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

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3,880 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,880
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 524
Gots: 584 | FT: 57
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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 ltjska04
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a coffee stout kick lately and finally picked up a bottle of this along with some Founders Breakfast Stout. There's been a fair amount of hype around this, and with the high price I'm hoping for good things.

This is a thick beer that pours a nice black with brown edges when held to the light and a small head that settles quickly to a brown ring that lasts for the rest of the experience. It smells like roasty coffee. Very pleasant but not quite 5-worthy. The taste is a lot of coffee but not the bitch slap I was expecting. Much more complex than the smell... it's changing as it warms with the chocolate becoming more prominent. The mouthfeel is good and drinkability would be high except there's some alcohol taste towards the end and the price prevents me from buying much of this. Overall an awesome beer; one of the best coffee stouts I've had but not perfect.

ltjska04, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a full pint of espresso and that is exactly what it smells like. This thing is an espresso stout to say the least. It is proving to be a great nightcap.

Wonderful lacing appears in the glass.

Huge roasted notes and as this warms everything is only getting bolder.

This has a sweet initial taste with a huge bittering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is super smooth and I couldn't ask for more. Toffee and dark chocolate accompany these espresso flavors. This is one intense beer and a grand imperial stout.

stewart124, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a almost black brew, with a near brown three finger chunky head - nice lace.

Smells of sweet roasted coffee, malts and chocolate.

Tastes robust and thiner mouthfeel then I expected, has a bitter coffee flavor that really spices the tongue. The roasted malt flavors really shine through as you drink. Nice job of hiding the alcohol. Has a nutty flavor as well. Nice hop presence as well. This beer really warms you as you drink it.

This brew is a sipper, not to be drank to get buzzed - although a few of these will easily achieve that. It is a brew to sit and savor. A very big coffee flavor and aftertaste, very roasted brew. This brew is very good.

magine, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a ~12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and smell-Poured a cream thick almost pitch black with a thing tan head which left some slight lacing. Smells of definite sweet milk chocolate. Scent of alcohol is very present. Trailing this is a bit of vanilla and roasted coffee. Very sweet smelling brew.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was initially very roasty, sweet chocolate malt was very present. Creamy vanilla/chocolate aftertaste was great. Mouthfeel really matched it. A nice thick chewy sweet brew. Much less coffee than expected. There was a bit of hop bitterness but the sweet finish sat right on it, but it was present none the less.

Drinkability-The smell and lingering creamy aftertaste really make it hard to let the glass sit long for sure. This was definitely a spendy bottle but will definitely be going back for more for certain occassions.

God, I wanted to not enjoy this thing due to the price in all honesty.

blackenmn, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone imperial pint black, black, black and that's no joke. Thin head but good retention. I swirl and pour in the dregs at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose is actually not as heavy on the coffee as I thought it might be. Minor licorice, some roasty malts, vanilla. Edit: Oh wait, my first bottle must have been old or something. With this other bottle, there's no mistaking it.

This beer settles upon the palate with a ton of bitter coffee - it has to be some kind of dark roast, as there is pretty big non-hop bitterness...like chewing on a coffee bean. Along for the ride are the usual imperial stout flavor notes of bitter chocolate and char. A little alcohol flits in and out of the flavor profile. Aftertaste goes and goes and goes.

Big, robust feel, with soft bubbles.

Definitely a big, serious beer. I find it too potent to think about having more than one, even if I had another bottle. As this beer seems to be made with a dark, fairly bitter coffee blend, this one is for real coffee aficionados. It does not have a more mainstream bright coffee-ice-cream taste like Founders Breakfast - if you like drinking your coffee black as I sometimes do, this is one to try.

Consider this your fair warning. This is serious beer with all the intense roasted and acrid character of a freshly-pulled espresso shot. It is quite the punchy, balls-to-the-wall beer.

Patrick999, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes

12oz bottle. '09 vintage. Love the bottle, can not wait to try this sin.

A: Lights out in a coal mine black, very small tan head, with great lacing.

S: Smells like something you would get at a starbucks can you say espresso baby!

T: huge roasted coffee flavor, which is followed bye sweet chocolate. I also taste a splash of vanilla and a hint of caramel. The balance is spot on for a coffee stout.

M: Carbonation makes s this brew very creamy it is a little thinner then I would have like, but I can live with it.

D: This stout is an easy drinker, but it does have a warming trend that hits about the time the glass is gone. I see the bottom of my glass now, which makes me sad, they only had one bottle.

Thoughts: This sin is definitely a win. I would like to try this with some age on it.

earthboundagain, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: delicious black with a short but clingy dark tan head.

