Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.93/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served from a 12oz bottle in a snifter at cellar temperature.
While there are dating numbers on the label, there is no notching at all. Oh, come on! Why bother with printing it if you're not going to notch it? Regardless, I've been sitting on this bottle for about a year, so it's at least that old.
A - Even with a soft pour, a deep cocoa-colored head erupts into a velvety soft blanket, eventually subsiding to a microbubbled mat that retreats to the rim. The beer itself is deep and dark, with crimson hues visible during the pour. Lacing is sparse and uneven.
S - BAM! Coffee -- not quite as refined a scent as an espresso... more like some super home-brewed high-octane java... the kind where you ignore the one tablespoon per cup suggestion and push it to two. An organic, semi-woody note is also apparent; sort of like chicory. Also, dark bittersweet chocolate. Coffee grounds.
T - Dark, heavily roasted malts with an unmistakable, oily coffee presence. Some sweetness is definitely present, but in very restrained fashion. A boozy alcohol kick is present in the middle, but it's like getting kicked with a fuzzy slipper rather than a combat boot. Very dry in the finish, leaving a chalky tongue feel, an unsweetened cocoa aftertaste and a warm belly.
M - Vibrant and active on the way in, puffing up in a way that at first seemed too aggressive. Big tingly bubbles quickly tame themselves and become softer and creamier, amazingly avoiding what could have been a very gassy swallow. Throat coating and massive.
D - A definite evening sipper, there is no mistaking that this beer is the product of lots of brewing time and effort. To me, it's a bit one-dimensional and could definitely stand a touch more depth. Still, it's a standout in its class, but definitely NOT to be compared to bourbon barrel-aged versions of the style.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2009 02:38:21 | More by EPseja
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