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

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Reviews: 1,702
Hads: 4,490
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 611
Gots: 769 | FT: 73
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Photo of indiapaleale
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing jet black color with a beautiful coffee colored head. Another perfect replica of one hell of a giant shot of espresso. The head is thick and clings very tightly to the side of the glass. We are off to a great start...

Smells of fresh coffee grounds and sweet cream. There is also a mellow smoky vanilla smell that reminds me very much of the pipe tobacco my grandfather smoked. Dark chocolate bitterness also hits the nose. Lots of strong inviting smells really draw you in!

Taste is fresh, strong, bitter Italian espresso followed by semi-sweet chocolate and rich cream. Amazingly smooth on the tongue and although the alcohol instantly warms you, it is in now way noticeable and in fact hides extremely well. All those great smells come out in the taste and provide for a very enjoyable and satisfying beer.

Actually, that is an understatement. This beer is truly incredible. Péché Mortel is one of those rare beers that lives
up to all the hype. Santé!

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Photo of gonzogambler
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got 5 of these babies and a couple bottles of beer geek breakfast for some coffee madness. Planning on aging at least a couple.

11.5 oz bottle pours BLACK with a frothy tan head.

Smell is amazing fresh coffee, chocolate, and earth. This beer is very different from other coffee beers I've had. The coffee is dominating, almost to the point of eating a coffee bean. Flavor is roasted and it grows quickly and powerfully. Bitter chocolate backs up the java nicely. The taste of coffee stays and is a welcome guest; this beer rocks it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to a pint glass from an 11.5 oz. bottle. Notching code on the label's right edge seems to indicate '0' and '0'; of course, I have no idea what this means. This one came from the fridge and warmed about 30 minutes before serving.

A: Pours completely black, not the faintest bit of light penetrating. An ill-advised vigorous pour filled the glass with little beer and over four fingers of frothy sandy-tan head. Then the waiting begins...very s-l-o-o-o-w-w-w-w to recede, with each passing second the head becomes denser and rockier, like a fluffy meringue. Finally settles to concave half-finger of cream and trails in wide sheets of fine sparkling bits. A masterpiece.

S: Robust and chocolate-filled, dark and bittersweet. Nose is intensely roasted (coffee builds), but has a light blanketing sweetness, like powdered sugar, and hints of ripe pit fruit and vanilla.

T: Oh my - what a beautiful melding of dark chocolate and rich coffee! Not a bit of sticky sweet syrupiness or acrid coffee, this is all about the finest, richest cacao and freshest ground beans. Vague taces of vanilla and a touch of woody sourness come and go, and harsher bitterness lurks at times (but is vanquished temporarily with each new sip).

M: Thick and luscious, blanketing the mouth with a lasting bittering. Carbonation isn't noticeable, nor is the alcohol. Well ok, the alcohol IS there, but it's refined and subtly warming.

D: Sure it's a big beer, weighing in at 9.5%, but its remarkably drinkable. Wonderful appearance, complex yet balanced flavor - it's a gorgeous and special beer. Highly recommend and one I'm glad is finally accessible here in Oregon.

Merci beaucoup, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - very dark pour, no light getting through the glass. A creamy mocha head that forms a rootbeer float head on top, lots of lace columns around the outside glass wall.

Aroma - rich roasted coffee leaps from the glass, in aromatic form that is. Zoing, another caffeine bomb just before midnight, when will I learn?!? Nice chocolate syrup aromas coming out with some warmth.

Taste - burnt grain smacks the tastebuds around right away along with a jalepeno pepper flavor I often associate with the burnt-tasting beers. Followed up by a rich intense coffee with a warm alcohol rider. On the swallow, a touch of sweetness, some returning malt flavor that has an element of roast to it instead of full on char. Roasted coffee aftertaste, very lengthy and what stuck in my mind from the smallest of sips at Flossmoor station the night before DLD08. Bitter chocolate shows up before long, adding to the profile nicely. Aside from the excessive char, over-burned brews usually top out at 4.0 for me, but there is such an intensity of other things in here that I like, that I find myself dwelling on those elements despite.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, smooth but not the bigger body I had in mind.

Drinkability - the other bottle will get some cellar time. I know it will affect the coffee flavors but I want to see what it also does to the char. As is, a fine brew that earns its rank. Disappeared way too fast for me, palate adjustment and warming make this one outstanding.

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Photo of Deuane
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this brew before from a bottle and wanted to wait till I could get it FRESH on tap, I am glad I did. The tap version is so much more alive and dynamic, not that the bottled version isnt good, all would be wise to try this on tap if possible.

