Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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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
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
A: The beer poured jet black in color with a tan head that quickly transitioned into lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of alcohol, dark roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat complex and is similar to the nose with notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and creamy and dry on the palate with some warming sensations from the alcohol. Not that much carbonation is present.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink given its alcohol content and the alcohol is not perceptible in the taste.
07-03-2010 01:48:50 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Appearance: A hard pour produces half an inch of beige foam that squats atop the black liquid; somewhat leggy, with dots of foam tracking the legs
Smell: Roasty and charred, with chocolate and espresso dominant
Taste: Very roasty, almost burnt, up front, with the chocolate and espresso developing in the middle; fruit tones add a subtle balance, but the burnt flavors dominate the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: This has the makings of a good RIS, but it needs more fruity complexity (including better hop balance) and less char
09-16-2012 22:50:41 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Aaah, the classy yet rugged flavor of Russian Imperial Stout is on full display in Emelisse's take on the time-honored style. Spot on to its style, the ale is wonderfully complex, bold and full throughout.
Pouring the darkest brown of browns without spilling over to full-on black, it shows garnet low-lights nearest its margins. A creamy espresso-like, mocha-stained lather builds upon its ominous body underneath. Its long-lasting retention laces the glass with a scattering of sticky foam. It's the strong, dark and handsome type.
Bold french-press roast aromas are front and center, but is firmly supported with sweeter notes of burnt toffee, light molasses and maple. Coming up to temperature, complex vinous fruit note come to life in form of grape, cherry, currant and eventual licorice. Boozy aromas take on cognac proportions with a tinge of peppercorn.
Its taste is a balanced melange of robust sweetness and roast- molasses, toffee and sorghum all seem over-cooked and take on burnt proportions. That hearty sweetness weaves seamlessly into the bold roasted coffee flavor, its heavy toast and its light mesquite taste. Its middle palate introduces a medley of grilled fruits that range from grape, to currant, to cherry and dark berries. Its charred taste lessens going into finish to allow the fruity, boozy-sweet flavors to linger well past its roasty closure.
Full bodied, but not absurdly so- its low-lying carbonation allows the full weight of the beer to sit happily on the tongue, saturating the taste buds to its fullest potential. This allows for full and savory sipping in slow contemplation, akin to after dinner port sipping. Its long finish is semi-dry as its malt sweetness refuses to let its alcohol and roast to fully dry the beer.
In studying the history of Imperial Russian Stout, this is the kind of taste that's read about, dreamed of and homebrew attempted. But its a taste that's rarely achieved in today's world of over-the-top or nothing. But don't get me wrong- this is far from a reserved beer!
12-02-2013 17:46:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with light black chocolate notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some black chocolate with dry roasted malt notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another one of this brewery beer which I find to be brewed exactly per style guideline with no flaws though lacking a little bit of soul or something to distinguish itself.
03-04-2012 03:54:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA
A good finisher for International Stout Day, which exists apparently.
Solid obsidian liquid, oily, a few stray, straggling bubbles on top, but no real head to speak of; syrupy streaks left on the surface of the glass. Dark malts in the nose, a bit phenolic, dark dried fruits, dark chocolate, and something almost citrusy in there as well. The taste reflected the nose, though I really got a big hit of raisins from this up front, and it lingered pretty much through the entire session. Dark malt sweetness, roasty, but not excessively so, slightly and tolerably phenolic, notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Body was just about full, fairly chewy mouthfeel, and a bit warm with alcohol...it's hard to hide 11% in a beer like this. Very nice overall.
11-15-2012 04:23:35 | More by Rifugium
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a creamy off-white tan head, solid head retention and lace.
S: Good notes of chocolate and orange oil, but I also notice a hint of acetone and hairspray in the background, a fault, but doesn't ruin it especially as it warms up.
T: Sweet milk chocolate to dark chocolate with a mild hopping but it makes it from being overly sweet. None of the solvent character from the nose carries through. Good overall flavours, enjoyable, never really roasted.
M: Smooth, creamy, frothy, easy drinking with a medium to full body.
O: This is quite a good beer, a very Americanized style out of the Netherlands which was surprising. Price is a problem, when Yeti or Ten Fidy is half the price and you're not getting as much, why would I buy it again? That being said, I liked this beer quite a bit, it's well made, if you've got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, go for it.
05-08-2011 22:35:12 | More by Halcyondays
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Appears a midnight black with dark tan edges when held to the light. The dark tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and tiny collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa, black grapes, herbal hops, pine, Soy sauce, sherry, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a yeasty, chalky flavor that yells roasted malt and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, astringent, hot, and spicy.
05-14-2010 01:59:14 | More by weeare138
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
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours with a four finger khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate and grapefruit nose and flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate with a grapefruit finish. Unusual tartness for a RIS. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
05-04-2012 22:03:12 | More by jdhilt
District of Columbia
4.14/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-31-2014 02:59:47 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, smelling almost like a licorice, oatmeal stout. Aside from the licorice, there is the expected coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet RIS, though it's a bit rough around the edges and is not as smooth as I might like. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, though there's certainly plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, even though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit.
This is a pretty nice RIS, one that I think would benefit from a bit more time in bottle or keg. It's good now, but I suspect in a year or two might well be outstanding.
02-05-2010 00:33:45 | More by John_M
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
3.48/5 rDev -11%
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of earthy malt, and alcohol. Overall, decent aroma and body.
06-12-2011 12:23:05 | More by Tone
3.08/5 rDev -21.2%
A friend brought this to a poker game last night, a standard ploy to get others drunk while gambling. 11% ABV, a fine choice for this purpose. I had about 1/3 of the bottle.
It poured dark brown-black with a few fingers of tan head. It looks nice but I didn't really like the aroma, strong roasted malts which smelled a little bitter, also a little alcohol peeking through. Not as complex as I'd hoped in the flavor either, the roasted notes take the lead, with a lasting bitter aftertaste and a noticeable burn.
A strongly alcoholic charred malts creation, not really my cup of tea. Glad for the chance to try it, and I did end up losing some money so I guess it helped the cause.
01-02-2011 15:29:02 | More by TurdFurgison
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
10.14 oz bottle into my Narke tulip...A dark black pour but only a little carbonation. A light tan head rises only about a finger fading quickly with only a little lacing...Aroma is pretty malty, sweet chocolate. Its ok, but pretty boring one note...The taste thankfully adds a little bit more than the aroma, some roasty bitter coffee comes through but so does a touch of alcohol. Still malty on the front. The taste is a decent stout but the grain alcohol on the finish knocks this down a lot.
10-12-2010 03:01:04 | More by jrallen34
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown amber, appearing black in the glass with dark red highlights at the edges. Half finger light brown head dissipated, leaving light lacing. Pleasant aroma of toasted and sweet malts, a bit of fruit. Taste is toasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Hops show up quickly. Finishes with dark toasted malt and a hop kick. Starts a bit sweet, finishes dry. Interesting progression and well integrated. Nicely done.
03-18-2012 21:44:35 | More by LiquidAmber
3.99/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-02-2014 13:04:01 | More by avalon07
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.