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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
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 +2.3%

supermeniscus, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11.16oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Body is quite black. Big tan head leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Mostly espresso with some fruitiness.

T: Strong espresso notes. Some dried fruits. A bit of tobacco. Plenty of roasty bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M: Slightly thinner than I would like, but good creaminess.

D: A solid RIS. It didn't wow me, but it did the job on a cold December night.

BarrelO, Dec 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

kwjd, Aug 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bootdown21, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

darcange, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a black body w/ a one-finger tan head that left some lace patches on top of a great malt aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, roasted and coffee malts. Tad simplistic for style but still a great tasting beer as a smooth, medium body passes w/ chocolate and caramel and is balanced with a dry malt edge of roasted and coffee. Some hints of dark fruits like black cherry as well. ABV is well-hidden and that's scary considering how high it is and this is a must try for any stout drinker.

clayrock81, Jan 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ToddBeans, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

zoolzoo, Mar 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Synapstic, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

PEIhop, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tjslovak77, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CwrwAmByth, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

samEBC, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

marine1975, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pixieskid, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Sludgeman, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Twig2848, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

SStein, Feb 10, 2014
4/5  rDev +2.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

discodoni, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 12, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2%

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.

avalon07, Jun 02, 2014
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.