Emelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge vanilla, cream, frosting, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light roast, and toast. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and creamy/sugary lactose sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, frosting, roasted malt, light toffee, and toast. A fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, frosting, roast, and toast on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of of dark/roasted malt and sugary lactose sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial milk stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and sugary lactose sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
08-22-2014 03:06:10 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is almost pure crème brulee, with hints of sweet dark malt and chocolate in the background. Flavor is more traditional milk stout, sweet dark malt, lactose, light crème brulee toffee, vanilla, finishes with an odd hop bitterness that sees to come out of nowhere in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice milk stout that has definite crème brulee flavors, but much more subdued in the taste than the amazing aroma. Flavor carries through to the finish and the hop bite at the end is odd, but pleasant. Enjoyable. My bottle matched the label shown in the photo here, but makes no mention of "innovation Serie" and the ABV is 8.0%, but I suppose this must be the same stout, so I'm reviewing it here.
07-05-2014 03:24:19 | More by LiquidAmber
4.59/5 rDev +16.2%
Dark malty color. Not much of a head for the poor. This tastes of a standard stout with an aftertaste of milky sugars that's indicative of a creme brulee. The taste instantly brought me back to my days of making creme brulee macchiatos. This beer is rich and dark with a complex body. Would be very enjoyable by itself or with a heavy meat dish.
07-05-2014 01:59:59 | More by beerwithbears
4.06/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear when held up to the light on an angle almost jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of vanilla, cream, and sugar with just a hint of sweetness - very reminiscent of creme brulee. Light hints of roasted malts with a lactose sweetness.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with a light flavor of milk chocolate contributing a touch of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of vanilla with moderate flavors of cream and burnt sugar. Overall the beer is moderately sweet and that sweetness lingers in the finish.
M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.
O: This is a nice dessert beer but the highlight of this beer is the smell which is spot on for creme brulee. Definitely sweet so a nice dessert but one that you need to slowly sip and enjoy.
06-29-2014 02:48:04 | More by dbrauneis
4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours black with good head and great lacing.
Nose smells exactly like the crust on a creme brulee. It needs points for this. Vanilla, lactose, just a hint of the dark roast behind it.
Taste has only a hint of the vanilla, perhaps a bit of roast. Is generally not that bold but not unpleasant.
Mouthfeel sometimes has hints of the caramelised creme brulee crust coming through, and it truly is delicious. Possibly average, light-bodied mouthfeel for 8%, but there's no hint of the alcohol. Little bit bitter and astringent.
Don't get the relatively low rating for this, this really, really smells and to a lesser extent tastes like a creme brulee, pretty much as close as I can imagine a beer being. And it's got a European Stout backdrop to it, meaning it's actually dry in the mouth. A winner in my book.
06-13-2014 14:17:54 | More by danieelol
3.89/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from bottle into Teku
Pours semi thock, nearly black in color. Small 1/8in tan colored head. Went away pretty fast but left a ring thruout consumption. Minimal lacing with small amounts of legs... very thin skin...
The smell was just forefront creme brule. I mean you can smell it 2 feet away from the glass. Vanilla(the extract kind), caramelized sugar, Creme filling.. I smell nothing of a stout besides some hint of chocolate and roast. Smell was just delish. Honestly, this is one of those beers you let bmc drinkers smell to show them the potential of craft brews.
Taste was subdued well behind the smell. Roast and chocolate, vanilla, sugar and a slight coconut touch. Lingering bitterness but the creme brule taste sticks around long after.
Medium to thin bodied, nicely carbonated which always seems to be an issue with me but this one was where it supposed to be.
Overall a really good brew. Id say slightly better than southern tiers as that was overly sweet. The name of the brew is exactly what you get. A good desert beer.
05-04-2014 00:58:50 | More by pjkelley82
4.09/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a clear, black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, cream, yeast, strong chocolate, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight yeast, cream, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, chocolate, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. The sweetness was cloying by the end of the glass, but otherwise a great beer.
04-10-2014 13:33:21 | More by Tone
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
Best before 09/15. Lot A. Pretty fresh, couple months at most?
A: Pours a not-quite black but very close. Tall, dense light brown head. Head fades slowly with minimal lacing, just little thin tidbits here and there. Decent retention.
S: Whoa. Creme brulee indeed. Creamy, toasted sugar. Nougat. Loads of vanilla. Smells a lot like Southern Tier Creme Brulee (duh), but maybe even better? Maybe the lightest hint of chocolate behind it all.
T: More creme brulee (double duh) up front with loads of vanilla and toasted sugar. Surprisingly not as strong as the aroma, however. There is a big sweet chocolate component that kicks in in the middle, becoming bitter in the finish. Quite bitter, like plain cocoa by the time you reach the aftertaste. Long lingering bitter cocoa aftertaste. Almost has that dusty quality that you get if you try to eat actual cocoa powder, even.
M: Medium bodied but creamy. Quite bitter and dry in the aftertaste.
O: Yum. As a fan of ST's Creme Brulee I naturally enjoyed this as well. This has a better, less artificial flavor. It is also far less sweet, especially in the finish and aftertaste where it actually gets quite bitter. It's almost too much in a way. Much more drinkable this way though, and it's a nice transition from sweet to bitter, from start to finish. Very nice.
02-22-2014 05:57:42 | More by Dope
Emelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.