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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black center, cocoa around the edges of the glass. No head until the trailing end of a motor oil-ish pour...a half finger coffee bean head appears and quickly disappears into barely a cap.

S: Burnt malts, smoke, and an oaky character backed up by chocolate sweetness and booze.

T: Burnt stuff up front, smoke...wood....lots of roasted character. Semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee provides a suitable base. Theres some heat, a little alcohol note in the finish.

M: Thick and chewy, low carbonation. The motor oil pour is re-affirmed in body.

D: Pretty good despite the heat. In non barrel aged stouts, I really seem to prefer char and smoke up front as opposed to lots of chocolate sweetness. This is giving me what I want, while allowing that sweetness to remain in a supporting role.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:38:46 | More by zoolzoo
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-17-2014 21:05:05 | More by uturn
Photo of PEIhop


4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-24-2012 22:41:05 | More by PEIhop
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-01-2012 00:37:41 | More by tjslovak77
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-20-2011 05:36:13 | More by JAHMUR
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2013 21:06:22 | More by CwrwAmByth
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-15-2012 17:06:04 | More by samEBC
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-28-2012 00:42:55 | More by marine1975
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2012 18:34:06 | More by pixieskid
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-12-2013 02:01:17 | More by Sludgeman
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2013 03:22:16 | More by Twig2848
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-10-2014 17:52:45 | More by SStein

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-16-2013 01:12:19 | More by WOLFGANG
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2014 15:59:04 | More by discodoni
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-14-2011 19:17:53 | More by sbricker
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-12-2013 10:31:46 | More by GrindFatherBob
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South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 13:04:01 | More by avalon07
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 21:12:14 | More by oberon
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:03:12 | More by jdhilt
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 20:37:08 | More by Brabander
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 10.14oz bottle with the imported by Twelve Percent LLC purple label. Pours a DARK black with just the slightest light shining through...and that's a stretch, just not the absolute darkest I've ever seen(Hunahpu). A small, half finger size creamy light brown head forms, and dissipates relatively quick...leaving a very thin ring around the outside.

Aroma is light, roasted malts, and coffee...that's about it. The more I focus, the booze is really becoming noticable.

Flavor is more than decent! Perfect temp to serve at too...around 45 degree. Nice booze warmth engulfs and slides down the throat. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Malty, chocolate, booze, dark roasted coffee. A very solid RIS. What's really interesting, is a very late aftertaste comes into play, of a sweet fruit of some sort...but not strong, and about 3 seconds after the other flavors subside...very interesting!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:31:15 | More by ShadesOfGray
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 00:33:45 | More by John_M
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 22:35:12 | More by Halcyondays
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 18:49:02 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:10:30 | More by BranfordBound
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
87 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.