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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
83
good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 182 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by imaguitargod:
Photo of imaguitargod
2.32/5  rDev -37%
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

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of osusullins
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Proteus93
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep brown, ending up stark black in the glass. The head struggled to form, even with a rather assertive pour, and fell away to essentially nothing quite fast. Some strings of lace left behind, but not among the better pours I've seen.

S + T: Scent and flavour are almost identical... a roasted malt profile paired with a rather straight forward espresso. I don't pick up on much sweetness from it. Just an 'iced coffee' kind of quality, which is nice. Not much of the bitter chocolate that typically come with the stouts, at least compared to many others, but I honestly don't find myself missing it all that much. It performs well with just the coffee.

M + D: Carbonation is about right, but body is maybe a touch thin. Such a brew could be astonishing with a richer, creamier body, but it gets by without taking too much from the experience. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden considering the ABV, so one to exercise a little restraint with when drinking... or not, I suppose! Worth the try... a decent brew.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured jet black with a creamy, mocha head and a good amount of head retention.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts that is very much reminiscent of espresso or French roasted coffee beans.
T: Like the smell, there is an intense flavor of dark, roasted malts. The overall taste also has some hints of sweetness along with a noticeable amount of bitterness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate.
D: This beer is very drinkable, especially if you like your coffee strong and black without any milk or sugar.

Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Bottle states 9.5% ABV

A) Jet Black, thin mocha head with decent lacing.

S) Some coffee and alcohol aromas, but not over powering.

T) Coffee immediately and all the way through. Very pleasant tasting.

M) Slight carbonation, very little alcohol bite, but very dry and smooth on the palate at the same time.

O) Overall it's a very drinkable, and flavorful coffee stout.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a light mocha colored head that drops to a wisp of foam and some nice lacing.

Aromas of iced mocha coffee, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, sweet malt. No hop aroma.

Flavor of coffee ice cream and powdered dark cocoa. Burnt, dark roasted malt. Some dark fruit. Good bitterness from roasted grains and hop. No discernable hop flavor. Underlying foreign stout base beer stands out, bitter, roasted. Finish is long, bitter, and roasted.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied. Mouthcoating hop resins.

Very drinkable. Very well balanced coffee stout.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
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 oline73
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Very sweet, mildly roasty with some dark fruit.

Taste: The best part of the beer. Smooth coffee and a bit creamy. Dark chocolate notes and a roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick with prickly carbonation. A bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Good but not great coffee stout. Smooth and fairly easy to drink given the abv.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark brown not quite black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention with some very small spotty lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and roasted coffee bean nose with some dark fruit oak and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Lots of roasted malt upfront with quite a bit of ash a lot more roasted malt than expected especially since there is no coffee flavor here

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and medium carbonation

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting but not a bad beer nor is it something I would buy again

Photo of beerdrifter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Maltmaiden
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black beer with a thin ring of foam on the edge of the glass.

A rather roasted smell, full of coffee and roasted malt. The coffee is very present and far from mild, but it's not a slap in the face. Mocca it is!

Taste is dominated by coffee. Some rougher edges of the coffee that make the beer a little less drinkable. The roasted malts with the coffee give the beer a malt bitter taste. Good beer though!

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.82/5  rDev +31%
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 Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a very, very dark brown color. Appears black until held up to the light. No head at all, though there are some very slight legs. The nose is straight espresso with a bit of light roast.

The taste is roast and espresso with some dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. There is some slight cream and a touch of vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation and a nice roasted character. Pretty tasty and a nice all around beer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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