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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
83
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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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1/5  rDev -72.6%

badgerman, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
1.55/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle from the Bruery Provisions poured into my Ommegang chalice.

A: Not as syrupy looking as I'd expected. As much head as would be anticipated for a 10%. Middle of the road stout looking.

S: Odd coffee. Something's off.

T: Like the smell. Awkward. Not good.

M: Too distracted by the funky flavor to pay much attention to the mouthfeel.

D: How could coffee and beer be so wrong? I love coffee stouts.

2/10

hickmancase, Feb 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

StoutSeth, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of imaguitargod
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
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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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

pavpav12, Jun 17, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

mmsimmons, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This not very good beer poured weak head beer that was just not all that great all the way around. Even though it is called a dutch ale I did not think so. Kinda confusing, is it a Dutcxh ale or a stout. Anyway I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 07, 2011
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2.68/5  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.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: More of an Imperial Stout than an Export/Foreign stout, so I reviewed it as such.

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and forms a small beige head that quickly vanishes down to a ring. Not a thick pour at all; relatively thin and light looking for the style and ABV. Dark brown body and minimal carbonation evident. A faint ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thinner body than expected; a little disappointing for the style.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, a bit of smoke, as well as some roasted coffee beans. Hints of vanilla in there as well. A decently enticing nose that isn't overpowered by the espresso notes.

TASTE: Roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, and a good dose of bitter black coffee. Roasted black coffee beans are the most prevalent here, with some booze in the background. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted with lots of bitter black coffee and espresso notes. This is definitely a coffee stout, but it's a little too one dimensional.

PALATE: Medium body and little light on the palate for an imperial stout. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a little scratch at the end and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little too light for the style.

OVERALL: Definitely a coffee stout. The taste profile on this one was quite one dimensional, but not enough to make it off-putting. On the other hand, it certainly was one dimensional enough to make it a little mundane. Where this one really failed was in its thin and lighter pour, as well as the lack of a real heavyweight body to go with the big flavour and ABV. A disappointing effort from what is otherwise a solid brewery. Try either their regular Imperial Stout or their double for a better example of what Emelisse has to offer.

Jeffo, Jun 21, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

navband, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Damburger, Oct 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Hellpop65, Jun 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

JasonL02, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

OneDropSoup, Feb 03, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap

S: One dimensional. Espresso folks.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, hints of funk and light cocoa

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a subtle sour twinge in the aftertaste.

O: Pretty average across the board., Not one I would recommend or go back to.

barleywinefiend, May 22, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Barely any carbonation, stoic and stagnant. Dark brown with light brown trimmin's

S: Very faint and underwhelming for a coffee stout. Brown malts are the most prominent smell, can't really get the coffee. Almost smells like a lager too.

T: Ok some coffee, this is better than I was expecting. Definitely a more refined coffee stout that doesn't punch you in the mouth with boldness. This is also unique in that it lacks pretty much any roastiness. Hops are prominent in the roastiness's absence, albeit seemingly faded/older bottling. Etched 3 13, best by date?

M: Low carbonation contributes to a silkier than average (but not very silky) mouthfeel. Kind of on the sweet side too, which gives a lil sugar drying.

O: Not worth $6 a bottle and seems to be past its prime, just bought it 2 weeks ago.

CharlieMurphy, Oct 18, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Emelisse Espresso Stout, bottled version, bought at Whole Foods Bowery NYC, poured into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Pours with a glug, very thick. Appearance is like a dead black lagoon- no carbonation, no head, no bubbles, no retention. Nothing but an oily black liquid.

Smell: Some coffee and chocolate, dark sugars. Roasted malts and a bit of booze at the end. A tad of medicinal syrup too, a cloying sweetness that is evident but not unpleasant. Bourbon-y too.

Taste: Very watery. Lacks body. Lots of coffee beans. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery. Barely any carbonation and body. Finishes dry, bitter, pungent.

Drinkability: Fine. A bit boozy but not too much. It's just not a pleasant brew due to the lack of carbonation/body/flavor. Not exciting.

(note: had on tap in Madrid, Spain, and liked it very much, way better than the bottle)

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 11, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed solo at home served out of an East End Pint glass.

Appearance: pours jet black with 1 1/2 finger of light brown and caramel frothy head leaving a spotty lacing.

Smell: a ton of iced black coffee.

Taste: Opens with mild roasted grains, I get a coffee bitter in the middle with a dark and almost sour malt profile. There is an initial black coffee finish that mellows as I finish this pint.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium carbonation, a subtle sour twinge in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a one an done for me, I recommend this to those seeking a brew with a strong coffee and espresso presence and unique malt backbone.

capra12, Jun 30, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

TheBeerAlmanac, Oct 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Petrofessor, Mar 14, 2012
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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
83 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.