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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,227 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3227
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%


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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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CloudStrife

New York

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter. 6 and 1 notched on the label of this twist off bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing pitch black in the glass. A mild khaki tan head sits on top, dissipating in a couple minutes.

S: Initially there is a nice dose of coffee that blends very well with a roasted malt quality. Dark fruit qualities come out more as it warms along with a touch of smokiness.

T: A beer with flavor that builds on you. At first I get a slightly bitter coffee, then a blend of dark fruit comes through. The aftertaste lingers with a great roastiness for a solid 2 minutes after each sip.

M: Very smooth beer. Creamy mouthfeel that slides like velvet over your tongue. Doesn't even seem like an alcoholic beverage. Remarkable.

Overall I am stunned with the complexity yet harmony of this beer. Coffee is just enough to add without overwhelming, hops compliment the coffee and the roastiness just works period.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:21:29 | More by CloudStrife
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Tony49er

California

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Black motor oil color, cant see anything at all just black as night, no light showing through this beer, thick mocha color head but goes away fast and tons of alcohol legs, pretty much a perfect imperial stout...just EPIC

Smell- Tons of coffee bitterness, roasted malts, dark roasted chocolate, espresso notes, a perfect nose on this imperial stout AMAZING stuff..wow

Taste- Tons of roasted coffee notes and bitterness in the front of the palate, rich dark chocolate cotes the back of the tongue and mouth, you don't really taste the alcohol at all in this beer, mostly a warming sensation in the mouth

Mouthfeel- Normal smooth and thick as an imperial stout should be

Overall- An A+ beer for sure just AMAZING stuff...WOW...one of the best beers I have ever had and easily one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had for sure...just epic...If you can get this beer you should...CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:19:58 | More by Tony49er
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auee92

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep, richly roasted, strong coffee (espresso ground) sprinkled with shavings of extravagantly bitter chocolate, and fermented substantially in alcohol. Wonderful.

Appearance: Un-penetrable solemn black, crowned with a minimal half-inch head of tan foam. Delightful.

Taste: Medium sweetness, and only lightly bitter, not as pronounced as expected. Incomparable.

Palate: Medium body, creamy, slick and thick mouthfeel, long flat finish with soft carbonation. Majestic.

Overall: Magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:14:22 | More by auee92
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SHODriver

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger and a half of thick tan head that slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves a bit of lacing
S: smells of coffee, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate
T: taste is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Swallow brings more coffee, chocolate, and roast malt with a bit of cocoa powder.
M: thick and velvety on the mouth with soft carbonation that is a bit prickly. finish is
O: This beer is very smooth with good flavors and nice complexity. I can't find any faults with it and it is an absolute pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:20:38 | More by SHODriver
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(thanks to KR for a gift glass of this for setting up the keg - poured into a tulip)

A: jet black with a dense, creamy, tan cap of foam... fantastic retention - let the beer sit for a good 10 min before sipping and the head barely receded... somewhat surprising, damn-near perfect, contiguous lace covering from top-to-bottom.... wow!

S: huge, rich, milky, dark chocolate scent - not much more.... little-to-no booze, perhaps some mild floral highlights.... no roasty notes of note.... hmmm....

T: coffee-creme and espresso-roasty quickly emerging up front, nearly as quickly followed by a vaguely-spicy, perhaps anise-like, flowery booze, but extremely soft with a delicate warmth*... the yeast character, phenolics seem purely Belgian... not necessarily sweet, but the coffee/ milk chocolate flavors sort of fool you.... lingering patent-like roast and bitterness in the aftertaste

M: *this delicate warmth was felt, quite glowingly, in my belly... amazing how soft this... mild grainy-silky texture, but not quite viscous - similar to that of adding lactose?... i can't describe how ridiculously fast I downed this once I started sipping - 4-5 sips at most, to finish

O: wow! loved this... I held out a long time - having first heard of this beer maybe almost 6-7 years ago - before finally trying this for the first time... I feel like it has the fermentation profile, velvety smoothness, and subtle sweetness of some American-made, Belgian-style stouts I've tried, but the coffee and roast flavors seem genuinely American.... whatever, doesn't matter, why label? - this is a kick-ass creation!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 06:15:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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RyanOooh

Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black w/ edges of dark red.
Yeast alcohol nose, slightly sweet like Caramel or milk chocolate
2 finger bubbly mocha head / settles to pillow layer.
First taste bam chocolate & coffee, sweet, settles into a typical ris stone fruit and then licorice and shockingly smooth. Alcohol on the tongue, very intense flavor that continues to bring out characteristics of cherry, chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso, toffee...absolutely delicious. Mouth is a little hot which isn't as pleasant, but overall this was unreal good. It is a bit pricey, but wow- might go get a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 06:58:08 | More by RyanOooh
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to snifter.

I couldn't find a year, only a month and day for when the beer was brewed. Oh well.

I'm surprised that there's not much of a head on this beer. It's only about a quarter-finger thick and quickly dissipates. Lacing is also scarce. The beer is otherwise pitch-black with some mild carbonation visible.

As the label suggests, I get a dark roasted coffee aroma with my first whiff. It's not as overpowering as I'd expect. There's also some sweetness and chocolate present. Maybe some vanilla. It's a good aroma, but still fairly subdued.

I'm really impressed with the coffee flavor here. It's dark and roasty, but really moderate and not overbearing. It's an excellent coffee that went into this. But it's not just coffee I'm drinking. There's plenty of tasteful sweetness in here and a creamy, almost lactose-like component making this closer to coffee with milk. I'd say it's like a vanilla hazelnut latte or something along those lines. A tasty coffee treat.

Plus, this drinks really mellow-like. There's no alcohol heat. Nothing to heavy or unpleasant. It's smooth, has a slight carbonation, and a creamy feel. There's a burnt character that lingers on the finish, maybe even providing some oak or wood character, but even this is nice and mellow.

I'm a fan of this beer. The appearance didn't blow me away and the smell was good, but not great, but the taste and mouthfeel are next level. A true joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:33:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
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BigMurph

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A – Pours black with good carbonation, but only a small light brown head.

S – Coffee followed by chocolate dominates. Slightly sweet. Some alcohol but not a lot. Love the coffe aroma.

T – Coffee, roasted malts. Some alcohol but hides its 9.5% ABV well.

MF – A smooth start, a little fizzy on the palate. Medium bodied, but thinner than expected. Medium-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle poured into pint glass

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:23:38 | More by BigMurph
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a snifter.

The color is totally opaque coffee-brown with a 3 f head.

Aroma: deep roasted coffee and some cocoa. This is not faux coffee- it's the real deal:the beer is infused with fair trade coffee. The aroma isn't my favorite, but it's well done.

Mouth feel- quite pleasant and not over-carbonated.

Taste: deep roasted coffee, cocoa, some lemon. Quite intense.

Finish: smooth coffee. Unlike the intensity in the aroma and taste, the beer finishes smoothly - a nice contrast to the latter.

Overall. An excellent imperial stout. I am not partial to the deep roasted aroma- taste in beer, but this imperial stout is well done. It's best at 50F.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:30:09 | More by brureview
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Deep, dark brown/black color. Initially, a 1-inch thick tan foamy head, which dissipated somewhat abruptly, yet leaving a collar with innumerable tiny bubbles and fine, sticky, beige lacing throughout the experience. The coffee scent jumped from the bottle and was noticeable even from a distance within moments after hitting the glass. Upon further inspection, roasted chocolate with notes of licorice and cinnamon spice were apparent, all of which were replicated on the palate at first sip. A little more carbonation than expected (based on the nose), while subtle hints of vanilla & coconut emerged. A little more sweetness and a little less bitter carbonation (a la BCBS and KBS) would make this stout truly special. Still, a very fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:29:28 | More by JohnParadee
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review with a fresh bottle since I feel the last review was an old bottle and the brew suffered as a result. This bottle just hit the stores and has the 6 and the 9 checked off.

