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

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3,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,534
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 503
Gots: 531 | FT: 60
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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Photo of sweetwillyrolbar

North Dakota

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the marvellous beers I attained in the cities that I can't get here. Ho-hum.

Appearance: Pours absolutely pitch black, had to hard pour to get any head at all. Still, looks like most delicious stouts I've previously savored. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark, DARK chocolate and coffee grounds. Smells like COAYeti to me, just darker chocolate.

Taste: Holy darkness. Tastes like alcoholic, super-duper dark French Roast cold-press coffee. Bit of molasses. Just extremely roasty, darkest chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Low, low carbonation. Mouthfeel somewhat slick, oily and very full, but not the chewiest or most syrupy I've ever had in an imperial stout.

Overall: Abyss in a 12 oz for me, but way more coffee. Quite delicious, I very much enjoyed it and it deserves its superb ratings. Only gets more interesting as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:35:50 | More by sweetwillyrolbar
Photo of mikul93


3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Poured black with a healthy 2 finger mocha head.

S Coffee, chocolate, malt and some vanilla.

T Lots of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness from the chocolate remains. Nice coffee stout

M Very rich and creamy.

O I was hoping for a more balanced beer, but I did enjoy it. If you like coffee, you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 19:39:41 | More by mikul93
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as the blackest night covered with a beautifully fluffy chocolate head.

Coffee up front with a light cream dancing around. Light hints of tobacco and a faint anise quality.

Again, burnt (and tasty) coffee up front with a bit of cream following. Huge coffee notes. Finishes with hints of cherry, chocolate, tobacco, and anise. More lingering coffee.

The feel is exquisite. Velvety mousse-like feel

I'm very glad to have tried this beer, probably top 3 coffee beers ever and the smoothest beer I've had in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 16:47:32 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of kawilliams81


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

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Jet black with a light brown cream head. Lacing quickly fades down the edge of the glass.

S- Coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel.

T- Lots of coffee upfront, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate follow. Finishes with more chocolate and a nice bitterness to balance the beer.

M- Full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a fairly clean finish. The abv is disguised very well.

O- Excellent Double coffee stout. Has enough coffee flavor and bitter chocolate that balances the beer very well. Will search this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:22:19 | More by kawilliams81
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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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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black. A vigorous pour yield two fingers of pillowy dark brown head with great retention. Leave a lot of lacing.

S - Coffee and roasted malts dominate the aroma, though there is also a fair amount of chocolate present.

T - Again coffee dominates along with the roasted malts. The coffee is well done here, no ashy flavors to be found, rich and delicious. There is also a nice shot of hop bitterness to provide some balance. Nice dark chocolate flavors as well.

M - Thick, chewy mouthfeel coats the palate. Coffee and some hop bitterness linger on the tongue.

O - For such a big stout, this drinks very well. Alcohol not really apparent. The coffee intensity may be too much for some, but I think it works really well here. I've wanted to try this for awhile and was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 16:36:49 | More by warnerry
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a pure, darkhearted BLACK. A pour of medium aggression gives it about a finger of a crispy peanut-brittle-colored head.

S: Smells like a big bar of dark chocolate, that's currently melting in a cup of espresso. Great aroma. Sweetness too, like a toffee.

T: Holy hell, that's coffee. I seriously feel like I'm drinking coffee. Hm, almost feel like I'm chomping on some chocolate covered coffee beans. Some hop bitterness rounds out the taste. Or maybe that's coffee bitterness. Whatever, it's good!

M: Oily and smooth mouthfeel. Little carbonation, but I like the way it sticks.

O: This is a coffee stout, and MAN is it a coffee stout. Just awesome. Glad I've got another sitting in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:13:35 | More by CWBlues


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

11.5oz into tulip.

A: Body pours a jet black hue, it a finger head that holds to a silky layer. The tan head is rich in dark color.

S: The aroma is a rich dose of expresso and chocolate. Medium to high level of intensity for the style. Coffee plays a nice role, while being in the fore front, but not over powering other flavors.

