Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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4.83/5 rDev +32.7%
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: The color of dark chocolate and/or espresso coffee beans. The head is cream colored. Beautiful stringy, webbed lacing coats the glass.
Aroma: Dark roasted malts, faint alcohol, and lots of chocolate. A bit chalky, which I like.
Taste: A hint of roasted malts before giving way to bitter chocolate and rich coffee notes. A little bit of chalky cocoa in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but not without a touch of heat.
Overall: Delicious. I love it.
07-20-2014 12:23:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, toast, dark bread, roasted coffee, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt, moderate earthy hops, and light coffee notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, roasted coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, coffee, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial coffee stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
06-10-2014 03:56:24 | More by superspak
4.06/5 rDev +11.5%
New label, 9.5% abv.
Pours pitch black, long lasting lace and just some thin specks of foam floating on the surface.
Big dark chocolate in the smell, molasses, some juicy dark fruit (there's a hint of tartness there too, i'll be looking forward for that in the taste), milder roasted malts, touch of sweet coffee and some vanilla.
Taste starts with juicy raisin, fig, plum, some sour cherries (yes!) and a musty red grape acidity. Dark chocolate, sweet with molasses and brown sugar, and roasted malts, bit by bit, turning into a rather strong espresso shot after gulping it down. The roast gets stronger too, a charcoal feel. Quite some woody spiciness throughout, some vanilla, cinnamon, licorice, feels almost barreled (i don't think it is, actually pretty sure). Hops also come up in the finish, of the fruity variety.
Smooth, a tiny bit of carbonation that helps the palate. Nicely hidden booze. Aftertaste of ash, ground coffee and hops. Gets chocolatier as it warms, as do most in this style.
Pretty sure this falls under RIS, and a good one at that. Not incredible or the best out there, but a fair contender.
06-09-2014 14:06:56 | More by dcmchew
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
This is a beer from a craft brewery in Holland. I tried this at the recommendation of the owner of Café Frape while staying in Maastricht, Netherlands this spring. I was not sure what to expect but ended up with one of the most "American" style beers I had during my whole trip. This was an Imperial Stout clocking in at around 10% ABV. I don't know much about the beer since the website is in Dutch! This one had a strong sweet Russian Imperial style base, with a lot of roast malt presence. I could pick up dark roasted coffee, but it bordered on the astringent side. A great beer, but the coffee could have been a bit more balanced with the beer.
05-22-2014 19:55:07 | More by Jackofallbrews
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.