- My Rating: [A-], I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Espresso Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse, 9.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)
info from ratebeer.com:
“The Emelisse Stout is enhance by a blend of fine Italian espresso beans used in the brewing process. It boasts a blend of 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta, which combine to give the Emelisse Espresso Stout an extra-spicy, full-bodied palate.”
- Style: (flavoured – espresso) Imperial Stout
- Taste: Dynamic bittersweet deep roasted coffee light acidic barley malt dark fruit vanilla cocoa lengthy finish
- Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
- How much: $5.70 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: yep, especially if you like bittersweet stouts
Visual: Best at 12°C stated on the label. Pours super dark brown without a head, ultra thin ringed retention with a very thin spotty island of retention, hard-to-see steady micro singular streams.
Nose: med-dark roasted barley malt, molasses, caramel (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: crisp, liquid-thick viscosity
Mid-palate: micro light tingly, coffee acidity, (lvl-4)-sweetness, deep roasted nutty bitter coffee mixed with sweet roasted barley malt = bittersweet, date-fig
Finish: woody vanilla undertones, dry cocoa, dark chocolate, lengthy residual coffee-barley malt.
Summary: I prefer it at 16°C as opposed to the recommended 12°C, I notice deeper bittersweet coffee notes at right at the start of the mid-palate. At 18°C the dark fruit notes of the coffee appear, think date/fig. In conclusion, a really interesting imp stout that changes in flavour profile as the savour each sip – recommended. Exception lingering of residual flavours at the finish.