Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Thanks to kkipple for this interesting beer, no idea how he got it. Best before end of March 2013 so just past it's prime supposedly.
Pours a dark mocha colored creamy rich almost 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly and leaves lots of rich lacing and legs on the glass, no light getting through the pitch black beer.
Nose is pretty nice, dark malts, bit of cocoa, slight dark chocolate, I think some creamy oats, but also a bit of roasted malt with a hint of acrid char almost, some coffee, and lots more very dark malt aromas that probably would have been overbearing when it was fresh. Then nice vanilla barrel notes, with a hint of whisky with a slight bourbon tone, a bit of booze. The baker's chocolate comes through more as it warms, as well as the vanilla barrel aromas.
Taste starts with more of the roasted malts, a slight burnt coffee, light acrid character, more char, and tons of dark malts, but again not overbearing anymore which it seems like it may have been fresh. It does have a slight metallic sour like note to it though. Then dark chocolate, bitter baker's choc, and a big tannic bitter note from the char, and possible earthy hop character. Then into barrel notes, not as much as the nose had, a hint of a vanilla character, just a bit of oak, although there is some generic whisky notes to it. The burnt coffee seems to come through again fairly strong, with some toasted oats I think, as well as some warming slightly tingly booze. Finish is sticky a bit syrupy sweet, with mouth coating dark malts, some warming booze and slightly tingly, with lots more acrid roasted malt and hint of soy sauce like, as well as touch of bitter roast and earthy hop character lingering with the roasty malts.
mouth is fuller bod, a bit creamy and almost silky but not quite there, decent carb for an older beer but not great for carb either.
Overall not bad, but nothing too special. The barrel seems to have faded too much, but the acrid roast and burnt charaters would have been so strong fresh that the barrel probably would have been drowned out, so hard to tell which direction to go with this. I would like to try it fresh, as well as the other barrels to see the differences. The dark choc was nice, as well as vanilla barrel and whisky notes when they actually came through, but hard to get through the burnt acrid bitter tannic flavors.
07-07-2013 03:39:50 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +2%
Garnet-tinged black with a beige head. Vanilla, soil, dates and espresso oil on the nose.
Carmelized sugar, woody bite, and a bit of coffee. Little roast and no hops on the finish.
Medium to full, round, some chew.
Much subtler wood than some of the others in the White Label series. Doesn't have the barrel presence of the Eglin, for example. An muted stout overall, for an RIS.
06-19-2012 15:19:33 | More by StJamesGate
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a dark reddish-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I saw this one on the beer list and couldn’t resist ordering one as I never knew that it had existed. The pour looked pretty typical for the style as was the flavor profile going on despite the barrel treatment. The aroma however was a little bit better with a nice kiss of dark fruit at the right points to enhance the other properties of this one. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and are a fan of the base brew. Even if you aren’t I would still suggest it to a fan of the –bal.
05-15-2012 11:42:27 | More by thagr81us
2.4/5 rDev -38.8%
A - deep brown in color and transparent at top and bottom of glass. No head and no lacing.
S - Jack Daniels, vanilla, dark malts
T - JD up front then some roasted malts and chocolate, savory overall
M - thin-medium bodied. light carbonation. JD and mild bitterness left on palate.
O - too much JD for me as it overpowers the rest of the beer. base is a bit watery. not my thing.
03-28-2012 18:05:15 | More by cwguy5
4.47/5 rDev +14%
Pitch black poured into a snifter. Head didn't last too long but I was just happy to get this one. Smell has a nice oak smell and the Jack Daniels lingers subtly in the background. Also has some coffee notes as well. Taste is very smooth and has a great coffee like flavor with hints of oak. Very pleasant all around and while the beer comes in at 11% it doesn't show it much. Over all it's an amazing beer that's very well rounded and I'd love to have it again if it wasn't such a rare release.
02-02-2012 03:15:21 | More by Rhynes2
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Emmelisse Black & Tan Jack Daniels Barrel aged Imperial stout
Appearance: dark brown, no head, and a little lacing.
