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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
83
good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010)
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Reviews by richmof:
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep midnight black into my Duvel tulip. No head at first but then a two finger head magically appeared, Guinness-style. Off-white, gray, more frothy than creamy but not bad. Didn't stick around too long though (limited retention), although some ok lacing.

On the nose I get dark fruits and molasses, as well as the deep roasted malt. The palate opens up with a molasses/treacle undertone - without ever being that sweet. There is some nice spice: clove, cardamon and aniseed? Sure I get the coffee but much less pronounced than the name would suggest.

Despite the intense rich flavours, this is a nice dry stout - not at all cloying. There is a pleasant effervescence and it is eminently drinkable given the ABV.

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of osusullins
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.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cyrushire
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

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.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.