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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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 eslemarc:
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eslemarc

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.16 oz bottle in a snifter.

The beers pours a dark roast coffee color, no real head comes to life, just sparse little bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Agitating the beer brings a little life to the beer, but it quickly falls down.

The nose is very rich with dark chocolate and anise, a real creamy sweetness is present. With more agitation comes a little cool booziness and even brings hints of coffee around. But this time some of the flecks of head have started holding to the glass.

The beer feels alive up front with light carbonation but quickly smoothes out into a wonderfully creamy texture and semi-full mouthfeel. The body is between medium and full; there is now a little caramel coming through. The finish hangs a little with coffee on the palate and an interesting (hop?) bitterness. It's certainly very warming and changing with each sip. I would say this beer is worth a go if you come across it but I wouldn't be cashing in any favors to get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 22:46:53 | More by eslemarc
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S: A nice aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of malt.

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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).
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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
87 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.