A-Deep, dark and mysterious! Served with a HUGE billowing mocha head that reduced to nice cap that left behind generous lace.

S-Rich roasty malts swirl with COFFEE and hints of chocolate....sniffing hard as the head kinda gets in the way!

T-KA-BOOM!! Rich and luscious! Massive blasts of dark roast coffee collide with roasted malt and bites of bitterness from the hops and a bit of dark cocoa chocolate in the background. This has just about everything in a coffee stout I could ask for.

M-Medium-heavy body with smooth creaminess one cannot began to understand till you have it from the tap.

D-What can I say...the ONLY beer during our marathon tasting evening that I had TWO of! This stuff is crazy good...but you best be ready for a coffee and roast assault. This is a beer with some serious kahones. I like this brew from a bottle just fine, but on tap it is a different beast.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a hint of red - thick foamy 1 inch caramel head. Smells of rich roasted coffee dominates. Heavy lacing clings lovingly to the glass. First sip is all coffee, not just coffee but really good coffee. I love coffee (not as much as beer). This brew is brewed with really good java! Mouthfeel is creamy, bordering on milkshake like. There is some chocolate coming through but make no question, coffee is the star. Very good...close to World Class!

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed and reviewed as part of cburian's RIS showdown. Thanks for the chance to try some great brews!

Dead-brown body, dark brown head.

Nose is fresh-ground coffee. Wow!

Rich malty coffee complexity. Intense dark fruits. A wonderful thing.

Chewy and oily mouthfeel.

Great sipper, a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky, pitch black with a good-sized brown head. The head is very slow to fade, and leaves copious lacing.

Aroma is noticeable coffee, a slight hazelnut, dark chocolate, roasted malts. The coffee is dominant, but not dominating - you can tell it's the lead, but it doesn't suffocate the other aromas.

Coffee is the main taste, but not the taste of warm, fresh brew - it's more of a reheated, half-day-old coffee. Some roasted malt taste, but it is overwhelmingly coffee, a lasting bitterness that, if it were coffee, would lead me to pour it out and brew a new cup. It's unfortunate the taste did not match the aroma, or else it would be a quite impressive brew.

Nice, solid, heavy body. Higher carbonation than usual, but not so much as to knock it far out of whack.

Overall decent drinkability. Not something I'd drink on a daily basis, but a good treat every once in a while.

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Photo of Shaggy9356
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG foamy slow fading tan head that never really leaves. Lacing lingers with each sip, This is about as black as a beer can get.
Sticking my nose in the Rapscallion sniffer results in a nice roasted coffee smell and a bit of vanilla.

I've been looking forward to this beer for awhile to see how it holds up to other big Imperial stouts. Nice full mouth feel. Taste is initially a bit alcoholy, giving way to expresso and chocolate notes. It finishes with some vanilla and more alcohol. This is a big malty beer. There is a strange estery bitter taste that hangs on throughout. The 9.5% alcohol is definitely there throughout.

I think this beer will mellow a bit with age. I would love to try this again in a years time. Im a little torn on Peche Mortel, its a good beer, its a big beer but it needs some time to balance out before it can be considered in the same league as the big boys.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz single for $4.49, Barriques on PD

been on the want list for quite some time and was stunned to see it at Barriques while stopping in for a sandwich and espresso

appearance: sweet label...poured into a snifter, big robust brown body with a huge chocolate foam cap and thick lacing/retention. this beer has true sex appeal

smell: potent medium roast fair trade coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, dark fruity esters and a noticeable booze presence, light green hop aromas underneath the huge roasted malts

taste: big espresso flavours right up front, black coffee, high bitterness levels throughout, incredibly creamy and milky feel, dark chocolate, severely roasted malts, light green hopleaf, mild alcohol bite...a very nice treat this one is, try it with some belgian chocolate

mouthfeel: super creamy, dark and roasty

drinkability: pretty good, given the bitterness and abv

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Photo of stephens101
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a slow pour a black brew with hues of ruby is topped off by a thin dark tan head that fades fairly quickly with some jagged and clingy lacing left behind. Plenty of complex aromas here with deep roasted malts and burnt wood up front, roasted almonds, cigar smoke and dark chocolates in the middle, and some caramel and a bit of breadiness in the back. The taste is incredibly smooth yet complex and fulfilling with big roasted malts up front that are mixed in with dark and sweet chocolates, coffee, some dark fruits, and a sweet and spicy middle. The palate is left with a nice lingering essence of hops and maybe a slight bit of cream for the coffee. Mouth-feel is full bodied yet drinkable despite the alcohol content and somewhat crisp at times despite the aforementioned creamy quality. Carbonation is active more so than most stouts of this magnitude. This is a brew is one to be savored and respected.

