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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of ventiman
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boom boom; out go the lights! This is one serious beer. Poured at a good temperature with an medium size, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head with brown highlights and a little lace. Aroma is a little mild and has malt, coffee, cocoa, roasty, dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor's like nose, Bitter, sweet, and mild tang are very well balaanced and marry in harmony with just the right body and carbonaton. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and has a little boozy warmth. Understated greatness.

Photo of profondo
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of rvdoorn
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours a dark black color, with a small dark brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet molasses, licorice.
Taste: Malts, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet molasses, and licorice. Warming alcohol in the bitter coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy, silk with low carbonation
Overall: Very nice brew, maybe not overly complex, but I prefer a simple RIS over most of the hyped overly complex unbalanced American brews.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma has roast coffee, molasses and miso components. It pours a deep, opaque sable just a whisker above black with a thick, fizzy and rather persistent light tan head. Rich, mouth-filling flavor has firm coffee, molasses, unsweet chocolate and nutty tones with hoppy and miso underpinnings, as well as quite an alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and thick, but tingly and lively as well, quite satisfying.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of remitrom
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of little_star
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Jonathan_Dunne
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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Vigorous, long pour nets a jet black brew with a light mocha head of about thumbs-width. Some lacing, but the legs keep running it down into the beer.

Aromas of heavy roasted coffee, very dark cocoa, roasted malts. Licorise. Alcohol burns the nose hairs.

First sip is similar to aroma - dark cocoa, dark roast coffee, hint of dark roasted malts. Alcohol burn. Long, lingering finish reminds me of dark semisweet chocolate. All bitterness from roasted grains. Good level of carbonation.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, slightly sweet, not cloying. Some creamy carbonation, surprising considering strength of the beer.

Very drinkable beer. Outstanding example of a RIS.

Photo of chrisrose30
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out of the bottle a very dark brown with no head, and is slightly fizzy. Espresso aroma, some berries, and definitely a whiff of alcohol. Very smooth with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. A very mellow, warm IRS overall. I would definitely have another.

Photo of peter3214
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reverse Pressure filled growler, 22 oz.

Poured a dark, thick, black, with brown highlights on the edges. Black through the body until the edges moving to a lighter dark brown.

Sweet milk chocolate smell, with dense, undertones of coffee and alcohol. Subtle but pleasant soy sauce hint. Toasted, almost smokey smell, very pleasant. Alcohol very prevalent.

No head retention, syrupy lacing that dropped quickly. Little carbonation.

Large flavor profile, including a very clear, roasted coffee flavor that moves into a semi-sweet chocolate taste, with hints of soy sauce and smoke flavoring. A very dense, thoroughly connected flavor profile. Then, an alcoholic burn, very distinct, and not disguised. Almost separate from the rest of the flavor profile.

Heavy and slippery like bourbon, with a low level of carbonation. Perfect amount of malt for the style and carbonation for the style. A clear, consistent malt lasting through the tasting until the alcohol and carbonated finish.

Enjoyed this with a friend, and am very excited the Charleston Beer Exchange received one of these rare kegs. Delicious, the best example of a Russian Imperial Stout I've had to date. If you can get it, buy it.

Photo of sendsilk
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an in a trade with caroroberts, thanks Carly!

A- The pour makes for an interesting head gathering here. Very nice mocha colored head, tons of bubble, very nice.

S- standard for a Russian Imp Stout, chocolate & tobacco.

T- This is very nice. What a great surprise! Chocolate, raisins, toffee, tobacco, heavy booze. Really, excellent.

M- Nice and thick and chewy but not overly done. Brilliant!

O- I could drink a bunch of these. Very nice beer.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first beers my girl bought for me when we first started dating almost two years ago. It's been cellaring ever since. It was probably a year old when she bought it!

A- A two finger dark tan head that hangs around for a decent amount of time. This pitch black ale is what dreams are made of! Little bits of legs hanging on, but mostly it just settles into a puddle of murky goodness. Touches of carbonation pop and break like kahki sea foam on the surface of this Hell dark Imperial Stout!

