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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,233 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3233
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%


Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a Pizzeria Paradiso maybe nearly a month ago now.

A: Awesome Reverse cascading head to a beautiful tan ring. Nice black hue of course.

S: Amazing smell with fudge soaked espresso beans and dark charred malts wafting effortlessly from the glass. Some other brighter sweet notes and just a touch of hop resin. Excellent, doesn't get much better than that for coffee stouts.

T: Outstanding in the taste as well, big notes of fudge, high quality fresh espresso, and then more chocolate and fine coffee. Hops are slightly there but take a backseat though leave a bittering finish with the chocolate and coffee beans.

M: This is exceptional. Totally creamy and coating, just magnificent to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-27-2011 02:07:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
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coryking

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this now, from a nitro tapped version of Peche...

Wow, is this a great beer. I have always loved Peche, but on nitro, it becomes dangerous. The drinkability is scary...

A: Jet black, creamy finger of head thats the color of a cinnamon roll that has retained for at least 20 minutes now.

S: Its an imperial coffee stout, so if I didnt get a bunch of coffee, chocolates, toasted caramel, roastiness, and a bunch of sweet bourbon, I would be disappointed, but Im getting everything in a really nice harmony.

T: So creamy with a big coffee bite. It really is scary how easy this monster is to drink. Its like frothed coffee with a bourbon hint. Dry roasted malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa, more coffee, some creamy hint of frothed coffee and more coffee.

M/D: Way to easy and pleasing on nitro. A big medium body begging you to have another sip, so drinkable. As about as good as it gets! Great beer on nitro, a must have!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-15-2010 07:54:01 | More by coryking
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divineaudio

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from notes taken on vacation in montreal 5.16.2010.

served in a tulip glass. color is an opaque dark brown with a thick, creamy, light brown head that lasts till the beer is gone. leaves some nice sticky, webby lace all down the sides of the glass.

smell is coffee, milk chocolate, some hops and a little fruit.

taste is absolutely amazing; following the nose with roasted, coffee and chocolate malts. has a nice sweetness to it without being cloying. a pleasing, slightly puckery hop bitterness and a long, bittersweet finish make this very well balanced. alcohol content is extremely well hidden.

full bodied but incredibly smooth and creamy.

dangerously drinkable considering that it's almost 10%! this is fantastic beer - rich, decadent and certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-19-2010 21:18:36 | More by divineaudio
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plaid75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one and a half finger creamy light tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pronounced coffee and roasted grain aroma.

The taste consisted of a robust roasted coffee with a growing bitterness. No alcohol detected.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with some chewiness.

Overall a superior coffee stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-12-2008 18:24:50 | More by plaid75
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 11/04... Explosive, poured opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and anise. More of the same in the taste, lots of coffee and light alcohol. High quality beer, I actually am excited to try this on nitro, because as others have said, the extra carbonation is the only drawback.
Nitro Draft 7/05... Creamy mouthfeel with a great balance of chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Faint alcohol in the background. Now I see what the big deal is.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-05-2005 18:12:31 | More by egajdzis
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francisweizen

Arizona

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 Edition sampled several times at Montreals Mondial De La Biere 2004.

2002 First batch sampled several times at the Dieu Du Ciel brewpub in Montreal, PQ

Appearance: As dark as a starless night. This brew is a deeply opaque black colour with a huge tan head that lasts until the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Todd summed this one up nicely. The aroma of this brew screams Espresso. Fresh espresso beans, fresh espresso coffee, FRESH ESPRESSO! There are also some nice chocolate (milk), caramel, and roasted malt notes hidden beneath the mound of espresso beans.

Taste: This brew tastes like a dream. First the fresh espresso notes hit hard, followed by a nice dark chocolate flavor. Than the roasted malts and the subdued but caramel-like sweetness come into play in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk and as creamy as a milkshake. This is the best beer that I have EVER had off of the nitro-tap. Somehow the flavors are not muted by the nitro-tap. In fact I think that this beers flavors blend wonderfully on nitro (although i've yet to have this aged in the bottle)

Drinkability: How can a 9%abv espresso assault be this easy to drink. This is easily the easiest drinking coffee beer that I have ever consumed. In fact this is one of the easiest drinking strong stouts that I have ever had as well.

Notes: This stuff is awesome! Why-oh-why can we not get this in the states. I really wish that Montreal would change it's laws so Jean-Francois Gravel can start filling growlers of this stuff to go, or better yet bottling it for export. This is really one of the best beers out there!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-23-2004 18:40:07 | More by francisweizen
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CloudStrife

New York

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter. 6 and 1 notched on the label of this twist off bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing pitch black in the glass. A mild khaki tan head sits on top, dissipating in a couple minutes.

