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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,962 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,962
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 524
Gots: 598 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no best by/bottled on date, purchased at RSVP in Portland, ME on 10/2/09 consumed on 10/31/09. Poured into a shaker pint. Tight three finger tan head dwindles to one finger and sticks around, this sits over a black body. Huge coffee nose, chocolate syrup, dark roasted malts, coffee++. Huge bitter coffee and roast malt taste, some smooth chocolate, a little alcohol booziness that is pleasant, not too hot. Nice full body, thick, a little slick on the tongue, very creamy and smooth. Great lacing as the beer slowly disappears. This is a damn good coffe stout, I will definately be picking up some more, some to drink now and a few to put away for awhile.

GrittyMug345, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very thick black, no light can penetrate this brew. Thick dark brown head, falls to a thin layer, good lacing.

Smells of coffee at first, roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, vanilla, chocolate milk, a pretty sweet smelling brew, zero alcohol smell, very nice.

Very complex taste, coffee upfront, caramel, chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, some dark sugary fruit, pretty sweet beer balanced by a nice hoppy and burnt bitter coffee finish. Alchohol is so well hidden it's almost scary.

Highly drinkable, I can't believe how fast I'm drinking this. Thick, syrupy and pretty carbonated mouthfeel. This beer has everything.

GodOfBeer, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown, well-retained head. Thin rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of nicely roasted coffee with caramel/toffee and an earthy touch. Very robust. Wonderfully aromatic!

The taste is of rich, roasted coffee/espresso. Coffee shows a strong presence, but caramel/toffee mixes in to give it a nice complexity. Nit is well-balanced between sweet and roast with a mild earthy bitterness in the long finish. Alcohol peeks through, but not raw or sharp.

It has a creamy, velvety body. The finish lingers on the palate.

A wonderful coffee-infused stout. Delicious. Strong all-around, yet drinkable for abv.

jwc215, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of uno99
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this once before and was impressed -
Ordered 12 of these specially for me from my little local LCBO. $45.50. botted in July 2009.

A: Looks like a dark belgian chocolate. not black but VERY dark brown. nice tan head - fades quickly though with no lacing.

S: alchohol up front with the yeast. coffee middle and chocolate finish. I think I smell chocolate more than the coffee. Its possible my senses are dulled from drinking some strong coffee earlier on. dark cherries in there too.

T: This is stout perfection. alchohol very well hidden. perfect balance between bitter and sweet. coffee more present on the finish. definite bitter end. chocolate plays a strong backbone throughout. Dark fruits more evident as beer becomes room temp.

M: Thick. chewey. like liquid bread. high carbonation for a stout which really does the beer justice. the bitterness carbonation really play well together

D: I was going to rate drinkability a 4.0 - but then I thought - this is a slow sipping beer and im taking a big sip every 4 seconds. its so delicous it deserves a 5 here too.

This and Founders BS are definitly the best stouts out there in my opinion.

uno99, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin head. As black as black can be.
S - Tons of coffee, some darker fruit smell and almost no alcohol.
T - Cha ching. I heard this has too much coffee but I honestly think they did a great job. Almost no taste of alcohol covered up by this coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, sugary beverage.
M - You know, I really liked Dark Lord because of its slightly high carbonation and this actually had the same.
D - The 12 oz bottle was the perfect amount. I'd really like to get some more of this and have it around for one of those nights where I feel like treating myself.

KCHopHead, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Black as motor oil and thick and viscous as it rolls into the glass, a thin creamy mocha head appears that rises to almost one finger. As it sits the head falls to a thin lace on top of the beer and leaves a thin wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee anyone? This smells of rich robust espresso with a hint of molasses and brown sugar. A little cinnamon comes through as well.

T: What a massive flavor, definitely get the espresso coming through in a huge way and it dominates the palate at first, but then gives way to some molasses and brown sugar with a hint of spicy cinnamon. Tastes similar to the way it smells and that is fantastic!

M: The mouth feel is absolutely exceptional! Thick and viscous yet smooth and incredibly creamy. The 9.5% is perfectly integrated into the beer and is nowhere to be found. This is as good as it gets when it comes to mouth feel.

D: For 9.5% this goes down so so so smooth! For an imperial coffee stout this is dangerously drinkable and overall a fantastic beer. This is a world class beer for sure and one to be tried and tried again!

