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

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world-class

4,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,123
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 566
Gots: 638 | FT: 58
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a lovely coffee colored head which fades to a thing ring around my Allagash chalice. Some fine belgian lacing is left by the head. Aroma is coffee up front, chocolate, licorice and heavy dark roasted malts. Slightly one demensional aroma. Off the bat I get dark chocolate and deep roasted malts, some hop presence, in the middle a great cappuccino flavor comes through and the beer finishes with a slightly bitter note that lingers in the back of your palate. Slick mouthfeel, a bit "oily" perhaps put style appropriate.

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a premier example of the style cause it is a straight double RIS but it drinks like a single. Looking foward on getting my hands on more brews from this brewery.

Let it out on a snifter and it pour a dark black brew with a brown creamy crown. Awesome on the nose with aromas of dark roasted coffe, roasted malts and dark cocoa beans. An exact mirror copy on the palate. Firts off is the not overpowering dark coffe followed by the bitter roasted malts and finishig it off with the dark cocoa beans that gives it a perfect finish, with a nice chocolately aftertaste that lingers on smoothly. Great drinkability, very refreshing. Taste even better a little bit warmer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of September 28, 2010
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a finger of foamy light brown head.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee smacks you in the face up front with a nice but subtle sweetness in the background. There is a robust roasted malt nose but the coffee dominates with some subdued dark fruit and licorice and a hint of alcohol in the background.

T - Dark roasted malts, bitter dark roasted coffee, some licorice. This beer was very fresh and was a touch hot. I have had this 3 or 4 times and never experienced this.

M - Medium body, sikly, lightly carbonated, chewy.

D - A remarkable beer. A touch hot because of how fresh it was.

Photo of Kinsman
3.19/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured absolutely pitch black with no chance of light permeating through. However, even with a relatively aggressive pour, it turned up almost no head. There was a brief appearance of a dark tan head, less than a centimeter thick, but quickly faded away, leaving a thin ring around the beer but no foam or lace.

Aroma was weak at first, but as it warmed the notes of espresso started to come out. There was a notable roasted character, but I really had to get close to find it. Not nearly as strong as I would have expected.

Coffee is obviously the dominant flavor, but its not over done. While this may be the coffee-est beer I've ever had, there is still room for flavors to come from the roasted barley. Overall, it's quite an enjoyable flavor, except for a not-so-pleasant bitterness in the finish. Its the kind of bitterness you get from burnt coffee, not just a dark roast, but a truly burnt cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel was smooth but rather thin with almost no sense of carbonation. I often find stouts to not have a lively carbonated feel, but this felt almost completely flat.

Drinkability was probably the highlight of this beer. Even though it looked and felt almost flat, the flavor was tasty enough that I could still drink it.

Photo of devilben02
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a deep, luxurious chocolate brown under a billowy beige head of densely-packed micro bubbles. The aroma is fairly light and clean, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, a dark roasted malt sweetness, a bit of a mineral quality, and only a faint hint of coffee. The flavor is much more aggressive, but it still doesn't scream coffee for me. The flavor is more of a standard imperial stout, with characteristics of charred malts, bitter chocolate, maybe a bit of black licorice. The coffee is certainly there, but it comes out subtly at first before becoming more prominent in the achingly bitter finish. The texture is smooth but resinous, and although not tremendously boozy, it is easy to tell that this beer is potent.

Photo of Icehouse57
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, warmed for 10 mins from the fridge.

A- Dense, black, and thick looking pour. Much like a thick coffee, except for the nice brown head sitting atop the beer. Got about 3/8 inch of head, which isn't bad for a 9.5 beer.

S- Coffee.... and roasted barley. Slightly smoky. A tickle of bitter hops... can't make out the type... but they're masked by the roastiness.

T- Delicious. Coffee. Roasted barley. A hint of malt sweetness in an attempt to wrap some caramel into the mix. VERY NICE. Did I mention coffee?

M- About what you'd expect from a 9.5 beer. It isn't dry. It leaves some of the flavor on the tongue.

