Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
Picked up this bottle on the recommendation of the shopkeeper at La Cave à Houblon in Nimes, France. Full disclosure: I love black IPAs, so I went in with a good feeling about this one. I was not let down. Appearance is black as it should be. Not much head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. At the end of the glass, some lacing but not heavy. Smell is roasted and makes me think of stout. Indeed, this beers tastes more stout-like than the average black IPA, which for me is a big plus. The mouthfeel is downright creamy. Plenty of hop bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste.
10-27-2013 21:40:03 | More by jmtpi
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Black color. Beige,small size bubbled, crown. Good retention & spotty sides. Hints of chocolate, pine, bitter hops & toasted malts to the nose. Flavors as expected from the aromas. Pleasant malty palate despite sharp bitterness. Full body, medium carbonation. Subtle coffee finish. Resiny aftertaste.
04-13-2012 18:06:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Really dark brown, nearly black pour with nice one finger caramel colored head with good retention and great lacing. Complex nose that starts off with a lot of roasted malt, but quickly opens up to nice resiny, piney hops with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste is complex as well but very nicely balanced. Lots of burnt toast and coffee that plays nicely with the piney, resiny, slightly citrusy hops. Also getting hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and oily, with a great bittersweet finish. I'm a huge Black IPA guy and this is definitely a standout in the style. Not quite in the Sublimely category, but very close...
03-29-2012 16:02:43 | More by beerdrifter
4.24/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, yeast, slight pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.
08-11-2014 16:24:24 | More by Tone
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
A - A good looking beer, nice dark brown/red in color and a beige head that slowly retracts, with lots of foam remnants sticking to the glass. Looks inviting.
S - Fresh pine like hops with a strong citrus smell. The smell promises a real bitter ale.
T - Wow! this is another fantastic creation from Kees Bubbermans. I thought this would be again to strong in taste, but no, it's balanced really well. I feel all ready lucky to have another three bottles in the garage. The beer has a good strong fresh hoppy taste but not to overpowering. There is a little sweetness upfront and some malt tones are coming through as well.
M - Medium carbonated with (of course) a bitter finish.
O - A very good IPA, worth trying.
11-15-2011 19:52:12 | More by Mar02x
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
On-tap at Cafe de Pass in Den Haag. On to the beer:
The black color is emphasized in the glass. A creamy inch of head sits on top and is long lasting, and it leaves some creamy lace around the glass. The aroma of tea leaves and kiss of roasted malt demonstrates the marriage of a black canvas of malt and aggressive colors of hops.
It's intense and tasty, which shows that Emelisse has nailed this American style of beer. A kiss of fudge and brownies take the first hit, and from there it's the taste of burned hops and succulent tea leaves. Bitter and sweet at the same time, not overkill in either direction. An added bonus is the medium-full and smooth mouthfeel, which gives the beer a smooth landing.
I usually prefer my dark ales and hoppy ales in seperate glasses. That said, Emelisse has found the trick to fuse the two and make a very tasty result which I would re-order again.
05-17-2013 04:32:53 | More by DoubleJ
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
A very dark brown, almost black beer with a creamy head that stick to the glass.
Smell is malty with some light roasted notes. There is the fruity, citric hop nose. It gives the beer a green, tangerine and lychee smell. Very nice, although not very bold or aggresive.
Taste is nicely balanced between the light roasted taste and the hop. The bitterness is high, but average for an IPA. When swallowed the beer leaves a distinct bold bitterness, characteristic for US hops. There is a tangerine and lemony taste. The malt adds a mild roasted taste which is far from the level of a porter.
Although not as aggresive or bold as the other black IPAs I had, this is a very good example of the style.
06-15-2012 19:57:03 | More by Absumaster
4.04/5 rDev +6%
Pours almost pitch black, just some faint brown tinges when holding the glass towards the light. Rich two finger light beige head, decent retention.
IPA smell up front, with pine and citrus hops, also biscuits and caramel, licorice, but very low dark malts. Weird (comparing to other reviews) but mine packed more IPA than porter notes, at least in the smell.
Hops dominate the taste too. Sweet citrus (tangerine, oranges) start, even with tropical hints, some pineapple, granted, on top of some clearer dark malts, with some nice roasty (even a bit smoked) notes, some coffee and cocoa powder, stronger in the aftertaste. Dark spices and vanilla, touch of licorice. Green piney hops towards the finish, with a big bitterness.
Medium body and bitterness. Finish is very bitter from the hops and the growing roastiness. Aftertaste of hops and a bit of charcoal.
Big tasty hops, nice dark malty backbone, maybe a bit too rough and bitter, but very good nonetheless.
07-11-2014 19:24:36 | More by dcmchew
4/5 rDev +5%
A: Poured into a pintglass. Nice light brown coloured head with good retention, beer is black.
S: Roasted malts, coffee and even some hoppy citrus notes.
T: Bitter taste with again roasted malt and coffee elements
M: Light/medium mouthfeel, nice dry, bitter lingering aftertaste
O: Since this was my first BIPA, I cannot compare if it is in style. It could be a stout.
Good drinkable beer.
12-22-2012 21:05:51 | More by Redteketed
4/5 rDev +5%
Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pine like hops and a small caramel like roast. In the taste, pine hops with a caramel and chocolate like roast. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence with a small roast, quite drinkable.
02-06-2012 18:35:38 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +5%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/2015. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Black IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
08-09-2014 01:59:53 | More by superspak
Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.