RedBrewer83, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, my review got deleted for this one, I guess BA picks on me when it goes down, 10 reviews deleted so far. I remember the ratings but not the exact wording. Had this one in Montreal on tap, it really changed my beer drinking life, got me into craft beer. I used to describe this one as "starbucks" with 9% alcohol. Pours oil black with the most beautiful dark tan head that looks like coffee ice cream. Good lacing and head retention. Smells and tastes of roasted coffee and malts, some chocolate in there too. Its definitely the best coffee beer I have ever experienced thus far. Mouthfeel was a tiny bit watery for me, it was definitely creamier on tap. The carbonation is smooth and no alcohol really comes through. Perfect drinkability, the taste is enough for me to buy this one over and over again. The price tag does not matter when a beer of such quality is contained within the bottle. Amazing DDC.

cbutova, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jan. 2009.

(A)- Pours fairly thick and pitch black that produced a good creamed coffee colored head that dissipated quickly but not all-together; is still present even at the end! Is leaving a thin tan film of lacing here and there.

(S)- Dense and dark ground espresso. Hell, its like they dumped the grounds into the bottle! Seriously rich and dense bits of coffee. Just a touch of cinnamon & molasses bread in the far background; dry.

(T)- Deep, dense, and rich loads of fantastic well-made espresso with just the right amount of bitterness, sweetness, and roasted characteristics. Bits of that cinnamon/molasses bread carries with it a hint of nuttiness. Layers of cocoa appear here and there. Finishes dry. Excellent both cold and as it warms up a bit.

(M)- Incredibly silky smooth. The espresso just rolls off the tongue while still lingering meshing with the other nuances creating wonderful complexities that a great cup of true espresso can offer the palate on a brisk fall/winter morning. Where is the 9.5% abv?

(D)- A superb stout that really puts the coffee addition front and center in the profile of the beer. Very much a stout and very much like coffee. This really gets better with age; it smoothes out and becomes a silky beauty that I actually prefer than fresh. Seek this one out if you enjoy coffee.

sweemzander, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of vikingmike
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The LCBO finally got this one in stock...

A: Jet black, completely inpenetrable to light. Dark tan coloured head which disappears fairly quickly but laces the glass

S: No surprise here...coffee! Also hints of chocolate. The alcohol is more detectable in the nose than in the actual taste

T: Coffee, fading to dark chocolate. Slight alcohol hint at the end, however not unpleasant in the least.

M: Rich, thick...like liquid velvet.

D: Any mystique aside, this is one of the best beers I've tried in my life. Yes, I had to actively hunt it down, but this in no way skews my rating...I wouldn't care if you could buy this in front of the washroom of a Nascar event, or in a backcountry gas station....this beer is EXCEPTIONAL. Never thought a Canadian beer would ever exceed something by Unibroue....I thought wrong.

vikingmike, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Absolutely beautiful looking stout out of the bottle. Ridiculously dark and impossible to see through. Another brew that looks as if it could run a car. A good pour gives it a finger-sized head that's lightish brown and dissipates slowly, leaving a thin film at the top with a good amount of curly, lazy lacing. The smell is almost all coffee; if I didn't know better, I'd think I got this from Starbucks or some other coffee shop. There's a very slight malt undertone behind the coffee, as well as a bit of an alcoholic tinge.

The first sip gave me a bit of an alcoholic twinge, which was pretty surprising, but it gave way to the signature coffee flavoring. Bitterness is present throughout and lingers into the aftertaste, but it's coffee bitterness, not hops, which were actually not detectable at all. Coffee gives way to some dark chocolate flavoring as well as some very very slight malty character. Back end finishes off somewhat sweet. Coffee and chocolate stay long into the aftertaste, leaving you wondering if you just drank espresso or a beer. Aside from the initial twinge, there is very little alcohol taste present. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, lightly creamy with a body that lingers on the full side of medium.

Drinkability is fairly good for such a high ABV brew. The look, smell and taste certainly entice you to drink more. However, unlike coffee, you probably shouldn't down a lot of these to try and wake up. As an after-dinner dessert-type drink, definitely.

r0nyn, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BigDank
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a nice nearly black pour into a goblet with a a medium bodied dark tan head about half an inch and dissipates in seconds leaving some minor lacing. Smell is of strong coffee with slight hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Alcohol sits at 9.5% giving it a bit of a kick but worth it all the while. Flavor is excellent with the coffee standing out tremendously but very well balanced with the other ingredients. I would have to say this is the best beer provided by Dieu Du Ciel and have drank it several times and hope there are many more to come. I revisit it regularly and have several in the basement aging just to see if it develops to be anything different. Can't wait to see what comes of it if anything. This is definitely not a beer to miss out on. If you have a chance to try this delicious concoction, take it.

