Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.46/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle undated but kept in cellar since 2008 (Live review July 15, 2014). Pours into Stone IRS tulip. Dark ruby body pushing on black. Finger of creamy khaki head which falls after about 2-3 minutes. Sticky thick strings of lacing surround the glass as the head drops to a thin crown.
There was a little surface rust beginning to develop on the cap which made me incredibly nervous, but there is thankfully no sign of oxidation in the nose. Coffee is definitely the dominant aroma. Freshly ground French, even Italian roasted coffee beans with hints of primarily dark, but also milk chocolate. Roasted malts, nutty, and a touch of raisiny esters.
The coffee is a bit more mellow in the flavor compared to the nose, but it is still dominant. Overall, this reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans; dark, bitter chocolate takes hold just as much as the coffee. Sweet lactose sugar and anise. No sign of the 9.5% ABV. Very roasty. Dry toasted and bitter chocolate finish.
Full-bodied, but not as thick as could be expected. Moderate carbonation and very chewy. Slight warmth from the alcohol.
Overall, this beer is wonderful. Even with this six year old bottle, the coffee smells like it was just ground this morning. This is an amazing beer fresh and after over half a decade. Unless you absolutely cannot stand coffee, this is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 19:06:28 | More by Phocion
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,571 ratings.