Smell: rich and sweet with a huge nose of coffee. Some chocolate notes pierce the coffee veil.

Taste: giant coffee flavor assaults the tongue, followed by fruity esters and a bit of an alcoholic bite, then a nice bitter denouement. I think this one is growing on me.

Mouthfeel: full bodied yet with a slight astringent character, low but nice carbonation.

Drinkability: delicious but with this ABV and cumulative flavor effect, I think I'm limited to one.

flagmantho, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer was poured into my dfh snifter with a brown one finger head that stuck around. The beer itself is jet black with no chance of seeing through it. There is even lacing. This is just a really impressive looking beer.

Smell: The second I started pouring this super pungent, incredible smelling beer the smell just hit me like bricks. The smell of coffee just hits you immediately. Side by side with the coffee aroma is the chocolate. I mean we are taking about a chocolate aroma that is stronger than beers with chocolate in the name. You can also find a decent amount of alcohol in the nose, but it perfectly balances out the nose. I am also getting some caramel.

Taste: Wow this is insane. The flavor is a great deal like the smell, the upfront wonderful coffee followed by chocolate. So much wonderful roasted malt flavor. There is hop bitterness, to which the bitterness of the roasted malt contributes very nicely. This bitterness seems to help or scarily well interplay with a somewhat dry finish which really makes this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice and smooth mouthfeel. It is heavy boded. The bitterness seems to give the beer a tiny bit of a bite, but the low carbonation really smooths things out.

Drinkability: This may be my favorite beer out of any I have had. The intensity and boldness really makes this a real sipper. I just wish I could get this a great deal easier.

OnThenIn, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of heliosphann
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. '09 vintage. Poured in a Founders Black Party pint glass, which unbelievably survived that night somehow... Long story, maybe another time.

A: Pitch black pour. Very small amount of tan head that fades. Really stellar lacing

S: Huge wave of coffee and roasted malts. Some small amount of chocolate present along with a smidge of alcohol.

T: Almost spot on to the taste. Big coffee flavor with ample roastiness. Followed up by sweet bitter chocolate and molasses. Also present are some faint hints of vanilla and caramel. There is some bitter hop/alcohol bite on the finish, but it's not out of control. Overall very nice and balanced. Perhaps a tad too much coffee for my liking.

M: Very good carbonation helps make this a creamy delight. Not too thick, but not too thin. Just right for this style of stout.

D: Very easy drinker for a big stout. This is a pretty fresh bottle, and it's still a little hot. Other than that these 12oz went like Flo-Jo on Blow.

A very nice offering from our neighbors to the north. This one easily lives up to it's reputation. I think it'll be even more up my alley with a year or so on it. Looking forward to revisiting it.

heliosphann, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, ruby-tinted black with a frothy light tan head. Looks more like a porter than an imperial stout.

Aromas of deep, rich, roasted coffee beans, burnt grain, and caramel sweetness. Sweet caramel entry, turning toward warm alcohol in the middle before making way for roasty coffee and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms, a Belgian-like bright, fruity yeast character comes through in both the nose and the palate, adding complexity.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sense of oiliness and just a bit sticky.

wnh, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice swirl of tan espresso foam. Aroma is roasted malt, some dark fruit, traces of hop, and pounds of vanilla. Coffee was barely detectable. Flavor was absolutely delicious: more vanilla with a pleasant and clean bitterness, with an alcoholic exhale. Strangely, an effect like coffee without the coffee flavor. Extremely rich and robust! Mouth was on target as well. It seems to coat your mouth, with a deep, alcoholic warming effect. Lovely!

gyllstromk, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
2.45/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice while doing a tasting with dark lord, old rasputin 12, speedway stout, and dfh world wide stout. This was by far the least favorite of the grouping. Nothing special here at all.

It pours a medium dark black, still very dark in the light, light tan head, lacing ok.

The aroma is very strong, mostly of burnt wood and alcohol surprisingly don't get any coffee. The smell is pretty off putting, make you almost not want to drink it.

Taste is very light compared to the aroma, you think its just going to hit you in the mouth but it doesn't. You taste coffee from start to finish, that's it. Not very complex or compelling. Mouthfeel is bad, not very drinkable.

jrallen34, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Zraly
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Dark as night with a brown head. Bad-ass, heady coffee/espresso smell - smells like the container on my coffee grinder after a week of grinding french roast beans. Fantastic smell.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Dark, french pressed coffee. Not Maxwell House coffee. Not "water dressed in brown" coffee (to quote Ani DiFranco). Not Starbucks House Blend coffee - but COFFEE. This tastes and smells as if it were a very well-made, french pressed, "french roast" cup of coffee. Slick and smooth, with a an oily presence, as it should because it tastes like dark, french pressed coffee. A hint of smoke, which makes sense, because it tastes like dark, french pressed coffee. Slight bitter finish with a presence of dark chocolate -- like a good french pressed coffee. Have I said that this tastes like good, dark, french pressed coffee?

