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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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3,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 3243
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First review:

On the hand pump served in a tulip at Teresa's

A: deeeep black, with a pinky finger's worth of dark tan head

S: not getting as much coffee as the taste would suggest

T: overwhelmingly bitter coffee with little else

M: mmm...velvety

O: lack of sweetness to balance the coffee killed this for me. Would love to try it on nitro

Serving type: cask

02-02-2013 17:38:30 | More by fbc24
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From cask to tulip glass at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC on 7/23/11
*From notes

-- This was purposely served at room temperature --

A: Dark and imposing. This monster is the blackest of rich, dark blacks. No head, no lacing. This is one hardcore cask beer about to be had.

S: Wow - a Costco sized dose of tannic wood and dark roast. The heavy toast here is impeccible. The balance of freshly ground coffee and toasty wood is outstanding.

T: Unsweetened cocoa slaps the palate into submission. As the tounge begins to lay down and take it, in comes the epic, just-brewed black coffee. I take another sip and pull splinters out of my mouth - the wood here is all over this thing like Ike on Tina Turner. Hints of pimento on the back end are unexpected, yet it adds a level of depth and complexity I didn't see coming. This is a nifty and utterly unique brew.

M: I've never had a beer that felt this slick. It's crazy - this is a big time, thick beer that has been conditioned to the point where it feels like satin sheets. I can't imagine ever finding a beer that comes close to resembling the one-of-a-kind mouthfeel of this one.

O: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's Péché Mortel on cask is one of the most badass beers I've had in ages. It's also a massive tick for me - I'm thrilled to have finally had this, and on such a momentus occasion at that.

This is such a wonderful beer, but due to it's heavy nature and cask conditioning, one was more then enough. I highly recommend seeking this beer out, and look forward to my next encounter with this dark and brooding Imperial Stout.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2011 17:14:06 | More by Rhettroactive
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg on 4/2/11, where they serve it in a wine glass.

A: Body is black. Dark black. Given the hand-pump, there was a surprisingly full (1-finger) chocolate-brown head on top. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: The nose smells mainly of coffee, but there's also some cream, chocolate, raisins, molasses and burnt sugar that offset the coffee and provide some balance. It's really, really nice.

T: The taste is also big on coffee, but there's plenty of chocolate and molasses, both of which provide sweetness to counteract the roasted coffee bitterness. Cocoa powder is there too, along with a touch of drying alcohol at the finish. Some port-like raisins are present as well. I have to say the cask version of this is much better than I recall it from the bottle.

M: Thick. Hefty. Viscous. But creamy and smooth at the same time. Intense flavors and a heavy feel are a real nice combination, makes this seem like a decadent dessert beer.

O: Awesome. Highly drinkable as an interesting, tasty beer that you won't want to stop drinking. The flavors are fairly balanced, with just enough sugar, molasses and chocolate/cocoa sweetness to cut through all of the coffee. In the bottle, I thought this beer didn't live up to its reputation. From the cask, I get it.

Serving type: cask

04-05-2011 14:57:13 | More by Kendo
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a wine glass. I did this side by side with a cask serving of this beer's base Stout, the Grande Noirceur.

Pours a black with a thin covering of burnt mocha head. This leaves just a light smattering of lacing back but does leave some gooey brown oils dripping down the sides of the glass. This looks identical to the glass of Grande Noirceur sitting next to it. The aroma is literally buzz inducing with coffee. I mean roasted espresso beans just shoot up the nose and stay there. There's a bit of underlying chocolate sweetness and maybe a touch of green citrus present but this nose is just absolutely OWNED by the coffee. This is fantastic smelling!

The taste pretty much matches the nose, and wow man, this is just pure coffee flavor. This is probably the most that I've ever felt in a Coffee Stout. The bitterness from the roast and green citric hops are actually well balanced by those chocolate and caramel malts that are present but man, the parching dry roasted coffee finish on this is one of the more intense that I've ever encountered. I literally had a lingering hazy burnt roast feel hang on my palate for up to a ½ hour after I finished this glass. And it was only a half pour! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a mellow and creamy feel up front but then gets much sharper towards the swallow. That bigger ABV here is showing itself a bit here on cask and it's not coming off as hot in any way but does make sure that you take your time with this one.

I love this beer out of the bottle and to finally have this beer cask conditioned off the hand pump was a real treat. I mean, this is about as unadulterated of an experience that you can have with a coffee beer IMHO. The intense combination of the alcohol and roast here on cask was something that I won't forget for a while. Just completely awesome stuff.

Serving type: cask

02-24-2011 20:12:46 | More by Kegatron
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask poured into a wine glass.

Pours pitch black with almost no head at all. Nose is dry bitter coffee and light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is lackin on cask, it's a bit flat. Otherwise it's phenomenal, rich and roasty with a nice light bitter finish. Phenomenal.