D- I always end up rating these high gravity beers lower on drinkability. Just because I don't really feel you can say this is a ultra-drinkable beer. Not because it isn't delicious, just because of the assault on the taste buds. They get tired after one or two of these.

Very nice beer overall. Not my favorite Imperial Stout, but very very good.

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, part of the Fall beer release. 341ml into a snifter, picked up a couple of these, gonna put some age on another bottle or two and see how those turn out down the line. On with the review.

Pours a perfect pitch black, couple fingers of tan/mocha head. Fantastic retention, and excellent lace. Nose is the epitome of roastiness, dark chocolate and espresso. Huge coffee notes, and I'm sensing a bit of the alkeehawl in the background. Taste follows to a degree, blast of the rich roastiness is the initial impression. More espresso than you can imagine here, the coffee is almost overpowering; I almost get a sense of some cream or milkiness, can't tell if I'm fabricating this because of the mouthfeel or if this flavour is actually present. Regardless, alcohol isn't hidden by any stretch, well known as this hits the back of my throat. Definite creaminess and fullness in the mouth, slick as can be and just coats every part of my mouth, but finishes dry and bitter (coffee bitterness). Thick, fat and sludgy perfection. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit, chances are I couldn't sit down for more than a couple of these but that more a function of the ABV than the beer itself. Exceptional stuff.

Photo of Mit
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not usually a stout drinker(used to be) but this is a highly rated Canadian Imp Stout so when I saw it in the LCBO I had to pick it up.

a-Dark like a black hole. Sitting in the glass it looks like a pint glass full of strong cofee.

s-alcohol burn followed by dark malty smells.

t-coffee followed by an intense warming sensation. Can def taste the strength of this beer. Roasted malt and coffee dominate this beer.

m-thick, def in keeping with the higher ABV. Not as thick as I would have imagined it.

d-drinkable but I found the coffee and alcohol flavours started to overpower things. I may have enjoyed this more had it been substantially colder out.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with deep mahogany hues. A little above average sized, frothy, sticky, sandy colored head. Good retention leaving behind a very nice layer of lace.

S - Heavy coffee aroma with a sweeter coffee aroma starting off which then gives way to a rich black espresso aroma. Some tart dark fruit/anise aroma also comes out in the end. A bit of roasted/burnt bitter aroma along with hints of chocolate. That said, coffee dominates the nose.

T - Similar to the nose with coffee overpowering the other flavors. Rich, dark espresso and and sweeter, creamy coffee flavors mix and fade in and out with each other. Some roasted malt flavors come out along with just a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Some slightly tart anise flavor is present in the background toward the finish of the sip. Also has a bit of an earthy bitterness as well.

M - Fuller side of medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Very smooth, silky and creamy. Nice body and feel.

D - Pretty drinkable, although the coffee does get to be a little much. Alcohol is very well hidden and it doesn't get too bitter or sweet.

Notes: Definitely a coffee forward beer. Sometimes the coffee flavors are sweeter and other times they are more roasted and bitter. Overall I liked it but didn't love it, and it just seemed a little out of balance. I would definitely have it again, but with the price I don't know when I would buy it again. Definitely worth trying, especially if you love coffee.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

A- This is about as dark brown/black a beer as one will find, and that includes Guinness etc....I can't see one speck of light through my glass. The head is tan colored and retains what seems like forever, starting out as a frothy half inch layer, with really fine bubbles, and settling to a thick, dense layer over the brew, which includes puffy clouds of clumpy foam. The lacing is perfect, clinging without even trying in all sorts of fine strings. Very nice looking indeed!

S- Well, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do love the smell of fresh beans, which this brew has lots of....with a slight hint of vanilla extract mixed in, softening the aroma somewhat. In the background, there are notes of fresh unsweetened chocolate as well as the burnt chocolate malt to sweeten it up somewhat. The finish is actually somewhat meaty/smoky in character rather than a hop bitterness.