It's not something to drink all night. It's not something to drink all day. It's just something to drink at a point in time and that point in time is the present moment in which you drink it. It's very zen...and it tastes like damn good coffee!

I love this.

Zraly, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a 1+ finger tan head that leaves some lacing

smell - damn now thats some coffee - the coffee is so huge that i only pick up some and i say come chocolate as well

taste is also busting with coffee (and it still is the main event here) there is also a good amount of chocolate and roasted malts - but no 5 just a tad sweet

mouthfeel is medium to heavy body with low amount of carbonation that give this beer that silky smooth feel

drinkability is good maybe a bit heavy for a 5 but a beer like this is a sip sit back and enjoy

jsh420, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of thick pillowy brown head with excellent retention. Opaque light black/dark brown liquid. Stunning beer.

S: Some coffee with roasted barley notes. Relatively mild aroma. Some esters. Disappointing simplicity.

T: Very roasty, coffee bitterness is pronounced. Alcohol starrts coming in on the 3rd drink and dominates after that (minus points). Tasty and despite slight booziness, fairly balanced.

M: Not hot or warm even, despite my expectations. This is a positive aspect definitely. Coffee bitterness is strong. Nice and chewy.

D: Tasty, but not terribly complex. One of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts I've had - maybe even sessionable (though I'm feeling that alcohol). I'd order another pint, but I think this one is priced out of the buying-a-sixer range for me.

dfillius, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this beer absorbs light. It's that dark in color. The head never grew beyond a pinky and was tan in color. There is a little retention. The blackest stout yet, in my short life. The smell is explosive and full of strong roasted coffee with a crème smell. I'm talking about good coffee too, like the inside of your favorite coffee shop, and also a kind of a sugar smell. There is also a bit of alcohol in the nose but it's very faint and well controlled. I also get a bit of cinnamon in this too.

Glug glug glug.

Whoa... Tastes like coffee with a smooth, silky malt character. I also notice the instant warming feeling from this. It's as drinkable as coffee in my book. The coffee flavor is incredibly concentrated and the nose I get as I drink from my snifter really makes me feel like I'm drinking coffee. Towards the end of the taste is a bitter bite from both the alcohol and the bean flavor. There may be just a bit of dark ripe fruits, but not as I've tasted in other RIS's. The concentrated goodness that is this beer is an amazing thing to have pulled off. The mouth feel was a little flat I suppose but I can hardly hate it for that.

Thur123, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle with a cool looking abstract drawing of woman that has a green snake that's about to wrap itself around the woman's neck. I'm probably wrong, but I think it's an abstract drawing of Eve and the snake because Péché Mortel in French means Mortal Sin. Whatever it is, it's a cool label. Just below the woman is where they tell you it's an Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with Fair Trade Coffee. To the left of the picture is a description of the beer, address of the brewery, and the email address for the illustrator. To the right is where they put all the mandatory US information. A best before date or brewed year would have been helpful, but I guess the label art was good enough.

Appearance: Since this beer is highly rated, I wanted to pour this beer into a special glass, so I poured it into my Unibroue Tulip. They weren't joking when they said it was brewed with coffee. If you're ever seen an espresso straight from the machine before, then you know what this beer looks like. It's the same pitch black color. This beer is so damn dark that light will bounce right off the beer's solid black color. If you got a really clean glass, all you you will see is utter darkness and your reflection. On top of this onyx colored beer was a thick dark mocha colored head of foam. At its tallest, it was close to 1 inch in height. It had pretty good retention that left behind a silky mocha film and a few small blots of lace. It looks like coffee, let's see if it smells like coffee.

Smell: Does it smell like coffee? Oh Hell Yes! This beer was just bursting with the strong scent of finely roasted coffee beans. You actually smell that these were high quality coffee beans and not cheapo coffee beans. The aroma of these coffee beans are so good that you can easily stick your nose into the glass and breathe in the rich scent of coffee for a couple of minutes. My nose wasn't able to pick out much behind all the coffee. I was only able to pick out a hint of caramel and a touch of roasted malts. Despite it's lack of wide range of aromas, this aroma will never get boring. It's a must smell!

