Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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83
good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010

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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 75
Photo of nmann08
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a dark brown cola color with a thin light brown head that rings the glass.

The nose is coffee and sweet molasses, roasted oats and dark malt, a little chocolate. The flavor is coffee grounds, dark chocolate, dry cocoa powder, just a bit sweet. The finish is pretty good, clean, crisp. The alcohol is really hidden with this sneaky bad boy.

This is good, not amazing, but good enough to warrant drinking more than once.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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 brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hard pour brings up a khaki film that fades quickly to a ringlet; though it leaves a smattering of dots behind

Smell: Espresso, with undertones of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Espresso dominates the flavor profile, with chocolate and caramel tones entering the picture in the middle; after, the swallow, the bitter bite of the espresso returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite beer from this brewery, unfortunately; a bit too one dimensional with the espresso flavor

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is black in color with a small khaki head. Lots of coffee and roasted malt on the nose with a hint of alcohol. A bit of dark chocolate and maybe even a touch of vanilla. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma’s standards. Still a lot of coffee, but it’s a touch acrid. The roasted malt character is strong and there’s a little bit of chocolate flavor to it as well.

Photo of oline73
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a becher because it was the only thing handy. This beer hides the alcohol really well but it isn't a great stout.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, a little sweet.

Beer drinks smooth, almost like an RIS but lighter, almost airy on the palate, mild bitterness and hints of coffee throughout. Not horrible but not a repeat for me.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, toast, dark bread, roasted coffee, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt, moderate earthy hops, and light coffee notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, roasted coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, coffee, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial coffee stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  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.

Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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...

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Tone
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of liquor, alcohol, wood, sweet malt, roasted malt, yeast, and slight coffee. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, alcohol, slight liquor, and slight coffee. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good blend, and good body. The coffee aroma and taste was hard to discern, especially being an 'Espresso' stout.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a medium-large glowing pale brown head that sinks into rich lacings.

S: Rather weak in smell... Coffee and chocolate - not much else going on.

T: Dry and roasted malt. Rich, very rich coffee (no surprises there...). Some vanilla notes besides smoke. Chocolate. Bitter hops. Faint dark dried fruits - overpowered by the coffee.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste. Full body and low carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer, the only thing I hold against it is the weak smell.

Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Lot A. Best before 03 2014. 9.5% ABV. 75 EBU.

A: Mocha head. Dark, but translucent. Reddish brown.

S: Flat coffee. Chocolate malt.

T/M: Tasty! Thinnish, but chock full of roasted, malty barley. Rich and chocolatey. Trace coffee bitterness appears on the long, long aftertaste, but isn't nearly as prevalent as I expected.

O: Very nice! Recommended. Would have again. A great stout that is lightly more sweet than not.

Photo of popery
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a coffee black body and a beige head of decent size. Moderate lacing. Smells like dark chocolate and an aggressive amount of good coffee. Some blackberries and raspberries are also present in the aroma. It's a strong coffee aroma but quite rich, and it doesn't completely overpower the roasted malt. The malt flavor is on the sweet side but it's almost entirely overwhelmed by bitter coffee. I'm guessing that this beer was made with excellent coffee, but the flavor has grown somewhat stale, bitter and over-roasted. Finish is mildly unpleasant with coffee bitterness. The feel is thin and watery. The flavor might have worked well with a thicker, fuller mouthfeel, but thin and coffee bitter isn't doing it for me.

Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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