Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
As black as the night is long. Black hole black with a a light, mocha colored head, comprised of very fine and thin bubbles, leaving a clear-cut separation between the brew and the foam. Almost floats up and perches like the type of head you'd expect in a nitro-tap brew. Impressive looking little coffee stout, here... hold the cream and sugar, no doubt.
The aroma is unadulterated, straight up dark, roasted coffee. Italian espresso roast. Burnt ass French roast. Just insanely roasted, oily, dark, nearly burnt and charred coffee beans. Whoa... what's this? There's a very faint, underlying sweetness in the form of creamy vanilla that works to balance the roast. But balance isn't the key, here. The appreciation of fresh coffee beans is, so step back and appreciate, son.
The taste is more of the same. Lovers of all things java will appreciate this brew like crazy. Dark roast, like you've been handed a roasty, black cup o' joe from the promise land itself. A mild creamy and milky undertaking soothes things out for the wimp in all of us - but the roastiness is still a monster here, imparting delicate bitterness and mounds upon mounds of fresh coffee flavor.
A little astringency on the very back end with a subtle touch of deep, depp prune-like sweetness. Wow, I'm loving the ride that this beer is taking me on. The mouth feel is as oily as the beer looks; thick and boisterous, taking no prisoners. Carbonation is but a rolling boil, and it works really well to retain the creamy and smooth characteristic of the beer, matching the flavor profile nicely.
I had always heard about this stuff and wondered if it was really as good as everyone says. Short answer... yes, it is. It's fabulous. If you're a coffee lover and addict, like myself, then you need to treat yourself with this beer. The coffee element is nearly second to none with it's excellent aroma, flavor, and layered characteristics. Definitely one of the top coffee stouts I've had to date.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 14:16:19 | More by tectactoe
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4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A thick black pour into my tulip glass, minimal head and a bit of sloppy lacing left behind. The smell is coffee up front with hints of cocoa and vanilla.
The flavor is a dark roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate makes it tastes like a latte.. Hints of vanilla and oak are present but that dark roasted malt bill is unbelievably tasty. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
This is a fantastic beer and I'll be pick up some more when I see some! Been wanting to try it for a while and finally found it in NYC - glad It was as good (actually better) as I expected.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 00:49:27 | More by facundoCNB
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
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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