Emelisse Black & Tan | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Black & TanEmelisse Black & Tan

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Black & Tan is a blend of Imp Russian Stout and TIPA (Double IPA) and is barrel aged on a Isley barrel.

Added by smithj4 on 03-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of stephenlee
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipaslife4me
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigaddy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12/2015.

Appearance: very dark brown hue with plenty of murk. Head is a thick finger of creamy dark-tan foam with good retention. Quite attractive!

Smell: big, citrusy and dank hop aroma atop a sweet malt base. There's a hint of roastiness and coffee here, but for the most part the imperial stout elements are smothered by the IPA elements. Reminds me a lot of an American black ale.

Taste: dank, earthy and citrusy hops abound. In the middle I got a nice dose of sweet and chocolatey imperial stout, but the hops took over all around. Bitterness is high and rather raspy. This is an interesting experiment, but I would not say a completely successful one from my standpoint.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Quite good indeed.

Overall: the prickliness of the hops do not seem to mesh well with the sweet stout in this recipe. It's certainly got its high points, but in general these two beers do not seem to blend too wonderfully.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A somewhat subdued, but still good aroma of hops, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a large amount), some malt, chocolate, coffee, and possibly some light fruit. It's always a gamble with black & tans, but the flavor here seems to come off pretty well. You get a big shot of hops up front (the IPA half), then you get the chocolate and coffee (the stout). It balances out quite well.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: Definitely an unusual combination for the style, but it somehow works. A pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of WCW
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Commando
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, oak, light peat smoke, light whiskey, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, barrel, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, oak, light whiskey, light peat smoke, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, oak, light whiskey, light peat smoke, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, barrel, and hop notes; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged black and tan. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, barrel, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours pitch black with one finger fine brown head great retention and lacing. Great aroma of dark toasted malt with light smokiness, chocolate and coffee, hints of whiskey. Flavor is semi-sweet toasted malt, chocolate, peat smoke, hints of whiskey with hints of lighter malt and light piney hops. Great creamy medium body. This does seem to be more black than tan, with the stout elements dominating the flavor until the end when some lighter malt and hop flavors pop out, although they are still peripheral. Nevertheless, the stout component is a quite nice one, and the IPA element, although light fits in quite nicely, giving this a bit a lighter flavor in the finish, which is interesting after a strong stout. Like the other ales I've had from Emelisse, this was well made and quite enjoyable. I'm fond of this brewery and would like to see more from them.

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Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges + surface of the glass and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat from the Isley whiskey barrels with lighter aromas of dark roasted malts and light to moderate aromas of slightly sharp pine/resin and tropical/pineapple hops. Light hints of herbal hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with slightly stronger flavors of smoked peat and oak from the Isley whiskey barrel aging. There are moderate flavors of sharp pine/resin and herbal hops which impart a slightly heavier than moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long. Light to moderate notes of alcohol in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: The flavors of the barrel-aged stout are definitely stronger than those of the triple IPA but still the IPA comes through, especially when the beer is cold - the stout becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Very strong flavors present so this is much more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is close to being black in color; it is very dark brownish black when held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin light beige head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked peat and whiskey are present in the nose from the Isley barrel aging.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of smoked peat and Isley whiskey barrels, although these aren't too strong and there are also hints of dark malts from the underlying stout.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey lends a little warming.
O: I found this beer to be an enjoyable barrel aged stout—the whiskey wasn't overpowering but you couldn't taste much of the underlying IPA that the stout was blended with.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Emelisse Black & Tan from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 22 ratings