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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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3,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 3230
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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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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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black with a huge 3 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Very nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of fresh brewed coffee with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coffee is definitely the dominant smell and this is one of the best coffee stouts I have smelled. Taste is of Hershey's chocolate syrup infused with fresh roasted coffee beans. The roasted coffee bitterness is very noticeable after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and smooth. Very rich and heavy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with an unbelievable coffee aroma and taste that is just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:55:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obscurant obsidian. The coffee-with-cream colored crown is Belgianesque in size and texture and fills the majority of the glass immediately after a gentle pour. I love the thickly creamy, yet airy, melted nature of the foam as it slowly deflates. This may be the single best looking head on any stout... ever. Thick, chunky hunks of lace stick to most of the available glassy surface. An astounding appearance.

Keeping in mind that I haven't had a huge number of coffee-added ales, this one may be the most powerfully aromatic coffee beer in existence. In fact, it smells exactly like freshly ground coffee beans, not beer. On further assessment, there's an intense bittersweet chocolatiness as well. This is a no nonsense, no apologies, in your face aroma. If I was a coffee lover, it'd be perfect.

Javalaaanche!!! Mon Dieu! As above, I can't imagine any beer on planet Earth that tastes more like iced (cool actually) coffee than Peche Mortel. I'm not sure if Canadians are required to list ingredients from most abundant to least, like Americans are, but I find it interesting that Fair-Trade coffee comes before water on the label.

I don't mind coffee stouts at all, as long as the flavor of the beans is complementary to the beer as a whole. This one though, is so all encompassingly coffeeish that I'm struggling to figure out how I feel about it as beer. Again, if you're a java junkie, you'll be in seventh heaven. If not, like me, you'll be less than thrilled.

As the middle portion of the bomber approaches, I'm able to re-route the raging coffee river just enough to appreciate small tributaries of roasted black malt and bittersweet chocolate. However, it's like trying to filter out a nearby jackhammer enough to appreciate a Mozart concerto at low volume. Hard to do, but worth the effort.

In the final reckoning, I can appreciate this beer for the masterpiece it is. Having said that, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel may have overdone it with the coffee and effectively obliterated the beerness of the beer. No alcohol is appreciated on the palate and very little is making its way to my brain. Actually, what's happening is that the undoubtedly sky-high amount of caffeine is counteracting the depressant effect of the alcohol. It's an interesting effect that is becoming more interesting as the ounces fly by.

The body/mouthfeel is first-class all the way. I've had bigger, thicker, creamier, more viscous stouts, but this one does a great job in every one of those areas. The aural evidence of a highly carbonated beer (at crown cracking) and the visual evidence (on the pour) are not borne out in the mouth.

I find it interesting (and ironic) that a brewery named 'God of Heaven' brews a double stout called 'Mortal Sin'. Peche Mortel could use a little of that tension, a little of that fascinating dichotomy, instead of being a steamroller of a coffee beer that doesn't allow complexity to flourish and, therefore, ends up being one-dimensional. For the millionth time... if you love coffee as much as you love beer, then Peche Mortel should be at the top of your wish list.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 22:53:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served at cellar temperature and poured into a Middle Ages Imperial Pint Glass

A – Poured a thick as molasses oil like liquid which slowly churned around and settled into my glass giving off a huge billowing pillow like head of tan colored frothy suds that just seemed to keep rising until it reached the very lip of the glass. Once it decided to stop growing it eventually came back down to the top of the thick viscous liquid leaving behind just tons of side glass lace. There was really a thick and warm look to this one, really, the classic look of a good RIS.

S – The aroma was loaded down with coffee, literally just a ridiculously strong aroma of deep roasted coffee with a nice amount of sugary sweetness added in. This was truly a coffee stout if I had ever smelled one. There was no touch of alcohol present in the aroma at all; it was just a healthy mixed of roasted coffee beans, sweet lactose sugar, and a nice full roasted malt attack. The aroma was very full really full and one of the tightest and most full of coffee that I have seen in quite some time.