BigDank, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kudos to the LCBO for bringing this beer in. $3.80 a bottle is a good deal too.

Before I opened the bottle I gave it a swirl and the top of the neck was temporarily coated in oily liquid. This beer is thick.

Pours obsidian with barely a glint of amber light showing around the extremities. The rocky tan head dissipates quickly but coats the glass in lace ridges and patches. the aroma is *shock of all shocks* of coffee. Delicious fresh dark roasted arabica beans, mingling with cocoa and even some caramel/maple syrup. The taste is tremendously intense with espresso richness mixing with hot chocolate powder, high quality dark chocolate, anise, acrid black malt, and a soft, complimentary alcohol. Hops are in the back but perform their function dutifully. The mouthfeel is inifitely thick and velvety with soft carbonation. The finish is like a mocha latte with some hop leaf and pretty much no alcohol flavor that would betray the 9.5%.

This is one of the great Stouts, scratch that, beers in the world. Rich, complex, impossibly easy to drink. A must try, especially if you like coffee.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark, dark, dark. Very nice mocha head. Not much lacing.

S- Coffee beans. This is unappologetically a coffee beer. Very intense, very strong, very inviting. Pretty dead-on coffee aroma... smells like a strong iced coffee.

T- Impossibly coffee-like. More so than any other 'coffee' stout I've ever had. The taste is dead-on, from the acidity to the bitterness in the finish. Truly one-of-a-kind. Where's the beer?

M- A bit syrupy, a bit sluggish, would have liked more carbonation. Still, kind of nitpicking, though, really good overall.

D- Moderate. Almost too much like a coffee. If you like coffee in your beer, you will go nuts for this one. I really enjoyed it, although I don't know if I'll be seeking this one out again... maybe I like my beer a bit more beer-like. The abundance of coffee has decimated any so-called 'beer qualities'.

ShogoKawada, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An inky black abyss subsumes the mocha froth floating above it. This beer is a black hole - not even light escapes. It smells of black coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel. Maybe even a hint of condensed milk. Alcohol is apparent in the aroma. The taste is coffee, coffee, coffee with hints of the chocolate and caramel found in the nose. There's just enough sweetness to balance out that intense black coffee flavour. Dark roast bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. This wasn't just brewed with fair trade coffee beans, it was brewed with lots of them. The alcohol (9.5%ABV) is warming, and I can feel my cheeks beginning to flush. Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Each mouthful leaves you looking forward to the next.

I wanted to open another as soon as I finished my first. I have class tomorrow, so I wont. I really want to though. I want to buy more and hoard it jealously, but I'm not sure if I could hold onto it long enough to consider it hoarding.

mintjellie, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark maroon color with thick off brown head, good lacing and sustainability. Aroma of freshly roasted coffee with notes of espresso. Taste is reminiscent of burnt espresso, when you leave the pot on the stove too long. And the finish, unsurpisingly, is coffee.

Travlr, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've now had the good fortune to try this beer on cask, on tap and in bottle, and this review is an average of all three versions. The cask is by far the best (and in some respect is seems like a completely different beer), while the bottled and kegged version seem to be equivalent.

As it pours a slightly satanic aura emerges with a cloud of mocha bubbles transitioning to depths of midnight black. What a majestic appearance! A super thick cake of a head leaves heavy sheets of lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. The only fault I can find is that it would be nicer to have a slightly thicker cap come the finish, but this seems like a minor quibble

Aromas of coffee, cream, chocolate and caramel waft enticingly upwards and the first sip cannot come soon enough, but it is worth taking the time to appreciate the intense bouquet the brewer has crafted here. While I wouldn't describe the coffee aromas as that of an espresso, I would say that there's a nice dark roast in here, and I'm curious what they use. What also impresses me is that the coffee is not allowed to overpower the other elements in the nose, and it immediately strikes me as more balanced than most coffee flavoured beers.

The taste is of an extremely smooth, and perhaps as divine as the aroma suggests. Creamy dark roasted coffee, with some cocoa powder and alcohol in the aftertaste. Dark fruits and Christmas memories linger in the background. Whippings of milk chocolate cut the coffee bitterness and bring things to a delicate and beautiful balance. The cask version takes this up a notch, and the intensity of the coffee, cream and chocolate becomes almost dizzying. The mouthfeel is just amazing - heavy and viscous, yet delightfully smooth, and again, the cask version takes this idea and runs with it. The intensity of the flavour combines with a weight which gives the impression of table cream to create a truly decadent experience.

