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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
84
good

74 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 187
Reviews by MaximalC:
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,390 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Lovely brown cap of head on a deep darkness of a brew; head retention is a stellar show of stickiness. Used coffee bean grounds all the way, almost acrid but the roasted grain evens that out. Boiled coffee grounds give off a strong Cowboy Coffee flavor, very bitter. Roasted grain, dark fruitiness, yeast and some veggie-like hop try and round out the palate, but the burnt used coffee flavor stays strong even in the aftertaste. A bit off kilter--even when the beer warms up a bit, the espresso flavor has got a stranglehold on the taste buds. A notch above average. (625 characters)

Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is not as prevalent as I expected it to be, but it is definitely present.

The flavor is much heavier on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate as well as some grassy hop notes and some Belgian yeast character. The alcohol is very well hidden. I had no idea the beer was 10 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very interesting to see a coffee stout brewed with a Belgian twist. (585 characters)

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of navband
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of azkkr
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jburns301
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of osusullins
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan. I like coffee stouts, but there is something on the back end of this beer that I just can't get past.

Pours a dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is strong coffee and nothing else. Maybe a subtle hint of chocolate, but you really have to be looking for it.

Taste is ok at first. The coffee comes through immediately, but there is a bitterness that comes into play that doesn't seem to fit the beer. Very light bodied for a stout. If I am in the mood for a coffee stout, this will not be the one I reach for. (544 characters)

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cyrushire
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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. (187 characters)

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.