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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,604 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,604
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 513
Gots: 541 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Peche Mortel has made me a believer!

I'll say from the start that I have had a hard time finding a liking for stouts, but this one right here finally knocked some sense into me.

Pours a pitch black with a billowing 1.5 finger tan head.

Smells mostly of coffee but I as it warmed I picked up some dark chocolate and a hint of hazelnut. Delicious!

The taste was impeccable! Up front coffee taste that fades into a bitter dark chocolate. Absolutely outstanding.

I'm still getting use to the mouthfeel of stouts, but this one was definitely bearable for me.

This is an outstanding beer, and I can't wait to hunt down some more. This has given me the courage to go out and try more stouts rather than sticking with what is safe (IPA/IIPA). There's clearly more out there to be explored.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 08:50:18 | More by DearthVader
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Brianjames16

New York

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

A- Pours a pitch black letting absolutely no light through. Decent sized espresso head sits on top.

S- Robust and rich aroma that i cant wrap my head around. unbelievable ! ! ! Rich coffee, roasted malts with some smokey like qualities.

T - Wonderful balance of everything that should be present. Bold and elegant. All the flavors complement each other. This beer is unreal.

M- It paints your mouth with complex flavors that linger and please you to the end. A must try for stout drinkers. A MUST ! ! !

O- I have said it all ! ! ! New fave that I could not forget .

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:25:06 | More by Brianjames16
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bcostner1

Tennessee

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

Let me start by saying that Terrapin W'N'B has now become my gold standard against which I measure all coffee stouts. Right or wrong, it's just how it is for me....

A: Black. Dark black. Just what I want and just what I expect in a coffee stout.

S: Roasted black coffee. Maybe a little chocolate. But pretty much just coffee.

T: To me, when cold, a little on the bitter side. Coffee is strong. Lots of bitter cocoa and espresso. As it warms, becomes less bitter and more sweet. Leaves a kind of roasted turbinado sugar taste on the lips and in the mouth. I wish it was a little more consistent all the way through because I think it's a little too bitter cold and a little too sweet when it warms.

M:Pretty easy to drink for a 9.5% beer. Not overly thick.

Overall, this is a great coffee stout (and I do love coffee stouts!) W'N'B is still my favorite with FBS a close second, but this is up there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:10:36 | More by bcostner1
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as the darkest of em. The head is a tasty looking mocha-colored foam.

S - A blast of sweet, roasty malts and followed nicely with strong coffee and a hint of cocoa. A touch of booze.

T - Intense roast right up front, magnified even more by the bitter coffee. The sweetness of the malts balance this brew out nicely. Cocoa, dark, dried fruit and a hit of booze round out the flavor of this one.

M - So smooth and creamy, coats not only your mouth but your entire insides.

D - A little boozy and probably a little overpowering for those who aren't fans of coffee in their beers, but this sucker is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 21:36:08 | More by LiquidCucumber
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medic25

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally managed to pick up a bottle of this in NY. Served in a thistle glass, it poured a thick, black color with a huge tan head that laced beautifully down the entire glass. Aroma was like sitting in a coffee shop! The taste was a great, dark complex mix of chocolate, roasted coffee and malt. For 9.5% the taste was surprisingly sweet and easy drinking, with a pleasant aftertaste. Really a fantastic stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:39:07 | More by medic25
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours black with a very big, foamy 3 finger head, that slowly fades leaving very nice lacing, and foamy peaks.

S - Has a huge espresso smell, with slight hints of cinnamon.

T - Taste matches the smell nicely. Has a very complex flavor profile of espresso (of course), smokiness, cinnamon, licorice and a great roasty characteristic.

M - Full, heavy mouthfeel, but still very smooth going down. The alcohol isn't even detectable.

O - This is an amazing espresso/coffee stout. Hearty, smooth, and full of flavor. One of the better coffee stouts I've had. I love the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 05:05:48 | More by Rizalini
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FanofHefe

Illinois

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

Been wanting to try this for a while so was very glad to find a bottle. No dating on the label or bottle I could find.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark black body with no light getting through. Slim mocha head that dissipates and leaves very little lacing. Looks foreboding.