T – Where to start here. First off I had to mention this somewhere so I might as well mention it here. There was definitely caffeine present in this. When I first opened this bottle I was quite tired, and by half way through the first pint I was wide awake, the coffee in here was so evident that it literally wired me. A very strange feeling indeed and not one I was expecting. The flavor was full on rich coffee stout. Lots of espresso like flavors, a, mild hint of vanilla and a ton of lactose sugar was what I had greeting me. The finish was very dry and drawn out with that long lingering weird kind of buzz feeling you get after a couple cups of coffee. A really nice little picks me up. No hint of the alcohol in here at all, this was all big time stout, and really wonderful at that.

M – This was definitely a large full bodied dessert beer. Very thick, almost like a shake in consistency but it never got dull due to the large amount of carbonation that was present throughout the entire session. Really rich I actually was sipping on this most of the time because it was just a really thick and creamy stout and a gulp would simply be a waste.

D – Superb, I would have loved to have another of these. The alcohol you would think would catch up to you after a bit, but I guess the caffeine evened it out, but by the end I was raring to go and definitely would have loved to have had another one. I could see putting down this on a regular basis and making it a regular in the winter rotation would be an easy thing to do.

Overall this was excellent, really a finely crafter beer and one of the best examples of the style I have ever seen. The use of coffee was superb and the sweetness brought into the mix really helped to balance out the whole profile. This was easily something I would have to recommend and to be honest, something I would really like to seek out. Go get this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:08:31 | More by mikesgroove
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to t0rin0 for gifting me this one. I've really been wanting to try this one out.

A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top.

S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon).

T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it.

M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy.

D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 05:13:30 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an exquisite black color with a stack of tiny tan bubbles that retain like cappuccino foam and leave dancing shards of lace around the glass

Smell: Rich espresso, with undertones of chocolate, vanilla and scorched raisins

Taste: Opens with an espresso flavor that builds a chocolatey, but fruity, presence through mid-palate; after the swallow, a changing bitter complexity springs the additional flavors of vanilla and burnt tobacco, but the overall effect is just a really bitter cup of espresso

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with modest carbonation

Drinkability: A supurb beer that I have been sitting on for about two years since I purchased it from Brawley's; bottled 8/05

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 00:13:31 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma consists of espresso type coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet and roasted malt with a dominant taste of espresso coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Very well balance overall with a full body and a creamy texture. Not cloying or overly dry in any way and alcohol is not apparent.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 19:36:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.

Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.

Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.

Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.

The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.

I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.

Thanks RyanC84

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:40:17 | More by BEERchitect
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Dark chocolate color that is nearly opaque out of the bottle during the pour and becomes completely so in the glass. Pours about a finger's worth of creamy, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bubbly black surface. Quite a bit of lacing remains as it goes down (or, towards the beginning, after a swirl).

S: Sweetness with a little bit of acidity. Cherries come to mind, along with a little bit of chocolate. After inhaling deeply, these scents almost immediately bow down to the powerful coffee/espresso presence.

T: Strong and unbelievably-tasty coffee presence! Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate, with a little of the aforementioned dark cherries. Slightly roasted and a little bitter.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium-to-full bodied. Not too much carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, although it is felt on the cheeks.

D: A little too strong and pungent to be excessively drinkable, although it is still quite drinkable for its style. All in all, this is an excellent offering and I'm quite glad I was able to finally get my hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:49:26 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (a slight bit of red is visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a thin creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of coffee and espresso beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of coffee and espresso beans stand out in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Unlike the bottled version, roasted flavors are not very noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and incredibly smooth and creamy; the smoothness of the beer on-tap really sets it apart from the bottled version.
D: The beer goes down very smooth and tastes like creamy espresso. I could sip this beer all night long and will definitely try this again if I can find it on-tap because it tastes even better than it does in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 23:59:51 | More by metter98
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3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body topped by a thin, short-lived tan head.

Smell: Ashen aroma of spent coffee grounds with some supporting notes of dark malts and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste: Moderately sweet dark malts yield to a blast of roasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Hint of anise. The coffee flavor starts to take on a distinct burnt quality. Ashy finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I will give it that.

Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Instead of chiming in with a half-snotty remark, let's just say it's "alright" and leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:58:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split this among a few friends last night in celebration of the Hockeytown boys winning Lord Stanley's cup.Poured a jet black with a thinner creamy dark tan colored head,aromas obviously had deep dark roast coffee tones mixed with dark fruit and a hint of bitter chocolate.Mas what a silky smooth mouthfeel this is what make a very good beer a great beer no faults to its mouthfeel whatsoever.Flavors are rich but not overly so,smooth dark coffee and dark chocolate like a mocha espresso with a hint of spiced rum in the finish.A fantastic brew to end a fantastic night.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 15:49:42 | More by oberon
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Although the darkness here is not as all-consuming as elsewhere, it's still definitely post-twilight here; a fresh bit of tan congregates at the surface, but in crescendo fashion falls back into the night, leaving a few stragglers behind, I'd assume to keep tabs on things. Though their activities remain mostly unknown (classified?), they're definitely drinking some dark roast, to the point that Matt Murdock hisself wouldn't be able to pick out much of anything else though some molasses and chocolate might penetrate those superhuman nostrils. From beneath their posts bursts forth such roasted coffee flavors as to expect a green and white label on the bottle. The bitterness runs a bit high, but not so much as to cause a cringe. The molasses and chocolate are just as discriminated against as before (when will we come to our senses?), but still make their voices heard amidst the throngs of beans, keeping the proceedings from breaking out in a caffeine-fueled riot. The crowd is not too thick, though it still ain't easy to push your way to the back; the members are pretty somber; and, despite the numbers, they're able to move around as a unit pretty easily. As peaceful and good-willed as things are, it might not be that easy to mill around all that often (so many people...). It all depends on personal preference toward the group's message, I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 20:09:07 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle. The shelves of my local bottleshop (really there is only one in this burg) were recently invaded by the offerings of this microbrewery from la Belle Province. Due to the dear six-pack price (what, no Free Trade within our own freaking country?), I decided to forestall investigation of the other mixed packs, to finally have a go at this. What is it with the Quebecois brewers and their predilection with the Christian afterworld? Oh, right.

This beer pours a total and complete black hole, destroyer of light, nothing from the Crayola spectrum even permissible at the edges, with three fingers of vigorous, thick, yet frothy, tan head, which leaves a broad array of chunky, sudsy lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells strongly, in no uncertain terms, of your local Italian coffee shop's espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a twinge of boozy vanilla, some mild anise-heavy ouzo notes, and musty, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter espresso up front, once again, hefty chocolate malt dutifully following up, and instantly coating the palate, and then slowly dropping away to reveal some soft, dry black licorice, and nicely pedestrian earthy, and kind of dusty hops. A skulking, yet benevolently restrained booze warming hangs about, here and there.

The carbonation is very mild, the body a stately Rubenesque form, with an attendant creamy smoothness, one hardly even surmountable by the swirling booze notes. It finishes rather softly, really, with a slight adult, fruity-chocolate holiday treat essence.

A lovely, let you down easy imbiber, in the sense that it makes you forget the initial full-frontal, and maybe overbearing flavour assault, so that you immediately plunge in for another go-round, and...repeat, until you're surprised the glass is empty, and the booze you didn't notice at all before decides to fully join the party. Worthy of its rep, a probably a lot more. Mon dieu, et d'habitude, je n'aime pas même de café...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 01:07:08 | More by biboergosum
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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, here we go, the unattainable maiden is at my command at last! I like the label art. If this is "mortal sin", then is the woman with the snake in the picture Eve after the fall? Is that why she not naked? And how could a coffee stout be sinful? Why, they're heaven on Earth to me!
But, I ramble...less thinking, more drinking, starting...now...

Decadent black sheathing, not a trace of light shining through....a solid crown of fluffy brown foam stands guard, like a mochaccino cap. Very nice.

Ahhh!!! Aroma reeks from the start withcocoa and espresso, riddled with earthy, bittersweet tones, redolent of richest chocolate, turning soft and creamy...very, very nice. I could smell this all day, etcetera, etcetera...

Over the lips and in the mouth, it's beauty, indeed. Fills the entire orifice, and seeps into all the cracks and corners, spilling this dark deliciousness far and wide, reverberating long after the liquid has slipped down the throat. All those flavors in the nose resound and rebound, roasty malts and tingly hops conspire to create an exquisite sensation on the tastebuds. Though fully flavored, it's never overbearing or unapproachable...though, clearly, enemies of stouts or coffee are urged to stay far away from the contents.

This is a sly and sophisticated thing, the 9% hiding well, the flavors resting happily, comfortably on the palate, long and wide. A beatiful beer, an excellent indulgence. And a rare one, as well.