What really marks this beer out is how ridiculously drinkable it is. Without doubt its the best coffee beer I've had, and certainly the best coffee accented imperial stout. The flavours are in perfect balance, and there's just enough sugar to cut through all of the coffee roast to make it insanely easy to drink. Péché Mortel is widely viewed as the best offering from this brewery and the best beer out of Canada. It should be considered one of the best beers in its class in the world.

bobsy, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of clockwerk
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle.

A - Black. Black like the vacuum of space on the fringe of the universe. I held it up to the light repeatedly and nothing got through. It's opaque. It also poured a nicely proportioned mocha brown head which eventually receded into a ring which left some nice lacing.

S - Coffee, Chocolate, more coffee, some other malty smells, and more coffee. It's really nice coffee though.

T - BOOYAH! That's coffee! Really, if you're a fan of coffee, this stuff is mind blowing. It's the purest essence of powerful espresso in a beer. It's borderline to a coffee liqueur. The flavours are very deep and require a slow and careful sipping for maximum enjoyment. Slight hoppy bitterness follows mingling beautifully with the lingering coffee flavour preparing the palate for the next sip.

M - Definitely of the heavy side. It's very smooth and velvety with mild carbonation but even a little feels like a mouthful.

D - I don't know what to say about this. I'm not even sure I understand the relevance of this category. No, you can't drink a lot of hit. It's rich and decadent like a chocolate fudge cake. You only want one slice, but that's hardly a negative. So I gave it a 4.5 because i wasn't sure what to put. It goes down smooth, but it's intensity will burn you out.

Notes:

This beer to me is the essence of "doing one thing extremely well". Yes, the beer is one dimensional, but it's a bloody amazing dimension. I really see this beer shining most when paired with food. The easy way would be paring it with a rich chocolate for dessert, but I think it could really shine next to a Vindaloo or some other extremely pungent food as it has the fortitude for pretty much anything. Be daring.

clockwerk, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing particularly awesome or bad about the appearance... it's good tho.. I guess it's kind of hard to get the appearance of a stout wrong. Very foamy head that sparkles... looks like styrofoam at first. Pitch back. In a guinness glass of all glasses so it looks like I"m drinking guinness. A very expensive, French-Canadian guinness.

I like that in the aroma you can tell that they used actual coffee and that the aroma isn't just coming from the malt. A strong blustery aroma of vanilla and coffee served over ice... I intentionally let my bottle sit out for a while to warm up so hopefully it isn't too cold. Very sweet as well, a little syrupy just in the aroma which is weird but not unpleasant. Reminds me of an imperial stout I did at home.

Taste is great at first but fizzles out short of the "Founders Breakfast Stout Coffee Bonanza" that it otherwise reminded me of. Very strong espresso taste blends with some chocolate towards the end. You can even get a faint hint of British hops accenting the flavor. Pretty damn nice. No real roastyness or stout flavors are very aggressive other than the coffee, which we know doesn't come wholly from the malt. Seems like there's a normal stout underneath the coffee that just sort of backs it up.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but neither pretentious nor cheesy. Blends perfectly well with the coffee and the alcohol.

This is my new go-to impy stout when I can afford it since we don't get Founders here. Thank you Canada.

wiseguy142, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of STEG
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored pitch black with a sand colored head, smell was good with a bit of unpleasant soy saucy aroma in the background but it smelled mostly coffee and toasted walnuts. Taste was heavy on the coffee/espresso with a bit of smokiness towards the end. This stuff is smooth and pleasant to drink, Im contemplating having this with breakfast some morning. It tastes like 3/4 coffee 1/4 stout. The abv is extremely well hidden making this an easy drinker.

STEG, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

The pour is solid black with only a hint of brown hues. Two fingers of brown head linger for a while and leave a nice amount of lacing.

The strong nose is of coffee with hints of chocolate. The alcohol is very apparent as well. The taste is coffee, coffee, coffee, chocolate and more coffee. At times it is sweet, like someone has put in a few lumps of sugar while at other times it takes on a more bitter flavour, but at all times coffee is there. Can't really ask for more in a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and creamy. It wasn't hard to drink one bottle, but the alcohol started getting to me toward the end. However, this is definitely a sipper.

This may very well be the best beer (or at the very least stout) that I have ever drank. If at all possible, try it.

CityBoy1986, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer is pitch black with a thick mocha head. As the head fades it leaves a persistent foamy and oily lacing.

