Bosskie (459) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with light surface carbonation and yeast flakes floating around. Weak dark brownish head.
Smell is subtle. Starts with coal and burnt wood with a fleshy creaminess to it, almost like eggs. Then find nuts, resin and roasted coffee. Pine trees.
Taste is seriously full. Starts off with a grassy bitterness which sweetens slightly before moving on to a sort black burnt meat bitterness. Oily and sticky.
The whiskey is there but subtle and well balanced.
JulienHuxley (3480) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. Opaque black pour with creamy brown head. Aroma is quite interesting, rich whisky notes, light peat, light soy, definitely something umami going on here, leather, chocolate, salted licorice. Taste is actually quite saline, salted licorice, dark chocolate, bitter, salty and sweet, pretty much in that order, strong roasty finish, very intense. Palate is not overly sweet, good body, nice alcohol warmth with medium carbonation. A bit too rich perhaps for my taste, but still quite enjoyable.
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Bottled. Full 33cl sample. The aroma has nice tones of chocolate and vanilla. Black coloured beer with a nice beige-brown head. The taste is initially sweet and evolves with more bitterness, slightly astringent in the end. It has chocolate, roast, wood. Bit boozy in the aftertaste. The beer feels a bit unbalanced, however initial taste is really nice.
Rerate 12/31/2013. Original rating 3.6. Another full 33cl sample. This time I experienced much more balance. This even might be one of Emelisse’s best so far. As far as I have tasted of course. ;-)
Yorker (1351) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tiny bit of sediment and a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt – with a slightly bitter finish.
rlgk (11486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a nice rich beige/yellowish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, creamy, cocoa powder, vanilla, licorice, fruity notes, cocoa powder, hay, peat notes, whisky notes. Malty roasted vanilla flavor, creamy, nuts, peat, caramel, cocoa powder, licorice, warming alcohol. Really nice beer with good balance.
_angst_ (3051) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of my father. Pours blackish dark brown with a rather big creamy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, oatmeal cookies, caramel, bourbon, vanilla fudge, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, mineral rich soil, alcohol, burnt cereal and charred wood. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, charred wood, roasted nuts, bourbon, vanilla fudge, mineral rich soil, alcohol, sweet liquorice candy and burnt cookies. Mouthfeel is round, soft, boozy and near full bodied. finish is bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, charred wood, vanilla fudge and bourbon. Very good version, bourbon really comes through and adds to the beer.
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet fruuty roasted malts boozy. Flavor is as aroma, very nice and has a good longkived bitter finish.
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color. Dark brown head. The nose exudes bourbon, dark chocolate, brownies and oak. Very boozy nose. Low carbonation, the bourbon hits first followed by a wave of dark chocolate, dark fruit, treacle. Boozy, dry, rounded, tongue numbing and incredibly delicious. Big warming finish with lots of bourbon, dark chocolate notes. Really well balanced through out. Never tries to be over the top. Heavenly beer that I love after a stressful day at the office on a cold November night. Thank you Emelisse.
DwarfeD (1155) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at home. Black with a small brown head which disappeared quickly. Full body with almost no carbonation. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, roasted bread and bourbon.
DSG (6337) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[10/12/13] Draught at In De Wildeman in Amsterdam. Black with tan head. Great aroma with dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Sweet flavor with chocolate, lots of vanilla, wood, bourbon and a drier finish, a bit burnt with some bitterness. Pretty full-bodied, pretty silky.