Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ölbeat 043: Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout

Brewery: Brouwerij Emelisse 
Country: the Netherlands
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 11 %
Calm outside hides the fierce character...

What about the beer?
Colour is black with small beige head. Aroma has burned-roasted malts, black coffee and fresh grass. Taste begins with sugar-sweet dark-roast coffee with hints of chocolate. Roast and bitterness slowly grow in the mouth and there are hints of sweet cherries. Near the finish roasted caramel malts and semi-dry bitterness take over with some alcohol-warmth. Aftertaste has sweet-bitter but also opposite dry elements.

Well, that was an Imperial Stout rollercoaster: from very sweet first taste to dry bitterness and then back to both, from strong black coffee through cherry, roast and bitter to malts and warm alcohol. Complex and multiflavoured ride with intense curves and calm straights, an excellent brew from the Dutch.


The beer with differencies cries for a song with a combination of both rough and peaceful parts. The obvious choice would be a power ballad, so let's stick with it. Here we have a power ballad, that matches with Emelisse IRS:

Queensrÿche: Silent Lucidity (YouTube)

From the 1990 album Empire, the song was written by lead guitarist Chris DeGarmo.

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