Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.18/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had this a few times, recently had it again at a coffee stout sampling. Served out of a bottle into a chalice at around 50 degrees.
Appearance: Brownish black pour with a heaping amount of tan head and lacing, with the crown of foam perched soft and billowy on top of the brew for a good minute or two after the pour. Delightful.
Smell: Definitely a coffee beer, not a beer with coffee, if that makes sense. Big fresh-roasted coffee ground notes, which are really accentuated upon aeration/in the head. The rest of the beer took a minute to find, which the chocolate and roast notes seem to be more beer-like than coffee like, but I could certainly be wrong. There is a slighty pine of hops thrown in there, however, that is very welcomed amongst all the coffee to remind that this, in fact, a beer, and not a cold-press coffee.
Taste: Chocolate java. Rich coffee notes are accompanied by some vanilla, but mainly roast and toasted coffee. I love me some beer with coffee, but the taste here is almost a cautionary tale. Speedway Stout is a perfect example of how to keep your beer tasting like beer while infusing a great deal of coffee flavor. This beer is very tasty, no doubt, but not quite my cup of tea (or coffee) for what I'd want a beer with coffee to shoot for. The sweetness, however, is very nice, i.e. it isn't very sweet. And that is appreciated. Finish is nice as well, with a lingering bit of coffee-chocolate on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated, creamy and not too sweet. Bitterness reminds that there are indeed hops here, which were pretty missed among the coffee in the flavor profile.
Overall: Definitely a tasty beer that is very deserving of its recognition as a very good coffee beer. However, compared to the top shelf of beers with coffee, I prefer the more integrated and duet-like offerings, like Speedway or Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch. Worth trying, for certain.
Serving type: bottle
08-22-2011 22:13:06 | More by nomomentwasted
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