Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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2.53/5 rDev -33.6%
Bottle: Poured a light black color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of stale earthy hops with light dry roasted malt is not very good. Taste is also dominated by stale hops with unrefined grainy notes and light dry bitter finish. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation. Definitely below par for the style IMHO.
07-15-2013 20:35:40 | More by Phyl21ca
2.75/5 rDev -27.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 4oz taster glass.
A - Pours a dark burgundy/mahogany color. Almost black, letting a little light come thru on the sides of the glass. Has a 1 finger light brown head that fades rather quickly. Minimal lacing.
S - Smells of coffee and roasty malts. Not really getting any hops that I would expect from an IPA...
T/M - The taste is kinda waterey actually. Chared, earthy malts dominate the flavor, with no presence of any hops at all. Light-medium mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated.
O - Kinda disappointed with this one. Not your typical Black IPA flavor profile, but then again I kinda expected that from a bottled import black IPA.
08-12-2012 00:29:02 | More by Rizalini
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured this 33 cL brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Best before end: 06 13 lot A. The body was a muddy dark brown with reddish highlights when held up to the light. The khaki head was small.
The smell was metallic and nutty like a porter. Fresh baked soda bread.
The taste was roasted char, light but lingering bitterness. Underlying fruitiness. Again, more like a porter than an IPA. Well masked alcohol.
The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Modest carbonation and rather dense. Tasted pretty good but the letters I. P. A. should not be used to describe this one.
06-10-2012 14:38:19 | More by Cresant
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Got this at the local liquor store down the road. Nice to see these guys become available so close to home.
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring. Clear black body with lower levesl of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Light roasted notes with chocolate as well, much like a porter, then some piney and floral hops. Not quite bold enough to be really interesting, unfortunately. The porter elements are more prevalent than the IPA as well.
TASTE: This is much more like a bitter porter than a hoppy black ale. Porter comes first with roasted notes and some dark chocolate flavors. Cocoa powder as well. Very bitter after the swallow with more dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some bitter floral hops and light lemon notes. A bold and lingering hop bitter aftertaste. This is almost just bitter without any complex flavors, and it's missing some of the standart IPA components. Still, this is a tasty beer.
PALATE: Medium body and modest carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate with enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Good feel here.
OVERALL: This was a good beer for sure, but it was more of a bitter porter than a hoppy black ale. I'd expect to find more of the classic IPA flavors, but that didn't happen. That said, this was enjoyable and I wouldn't turn it down. Would be nice to find this on tap somewhere as well.
10-15-2012 18:28:41 | More by Jeffo
United Kingdom (England)
3.54/5 rDev -7.1%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hopefully still in good condition. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label doesn't give much away.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild pine, roasted malt, subtle burnt grain, molasses, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of butteriness in the background along with some warming booze. Not too bad.
Tastes of intense hops and dark malt, with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, molasses, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a vigous, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt and earthy yeast.
Tasty - a big beer with a big character. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are seriously hoppy and stuffed with dark malt notes. Bitter and boozy. Nice body. Goes down OK; I would wish for the hops to be slightly better defined but the bottle age probably influences that. If you're a fan of black IPAs then this is worth checking out.
08-10-2014 00:56:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.56/5 rDev -6.6%
A-Black with a large tan head that left a heavy lace on the glass
S-roasted malt with some hops and sweet chocalate notes
T- burnt roasted malt with a bitter hop aftertaste and a hoppy finish that slowly fades
M-light body with a creamy feel
O-burnt roasted taste seems to be highlighted by a hoppy aftertaste and a hop finish. Could smell chocalate but never found it in the taste
12-11-2013 03:11:11 | More by a0lbudman
3.58/5 rDev -6%
This was a really interesting beer. And, I enjoyed it very much. But it is not an IPA. The hops component is very muted; so much so that this beer should probably be classified as a porter. The malt and creaminess are very pronounced. Thick, fruity, chocolatey...all there and all good. This is my second offering from this brewery and I've been impressed. I hope I can have the chance to try some more.
01-27-2012 11:19:21 | More by Ralphs66
Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.