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Emelisse White Label Imperial Russian Stout Rum(BA)

Rating: 4.4

This beer is another monster beer that I tried on my first night in Amsterdam last month at the Arendsnest Proeflokaal bar in the Canal Ring area of the city and it is also the final beer from my trip that I still have to review here. Having thought I was only stopping off for a quick beer or two I decided to go for some of the stronger Dutch offerings available only for them to start catching up on me relatively quickly. This particular beer comes in at 11% and is one of many similar beers from the Emelisse brewery falling under their ‘White Label’ banner for their Russian imperial stout; one of which I am led to believe features in the updated version of the 1001 beers list. I opted for the rum barrel aged version of the beer that was released in the second half of 2014 but hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to try a couple of the others at some point in the future, whether I can find them in the UK or not is a different story though.

Emelisse White Label Imperial Russian Stout Rum(BA)

Appearance (4/5): Pitch black in colour and almost resembling cola with a thin bubbly head on top that is a beige colour with some touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): This one was really quite sweet on the nose with a lot of chocolate and burnt malts coming through early on and some darker fruits following them. There was a few sugars with dates, prunes and some raisins on the nose whilst the alcohol was noticeable throughout, this was mainly the rum but some hints of coffee closed things out.
Taste (9/10): This one matches the nose quite closely, there is a lot of sweetness and some warming alcohol notes coming through early on; presumably the rum imparted on the beer from the barrels it was aged in. Some dark fruits such as plums, dates and raisins start to come through soon after the alcohol fades a little and then some dark, toasted malts make an appearance with a warming finish that has some lactose and burnt sugar coming through.
Palate (5/5): This one was a ridiculously smooth beer for an imperial stout that clocked in at 11% abv. and despite some of this alcohol showing early on in the taste as well as the smell, the beer was still highly drinkable one that went down easier than it really should have. The carbonation levels were soft and there was a boozy feel throughout with a warming finish.

Overall (18/20): This one was a real pleasure to drink, an incredibly smooth and drinkable beer despite the huge alcohol content. There was a lot of flavour packed into the beer and as a result it went down easily whilst managing to rank alongside some of the better American brewed imperial stouts that I’ve tried in the past; excellent stuff.

Brewed In: Kamperland, Zeeland, Netherlands
Brewery: Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Russian Imperial Stout
Abv: 11.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €7.50 (approx. £5.56)

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  1. January 20, 2016 at 08:25

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