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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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with faint highlights and a negligible--and by that I mean nearly nonexistent--tan head. The aroma smells boldly of alcohol, molasses, coffee, and something resembling bourbon. I could swear one could get drunk via inhalation alone...

The flavor is more mild than the aroma would suggest. The front end is smooth and roasty, with notable alcohol and some dark fruit. The finish is where the coffee really comes through, with a long, pronounced crescendo of fresh-roasted coffee beans. Now, I'm not a coffee drinker, mostly because what little coffee I've had tastes much more bitter and bland than it smells, but the finish on this beer tastes as much like the smell of coffee as I've come across. Tiramisu would be another apt comparison.

As fine as this beer finishes, the detractor here is the peculiarity of the front end, which doesn't taste like anything in particular. There is some flavor there, perhaps a shade of bitterness and some alcohol, but it's not something that I would envision as foundational, and in that regard this brew falls short. Perhaps the gross lack of carbonation deprives the mouthfeel of some much needed texture? The alcohol could be a little better concealed as well, but at 10% ABV that may be a tall order. The delicious coffee finish is laudable, but the lack of a cohesive identity all the way through leaves something to be desired.

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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 snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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 AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Lot A. Best before 03 2014. 9.5% ABV. 75 EBU.

A: Mocha head. Dark, but translucent. Reddish brown.

S: Flat coffee. Chocolate malt.

T/M: Tasty! Thinnish, but chock full of roasted, malty barley. Rich and chocolatey. Trace coffee bitterness appears on the long, long aftertaste, but isn't nearly as prevalent as I expected.

O: Very nice! Recommended. Would have again. A great stout that is lightly more sweet than not.

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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hard pour brings up a khaki film that fades quickly to a ringlet; though it leaves a smattering of dots behind

Smell: Espresso, with undertones of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Espresso dominates the flavor profile, with chocolate and caramel tones entering the picture in the middle; after, the swallow, the bitter bite of the espresso returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite beer from this brewery, unfortunately; a bit too one dimensional with the espresso flavor

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B/B 09/14. Lot A

Different label than the one pictured above and label listed ABV at 9.5%, not 10%.

A - Very dark brown with a ring of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted espresso aroma up front that overpowers lighter aromas of roast and sweet molasses

T - Roast, sweet chocolate, dark bitter espresso and brown sugar. Good balance of bitter and sweet. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 woemad
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $6.74. I have seen this beer nowhere else. The label seems to have a freshness date of March, 2013, but the wording is in Dutch so I’ve no idea if it means the beer should be drunk by then or after then.

Pours what looks to be a solid black color with a decent sized, mocha colored head. The beer takes on an extremely dark, almost imperceptible reddish tint when held up to the light.

Coffee notes are in the nose, along with brown sugar and chocolate. For a coffee beer, the coffee scent isn’t terribly strong.

Coffee and milk chocolate flavors hit the tastebuds pretty much at the same time. Perhaps it should be called a mocha stout rather than an espresso stout. There’s also a warming alcohol sensation in the background, which is not surprising when one remembers this is 9.5% abv. However, it’s just barely noticeable. Hop flavor isn’t really a noticeable factor.

Not as big of a body as I expected for what is essentially an Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is sticky and coating.

Not a bad beer but not as flavorful as I was expecting, but it might still work as a dessert beer after a meal (and I did have a big breakfast several hours ago), but I wouldn’t recommend it for sessioning on a hot summer day. It’s also deceptively strong, with nowhere near the booze bite you’d expect for a beer of this strength, so watch out.

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Photo of tony223366
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Brown fluffy 2+ fingered head with a brown color. There's absolutely no light passing through this baby. Big points for the awesome head though. Nice retention too. It lifts the beer way up.

S: About what you'd expect. Tons of malt aroma. Chocolate and dark fruits mostly. Then the coffee hits you. Not as strong as I thought but definitely there. I thought it'd be a little roastier but really the key aroma is the dark fruits.

T: Whoa this beer drops the ball at this point. The coffee is overwhelming. It's like when I try to choke down the work coffee when someone forgot to put the damn heater on so it's cold. But I'm nodding off at my computer so I need the pick me up. No, it's not quite that bad. This is definitely has more of a roasted element in the flavor. But it really is a one trick pony. None of those dark fruits made it to the party!

M: Medium body with some light carbonation.

O: I know some people tear at this beer but you just can't be expecting an American Stout. It has similar flavor profiles to other Export Stouts I've had. So I'd put it at an average.

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Photo of Heretic42
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another purchase from De Bierkoning, BB date of 06/2013, bottle says 9.5% abv.

A: Pours black with very little head

S: Espresso, some faint whispers of dark chocolate

T: Overpowering espresso, a little bit of smoke, and just a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Medium-low carbonation, smooth and light-medium bodied

O: I like bold flavors, but I'd also like a little more complexity here. Aging it a little might help temper the espresso and bring out other flavors. Overall, it's a pleasant beer and I'd certainly drink it again, but it's not one I'll seek out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee notes with light roasted malt is OK though not as powerful as expected. Taste is also an OK mix between some light dry coffee notes with light dry roasted malt with a side of caramelized malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit light for style and espresso flavour fell a bit short.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark beer with almost no head.

S: Espresso, espresso and espresso.

T: Espresso, sweet gum and slightly acidic.

M: Too little body. Tastes like coffee grounds in your mouth, but that is the combination of espresso and the carbonation.

O: Great experience, very long aftertaste.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark brown not quite black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention with some very small spotty lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and roasted coffee bean nose with some dark fruit oak and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Lots of roasted malt upfront with quite a bit of ash a lot more roasted malt than expected especially since there is no coffee flavor here

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and medium carbonation

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting but not a bad beer nor is it something I would buy again

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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 rtaps
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours pitch black, very minimal dark tan head (barely anything), minimal retention

not much to it coffee and chocolate as expected.

weird coffee and chocolate dominate the pallet. there is a nice vanilla note in there towards the end though.

light-medium bodied, low carbonation, a little viscous and smooth

overall it was enjoyable, and got what you expected

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a medium-large glowing pale brown head that sinks into rich lacings.

S: Rather weak in smell... Coffee and chocolate - not much else going on.

T: Dry and roasted malt. Rich, very rich coffee (no surprises there...). Some vanilla notes besides smoke. Chocolate. Bitter hops. Faint dark dried fruits - overpowered by the coffee.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste. Full body and low carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer, the only thing I hold against it is the weak smell.

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Photo of gorby10826
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 bld81
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rich black pour with generous frothy head, well retained
S: big, big roasted coffee, totally dominates, chocolate present but muted
T: coffee forward for sure, cherries, currants, and sweet chocolate follow, drowning out the coffee on the tongue
M: light to medium body, creamy and softly carbonated
O: good choice, more pronounced coffee flavor than other American coffee stouts, and just sweet enough to be interesting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 oline73
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Very sweet, mildly roasty with some dark fruit.

Taste: The best part of the beer. Smooth coffee and a bit creamy. Dark chocolate notes and a roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick with prickly carbonation. A bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Good but not great coffee stout. Smooth and fairly easy to drink given the abv.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
3.7 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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