Though, on reflection, the $16.59 I paid for this bomber could have got me a 6-pack of Bell's Batch 7K. The price, and rarity, remains the only drawback I can think of, but I remain glad to have tasted it at last!

and, happily, this is a sipper, which means I get to enjoy it longer than other beers that slip down the gullet with more ease. I just might be set for the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 02:43:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I've had this beer in virtually every format its available - bottle, on-tap, nitro-tap, and cask - yet I've never taken the time to write a review. Date notching indicates an ambiguous 3/4 and a 5. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A late-rising finger of light mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and glass-coating lace. Body is a tick away from black and completely opaque.

S - Nutty roasted coffee beans, baker's chocolate, black cherry, vanilla, touch of molasses. The coffee imparts a lightly acidic and tart note and while it dominates the flavor profile it's far less heavy-handed than most of the coffee beers I've had recently.

T - The taste is rather chocolate-forward, of the lighter, milky, variety. There's some vanilla sweetness, as well as some mildly bitter espresso and roasted and lightly smokey malts in the finish. Not a trace of alcohol here. Not as good as the aroma, but still pretty awesome.

M - This is definitively medium-bodied and seem perhaps a bit thin, even for 9.5%. Carbonation is a tad higher than I prefer from the style, and there's some grittiness to the texture (perhaps from the coffee beans?). No obvious alcohol, other than a mild buzz at the end of 12oz.

D - It's place as best beer in Canada is well deserved. It's a bit pricey in the US but a steal when I'm home in Toronto (when it's available). Looking forward to the bourbon barrel version, although I'm a bit apprehensive about the feel holding up to the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:32:24 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong roasted coffee, dark malts, some dark chocolate and a faint touch of alcohol.

T: The taste as expected is very malty and full of black coffee along with some creamy chocolate. It's not as intensely sweet as some other big stouts. There's not much of a hops presence but it's really not needed in this type of beer as it retains a good balance without it. The alcohol is very well-disguised. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better coffee-flavored beer that I've had. It's certainly one that is worth sticking with for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:33:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/2005, cellared for a year.

I've been waiting to try this one, based on recommendations to let it mellow a tiny bit.

Pour a deep mahogany hue, pitch black in the pint glass. Billowing head, irregular bubbles, later subsides but never disappears.

Smell is rich coffee, also a touch sweet. Maybe a lactic note in there too.

Taste lives up to the hype. It's full, rich, and strong. Resiny fair-trade coffee grinds, mixed with a dense roasted malt. Alternately bitter and roasty, with a sweet flash in between. This isn't especially complex, but it's a perfectly symbiotic marriage of coffee and stout. The richness is unsurpassed in my coffee stout experience.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, lives up to the price tag. No harshness, alcohol is expertly hidden.

Due to it's overwhelming qualities, one bottle is enough in one sitting. Worth trying once in a lifetime...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:32:49 | More by emerge077
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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Bitterbill as an extra-extra, Bill is the Man! Cheers

Pours mahogany/ebony with a finger of mocha with brown fleck in the head. Fantastic lacing & very good head retention

S: Coffee, dark fruit & chcolate in abundance

T: Much coffee, a touch of baker's & iron up front. More coffee & coffee grounds as this warms, along with charred grains, & richer chocolate as this warms. Finishes with mocha, dark chcolate & subtle coffee

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, a great breakfast beer! Not into many coffe beers, but this one is exquisite. Only founder's surpasses this IMO

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 14:27:25 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick frothy tan/brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice coffee infused earthiness that lends itself nicely with the black malts. It's quite dry and bitter. The taste is good. It's smooth, but with a dry earthy finish. The coffee and patent malts create a very bitter flavor that would be a little easier to swallow with some chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is decent. It's a full bodied beer, but I would have liked a bit more body. It seems a little thin for a BIG beer. This is a very tastey beer. I love that Canada is brewing some world class craft beers. My hats off to them. Thanks to jjayjaye for the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 21:19:01 | More by WesWes
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4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle without a born on date into a tulip glass. Beer is black and forms a delayed brown head of small bubbles that falls away rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to weak.

Aroma is strong, coffee and sweetness. Some sweetness from alcohol, other from some malt. There is some burnt malt aroma as well.

