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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: 10 | 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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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-01-2013 11:53:32 | More by mychalg9
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-12-2013 02:01:17 | More by Sludgeman
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thierrynantes

France

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem's, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : heavy malty, roasted caramel and licorice aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt, with coffee notes leading to a dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 19:04:32 | More by thierrynantes
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-08-2013 07:34:50 | More by beernads
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-01-2013 13:39:19 | More by bootdown21
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LestatSabastian

Alabama

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-09-2013 00:36:24 | More by FrankShirley
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Twig2848

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2013 03:22:16 | More by Twig2848
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DruRho

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-04-2013 00:07:28 | More by DruRho
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stcules

Italy

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black. Dark cappuccino colore foam, quite compact.
In the smell cocoa, hazelnut, toaste and lightly burnt, Not too intense, but complex. Some vanilla notes, too.
Full and round in the mouth, complex, smooth. Cappuccino. Important beer, but not too overwhelming.
And a good hop bitterness, too.
Intense, well hidden alcohol, good bitter and toasted aftertaste.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 18:48:28 | More by stcules
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zach60614

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-06-2013 03:07:49 | More by zach60614
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woemad

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.16oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $6.74. The label seems to indicate that it’s meant to be consumed by March, 2013. The wording is in Dutch, however, so all bets are off. Speaking of the label, it’s different to the one in the photo on BA.

Poured a viscous looking deep dark brown color that seemed almost a crude oil black. Things became a little browner looking when held up to the light, at which point some floaties could be seen drifting around the edges. Minimal, mocha colored head that quickly receded to a thin collar - not surprising given this beer’s 11% abv.

Initially, there was a big brown sugar aroma. Once things began to warm up, some chocolaty scents emerged as well. What did not seem to emerge were the more bitter elements associated with the style, nor was there any nasal inkling of the high alcohol content.

The taste starts out with the sweet elements noted above. A minor bitterness then makes itself known, but it’s nowhere near adequate for providing any real balance. The taste ends on a very mild dry note at the swallow.

While carbonation is low for the style, don’t expect a heavy, leaden mouthfeel, as things are actually rather watery in that department.

This seems like an incomplete beer, like an unfinished Imperial Stout, or a regular stout that happens to have a huge abv percentage. It's drinkable, but only just, and why would you when there are lots of better examples available?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:46:33 | More by woemad
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-20-2013 01:55:10 | More by IrishColonial
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-09-2013 16:43:24 | More by nosavingsaccount
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ventiman

Ohio

5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-05-2013 10:26:00 | More by ventiman
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-31-2013 05:39:21 | More by Mattyb79
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-19-2013 00:35:29 | More by Dreamer
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, label is notched as best before 12/2013.

pours jet black, with 3/4" thick khaki colored head. head is creamy, and has excellent retention, lasts to the bottom of the glass. smell is extreme roasted malt - burnt coffee, unsweetened cocoa. more of the same in the taste. big espresso flavors. acidic, a bit astringent, dry. thick, full bodied. oily, slick. low carbonation.

overall- definitely unique, probably the the "roastiest" beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:21:59 | More by jmdrpi
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-02-2013 02:26:29 | More by Guinnsslvr
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-11-2012 19:28:50 | More by JohnK17
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snaotheus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.16oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours black with no head. Some fine carbonation is struggling slowly up through the murky depths, but it doesn't appear likely to survive. Smell is black licorice, whisky, and tar. Smokey with coffee.

Taste is initially sweet, and then burnt bitter. More of the black licorice, some more of the coffee, a slightly tart flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, pretty surprisingly so. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:55:28 | More by snaotheus
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2012 16:45:09 | More by Yabev15
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2012 04:03:03 | More by polishkaz
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2012 18:34:06 | More by pixieskid
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
87 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.