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

3 Ratings

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mar02x on 11-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle thanks to Tim and Danica. Much appreciated. Snifter.

A: Black with a finger of tan head. Retention is good and lacing is scattered on the glass.

S: The aroma is amazingly similar to a slab of bourbon oak smoked bacon a friend gave me last year, with an added whiskey flair. The resemblance is uncanny. It conjures up images of that intensely smoky slab of cured meat, super pungent and aromatic. Beneath the expressive smoke I find notes of chocolate and roast, but the smoke certainly dominates. This is intense but I love it.

T: The flavor is liquid bacon oak smoke. Brackish and intense with notes of blackstrap molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, and licorice. Roasted grains are pronounced. Bitterness is at a moderate level and earthiness is pervasive. This is definitely intense, but it never crosses into the realm of harshness. It's surprisingly tasteful. Alcohol is hidden behind the massive flavor profile. The finish leaves my mouth watering.

M: Full in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, creamy, and chewy.

Overall: Good, and much better than I expected. The smoke profile is complex and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doopie broke out three Emelisse White Label bottles for a beer night a while back. Good times man!

From a bottle into a mini snifter
White Label Series
IBUS: 60

APPEARANCE: A black, transparent pour yields a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a light wisp and ring. Black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and light wisp remain until the end and leave some nice dots of lacing on the glass. Nice looking, but the body’s a little thin and head a little light for the style.

SMELL: Very peaty and smoky. Touches of roasted malts with a bit of whisky in the back, but this is very peaty and smoke heavy. Kind of one-dimensional really. If you like peat in the nose, you’ll love this, but it’s a little too dominant for me.

TASTE: Peaty and smoky up front. Lots of peat, then some whisky, oak and hints of vanilla at the swallow. More barrel on the taste than in the nose, which balances the overwhelming peat quality in the brew. Aftertaste is bold and lingering with lots of smoky peat and enough whisky and bitterness to act as a counterweight. Not bad.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, a little light as well, bit goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Fine, but could be beefed up a little.

OVERALL: A interesting attempt at something relatively complicated, but didn’t quite work out as well as it could have. Very peat and smoke heavy on the nose and palate, though the barrel aging was able to provide a little bit of balance in the flavor profile. If you’re a peat fan, you’ll love this, but I prefer more balance and complexity in this style. A great idea that didn’t work out all that great. Thanks again for sharing Doopie.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, black & black - no light getting true this one.

S - Jack Daniels, Peat and Wood, a beautiful scent.

T - Jack Daniels, Peat and Wood.

M - A bitter beer with smooth to medium carbonation.

O - A very good RIS, not the best but very good. Even better than the Molen Hel & Verdoemenis and that says something in Holland.

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Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Peated Jack Daniels Barrel Aged from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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