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Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout - Peated | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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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 Mar02x on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by BelgianBeerPope:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of Mar02x
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel a lucky man to live so close to the Emelisse. I really think the Emelisse is getting better and better every month. With thanks to beer buddy and master brewer Kees Bubbermans.

A - A pitch black, brown headed beer.

S - A peaty and woody smelling beer with a little smokiness to it.

T - A strong bitter stout with nice peat and wood tones. This is stuff for experience beer drinkers. I mean before one can love this you had to try a few in this style before.

M - A low carbonation that fits the style and taste perfectly. And there is of course a real bitter finish like all the beers that are coming from the Emelisse.

O - A good RIS - really worth buying and trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to my new buddy Donn in Germany for this brew

A- dark black with a beautiful tan head that is 2 fingers. lacing is intact.

S- wood and dark roasted malts dominate. i also get hints of bourbon

F- wood and peat hit the mouth. Dark coffee roasted malts like eating the coffee bean.

M- wodd and coffee malt linger in the mouth and mix. Not good but not bad. The aftertaste lingers longer than i would like. it is creamy and smooth.

o- not bad but the overall ABV will make you want to sip it. The flavor can be overpowering and as it warms it gets maltier and coffee like.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of peat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of peaty flavors and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: This beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol isn’t very apparent in the taste. This is an enjoyable beer to sip.

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Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a black with ruby hints in color with a small light tan head that reduces to nothing quickly. No lacing is observed.

S: Lots of wood and peat with some slight hints of smokiness.

T: Lovely stout flavor with lots of wood, peat, and roasted malts. Really a perfect amount of bitterness for this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Super enjoyable but not the easiest beer to drink - the flavors are intense and slightly overpowering as the beer warms. Probably the most enjoyable peated barrel aged beer I have had. I really want to have another one of these but one per session is more than enough.

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Photo of MCain04
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift from BostonRyan and saved for a year, so this is a 330ml 2012 vintage bottle poured into a crooked stave snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a black body in the glass, a nice thick light mocha head which thins out to good rimming and lacing.

Smokey, burnt-wood aroma. Much like a rauchbier with a campfire aroma. Bitter ashy smell. Definitely did not lose any of that peated character with the 1 yr of aging.

Taste is surprisingly mild. A little thin, even. Not nearly as smokey in the taste as the aroma. A little bit of burnt roasty character is present. A little bit of simple, malty sweetness that does not overpower. Overall fairly one dimensional however.

Mouthfeel is the high point of the beer for me. A nice smooth, creamy, tongue-coating drink with a dry finish demanding further sips. Thin on the taste but the feel is full.

Overall a great but not outstanding brew. Not a must-try, but certainly enjoyed. Definitely try it if you can if you like that peated aroma in your beer. Otherwise, don't go too far out of your way.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Saind
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout - Peated from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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