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Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Black IPAEmelisse Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 10-02-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Farnswurth, Jun 01, 2013
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.

DoubleJ, May 17, 2013
Photo of Bill235
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bill235, May 11, 2013
Photo of crewfan1952
4/5  rDev +4.4%

crewfan1952, May 05, 2013
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.

StJamesGate, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of BYOFB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BYOFB, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of JLapadura
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

JLapadura, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

aztraz, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Maakun
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured in pint glass.

Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Really clings to the glass.

Smell: burnt toast, hops, freshly baked bread. Big citrus and some sweetness.

Taste: First some burned notes with some sweetness. Dark chocolate. Then some citrus (maily grapefruit), hops. A very dark chocolate bitterness. Aftertase is more chocolate-covered grapefruit, slightly bitter.

Mouth: thick and full, creamy, really fills the mouth. It's almost like a milkshake or something so thick. Not much carbonation.

Overall: wow this has a big mouth... good taste, but a quite unusual beer that I probably won't drink often. But it's not bad at all.

Maakun, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mitlinks
4.25/5  rDev +11%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
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.

zeff80, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of JellyJacket
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JellyJacket, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.7%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Redteketed, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

dvmin98, Nov 04, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 20, 2012
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.

Jeffo, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

bpfrush, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of tziggy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tziggy, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

YveB, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Rizalini, Aug 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

cowboy83, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Absumaster, Jun 15, 2012
Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.