Coffee, chocolate, and a touch of roasted malt in the aroma. Just a faint notice of dark fruit that almost makes you think this was aged in a bourbon barrel.

No bourbon in the flavors, but plenty of great tastes. Like in the aroma, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Just a touch of bitterness that seems linked to hops. The flavors are smooth and very well blended.

Silky smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy with almost no notice of the alcohol. Very well done. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:21:21 | More by FanofHefe
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

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

Consumed at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA a couple days ago.

A- Pours a pitch black with a 2-finger chocolate colored head that showed some decent retention.

S- Cocoa, roasted malts, burnt bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Big espresso aroma in there.

T- Just like the aroma, the espresso/coffee flavors stand out, but do it in a perfect way. More burnt chocolate flavors here as well.

MF- Full creamy body with flavors that linger for quite a while.

All in all, one of the best beers my wife and I have had the pleasure to taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:52:58 | More by LtCracker20
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - jet black, half finger of coffee coloured head retained pretty well, left a consistent lacing ring
S - strong fresh ground espresso, bittersweet bakers chocolate, light raisins and smoke
T - bold roasty espresso goodness, light bakers chocolate, a mild but rich smokiness, and subtle alcohol sweetness, bold in both coffee and beer flavour
M - chewy and silky smooth, moves to a coffee bitterness with a full mouth coating
D - this is so dangerously drinkable, never guess 9.5% abv, the coffee feature is in your face but does not take away from the beer characteristics, there is a reason this is currently rated the #1 Canadian offering on BA!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:24:10 | More by joemcgrath27
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jman892

Massachusetts

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

A - Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy 2 finger mocha colored head which slowly fades but a nice layer remains throughout. Color is dark as night. Thick, intricate lacing remains.

S - Smells strongly of coffee, also a little bit of cocoa powder in the background

T - Taste is dominated up front by bitter coffee, somewhat like a chocolate covered coffee bean, but with a greater emphasis on the coffee. Dark roasted malts, and as it warms just a hint of vanilla peeks through.

M - Mouthfeel is tremendous, smooth and creamy, so thick it is almost like drinking a coffee milkshake. Carbonation is low.

O - I drink more coffee beer than I drink actual coffee, and this one is the one that I measure all other coffee beers against. Blows me away every time I have it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 23:51:45 | More by jman892
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notches on label next to 1 and 7
(0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9 0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)
^ ^
Who knows what that means?

A - pours a deep crimson mahogany, filling out to a black impenetrable body and a medium brown head.

S - Was worried about the freshness of this because the indication is not clear, but there is a big and fresh bitter coffee nose here, so I guess this is probably fairly fresh. Some chocolate undertones. A really lovely nose.

T - Nice bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Dry earthy notes, and a bit of smoked meats. Pretty tasty, but doesn't quite live up to the beautiful nose.

M - Moderately smooth, moderately thick. A medium- to thick-bodied beer, a little bit smaller than you'd expect, but still a good mouthfeel.

O (D) - A tasty and great smelling beer, very enjoyable and easy to drink. Looking forward to the one in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 16:16:57 | More by ColdPoncho
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comfortablynumb1

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger light brown head. Head retention and lacing are excellent...

S - Coffee and dark roasted malts dominate here...

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Lots of coffee to be had here. Ends on a dark brewed coffee note with roastinees coming through in the after taste. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Not a coffee drinker, so this one was a little much for me. Can see why this one is highly recommended though. If you are a coffee fan; this is the brew for you. Not something that is going to be high in my rotation, but something I am looking foward to trying again in the near future...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 05:09:21 | More by comfortablynumb1
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an 11.5 oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, but not as thick as I was expecting. Almost no light penetrates the beer at all. The head is very thick and a dark tannish/brown color. One of the darkest heads I have seen with beautiful lacing and patching. A thin ring lasts throughout.