A: Black pour with a tall, frothy medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with great head retention. Heavy thick fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Can smell the coffee from across the room immediately. Big, sharp, acrid coffee bean aroma. A little creamy chocolate sweetens it up decently.

T: What do you know, more coffee bean. Big bitter coffee flavors up front. This is definitely fresh. Lots of creamy chocolate joins the coffee shortly, sweetening it up and lending a really nice mocha flavor. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leaving a semisweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavor lingering forever in the aftertaste. Get almost a little hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste too, sort of a resinous piney flavor but just a little bit.

M: Medium-heavy, smooth and creamy.

O: A really nice coffee stout. Huge and tasty coffee flavors abound. Not TOO bitter due to the inclusion of a nice sweet chocolate. Ends up balanced decently but there is still plenty of bitterness to go around at the same time. Helps keep it from being cloying I think. Very tasty. Half a notch down from FBS, IMO. Must drink this one fresh for sure. Don't age it, trust me.

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REVIEW 09-13-2013

Unsure of age but fairly aged. Looks like the 2 and the 0 are ticked off on the side of the label. Unsure what that means, Feb 2010? It would be about right I guess.

A: Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Head is very dense and refuses to go anywhere. Frothy too, like a chocolate milkshake. Great retention. Moderate splotchy lacing. (4.25)

S: Roasted coffee bean and umami. Hints of chocolate. (3.75)

T: Roasted coffee bean up front, rich but mellow. Not sharp like you'd usually expect. Chocolate in the middle. Some telltale oxidation on the back end with some dusty cardboard mixing with the chocolate and leaving a dry finish. Not overpowering but definitely has surpassed its prime. A touch of bitter coffee floats between sips. (4.00)

M: Medium-heavy, smooth. (4.00)

O: Not a bad coffee stout but I noticed it has a twist-off cap. Combined with a few years of age and I think oxidation has detracted quite a bit. It's tasty and smooth but clearly not as good as it could be. I will have to check in and see if I have some newer bottles to compare with. (4.00)

OVERALL 3.96

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:40:42 | More by Dope
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A thick black pour into my tulip glass, minimal head and a bit of sloppy lacing left behind. The smell is coffee up front with hints of cocoa and vanilla.
The flavor is a dark roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate makes it tastes like a latte.. Hints of vanilla and oak are present but that dark roasted malt bill is unbelievably tasty. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
This is a fantastic beer and I'll be pick up some more when I see some! Been wanting to try it for a while and finally found it in NYC - glad It was as good (actually better) as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:49:27 | More by facundoCNB
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 11.2 oz bottle with no dating of any kind; only a couple of notches on the label corresponding to two 0-9 numerals that I'm told indicate the batch number on bottles released in the U.S. For the sake of science, my two numbers are 6 and 4. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - Decently aggressive pour yields only a small bit, maybe a half finger, of fallow colored head. That head quickly fades to a wispy film and a thin line of bubbles around the edge of the glass, which also fades away completely after too long. The body is a deep, dark brown that only reveals hints of dark chestnut with yellowish undertones when held directly in front of a bright light source. Lacing is almost nonexistent and consists mainly of sparse spots where the liquid was before those too disappear.

Smell - Strangely, I don't get much coffee from the nose of this beer at all. And given the use of cryptic batch numbers instead of dating, I'm left to wonder if I have an old bottle. That being said, the smell is very good--if it wasn't specifically billed as an imperial stout with coffee, I'd have no issues with it whatsoever. Notes of dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate are the frontrunners, but they are complimented by a slight hint of dark fruits like black plum and raisin. However, those fruity elements are gone as quickly as they came, leaving only the roastiness.

Taste - Finally, I arrive at the characteristics that impart the name to this particular beer. Though the smell was missing the coffee bean element, the taste has no such problem. After an initial bit of cocoa sweetness, the robust and bitter coffee characteristics take over quite aggressively. However, there is a depth that is easy to overpower with one-note coffee flavor on many imperial coffee stouts. The same dark fruit profiles contribute a softer, slightly sweeter take on the normally harsh and dominating roasted beans. It lends a rum-like quality to the beer that I really enjoy. There is a lingering bitterness afterwards that serves as a constant reminder of the base nature of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy body with moderate-to-low carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste and a partially sweet finish.

