Espresso Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse (Netherlands)

Espresso Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse, 9.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)

info from

“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.

Espresso Stout – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Espresso Stout (aka La Semeuse espresso stout) – Brasserie Trois Dames, 7.2% ABV, 33 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

  • Style: (flavoured – espresso) Stout
  • Taste: Bright coffee fruity low roast sweet barley malt coffee exhale
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (10% off) – 375ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely a unique espresso stout

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours ultra dark brown with a superfine micro layer of head, cascading waves of micro streams all around.

Nose: sweet medium roast nutty coffee, chocolate barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: NO2-like flatish, immediate coffee light sour

Mid-palate: cold brew-like coffee fruity, (lvl-5-sweetness), light roasted barley malt

Finish: root beer/cola malty, dark chocolate, coffee exhale, residual roasty bittersweet

Summary: This is a cool espresso stout – not at all what you might expect. Predominately bright with fruity coffee acidity, the roasted dark notes take a back seat in this surprisingly easy 7.2%. Great stuff.

Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)


Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout – Elysian Brewing, 5.6% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

on the front-right label:

“In Seattle, beer and coffee are like siblings, jealously dividing the day. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brings them both together, combining the local talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.


  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz.., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with an INSANE amount of ultra creamy long-lasting root beer head, lots of micro steady streams around the perimeter.

Nose: caramel malts with some chocolate and roasted coffee. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-bubbly head, fizzy crisp tingly

Mid-palate: continual fizzy-bloated, background light sourness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) milky chocolate, roast coffee, root beer, dark malt

Finish: roasted exhale, burpy, light burnt bitterness, soft roasted finish.

Summary: Good sweet roasted malt entry and clean finish. Overall satisfied but leaves you feeling a bit bloated due to the creaminess.

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout – Yukon Brewing (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout – Yukon Brewing, 6.2% ABV – 341ml, (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)


“Hearty northern people love a hearty stout beer. We’ve teamed up wtih Yukon’s famous Midnight Sun Coffee Roaster to create this special blend. Originally developed for “Bean Queen” Zola Dore in a small batch kettle system by Yukoner Mitt Stehelin, we’ve retained the artisan qualities of this unique, unfiltered brew. The robust taste of this hearty stout starts with the smooth glide of real espresso and finishes with a dry chocolatey malt flavour. Why the big bottle? You’ll love it so much, you’ll want to share it with a friend, or not!”

  • Style: Flavoured Stout
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet roasted coffee -> chocolate/malts -> lingering smooth bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$18/6pack, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours coffee black, small head, micro CO2. Malts on the nose. Initially sweet followed by a short burst of roast coffee, dark chocolate, malts, and then a long lingering deep bitterness at the back of the throat. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Med complexity, long length, medium body, medium depth, good carry, good transitions, good drinkability. Tastes of espresso as advertised.

Hitachino Nest Valentine’s Day Beer – Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)

Valentine’s Day Beer – Japan

1) Amber Ale (Valentine’s Day, 2012) – Hitachino, 5.5% ABV, (Ibaraki, Japan)

On the back label:

“This amber ale is a reddish chocolate brown beer brewed with a rich malt and bitter hops. Please enjoy the well-balanced flavor and taste.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I don’t love it: not terribly exciting, but balanced
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥525 ($7)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours slightly reddish but mainly brown with very minimal head, ringed retention, small CO2, a few fast-moving CO2 streams along the perimeter, sporadic thin sticky lacing. Malts, some hops and a bit of tangerine on the nose. Strong fruity tangerine/clementine up front (a la IPA), transitioning nicely into a malty, minor chocolate, half hoppy, 5/10 bitter finish. Medium complexity, Medium depth, long length, good carry. Doesn’t look particularly impressive from the colour or the pour, but is actually quite balanced and solid. Body holds well and transitions are clean.

2) Espresso Stout (Valentine’s Day, 2012) – Hitachino, 7.5% ABV, (Ibaraki, Japan)

On the back label:

“This espresso stout is brewed using well-roasted espresso beans. The recipe is based on the imperial stout loved by the Russian emperor. Please enjoy the balance of its rich taste and coffee flavor.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I enjoy it: excellent body excellent espresso flavor
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥525 ($7)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours jet black, minimal head, quickly dissipating head, ringed retention, small CO2, some sticky-some runny lacing, opaque. Abundant roasted espresso beans on the nose, wow. Fresh roasted coffee 101. Smooth gentle roasted coffee up front, mellowed malts in the mids and a long 6/10 deep coffee, dark 70% chocolate bitter finish. Somewhat fruity. The transitions and elegant and the mouthfeel is extremely silky. Virtually no sour aftertaste. Medium complexity, high depth, long length, great carry, good body. Excellent choice for coffee lovers. Overall a solid beer but I can’t say it’s extremely complex.

3) Doppo White Chocolate (Valentine’s Day, 2012) – Miyashita Sake Brewing, 5% ABV, (Okayama, Japan)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: D-
  • Why I dislike it: extremely watery and disgusting flavour
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥400 ($6)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No not even for free
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Hell No

Tasting Notes: pours Corona light yellow, zero head, minimal ringed retention, small CO2, scattered slow-moving CO2 streams. Chalky white chocolate on the nose, melon-pan (メロンパン) bread, bananas. Tastes of bananas, not-quite white chocolate, and again melon-pan but body is extremely thin and carry is non-existent. Bitter pilsner finish is an afterthought in the creation process. Medium complexity, low depth, low-medium length. The only thing I enjoy about this beer is the interesting aroma. This is clearly a special occasion money-grab product. I’d be sad face if I got this for Valentine’s day.