S- Dark 60% Belgian Chocolate, bitter coffee, dried raisins, figs, subtle citrusy hops. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and cocoa. This reminds me of some belgian style stouts that I've had... perhaps a little bit less yeast tho. This is really awesome and complex!

T- Chocolate, dark dried fruits, anise, and sitting around the fire wood smoke! It has a nice spicey nuttiness that follows the sweet/sour cherry, mocha burst! The sourness from the fruit hits your mouth and gets opened up from the alcohol! It's a subtle 11%, but it creeps in there. Still lively with hops and yeast! Puckering yet sweet, creamy, and smokey! Insane depth of flavor! It really opens up as it warms up!

M- Creamy and such a wonderful mouthful! Tangy fruit, sweet, bitter roastiness, and a chewy complexity! I wish it was just a touch more sticky and thick! It's not thin, but it's not full of syrup stickiness like I was hoping for. Ya know what... I was wrong... This brew envelopes the tongue like a python on a deer! The caramel/vanilla/coffee/chocolate/dark fruit all grab a different part of the tastebuds, and scream "You're My Bitch!"

O- I need to get some more of this! This is damn close to brilliant! As good of an Imperial Stout as I've ever had! This one needs to be drank almost warm to really apprieciate! Sticky, bitter, sweet, and tons of love in this one!!! Highly recommended!!!

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm unsure if there are multiple labels are there was a change because the bottle I have looks a lot different.
Poured into Houblon Chouffe tulip.
A: Pours creamy black with good tan, two and a half finger head. Head dissolves to leave thin foam on top. Looks yummy.

S: Notes of chocolate blend with nice roasty malts. Smells yummy!

T: Mild chocolate and coffee, tasty roasted malts, then slight taste of alcohol. Harmonious blend that hides the 11% abv wonderfully. Looks like these cats in Holland seem to be doing a few things right. Oh yeh, it tastes yummy also.

M: Creamy, silky, almost sticky. Coats the entire mouth nicely.

O: Normally reluctant upon encountering new brews, I am satisfied with this impulse buy. I am most likely going to try any Russian Imperial I come across, and if you like this style you should try. Another "solid brew" that I will certainly revisit. Lacing! Shout outs to the swampy gator for looking out.

Photo of Absumaster
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, pitch black beer with initial off-white head, which fades while looking at the glass come to rest.

Smell is good, a roasty, molasses smell combined with an earthy hoppiness, that reminds me most of English hops, EK Goldings?

Taste is wonderful, a big roasty beer with notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses. Maybe some use of oats, I taste a grainy, oily addition. The bitterness is high and has an earthy twist. With it's 11% alcohol, I can feel the warmth of the alcohol in my throat. Mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy, but very much according to style. The drinkability of the beer is great.

Photo of beavers
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Raleigh Times.

Pours pitch black with a half inch toffee brown bubbly head in a goblet. Great retention and tons of creamy brown lacing. Served a little too cold, but as it warms big roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate with notes of espresso, molasses, alcohol.

Taste is huge roasted malt in the front followed by a sourdough tanginess, molasses and licorice. Then there's a semisweet dark clocolate syrup and more roasty bitterness to finish it all off. A little warmth from the alcohol, but very well hidden for 11%. The semisweet chocolate flavors and the rich roastiness work wonderfully together. Thick, smooth and slightly oily, but with enough carbonation to cleanse the palette. Really fantastic.

This is a big beer, and exactly what I expect from a RIS. One is all I can take, but all I need.

I had never heard of this beer, had no expectations, and it was fantastic. I've had more RISs than I can count, and this is one of the better representatives of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the last of three Emelisse biers I tried at Cafe Frape on 06Oct12. The 0.33l bottle cost me €5.50.

This brew was an opaque, dense, oily black color. The short, tan head was creamy and fine, with decent lacing. Nose was of inviting, roasty choco and coffee. THis one was smooth and velvety, with a medium body that wasn't quite in the chewy range.

Nice roasty coffee and dark choco and cocoa flavors appeared. Was not really bitter at all, though; more semi-sweet. Also found some rasin and date action lurking in the background. Real nice, indeed! Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.