S- Very bold coffee up front. Too overpowering. Less noticeable are the coffee malt and musky oak notes on top of the booze smell. Not very complex, though. The coffee nearly covers everything else up.

T- As with the smell the bitter coffee flavor is noticed right away. Unlike the smell, however, I don't feel it is over-powering in the taste. As it hits the back of your plate there is a strong creamy, cocoa finish with a hint of nuttiness as well. The booze is fairly apparent on the back end also.

M- This is a very creamy beer that feels great in your mouth. It felt about as thick as I expected from the way it poured, but still seemed a little thin for the style.

D- Very easy beer to sip and enjoy. Not something you can sip all day, though, because it is very drying. You might want to make this the last beer of a session if you are drinking multiple beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:17:29 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick dark head on top of a coal black brew

Smell: coffee/espresso... that's basically it.

Taste: Expresso with a little cream infused into a stout. Very simple, but pleasant. Ends a little dry with a strong bitterness that leaves you feeling like you just ate dark chocolate.

Drinkability: It's interesting for about 5 minutes, then it gets real boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:47:48 | More by wmtxbb
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vkv822

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

awesome extra from Douglasjamjak, thanks man!

Pours black with a huge craggy, billowy light brown head. The head slowly dissipates down to leave a thin coating and wonderful lacing.

This is definitely coffee-forward in both the nose and taste, though in the taste there is a pleasant cocoa backing. Fairly bitter, both from the coffee and cocoa notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

Another well done Imperial Stout, though that's about the extent of my impression. While I enjoyed it quite a bit, it lacks anything to make it really memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:41:48 | More by vkv822
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UTCengOwl

Texas

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

Had a bottle of this brought back to me from New Orleans. Served it in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The pour is great, huge tan head. Looks distinctly creamy. The body is a clear, pitch black. The only retraction is that the beer doesn't look quite as sinister as I like from my RISes.

The nose is mostly iced coffee. There's some nuttiness there and booziness. Interesting, full and bold.

The taste is mostly coffee, too. The beer is surprisingly boozy for being less than 10% ABV. The coffee overpowers what I was expecting from a double stout. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, too. Hrm. As I drink on, I can pick up nuttiness and chalkiness at add to the depth of the flavor. However, the coffee dominance and overall thinness detract from what this could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:09:58 | More by UTCengOwl
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cosmicevan

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a stunning sludgy shiny black into my southampton ris snifter. as the beer poured, a nice frothy dark tan (about a finger's worth) built on top. creamy and beautiful with slippery lacing that left trails on the glass.

s - not sure how fresh this bottle is (3 & 0 are punched on the side?), but the coffee is still there...roasty malts, a bit nutty, creamy, traces of vanilla. nicely balanced.

t - follows the smell but gives a chocolatey wallop as well. surprising amount of bitterness at first. settles in, but remains more bitter than i'd like but the creaminess is great.

m/d - creamy feeling, but not overly thick. mouth is cooling and a bit bitter. overall, this is a solid beer and i understand the praises (esp at the price point), a bit more bitter than i prefer. i could definitely drink this again and again, but won't be the first imperial stout i reach for.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:19:05 | More by cosmicevan
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Brewbro000

California

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

A: Pours a deep black with a thin khaki head. I had to pour vigorously just to get a small one finger head on this one. Lacing is good and resides throughout the beer.
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, plums roasted malt and dark fruits, minimal hop aroma but that is warranted in this style, especially at 9.5% alcohol
T: Chocolate, roasted malts and plums are very apparent, it takes a bite more to recognize the coffee in there (may have something to do with age). The bitterness is offset by the sweetness but it seems to draw a good amount of bitterness from the coffee as well as hop additions. Sweetness is just right, and is very important to me in this style. This one has a perfect balance between sweet and bitter.
M: Very smooth with medium carbonation, this one finishes like velvet on the tongue.
D: I don't care how much booze is in this one, i could easily drink more than one. The dark fruits make it a step above the other imperial stouts and puts it in a league of it's own!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:00:47 | More by Brewbro000
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imagese

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Current batch bottle provided (& recommended) by the awesome 'vande'. "3" and "2" notched on the label.