T- Wow, this in an intensely flavored beer. Imagine everything I mentioned in the aroma and multiply it by 10! The coffee comes through immediately and is quite dominant, but is smoother than the aroma lets on. The fresh cocoa is sweetened up just slightly with cream and has some very dark raisined fruits....very rich indeed. The finish lingers on with resins of bitter coffee grounds, Espresso and/or an Americano on the palate. Very intense, and very unique!

M- This is full bodied and is very similar to a thick, reduced version of an strong espresso. The carbonation is creamy and the bubbles are fine. Truly reminds me of a strong coffee, as the alcohol is well hidden....there is no way that the 9.5% alc/vol is noticeable...just a very silky smooth brew!

D- This intensely flavored, coffee infused beer is very good, and I recommend having this as a sipping brew rather than something that you drink in large swallows. It really needs a strong cheese to go with it and I think it would be at it's prime with some food. On it's own....very good but I'm done after 1 bottle as it's a very powerful brew. I now know why this beer is rated as the best Canada has to offer....it's superb!

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

Vintage 2008 poured into a 4oz tasting snifter.

A-Ink black with a thin ring of milk chocolate colored head. Looks promising!

S-Cold coffee,a light boozy aroma.

T/M-Oh yeah! This is awesome. Very simple and straight to the point. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. There are some nice, roasty malts mid-palate to hold it together. The 9.5%ABV provides a pleasant warmth on the back of the throat, but this is dangerously drinkable.Mouthfeel is thin and concentrated at first, edging up to a medium-bodied, fairly smooth finish. One of the best coffee stouts I've had to date.

D-I love this beer.

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

appearance: black like coffee with great head retention head retention and some lacing down the glass.

smell: deep dark malts, lots of chocolate flavor, loaded coffee

taste: low hop profile than i though, lots of deep dark malt flavor. smooth easy drinking high abv coffee stout. lots of bitterness from the coffee flavor on the back

mouthfeel: medum to full, les than expected, but appreciated

drinkability: not over rated. it's world class.

Photo of tewaris
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Péché Mortel
9.5% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
11.5 oz bottle with a twist-off cap (odd!) and no freshness date poured into big Brandy snifter on September 27, 2010. The guy at the store had told that it was very fresh

Appearance 4.5/5
Pours clear and very dark brown, and looks pitch black in the glass. The head is thick, creamy, dark brown with good retention, but minimal lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts in plenty. No hops.

Taste 4/5
Acidic and fruity coffee notes with some malty sweetness, but the balance is decidedly towards bitter coffee. Medium finish with plenty of roast and a long, luxurious roasty aftertaste, full of coffee bitterness. Warming, but never boozy. Similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, this stout is all about coffee.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
A bigger body won't hurt this beer and less carbonation would probably make it silkier. This one would be sublime on cask!

Drinkability 5/5
The 9.5% ABV never bothers, yet the body and finish are suitable for this style and alcohol. Very good.

Other
A fine beer, and a treat for coffee lovers. Between this and Founders Breakfast, I will go with the latter because of the price, but that doesn't alter the scores!

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

Notes from 8/28/10 at 2:16pm with TChopraver craving hops as he does and BuckyFresh as fresh as he will ever be.

Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head. The head lingers with strange bubble pockets with lacing providing circular foam globules around the glass.

There is plenty of coffee in the nose next to sweet malts. I also get some ashtray smell (in a good way), chocolate, roasty notes, and scents of liquors. The heat from this brew stings my nose.

Subtle sweet malts up front which gives way to tobacco and earth. A big does of coffee comes in at the end adding acidity and bitterness. If the earth made a beer, this would be it...it is very earthy. The flavor profile changes throughout the sip and finishes with a good amount of heat.

This is very lovely in the mouth and smooth on the tongue. There is a bit of sting throughout with a nice drying in the end.

This is a solid drinker and I have not had anything like it. I would recommend this unique brew to all beer lovers.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with TCGoalie and TCHopCraver. Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying the beer.

Appearance: Pours a syrupy brown with a tan, one-finger head. Lots of bubbling activity for a stout; almost looks like a witch's mini beer cauldron (if witches made beer). Decent head retention and lacing. After the head recedes, there are big bubble pockets riding on the surface of the beer. Because of the amount of carbonation, this one is very excitable when gyrated (that's what she said).

