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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 08-12-2011)
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penginpunk

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-17-2011 01:02:04 | More by penginpunk
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Mreyes69

Illinois

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-12-2011 00:02:48 | More by Mreyes69
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meich75

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-25-2012 12:59:47 | More by meich75
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Rhynes2

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 03:15:21 | More by Rhynes2
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-28-2013 18:58:54 | More by mtbdonn
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Zraly

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 01:36:47 | More by Zraly
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 08:34:46 | More by FreshHawk
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by March 2013, Lot A (probably bottled around March of 2011). Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Aroma features strong whiskey notes, charred oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, anise and some coffee. The Jack is the star and the overall strength is very good.

Flavor starts with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, anise, some notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruits, then the whiskey kicks in along with some oak, vanilla and a decent bit of warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a full body.

A very nice barrel-aged Imperial Stout. The whiskey brings a slightly different experience than in the more common bourbon barrel treatments. Expensive at $10/11.2oz bottle, but I don't regret picking it up at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:58:17 | More by elgiacomo
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n2185

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 23:20:48 | More by n2185
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

12-05-2011 05:39:54 | More by tclapper
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2012 13:20:04 | More by nmann08
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-12-2012 19:24:49 | More by djaeon
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-02-2012 05:48:22 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 15:19:33 | More by StJamesGate
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

09-26-2012 02:05:35 | More by FrankShirley
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

07-21-2013 23:47:05 | More by WOLFGANG
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2012 03:05:40 | More by rab53
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a good brew. The flavors are good, but can be faintly watery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 04:36:22 | More by megahurts4
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had a grand beertasting a few days ago thanks to Mar02x. A new BA member with a great mind on beer.

Poured in a normal winelike glass.

This is a pitchblack beer which is remarkably enough without the oak notes you would expect to be so present.

Very very superround dinkable and soft. This is no edgy beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 20:43:36 | More by Brabander
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that gradually died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of coffee and roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, bourbon flavors stand out in the taste, although these aren’t too strong and notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts are still detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a nice amount of warming from the alcohol while the aftertaste has some lingering dryness.
O: This beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength; the alcohol is well masked from the taste except for the flavors of bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:44:37 | More by metter98
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, "Lot A", best by March 2013. Can't wait!

Pours with a short head which fades quickly over a thick, black body. No lacing.

Aromas carry lots of black licorice, dark chocolate, thick caramel sweetness, and light amounts of vanilla/oak and floral hops.

Drinks hot on the throat, but not unbearable. The licorice in the aroma quickly turns to a sharp anise quality in the flavor. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate, and even some red bell pepper. Pretty thick & slick mouthfeel throughout.

Overall, I didn't pick up much of the Jack Daniels barrel, although I'm not intimately familiar with their whiskey. It has what you'd expect in an 11% BA RIS, so glad they went with a small bottle instead of 22 or 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:21:23 | More by BeerImmediately
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a light tan heady, somewhat fizzy with some spotty lace.

S: Real nice barrel character, oaky, quite woody with some semi-sweet chocolate and whiskey.

T: Fairly strong Jack presence though not all encompassing as some whiskey barrel aged beers can be. Has a good balance between the barrel and the base beer. Dark chocolate with a hint of roast and licorice. Nice flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, a tad thin for me at times. Quite smooth and creamy.

O: The whiskey character is there and makes its presence felt. I like the flavours, this is a well made BA beer, but still on the pricey side even in its category.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:40:59 | More by Halcyondays
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ggilman

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 01:22:29 | More by ggilman
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Mister_Joshy

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-05-2012 02:42:14 | More by Mister_Joshy
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:40:07 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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