Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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86
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: metter98 on 10-02-2011)
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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black) in color and has a slight amount of bitterness. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy tan head that died down, leaving a film of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose along with hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate and hints of licorice. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with some crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is rather interesting for the style because its smoothness and roasted, chocolaty flavors share some similarities with a porter. It is rather easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the smell or taste.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a 3 finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left sheets of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with some sweet toffee and a bitter piney bite.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied black IPA. Lots of sediment.

O - This is a very good black IPA. I need to try more from Emelisse.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown appearing nearly black with russet tones at the edges in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of toasted malt and chocolate, slightly nutty, reminiscent of a porter. Flavor of subdued toasted malt, light fruits, chocolate, finishes with dark malt and light bittering hops. Nice creamy body. Not a typical black IPA, there is little herbal hop presence here, but somewhat more bittering hops than a porter. Nice fairly complex flavor. It may not be strictly in style, but it is very enjoyable and I will buy again.

Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Dark chestnut brown. Loose bubble structure. Low retention and lace.

S – Crispy booze, char, and a bright herbal hop. Honey sweetness. Hazelnuts.

T – Booze slips in early and hangs on throughout the profile. Soft char throughout, with a coffee, cocoa and lightly burnt toast.

M – Medium light body. Boozy-roast finish.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, label says best before end 06/2013, Lot A. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with a small tan head that didn't stick around for long. There's a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some light citrusy hops. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, citrusy hops, coffee and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good beer overall, even though I think it's more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA (not that I'm complaining). The hops aren't overpowering, but there's still enough hops to make this interesting. Even though it was $4.99 a bottle, I think it's worth a try.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raspberry black with off-white speckles and film.
Blackberry, ash, orange marmalade and maybe fig.
Char, oily coffee, dates and red currants, then piles of resin and orange rind hops. Brown sugar as it warms.
Roasty bite to finish and ashy, bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, some fizz.

Decent hop presence. Gooey but cuts dry. Wouldn't guess 8%. Not huge on aroma hops but gets the job done.

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem's, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and licorice aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : bitter chocolate and coffee with a malty bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Black IPA.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
86 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.