I think I started drinking this beer too cold. I was really hit hard with an ash-like flavor when I started, but as it warmed up it became much more balanced. Beer is medium bodied, strong coffee roastiness. There is a definite alcohol flavor up front and some malt syrup sweetness. Overall, it was pretty good, not my favorite coffee stout though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 16:11:30 | More by drabmuh
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4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother picked this one up for me at Phillipe's in Lafayette. Great find.

Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong black coffee with some roasted malt. Flavor is similar with a lot of coffee and some bitterness. Also get some dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and very creamy. This one lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:31:31 | More by Mora2000
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000. It was certainly worth it.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with scarlet hints. It had a thick, long lasting, caramel-colored head that left sticky, wide rings of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma was amazing. I could smell the coffee notes without even putting my nose near the glass. Also, notes of molasses and maple syrup sweetness.

T - Coffee is the dominant flavor mixed with chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This beer was worthy of the hype. I am not a coffee drinker, but this was outstanding. If coffee tasted this good I might take up the habit.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:30:14 | More by zeff80
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, and I looove it. Can't believe I've never reviewed it before.

It pours with a nice thick dark 1 finger fluffy head that leaves some memory of lacing on the sides. The beer is essentially pitch black, and leaves some nice legs on the sides of the glass.

THe nose brings all the great stuff you would expect. Lots of dark malts, some caramel, plenty of roasted barley, some chocolate, bakers chocolate and a little bitter dark chocolate. It has a slight sweetness aroma to it as well, accentuated by some caramel and hint of vanilla. There is some oatmeal as well, and a creamy touch. Also got plenty of coffee, and earthy fresh roasted somewhat dark roasted coffee bean. Even a hint of some spicy earthy hops, but not much.

Taste is transcending! Creamy, with a slight chocolate milk, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate. Also lots of malts, plenty of roasted barley, chocolate malt, and some crystal malt. A little caramel flavor and some sweetness, but not a lot. More oatmeal blends with the creamy taste. It does have a slight minerality flavor from the roast, but is very manageable for the heavieness of the beer. It's got some bitterness, a little from the roast and some light earthy hops I think. Also the coffee is there, some nice earthy soil like roasted coffee, but the coffee flavor is lower. It's pretty rich and thick, creamy, smooth, delicate on the tongue but clings to the mouth. The finish comes with more of the smooth luscious feel and taste, with a little stickiness to the mouth. More bitterness comes through, with slight hops and plenty of earthy roast bitterness. Unfortunately the minerality and salty brine quality comes through more on the finish. A slight warming booze as well, but that is very manageable for 9.5%.

The mouth is nice and rich, pretty thick, smooth and creamy, with decent carbonation.

It doesn't have the best drinkability. It does get help for drinking like a 6-7% abv beer and not 9.5, but the bitterness comes out a little too much, and the briny salty flavor takes quite a bit from it. It also doesn't cling to the mouth as much as I expected, which also helps the drinkability. Althought, I think the age of this one helps, being about 1.5 to 2 years old, so it doesn't drink as hot as a fresh one would.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 18:41:33 | More by jlindros
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3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Batch #2, Sampled November 2005
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick light brown head that sits atop a rich black hue. As I pour the beer I get a rich note of burnt fruit. Up front the burnt fruit notes of raisin and prune are evident, but quickly the nose is dominated by the a strong burnt roast character that is reminiscent of black coffee and roast barley. There is also quite a bit of burnt grain husks; sharp, slightly acidic, and a bit tannic.

The taste is immediately rich and full in the mouth, though not intensely so. The beer has a sweet malt character that coupled with the roast character makes me think of a sweetened black coffee, or even better a mocha that is heavy on the espresso. The finish is quite long, it loses its richness though, it is strong on a burnt acidity, almost with an acrid burnt note that lends a certain burnt bitterness to the finish. The finish definitely makes one want to take another sip of this beer. Up front and through to the middle, this beer is rich and well matched between the mouth coating sweet malt character, the over the top roast barley & coffee notes, and rich dark chocolate flavors. The finish though is a bit too acrid, and the malt notes die off way to fast, if it lingered a bit more this beer would have a much better finish.

Don't get me wrong this is quite an enjoyable beer, for the most part; The finish really is a bit too harsh, and the nose has a bit of the harsh notes as well. I wish that all of this beer had the balance and richness that is found up front in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:53:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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