Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
341 mL bottle. Saw this stuff at the LCBO (for the first time) and picked up a 4-pack because I wanted to see what the hype was all about.
Pours black as night, with one finger of dark tan-coloured head that doesn't last terribly long before thinning out to a spotty cap. Swirling the glass a bit kicks the head back up again easily, though. Lots of stringy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great aroma of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and some herbal notes. The ethanol is noticeable but doesn't clash with the other aromas.
There is plenty of roasted coffee bean flavour here to be sure, but the brew is not completely dominated by this facet like some of the other coffee stouts I have had. Beyond the coffee there is plenty of roasted malt and molasses, with notes of figs and raisins. Coffee grinds, ethanol, anise and some citrusy hops give this brew an extremely earthy, bitter, vaguely tobacco-like finish. This earthy flavour lingers on the palate for a while; good balance between this flavour and the sugary, malty sweetness at the front of the sip.
A full-bodied brew, with mild carbonation providing only the slightest of bites. A little chewy/syrupy, moreso as it approaches room temperature. There is definitely some warming from the alcohol, but it goes well with the earthiness, and in general the 9.5% is very well masked here.
An excellent winter sipper - not flawless, but pretty darn close. I am not a big fan of most heavier/imperial stouts, but the balance in this one is so good that even I can appreciate the brew. Seek this one out, it deserves the praise it gets.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2011 05:00:55 | More by thehyperduck
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