Brewed by Brouwerij Emelisse
Style: Imperial Stout
Kamperland, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Aged in Arberg barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2013
Pours a black body with a somewhat creamy, light-brown head of moderate size that reduces to a very thin fully lasting layer that laces the glass well. The aroma is strong, burnt and very boozy. At first I thought I got mainly cognac, but after a short while peat and whisky started to come forward, and finally the aroma is rather dominated by peaty whisky. Also some general sour smoke notes, alcohol and light hoppy notes. The taste is moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Very strong flavours of peaty whisky and smoke that effectively drowns most other contributions. I do get some faint traces of something fruity in the back, but I’d liked those element to be more evident. The smoke leaves the throat a bit dry, a kind of snuff like dryness that isn’t that lovely, but otherwise the mouthfeel is close to perfect. The alcohol is very present, but not disturbing. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A bit rough, but still a delicious sipper.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
@BBF12. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, peated smoke, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, peated smoke and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (303) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2013
Pours an average light brown frothy head that mostly diminishes. Body is flat black. Aroma contains roasted and burnt malts, caramel, milk chocolate, mild coffee, grass, orange and lemon, dough, leather, earth, banana, grape, raisin, cask wood, smoke, licorice, alcohol, spices, peat and whiskey. Flavor starts off light acidic and light bitter, to go to sweet and light bitter and to finish peaty and bitter. Body is medium to full with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Less fruity and more peaty than Emelisse standard Russian Imperial Stout. The Ardbeg whiskey brings a nice addition to the flavors but doesn't improve the beer, just changes it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pirite (1) - ITALY - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
Una produzione di eccellenza. La presenza e la raffinatezza dell’invecchiamento è uno degli aspetti più riusciti. Il palato persiste e muta senza scomparire. Da provare assolutamente.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_est_deus (979) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2013
Svart, mörk brun öl utan skum. Doft: Rök, tjära, korv, stall, amoniak. Smak: Wiskey, tjär pastiler (terva lejona), övermogna rödabär, sirap, vanilj, gräddkola, kanderat apelsinskal, korv, mjölkchoklad, rostade nötter, gul paprika.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1857) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with some sediment and a small tan head that leaves virtually no lacing. Aroma is iodine, peat, and whiskey. Flavour is iodine, smoke, peat, and whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2013
Dark, almost black, colored beer with a small head. Smoke dominates the aroma. Flavor is smoked too, some malty sweetness, chocolate and coffee popping up. Some woodnotes too. Smooth bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kikuzzo (143) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 10, 2013
Incredibile, impenetrabile e avvolgente... esperienza da godere senza fretta. Mi portato indietro a quando mio padre fumava la pipa e la domenica mattina prima di pranzo usava il tabacco leggero, dolce e un po’ vanigliato.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
Poured an oily black with a small, tight tan head which quickly disappeared. Aroma of peatyness overpowers everything else in the nose (good job I like my Islay malts). Smooth, creamy medium body. flavour is of the peaty roasted malt dominating, with a very dry, bitter aftertaste. Excellent for what it is, but a very acquired taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5319) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2012
330ml bottle. Clear darkest reddish glowing black colour with almost no head, just a reawakening thin tan layer remains. Aroma has extreme whiskey notes, tar, peat, leather, oak; no hints of malt or hop detectable. Taste is surprisingly different; more compact, earthy, swampy, peaty, some leather, tannin, a nuttily touch; flat carbonation. Although the BA flavours predominate, the taste gives the feeling of a unit.

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