A- light pour into oversized tulip provided a fluffy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly and remained as a fine layer that laced nicely. Body is dark cola colored with the faintest light coming thru at the edges

S- From the pour, the coffee aroma just slams your nostrils. After settling, the aromas are so much more. Obviously coffee is the main one, but dark chocolate covered raspberries come out. While trying to get more aroma, COFFEE just comes in again!

T- Initial taste is pure espresso bean bitterness, but the sweetness comes thru and really pulls this together. It is at the edge of being "too bitter", but the awesome balance really saves this. Some hoppy bitterness seems to be in there as well, but I can't distinguish it

M- thick and creamy. Carbonation isn't too high, but just enough to really have the coffee taste kick your mouth

D- For those who like coffee, it's great. If you don't like coffee at all, stay away.

I'm going to age a bottle and see how this one does. I know the coffee will be much less, but I think this it is a big enough beer to really kick ass aged as well

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 05:31:21 | More by imagese
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a pint glass. The bottle had no bb date and some notches on the side for a bottled on date. I don't know exactly how to read this.

A- This brew pours a thick black, that is fully opaque and impossible to see through. I good half inch of head came to show and stayed for about 3-4 minutes, it was a nice dark tan to almost brown color. Thin and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S- A large amount of coffee and espresso. A nice meld of malts with a small amount of hops that play a nice back note. Dark chocolate and figs, raisins, and a bit of sourdough bread.

T- It tastes like a cup of coffee. It has a lingering presence of espresso and chocolate. Its a complex brew to say the least, maybe im not very familiar with this type or beer but it has a lot going on.

M&D- A full mouthful of chocolate and espresso beans.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:15:32 | More by HOPPYKC
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Auracom

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle on March 6th, 2011 in a snifter.

A - Darkest opaque brown possible, pretty much black. Thin, ominous head that doesn't waste time in dissipating.

S - Primarily coffee/mocha and roasted notes as advertised, secondary chocolate character. Maybe a little disappointed by the nose.

T - More coffee in the drink than in the nose, but not overdone. Less chocolate here. Some bitterness, feels rather well-balanced. T > S. Pretty *clean* taste compared to some other stouts I've tried.

M - A dry finish. Medium-heavy body. Some alcohol presence.

D - High drinkability. Not as much of a sipper as I might've expected, goes down easily. ABV doesn't show up @ 9.5%. Would be up for a pretty nice buzz with 2-3 in a sitting. Will buy again if I have the chance.

*After revisiting this one in recent stout tasting, the aroma seemed significantly improved and was one of the better aromas of the night. Upping the score.*

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:08:32 | More by Auracom
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

A- Pours a dark dark brown and settles black. A half inch of khaki head floats atop and has stayed that way for over 10 minutes now. Holding up really nice. Bitter coffee aroma up front. Very inviting to say the least. Behind the espresso madness lies some dark chocolate notes. Dessert.

T- The taste is coffee domination. Bitter roasted malt blended with some quality tasting coffee. Hints of cocoa with a bit of hop bitterness is presented. Finishing the taste is a faint alcohol taste emitting through the flavor.

M- A creamy smooth liquid soothes the palate with each sip. a light but crisp carbonation finishes off a great mouthfeel that carries on an awesome espresso aftertaste.

D- The drinkability of this brew is high because of an awesome balance between the ingredients. this one holds up to the jype as far as coffee flavored stouts . Glad I grabbed as many as I could. DELISH

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:19:54 | More by ChugginOil
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed trying this on tap, but caught one of the last few bottles at consumers anyways.

Appearance:
Start with the labeling, I dig the artwork. Following the pour into my tulip: Rich, incredibly dark black magic with a dirty snow tan-brown head that's fluffy and in full effect. Massive amounts of lacing, a dense foam halo clings to the sides as I work my way down. The head appears to be keeping a decent centimeter, weaker beers would have fallen flat by now.