Smell: Hot, boozy oak and chocolate. Bourbon, molasses, and a burnt tobacco smell are also present. I'm also getting some coffee and dark fruits, with maybe a touch of vanilla extract rounding things out.

Taste: The first thing that came to my mind was biting into a tree. The palate starts off sweet and creamy, but evolves quickly into an oak flavor, and eventually ending with bitter coffee. Finishes dry, but the alcohol sticks with you for a while and works all of your tongue's "erogenous zones."

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Starts creamy and ends quite bitter. Coffee bitterness is sustained throughout, but is most pronounced at the end.

Drinkability: Very delicious and well-balanced, but probably more of a sipper.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes to the table with a cm or so of tan head that holds rather well. Black as black can get in color.

S- big time coffee and dark chocolate, smoke and char, hint of milky sweetness.

T- sweet cocoa, coffee and cream. Complex layers of dark roasted malts and dates. Some molasses and brown sugar.

M- full bodied with a bit of chew and stick. Mid level small bubbled carb.

D- wonderful brew. This is what a coffee stout should taste like. One of the best beers I've ever had on tap.

Photo of zoso1967
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with not a whole lot of carbonation in this bottle. This has to be one of the darkest stouts out there. It has a small deep mocha colored head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves just a small ring around the edge of the glass, and leaves splashy lace.

The aroma is laden with rich coffee, dark chocolate (I mean dark, like 85% cocoa), smoky tobacco, toasted almonds and some earthy burnt smells.

The flavor is quite similar with tons of rich crushed coffee beans dominating. More dark chocolate, smoke and charred wood make their way past the immense coffee flavor, as well as toasted nutty flavors and some vanilla notes. This stout does not come off as sweet at all, just rich and roasty. It is pretty incredible how much coffee flavor they packed into it, and at the same time how easy it is to appreciate the supporting cast of flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium and seems to finish somewhat dry with a bit of a burnt astringency. It leaves some nice bitter coffee and chocolate flavors that linger on the tongue.

Not only is this a world class stout, but it really has a uniqueness to it that I appreciate. Drinking this is a lot like drinking fine iced coffee, but with pleasant beer characteristics as well. I found it to be quite drinkable with none of the ABV showing through at all. This beer lives up to its reputation.

Photo of adkirkish
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured pitch black with a thin and creamy mocha head. Head maintained around the ring of the glass, but no lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and chocolate malt upfront w/ coffee overnotes. Light roasted malt rounding out in the background. Light alcohol warmth coming off of the nose as well. No hop aromatics / esthers.

F: Sweet / Bitter chocolate malt upfront, followed by an intense roasted malt and coffee flavor that carries through to the finish. No hop flavor. The balance is dominant coffee 80/20 to the chocolate malt.

M: Heavy bodied and medium heavy mouthfeel on the verge of viscous. Light creaminess. Light alcohol warmth.

O: Finely crafted and a great recipe. Highly enjoyed upon the recommendations of so many that I know. My only beef is with the mouthfeel and head development and retention. Had to pour aggressively to get the head to form up and wasn't very apparent. With a heavier dose of head and creamier mouthfeel, this would be perfect IMO. Otherwise outstanding in every other category.

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

Melted French chocolate with wisps of vanilla, roasted mocha java coffee, milk chocolate brown head, scattered lace, black as pen ink body. Taste...dark chocolate followed by coffee...followed by roasted barley...followed by a dominating bitter alcohol kick in the back. The finish to me is just too intense for some reason. Maybe its the combination of bitter coffee, burnt malt and alcohol, but it kicks harder than some 11% and above stouts I have had. Finish aside, the ingredients somehow manage to showcase their uniquely enjoyable qualities while managing to be integrated; nevertheless there is some astringency. The low to medium carbonation accentuated the oily, medium-bodied, velvet-like mouth feel. So smooth..A solid coffee stout for sure.

