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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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187 Ratings

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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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 jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

jmdrpi, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

thierrynantes, May 18, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

I am drinking the 2010 vintage. Pours jet black with a tan head that dissipates to a fine layer of bubbles, leaving some lacy clouds on the glass.

Aromas of coffee, cherries, chocolate, hops, and alcohol.

Tastes follow the nose. Mainly coffee and chocolate, a little bit of fruit, I'd say cherries. But overall the taste is kind of like a chocolate/coffee ice cream, which is good, but does not blow me away. Finishes dry, with a hoppy aftertaste.

Body is moderate and not much carbonation, gives this a creamy, melted ice cream mouthfeel.

This is a good, drinkable version of an RIS.

Beerenauslese, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Jeffo, May 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bishopdc0, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

codysjb, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

PaBeerLover, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ohiobeer29, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jsnoek, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nyrblue2, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.3%

11.16 ounce (330 ml) bottle, best before 12/2012. My buddy Denis picked up this goodie for me, so thanks! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some piney hops. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some licorice, dark fruit and burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink, and the 11% ABV isn't very noticable at all. I think it's a good brew, not sure if it's worth $4.99 a bottle or not but I thought it was a solid overall brew.

bluejacket74, Mar 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

zach60614, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ystazi, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

vhmf1978, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Black beer with no real light coming through the glass, little bit of head, not much stuck to the sides.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, little bit of bitter chocolate. Slight bit of wood with a little bit of alcohol burn.

T - Pretty nice taste, good roasted notes. Bit of bitter chocolate. It's fairly straight-forward, but pretty good.

M - Thick, moderate carbonation, full bodied.

D - Drinks easier than an 11%. It's a solid beer that I can hapily drink.

AgentZero, Jan 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

IrishColonial, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CopperTopBrews, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mooseafer, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

xungmound98, Nov 10, 2013
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.