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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
88
very good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
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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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot A BB 9/14 bottle at 40 degrees into tulip
Aroma very malty with dates
Head light brown, instantly gone
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor very strong with roasted malt, dates, raisins; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125
A decent RIS, good flavor, with the alcohol hidden in flavor but showing up as stomach burn. Somewhat sticky. Loses points because of neither head nor lacing.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 't Arendsnest, Amsterdam.

Pours impenetrable black with a cappuccino head that's slow to fade. Coffee, bark and sticky orange - huge for both malts and hops. Heavy chocolate cake malts, roasty tightness in the middle and some piney resin to end. A bite in the finish and a dry linger. Full, sticky and round.

Complex, lots of coffee cocktail (java, sugar) notes, and very drinkable for 11%.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, almost tar black. A tiny beige head build up, only to be reduced to stick lacing quickly.
Big chocolate and coffee in the smell, with a dark fruit zing in the back, that gets more apparent as the beer warms. Lots of caramel, some vanilla and licorice. akes me think of sweet milk & coffee with a bit of cognac.
Taste start with roasted malts, sweet with molasses, caramel, mildly strong dark chocolate and espresso. Acidity, not just from the coffee notes, but also from juicy dark cherries, plums and blackberries. A bit of red grape mustiness that works well with the warm alcohol. Sweet spices are felt towards the finish, with some licorice, peppercorn and faint anise, just before coffee and ashy burnt grains come in to settle, with a mild bitterness (some hop presence too).
Full bodied, but not too heavy, low carbonation, smooth, fits nicely. Aftertaste consists of roasted malts, coffee sediment, but no dark fruit.
A tasty IRS, not ostentatious or flashy, but elegant and rich.

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.