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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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141 Ratings

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-26-2013 00:12:56 | More by Texasfan549
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3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:45:04 | More by OneDropSoup
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2013 01:38:35 | More by DerekMorgan
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-13-2013 06:36:47 | More by cyrushire
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-11-2013 20:22:19 | More by BartMcStout
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 18:07:36 | More by drabmuh
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-29-2012 07:25:16 | More by Illos
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with faint highlights and a negligible--and by that I mean nearly nonexistent--tan head. The aroma smells boldly of alcohol, molasses, coffee, and something resembling bourbon. I could swear one could get drunk via inhalation alone...

The flavor is more mild than the aroma would suggest. The front end is smooth and roasty, with notable alcohol and some dark fruit. The finish is where the coffee really comes through, with a long, pronounced crescendo of fresh-roasted coffee beans. Now, I'm not a coffee drinker, mostly because what little coffee I've had tastes much more bitter and bland than it smells, but the finish on this beer tastes as much like the smell of coffee as I've come across. Tiramisu would be another apt comparison.

As fine as this beer finishes, the detractor here is the peculiarity of the front end, which doesn't taste like anything in particular. There is some flavor there, perhaps a shade of bitterness and some alcohol, but it's not something that I would envision as foundational, and in that regard this brew falls short. Perhaps the gross lack of carbonation deprives the mouthfeel of some much needed texture? The alcohol could be a little better concealed as well, but at 10% ABV that may be a tall order. The delicious coffee finish is laudable, but the lack of a cohesive identity all the way through leaves something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:00:59 | More by MaximalC
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-25-2012 22:40:31 | More by ejimhof
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-10-2012 00:56:47 | More by kmahe
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz (or 11.2) bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark gray with no head. Small amount of slow carbonation. Smell is cherries, plums, and coffee, roasted malty.

Taste is sweet, roasty, lots of coffee, not as much of the fruit, some black licorice. It's pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is rather flat (or "still"). Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but could use more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:54:30 | More by snaotheus
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-07-2012 23:32:25 | More by Lynn
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2012 16:16:02 | More by ABokononist
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:03:20 | More by AgentMunky
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-08-2012 08:07:00 | More by pixieskid
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

10-30-2012 19:39:37 | More by jklecko2
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-18-2012 22:18:43 | More by Damburger
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 21:53:13 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

10-07-2012 11:13:35 | More by kaneel
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 11:29:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-20-2012 15:34:04 | More by wesley14
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-20-2012 01:41:41 | More by polishkaz
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-01-2012 16:08:17 | More by darcange
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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