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

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3,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 514
Gots: 540 | FT: 59
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of sinstaineddemon


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

from CvFish in a trade, thanks Chris

A - engine oil black pour, with a finger plus of dark brown head

S - an abundance of rich coffee aromas assail the nosem some chocolate compliments all that coffee creating a rich mocha aroma, heavy on the coffee component

T - the rich coffee permeates through to the taste as i would expect, with more emphasis on the coffee bean itself, also some mellowing and welcome lactic sweetness

M&D - despite being monotypic, this is a supreme beer, rich and flavorful, mellowed and smoothed from the lactose sweetness, it almost nears a milk stout to me, hides a near double digit ABV very well. this would be a beer cellar staple if they distributed in CT

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:08:27 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.5 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours like used motor oil, jet black and has a 2 inger tan head. The aroma is like walking into a starbucks, lots of coffee. The flavor is heavy on coffee, chocolate and maybe some vanilla. The finish lingers, slightly bitter. It is well carbonated and has a creamy mouthfeel. Peche Mortel is a solid coffee beer, but not a great coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:18:56 | More by bonkers
Photo of Brez07


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

Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a brown/black color out of the bottle, but sits in the glass dark as a moonless night. Gives a 1 finger caramel head. Leaves a Swiss cheese type lacing

S: Nice roasted coffee smell, accompanied by oak/nuttiness, smoke and chocolate malt

T: Follows the smell. Wonderful coffee taste. Alcohol isn't overbearing, but I find this to be a bit "warm". Some bitterness with the finish

M: Full bodied but not as creamy as I was expecting. Has a sticky finish

D: Easy to drink, but I find the alcohol to be more prevalent compared to other Imp Stouts. Would not have more then one of these in a sitting, but will definitely purchase again

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 21:52:06 | More by Brez07
Photo of Domingo


4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an expected thick murky black color with a deep brown head. Not a ton of carbonation, but more than many similar beers.
The primary flavors are coffee, baker's chocolate, and dried fruits like raisins and prunes. I like that there are some sweet flavors in there to keep it from being all roast and nothing else. While it's simplistic on paper, the flavors mesh very well and this is an extremely tasty beer.
Texture is silky smooth and it doesn't feel nearly as strong as it actually is.
Not the absolute best coffee imperial stout, but definitely one of them.
I bought a 12oz bottle for only $5-6, which is a pretty good deal for something this good. It doesn't' affect my rating, but is worth mentioning.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 16:59:07 | More by Domingo
Photo of mdcrouser


3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe the darkest of any of those enjoyed recently - absolutely no ruby or brown shows through the bottom of the pint. Tan head pocked by bubble bursts caps the top.

The nose is like coffee liquer - no lack of strength or alcohol here.

Deep coffee flavors dominate, leaving little room for anythin else, though a bit of dark chocolate is apparent. Unfortunately, heavy alcohol also comes through with the coffee and really detracts from the overall enjoyment here.

The mouthfeel is great, with restrained carbonation and smooth delivery.

While the majority feel this is a great beer, the alcohol is too heavy to enjoy the entire package.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:40:51 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

When opening the bottle I was surprised to see that the bottle was a twist off. After prying off the twist off, I put my nose at the top of the bottles and took in a nice big whiff. What returned was a wonderful mixture of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. There is a huge bitter chocolate/dark chocolate nose on this. This would go superbly with double chocolate cake or something similar. The beer is poured almost pitch black, but there is a slight ruby tint. A fluffy tan head rests upon the top of the beer. The nose after pouring the beer is slightly different: there is a bit more of sweetness to the chocolate notes.

Taking a sip of this beer gives huge chocolate flavours with a nice balance from coffee. There is a slight bit of alcohol coming through as well. At the end of the beer there is a nice bitter coffee flavour to round out the beer. The body is much more thin than I expected, but it's still tasty. I like my imperial stouts to be incredibly thick. I think there is a bit too much carbonation as well. The flavours are well rounded in the beer, but I want much more bold flavours.

The more the beer warms up the better the beer tastes. I just wish there was a bit more body or less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 23:06:13 | More by swizzlenuts
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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

Dark black, opaque, with an impressive tan head. Smells of espresso, chocolate, raisins, and some sweet malt. The flavor is much like the smell, with the coffee flavor being the most dominant. Alcohol is also present in the flavor, but is not overly dominant. Creamy and full bodied with good carbonation. A very nice beer which is a pleasure to drink. It would be a mortal sin not to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:44:58 | More by hardy008
Photo of mikedashg


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

A - Pours a very dark black with a moderate to low light tan head into my snifter from a 12oz bottle

S - Roasted malts. Chocolate. Coffee Sweet, Brown Sugar

T - Very coffee forward, roasted malts, and chocolate. A little on the sweet side, but pretty balanced overall. Some raisons and fig.

