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

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world-class

3,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,782
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 516
Gots: 570 | FT: 60
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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 ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
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.

dubinsky, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
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.

Khazadum, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will be short and sweet. This is a great beer! Pours dark as night with tan creamy head. Retention and lacing is ok, not the greatest. Smells strong of coffee, caramel, and vanilla, little sweetness to it. Taste has a nice coffee (shocker!) and sweet chocolate syrup touch to it. Little vanilla as well and again, an overall sweetness. Mouthfeel I thought was a little too thin, but not bad at all. Overall a great beer, abv is very well hidden and I really enjoyed that this was more coffee focused rather than just chocolate and roasted grains.

bunnyhustle, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

This beer pours a nice black body topped by a dark tan foam. The aromatics convey a sweet coffee nose as if blended with french vanilla. The taste carries over a lot of what the nose provided but the beer is a touch too acidic to make it all work well together. The acidic nature combined with the surprisingly light medium body of the beer is really the downside of this beer. This is a very nice and easy beer to drink and as it warms it opens up nicely. I must say I'm glad to have it available to me locally now. It's an solid Imperial Stout.

Vdubb86, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finer of tan frothy head. The head eventually reduces to a solid ring around the glass and laces nicely.

S - Tons of coffee flavor alongside deep roasted carmel malt flavor. Little bit of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of hops also lightly mixed in.

T - Starts off with a really strong coffee flavor with a little bit of bitter coffee flavor. There is also some sweet roasted malt flavor and some chocolate. Through the middle there is a hit of chocolate and espresso flavor. The finish continues the chocolate and coffee flavors, and get s touch of a almost milk flavor alongside a touch of noticeable hops which all linger together. Very complex and well balanced.

M - Medium body and moderate-low amount of carbonation. Really creamy mouthfeel without feeling thick. Really nice coffee finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice flavors all around and the 9.5 abv is very well masked. The coffee flavors are really strong (as well as the chocolate), however, the very nice balance keeps the beer very drinkable.

ngeunit1, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle (with cool artwork) into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (9.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: The pour is dark brown like used motor oil and looks glossy black in the glass. On top of this dark opaque liquid sits a two finger tall dark tan head. The frothy foam is slow fading but keeps a small cap of foam for the duration of the session. It also makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of dark roasted and toasted malt character with notes of coffee, dark toasted bread and some boozy alcohol. I also pick up lighter notes like chocolate, earthy leather, caramel and molasses.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor profile has just as much complexity as its aroma. There is a ton of toasted bread and grain with dark roasted coffee flavor. I get sweet bready and caramel notes with bitter coffee and chocolate. Hops are not really popping out to me but I'm sure they are adding to the bitter flavors. As it warms I get some vanilla and grainy booze notes moving in. It finishes with a mellow booze bittersweet character slow fading from the tongue. The texture is slick and smooth with soft carbonation.

Notes: This big full bodied beer is its own dissert or if you have room maybe serve with a slice of apple pie ala mode. Either way this is an outstanding Imperial Stout.

generallee, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with no head and some lacing.

Smell- smells like fresh ground coffee beans.

Taste- Reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout but with a different type of coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and very smooth.

Drinkability- easy to drink and the coffee taste stays throughout the entire glass.

ejimhof, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of TomStew
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just an incredible experience. I'm aware of being careful about giving almost a perfect rating but really this is the best thing I ever had, and I find nothing that should be changed in it.

The smell of coffee and chocolate is just insane and overwhelms you. The first time I tasted this I was with my friend and being at his job (he owns it so no worry), we had no glass handy and we drank it from the bottle. What a shame! I will never do that again as I really realize now how pouring the beer in a snifter or other lets the smell expand.

Drink this slowly and take the time to taste it, it's a dessert in a bottle.

TomStew, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011, so very fresh
Slightly chilled, poured into a goblet

Appearance- Pours a deep deep brown, not quite black, with a dense two finger tan head. Good head retention and some nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, some piney hops. Though coffee, as expected, is the dominant aroma; fresh ground coffee beans. Smells fantastic!