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Photo of bainard
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into wide-mouth glass, like most everyone else.

Let me start off by saying that this is a wonderful beer, and I have very little to say in the realm of criticism against it. However, it really did nothing for me beyond the level of "very good" to take it to the level of "outstanding".

A - The beer looks wonderful. Deep black with a fetching mocha head. Lacing is present but not overwhelming.

S - Coffee and roastiness, are the dominant aromas, but nothing is too overwhelming here. It certainly doesn't smell like it's a beer, or a cup of coffee, even. Extremely mild aromas overall. Couldn't quite figure out what was going on.

T - Stout sweetness prevails here, with coffee bitterness being the main complimentary flavor. Very pleasant, but nothing like FBS, BCS, DL, or other imperial stouts that I've fallen in love with. There's chocolate, maybe a little caramel or molasses here.

M&D - Thick, but not as thick as something like ST's Choklat or Dark Lord. Certainly not thin, either, but with a decent amount of carbonation. I'd compare it to Left Hand's Milk Stout as far as overall body goes. This is certainly a drinkable beer, but if I'm in the midst of a night of fine beer sampling, I don't know if I wouldn't want to try something else instead of having another go at this. Again, a mighty fine beer, but nothing that I would place in the highest echelons of beerdom, or stoutdom.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JoeyBeerBelly, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black that lets no light through. Has a large fluffy mocha/tan head that subsides quickly, but laces the glass on the way down. Aroma is roasted coffee with some flowery hops distant in the background. Taste is heavy on the coffee, with some mocha hiding in there as well. A roasted bitterness consumes your mouth after each sip. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, but lends to a creaminess that offsets the bitter coffee. You need to like coffee flavors to like this one because that flavor is intense here. I enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.11/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz bottle

Pours a rich black color with a thick, creamy, brown head. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather sharp and initially smells like burned coffee. Gives way to a large herbal hop smell and some lesser roasted malt and chocolate tones.

Huge bitterness upfront, both from the hops and coffee astringency. Lots of herbal hops and coffee and only a hint of the roated malts. Bitterness rages to the finish and well beyond.

Full body, mild carbonation.

I'm wondeirng why this beer is so well regarded. Extreme excess of both hops and coffee, no balance whatsoever.

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Photo of errantnight
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's always a shame when you feel disappointed by a beer that you supremely enjoy... but alas, that's my experience with Peche Mortel, a fantastic, well-crafted strong coffee stout that compares favorably with Founders... and yet seems nothing at all like a beer worthy of discussion as among the top 25 or 50 beers in the world, let alone number 14 (where it resides at the time of my tasting).

It is, perhaps, the best looking Imperial Stout I've ever seen... not shying away from an assertive carbonation that lifts a few gorgeous fingers of deep creamy head over a pitch black and viscous brew.

The aroma is a pungent lift of coffee with a mocha twist... but it manages to meld a nice roasted malt character that seems like a blessed combination, and not like a cheap trick.

The taste is very good, but not wowing. There's a sharp mineral character that reminds me of cold brewed coffee... and it seems to push itself in front of the malt character and hold off the beer for a moment. It's a character I was intrigued but ultimately put off by in Founders KBS in a similar manner... so I suppose it's something others latch onto and appreciate, but it seems out of touch with the rest of the beer.

Conversely, that same mineral (almost... a freezer burn, or stale refrigerator) flavor imparts an impressive drinkability onto the beer... almost in the same way bitterness does in an IPA. You just want to keep drinking to stay on top of it, and get to the base beer underneath.

As you can see from the score... I still very much enjoyed this... the higher carbonation didn't seem to make the beer spritzy, or unduly heavy or thin.... it aided in the creaminess, to my tastes. But I think they should reign that mineral quality in just a tad.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour resulted in a very dark brown liquid with a very heavy tan head. The lacing was very clingy.

S- Sweet coffee smell, almost like going to a coffee ship.

T- Sweet chocolate taste. Its very much like a nice brewed coffee.

M- Its very thick and creamy. I can see why this is such a great beer.

D- Easy to drink, nice and smooth.

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Photo of gregc
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Poured a pitch black coffee color, with a beautiful looking 1 1/2 finger dark brown head
Aroma was intense and wonderful...freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malts and the smallest amount of cream.
Taste was amazing, bitter roasted coffee dominates the taste, with some undertones of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some cream and a small amount of alcohol.
I had tried this a few months ago and was not impressed at all, but im glad i gave this another chance, it was wonderful. One of the best coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ph2001 for this opportunity.