Overall, a very good take on the coffee imperial stout style. As far as I'm concerned, the taste is the star of the show, but beer is for drinking, after all. If you are going to get one component of your beer right, might as well make it the taste. I will probably continue to pick bottle of this here or there as I run across them, as it's really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 07:06:57 | More by LambicPentameter
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McStagger

California

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Very dark. Finger of head. Moderate retention, good lacing.

S: Malted milk, some of the hoppiness comes through. Coffee(!), dark cocoa, some dark fruit.

T: Malty sweetness (think whoppers), darkened fruit and then bam, huge, massive coffee notes.

M: Fairly chewy, but not overly slick. Heavy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation are apropos for the style.

O: Very, very good. Huge coffee bitternes, which I love. Will definitely pick this up again. Needs a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:41:38 | More by McStagger
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a 375ml bottle into chalice.

A - Obsidian with a reddish tan 1.5 finger head. Quick retention and spotty lacing.

S - Roasted coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet cocoa and some caramel. The aroma is quite pleasing.

T - Bold, bitter pressed coffee, espresso, dark chocolate is followed by sweet coca and caramel. It is bitter on the finish, but very easy to drink.

M - Medium body with some creaminess and prefect carbonation.

O - At $6 a bottle this was a decadent treat, but not one I can afford to go back to on occasion. Well worth trying if you enjoy big coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:04:23 | More by Ri0
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

an amazing stout, worthy of its high status, but i almost like aphrodite more, with the vanilla and cocoa nibs. the coffee in this one is robust, rich and thick, wildly bitter, but still in reasonable proportion to the stout, in other words, it still tastes like a beer above coffee. deep dark brown in color, dense, and showing very little light. an inch of creamy mocha foam, like the top of a good espresso. the drink starts out with that coffee bitterness which transitions into malt bitterness from the dark barley. its not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be, and i think thats part if its charm, its simplicity and streamlined elegance for being such a big stout. alcohol is entirely absent from the flavor profile too. it has a hit of sweetness to balance the bitter right before the finish, and a clean finish for what this is. dense texture but somehow soft in feel, again, like properly made espresso. full bodied, just enough carbonation. overall an incredibly satisfying stout, expertly made, and brought home for a very reasonable price. i wish this was available on the market all the time. rich and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 18:18:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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BierJager89

California

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Big bitter notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: This beer is delicious, though quite bitter. Recommended to any fan of coffee stouts. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:30:44 | More by BierJager89
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours near black with some light showing through. Tan head quickly fades. No lacing to speak of as it slides around in the glass.

S- Dark roasted notes, coffee, licorice, and some herbal hop character. A little bit of dirt aroma as well.

T- A big step up imo. The coffee profile takes your taste buds hostage, but then they are set free with a welcoming chocolate and cream character. Just a touch of vanilla. A hop kick in the finish. Lingering hop and roasted bitterness sticks with you until the next sip. Complex and rich.

M- full body, silky, creamy, not much booze distraction. Begs for another sip.

O- While I was less than impressed with the nose on this one, the depth of the flavor really took this from a "meh" beer to one that I would purchase again. Would go great with coffee cake.

$5 for a 12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:15:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with twist off cap. I'm thinking this may be a bottle of the 2011 vintage. Notches on numbers 3 and 2. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up a bit. I’m really looking forward to trying this as it’s a long time want.

Appearance: Poured down the middle the produced a finger of dark, tight khaki head. Little webs of lacing stuck to the sides for a while and a nice thick cap stuck around. Thanks bottle conditioning! Body is inky black.

Smell: Right away you get a dry, spicy roasted coffee scent. Nutty and sweet; brings to mind hazelnuts, caramel, milk chocolate and cream. What an awesome nose, like some kind of coffee dusted chocolate.

Taste: First, more of that spicy roasted coffee. Like smelling some freshly used grounds. The coffee is surprisingly rich and deep despite this beer being several years old. Also, lots of cream and milk chocolate with some sweet stone fruit. Finishes with a cinnamon like coffee note. Reminds me quite a bit of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Basically smooth and creamy. Slightly drying with a bit of heat.

