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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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146 Ratings

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export 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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-28-2011 21:26:03 | More by rekel
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4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 12:23:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown with an ample head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam, leaving trace lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, dark chocolate, coffee.

Taste follows the nose, with dark malt, chocolate, hops, some dark fruit, and strong, smooth espresso taste.

Body is medium with a light mouthfeel, not quite enough carbonation to make it creamy.

This is a a nice tasting espresso stout, and I am enjoying the strong espresso flavor. Alcohol is subdued by the strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:32:33 | More by Beerenauslese
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-25-2012 12:59:01 | More by meich75
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4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 03:27:37 | More by Maltmaiden
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Revolution poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and light fruittiness. Mouthfeel was m,edium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of espresso, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and light licorice with a smooth lingering espresso finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:14:50 | More by Ratman197
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United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown 300ml bottle; BB 06/2011, served cool in a Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer. NOTE: the espresso used in the brew contains 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta coffee beans - it's interesting that they specify this fact on the label...?! Are there going to be another version with 100% Arabica, another with 50-50 Arabica-Robusta and yet another with 100% instant coffee?

A: pours a nearly black colour with mid-sized yeast sediments floating; not very fizzy, the initially frothy dark beige froth settles very quickly to rimmed bubbles.
S: definitely coffee-ish, full of sweetened cold coffee's sourness and aromatic bitterness from roasted malts, real espresso & a touch of burned-wood ash, in a sense smoother & deeper than Dark Star's Espresso Stout (the first real coffee ale that I ever tasted); given a very good swirl, from beneath the black nectar emerges notes of Fuggles' earthy hops, melting black sugar, lightly sour dark stone-fruits, semi-sour yeasty notes, bitter-sweet nut-puree and coffee cream. Delicious on the nose, like a coffee-jelly, only with a faint touch of alc.
T: the flow of rich, oily, mildly-alcoholic, un-sweet coffee liquor, burned sticky coffee-flavoured toffee and roasted barley is balanced by a burned-woody or extremely aromatic roasty and slightly dry-ish hoppy middle that linger so well into the finish, where a lightly sour-bitter edge of cold espresso rules in terms of burned wood-ash & roast-nutty aroma as well as coffee-tannic bitterness. In a remote corner, an earthy+spicy touch of hops also manifests itself discreetly, but overall the finish is not as boldly bitter & hoppy as an American IPA, but more like a more traditional British version in that the chewy bitterness of hops, bitter-sweetness of roast malts, and sourness of fruitiness are roughly balanced 2-4-4.
M&D: full-bodied, smooth on the mouthfeel and never flat-ish or dull, this espresso stout is so very delicious, coffee-centric and delicately balanced, that I think I could've happily had a larger serving (500ml?), sipped slowly over a quality BBC3 live concert programme on a Sunday night - just like tonight...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 20:32:28 | More by wl0307
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4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours is dark, creamy, thick and dark. Very nice imperial stout.

A lot of more fruity and flora aromas than expected given the espresso stout name. Rich chocolate and coffee still are huge and rewarding.

Chocolate and espresso take front stage but unexpected fruits and floral hops end the show with force.

Creamy so so creamy and carbonated totally enhancing the mouth feel and making things amazing.

Not even close to perfect but this is really great stout, I'm shocked how poor the reviews are. I'm a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:12:50 | More by bobhits
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:10:38 | More by JamnesCameron
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-22-2013 20:24:54 | More by MythicHillbilly
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-14-2012 23:59:54 | More by roadies
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-07-2012 23:32:25 | More by Lynn
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-11-2014 19:18:46 | More by Hayley_86
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4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a gorgeous eggshell white head. Good lace.

S: Coffee city, direct and powerful. The nose is not bashful, some minor dark chocolate notes.

T: Coffee dominated with a lot of roasted malt, a stout for sure. Full flavour with secondary chocolate notes.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied really, very easy soft carbonation, long aftertaste of coffee.

O: I'm not a huge coffee fan, but when it's well balanced with malt it can create a good beverage as it does here. Emelisse has certainly made some good beer out of The Netherlands.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 01:59:29 | More by Halcyondays
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4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this foreign/export stout is much like a black hole with a brown ring around it. Too abstract for you?

Roasted coffee all around with a sweet and creamy hue. This one is all about da beans.

Highly acidic due to the roasted malt with strong espresso flavor and a dollop of cream. Couldn't possibly ask for more.

Lingering cream and roasted coffee. This is what I'm talking about.

To me, a proper espresso stout will not err too far one way or another. This fits the bill perfectly. Either way, I couldn't ask for a better picker-upper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 01:23:29 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like good imperial stout should. Smells a bit like espresso, not overwhelming though, sweet espresso if i had to define it.

I love the taste of this beer, it's like a KBS without the bourbon. (nothing like the breakfast stout) It's not overwhelmingly big, just a nice coffee imperial stout. I really feel like they hit the style (espresso stout) right on. Mouthfeel is creamy, and it's not too boozy tasting at all. I'm really enjoying this beer as an espresso stout lover. Not sure why the negative press I got from friends on it.

Note: drank at near room temperature, if that makes any difference.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:21:09 | More by BeerCoffeeWater
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16oz bottle poured into a goblet. 9.5% ABV.

A: Black body. Off-white head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: By far the best part of this beer. Coffee notes are unsurprisingly very strong, but they don't dominate. Rather, they blend in seamlessly with chocolate and caramel from the malt. Absolutely intoxicating.

T: Coffee/espresso is the strongest element. Interestingly, though, roasted notes are more subdued than in the IRS. Balanced by rather substantial malty sweetness. Lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, good creaminess.

D: A very good coffee stout. Especially good in wintertime.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:50:12 | More by BarrelO
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 04:06:41 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New label, 9.5% abv.
Pours pitch black, long lasting lace and just some thin specks of foam floating on the surface.
Big dark chocolate in the smell, molasses, some juicy dark fruit (there's a hint of tartness there too, i'll be looking forward for that in the taste), milder roasted malts, touch of sweet coffee and some vanilla.
Taste starts with juicy raisin, fig, plum, some sour cherries (yes!) and a musty red grape acidity. Dark chocolate, sweet with molasses and brown sugar, and roasted malts, bit by bit, turning into a rather strong espresso shot after gulping it down. The roast gets stronger too, a charcoal feel. Quite some woody spiciness throughout, some vanilla, cinnamon, licorice, feels almost barreled (i don't think it is, actually pretty sure). Hops also come up in the finish, of the fruity variety.
Smooth, a tiny bit of carbonation that helps the palate. Nicely hidden booze. Aftertaste of ash, ground coffee and hops. Gets chocolatier as it warms, as do most in this style.
Pretty sure this falls under RIS, and a good one at that. Not incredible or the best out there, but a fair contender.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 14:06:56 | More by dcmchew
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-07-2012 11:13:35 | More by kaneel
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2012 16:16:02 | More by ABokononist
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 15:18:16 | More by RuudJH
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:17:43 | More by Jparkanzky
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-25-2012 06:04:34 | More by jskennedy
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-22-2013 23:46:00 | More by pstam87
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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.