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a finger deep foamy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is amazing deep dark gooey chocolate, roasted malt, a bitter coffee and some of the alcohol in the form of a cherry-vanilla. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is silky smooth, medium bodied. The flavor is big and chocolaty java. The coffee bitterness lingers along with the kiss of vanilla from the 9.5% ABV. Nicely done. A little lighter than i expected. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Buebie
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Heritage Liquore in St. Paul MN

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 16 oz merlot glass. No bottling date.
Black as might in color with zero transparency. Head is 2 fingers thick, of dark brown. Big thicks clumps of lace line all around my glass.
Big head retention with 1/2 a finger that doesnt seem to go away.

Smell is primarily of fresh brewed esspersso, some malty sweatness, cream, bitter chocolate.

T&M Very thick rich and cramy. Excellent balance of esspresso and sweet malt. The coffee is not over powering at all. At the swallow the coffee really comes around, with a nutty character as well. At the swallow, a zing of carbonation, a little too much carbonation in my oppinion. The finish is creamy coffee, sweet malt and the fading of sweat into a dry hoppy/ coffee overtone, that lingers for a good amount of time.

Wow, delicious beer. One of the best coffee infused beers I have had. No alcahol warming to be found, which is not a suprise. As this is one full bodied, full flavored beer. I'm glad I still have another bottle. Gonna let this celler for a few years and update the review.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thick tan/brown head. Thought about saying -.5 pts for the weird screw top, but the cool label makes up for it.

S: Coffee, roast, licorice and chocolate aromas are excellent.

T: The taste follows the smell. The chocolate seems more noticeable as the brew warms. The finish is bitter.

M: Full and creamy with a carbonation bite.

D: Velvety delicious. This should be a sipping beer, but is so flavorful...I had to use restraint.

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Photo of BgThang
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, pours a nice dark to opaque color. Has a huge head of tiny fine bubbles. Has a mocha brownish head also

Aroma is pure roasted coffe with hint of sweetness and choclate. I also got some raisin and dark fruits in there.

Body is pretty full to me with some nice carbonation

Taste is rich and silky. Maybe some oatmeal in there for that. After the initial taste as it rolls on the back of the palate you start to get the dark fruits and hops to come through.

This is a nice coffee stout. Thanks to jonathan for sharing this.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of daftafne
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a Unibroue Tulip glass. Pour looked like cola - dark brown/black and completely opaque. A finger of head supported by perfect, fine bubbles which formed such a neat order they looked like stacks of pearl necklaces. Smelled like it tastes - fine quality coffee and roasted malts. The hops come out and linger after the initial coffee and roast flavors subside. I can feel the warmth of the etoh only slightly. A little syrupy on the tongue but can still feel the mild carbonation. Has a bit of a bitter bite. Definitely a beer to be sipped - would probably only want to have one due to high alcohol content and fairly big flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 fl oz bottle into a Meantime snifter (listed at 9.5% ABV).

Pours darker than a moonless night, a pitch black hue with a finger's width of dark tan head that quickly recedes to a thin cap of foam. Thick rings of large bubbles bound to the glass' edge. The aroma is heavenly: rich espresso, a surprising amount of earthy hops, and dark, roasted chocolate malts.

Tremendous coffee and dark chocolate notes lash at the palate upon the first sip, and continue until the very last. Balancing the onslaught are notes of gooey caramel, dark rum, and raisin. A well-carbonated finish of warming booze and hops round out the velvety-smooth, thick body. Peche Mortel leaves a sweet, bitter coffee aftertaste in its wake, although the body is a touch on the over-carbonated side. All in all, this is a heavenly beer, and well worth the $5.00 price-tag. *kicks hisself for only buying three bottles*

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, it pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, coffee/espresso and a bit of chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, the roasted coffee/espresso taste is strongest, but bittersweet and milk chocolate are noticable too. There's also a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's rich and silky with average carbonation. It's also very smooth, which along with the taste makes the drinkability very good. I think this is an excellent beer. I definitely recommend this to others to try, especially if you like coffee.

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Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a snifter. Pours dark and opaque with an impressive brown head that disperses some sheets of satiny lace.

Aroma is somewhat subtle but very inviting. Dark roasted malts evince some coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate notes but the smell of fresh black currants really sets off the nose.

Body is medium full with an ideal soft but prickly carbonation.

Taste is quite rich. Coffee dominates here but with plenty of bittersweet chocolate. Currants show up here too, lending a leasant fruity berry note. Alcohol is well hidden. Seems like there is some oatmeal underneath as this has an incredible smoothness.

Excellent! Certainly one of the better coffee stouts around.

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.