, nice taste, a bit bitter with a sweet swirl. I think it would be nice with a good supper because there also some wine like tones present.

I am having a fresh one right now (1st of December 2011), and o boy this excellent stuff. I am raising therefore the tasting point by a half and the overall by a half. This beer tastes fresh, the hop is really fruity and present. The wine tones are gone now.

09-11-2011 07:50:59 | More by Mar02x
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

RIS that hits the spot. Above average mouthfeel, no head but black body. Understated carbonation, a tad above average mouthfeel overall. Lumps of sediment, more noticeable towards the end, in the glass. Boozy and roasty aroma. Nothing too complex. Bittersweet chocolate.

01-03-2010 01:58:08 | More by Sammy
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-28-2014 23:31:41 | More by whatname
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-14-2014 19:12:02 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-05-2012 06:51:19 | More by aztraz
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

This is my first Russian Imperial Stout. With an open mind...I will have to learn to appreciate this. Nevertheless, I think this is a good, but heavy beer.

L: almost black; no light through it; caramel brown top (one finger);
S: chocolate, vanilla, citrus, caramel, coffee;
T: though I love hops, they come through in a way I don't like. Citrus and caramel stay interesting though; cola element plus honey; the finish doesn't invite....
M: lovely, but I miss something; it is just too less inviting.
O: nice beginning.

10-11-2011 15:24:26 | More by Filosoof
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LestatSabastian

Alabama

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

The appearance was black with no head on the pour
smell was nice but could smell the alcohol
Taste was better than expected coffee, prune, and chocolate notes.
alcohol hidden better than I expected too.
mouthfeel was to thin for a stout for me
overall liked the beer. may buy again for a friend.

04-12-2013 07:29:33 | More by LestatSabastian
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-09-2012 01:33:01 | More by PaBeerLover
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-07-2014 03:43:15 | More by ohiobeer29
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a very minimal light tan. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on some of the brews I have had from this brewery I was honestly expecting more from this beer than what it delivered on. The complexity on this one was definitely lacking, but the alcohol was there to polish off the brew. It also likely covered up quite a few of the subtle flavors that might have been present in this one. Worth trying, but not the best of the style that I’ve had.

01-22-2012 18:19:07 | More by thagr81us
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-24-2013 21:31:51 | More by jsnoek
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured from a bottle to a snifter style glass

Colour is approaching black, but dark brown when held to light

Minimal head after pouring, less than half a finger and this vanished within a few minutes, leaving a tiny head around the edge of the glass

Smells slightly chocolately/toffee, and alcohol

Tastes slightly hoppy, chocolate - bitter style dark, roasted, and alcohol is predominant, too much so detracting a little from my enjoyment

Mouthfeel - OK, better than average, smooth and silky

Overall I was a little disappointed, I was expecting more from this beer!

12-25-2011 22:39:35 | More by Ruds
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2013 03:09:59 | More by jduprey007
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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.