Serving type: cask

02-16-2011 22:51:53 | More by kingcrowing
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Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've now had the good fortune to try this beer on cask, on tap and in bottle, and this review is an average of all three versions. The cask is by far the best (and in some respect is seems like a completely different beer), while the bottled and kegged version seem to be equivalent.

As it pours a slightly satanic aura emerges with a cloud of mocha bubbles transitioning to depths of midnight black. What a majestic appearance! A super thick cake of a head leaves heavy sheets of lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. The only fault I can find is that it would be nicer to have a slightly thicker cap come the finish, but this seems like a minor quibble

Aromas of coffee, cream, chocolate and caramel waft enticingly upwards and the first sip cannot come soon enough, but it is worth taking the time to appreciate the intense bouquet the brewer has crafted here. While I wouldn't describe the coffee aromas as that of an espresso, I would say that there's a nice dark roast in here, and I'm curious what they use. What also impresses me is that the coffee is not allowed to overpower the other elements in the nose, and it immediately strikes me as more balanced than most coffee flavoured beers.

The taste is of an extremely smooth, and perhaps as divine as the aroma suggests. Creamy dark roasted coffee, with some cocoa powder and alcohol in the aftertaste. Dark fruits and Christmas memories linger in the background. Whippings of milk chocolate cut the coffee bitterness and bring things to a delicate and beautiful balance. The cask version takes this up a notch, and the intensity of the coffee, cream and chocolate becomes almost dizzying. The mouthfeel is just amazing - heavy and viscous, yet delightfully smooth, and again, the cask version takes this idea and runs with it. The intensity of the flavour combines with a weight which gives the impression of table cream to create a truly decadent experience.

What really marks this beer out is how ridiculously drinkable it is. Without doubt its the best coffee beer I've had, and certainly the best coffee accented imperial stout. The flavours are in perfect balance, and there's just enough sugar to cut through all of the coffee roast to make it insanely easy to drink. Péché Mortel is widely viewed as the best offering from this brewery and the best beer out of Canada. It should be considered one of the best beers in its class in the world.

Serving type: cask

10-19-2009 02:35:12 | More by bobsy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ralph.

A: Black with a creamy tan head (hand pumped), good retention & lace.

S: HUGE nose of COFFEE!!! Dark chocolate, nut, roasted barley.

T: Coffee, port, dark chocolate, slight licorous & tar, assertive bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, with a prickly roasted acidity.

D: Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: cask

10-21-2007 01:24:04 | More by Derek
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4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at the brewpub in Montreal during the beer fest. This is a tremendous beer. Black as night, like motor oil. Tremendous espresso and chocolate aromas. I can only describe this as liquid chocolate. Intense cofffee flavours, rich, smooth and creamy. The alcohol is not apparent at all, and at 9%, this is one dangerous and potent brew.

Serving type: cask

06-06-2007 01:49:33 | More by baiser
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo Cask Days 2006. Thanks to Dieu du Ciel guys for making the trek out and bring great beer to Toronto.

Pours deep dark black, some red in the edges, small tan head forms, some lace spots. Smell is awesome, very malty, toffee/chocolate and tons of coffee aroma, very raw and very powerful. Taste is malty and choclate/toffee notes are in the front, followed by a big coffee roast hit, lots of coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoyed this, better on cask than in bottle, and I understand this was the first time DDC has ever done Peche Mortel on cask!

Serving type: cask

11-06-2006 00:42:40 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Sampled this at Volo Cask Days 2006, what an amazing event!

Appearance was a black, even held up to light, with a small dark brown head that dissolved into a ring of brown bubbles. Aroma of black coffee, dark chocolate. Taste was like chocolate-covered espresso beans, very complex and warming and got better with each sip. This was the smoothest beer I have tried, silky and thick and the high ABV is almost inperceptable. Wow... So glad I tried this, best beer Canada makes IMHO.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2006 23:45:48 | More by tatterdash
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Ontario (Canada)

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

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

pours a nearly opaque black colour with a thin dark head.

armoa is great. rich and roasty. coffee and bittersweet coffee.

taste is awesome. rich, roasty coffee flavour. thick biscuity malt. bittersweet chocolate. nice alcohol warmth on the way down.

mouthfeel is great. big and thick, with a nice low carbonation level.

drinkability is also excellent. i wish i had steady access to this beer. i'd love to try this one with a year or two of aging as i think it'd be even more amazing. highly recommended to everyone.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2006 22:54:18 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coffee, coffee aroma with some booziness and tiny head. Bottle from Dr. Jay via Sam's in Chicago. Smooth and medium mouthfeel, tasty, some richness. A bit overrated. A speeedway stout caffeine and alcohol melange. A bit of lace on way down. Understated carbonation. 2005 bottled.

Worked as the clear winner, on cask at Volo cafe in fall 2006 and that is my ranking. Coffee aroma, and thick chocolate coffee was superb.

Cask on in fall 2007 was way too much coffee grinds and did not work.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2006 01:19:31 | More by Sammy
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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)


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:40:42 | More by Dope
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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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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

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