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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | 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 PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.3%

PEIhop, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of swatsjon
3/5  rDev -23.3%

swatsjon, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a very minimal light tan. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on some of the brews I have had from this brewery I was honestly expecting more from this beer than what it delivered on. The complexity on this one was definitely lacking, but the alcohol was there to polish off the brew. It also likely covered up quite a few of the subtle flavors that might have been present in this one. Worth trying, but not the best of the style that I’ve had.

thagr81us, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mtbdonn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Ruds
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter style glass

Colour is approaching black, but dark brown when held to light

Minimal head after pouring, less than half a finger and this vanished within a few minutes, leaving a tiny head around the edge of the glass

Smells slightly chocolately/toffee, and alcohol

Tastes slightly hoppy, chocolate - bitter style dark, roasted, and alcohol is predominant, too much so detracting a little from my enjoyment

Mouthfeel - OK, better than average, smooth and silky

Overall I was a little disappointed, I was expecting more from this beer!

Ruds, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +2.3%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of lanbewardin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up from Dranken Geers.

Looks black , little bit of dark tan head but it goes away after a while.

WOW, this smells hoppy. I have never smelled this amount of hops in an RIS, I get a lot of really citrusy hops, maybe some toasty chocolate under it, but the hops dominate, wish I could know when this was bottled. Bottle says best before 9/2013

Taste is hoppy on the front, I get some roasted coffee chocolate on the end, quite bitter, citrusy.

Mouthfeel is good, mouthcoating bitterness, lowish carbonation, just what I look for in an RIS, alcohol is warming but not overpowering.

Overall I am really enjoying this, tastes more like a Black IPA than an RIS to me. Probably going to age my other bottle to see if the hops mellow out.

Edit, I'm going to lower my rating a bit because I think its actually too hoppy , which is not what I normally look for in an RIS and makes it a bit 1 dimensional, hides the chocolates and the coffees. It is really interesting though.

lanbewardin, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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.

chrisrose30, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review in a while. Bottle into snifter, not too cold to start. Best before date is in Dutch: "tenmiste houdbaar tot einde" and is March 2013. (Thanks Google Translate!)

Pours dark, dark brown. At first it appears flat, dead flat, then from the abyss a thick, one finger head of tan bubbles rise. Leaves mild lacing.

Smells of espresso first, then a strong whiff of fruits soaked in brandy.

Wow, this stuff is pretty thick. Starts with a pronounced blend of chocolate and malt, which then transitions into a gentle dark fruit note. Finishes with a light gracing of char that lingers with some earthiness. Sometimes a quick burn of alcohol.

Thick and wet mouthfeel, very smooth.

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. The head is a little weak, but for a Dutch Brewery this is pretty darn good.

BranfordBound, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a coffee coloured, tan head.

Smells of dark fruits, coffee, dark choclate, citrus (zest), liquorice and dark malts.

Taste has lots of roasted malts, dark fruits giving it sweetess, bitter chocolate, liquorice prehaps, some alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel is rather creamy and the carbonation is low.

Nice sipper but too flavourfull for me to really like it.

IPA35, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Russian Imperial Stout. With an open mind...I will have to learn to appreciate this. Nevertheless, I think this is a good, but heavy beer.

L: almost black; no light through it; caramel brown top (one finger);
S: chocolate, vanilla, citrus, caramel, coffee;
T: though I love hops, they come through in a way I don't like. Citrus and caramel stay interesting though; cola element plus honey; the finish doesn't invite....
M: lovely, but I miss something; it is just too less inviting.
O: nice beginning.

Filosoof, Oct 11, 2011
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.

nrbw23, Sep 14, 2011
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.

Mar02x, Sep 11, 2011
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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!!!

Thickfreakness, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had a grand beertasting a few days ago thanks to Mar02x. A new BA member with a great mind on beer.

This was the seventh bottle or so.

Poured in a normal winelike glass.

This is one of the better beer Emelisse makes. Fluid as to be expected deepdarkbrown with a lightbrown head. Taste is very 'round'and tasty. There is some bitterness at the end but quit a good beer.

Brabander, Aug 30, 2011
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.

Brewski4Drewski, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oil slick black body with a creamy, dark brown head that sits generously atop the beer before patiently dissipating to leave a thin, yet sticky lacing.

Robust aromas of sweet chocolate and roasted malt float from the glass and are pretty much all I am detecting.

Similar to the aroma, roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate hints make up the palate, and they seem to be muted by the carbonation until the beer warms a bit.

Thick and full in body with abundant carbonation and a syrupy like coating on the mouth.

This is a decent RIS, not as complex as some of its counterparts with more muted flavors and a bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Certainly worth a try still.

CHADMC3, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle.
This beer, allthough ok aroma, is just a bit too simple. The alcohol doesn't get covered enough.

Light brown head on a very dark brown beer.
Smell and taste of clear roasted malts and nutts character. Some espresso coffee and dark chocolate. Some spice.
A lot of liquorice aroma/flavour in this particular beer. Not much to my liking.

Mouthfeel medium, with a lot of alcohol bite.

Ok beer, but nothing special.

RuudJH, Jul 21, 2011
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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.

rvdoorn, Jul 16, 2011
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.

sendsilk, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tone, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a big dense head of brown foam over a black body, head stays a bit before dropping out of the picture. No real legs on this one dispite being a hefty weight stout, the viscosity isn't really there on looks.
The aroma has roasted malts and chocolate malts doing a little dance.
Flavors are pretty balanced between dark chocolate bitterness and sweeter malts and milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness, the roasted malts give that espresso character and it finishes really dry in the end, a clean imperial for sure. didnt really notice the oak that it is aged on much, only for 2 months so more then likely it just rounded out some from it. Wanted more viscosity like i do with every stout though.

$5 a 12oz bottle at Binny's. Good for the try, i enjoyed it and think it's solid. Glad it comes in 12oz cuz that has been all i drink lately. If you are a RIS type of guy def give it a whirl.
*my bottle looks differant, and is purple with a building on it.

ChadQuest, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark reddish brown, not quite black. Thin, 1-finger khaki head that falls to a thinner cap.

S- Molasses, slight vanilla, but not much else. Very mild in any aroma.

T- Chocolate, oakey vanilla, but not much else, maybe some slight flavors of dark fruits. The abv does come out in the finish.

MF- Creamy, but still pretty thin.

O- Not a bad beer, but not a very good show of the style.

LtCracker20, Jun 05, 2011
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.