M - Really creamy mouthfeel. The creaminess hits you right up front. Moderate carbonation. Full body.

D - Very goo example of style. Pretty easy drinking style to boot!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 01:23:31 | More by mikedashg
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Strong, powerful coffee aroma. Taste is like black coffee with some chocolate and roasted malts. Very, very good! Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol was well hidden at first, but started to become noticable after the beer warmed up. Overall this is excellent, one of the best stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:08:46 | More by chickenm
Photo of deathdealer666

New York

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

11.5 oz bottle poured into a goblet

It looks like Norwegian Metal in a glass. With a great tan head so fluffy you wanna lay your head on it and take a nap (which you might have to do after drinkin it).

It smells like a balanced breakfast of coffee, raisin bread, and bourbon.

The coffee is the prodominant flavor in this very complex beer. Sweet, bitter, roasty with fig, and plum and yes some booze.

It's like beelzebub's load in your mouth. Nuf' said.

This beer turns it up to 11, see. It's worth all the trouble it might get you into.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 17:59:49 | More by deathdealer666
Photo of alpinebryant


4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark coffee black with a nice tan head that settled around the edges of a brandy snifter.

Smell is overwhelmingly good, strong coffee, plum, raisin, burnt malt. Surprisingly sweet aroma which I normally do not find in a coffee Imperial Stout.

Taste - Over the top coffee, I am having this for breakfast as I had heard it made a good coffee replacement. Espresso, milky roasted malt, nice bitter bite from the coffee, sweet plum flavor, raisin / fig and slightly astringent finish I am guessing from the coffee.

Mouthfeel is a medium to thick body

Drinkability is amazing. If I had a few of these it would be hard to abstain.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 15:16:56 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of brownbeer


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

A- Oily black with a creamy, light brown head

S- Great aromas of dark chocolate and espresso with a light woodiness and subtle fruitiness, rum balls.

T&M- Starts out smooth and chocolatey and finishes with roast and subtle hoppy flavors. Nice vanilla milkiness in the fade with warming alcohol.

One of the best coffee stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:18:38 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

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

After all the reviews I'd read of this beer I was extremely excited to get my hands on this little gem as soon as it hit the LCBO shelves.
Its advocates certainly weren't lying, wow what an amazing beer!

The elixir pours a pitch black, with the viscosity of oil. A light brown head mounted the caliginous brew keeping throughout the session.

The scent of coffee is the first thing that hit my nose accompanied by notes of roast malt and caramel. Candied apples and sour fruit mixed with hints of rum soaked cherries. Toffee and marshmallow were companions to the smell of roasted peanuts. The bouquet was extremely elaborate, scents mingling to and fro.
My first sip brought me to breakfast with a feeling of coffee and cream in the mouth as well as in taste. Roasted malt flavours mixed well with the coffee tones providing good balance. Fudge and peanut butter, dark chocolate, and nutmeg all popped up most reminiscent of Resse's peanut butter cups. The strong alcohol percentage were present but in the form of plum brandy and fermented dates. Star anise gave slight licorice taste which added to the overall richness and complimented the alcohol well. Hop presence was minimal providing balance and giving a slightly dry finish which petered out to the taste of coffee.

This beer is like drinking velvet one of the best stouts I've ever had and truly a supreme example of a well crafted extreme stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 20:34:40 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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New Jersey

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

My first taste of Peche Mortel was when I attended the Vermont Beer Festival this past July at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Let me tell you,if you haven't made it to this event GO, it is one of the best. IMO. Now, back to the beer. All I had was a 5oz. tasting glass serving, but when I drank it, all I could say was WOW. One of the best I've ever tasted. But to make a honest evaluation, I would have to see if it was available back in my home state of New Jersey.

Luckily for me a friend of mine owns a pub/liquor store and it was available. Get me a case. When it came in, I chilled a few bottles for a couple a days. I poured it into a goblet. dark black,tan foamy head. Coffee and more coffee maybe toffee. Very full bodied, nice and creamy. Lacing down the sides. A great beer to sip on a cool night.

Yes it lives up to the hype. For me the best coffee stout I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 17:03:51 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into snifter

a-jet black..khaki colored head..legs and lacing go on forever....excellent bubbles...

s-coffee and toffee and roast....sumatra...man this is a coffee lovers brew

t-roast and coffee....caramel and toffee..bitter..chocolate...finishes bitter and dry...coffee coffee

m-thick and chewy...wonderful cream and viscous....carb is excellent...

d-would want to drink this all night but wouldnt because of the price and complexities

overall stands toe to toe with valdez as the best coffee stout available....

