Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by Pdiddey3d:
4.22/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black. Aggressive pour yields a very nice 2 fingers of fluffy milk chocolate colored head which quickly dissipates leaving no lacing in it wake.
Smell is pretty killer and I am not even a coffee drinker. Roasty coffee goodness, hints of booze and even a bit of vanilla.
Taste is much like the aroma but the coffee is not as forward as I would have assumed. Not as roasted as in the aroma, a bit more smooth and balanced. Once again some booze and vanilla hang out in the finish. A bit bitter in the end.
Good mouthfeel here. Not a ton of carbonation, more creamy. Smooth drinking with a bitter chocolate finish.
Overall I would say this is a one hitter quitter for me. Big bold flavors that leave a big impression on the palate. Glad I finally got to try this.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2010 04:12:59 | More by Pdiddey3d
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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
4.19/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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