Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.53/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A thoughtful treat included by wfeddern during the recent CanBIF 5, much appreciated.
From a 341 ml brown bottle, pours out a dense, dense opaque black, no hint of permeable light, not even any hint of a lighter nimbus along the extremities. Tall frothy tan head that slowly recedes, mottled lashes of thick sticky lacing.
Intense vinuous roasted malt, milky bitter espresso notes, earthy yet not dry.
Um, first off one of the most enjoyably drinkable Imperial Stouts I've tried, even with the added coffee profile. Flavour is bold yet contained, roasted malt up front is slightly bitter, combined with coffee notes, yet smooth in the middle and into the finish. A bit of a roasted kick on the finish, yet still contained and melds into the overall flavour trip. Only in the aftertaste does a dry powdery bitterness tend to head off the beaten path. The flavour is really like being in a wave pool full of this stuff, gently rolling over the palate and perpetually enjoyable, but controlled enough that nothing comes crashing down over your head to break the chain. Really, it's not an overly complex flavour profile, but well crafted with no seams showing at all.
The mouthfeel is practically ideal for the style, on the fuller side of medium-bodied, yet smooth and silky, not thin or vinuous.
Pretty amazing, even the alcohol is masked so well I'd call this a fantastic session stout if I didn't know any better. Plus the coffee blends in so effortlessly with the roasted malts that if I didn't know about it in advance I'd say that it was all on the part of the malt. Very nice to come across an overhyped beer that finally lives up to its reputation.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2009 07:50:48 | More by IronDjinn
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