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:30:45 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of CanadaBlue


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

What more can be said about this beer than has already been said? Not much.

There are many beers that are hyped up, and all too many don't live up to the hype. In my view, this one exceeds all the hype. This is a must-have beer for all those stout fans.

Why did I wait so long to try this? This one is a bargain, almost no matter what the cost. Go out a get a few, you'll be sorry if you get only one!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 21:42:53 | More by CanadaBlue
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Very dark creamy brown head. The head only stands about a half inch from the initial pour. As it recedes it is unable to maintain lacing. Color is a silky dark brown that shifts to black. Thin blood red highlights appear when holding the glass to the light.

Smell has lots of dark chocolate, espresso beans, and a little dark cherry. Taste is also a bold rush of dark chocolate. The kind with chunks of cocoa beans in it. Taste is a little like a red chocolate cake. Coffee is warm and nutty, pecans and hazelnut. Mellow snap from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a thick velvety texture. Chewy body that paints itself across the tongue. This is a great sipper, and I'm really excited that it is now locally available.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:05:12 | More by bort11
Photo of augustgarage


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

Enjoying this as a breakfast beer, poured from an 11.5oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Took the bottle out of the fridge about half an hour before opening it to take the chill off. Bottled in '08 (date code is difficult for me to decipher otherwise).

Liquid is a glassy opaque seal brown with a slender buff color head with decent retention (agitation makes the head kick up again easily, and the color seems to grow darker each time you do this, until it equalizes out at a darkish-tan). Thick legs lick the glass and lacing creates unusual patterns akin to a native SouthWestern textile.

Black french-press, dark roast, freshly brewed coffee on the nose. Succulent roast malt and vanilla cream notes emerge with time once I've acclimated to the coffee.

An almost smoky coffee flavor on the palate is joined by dark chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Some suggestion of black bread and black pepper phenols as well. Sweetness is expertly reigned in by a pleasant bitterness (coming more from coffee than hops, or roasted malt astringency), leading into a dry finish with notes of cherry and mint from the alcohol and hints of figs and prunes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is delectable, with a fairly heavy body, creamy with good carbonation and just a little astringency to balance the dessert-like nature of the beer.

ABV is perfectly integrated adding as much body and flavor as possible without being overbearing which makes this dangerously drinkable.

Without a doubt the best coffee stout I've tried (haven't had Founders yet though) - and one of the better stouts in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:11:11 | More by augustgarage
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4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Poured almost black with a big tawny 2 inch head. Decent retention for such a high abv beer. Nice lacing on the tulip during the drinking period.

Aroma of coffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and very sweet toffee.

Flavor matches the aroma. Very sweet up front with a nice roasted bittersweet coffee flavor finishing it off. I'm not a huge coffee fanatic so I can't describe the complexities of the coffee.

Very full bodied and very thick. Coats the tongue between drinks.

Damn good drinkability. Good flavor but I doubt I could have more than one - kind of strong and might get a little too sweet after a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:34:23 | More by davexisxrabid
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a mortal sin I haven't tried this sooner, but it's here now. The infamous peche mortel comes in a regular 341ml bottle sporting beautiful art of eve and satan the snake on the label.

The sinful infusion pours an opaque ebony with a coffee-coloured head that settled to a thin covering quickly. It says "drink me!"

Aroma--wait! Did they steal the aroma from Yukon Brewing's Midnight Sun Espresso Stout??? (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4701/17085)
Honestly, this is an almost identical aroma profile, from the very first whiff. Which means it's a great smelling beer, but midnight sun doesn't get half the hype this beer does, and so far: Midnight Sun is a better looking, similar smelling brew.

The flavour profile confirms what is actually quite shocking to me. Midnight Sun, brewed by Canada's farthest north brewery, has this Peche Mortel bested. This still means this beer is great--just not what I expected. Obvious huge hits of espresso here; coffee flavours dominating. Some chocolate raisins, dusty prunes, with a huge dry finish. The finish also has some sweeter characteristics and faint phenols.

I expected more body from this, but it's actually quite light. They've masked the 9.5 abv nicely, as the beer is dangerously quaffable. This definitely did not fulfill the hype, for me personally. And I simply can't believe that, what with all the hype, Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse is doing this BETTER, and is painfully under-appreciated.

