Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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83
good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010

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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Mll777
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful taste to my likings

Photo of aleigator
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nearly no head, thin lacing, with a pitch black color.

Flimsy flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and toasty malts, no sign of sweetness involved so far.

Coffee and malts from the beginning, while coffee soon becomes very intense, almost hot. A recognizable bitterness hovers over the coffee-bean flavor, along with bready malts, which are responsible for the balance of the beer. Very smooth, oily mouthfeel, medium-bodied. The taste is very soon established, and doesn’t develop on the palate too much then, just until the finish, in which the bitterness gets enhanced, with hints of earth and nuts. Also, a decent chocolate sweetness is detectable for a short glance, until the espresso bitterness washes it away directly. Contains an immense, slick coffee defined bitterness during the finish, which has an almost spicy aspect, in an otherwise very earthy, well balanced beer.

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much head and lacing, but everything else is extremely good. Smell and taste: mostly coffee and dark chocolate when chilled, dark fruit and wine with warming. Bitterness just right. Underrated.

Photo of nmann08
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a dark brown cola color with a thin light brown head that rings the glass.

The nose is coffee and sweet molasses, roasted oats and dark malt, a little chocolate. The flavor is coffee grounds, dark chocolate, dry cocoa powder, just a bit sweet. The finish is pretty good, clean, crisp. The alcohol is really hidden with this sneaky bad boy.

This is good, not amazing, but good enough to warrant drinking more than once.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is jet black, and the pour kicks up an absolutely glorious frothy, three-finger tan head that takes several minutes to fade to a nice cap and leaves gobs of lace on the way down.

One sniff and I know I'm going to like this one! Wonderful coffee aromas - lots of dark fruit, smooth dark chocolate, and an earthy vinous quality - and that's just from the coffee! The malts add some welcome creaminess to temper the coffee. There's also a distinct minty note in there. Smells like freshly-roasted espresso beans made into a wonderful latte - exactly what I want from this style!

Flavor follows the nose with incredible coffee flavor. Lots of smooth roastiness, dark fruit, wine, chocolate, earth, etc. etc. The mint is also a bit more pronounced on the palate - I'm not sure what it is... it's unexpected, but it really works! The creaminess is present on the palate as well - to the point where I wonder if they put lactose in this. Finish is slightly bitter, with great roasty chocolate notes on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Medium- to full-bodied, with really great tiny, smooth bubbles. When you swish it around in your mouth, it feels thick and creamy and you could almost be convinced that it is an actual latte!

Overall, this is always what I hope to find when I open up a coffee stout. For a coffee aficionado like me, this absolutely nails the style with well-developed coffee flavors. Will absolutely be drinking this again!

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small draft pour

Black bodied with ruby highlights and a thick light brown head.

Deep roasty aroma. Taste is basically the same with a pronounced roast.

Smooth and not quite full bodied.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours black with a massive head.
Nose shows coffee, roasted malt and sweet bready malt.
Coffee and roasted malt as flavours, not particularly complex though.
Carbonation is much too high.

Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

This is a very well made espresso stout bij Kees and John from Emelisse. Nice pitchblack with a decent head which stays creamy. Smell is inviting with some coffeenotes far away. Not sticky but smooth drinkable.

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is heavy roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Burnt coffee finish. Higher Abv is hidden - label has it at 9.5%. $6.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of liquor, alcohol, wood, sweet malt, roasted malt, yeast, and slight coffee. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, alcohol, slight liquor, and slight coffee. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good blend, and good body. The coffee aroma and taste was hard to discern, especially being an 'Espresso' stout.

Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Notches on back label indicate it was brewed some time after March 2013.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Thick lacing clings tightly to the glass. There are also little bits of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Hm.

S- More chocolate than espresso is detected in the nose plus there's a solid shot of booze. Notes of vanilla, molasses and caramel.

T- Strong alcohol presence as well as heavy dark roasted malt. Notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee, though the coffee presence isn't as apparent as hoped. The booze lingers in the aftertaste and so does the bitter roast.

M- Somewhat creamy and thick with medium-low carbonation and a very full body.

O- Though it's definitely a bit hot, it's a halfway decent coffee beer.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark brown, nearly black pour with one finger beige head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Roasty nose dominated by the espresso along with hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a subtle touch of sourness. The taste is much the same with espresso again dominating with hints of dark chocolate, mocha, raisins, licorice, and a tart, almost sour, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation, leaning towards being thin. The finish is very tart and bitter. Overall, it's a solid coffee stout, but nothing special.

Photo of ESPNman
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A - Pours a near-black (like a too-syrupy coca cola). Virtually zero head, some lacing. It's a very, very dark brew with just hints of brown when you hold it up to the light.

S - Good stout character with some sweetness and roasted malts. A decent amount of espresso and some booze in there as well. Good nose, but nothing really special. Representative of the style, but not as much coffee as I'd like.