T/M: Rich and sweet balance, of coffee and roasted malts. The bitterness of hops or chocolate smooth off the finish. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, warming and creamy on the finish. Sweet tingle on lingering taste.

O: This is one he'll of a java stout, not to the point where the coffee influence shadows the other subtle characteristics. Maybe one of the best beers I have had in the style, although it does taste very similar to another beer I have had, but cannot place at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:13:25 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with 2 fingers of fluffy, tan head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing and low carbonation.

N: A huge nose wafts up after pouring. Rich coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

T: Espresso, coffee grounds, rich dark chocolate, roasted barley and sweet toffee. Flavors roll around and intermingle creating a more complex experience. Finishes bitter with black coffee, hints of vanilla and perhaps some wood that persists to linger.

M: Medium bodied, soft, creamy and dry.

O: An Imperial Coffee Stout to be reckoned with. The coffee flavors are strong and blend beautifully with the dark chocolate and other flavors. No sign of the 9.5% abv. This makes a great dessert!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:10:23 | More by justintcoons
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of illinismitty.

Pours black with a med/large pillowy tan head that leaves a fuzzy lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor is similar with roasted coffee or even espresso being blended with sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and the slightest bit of ash.

This is smooth drinking from start to finish. The alcohol is only noticable as a warming sensation while drinking, not in the flavor. One of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 15:55:45 | More by ajsdad06
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured in snifter with a thin dark mocha head.beer itself is dark brown bordering black. Many carbonation bubbles form on all sides of the glass, unique.

S- Smells awesome, coffee...the good kind. Wooo.

T- Dark malts, more(!) coffee. Mmmmm. Just the perfect amount of hops to balance things out. What's the abv again?

M- Full mouthfeel! Smooth, creamy. Good carbonated bevy.

D/O- A special treat here. The mouth was superb. Top tier of coffee stouts although I don't know that its the best I've ever had. First time I've ever seen it so I had to have it. Good dinner choice fdkayti!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:40:26 | More by Duff27
Photo of vandemonian


4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel is a very nice and stout that I would describe ad woody and quite bitter. The coffee flavour is much more subtle than the coffee stouts from other breweries (e.g. Southern Tier).

A: Brown colour with a 5 mm head that fades to a good amount of lacing. 4.5

S: Smells of roasty malt, coffee and some lactic acid. 4

T: There is a dry roasted malt flavour that sits just on the good side of charcoal as well as some woody hops with a slightly bitter kick (this was a fresh bottle). The finish almost tastes very as though it was aged with wood. You'll just notice the alcohol at the end. The bitterness builds as you drink more. 4

M: Dry and reasonably carbonated. The alcohol is noticeable at the end and the beer feels like it evaporates quickly off the tongue. 4

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:07:37 | More by vandemonian
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I was surprised that this was a twist off bottle. Two numbers were notched, a 4 and a 5. The numbers go from 1 to 9 so I'm not sure what the significance of that is.

A - Dark, dark, dark black body. Foamy mocha head that gives off some nice lacing.

S - Coffee. Extremely high quality coffee. Faint hints of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. The coffee really does dominate the aroma, which isn't a bad thing at all. This is the best coffee aroma I have ever smelled in a beer before. I could wake up to this every morning...

T - The mouth feel is so silky and smooth. Lots of vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and that amazing coffee. High abv is noticeable in some warming, but doesn't detract from the beer.

O - This isn't the best imperial stout I have had. It is the best coffee beer I've had though. Simply world class.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 00:14:32 | More by davey101
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a thick black color with thick tan head that retains and laces well. The aroma is string with chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is strong with coffee bitterness and chocolate, and a hint of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety and it finishes smooth. Overall an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:08:23 | More by csiewert
Photo of gskitt

New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Montreal in the brewery. Very excited. Pours a black, but takes some time for the bubbles to dissipate. Head is thick, creamy, and ever present. I almost have difficulty getting through the head. Scent is of roasted vanilla, roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate on the tongue. Heavy doses of vanilla and warming and super creamy mouthfeel. Overall, unbelievable!

