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Emelisse Espresso Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Espresso StoutEmelisse Espresso Stout

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by beerhawk41:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not exactly a dutch style beer... American influence, netherlands made but without anything out of the ordinary like many of their other beers. Third wave coffee shops haven't really hit Europe in such a way as the US. Not to pride the US on there coffee as well as beer but the industries have been growing side by side. And in turn influencing each other. Dark lord has intelligencia coffee added to it. There are others all over the country. So right... Back to the review. The pour is as expected and the smell is bitter coffee grinds and coal. The palate is a bit doughy that gets cut by the heavily roasted coffee effect. Coal dry and a very mild grape and plum. A tad one dimensional coffee nature.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Revolution poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and light fruittiness. Mouthfeel was m,edium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of espresso, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and light licorice with a smooth lingering espresso finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is not as prevalent as I expected it to be, but it is definitely present.

The flavor is much heavier on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate as well as some grassy hop notes and some Belgian yeast character. The alcohol is very well hidden. I had no idea the beer was 10 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very interesting to see a coffee stout brewed with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap

S: One dimensional. Espresso folks.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, hints of funk and light cocoa

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a subtle sour twinge in the aftertaste.

O: Pretty average across the board., Not one I would recommend or go back to.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a dark brown cola color with a thin light brown head that rings the glass.

The nose is coffee and sweet molasses, roasted oats and dark malt, a little chocolate. The flavor is coffee grounds, dark chocolate, dry cocoa powder, just a bit sweet. The finish is pretty good, clean, crisp. The alcohol is really hidden with this sneaky bad boy.

This is good, not amazing, but good enough to warrant drinking more than once.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep brown, ending up stark black in the glass. The head struggled to form, even with a rather assertive pour, and fell away to essentially nothing quite fast. Some strings of lace left behind, but not among the better pours I've seen.

S + T: Scent and flavour are almost identical... a roasted malt profile paired with a rather straight forward espresso. I don't pick up on much sweetness from it. Just an 'iced coffee' kind of quality, which is nice. Not much of the bitter chocolate that typically come with the stouts, at least compared to many others, but I honestly don't find myself missing it all that much. It performs well with just the coffee.

M + D: Carbonation is about right, but body is maybe a touch thin. Such a brew could be astonishing with a richer, creamier body, but it gets by without taking too much from the experience. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden considering the ABV, so one to exercise a little restraint with when drinking... or not, I suppose! Worth the try... a decent brew.

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Photo of imaguitargod
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a creamy yet large bubbled, tan head that has some good staying power. The head leaves some beautiful lacing on the side of my glass too. Some malt sweetness up front then the coffee hits like a mac truck. Loads of black coffee flavor intermix with the dark roasted malts. This teeters on being acrid but doesn't fall over the edge. I'm going to have to say the flavors are a bit unbalanced because this tastes more like a cup of cold coffee than it does a stout. It's a big, bold beer, but it's just has too much over the top coffee flavor and that's coming from a man who drinks his coffee black as night and strong as the sun. I could force down a pint, but that's as far as I could go. For the massive price I payed for it ($3.99), I would not recommend it.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of VierBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of popery
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a coffee black body and a beige head of decent size. Moderate lacing. Smells like dark chocolate and an aggressive amount of good coffee. Some blackberries and raspberries are also present in the aroma. It's a strong coffee aroma but quite rich, and it doesn't completely overpower the roasted malt. The malt flavor is on the sweet side but it's almost entirely overwhelmed by bitter coffee. I'm guessing that this beer was made with excellent coffee, but the flavor has grown somewhat stale, bitter and over-roasted. Finish is mildly unpleasant with coffee bitterness. The feel is thin and watery. The flavor might have worked well with a thicker, fuller mouthfeel, but thin and coffee bitter isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BarrelO
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16oz bottle poured into a goblet. 9.5% ABV.

A: Black body. Off-white head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: By far the best part of this beer. Coffee notes are unsurprisingly very strong, but they don't dominate. Rather, they blend in seamlessly with chocolate and caramel from the malt. Absolutely intoxicating.

T: Coffee/espresso is the strongest element. Interestingly, though, roasted notes are more subdued than in the IRS. Balanced by rather substantial malty sweetness. Lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, good creaminess.

D: A very good coffee stout. Especially good in wintertime.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours black with a massive head.
Nose shows coffee, roasted malt and sweet bready malt.
Coffee and roasted malt as flavours, not particularly complex though.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of gorby10826
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: medium viscosity, black, medium head
S: smooth bitter roasted coffee notes,not much else, slight smell of sweetness
T: coffee, chocolate
M: light for a stout
O: a sit down lighter coffee stout, easier to drink than other coffee stouts, makes it a nice alternative that is readily available in my city.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is black in color with a small khaki head. Lots of coffee and roasted malt on the nose with a hint of alcohol. A bit of dark chocolate and maybe even a touch of vanilla. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma’s standards. Still a lot of coffee, but it’s a touch acrid. The roasted malt character is strong and there’s a little bit of chocolate flavor to it as well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a very, very dark brown color. Appears black until held up to the light. No head at all, though there are some very slight legs. The nose is straight espresso with a bit of light roast.

The taste is roast and espresso with some dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. There is some slight cream and a touch of vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation and a nice roasted character. Pretty tasty and a nice all around beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: More of an Imperial Stout than an Export/Foreign stout, so I reviewed it as such.

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and forms a small beige head that quickly vanishes down to a ring. Not a thick pour at all; relatively thin and light looking for the style and ABV. Dark brown body and minimal carbonation evident. A faint ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thinner body than expected; a little disappointing for the style.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, a bit of smoke, as well as some roasted coffee beans. Hints of vanilla in there as well. A decently enticing nose that isn't overpowered by the espresso notes.

TASTE: Roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, and a good dose of bitter black coffee. Roasted black coffee beans are the most prevalent here, with some booze in the background. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted with lots of bitter black coffee and espresso notes. This is definitely a coffee stout, but it's a little too one dimensional.

PALATE: Medium body and little light on the palate for an imperial stout. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a little scratch at the end and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little too light for the style.

OVERALL: Definitely a coffee stout. The taste profile on this one was quite one dimensional, but not enough to make it off-putting. On the other hand, it certainly was one dimensional enough to make it a little mundane. Where this one really failed was in its thin and lighter pour, as well as the lack of a real heavyweight body to go with the big flavour and ABV. A disappointing effort from what is otherwise a solid brewery. Try either their regular Imperial Stout or their double for a better example of what Emelisse has to offer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz (or 11.2) bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark gray with no head. Small amount of slow carbonation. Smell is cherries, plums, and coffee, roasted malty.

Taste is sweet, roasty, lots of coffee, not as much of the fruit, some black licorice. It's pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is rather flat (or "still"). Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but could use more carbonation.

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Photo of richmof
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep midnight black into my Duvel tulip. No head at first but then a two finger head magically appeared, Guinness-style. Off-white, gray, more frothy than creamy but not bad. Didn't stick around too long though (limited retention), although some ok lacing.

On the nose I get dark fruits and molasses, as well as the deep roasted malt. The palate opens up with a molasses/treacle undertone - without ever being that sweet. There is some nice spice: clove, cardamon and aniseed? Sure I get the coffee but much less pronounced than the name would suggest.

Despite the intense rich flavours, this is a nice dry stout - not at all cloying. There is a pleasant effervescence and it is eminently drinkable given the ABV.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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