Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel AgedEmelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by elgiacomo on 08-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Brabander
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had a grand beertasting a few days ago thanks to Mar02x. A new BA member with a great mind on beer.

Poured in a normal winelike glass.

This is a pitchblack beer which is remarkably enough without the oak notes you would expect to be so present.

Very very superround dinkable and soft. This is no edgy beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that gradually died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of coffee and roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, bourbon flavors stand out in the taste, although these aren’t too strong and notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts are still detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a nice amount of warming from the alcohol while the aftertaste has some lingering dryness.
O: This beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength; the alcohol is well masked from the taste except for the flavors of bourbon.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, "Lot A", best by March 2013. Can't wait!

Pours with a short head which fades quickly over a thick, black body. No lacing.

Aromas carry lots of black licorice, dark chocolate, thick caramel sweetness, and light amounts of vanilla/oak and floral hops.

Drinks hot on the throat, but not unbearable. The licorice in the aroma quickly turns to a sharp anise quality in the flavor. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate, and even some red bell pepper. Pretty thick & slick mouthfeel throughout.

Overall, I didn't pick up much of the Jack Daniels barrel, although I'm not intimately familiar with their whiskey. It has what you'd expect in an 11% BA RIS, so glad they went with a small bottle instead of 22 or 750ml.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a small tan head.

S: The first thing I pick up is a definite booze. There is a lot of roast and whiskey to this beer. A bit of dark fruits as well as a slight sourness of booze/whiskey. Mild chocolate notes with a decent amount of char.

T: Slight sourness of whiskey and booze up front. There's a bit of green apple followed by more booze and whiskey. There's some char and roast with a little bit of dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with medium and smooth carbonation.

O: Jack Daniel's aged beers seem to have this same booze character to them that just makes them less pleasant to drink than other whiskey aged beers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a light tan heady, somewhat fizzy with some spotty lace.

S: Real nice barrel character, oaky, quite woody with some semi-sweet chocolate and whiskey.

T: Fairly strong Jack presence though not all encompassing as some whiskey barrel aged beers can be. Has a good balance between the barrel and the base beer. Dark chocolate with a hint of roast and licorice. Nice flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, a tad thin for me at times. Quite smooth and creamy.

O: The whiskey character is there and makes its presence felt. I like the flavours, this is a well made BA beer, but still on the pricey side even in its category.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by March 2013, Lot A (probably bottled around March of 2011). Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Aroma features strong whiskey notes, charred oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, anise and some coffee. The Jack is the star and the overall strength is very good.

Flavor starts with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, anise, some notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruits, then the whiskey kicks in along with some oak, vanilla and a decent bit of warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a full body.

A very nice barrel-aged Imperial Stout. The whiskey brings a slightly different experience than in the more common bourbon barrel treatments. Expensive at $10/11.2oz bottle, but I don't regret picking it up at all.

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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