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 21:11:13 | More by gskitt
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South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a completely opaque black with 2.5 fingers width of creamed coffee colored head, which has lots of bubbles but still manages to look quiet dense. The head dissipates very slowly down to a thick film that hangs around for the rest of the drink and leaves some, but not much, lacing. The opaque appearance of this beer is impressive, as not a single ray of light gets through any part of the beer. It didn’t look all that viscous during the poor but as it sits in the glass it looks denser than any beer I have ever seen. Almost as if it’s a solid rather than a liquid.

S: Heavy aroma of not just coffee, but creamed coffee, which is interesting. There is lots of vanilla, along with some milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, and roasted malt. Very nice.

T: The initial sip is just loaded with flavors of gourmet coffee. Early on it taste exactly like strong, bold roast black coffee. After a few sips, a significant roasted malt flavor comes out, with the black coffee mostly being appreciated on the back end of the sips. There are also hints of vanilla and baker's chocolate, although not nearly as significant as in the aroma, with a subtle pleasant bitterness as well. My only complaint would be that it does have a pretty significant alcoholic bite to it at times. The alcohol presence never reaches a dominating level, but it does reach a distracting one, particularly in the middle of the drink. Luckily toward the end, that character becomes more subdued and the beer finished quite strong.

M/D: Creamy, silky smooth, and warming from the first sip. Medium bodied, with a good low amount of carbonation. As above, the alcohol presence certainly makes itself known. Still, however, for its flavor profile and almost double digit ABV, it is easy to drink.

O: Overall this is a damn good brew. Imperial stouts aren’t exactly my favorite style, but this is certainly up there as one of, if not THE best one I have ever had. I’ll definitely try this one again, particularly is I ever see it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:34:51 | More by zac16125
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours a deep and fairly viscous brown-black that lets little to no light in. It's not the thickest looking stout I've had, but it's pretty deep and dark. Atop the beer is a one-and-a-half finger head that recedes quickly to form a foam that doesn't quite cover the entirety of the top of the brew.

Smell: The nose is just a blast of coffee, and there's not much more to say about it than that. If I strain, I almost find a hint of malts in the background, but the coffee overwhelms any other potential smells. This one gets big ups for boldness, but loses some points for complexity.

Taste: The taste is also a combination of the big coffee notes and some more subtle dark malts. the coffee is definitely softened up by the malts, however, and there seem to be some sweet, buttermilky tastes lurking in there somewhere. it almost tastes like a touch of creamer has been added to this coffee, which makes this a pretty unique coffee stout. I'm also glad that the coffee is toned down in the taste, though by no means is it subtle.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in this beer is very good. It's certainly not the thickest beer, but what it lacks in body it makes up for in the luxurious, silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer. There is little to no trace of the alcohol in this brew, which is pushing 10% ABV. Even still, this bottle is going down slowly, probably because of how strong the flavors are.

Overall, this is a nice coffee stout. It's not the biggest, boldest or most nuanced stout that I've had, but it does a lot of things well, and I would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 21:09:23 | More by zoso493
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/2011. Pours opaque black color with a dense 2 finger tan head with outstanding retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of strong espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, citrus, and roasted malt. Very nice aromas here. Taste of strong dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla. A good amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a good period of time with espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with no alcohol in the taste and a very slight warming on the finish; very well hidden. Very drinkable for 9.5% as well, with great balance. Overall, an outstanding imperial coffee stout, tons of great flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:00:55 | More by superspak
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Older written review transcribed to online source,

Appearance: 4
Black opaque with brown cream dense with good retention

Smell: 4.5
Coffee with hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste: 4.5
Sweet with bitterness at end. Notes of chocolate and coffee with toffee malt base.

Mouthfeel: 4
Smooth, rich, and creamy. Bitterness at end leaves you desiring more.

Drinkability: 4
Very smooth. Hides alcohol amazingly well. A little too sweet drink multiple. But great (breakfast) beer.