Smell:
Bold mixing pot of fruit/alcohol, cocoa, banana bread, coffee, and spice. This is definitely a super vibrant beverage, more alive as it warms up from it's short stint in the fridge. To me this beer is bitter unripened fruit, dank and earthy.

Taste:
Rich coffee with a silky smooth sweetness followed by a dry bitterness that lingers after. All aspects of a good coffee imperial stout that are typically are sought after are present. At first I thought the bitterness was going to be overwhelming (as it was slightly unexpected), but my palate readily adapted to the challenge. Absolutely delicious, great balance between all the dark flavors present.

Mouthfeel:
Was initially gross-aftertaste-bitter-charred-wood, but is a memory of the past by about 1/4 of the way through the beer. Smooth and dense, full bodied beverage that will warm the soul on a cold winter night. My mouth anticipates the beer's saliva-stimulating chocolate sweetness while smelling, but the sweetness is washed away by the beers dry, hoppy finish.

Drinkability:
A great beer as I had hoped and anticipated, unfortunately the beer is fairly expensive ($5 for 12oz). However, I've paid $10 for a bomber and not complained, so the value aspect of buying this beer is at least worth a try. I was surprised by how easily this beer went down, I had to try and not finish it too quickly. Is the beer worth the hype? questionable, but it's a damn good beer that was not a letdown.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:12:16 | More by ThePorterSorter
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dubinsky

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a burnt caramel color tight,creamy one finger head. Excellent head retention and lacing left as the head slowly comes down..

S - This beer explodes with dark roast coffee, roasted malts and bitter chocolate aromas. Slight hints of licorice and vanilla. I'm also getting slight heat as i inhale deeply.

T - This is easily one of the best imperial coffee stouts i have ever had. The coffee flavors here are incredibly smooth. Although its strong, the coffee is not over powering. Its so well balanced. Its got some slight sweetness and makes the after taste remind me of some very high end dark chocolates.

M - Thick and chewy. Medium carbonation.

D - The 9.5% abv is pretty well hidden making this one very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:15:02 | More by dubinsky
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Khazadum

Illinois

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

A- Solid, thick lacing above the toasted biscuit froth, possible chocolate drizzled in between the bubbles, that never truly leaves me. Thick collar slathers on the sides with concentric circles of love. The inky, jet black darkness hides all its secrets and dares me to try and discern them.

S- This beer just breathes coffee. It has no qualms about smacking the shit out of me with the robust nature of the bean, ground, unground, or anything in between. It even has this hidden lactose like sweetness reminding me of cream. I can't explain how phenomenal this roasted aroma is. It literally is an experience of its own. There may have been one other beer in existence to match the amazing aroma this has.

T- Whats that? You thought the nose was the only place they jam packed with coffee? Hell no, son! This is without a doubt one of the top three coffee beers I have ever had. Its very very close to being the top one, but it just can't quite make it all the way through. The flavors jump first from deep roasted coffee bean hits that remind me of espresso. From there the middle is the bitterness of fresh brewed, freshly ground, jet black java. Its that acrid mouth puckering smash of all things harsh and caffeinated. Finish is more of that burnt grain, thick coffee stab. Sometimes the middle throws you a curve ball by asking you to identify this dark berry flavor, but its not ever sip.

M- Here... we finally de-throne you Peche... You let me down. Creamy, full bodied, but not thick. Insane lingering power and potential. It is like the in-laws that never want to leave. Tearing down the walls with their crude nature. Carbonation crisp on the opening and middle, but quick fade in the finish.

D- Very impressed. Very, very impressed actually. Unfortunately, the alcohol is strong in the ethanolic nature of finish at times. It starts to become a problem taking too many drinks in a certain time period. I also wanted this to be thicker, almost syrupy like. It balances itself out to be a good beer. Almost a great one. With a bit of age, perhaps a month or three it could be miles better, who knows.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:20:09 | More by Khazadum
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,604 ratings.