T - Just not what I was looking for out of this beer... it's woody, has a hint of bitter espresso, but just too much of the malty sweetness. Some alcohol in the middle, and it just finishes flat. A bit of bitterness lingers at the end.

M - Thin, almost watery. Surprising for an imperial stout like this. Light carbonation, not a lot of body.

O - Not worth the price-point that it sells at. It's good, but certainly not great. It has good elements, but just has too many misses to be considered a recommended beer. This would be a value at $8-10 for a 6-pack, but at $5.50 for a single it's just not there.

Photo of bobhits
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours is dark, creamy, thick and dark. Very nice imperial stout.

A lot of more fruity and flora aromas than expected given the espresso stout name. Rich chocolate and coffee still are huge and rewarding.

Chocolate and espresso take front stage but unexpected fruits and floral hops end the show with force.

Creamy so so creamy and carbonated totally enhancing the mouth feel and making things amazing.

Not even close to perfect but this is really great stout, I'm shocked how poor the reviews are. I'm a big fan.

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: dark tan head. looks on the thicker side. great lacing. can't see through it.

S: Dark very roasted malts are equally sensed at the espresso. Sweet chocolate. Alcohol is apparent but not off-putting. some plum.

T: Almost dark covered espresso bean with vanilla. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 10%. Very well balanced with bitterness and sweetness. Little bit of spiciness (from hops in that area?) Wow!

M: Medium. Very smooth. Plenty of carbonation. Nice long finish but not an abrasive one.

O: Just a fantastic beer that shows you don't have to overdo it with the coffee if you make an espresso/coffee beer. This had complexity without being cloying. Loved it!

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint: Black body with just a dusting of tan head & some floaties. Some brown highlights around the edges.

Very sweet, nougatty cocoa smell, with some dark fruit & a kind of caramel or butterscotch syrup character. Approaching bourbon, but like with a really candy-counter toffee note. Not really getting any espresso.

Taste has a sharp chocolate liqueur note, some licorice, then turns to a kind of black espresso note toward the back. Finishes with some alcohol, raisin-like rum sugar & a mild astringency, a little woody.

Medium-bodied, somewhat warming, goes down both sticky but a little too thin given the strength.

This beer doesn't lack for complexity & I find myself going through it pretty quickly because I keep going back & trying to taste things again, sift through all the flavors & layers. But I also find that none of them are terribly rewarding & are kind of thin & insipid. The espresso is pretty weak, & it's way too sweet for my liking.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, lots of lacing, nice head. A really nice beer. Not a style I've had that much, but one I'd like to try more of. The stronger abv gives a nice balance to the typical Euro stout flavors. Kinda different, kind nice. This seemed much less potent than it is, but very enjoyable.

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a becher because it was the only thing handy. This beer hides the alcohol really well but it isn't a great stout.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, a little sweet.

Beer drinks smooth, almost like an RIS but lighter, almost airy on the palate, mild bitterness and hints of coffee throughout. Not horrible but not a repeat for me.

Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with faint highlights and a negligible--and by that I mean nearly nonexistent--tan head. The aroma smells boldly of alcohol, molasses, coffee, and something resembling bourbon. I could swear one could get drunk via inhalation alone...

The flavor is more mild than the aroma would suggest. The front end is smooth and roasty, with notable alcohol and some dark fruit. The finish is where the coffee really comes through, with a long, pronounced crescendo of fresh-roasted coffee beans. Now, I'm not a coffee drinker, mostly because what little coffee I've had tastes much more bitter and bland than it smells, but the finish on this beer tastes as much like the smell of coffee as I've come across. Tiramisu would be another apt comparison.

As fine as this beer finishes, the detractor here is the peculiarity of the front end, which doesn't taste like anything in particular. There is some flavor there, perhaps a shade of bitterness and some alcohol, but it's not something that I would envision as foundational, and in that regard this brew falls short. Perhaps the gross lack of carbonation deprives the mouthfeel of some much needed texture? The alcohol could be a little better concealed as well, but at 10% ABV that may be a tall order. The delicious coffee finish is laudable, but the lack of a cohesive identity all the way through leaves something to be desired.

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with brown head.
Smell is dominated by coffee. Also a lot of black chocolate, raisins, figs.
Taste is full bitterness. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Even some ash. Fruit sweetness way in the background.
This beer has quite a quick finish. The alcohol is well masked.
Overall it's a clean but powerfull brew in this style.

Photo of snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz (or 11.2) bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark gray with no head. Small amount of slow carbonation. Smell is cherries, plums, and coffee, roasted malty.

Taste is sweet, roasty, lots of coffee, not as much of the fruit, some black licorice. It's pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is rather flat (or "still"). Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but could use more carbonation.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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