Highly Recommend

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 14:25:33 | More by EnemyWithin
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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours pitch black with a gorgeous dark brown head. One of the best aroma’s I’ve ever experienced, I found myself sniffing this for quite some time before I finally brought myself to try the first sip. The complexity of this beer is also amazing. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak all combining perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 16:35:41 | More by lakersfan16
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3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a jet black liquid, the head was thick at first and a little foamy. The head leaves a good lacing. The smell of coffee and roasted malts are on the nose. The taste is very bitter and has a light sweetness upfront, the aftertaste was dry and bitter. The mouthfeel was oily thick making this one a sipper. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:44:02 | More by Knapp85
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with about a half inch of tan frothy head that quickly dissipates. Lots of bubbling action on the surface, looks like espresso.

S: Coffee, chocolate, light molasses/caramel, dark roasted malt, some alcohol phenols (dark fruity/hint of rum).

T: Surprisingly mellow and well balanced. It seems to start warming right as it hits the palate while at the same time the bitterness from the dark roasted malts increases, reaching a climax near the finish. The middle is fairly mellow chocolate with plenty of molasses and rich coffee with a growing bitterness. Finish is warming, quite bitter, with a little alcohol phenols (a little solvent like). A little dark fruit seems to pop up every now and then in the middle to finish. Very rich and creamy.

M: Fairly full body, low carbonation, silky smooth and creamy with a lot of residual sweetness. Bitter and slow drying finish (starts sweet and slowly dries out to stark espresso bitterness).

O: A silky smooth and balanced coffee stout that has a weird mellowness to it despite the alcohol being a little hot and having a very espresso bitter finish. Has pretty good depth and complexity, though nothing mind blowing. Overall it's a very good coffee stout, one of the better out there. I don't think it was quite as good as I remembered it on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:05:22 | More by Satchboogie
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle for ~$5 to my surprise. Glad to try another on the top 100 list. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- Pours a thick dark brown from bottle. A thick mocha head forms and fades to leave a light layer of foam and a ring along the edge. Sits very dark in glass, almost black.

S- Lots of a thick dark chocolate cake aroma, some roasted and burnt dark malt. Some creamy coffee and caramel smell. The chocolate cake aroma is really nice.

T- Chocolate, mellow coffee grounds, some soft oaky notes, light warming alcohol & roasty dark malt. The flavors blend together really well. In balance.

M- Full bodied and flavor forward. Warms on throat a little. Very smooth and mellow. Flavors are medium strength and hold on palate well before slowly fading. Wet through sip. Could be a tad bigger, but nice to have a lighter bodied IS.

O- A very good IS. Quite easy to drink and enjoyable to sip on. Not overly heavy or overpowering. Would like to try on tap if ever available. Sum is better then the parts on this one. Very well done in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:51:54 | More by busterthecat
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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle ($5.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 03/2015.

A: Pours an unsettlingly opaque pitch black; light's inability to penetrate this robust brew leads to no highlights. Massive 3-finger mocha head settles to a rocky foam cap, leaving lacing all over the glass in the process. Gorgeous.

S: Bright espresso, dark-roasted malts and a hint of bourbon. Thick and creamy scent leaps out of the glass.

T: Dark chocolate dominates, followed by bitter espresso and a touch of vanilla. Subtle stone fruits follow. Hops and espresso meld perfectly in order to create a complex, bitter finish in a beer that would otherwise likely be cloyingly sweet.

M: Highly carbonated, thick and viscous. The results a perfectly creamy mouthfeel that makes drinking this feel like silk on the palate.

O: A true treat when it comes around, Peche Mortel is my definition of the perfect coffee stout. Rich and robust; bitter and astringent, yet so far from unpleasant it's not even funny. Despite the high price, this is just too easy to enjoy.

Absolutely benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:37:29 | More by sk8man121
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, dark, dark. Heavy lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malty, all add together for a fantastic smell! I can't wait to try this beer.

T: Unbelievable! Absolutely off the charts. Chocolate and coffee dancing a tango on the tongue like nothing else ever has!

M: Carbonation is a little bit low. Very heavy, but it is also incredibly creamy and smooth. Wonderful.

I instantly fell in love with this beer. Definitely high up on my favorites list. A must-try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:49:11 | More by bobloblaw22
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,534 ratings.