Smell: jack daniels, oak barrels, and roasted malts.
Taste: hops, bourbon barrel sweetness, and roasted malts.
This is a good brew. The flavors are good, but can be faintly watery.
01-08-2012 04:36:22 | More by megahurts4
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
On tap at lions pride in Brunswick, ME.
Dark black with a ruby edge. Tan foamy head laces nicely. Bakers chocolate and vanilla bean in the nose. Rich almost too sweet chocolate taste with booze and bourbon around the edges. Dark cherry, woody tobacco and roasted vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Feels like the stout and barrel weren't together long enough.
12-28-2011 01:22:29 | More by ggilman
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a thin pitch black with almost zero carbonation. Smells mostly of TN Whiskey with plenty of dark fruit notes adding to the aroma. First sip is quite dominated by whiskey barrels and that is just fine by me. Dark fruits contribute with most of the toasted malts being masked by the whiskey. The big flaw by far is the lack of carbonation. It is very thin bodied to begin with so that flaw is magnified immensely. The 11% ABV is well hidden.
11-29-2011 01:40:07 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Dark black with an average sized, foamy, bubbly, cafe brown head. Average retention leaving a thin, patchy lace.
S - Dark charred malt giving a slightly bittersweet chocolate aroma. Charred oaky aroma along with whisky and a touch of vainilla. A little bit of coffee but not much. A little sweet and a little hot.
T - A touch sweeter than the nose suggested. Mix of brownie and bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla along with touches of woody oak flavors. Hints of bitter coffee. A little hot but not bad given the amount of whisky flavor.
M - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.
D - Fair amount of whisky flavor but not too hot or overpowering. Nice sweet dessert flavors without being cloying.
Notes: Would make a nice dessert beer. Some brownie chocolate along with vainilla. Whisky is present but not overpowering. Good barrel aged stout that is tasty and works well, but doesn't have anything that amazes me or jumps out.
10-05-2011 08:34:46 | More by FreshHawk
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured into a Chimay chalice at The Birch in Norfolk. Beautiful mocha head and rich smells of roasted malt and booze.
Predominate note is of espresso and cigar, tipped off with a booze note. Rich, dark chocolate notes linger in the back and bring everything together. Charred. It's a bit rough in terms of mouthfeel -- I was hoping for a bit more smoothness. Again, the booze (i.e., whiskey) plays a big role in the somewhat aggressive attack on the palate. That does mellow a bit as it warms.
I enjoyed it and would recommend trying it if you appreciate boozy imperial stouts. I have a feeling this would be great with a cigar!
10-02-2011 01:36:47 | More by Zraly
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
A: pours black with two fingers of light tan head that recedes into a thin ring with good lacing
S: roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. Dry whiskey aromas with notes of oak and vanilla follow without overwhelming.
T: again, roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Dry whiskey flavors with slight oak and vanilla notes follow with a slight alcohol burn.
M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is smooth and creamy, though a bit lighter in body than most bbal stouts.
O: a good barrel aged stout. Very dry and bitter where most are sweet and thick. A bit expensive, but still good.
09-15-2011 23:20:48 | More by n2185
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Emelisse Stout has a black body with a thin brown head. OK retention, not much lacing going on.
Whiskey dominates the aroma, with a bit of anise and roasted malts.
This beer actually tastes like Jack Daniels, and whiskey is the dominant flavor. Even up front, the whiskey is powerful with a moderate amount of heat. Also present are charred malt and a bit of charred wood. Lots of roasted flavors and bittersweet chocolate make up the malt base, and are the strongest flavors after the whiskey. The background has some dark fruit and a bit of anise in it. Lots of stuff going on here, with a hot, boozy finish.
Hot, with a body that smooth, but a little bit lighter than I would expect for the ABV.
This is a fairly good barrel aged stout, but should not be tried unless you are a whiskey fan. Pretty hot also.
09-04-2011 20:57:40 | More by Hojaminbag
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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