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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
83
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 158
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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Photo of MaximalC
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

MaximalC, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.8%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

RuudJH, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of kmahe
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kmahe, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

snaotheus, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Lynn, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ABokononist, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

AgentMunky, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pixieskid, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Damburger
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Damburger, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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

brentk56, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kaneel, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

wesley14, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

polishkaz, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +9.6%

darcange, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of badgerman
1/5  rDev -72.6%

badgerman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of YveB
3.25/5  rDev -11%

YveB, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of roadies
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

roadies, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.25/5  rDev -11%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $6.74. I have seen this beer nowhere else. The label seems to have a freshness date of March, 2013, but the wording is in Dutch so I’ve no idea if it means the beer should be drunk by then or after then.

Pours what looks to be a solid black color with a decent sized, mocha colored head. The beer takes on an extremely dark, almost imperceptible reddish tint when held up to the light.

Coffee notes are in the nose, along with brown sugar and chocolate. For a coffee beer, the coffee scent isn’t terribly strong.

Coffee and milk chocolate flavors hit the tastebuds pretty much at the same time. Perhaps it should be called a mocha stout rather than an espresso stout. There’s also a warming alcohol sensation in the background, which is not surprising when one remembers this is 9.5% abv. However, it’s just barely noticeable. Hop flavor isn’t really a noticeable factor.

Not as big of a body as I expected for what is essentially an Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is sticky and coating.

Not a bad beer but not as flavorful as I was expecting, but it might still work as a dessert beer after a meal (and I did have a big breakfast several hours ago), but I wouldn’t recommend it for sessioning on a hot summer day. It’s also deceptively strong, with nowhere near the booze bite you’d expect for a beer of this strength, so watch out.

woemad, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Jun 27, 2012
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.