S: Initially there is a nice dose of coffee that blends very well with a roasted malt quality. Dark fruit qualities come out more as it warms along with a touch of smokiness.

T: A beer with flavor that builds on you. At first I get a slightly bitter coffee, then a blend of dark fruit comes through. The aftertaste lingers with a great roastiness for a solid 2 minutes after each sip.

M: Very smooth beer. Creamy mouthfeel that slides like velvet over your tongue. Doesn't even seem like an alcoholic beverage. Remarkable.

Overall I am stunned with the complexity yet harmony of this beer. Coffee is just enough to add without overwhelming, hops compliment the coffee and the roastiness just works period.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:21:29 | More by CloudStrife
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Tony49er

California

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Black motor oil color, cant see anything at all just black as night, no light showing through this beer, thick mocha color head but goes away fast and tons of alcohol legs, pretty much a perfect imperial stout...just EPIC

Smell- Tons of coffee bitterness, roasted malts, dark roasted chocolate, espresso notes, a perfect nose on this imperial stout AMAZING stuff..wow

Taste- Tons of roasted coffee notes and bitterness in the front of the palate, rich dark chocolate cotes the back of the tongue and mouth, you don't really taste the alcohol at all in this beer, mostly a warming sensation in the mouth

Mouthfeel- Normal smooth and thick as an imperial stout should be

Overall- An A+ beer for sure just AMAZING stuff...WOW...one of the best beers I have ever had and easily one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had for sure...just epic...If you can get this beer you should...CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:19:58 | More by Tony49er
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auee92

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep, richly roasted, strong coffee (espresso ground) sprinkled with shavings of extravagantly bitter chocolate, and fermented substantially in alcohol. Wonderful.

Appearance: Un-penetrable solemn black, crowned with a minimal half-inch head of tan foam. Delightful.

Taste: Medium sweetness, and only lightly bitter, not as pronounced as expected. Incomparable.

Palate: Medium body, creamy, slick and thick mouthfeel, long flat finish with soft carbonation. Majestic.

Overall: Magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:14:22 | More by auee92
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SHODriver

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger and a half of thick tan head that slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves a bit of lacing
S: smells of coffee, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate
T: taste is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Swallow brings more coffee, chocolate, and roast malt with a bit of cocoa powder.
M: thick and velvety on the mouth with soft carbonation that is a bit prickly. finish is
O: This beer is very smooth with good flavors and nice complexity. I can't find any faults with it and it is an absolute pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:20:38 | More by SHODriver
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(thanks to KR for a gift glass of this for setting up the keg - poured into a tulip)

A: jet black with a dense, creamy, tan cap of foam... fantastic retention - let the beer sit for a good 10 min before sipping and the head barely receded... somewhat surprising, damn-near perfect, contiguous lace covering from top-to-bottom.... wow!

S: huge, rich, milky, dark chocolate scent - not much more.... little-to-no booze, perhaps some mild floral highlights.... no roasty notes of note.... hmmm....

T: coffee-creme and espresso-roasty quickly emerging up front, nearly as quickly followed by a vaguely-spicy, perhaps anise-like, flowery booze, but extremely soft with a delicate warmth*... the yeast character, phenolics seem purely Belgian... not necessarily sweet, but the coffee/ milk chocolate flavors sort of fool you.... lingering patent-like roast and bitterness in the aftertaste

M: *this delicate warmth was felt, quite glowingly, in my belly... amazing how soft this... mild grainy-silky texture, but not quite viscous - similar to that of adding lactose?... i can't describe how ridiculously fast I downed this once I started sipping - 4-5 sips at most, to finish

O: wow! loved this... I held out a long time - having first heard of this beer maybe almost 6-7 years ago - before finally trying this for the first time... I feel like it has the fermentation profile, velvety smoothness, and subtle sweetness of some American-made, Belgian-style stouts I've tried, but the coffee and roast flavors seem genuinely American.... whatever, doesn't matter, why label? - this is a kick-ass creation!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 06:15:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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RyanOooh

Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black w/ edges of dark red.
Yeast alcohol nose, slightly sweet like Caramel or milk chocolate
2 finger bubbly mocha head / settles to pillow layer.
First taste bam chocolate & coffee, sweet, settles into a typical ris stone fruit and then licorice and shockingly smooth. Alcohol on the tongue, very intense flavor that continues to bring out characteristics of cherry, chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso, toffee...absolutely delicious. Mouth is a little hot which isn't as pleasant, but overall this was unreal good. It is a bit pricey, but wow- might go get a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 06:58:08 | More by RyanOooh
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to snifter.

I couldn't find a year, only a month and day for when the beer was brewed. Oh well.