Taste: Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, but does it taste like coffee? You bet your ass it does! The taste was all about the bitter dry roasted coffee beans. I thought I could taste some dark roasted malts and dark chocolate here and there, but I just chalked that up to the coffee beans recreating these tastes. I sure hope you like to taste of coffee because this taste will not let up or let through any other flavors. A variety of flavors would have been nice, but the strong taste of coffee is more than enough. I'm sure that this strong coffee taste will please any coffee or beer drinker.

Mouthfeel: This was a full bodied Coffee Stout with a good level of carbonation and a thick full flavored dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste. Like the initial taste, the aftertaste was all about the coffee. This thick coffee aftertaste has nowhere to go, so it will stick around for quite some time. It will take a whole glass of water to get rid of the aftertaste. Even though it's full bodied, you really can't taste or feel the 9.5% ABV. The ABV was completely masked the strong roasted coffee presence.

Drinkability: If it looks like a coffee, smells like a coffee, tastes like a coffee, then it must a coffee? Wrong! It's actually a beer! The only problem I see with this beer is that this small bottle is pricey! It's pricey, but it's worth it! That is if you really like good beers and a finely roasted coffee.

AltBock, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pitch black, totally opaque. A thin, tan head appears briefly and receds to a thin collar around the glass.

S - Smell is of dark roasted, black coffee primarily, which some licorice mixed in. A good dose of alcohol and a bit of dark fruit too.

T - A touch of sweetness in a cup of black coffee with a shot of vodka in it. Alcohol has a strong presence here. Coffee is prominent in the flavor and blends with some molasses and licorice.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a little on the thin side in feel, but still seems to coat the entire mouth with flavor. Carbonation seems a little high for the style, but isn't distracting...still works pretty well.

D - Drinkability is decent on this one. Alcohol is too noticeable or this would be a little bit higher. Flavor is really good tho...good beer overall, one in a sitting is perfect for me.

portia99, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into my Unibroue snifter.

A very heavy pour, rich and creamy. Black as night. Roughly a fingers worth of head, creamy and brown. Laces well for it's full body, many sporadic spiderwebs adorn.

Smell is nothing short of amazing. Deep, mysterious, roasted, and sweet. It smells so good, you'll be sniffing it till the last drop.

Now, I don't drink coffee. I was rather skeptical about picking this one up because of that, afraid that it would ruin my experience.... I was wrong. Though the flavor is strongly there, its... tasty! Turns out I do like coffee, but instead of milk or cream, I like a good stout in it. The coffee is there, but theres so much else going on that combine to give one of the greatest beer experiences I've had. It's bitter, but finishes sweet and clean. It's smoky and roasted, malty and strong.
mmm.

The feel is heavy, and it makes you want to linger as you savor each slow sip. Very thick and wonderFULL.

The ABV is no pushover, and after a couple it will remind you of that. It's hidden very well though. You can session this very easily, but I wouldn't recommend it.

This is an elite brew. If you can get your hands on it, do it. Theres only one place here I can find it, and I have been told that they wont be carrying it soon. :( I guess I'm going to have to buy up all that I can...

EgadBananas, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Black black with a thin, 1/2 finger cake batter colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Coffee slams your olfactory unit every which way with strong espresso intensity. What's leftover is pulverized by the deep dark maltiness and leafy hops. There is a fair amount of detectable alcohol which singes the nostrils and lends a cherry fruitiness to the nose.

T: The flavor is extremely bold with espresso flavors tinged with bitter dark chocolate and matched with a dark maltload of epic proportions. The leafy hoppiness further adds to this bitter bomb with the booziness being a flaw that doesn't spoil the brew but doesn't enhance it in the way it does in the aroma profile.

M: Full-bodied and chewy with some acrid astringency which prevents a major overload on this flavor. The aftertaste is big and long with bitter leafy hops, dark chocolate, toasted malts, and espresso all in there.

D: A really fine imperial stout that would be better off with less booziness and some downshifting in the coffee department. That being said, this is a unique taste experience that will be loved by coffee-stout heads everywhere.

argock, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle for breakfast on Christmas morning 2008 (hell yeah). A nice RIS - not the best but very good.

A - Black and heavy with a two-finger brown head.

S - Strong coffee/roasted malt aroma, as well as a tiny hint of anise.

T - Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, and alcohol on the finish.

M - Pretty thick on the palate, not quite as heavy as some "extreme" RISes. Smooth and creamy with alcohol warmth.

D - Good, but the coffee bitterness makes it a bit of a sipper.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer fell to expectations, and honestly a little too over-hyped for what this is.

