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

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Ratings: 4,019
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 532
Gots: 603 | FT: 57
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of Lunch
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 11.5oz. bottle purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Darkness snifter (graciously picked up at Surly by kbutler1, thanks man!) at the appropriate temperature (12/29/09).

A: Pours a deep oily black with just slight mahogany edges when held up to the light. A small cap of a cappuccino foam dissolves quickly to almost a haze leaving no lace whatsoever.

S: Excellent bouquet of fresh espresso and dark chocolate along with a roasted malt. Some tinges of milk chocolate and cocoa are present as well.

T: Exceptional flavor containing notes of fresh coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate malt, and some brown sugar. There is a slight bitterness and sweetness that help to add complexity and balance.

M:Very full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Perfect for the style and extremely rich yet well-balanced.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the flavors are well balanced and rich. The 9.5% abv. is hidden expertly never showing itself at in the slightest.

Overall this was a truly a wonderful Imperial Stout that certainly lives up to the hype. If only this were not $5-6 per 11.5oz. bottle, I would drink this quite often. Thanks again Kevin for the Darkness glass that is so well suited to Imperial Stouts. Highly Recommended.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 9.5% ABV, "Bottle Conditioned" Space for notched numbers on the label (two sets of 0-10) but the only thing notched was the first 0.

A - Peche Mortel is clear on the pour but completely black in the nonic. A large, three-finger head rises from the depths inducing a beautiful trickle of cascading beer. The result is a dark tan head with great retention and thick, patchy lace on the glass.

S - This is one of the most intensely roasted malt noses I've ever smelled. Black patent and chocolate malts give it a dark, brooding bitter and dry scent with lots of dark coffee bean to boot. A hint of brown sugar and molasses deepens the aroma.

T - The dark roasted malts are even more sinfully dark, robust, and bitter than the nose lets on. The hint of brown sugar and molasses are still there but are nearly lost amidst the chocolate and black patent roasted maltiness. The coffee, which tastes more like espresso, is equally as robust adding a dark bitterness to the brew that balances almost perfectly with the initial overly booziness. A very nice tasting imperial coffee stout.

M - Full-bodied and robust with a moderate carbonation level, the real complexity of this beer's mouthfeel is in the dryness. At points the coffee and robust malts can be almost chalk-like or cocoa powder-like in texture. The finish is bitter. Just a bit too much of a good thing here?

D - A nice imperial coffee stout I'd love to enjoy more (if it were a bit lower in price) but proves to be a slow sipper. Nicely done. If you spy this one, pick one up but make sure you like coffee.

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

At 9.5% this is one you want to sit down for. And then stay seated.

Pours beautifully. Dark dark walnut brown with a big firm dense head. The head slowly dissipates to a heavy film and on the way looks deliciously like an ice cream float. Curtainy or spotty lace along the way. A very appetizing look to this beer.

Smells like a coffee liqueur. Coffee, chocolate and malt. Very rich and sweet smelling with the high alcohol content very nicely managed. Mm-mmm.

Sweet and syrupy, medium mouthfeel. Lots of coffee, chocolate and toastiness. Bitter lingering finish, but without the drying chalkiness that you get with many porters. Borders on being a barley wine in character, but does a much better job of handling the high alcohol content and takes away any boozy harshness.

Not for quick drinking. Suitable for lingering over and savouring. A stern, but well made and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Crittervision
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the closet for six to eight months probably.

Dark, dark brown with a light tan two-finger head with a vigorous pour.

A roasty coffee aroma dominates enough to mask anything else that might be there.

The taste is mildly bitter and super roasty. No burnt coffee taste here at all. Just nice and roasty. I'm surprised the coffee flavor has held up so well after half a year or so sitting. I've had other coffee stouts that were amazing fresh but really degraded to super bitter after just a few months (aces and ates in particular). So, pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic, most evident on the back of the throat. It's pretty creamy for the most part, but two sips seemed pretty thin, perhaps as the head fell and carbonation was lower, not completely sure... I think the carbonation is really aiding the creaminess.

Drinkability is pretty high, alcohol is practically absent. If there was more going on than the huge coffee profile, I'd find it to be more drinkable. A quality beer but one is plenty for me.

Photo of Fish113d
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip slightly chilled from a 12 oz bottle, it pours a dirty motor oil black with hints of ruby tones. A 2-finger-thick chocolate colored head forms at the top. I wait about 5 minutes to actually take a sip, and I notice the head has not changed one bit!

Aroma is of roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee. Burnt coffee is the best way I can describe it. Some butterscotch also comes through on my nose a bit as well. not terribly complex but very pleasing.

