shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/07/2011: Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout (matured in oak for two months)... Aroma: Sugary vanilla, white chocolate, Appearance: Near black color with a definite purple hue; brown-colored crown; totally opaque. Flavor: heavily caramelized malt with a balanced amount of dark chocolate; green, leafy hops and associated moderate bitterness cuts through the malty sweetness; understated roasted coffee beans; lots of warming alcohol; dry and a touch chalky; a good dry, herbal bitterness sticks in the throat; caramelized licorice and tobacco flavors in the aftertaste. Palate: Medium to medium-full; average carbonation (maybe too much for the style for my liking), foamy in the mouth; fairly smooth; gets better as it breathes. Overall: Definitely a more traditional Russian Imperial Stout; really nice representation of the old world style; I like it!
10.14 fl. oz. bottle (11% alc./vol.; Tenminste houdbaar tot einde 12; Lot B). Rating #86 for this beer.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small beige head dark pour mild carbonation aromas whiskey vanilla liquorice coffee dried fruit smokeyness cocoa dark chocolate the flavours mocha like coffee smokey note smooth whiskey very nice influence rich roasted note of chocolate liquorice dried fruit an oily touch vanilla medium bitter nice sweetness to match the finish tasty imperial best flavours roast malts dry and rich tasty sweet bitter finish that lingers really smooth flavoursome stout
dutchtuga (94) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overwhelming. On it’s own a fantastic stout but the aging in Bowmore barrels makes this an extra treat. Real creamy, coffee and chocolate like taste, with that sharp edge of the whisky. Fantastic!
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of fiulijn - black beer with no head left; pretty toasted with fair Speyside-like whisky notes, black chocolate; full-bodied, quite thick and very tasty; very bitter, notes of ashes, whisky and caramel with a fair hop presence
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour, tan head. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee and whisky. Flavour sweet whisky, peat, smoke and bitter roasted malts. Touch of liquorice (drop). Lingering bitter finish, some ash. This newest batch is again a great brew!
(From unlabeled 33cL bottle during RBESG 2013 visit, @ Brouwerij Emelisse. Thanks for the wonderful time and making us feel welcome, guys!)
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Speciaal Bier Winkel, Bodegraven, bb 12/2015
parallel with the Bunnahabhain version
Black color, with medium sized difficult brownish creamy head. The aroma is mild, light roasted malts and chocolate, very light alcohol. Full bodied; the mouthfeel is very smooth; very good chocolate flavor, some dark caramel, light coffee, pleasant liquorice component, moderate sweetness, light dusty feeling, with correct bitterness, and alcohol warmth.
Bullit (3724) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ brewery, RBESG. Black colour, tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee and whisky, not too overpowering. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, bit of chocolate, wood, some whisky. Very pleasant.
Nylez85 (26) - - JUL 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sterk van smaak met een lekker aroma. Mooi donker van kleur. Ge kent er niks doorzien.
jmgreenuk (2614) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An unlabelled bottle from the brewery during the RBESG 2013 weekend. Poured a deep mahogany with an oily texture and a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich earthy peat. The flavour is rich oily creamy bitter and alcoholic with loads of roasted malt, liqourice and chocolate. The oak and whisky sit subtly there on the back of the palate and linger forever in the finish. A master beer!
77ships (3038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! to Martinus! 33 cl. unlabelled bottle @ Kulminator (gave some to Dirk). Tried during RBESG 2013. Black some mocha head only on the sides. Nose is sweet whiskey, smooth chocolate, coffee, liquorish, only light liquorish,… Taste is sweet whiskey, chocolate, incredibly smooth, sweet roast, touch liquorish (quite nice), sweet mocha, light booze, thick sugar, only light accompanying peat notes,… Lovely as all the other white label brews. Emelisse remains one of the kings – maybe even the king of this king of RIS whiskey BA goodies. This is no exception. Bowmore seems so far like by far the weakest & most disappointing Islay whiskey but this is still ace. Wonderful work.