Taste- Coffee, espresso, roasted malts, and chocolate throughout the drink. Some subtle notes of caramel and dark fruits in the middle. Some chalky cocoa, subtle pine towards the back end. Lingering bitter, roasty coffee on the palate, and it sticks around a while.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, lighter than average for the style. Abv's are hidden very well.

Overall- Excellent beer, one of the better coffee infused stouts I have had. Awesome name, awesome label, great reputation, and the beer backs it up.

JLeege, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Feb 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pitch black, gorgeous huge creamy tan head. I think this was bottled 01-07.

Smells like chocolate milk, dark chocolate, cocoa, slight hints of coffee and lactose.

Tastes very creamy, smooth, mocha starbucks coffee drink. Lots of dark chocolate with a fruity backbone, almost taste dates. There is a slight bitterness towards the aftertaste. I like this. I love black coffee and I can feel the bitterness from it.

This has a fantastic mouthfeel. Absolutely fantastic and super drinkable. I wish this was available more often. It is a very solid beer but at the same time not quite worth the money.

beerhan, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep, dark, thick brown. fluffy brown lacing cling the sides of the glass until it reaches a beautiful brown head.

S: sweet, chocolate roast with a very earthy characteristic from the yeast. candied plum and apricot. a touch of a deep espresso blend in right in the start.

T: just layered with flavor. tobacco, chocolate, and smoke. delicious espresso roast is not overbearing and works deliciously well with the other components. bittersweet dark chocolate linger on the palate. a hint of alcohol.

M: melts like roast chocolate butter on your tongue. perfect carbonation for a super meaty brew.

D: i see why this is so high up on the list for top beers. i stumbled upon one of these by chance and im pretty sure it had some years on it. super stoked. get some if you get the chance.

Jimmys, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Stoneyrok
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= nice black, deep, no light, poured into inscribed globe, just a dusting of head, but decent lacing. At 9+ ABV, I didn't expect much head

S= awesome, coffee, more coffee, coffee grinds, chocolate and burnt malts, maybe a hint of a single hop ... lol

T= like iced coffee with chocolate, or like when you get to the bottom of your coffee mug and the coffee grinds flow into your mouth. If you're like me and love coffe, then it's appreciated. As much as I like coffee, I wonder if coffee grinds will be in the bottom of my mug. Slightly warming from 9+%.

M= creamy and smooth, mild to med. Carbonation.

D= since you only need 2 I scored it well here. I don't think I could go for three, but drinkability is good enough until you have had enough alcohol! If you drink a whole lot like I do sometimes, the drinkability is lower, I just don't want more than 2 12oz bottles, but this is an awesome brew !

Stoneyrok, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to aviencko for sharing

Pours a deep brown color which nears blackness as a crazily thick coffee brown head bubbles up to the rim of the glass. Retains solidly with thick film and layers of lacing wrapped on the glass.

Intense coffee nose with whole bean, espresso, bitter dark chocolate and rich roasted malt with slight alcohol warmth.

An immediate splash of coffee soaked chocolate with lighter espresso and toffee notes. Light hop bitterness mixes in before more dark, rich roasted malts. Caramel and sweetness with continuing coffee flavor. Finishes slightly dry and hoppy with soft boozy warmth.

Full bodied, pleasant creamy texture, and a bit chewy. Slick, smooth drinking, and clearly a very nice imperial coffee stout but not quite better than my all time favorite, FBS.

xnicknj, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of phishgator
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. DARK black, thinner tan head low carbonation. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts. The favor is much the same as the smell, but there is an astringency much like black coffee. The body is full and the brew coats the entire mouth. As much as I like the intent I just wasn't wow'd by this brew. The astringency is too much for my liking.

phishgator, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
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.

kingcrowing, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sat on this for over a year. Snifter pour and I am met with a beautiful black ale with a huge mocha colored foamy head that clings to the glass. The robust smell of coffee and chocolate are in the aroma. Roasted malts, vanilla and some light booze are also there. Awesome. The taste is out of sight. Chocolate on the front and more chocolate on the swallow. A nice blend of bitter at the beginning followed by a rich creamy cocoa, roasted malt finish. Smokey goodness lingers after the swallow. Light bitterness on the aftertaste. Perfect! Smooth and creamy all the way on the mouthfeel. A little oily but does not detract. Great drinkability...but the best way to enjoy this is in a snifter with light sips to fully get the most out of this phenomimal beer.

kaseydad, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by my good buddy AwYeh's opinion of this beer so much that I had to try my bottle when I saw his review. Pours an opaque black with some light tan head on top that was generated with one of the highest, most aggressive pours I have ever done. Bubbles are large both in the base of the lace, and in the middle on top; they dissipate quickly, leaving some residue on the glass.

