Emelisse Espresso Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Espresso StoutEmelisse Espresso Stout
BA SCORE
57.1%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 210 ratings
Emelisse Espresso StoutEmelisse Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,636
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
210
Liked:
120
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
14.13%
Alströms:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The color of dark chocolate and/or espresso coffee beans. The head is cream colored. Beautiful stringy, webbed lacing coats the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, faint alcohol, and lots of chocolate. A bit chalky, which I like.

Taste: A hint of roasted malts before giving way to bitter chocolate and rich coffee notes. A little bit of chalky cocoa in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but not without a touch of heat.

Overall: Delicious. I love it.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is jet black, and the pour kicks up an absolutely glorious frothy, three-finger tan head that takes several minutes to fade to a nice cap and leaves gobs of lace on the way down.

One sniff and I know I'm going to like this one! Wonderful coffee aromas - lots of dark fruit, smooth dark chocolate, and an earthy vinous quality - and that's just from the coffee! The malts add some welcome creaminess to temper the coffee. There's also a distinct minty note in there. Smells like freshly-roasted espresso beans made into a wonderful latte - exactly what I want from this style!

Flavor follows the nose with incredible coffee flavor. Lots of smooth roastiness, dark fruit, wine, chocolate, earth, etc. etc. The mint is also a bit more pronounced on the palate - I'm not sure what it is... it's unexpected, but it really works! The creaminess is present on the palate as well - to the point where I wonder if they put lactose in this. Finish is slightly bitter, with great roasty chocolate notes on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Medium- to full-bodied, with really great tiny, smooth bubbles. When you swish it around in your mouth, it feels thick and creamy and you could almost be convinced that it is an actual latte!

Overall, this is always what I hope to find when I open up a coffee stout. For a coffee aficionado like me, this absolutely nails the style with well-developed coffee flavors. Will absolutely be drinking this again!

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Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown with an ample head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam, leaving trace lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, dark chocolate, coffee.

Taste follows the nose, with dark malt, chocolate, hops, some dark fruit, and strong, smooth espresso taste.

Body is medium with a light mouthfeel, not quite enough carbonation to make it creamy.

This is a a nice tasting espresso stout, and I am enjoying the strong espresso flavor. Alcohol is subdued by the strong flavors.

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Photo of YvesB
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meich75
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: dark tan head. looks on the thicker side. great lacing. can't see through it.

S: Dark very roasted malts are equally sensed at the espresso. Sweet chocolate. Alcohol is apparent but not off-putting. some plum.

T: Almost dark covered espresso bean with vanilla. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 10%. Very well balanced with bitterness and sweetness. Little bit of spiciness (from hops in that area?) Wow!

M: Medium. Very smooth. Plenty of carbonation. Nice long finish but not an abrasive one.

O: Just a fantastic beer that shows you don't have to overdo it with the coffee if you make an espresso/coffee beer. This had complexity without being cloying. Loved it!

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much head and lacing, but everything else is extremely good. Smell and taste: mostly coffee and dark chocolate when chilled, dark fruit and wine with warming. Bitterness just right. Underrated.

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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 Dewsby
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown 300ml bottle; BB 06/2011, served cool in a Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer. NOTE: the espresso used in the brew contains 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta coffee beans - it's interesting that they specify this fact on the label...?! Are there going to be another version with 100% Arabica, another with 50-50 Arabica-Robusta and yet another with 100% instant coffee?

