Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Imperial Russian StoutEmelisse Imperial Russian Stout

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 01-03-2010

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick viscous black body. Hardly any light coming through.

S - This beer has a strong nose of chocolate and burnt malts. Robust roasty smokey nose. Some toasty wood wafting through.

T - Strong syrupy chocolate flavor is foremost. Roasty toasted and burnt malts are present. The taste is thick and intense with plenty of coffee/chocolate and smoked flavors.

M - Very thick body. The mouthfeel was smooth but viscous and chewy. I felt like i was eating this beer.

D - Pretty intense. Wouldn't be able to take down to much of this beer. As the glass became empty, the liquid became thicker. TONS of sediment ion the bottom of the bottle.

Notes - There was literally a half inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I poured some of the beer back into the bottle and swirled it around, kicking up ALL of the yeasty mud. This gave my beer a chocolate milk like consistency and also added a yeasty tang to it. If you like imperial stouts id try this one. Lots of flavor and plenty of kick.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taking the backlash at Beeradvocate for my thoughts on beer trading...Sheesh!!!

Very close...so close I can, and will, taste it!!!

Pours a dense and syrupy black. Not quite completely opaque, as it hints at mahogany around the edges in the light. Very small to no head and lacking lacing. Par for the course, I'm 'fraid.

Very big, sweet, chocolately and roasted malt aromas. Wonderfully melded, too. Not too much of one or the other...A touch boozy, but other than that quite nice and to style.

Flavor is a touch thinner than expected. The kicker on this is the super long, roasty and bitter finish. It lasts forever!!! Not nearly as thick and chewy of a beer as the pour suggested. This is actually a wonderfully complex RIS. Think of the upfrontly powerful Old Rasputin and reverse it...This is that beer. Not as complex or powerful as Raspy, and it drops a touch for that reason. Nice beer, though except for....

The basics: $5.49/12 oz. bottle (ouch!) and 11% ABV (YEAH!!)...

This is really good, but won't be anything super special for those accustomed to big RISs...

What I like most: The nice and complex flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and thinner than expected mouthfeel.

Verdict: Big and complex, but too expensive when there are other cheaper alternatives. Try it if you see it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This viscous brew is just shy of amazing, pours jet black with a nice mocha head. Loads of malt & grain in the nose and the taste follows suit.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout coming out of a bottle into a Sierra goblet.

Appearance: Thick oily pour with the nice "plop" sound of a cumfart as it fills the glass. Perfect one-finger head, of a brownish white color, that dies quickly and lingers as a 1/4-finger-deep rim around the glass. Color is deep auburn, almost black and incredibly opaque.

Smell: Coffee bitterness upfront, followed by wood (from the oak barrel this beer was aged in). Vanilla at the end. Old wine scent and swamp odor. Smells like a well-stocked damp cellar.

Taste: A nice subtle coffee taste coats the mouth all around, followed by dark malty bitterness and some hops. Chocolate powder. A bit thin and underwhelming for an aged Imperial Stout, though.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body and flavor. Decent but not great for a beer this big (and expensive).

Drinkability: Good, but I wish it weren't so drinkable. Small bottle, good taste, alcohol is well played. However, an 11% barrel-aged stout should be more spectacular, boozy and burning. Solid, but far from impressive.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
3.92 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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