Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-30-2013 16:11:12 | More by beerdrifter
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3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
01-11-2011 18:11:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-31-2010 19:26:09 | More by Mora2000
2.68/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
10-30-2011 05:09:09 | More by osusullins
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
11.16 ounce bottle (330 ml), best before 09/2012, Lot A. Thanks to my buddy Denis for picking up this one for me! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. However, there is a lot of lacing left behind. Aroma is a bit weak, it smells like coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. It tastes the same as it smells, but luckily the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not my favorite coffee beer, but it's certainly worth a try. I'd drink this again.
03-04-2011 01:17:32 | More by bluejacket74
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee notes with light roasted malt is OK though not as powerful as expected. Taste is also an OK mix between some light dry coffee notes with light dry roasted malt with a side of caramelized malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit light for style and espresso flavour fell a bit short.
04-03-2012 20:00:02 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
B/B 09/14. Lot A
Different label than the one pictured above and label listed ABV at 9.5%, not 10%.
A - Very dark brown with a ring of light brown head.
S - Dark roasted espresso aroma up front that overpowers lighter aromas of roast and sweet molasses
T - Roast, sweet chocolate, dark bitter espresso and brown sugar. Good balance of bitter and sweet. The ABV is very well hidden.
M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
09-25-2012 11:29:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-20-2012 15:18:16 | More by RuudJH
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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