A: pours a nearly black colour with mid-sized yeast sediments floating; not very fizzy, the initially frothy dark beige froth settles very quickly to rimmed bubbles.
S: definitely coffee-ish, full of sweetened cold coffee's sourness and aromatic bitterness from roasted malts, real espresso & a touch of burned-wood ash, in a sense smoother & deeper than Dark Star's Espresso Stout (the first real coffee ale that I ever tasted); given a very good swirl, from beneath the black nectar emerges notes of Fuggles' earthy hops, melting black sugar, lightly sour dark stone-fruits, semi-sour yeasty notes, bitter-sweet nut-puree and coffee cream. Delicious on the nose, like a coffee-jelly, only with a faint touch of alc.
T: the flow of rich, oily, mildly-alcoholic, un-sweet coffee liquor, burned sticky coffee-flavoured toffee and roasted barley is balanced by a burned-woody or extremely aromatic roasty and slightly dry-ish hoppy middle that linger so well into the finish, where a lightly sour-bitter edge of cold espresso rules in terms of burned wood-ash & roast-nutty aroma as well as coffee-tannic bitterness. In a remote corner, an earthy+spicy touch of hops also manifests itself discreetly, but overall the finish is not as boldly bitter & hoppy as an American IPA, but more like a more traditional British version in that the chewy bitterness of hops, bitter-sweetness of roast malts, and sourness of fruitiness are roughly balanced 2-4-4.
M&D: full-bodied, smooth on the mouthfeel and never flat-ish or dull, this espresso stout is so very delicious, coffee-centric and delicately balanced, that I think I could've happily had a larger serving (500ml?), sipped slowly over a quality BBC3 live concert programme on a Sunday night - just like tonight...

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Photo of janubio
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black colour, with a big brown head that lasts all the while, sticks to the glass and leaves a great lace. Taste of coffee beans, with some notes of chocolate and dark fruits. Medium body, thick and creamy palate with a hint of brandy flavour. Taste is similar to smell: coffee beans, chocolate, fruits, alcohol notes. Bitter finish.

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Photo of bobhits
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours is dark, creamy, thick and dark. Very nice imperial stout.

A lot of more fruity and flora aromas than expected given the espresso stout name. Rich chocolate and coffee still are huge and rewarding.

Chocolate and espresso take front stage but unexpected fruits and floral hops end the show with force.

Creamy so so creamy and carbonated totally enhancing the mouth feel and making things amazing.

Not even close to perfect but this is really great stout, I'm shocked how poor the reviews are. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Anatole
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MythicHillbilly
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of roadies
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of matias-
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

This is a very well made espresso stout bij Kees and John from Emelisse. Nice pitchblack with a decent head which stays creamy. Smell is inviting with some coffeenotes far away. Not sticky but smooth drinkable.

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Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a gorgeous eggshell white head. Good lace.

S: Coffee city, direct and powerful. The nose is not bashful, some minor dark chocolate notes.

T: Coffee dominated with a lot of roasted malt, a stout for sure. Full flavour with secondary chocolate notes.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied really, very easy soft carbonation, long aftertaste of coffee.

O: I'm not a huge coffee fan, but when it's well balanced with malt it can create a good beverage as it does here. Emelisse has certainly made some good beer out of The Netherlands.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very dark brown. Very minimal aromas of dark malts and coffee. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, bitter, dark chocolate, slightly sweet. A nice, rich stout.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a light mocha colored head that drops to a wisp of foam and some nice lacing.

Aromas of iced mocha coffee, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, sweet malt. No hop aroma.

Flavor of coffee ice cream and powdered dark cocoa. Burnt, dark roasted malt. Some dark fruit. Good bitterness from roasted grains and hop. No discernable hop flavor. Underlying foreign stout base beer stands out, bitter, roasted. Finish is long, bitter, and roasted.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied. Mouthcoating hop resins.

Very drinkable. Very well balanced coffee stout.

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Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this foreign/export stout is much like a black hole with a brown ring around it. Too abstract for you?

Roasted coffee all around with a sweet and creamy hue. This one is all about da beans.

Highly acidic due to the roasted malt with strong espresso flavor and a dollop of cream. Couldn't possibly ask for more.

Lingering cream and roasted coffee. This is what I'm talking about.

To me, a proper espresso stout will not err too far one way or another. This fits the bill perfectly. Either way, I couldn't ask for a better picker-upper.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 57.1% out of 100 with 210 ratings
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