Photo of azorie
3.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Creamy Average head poured into mug at 45 degrees, and was 38F, letting it warm. good sticky lacing was light brown, body is black of course. well it looks like a coffee stout, LOL

s: one gets a heavy burnt coffee, and biter almond smell, as it warms you get the booze. if there are any hops they are overpowered by the coffee, its about all I can get really. in fact I get nothing else but some old burnt out Starbucks, coffee.

T: not as bad as the overpowering smell. Very heavy coffee, with some dark dark chocolate added in. I just cannot get much else. Smoke maybe. Very bitter. i usually love coffee stouts, this one not so much.

m: Heavy thick, gritty. bitter, slightly chalky, low carbonation

D: smooth, but not easy to drink

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

Reviewed on 8/28/10 prior to attending the Traverse City Microbrew Festival. Thanks, TCGoalie for this treat. Split two 11.2 oz. bottles between TCGoalie, BuckyFresh, and myself.

A: I think this is the prettiest stout that I've seen. It pours nearly pitch black with a nice 1 finger, mocha head into my very large snifter. The head was like the top of a carboy as beer is fermenting - tumultuously bubbly. The lacing is splashy and sticky.

S: Big coffee notes at first, backed up by a dark chocolate and alcoholic heat in my nostrils. Some tobacco and leather undertones are also present. This is a big and creamy smelling beer. I am also smelling hazelnut, amaretto, kahlua, and lots of vanilla in Peche Mortel.

T: Right as the beer hits the tip of my tongue, I get a nice cigar smoke character, which is complemented by a lovely biting, acidic coffee flavor throughout the sip. In the middle of each draught, the rich, creamy, and sweet flavors cascade onto the middle of my palate. Then at the end of each sip, that acidic coffee taste reemerges from the background. This is a very earthy taste.

M: There is a lot going on here - a great bite on the sides of my mouth throughout, while the middle of the sip reveal a full, rich, creaminess. Those two feels balance each other wonderfully.

D: This is a very complex beer that I will certainly have again. The heavy bitterness does knock it down just a wee bit for me, though, as I wouldn't want to have too much in a sitting.

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

Poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A : Pours a deep black with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that disappearce fast to no head , Nice lacing on the glass

S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes with a hint of vinous fruit as well.

T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel as well. As it warms the flavors start to come more to life

M: Very smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty bitter , like coffee with àlote of milk.

D: Very drinkable, this is an exceptionally beer.

Photo of BBP
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Iced coffee look. Dark black with beautiful creamy head.

S- Mocha and coffee, a small hint of vanilla. Pretty much an espresso aroma. It was great, but a bit too faint.

T- Coffee and mocha at the front and shots of espresso. Tasted like it even had the cream in it. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Tastes like what I'd like my coffees to taste like in the morning.

M- Medium body and full feeling, but goes down a bit watery.

D- Extremely drinkable. Everybody who likes coffee would probably like this, and then quite a few more. Will absolutely be having this beer again. 12oz was not enough for me. I'd very much love to get a bomber.

One year after reviewing, this has come out again and I've done a side by side. The year old bottle seems to have really opened up. The fresh stuff tastes somewhat one dimensional in comparison. Strangely enough a lot of the coffee is still present in the year old bottle, although it doesn't have the bitter bite it had before. The booziness takes on more of a licorice taste after a year or so and it furthers the complexity.

Ultimately, I think the tap version is optimal, and that a year of age slightly edges out the fresh. Regardless, I think that whatever form this beer is in, it won't cease to amaze.

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of GregSVT
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz (weird number but ok) bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring leaving a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is so complex with notes of chocolate milk, coffee, fudge, and vanilla.

T: The taste is dark roasted coffee at first which leads to a bakers chocolate and vanilla finish. This almost tastes like it's barrel aged but of course it's not.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin for the style. Always seems like some coffee imperial stouts are thinner than regular imperial stouts.

D: Highly drinkable besides the high abv. I'd drink it again if I had access to this.

If you like coffee stouts this is a must try. It really reminded me of Terrapin Wake-N-Bake and GI BCCS. Although I might go after the Terrapin first due to price.

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.