Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Imperial Russian StoutEmelisse Imperial Russian Stout
BA SCORE
79.4%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 253 ratings
Emelisse Imperial Russian StoutEmelisse Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Netherlands
emelisse.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,078
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
253
Liked:
201
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
10.15%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
22
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of samEBC
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. As the beer warms hints of earthy hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla make an appearance before fading out to allow earthy and slightly herbal hop flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a pretty big fan of this beer but for the large ABV I feel as though it should be a bit more flavorful. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma has roast coffee, molasses and miso components. It pours a deep, opaque sable just a whisker above black with a thick, fizzy and rather persistent light tan head. Rich, mouth-filling flavor has firm coffee, molasses, unsweet chocolate and nutty tones with hoppy and miso underpinnings, as well as quite an alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and thick, but tingly and lively as well, quite satisfying.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, close to black, in colour. Beige head that gives way to a beautiful espresso-like lacing. If you spin the glass around a few times, you'll get a finger of head again, just beautiful. Smells like roasted malts, dried fruit, dark cherries and coffee. The taste is what you'd expect from the aroma - dark cherries, dark chocolate, molasses and instant coffee. The texture is incredibly smooth and the aftertaste is cherry-bitter. Amazing beer. I am tasting this after several of its barrel-aged variants, and I can see why the latter are so good, because they have an awesome base beer to improve on.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a very minimal light tan. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on some of the brews I have had from this brewery I was honestly expecting more from this beer than what it delivered on. The complexity on this one was definitely lacking, but the alcohol was there to polish off the brew. It also likely covered up quite a few of the subtle flavors that might have been present in this one. Worth trying, but not the best of the style that I’ve had.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Best by 9/2011 notched on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Oily black with 1-finger beige head that leaves a bit of pond scum on top but mere dots of lace.

S: Intense roasted notes, caramel, and tobacco hops with a touch of dark, bittersweet chocolate. I don't find any vanilla despite the time on oak. There is a cherry alcohol note that comes through more with warming.

T: A densely flavorful stout with roasted malt with just the right amount of bite, followed up by a sharp molasses note and then plenty of coffee and a dark chocolate and tobacco hops finish. I would not characterize this brew as earthy, but there are those elements there which complement the sharp roasted notes very well.

M: There is a lot of unfermentables in this brew which leaves a layered feel on the palate. The carbonation is not especially active but is bright with tightly-bubbled character.

D: This is a very good stout, but I don't think it gives serious challenge to American greats like Stone IRS, Bell's Expedition, Great Divide Yeti or Victory Storm King, which I think this beer is most comparable to due to the strong tobacco and floral hoppiness. It is very good and worth one try, but the price tag limits its usefulness when you look at the excellence of so many other Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with no real light coming through the glass, little bit of head, not much stuck to the sides.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, little bit of bitter chocolate. Slight bit of wood with a little bit of alcohol burn.

T - Pretty nice taste, good roasted notes. Bit of bitter chocolate. It's fairly straight-forward, but pretty good.

M - Thick, moderate carbonation, full bodied.

D - Drinks easier than an 11%. It's a solid beer that I can hapily drink.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Zonian1
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BdM
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the last of three Emelisse biers I tried at Cafe Frape on 06Oct12. The 0.33l bottle cost me €5.50.

This brew was an opaque, dense, oily black color. The short, tan head was creamy and fine, with decent lacing. Nose was of inviting, roasty choco and coffee. THis one was smooth and velvety, with a medium body that wasn't quite in the chewy range.

Nice roasty coffee and dark choco and cocoa flavors appeared. Was not really bitter at all, though; more semi-sweet. Also found some rasin and date action lurking in the background. Real nice, indeed! Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out jet black and produces a ½ finger medium looking beige head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and a ring. Noisy one as well. Jet black body with no carbonation evident at all. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big bold nose on this one for sure. Lots of roasted malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Aromas jump out on the pour. Enticing.

TASTE: Roasted and sweet caramel malt up front, with some toffee and sweet molasses as well. Big coffee and espresso notes with some dark chocolate as well. A big, bold and long lasting aftertaste with sweet caramel notes, molasses, and bitter dark chocolate and espresso is well balanced and plenty roasted and boozy. A flavourful imperial stout.

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating, with a little heat at the back on the finish. Nice here too.

OVERALL: A bold and flavorful imperial stout, so much so that it became somewhat tough to finish the 30cl bottle. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable offering and I would certainly track this one down again. A little under the radar perhaps, but if you can find one, give it a chance. Recommended.

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Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Pours viscous black with a creamy, tiny-bubbled tan head on top. Big charred grain note in the nose with some chalky yeast in the back. Body is like it pours: thick. Right off the bat, there are some in-your-face chocolate and espresso flavors happening. Mild hopping is not noticed for the most part, aside from a faint leafy flavor. Black currant fruitiness with a slow, back-ended warmth. Hint of charred wood. Bitter chocolate in the finish. A very good run at the style--worth seeking out.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if this is the 2009 or not since the picture doesn't look like the label, but there are no other entries. Google translate says that the date on the side of the bottle is the best before date and it best before December 2010, so assuming this had to be brewed before this year.

Pours an opaque dark brown with thick tan head. Nice lacing, but minimal head retention after a couple sips. Smells almost like burnt malt, beyond roasted. Some coffee and bitter dark chocolate with burnt caramel. A little syrupy and boozy, maybe could have waited a bit longer before opening. I'm really glad the guy in the Binny's in Chicago recommended I pick this up because I wouldn't have thought to grab it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced and left some nice lacing. Pitch black with sights of tiny bubbles at the top of the glass.

Smell: mocha, vanilla, oak, and earthiness. Other aromas are too difficult too tell.

Taste: mocha, chocolate, roasted flavors, oak, vanilla, oats, earthy tones, smokiness, and bitterness towards the end too.

Mouthfeel: very dry, smooth, medium to high carbonation, full bodied, and some bitterness too.

Overall: Not a bad RIS, but I have had better ones over the years. It was a good experience to have enjoyed this beer after a hard nights work. 11% is hidden very well too.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 253 ratings
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