Black IPA – Brouwerij Emelisse (Netherlands)

Black IPA – Brouwerij Emelisse, 8% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)

  • Style: Black IPA / CDA
  • Taste: Toasted immediate bitter hopped light coffee barley malt slight burnt long hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.20 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: fabulous

Visual: Pours iced tea brown with a small creamy head, superfine sticky lancing as well as a layer of retention, sporadic bubbled streams.

Nose: sweet caramel barley malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth-slick, fine CO2 mouthfeel, slightly watery

Mid-palate: immediate grassy bitter hops, (lvl-6-sweetness), coffee, roasty-toasty toffee barley malt,

Finish: lingering bitter hops, light burnt, dark chocolate, barley malt exhale

Summary: The attack is somewhat thin for an 8%’er but otherwise I very much liked the high quality smooth CO2 and prominent hop-roasted barley combo. I get a dark & green vibe from this one – rich yet still lush with vibrant hops. Great stuff.