Nose is a strong odor of a double mocha coffee, with lots of coffee and chocolate. Chocolate is milky, and sweetened in the aroma, not dark as is regularly encountered in big coffee stouts like this. Get a little bit of milk chocolate near the end of the nose as well to confirm this. A bit of dark fruit in the nose while it warms up, but not a whole lot, as chocolate and coffee hold strong throughout. A tiny bit of booze shows its face near the end as well.

Taste throws a curveball initially, with a bit of dark fruit that is stronger than in the nose hitting you early. I can't really distinguish what fruit it is, but it is dark fruit for sure. It QUICKLY moves to a strongly bitter, unsweetened coffee that is delicious in every regard. Chocolate is also unsweetened for this part (unlike in the nose) and offers a different kind of bitterness and creaminess that isn't offered by the coffee. This is totally unsweetened to the point that, in the complete absence of any hop flavor, this one leaves your tongue with an intensely bitter aftertaste, something I love when I drink coffee unsweetened. A bit of the milky chocolate comes out if you let the carbonation do its work in your mouth, which is a nice change of pace. Don't get confused though: the coffee is the star of the show, as it is roasted and strong, similar to AleSmith Speedway Stout.

Mouthfeel is just superb, as it is creamy and smooth, leaving a generous coating in your mouth with each sip. This one is INCREDIBLY drinkable, with not even a peep from the 9.5% abv, and an awesome bitter finish that makes you want another swig. I don't what to say AwYeh, other than maybe your bottle was messed up, because this beer is simply phenomenal.

madvermin, Feb 14, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into 12oz snifter; received from seeswo in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. Thanks, been looking for this for a while! This bottle is dated 1/07 on two 1-10 scales... making me guess it was bottled in Jan/Feb of 2007? Unless it's using some odd Canadian dating or it refers to the batch number... if anyone reading this knows for sure, shoot me a BM?

A: Pours a dark brown/black with one finger of tan head which dissipates rapidly, leaving a spotty covering. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and a variety of dark fruits- plums, grapes, raisins, and maybe some apples among them (not technically a dark fruit, but hey). Roasted malts as expected from such a stout, with a hint of ethanol.

T: Fruity and very sweet- the same dark fruits come into play here, overpowering the malts and any kind of bittering agent. I'm surprised that the coffee isn't nearly as noticeable here- coming into this beer I thought it was its trademark... but I can only pick up glimmers of it in the middle of my sip. A little bit more ethanol is detectable here.

M: Thin-medium bodied, definitely thin for an imperial stout. Still a bit sticky though. Light-moderate carbonation; a bit higher than expected, but not bad.

D: This was a decent beer (and obviously a lot of other advocates think otherwise), but it was a bit too sweet for me to really enjoy it, or look forward to having another. It was fun trying to figure out what exactly was in the dark fruit flavors... but one degree of complexity does not make a great beer. Still good, and definitely something to try- maybe you'll feel differently than I did.

I suspect that this is indeed a 2007 bottle, which would explain the faded coffee and chocolate flavors. If that's the case, another big thanks to seeswo for hooking me up with such an old/rare bottle, BUT this may not be the best candidate for cellaring. I will definitely try to have a fresher bottle of this as soon as I have the opportunity (inspired by my good buddy madvermin's positive review of a 2010 bottle).

