Emelisse Espresso Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Espresso StoutEmelisse Espresso Stout
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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Netherlands | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2010

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77
Ratings:
206
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.82/5  rDev +30.3%
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 +28.4%
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 Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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 Maltmaiden
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +20.8%
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 +19.5%
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 wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +16.5%
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 +15.1%
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 Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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 Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 NilocRellim
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +14.3%
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 +14.3%
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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Photo of BarrelO
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BeerCoffeeWater
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like good imperial stout should. Smells a bit like espresso, not overwhelming though, sweet espresso if i had to define it.

I love the taste of this beer, it's like a KBS without the bourbon. (nothing like the breakfast stout) It's not overwhelmingly big, just a nice coffee imperial stout. I really feel like they hit the style (espresso stout) right on. Mouthfeel is creamy, and it's not too boozy tasting at all. I'm really enjoying this beer as an espresso stout lover. Not sure why the negative press I got from friends on it.

Note: drank at near room temperature, if that makes any difference.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, lots of lacing, nice head. A really nice beer. Not a style I've had that much, but one I'd like to try more of. The stronger abv gives a nice balance to the typical Euro stout flavors. Kinda different, kind nice. This seemed much less potent than it is, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New label, 9.5% abv.
Pours pitch black, long lasting lace and just some thin specks of foam floating on the surface.
Big dark chocolate in the smell, molasses, some juicy dark fruit (there's a hint of tartness there too, i'll be looking forward for that in the taste), milder roasted malts, touch of sweet coffee and some vanilla.
Taste starts with juicy raisin, fig, plum, some sour cherries (yes!) and a musty red grape acidity. Dark chocolate, sweet with molasses and brown sugar, and roasted malts, bit by bit, turning into a rather strong espresso shot after gulping it down. The roast gets stronger too, a charcoal feel. Quite some woody spiciness throughout, some vanilla, cinnamon, licorice, feels almost barreled (i don't think it is, actually pretty sure). Hops also come up in the finish, of the fruity variety.
Smooth, a tiny bit of carbonation that helps the palate. Nicely hidden booze. Aftertaste of ash, ground coffee and hops. Gets chocolatier as it warms, as do most in this style.
Pretty sure this falls under RIS, and a good one at that. Not incredible or the best out there, but a fair contender.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with brown head.
Smell is dominated by coffee. Also a lot of black chocolate, raisins, figs.
Taste is full bitterness. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Even some ash. Fruit sweetness way in the background.
This beer has quite a quick finish. The alcohol is well masked.
Overall it's a clean but powerfull brew in this style.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Bottle states 9.5% ABV

A) Jet Black, thin mocha head with decent lacing.

S) Some coffee and alcohol aromas, but not over powering.

T) Coffee immediately and all the way through. Very pleasant tasting.

M) Slight carbonation, very little alcohol bite, but very dry and smooth on the palate at the same time.

O) Overall it's a very drinkable, and flavorful coffee stout.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to say thanks to my brother for bringing this one out. Popped this one as a breakfast beer...

Poured from 11.16 fl.oz bottle into a Canada pint glass I picked up when I was visiting B.C...

A - Poures black with dark brown hues and a two finger tan head. Good amount of head retention and lacing...

S - Coffee, chocolate and molasses...

T - Taste pretty much follows the smell. Chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malts, and coffee. Am suprised by how smooth this one is considering the ABV. Very nice...

M - Nice and creamy with only a mild amount of carbonation. Medium/full bodied...

D - Suprised by the low ratings, as I really enjoyed this. Not the best stout I have tasted, but definitely I would recommend to somebody that is a fan of the style. Hope I will get a chance to put back a couple more of these soon...

Cheers...

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beer from a craft brewery in Holland. I tried this at the recommendation of the owner of Café Frape while staying in Maastricht, Netherlands this spring. I was not sure what to expect but ended up with one of the most "American" style beers I had during my whole trip. This was an Imperial Stout clocking in at around 10% ABV. I don't know much about the beer since the website is in Dutch! This one had a strong sweet Russian Imperial style base, with a lot of roast malt presence. I could pick up dark roasted coffee, but it bordered on the astringent side. A great beer, but the coffee could have been a bit more balanced with the beer.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dual review:

2009 bottle:

A- A pitch black pour into my Bruery tulip glass. Deep dark head that sticks around for a bit and leaves hints of sticky lacing. No carbonation at all! (4)

S- Deep roasted coffee. Nice belgian 60% chocolate! Figgy jam, raisins, burnt wood and cherries. A bit of spicey graham cracker. (4)

T- WOW! Chocolate covered espresso beans, figs, currants, sour cranberries and prunes. This has an amazing depth to it. The coffee has mellowed and lets some of the other notes shine! (4.5)

M- Creamy and silky, Nice bitterness from the coffee. The fruit and cocoa really sings here! I love how this developed! (4)

O- This gets so much better with time! I know coffee brews loose a little when aged... but IMHO, they gain a lot too!!! The coffee is still upfront, but all the other flavors get to shine as well! (4)

2011 bottle:

A- Pours pitch black into my Ithaca Excellcior glass. One finger dark tan head that fades quickly, but leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing! No real carbonation to speak of. (4)

S- Really fresh coffee... nice deep cocoa notes. Hints of dried dark fruits, but mostly coffee and a hint of barnyard funk. (3.5)

T- Fresh brewed coffee! Chocolate covered cranberries, sour cherry, and more coffee!!! This is all about the fresh, bitter grind! (4)

M- Fresh black coffee... spicey, bitter and full of sour fruit! A touch thin... but the flavors really float upon the tongue. (3.5)

O- Pungent black coffee, sour fruit, and a touch of alcohol! This is nice... but trust me.. this one gets better with age! (4)

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Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, billowing head of over two fingers, looks kinda like the top of a chocolate milkshake, all whipped up forth, very dark brown, about average grip to the lacing. Full-on black liquid, as opaque as opaque gets. In the nose you actually receive more caramel, toffee and warm dark chocolate before the dark roast coffee burst, this more sweet than bitter, not overly toasty with buttermilk, white bread dough, softest whisper of orange peel, no flowers or grassy accents, the hops likely stiffen nostril presence over providing distinct scents. Medium-bodied, possesses the sort of dryness which shaves off weight rather than sap flavor intensity. The roast again is dark but not vicious or deep, easily admits of a creamy texture without much bitterness. As much milk as dark chocolate, caramel and coconut shavings a minor touch. Pecan to chestnut notes, dried orange peel. Nothing remarkable about the carbonation, even if this is technically a remark. Oats and wheat bread crust, hops play it lowkey. Plenty of coffee flavor through the finish, good length, if you are looking for a blockbuster here you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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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