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Emelisse White Label Imperial Russian Stout (Ardbeg BA)

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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Arberg barrels.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rzymol (108) - - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. It pours deeply dark with no head, just a remnant. Must be the barrel that took it away. The scent is unbelievable. It actually smells like a barrel with a very intense aroma of eroded wood mixed with whiskey malt (and I assure you that it is a *very* fine whiskey), peatbog, smoked caramel and dark chocolate. I could smell this beer for a day. And that?s just a beggining. One would expect that due to very intense barrel aromas the taste will be whiskey-dominated. But not only the base beer is there, it is up-lifted by the barrel aging. The wave of very sticky sweetness that tastes like extracted and concentrated whiskey-malt dominates the mouth but develops into lingering bitterness that crawls like a snake in the background. Meanwhile a very enjoyable dryness on the tongue and spicy touches on the mouth sides are perceptible. The aftertaste is very looong and built of bittersweet feelings that fullfils the mouth. Full bodied with oily texture is the one that leaves me completely overwhelmed. Amazingly complex and balanced drink, a combination of single malt whiskey, wooded barrel, roasted caramel and spices. If one does not like the essence of whiskey and peat, this one may be to extreme. For me, it is definately the best RIS I had so far.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZodiacM (189) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2015
Voor de liefhebbers van bier gerijpt in whiskey-vaten! Zwart bier met weinig schuimkraag. De geuren van hout, teer, turf komen je tegemoet. De smaken zij. Hetzelfde: hout, teer, turf en rook. Hier moet je van houden. In de nasmaak komt de smaak van whiskey naar boven. Heerlijke BA!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (1069) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
0,33l fles gedeeld met Nikos. Zwart met een minimale bruine kraag. Aroma van turf, leukoplast steenkool. Smaak is vurig bitterzoet met rubber en peated whisky. Afdronk vol en lang met dronk en salmiak tonen. Mondgevoel is olieachtig. Erg mooie balans tussen het bier en de whisky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (285) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Brutaler Torfrauch, Kaffee, verbrannter Zucker. Dunkle schokolade, Rauch, Torf, kaum bitter. Ölig.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (979) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2015
33cl bottle Appearance: black beer with allmost a ring of beige head. Aroma: Wood,Peat, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste: Peat, roadted malts, wood, some sweetness , some chocolate. medium body, soft carbonation. Arderg barrels really dominatuing the brew which will make or break. Great brew but if you don’t like peat stay away from it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
undercurrent25 (1566) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Pours a black colour. Taste and aroam is smokey and whisky like. Thick and oily on the palate, very good. Cheers Mike_77

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (16572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
23rd November 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Big TCP nose, not pleasant. Palate is smooth and dry with mild fine carbonation. Smooth semi dry dark malts. Mild alcohol spice. Touch of dry lactose. Dominated by big TCP. Dry finish. TCP lingers on. Way too peaty TCP for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3567) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
Black, no head. Aroma of smoke, peat and leather. Flavour is dry, woody, smokey. Has an oily texture with no carbonation. Overall it’s too peaty and smokey. Somewhat out of balance.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at Café Buitenlust, Oirschot. Pours black with beige head. Peat, smoke, roasted aroma. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, peat, smoke, whiskey. Warming alcohol. Complex. My first BA beer and I loved it. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenclansman (885) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - NOV 10, 2014
Pitch black oily color. Nice smoked-peated aromas. Roasted malt taste...smooth smoked aftertaste.


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