Emelisse Espresso Stout | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

BA SCORE
84
good
208 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay
Read the review
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
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of badgerman
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of hickmancase
1.62/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle from the Bruery Provisions poured into my Ommegang chalice.

A: Not as syrupy looking as I'd expected. As much head as would be anticipated for a 10%. Middle of the road stout looking.

S: Odd coffee. Something's off.

T: Like the smell. Awkward. Not good.

M: Too distracted by the funky flavor to pay much attention to the mouthfeel.

D: How could coffee and beer be so wrong? I love coffee stouts.

2/10

 413 characters

Photo of StoutSeth
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of pavpav12
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of mmsimmons
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of imaguitargod
2.32/5  rDev -37.3%
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

 788 characters

Photo of Minkybut
2.34/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This not very good beer poured weak head beer that was just not all that great all the way around. Even though it is called a dutch ale I did not think so. Kinda confusing, is it a Dutcxh ale or a stout. Anyway I will not buy again.

 282 characters

Photo of Mll777
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful taste to my likings

25 characters

Photo of tottel
2.57/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raziel313
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of osusullins
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan. I like coffee stouts, but there is something on the back end of this beer that I just can't get past.

Pours a dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is strong coffee and nothing else. Maybe a subtle hint of chocolate, but you really have to be looking for it.

Taste is ok at first. The coffee comes through immediately, but there is a bitterness that comes into play that doesn't seem to fit the beer. Very light bodied for a stout. If I am in the mood for a coffee stout, this will not be the one I reach for.

 544 characters

Photo of Jeffo
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

 1,835 characters

Photo of cyrushire
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JaimeLI
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of navband
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Damburger
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JasonL02
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint: Black body with just a dusting of tan head & some floaties. Some brown highlights around the edges.

Very sweet, nougatty cocoa smell, with some dark fruit & a kind of caramel or butterscotch syrup character. Approaching bourbon, but like with a really candy-counter toffee note. Not really getting any espresso.

Taste has a sharp chocolate liqueur note, some licorice, then turns to a kind of black espresso note toward the back. Finishes with some alcohol, raisin-like rum sugar & a mild astringency, a little woody.

Medium-bodied, somewhat warming, goes down both sticky but a little too thin given the strength.

This beer doesn't lack for complexity & I find myself going through it pretty quickly because I keep going back & trying to taste things again, sift through all the flavors & layers. But I also find that none of them are terribly rewarding & are kind of thin & insipid. The espresso is pretty weak, & it's way too sweet for my liking.

 981 characters

Photo of jeff96gt
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Barely any carbonation, stoic and stagnant. Dark brown with light brown trimmin's

S: Very faint and underwhelming for a coffee stout. Brown malts are the most prominent smell, can't really get the coffee. Almost smells like a lager too.

T: Ok some coffee, this is better than I was expecting. Definitely a more refined coffee stout that doesn't punch you in the mouth with boldness. This is also unique in that it lacks pretty much any roastiness. Hops are prominent in the roastiness's absence, albeit seemingly faded/older bottling. Etched 3 13, best by date?

M: Low carbonation contributes to a silkier than average (but not very silky) mouthfeel. Kind of on the sweet side too, which gives a lil sugar drying.

O: Not worth $6 a bottle and seems to be past its prime, just bought it 2 weeks ago.

 806 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 319 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
3.7 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe