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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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169 Ratings

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010)
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Reviews by imaguitargod:
Photo of imaguitargod
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a creamy yet large bubbled, tan head that has some good staying power. The head leaves some beautiful lacing on the side of my glass too. Some malt sweetness up front then the coffee hits like a mac truck. Loads of black coffee flavor intermix with the dark roasted malts. This teeters on being acrid but doesn't fall over the edge. I'm going to have to say the flavors are a bit unbalanced because this tastes more like a cup of cold coffee than it does a stout. It's a big, bold beer, but it's just has too much over the top coffee flavor and that's coming from a man who drinks his coffee black as night and strong as the sun. I could force down a pint, but that's as far as I could go. For the massive price I payed for it ($3.99), I would not recommend it.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Jan 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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DanGeo, Oct 19, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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kaneel, Oct 07, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
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aztraz, Jul 28, 2013
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2.68/5  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.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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wesley14, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 04, 2011
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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
83 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.