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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Espresso StoutEmelisse Espresso Stout

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125 Ratings

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010)
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Photo of bld81


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rich black pour with generous frothy head, well retained
S: big, big roasted coffee, totally dominates, chocolate present but muted
T: coffee forward for sure, cherries, currants, and sweet chocolate follow, drowning out the coffee on the tongue
M: light to medium body, creamy and softly carbonated
O: good choice, more pronounced coffee flavor than other American coffee stouts, and just sweet enough to be interesting

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 16:36:22 | More by bld81
Photo of osusullins


2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:09:09 | More by osusullins
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:05:09 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of Minkybut


2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 17:57:33 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dual review:

2009 bottle:

A- A pitch black pour into my Bruery tulip glass. Deep dark head that sticks around for a bit and leaves hints of sticky lacing. No carbonation at all! (4)

S- Deep roasted coffee. Nice belgian 60% chocolate! Figgy jam, raisins, burnt wood and cherries. A bit of spicey graham cracker. (4)

T- WOW! Chocolate covered espresso beans, figs, currants, sour cranberries and prunes. This has an amazing depth to it. The coffee has mellowed and lets some of the other notes shine! (4.5)

M- Creamy and silky, Nice bitterness from the coffee. The fruit and cocoa really sings here! I love how this developed! (4)

O- This gets so much better with time! I know coffee brews loose a little when aged... but IMHO, they gain a lot too!!! The coffee is still upfront, but all the other flavors get to shine as well! (4)

2011 bottle:

A- Pours pitch black into my Ithaca Excellcior glass. One finger dark tan head that fades quickly, but leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing! No real carbonation to speak of. (4)

S- Really fresh coffee... nice deep cocoa notes. Hints of dried dark fruits, but mostly coffee and a hint of barnyard funk. (3.5)

T- Fresh brewed coffee! Chocolate covered cranberries, sour cherry, and more coffee!!! This is all about the fresh, bitter grind! (4)

M- Fresh black coffee... spicey, bitter and full of sour fruit! A touch thin... but the flavors really float upon the tongue. (3.5)

O- Pungent black coffee, sour fruit, and a touch of alcohol! This is nice... but trust me.. this one gets better with age! (4)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:39:03 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Halcyondays


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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
Photo of Brad007


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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
Photo of oline73


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 01:27:12 | More by oline73
Photo of Allpe45


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16oz bottle, lot A

Appears black with a short tan head, dissipates quickly, leaves streaks of lacing. Smells like roast malts, hints of cocoa and coffee. Taste is cocoa, coffee, roasted grains. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation, medium bodied. Easy to drink but not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:06:48 | More by Allpe45
Photo of rinhaak


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz bottle in a tulip glass.

Pours a dark, syrupy black with very little head. The head does leave a nice lace along the edges of the glass.

Nose is full of chocolate, hints of smoke, and black licorice.

The taste is very rich and dark. Very creamy, milky, and syrupy on the tongue, dark roasted malts are very present in the mouth. While I certainly taste coffee undertones, these are not overpowering. I almost taste a red berry hidden in there as well (raspberry?) After a few sips, the bitterness dies away and it actually starts to get pretty sweet.

It's a nice and complex beer, though I expected the coffee flavors to be more in the foreground than they actually are. Overall, it's a little too rich and syrupy to enjoy having very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:04:37 | More by rinhaak
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 15:28:49 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Keffa


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review.

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown, small tan head settles into a ring and film. Leaves nice (but small) lacing on the glass that stays.

S: Very deep roast, coffee, toast, wood, ash, chocolate, and smoke. Also has some very faint tart notes, like several of the stouts from Jackie O's.

T: Deep roasted malt, ash and smoke, a very faint chocolate, even more faint woody hop and tartness, and then near the finish it turns into boozy alcohol. Let down here. Coffee isn't nearly what it should be for an espresso stout.

M: Even worse, overly thin body, low carbonation, and slick on the palate make the alcohol stand out.

O: Okay for what it is, but not something I would buy again. Sadly, the regular Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout is fantastic. If you see anything from Emelisse, stick with the Russian Imperial over this.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 04:05:11 | More by Keffa
Photo of Jparkanzky


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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
Photo of rtepiak


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not exactly a dutch style beer... American influence, netherlands made but without anything out of the ordinary like many of their other beers. Third wave coffee shops haven't really hit Europe in such a way as the US. Not to pride the US on there coffee as well as beer but the industries have been growing side by side. And in turn influencing each other. Dark lord has intelligencia coffee added to it. There are others all over the country. So right... Back to the review. The pour is as expected and the smell is bitter coffee grinds and coal. The palate is a bit doughy that gets cut by the heavily roasted coffee effect. Coal dry and a very mild grape and plum. A tad one dimensional coffee nature.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:08:27 | More by rtepiak
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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
Photo of bluejacket74


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:17:32 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of hickmancase


1.55/5  rDev -56.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:55:00 | More by hickmancase
Photo of imaguitargod


2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:46:41 | More by imaguitargod
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:11:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:17:14 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of Mora2000


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 19:26:09 | More by Mora2000
Photo of comfortablynumb1


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to say thanks to my brother for bringing this one out. Popped this one as a breakfast beer...

Poured from 11.16 fl.oz bottle into a Canada pint glass I picked up when I was visiting B.C...

A - Poures black with dark brown hues and a two finger tan head. Good amount of head retention and lacing...

S - Coffee, chocolate and molasses...

T - Taste pretty much follows the smell. Chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malts, and coffee. Am suprised by how smooth this one is considering the ABV. Very nice...

M - Nice and creamy with only a mild amount of carbonation. Medium/full bodied...

D - Suprised by the low ratings, as I really enjoyed this. Not the best stout I have tasted, but definitely I would recommend to somebody that is a fan of the style. Hope I will get a chance to put back a couple more of these soon...


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 06:01:52 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of BarrelO


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu at the Publican and had to grab it. First time I've seen this in Chicago. Although I love Belgian beers, I've generally been disappointed with stouts that come out of the Benelux countries. They tend to be a bit thin with a yeast profile that doesn't fit my expectations from the style. This Espresso stout is a pleasant exception to the rule.

Pours dark brown with amber at the edge when held to the light. A thin tan head accompanies the pour, but leaves fairly quickly. Not the best looking stout in the world, but it quickly regains ground with your other senses.

The smell shows that coffee lovers will be pleased. It's pure espresso with a bit of mocha and fig in the background and some bready malt forming the backbone.

Mouthfeel is thankfully medium-full with much lighter carbonation than some of the overly-fizzy stouts that I've had from the region.

The taste packs a strong espresso punch. While the rest of the beer is not as formidable as some of its imperial cousins (Founder's Breakfast stout and Peche Mortel), Emelisse Espresso holds its own when it comes to coffee presence, with some milk chocolate and subtle dried fruit to boot. It is well worth seeking out (if you can, try to find it fresh so you can get the most from the coffee beans).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 17:46:58 | More by chicagobeerriot
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 14:33:46 | More by Thorpe429
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.