I'm surprised that there's not much of a head on this beer. It's only about a quarter-finger thick and quickly dissipates. Lacing is also scarce. The beer is otherwise pitch-black with some mild carbonation visible.

As the label suggests, I get a dark roasted coffee aroma with my first whiff. It's not as overpowering as I'd expect. There's also some sweetness and chocolate present. Maybe some vanilla. It's a good aroma, but still fairly subdued.

I'm really impressed with the coffee flavor here. It's dark and roasty, but really moderate and not overbearing. It's an excellent coffee that went into this. But it's not just coffee I'm drinking. There's plenty of tasteful sweetness in here and a creamy, almost lactose-like component making this closer to coffee with milk. I'd say it's like a vanilla hazelnut latte or something along those lines. A tasty coffee treat.

Plus, this drinks really mellow-like. There's no alcohol heat. Nothing to heavy or unpleasant. It's smooth, has a slight carbonation, and a creamy feel. There's a burnt character that lingers on the finish, maybe even providing some oak or wood character, but even this is nice and mellow.

I'm a fan of this beer. The appearance didn't blow me away and the smell was good, but not great, but the taste and mouthfeel are next level. A true joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:33:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
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BigMurph

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A – Pours black with good carbonation, but only a small light brown head.

S – Coffee followed by chocolate dominates. Slightly sweet. Some alcohol but not a lot. Love the coffe aroma.

T – Coffee, roasted malts. Some alcohol but hides its 9.5% ABV well.

MF – A smooth start, a little fizzy on the palate. Medium bodied, but thinner than expected. Medium-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle poured into pint glass

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:23:38 | More by BigMurph
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a snifter.

The color is totally opaque coffee-brown with a 3 f head.

Aroma: deep roasted coffee and some cocoa. This is not faux coffee- it's the real deal:the beer is infused with fair trade coffee. The aroma isn't my favorite, but it's well done.

Mouth feel- quite pleasant and not over-carbonated.

Taste: deep roasted coffee, cocoa, some lemon. Quite intense.

Finish: smooth coffee. Unlike the intensity in the aroma and taste, the beer finishes smoothly - a nice contrast to the latter.

Overall. An excellent imperial stout. I am not partial to the deep roasted aroma- taste in beer, but this imperial stout is well done. It's best at 50F.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:30:09 | More by brureview
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Deep, dark brown/black color. Initially, a 1-inch thick tan foamy head, which dissipated somewhat abruptly, yet leaving a collar with innumerable tiny bubbles and fine, sticky, beige lacing throughout the experience. The coffee scent jumped from the bottle and was noticeable even from a distance within moments after hitting the glass. Upon further inspection, roasted chocolate with notes of licorice and cinnamon spice were apparent, all of which were replicated on the palate at first sip. A little more carbonation than expected (based on the nose), while subtle hints of vanilla & coconut emerged. A little more sweetness and a little less bitter carbonation (a la BCBS and KBS) would make this stout truly special. Still, a very fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:29:28 | More by JohnParadee
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review with a fresh bottle since I feel the last review was an old bottle and the brew suffered as a result. This bottle just hit the stores and has the 6 and the 9 checked off.

A: Black pour with a tall, frothy medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with great head retention. Heavy thick fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Can smell the coffee from across the room immediately. Big, sharp, acrid coffee bean aroma. A little creamy chocolate sweetens it up decently.

T: What do you know, more coffee bean. Big bitter coffee flavors up front. This is definitely fresh. Lots of creamy chocolate joins the coffee shortly, sweetening it up and lending a really nice mocha flavor. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leaving a semisweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavor lingering forever in the aftertaste. Get almost a little hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste too, sort of a resinous piney flavor but just a little bit.

M: Medium-heavy, smooth and creamy.

O: A really nice coffee stout. Huge and tasty coffee flavors abound. Not TOO bitter due to the inclusion of a nice sweet chocolate. Ends up balanced decently but there is still plenty of bitterness to go around at the same time. Helps keep it from being cloying I think. Very tasty. Half a notch down from FBS, IMO. Must drink this one fresh for sure. Don't age it, trust me.

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REVIEW 09-13-2013

Unsure of age but fairly aged. Looks like the 2 and the 0 are ticked off on the side of the label. Unsure what that means, Feb 2010? It would be about right I guess.