The appearance was great, deep black with dark dark brown on the edges. Damn bartender poured it with little head, but it was light brown. No lacing on the glass.

The smell was of bitter coffee or espresso beans. Cocoa.

The taste was good, it had a great coffee espresso flavor to it that I enjoyed. It was a little hopped up for a RIS, the bitterness of hops with the bitterness of the coffee was a little much. Slight cocoa in the after notes, creamy black malt also.

The mouthfeel was good, nothing great. Good carbonation, but with this one I would want to let it sit for a while and let it get to a more oil mouthfeel. I would also want to hops to die out, too much in the taste. The drinkability was good as well, nothing better than a stout with coffee.

J

Jmoore50, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A late-night jaunt down to the old coffee shop with the fellas, it's just like old times, when we used to sneak out of the house to do nothing worse than smoke cigars and toilet paper houses. An espresso, of course, always the easy route, make it a double, beautiful black and frothy, leaves a few spots on the sides of the glass.
"So how's life in Denver? You? Wales? Atlanta?" Yeah, they all went their separate ways in the world, one to seminary, one to make his fortune, one followed his wife to Virginia... I'm still here, boys, when you come back to see the family, we'll have an espresso...
Aroma of rich, bitter coffee, the booze of earlier, a bit of chocolate, the usual suspects.
"Not married yet?"
"No, it's happening soon though. I found her you know."
A bit of toasted almond there, Nougat, dates, figs, the dark beans with the dark grains, the sweet alcohol bringing them together...
Funny how you can just jump back into it, nothing really changes over the years, circumstances perhaps, but the deep bonds were forged, cemented years ago. Adventures, dates, heartbreaks, trouble, trips, old jokes, they all come back up. Nothing's really changed.
Flavor is a rich mesh of the aforementioned notes, plus a bit of tobacco, perhaps even a cigarette, "smoke 'em while you got 'em, they're sure to be illegal soon..."
"Family? good. Wife? good. Job? same old."
A coffee-and-cream blend with rich dark roast in the finish and a boozy note from the alcohol, sweet and creamy, toothy, nutty, like a good mild cigar, the rich tobacco notes, a faint, almost oak-barrel sour in the finish, surprising but not unwelcome.
So we catch up on the triumphs and tragedies since the last time, but it's all details. We see the same truths, we are common men, we can be angry or laugh, it doesn't change. Across the nation, across the world... right where we left off.
Creamy and thick, the slight tingling, warming, and astringent dryness balances the syrupishness, and we could be here all night.
It will be like this until we begin to die off, no doubt. There's nothing we can't forgive or get past, no time that really matters all too much, the bonds were forged long ago, we'll always be the best of friends, the things our wives will never care about, we'll always have this in common.

khiasmus, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Delerium Noel snifter.
A- pitch black, thick syrupy pour, with a creamy brownish white head the looks like whipped cream
S- smells like a mug of some gourmet extra bold coffee. All coffee here
T: WOW... this is delicious!! The taste is a lot like the aroma, but much more pronounced. Everything is perfectly balanced and the 9.5% alcohol is hardly detectable. Perhaps one of the most balanced big stouts I've tried. Reminds me a lot of Founder's Breakfast stout. The finish is remarkable as it leaves a wonderful taste of coffee on the tongue.
M: velvety creamy texture with a heavy body
D: At 5.49 per 11.2 oz bottle, it would be tough to drink a lot of it. However, it is surprisingly drinkable and well balanced for the style. Bottom line is this beer perfectly marries coffee and beer and is among the best if not the best coffee stout I have tried.

homebrew311, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friends at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem hooked me up with another fantastic brew. This one came with the high expectations of great reviews overall and from my fav BA's (BrentK56 to be exact).

A: Exquisite black color with a cappuccino colored head that leaves fantastic lacing on the glass.

S: Rich espresso aroma with a lovely roasted undertone.

T: Starts with a nice espresso flavor that builds into a chocolate and slight tobacco presence. Undertone brings a lovely bitter and astringent balance to the brew. Excellent balance from a mixture of such complex flavors.

M: Full bodied and creamy with modest carbonation and a wonderful espresso aftertaste.

D: A fantastic brew with amazing balance and a wonderful mixutre of flavors. This was a real tour de force and certainly lived up to it's hype. Quite a powerful brew with the hops and the coffee providing quite a punch, not for the faint of heart. My first brew from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, but based on this experience certainly not my last. Definitely a "go out of your way to find" brew, so get searching!

jdg204, Sep 04, 2009
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,880 ratings.