Overall: An amazing coffee stout. I had my suspicions since this had a twist off cap and was aged but the coffee is strong, smooth and rich in both the nose and taste. Rounded off with an awesome mouthfeel and good head retention for a beer of this style. Highly recommended for fans of coffee stouts. Would love to try this fresh or once it’s been aged in a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 05:26:35 | More by CowsandBeer
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d5001986

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours black with a decent amount of foamy tan head.

Smell is toasted malt, coffee, and slight alcohol.

Taste is very coffee forward, with toasted malt, vanilla, a slight bitterness, and much more coffee. No alcohol perceived whatsoever. Very tasty for sure, loving the coffee!

Mouthfeel is super creamy. Medium bodied with incredible smoothness. Excellent.

Overall, this is among the best coffee stouts I've had. The flavor is outstanding and it couldn't be smoother going down. If you see this, don't pass it up!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:12:27 | More by d5001986
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost perfect black, with a hint of garnet. Thick solid dark mocha head (~2 fingers) with fantastic retention and thick, thick lacing.

Initial and obvious aroma of red grape booziness, wheat/barley, cream, chocolate malt, and smooth coffee.

Interesting mix of flavors: powdery cocoa, smooth creamy coffee, and a not insignificant bit of dark fruit booziness. Mostly follows the nose, but in different proportions. Lots of wheat, and a pleasant finishing bitterness.

Not particularly thick - about medium to medium-full - but certainly full-flavored. It may not be a particularly chewy beer, but it's definitely a sipper, with significantly cloying residue.

This is an excellent, smooth, creamy, and tasty coffee stout. The coffee is smoother, if not exactly more subtle, than in beers like FBS. This could easily work as a breakfast or dessert stout, as the coffee works for the former, and the sweetness for the latter.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:08:42 | More by Roguer
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arizcards

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine back in mid-August for $6.99. Bottled in June 2013.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving a bit of lacing behind.

Nose is intense with espresso, mocha, roasted barley.

Taste is espresso forward, some vanilla and cocoa, roasted malts. Hopping and roastiness keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected - medium bodied but very smooth.

Overall this is a world class brew, espresso is awesome, lots of flavor layers going on and a delightful feel to it. Worth every penny - treat yourself to this if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:15:15 | More by arizcards
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bcerv-ca

California

3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this dusty bottle on a shelf at a local store. Not sure the vintage.

Beautiful soapy, dark khaki head. Black motor oil body.

Smell is weak. Roasted malt, black licorice and alcohol are most prominent with a faint coffee smell. If I didn't know this was a coffee stout I might not be able to pick out the coffee.

Very smooth mouthfeel that hides the alcohol very well. Taste is primarily roasted malt that is similar to a bitter, dusty chocolate. Like the smell, there is little coffee present in the taste.

Overall, great mouthfeel. Somewhat bland, simple flavor. Not much coffee is present in the smell or the taste, as I had hoped. I think the bottle I found is past it's prime. Would love to try a fresh bottle and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 19:30:19 | More by bcerv-ca
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a 1.5" dark head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring of foam.

S- Very inviting on the nose.. big freshly brewed coffee notes, coffee beans, some chocolate, but mostly heavy coffee.

T- Follows the nose with a big initial coffee kick, freshly ground coffee, roasty malt, chocolate, charred toastyness, heavily roasted coffee beans on the finish, some smoke.

M- Medium-heavy body with minimal carbonation. Rich and smooth.

Very nice, a hugely coffee forward beer. Very well done. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:20:50 | More by gcamparone
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raynmoon

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: black. No light. Light head. Strong alcohol legs.

S:big nutty, roasted aromas. Some sweet coffee and chocolate. Some smokey sweetness

T: taste is light. Similar to the aroma, but not as bold.

Overall: much thinner and lighter than I remember. But the coffee flavor is unmatched b by other coffee stouts

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 07:56:52 | More by raynmoon
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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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