The smell is roasted espresso and bitter chocolate, there isn't much else to it, but the scent is really strong and inviting.

The taste is roasted malts that usher you quickly to a strong coffee flavor. Beyond the coffee the flavors fade to a bitter chocolate, then a milk chocolate, and finally more coffee, I also pick up a bit of coconut in there, but it's fleeting. The aftertaste of this beer is worth noting, I can't tell if I have had a sip of coffee seconds ago or a sip of beer. The intensity of the coffee profile is excellent.

The beer is thick and full bodied, but well carbonated. The 9.5% abv is well hidden by the strong flavors, this is a very good coffee stout.

rpstevens, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of McDiddyPop
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Thanks to my pops for picking this up while out of town.

Peche Mortel pours black with the creamiest tan head, starting at one finger thick and dwindling to a thin ring. Spotty lacing. A bit of dark ruby at the edges when held to the light.

The smell is all coffee up front. Fresh grounds followed by a hint of caramel/ toffee sweetness and rounded out with a touch of dark chocolate. Deeeelicious.

Tastes just like it smells. Wonderful dark roasted coffee grounds. Very bitter and roasted finish, like a strong espresso. This is the most coffe-forward coffee stout I have yet to experience. This beer defines the style for sure.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like. Perhaps a bit too carbonated for my taste, but still a very solid beer overall. Drinkability is very high given the ABV and style. If only I had this available in my area, I might just have to start my morning with this one.

McDiddyPop, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extraordinary coffee stout. Marvelous imperial craft, making a top coffee reference in brewed form.

Presentation: 11.5 oz bottle. Contemporary fantasy design and illustration (a la Dave McKean) around the image of a snake over an Eve. Short front description and brief side narrative generally noting main ingredients and intent. Does shows date of bottling (there seems to be a side numbered calendar with the faintest of scratches on 0 and 9 but it is not clear), and shows Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Black body with an opaque pour that gives a short-lived brown creamy head that dies with minimal lacing and a thin ringed surface cap.

S - Beautiful dark bitter roasted coffee aroma, with malty nuances and a distant memory of a chocolate touch.

T - Bitter and bitter-sweet identity. The malt provides the base for the coffee to bond through without losing any of its identity and gaining the stout backbone complexity.

M - Softly full bodied, with medium carbonation and very smooth.

D - Very nicely drinkable in particular if you enjoy dark roasted coffees, espresso-like with its own original bitter nuances interwoven with a malty stout.

Notes: Part of the hype is justified: it is a notable and quality brew. The employment of fair trade coffee would feel more like an actual incentive and not a borderline frivolity if it specified from where or what they are using, in this form it feels gratuitous but tastes all right. A total sipper for coffee and stout lovers. I have a couple of coffee friends I want to share the next one with.

Daniellobo, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of infi
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Upon prying open the cap, an immense roasted coffee aroma arose from the bottle. Highly appealing on the nose. Appearance was thick and slick oily black with one or two audible 'glugs' emitting from the bottle. A nice thick and dark toffee colored head rose from the brew and was static for only a few minutes before dying down to a thin cap. Nice strands of soapy lacing appear after each sip as well. Roasted coffee is predominantly the heaviest on the nose with some maltiness to it. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the aroma too.

The taste is very much full of the roasted coffee as well - astringency and all. Black coffee with no sugar or cream constructs the majority in the flavor profile that falls back on a melted bittersweet chocolate essence. Sorta like a truffle for dessert. Caramel and cream kind of hint their way towards the end as well and ends with the burnt coffee bean bitterness on the tongue. Very delicate, yet still as complex. Alcohol is actually masked pretty well; I couldn't taste much of it.

Mouthfeel has a milky and smooth feel to it. Medium- to full-bodied at best with not much of a carbonated presence. No complaints here. And the drinkability is well-deserved. As the winter approaches, this is definitely recommended for the season.

A great brew for all coffee fans. Absolutely worth the high honors.

infi, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Long813
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Pint

A: Half an inch dark mocha tan head, which dissipates into a thin film. Nice lacing with every sip and a pitch black body.

S: Roasted dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel.

T: Most evidant is the dark roasted coffee beans, followed by bitter chocolate and caramel.

M: Thick and creamy, low carbonation with a strong alcohol presence

D: The flavours in this beer are phenomenal, but the alcohol is very prominent, making this hard to drink more of. It's a great beer on occasion or for dessert.

Long813, Oct 10, 2009
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,962 ratings.