Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
04-02-2013 17:01:20 | More by StJamesGate
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-07-2013 22:27:35 | More by Maakun
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-02-2013 03:36:46 | More by zeff80
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
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-20-2012 03:33:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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
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
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
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
A: This is a dark black beer with a minimal head.
S: The smell of liquorice and salmiac.
T: The taste is bitter and some light sour.
M: Good carbonation and a delicious sparkle on the tongue.
O: Easily drinkable, with a nice long bitter aftertaste.
05-03-2012 16:12:19 | More by DARIVA
Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.