(*I didn't mean to review this beer constantly referring to another beer, but truthfully this beer was EXTREMELY similar to Midnight Sun. Which means they are both great beers. But one is criminally underrated. Maybe it's because of the alcohol content...)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:24:11 | More by Cwrw
Photo of Reaper16


4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a Chimay goblet

Pours a satisfying color that could pass as black. I like 'em dark and this most mortal of sins is dark enough. I don't know why I keep insisting on drinking impy stouts out of this Chimay goblet as I never get any sizable head in it, but the richly tan lacing is pretty good all throughout the drinking process.

The coffee aromas are very intense. This is the first time I've had this particular beer so my mind's point of comparison is to on-tap Founders Breakfast Stout. I don't have any idea how young or old this bottle is but the zippy, lemony espresso aromas are present and accounted for. Its typically a great sign in a coffee stout when it smells like espresso or french-pressed Ethiopian beans and not like ground Maxwell House. I can pick up a fair amount of sweetness from alcohol. I hope that doesn't portend a beer with too much alcohol harshness.

The taste paragraph doesn't need much text. Do you like bright espresso flavors? Do you want them to dominate the drink, even on the aftertaste? Do you also want some roasted, bready, "beer" flavor points? How about a gentle kiss of alcohol sweetness and warmth? This beer has exactly those things and nothing else.

The beer is surprisingly thin in body. its probably the thinnest impy stout I've had in a long, long time. Perhaps this is an older bottle that lost some body in the aging process? It isn't a dealbreaker, though. It kind of accentuates the espresso flavors somehow. Its a large beer but keeping in mind that no one is going to have more than one bottle unless their crazy this is pretty darn drinkable. Its full-flavored yet light.

This is a perfect beer for when those Autumn nights start to get chilly. Its not viscous enough for a winter stout but its certainly warming enough. If you enjoy coffee stouts then you can't pass up Peche Mortel -- the coffee flavors are just so well-executed. I'm not convinced that this is better than Founders Breakfast Stout, but it is certainly in the discussion.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:22:20 | More by Reaper16
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Yukon (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coffee black with a rich and cream-coloured head. Great lacing

Strong aromas of coffee beans, vanilla, black licorice, bitter cocoa chocolate and black pepper spice

The flavour is stongly coffee and chocolate. Black licorice, sweet sugary caramel and toffee in the malt. Bitter and dry cocoa in the finish and aftertaste. Very complex and interesting beer

Good full body, soft carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:46:47 | More by EatsTacos
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracked this bottle open after it has been staring at me in the fridge for a while.
Pours a deep brown - black colour with a nice tan head. Head settles out pretty thickly on top.
Smells of roasted dark malt.
Starts off sweeter than I expect with a transition to black coffee bitteness.
Good mouthfeel, not too heavy or light.
Very good overall, no idea how fresh the bottle is as there is no date on it. Wonder is the coffee flavor is more pronounced in a fresher example.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:00:43 | More by kbutler1
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Ontario (Canada)

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

I was very excited to find a beer from BDDC in the Ontario LCBO (which isn't exactly the best place to find world class beers). This is an outstanding beer that should be savoured. However, I don't think I'd have more than one in a sitting. I'm torn that greatness can have a negative impact on the "drinkability" score. I may not have another right after but I will definitely buy this again. Then 4.5 it gets...

It pours out black as night into the glass with a head that had a reddish tan colour. Not an ounce of light comes through this even when held against a light. The head recedes to a thin layer. Some decent lacing to accompany the drink.

Great aroma off the pour with coffee, cocoa, dark alcoholic fruits and bread. Exceptional.

The first sensation is the smooth mouthfeel. Then the flavour explodes, launched by the power of the higher octane alcohol. This power subsides by the third or forth sip as my tastebuds calibrate to the amplified flavours. Like the smell, the same flavours are there. The finish has a medium-high bitterness that lingers with the alcolol-fruits and coffee. My only critisicm is that it's a bit acidic in the after taste. Otherwise, a great coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:01:07 | More by ecoastman
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola in color with a thin brownish-tan head that sizzles and bubbles in the glass. Some thin watery lacing.

S: Incredible roasted-chocolate-y-coffee smell that leaps from the glass. I could sit and smell this all day.

T: Amazing chocolate-coffee taste coats the tongue up front. Later the taste melts with an alcohol edge that lingers and takes from the flavor.

M: Thick and coating body that wraps the tongue. Some burn in the back of the mouth as the alcohol takes hold.

D: Glad it's a cool night because this is a perfect warming treat. Probably a bit much for warm weather though. Big-ass beer but damn drinkable.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 10/10/09.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:47:18 | More by eljefe21
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,589 ratings.