A: Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Head is very dense and refuses to go anywhere. Frothy too, like a chocolate milkshake. Great retention. Moderate splotchy lacing. (4.25)

S: Roasted coffee bean and umami. Hints of chocolate. (3.75)

T: Roasted coffee bean up front, rich but mellow. Not sharp like you'd usually expect. Chocolate in the middle. Some telltale oxidation on the back end with some dusty cardboard mixing with the chocolate and leaving a dry finish. Not overpowering but definitely has surpassed its prime. A touch of bitter coffee floats between sips. (4.00)

M: Medium-heavy, smooth. (4.00)

O: Not a bad coffee stout but I noticed it has a twist-off cap. Combined with a few years of age and I think oxidation has detracted quite a bit. It's tasty and smooth but clearly not as good as it could be. I will have to check in and see if I have some newer bottles to compare with. (4.00)

OVERALL 3.96

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:40:42 | More by Dope
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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McStagger

California

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Very dark. Finger of head. Moderate retention, good lacing.

S: Malted milk, some of the hoppiness comes through. Coffee(!), dark cocoa, some dark fruit.

T: Malty sweetness (think whoppers), darkened fruit and then bam, huge, massive coffee notes.

M: Fairly chewy, but not overly slick. Heavy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation are apropos for the style.

O: Very, very good. Huge coffee bitternes, which I love. Will definitely pick this up again. Needs a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:41:38 | More by McStagger
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a 375ml bottle into chalice.

A - Obsidian with a reddish tan 1.5 finger head. Quick retention and spotty lacing.

S - Roasted coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet cocoa and some caramel. The aroma is quite pleasing.

T - Bold, bitter pressed coffee, espresso, dark chocolate is followed by sweet coca and caramel. It is bitter on the finish, but very easy to drink.

M - Medium body with some creaminess and prefect carbonation.

O - At $6 a bottle this was a decadent treat, but not one I can afford to go back to on occasion. Well worth trying if you enjoy big coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:04:23 | More by Ri0
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

an amazing stout, worthy of its high status, but i almost like aphrodite more, with the vanilla and cocoa nibs. the coffee in this one is robust, rich and thick, wildly bitter, but still in reasonable proportion to the stout, in other words, it still tastes like a beer above coffee. deep dark brown in color, dense, and showing very little light. an inch of creamy mocha foam, like the top of a good espresso. the drink starts out with that coffee bitterness which transitions into malt bitterness from the dark barley. its not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be, and i think thats part if its charm, its simplicity and streamlined elegance for being such a big stout. alcohol is entirely absent from the flavor profile too. it has a hit of sweetness to balance the bitter right before the finish, and a clean finish for what this is. dense texture but somehow soft in feel, again, like properly made espresso. full bodied, just enough carbonation. overall an incredibly satisfying stout, expertly made, and brought home for a very reasonable price. i wish this was available on the market all the time. rich and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 18:18:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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BierJager89

California

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Big bitter notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: This beer is delicious, though quite bitter. Recommended to any fan of coffee stouts. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:30:44 | More by BierJager89
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours near black with some light showing through. Tan head quickly fades. No lacing to speak of as it slides around in the glass.

S- Dark roasted notes, coffee, licorice, and some herbal hop character. A little bit of dirt aroma as well.

T- A big step up imo. The coffee profile takes your taste buds hostage, but then they are set free with a welcoming chocolate and cream character. Just a touch of vanilla. A hop kick in the finish. Lingering hop and roasted bitterness sticks with you until the next sip. Complex and rich.

M- full body, silky, creamy, not much booze distraction. Begs for another sip.

O- While I was less than impressed with the nose on this one, the depth of the flavor really took this from a "meh" beer to one that I would purchase again. Would go great with coffee cake.

$5 for a 12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:15:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with twist off cap. I'm thinking this may be a bottle of the 2011 vintage. Notches on numbers 3 and 2. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up a bit. I’m really looking forward to trying this as it’s a long time want.

Appearance: Poured down the middle the produced a finger of dark, tight khaki head. Little webs of lacing stuck to the sides for a while and a nice thick cap stuck around. Thanks bottle conditioning! Body is inky black.

Smell: Right away you get a dry, spicy roasted coffee scent. Nutty and sweet; brings to mind hazelnuts, caramel, milk chocolate and cream. What an awesome nose, like some kind of coffee dusted chocolate.

Taste: First, more of that spicy roasted coffee. Like smelling some freshly used grounds. The coffee is surprisingly rich and deep despite this beer being several years old. Also, lots of cream and milk chocolate with some sweet stone fruit. Finishes with a cinnamon like coffee note. Reminds me quite a bit of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Basically smooth and creamy. Slightly drying with a bit of heat.

Overall: An amazing coffee stout. I had my suspicions since this had a twist off cap and was aged but the coffee is strong, smooth and rich in both the nose and taste. Rounded off with an awesome mouthfeel and good head retention for a beer of this style. Highly recommended for fans of coffee stouts. Would love to try this fresh or once it’s been aged in a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

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