Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a brew of oily black. It holds a one finger head of deep brown bubbles, even on a relatively calm pour. The coloring gets darker around the edges, but eventually evens out. It recedes on the quicker side, but is easily reproducible with a swirl. Flecks of lacing appear as the head goes. No sediment is noted, and the carbonation looks to be nearly nonexistent, if not for the head. The aroma is bright with steely, raw coffee beans. Malts are heavily roasted, and take on something similar to charcoal. There is not much sweetness to cut the malts, but a coolness of cream is present. Slight booze is noted, with a swift sting to the nostrils. As we sip huge bitter coffee hits up front. This becomes quickly overwhelmed by the enormously rich roasted malts. There is a slight sugar sweetness, way in the background. As we move through the middle, cleaner but dark and roasty, somewhat caramel malts mark the transition. The bitterness is gone by this point, and we move towards the finish. Here we get our first hints at smokiness, as opposed to the roasted character at the onset of the tasting. Here the faintest hint of limy hop oil appears. Otherwise the finish is clean. The aftertaste breathes with charred, smokey malts, sour coffee bean, and a bit of booze. The body is medium, but surprisingly lighter than expected. The carbonation remains low throughout. With each sip the mouth is met by a creamy beer, with nice froth, but there is a whipped lightness to it that is quite unexpected. The mouth is dried significantly by the dark malts and the coffee. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks easily, but slowly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mouthfeel. It was quite unique for the style, in the fact that it retained a glorious creaminess and slurpability, but was so airy and light. Many imperial stouts can be overly thick and syrupy, which is nice, but can become overbearing. Here we avoid that altogether, as we were delivered a beer that comes through in all the robust aromas and flavors, but remains highly drinkable and light.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2011 19:08:57 | More by TheBrewo
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