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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout
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88
very good

215 Ratings
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84
good

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 01-03-2010

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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 91
Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  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.

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Best by 9/2011 notched on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Oily black with 1-finger beige head that leaves a bit of pond scum on top but mere dots of lace.

S: Intense roasted notes, caramel, and tobacco hops with a touch of dark, bittersweet chocolate. I don't find any vanilla despite the time on oak. There is a cherry alcohol note that comes through more with warming.

T: A densely flavorful stout with roasted malt with just the right amount of bite, followed up by a sharp molasses note and then plenty of coffee and a dark chocolate and tobacco hops finish. I would not characterize this brew as earthy, but there are those elements there which complement the sharp roasted notes very well.

M: There is a lot of unfermentables in this brew which leaves a layered feel on the palate. The carbonation is not especially active but is bright with tightly-bubbled character.

D: This is a very good stout, but I don't think it gives serious challenge to American greats like Stone IRS, Bell's Expedition, Great Divide Yeti or Victory Storm King, which I think this beer is most comparable to due to the strong tobacco and floral hoppiness. It is very good and worth one try, but the price tag limits its usefulness when you look at the excellence of so many other Imperial Stouts out there.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kwjd
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if this is the 2009 or not since the picture doesn't look like the label, but there are no other entries. Google translate says that the date on the side of the bottle is the best before date and it best before December 2010, so assuming this had to be brewed before this year.

Pours an opaque dark brown with thick tan head. Nice lacing, but minimal head retention after a couple sips. Smells almost like burnt malt, beyond roasted. Some coffee and bitter dark chocolate with burnt caramel. A little syrupy and boozy, maybe could have waited a bit longer before opening. I'm really glad the guy in the Binny's in Chicago recommended I pick this up because I wouldn't have thought to grab it.

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out jet black and produces a ½ finger medium looking beige head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and a ring. Noisy one as well. Jet black body with no carbonation evident at all. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big bold nose on this one for sure. Lots of roasted malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Aromas jump out on the pour. Enticing.

TASTE: Roasted and sweet caramel malt up front, with some toffee and sweet molasses as well. Big coffee and espresso notes with some dark chocolate as well. A big, bold and long lasting aftertaste with sweet caramel notes, molasses, and bitter dark chocolate and espresso is well balanced and plenty roasted and boozy. A flavourful imperial stout.

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating, with a little heat at the back on the finish. Nice here too.

OVERALL: A bold and flavorful imperial stout, so much so that it became somewhat tough to finish the 30cl bottle. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable offering and I would certainly track this one down again. A little under the radar perhaps, but if you can find one, give it a chance. Recommended.

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a huge foamy tan head. Head has really good retention forms a layer of bubbles onto of the brew. Head leaves some great retention.

S- Picking up bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, charcoal, and oats.

T- Follows the nose well. A fairly strong bitter sweet taste. Roasted malts, coffee, oats, chocolate and charcoal. Alcohol is hidden well.

M- Fuller side of medium and low carbonation.

O- Not too bad there's just something off with the taste that is turning me off.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thierrynantes
4.06/5  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.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at capones on black friday.

A- small fizz on top with a few spots of lace and a solid ring. Dark brown black in color with some red in the glow.

S- bakers chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Burnt malts and a bit of molasses.

T- cocoa powder and super dark bakers chocolate. Dark roasted malts that bounce off the other layers of roasty goodness and round things out. Long roasty finish.

M- medium body with a mellow light carb. Semi dry finish.

D- nice stuff and rather easy to drink, just in a field of killer brew this one doesn't stand out for me.

Photo of animal69
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Flounder57
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced and left some nice lacing. Pitch black with sights of tiny bubbles at the top of the glass.

Smell: mocha, vanilla, oak, and earthiness. Other aromas are too difficult too tell.

Taste: mocha, chocolate, roasted flavors, oak, vanilla, oats, earthy tones, smokiness, and bitterness towards the end too.

Mouthfeel: very dry, smooth, medium to high carbonation, full bodied, and some bitterness too.

Overall: Not a bad RIS, but I have had better ones over the years. It was a good experience to have enjoyed this beer after a hard nights work. 11% is hidden very well too.

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This viscous brew is just shy of amazing, pours jet black with a nice mocha head. Loads of malt & grain in the nose and the taste follows suit.

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.