AwYeh, Feb 14, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours dark brown into the glass, and when it settles appears an opaque black. About 2 fingers of tight dark tan head forms, which has great retention. Lacing is very nice...this is a phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and coffee are the main scents in this beer. Definitely some vanilla and light bitter chocolate, and a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Roasted malts and coffee comprise most of the flavor in this beer. I also get light vanilla and chocolate, as well as an alcohol kick at the finish. This beer is very good, but not the best coffee-infused stout I've had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is in between medium and heavy bodied, and very creamy. I'd call it just a bit light for the style, but I won't retract much from the mouthfeel due to the general creaminess. Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not the most drinkable I've had due to the sheer amount of coffee bitterness, but still absolutely worth a shot.

zhanson88, Feb 13, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured into an over sized wine glass. Bottled in February 2011. Very fresh bottle.

Appearance- Pours a deep black color, no light shining through. Beautiful creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. About 1 finger of head. Spotted sticky lacing with some long legs.

Smell- Coffee dominates the nose, chocolate in the background, and a little bit of alcohol hotness, with a bit of pine notes from the hops in the background.

Taste- Great taste. Coffee is up front with some chocolate in the background, much like the smell. Can't taste much alcohol, hidden very well. Pretty hoppy, mostly because its very fresh. I think with a couple months that will subdue some and let the roasted characters dominate. This does taste quite a bit differently fresh.

Mouthfeel/Drink- Pretty good mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Seems a little bit watered down. Drinkability is very good. Can't taste much of the alcohol at all.

dsartwell72, Feb 12, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. There's no bottling date, but my cellar spreadsheet tells me I purchased it at Julio's in late 2009.

A: A slow, high, steady pour results in a solid finger of two-part head: frothy light-brown on top from the turbulence, creamy and darker underneath from the slowly-developing, super-fine bubbles that rise from the dark depths below. Intensely black body, but not without some clear red tints when held up to bright light. Great looking stout.

S: Wow. Even after over a year of mellowing in my cellar, this one still packs a serious coffee punch. The coffee is intense, showing some light acidity and even a hint of citrus, but never distracting from pure roasty power. There's also a touch of dark chocolate, but this one is 99% coffee. And that's a great thing.

T: No surprises here, with delicious coffee dominating throughout. Some chocolately malt sweetness does creep in midway through, but the coffee provides plenty of back-end bitterness and clean, almost vinous, acidity. A touch of alcohol shows up on the aftertaste, but that's a forgivable quibble for such a delicious beer. Awesome.

M: Rather delicate medium body with restrained, soft carbonation. Nice, but gets a touch sticky and could use a little more life.

D: Excellent. Aside from some light stickiness and a touch of booze, this is an absolute joy to drink. I wish it came in a bomber.

Notes: Powerful yet delicate, this beer manages to be both sweet and bitter, single-minded and complex. I've been having a lot of coffee stouts this winter, and this one is undeniably one of the best. It might well have scored considerably higher if I hadn't recently had Coffee IST, which was light-years better than just about everything, including amazing beers like this one. I'll definitely have to pick up another few bottles whenever I see it again, as I definitely need to try it fresh, and yet now I know that it ages beautifully. Wonderful stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Feb 10, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with an almost oily look to it. Half a finger head that fades to a foamy film and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Coffee liquor, some vanilla, dark cherries, a little dark chocolate and yes, a hint of soy sauce.

Taste. Bitter, slightly sour coffee and toasted malt. Lasting bitterness with complex coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. For the style, a great drinker. That being said, one is enough for me and there's no mistaking this one's imperial validity.

Tried this one few months back and was not all that impressed. This time I was blown away. Really nice and different.

Rutager, Feb 09, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Vertical Jewbelation glass from an 11.5oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a 1/4 inch head, minimal lace. The smell is light, but very complex. The coffee is right up front, fresh beans. After the coffee there are nice roasted malts, cocoa and a touch of booze. The taste follows the smell but is very rich, glad I picked it as my dessert beer. The coffee is certainly a dark roast, the chocolate bitter sweet, the roasted malts bring a sweetness and charred taste. Smooth and thick going down. I rate this up with AleSmith's Speedway Stout for sure. A very fine example of the style. My second beer from this French Canadian Brewery and I'm sold.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 08, 2011
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,782 ratings.