Expecting a bit of sweet coffee (caramel mixed with coffee) but this is not what I expected. A big hit of roasted malts and coffee hit my palate very hard. It gives way to a sweetening on the finish. Not as dry on the finish as expected, and not boozy at all for 9.5%.

Feel is very nice. Roasty and dry up front, but a nice chewy cold-season brew.

Awesome brew to drink. I wish I had a 22 oz. It'd make a nice brew to have a few to warm you up on a cold winter's eve.

Photo of burnstar
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful black with a huge tan head that is very persistent. Awesome bitter coffee aroma with a bit of chocolate and a hint of underlying sweetness. Huge but very pleasant coffee taste. Dark roasted malt. Significant bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee. Maybe a touch of hops in the finish. A bit one dimensional but actually the coffee flavor has a lot of complexities. Very good creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for the strength. I wasn't expecting this to be so good but it just works really well.

Photo of tjd112
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance: Pitch black body, poured a huge 1 finger tan head with lots of lacing. The head was some of the thickest I've ever gotten.

Smell: Coffee-bomb, that's all I have to say

Taste: While the smell is coffee-bomb, the taste is chocolate-bomb, like drinking some unsweetened chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with slighty dry finish.

Drinkability: Like liquid chocolate, a real sipper

Overall: C'est tres excellent!!!!

Photo of womencantsail
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to t0rin0 for gifting me this one. I've really been wanting to try this one out.

A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top.

S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon).

T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it.

M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy.

D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.

Photo of Chico1985
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**12/19/11**

Had this recently at a stout tasting, and while this is still a great beer it's a little one-note on the coffee for me. If you want espresso in beer form this is your best bet, but having it next to Founders Breakfast Stout and Beer Geek Breakfast, I seemed to prefer when the coffee is part of a bigger picture. 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.75

*original review - 4.5/5/5/4.5/4*
I've been waiting a while to try this. I was going to go to Julio's to pick it up, but I surprisingly found it at Table & Vine a few days ago, so that saved me a trip. I drank it while eating eggs, bacon, and rye toast with apple butter, and it fit pretty well. Pours black with a decent tan head that leaves lacing all the way down. Smells of bitter coffee. Taste is quite amazing, big coffee taste obviously, a little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable, the intense flavors cover it up very well. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and more or less perfect. Founders Breakfast Stout blew my mind when I first had it, this is very similar so it didn't have the same effect. It's a tad pricey but I will be buying this again in the future. Excellent.

Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good coffee stout but overrated. Nice head with very tiny bubbles like a thick mousse or whipped cream. The nose is bitter roasted coffee beans and ethanol. More espresso shows up in the taste with some roasted malt character and burnt dark chocolate. Not as complex as I'd hoped and the mouthfeel is that of a nitro can. The feel was medium thick, but thin on flavor and low on bubbles. Almost like it was sitting out open for a few hours. The mouthfeel is subdued; if the bubbles were sharper the beer would be better.

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

Thanks to a great trade with clockwerk, I have the opportunity to enjoy this incredible Stout.

Pours a burnt-brown to a light black while making its way into the glass. This quickly recedes to a pitch black liquid with no highlights when held to light, when the glass is filled. A frothy dark beige head sits atop the brew that gives way to decent lacing.

I love gourmet coffee and that is what is prominent in the nose. In the background is roasted caramel malt and not much more that I detect.

The taste is phenomenal, like a coffee pie with graham cracker crust. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has done an outstanding job in blending the coffee with this brew to make it not too much and just enough to not go overboard. I detect a tad of alcohol and a bit of hop bite, just enough to compliment the brew wonderfully.

The mouthfeel is thin for me. I am used to the RIS style, so don't put too much merit on how I judge the mouthfeel. I will say it is a smooth finish that leaves me wanting another gulp! I was warned to let this one warm, but I don't want to! Which brings us to drinkability.

Considering the powerful (coffee) stout this is, I am shocked at how well it drinks! I don't care what others have said, I could drink all four of these tonight with ease!

Photo of punkrkr27
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a 1 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Coffee, brown sugar, molasses and semi-sweet chocolate aroma. Lots of bitter black coffee and dark chocolate flavor with hints of raisins, alcohol and some faint vinous quality. Great depth and balance of flavors. Oily full body with lots of carbonation.

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

A: The pour is pitch black with a beautiful dark brown really thick and creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lace.

S: Lots of strong coffee, just the way coffee should smell like. Some chocolate and roasted malt. Dry and bitter.

T: Complex, roasted almost burned dry malt. Lots of strong coffee together with bitter dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Some vanilla in it as well.

M: This creamy beer is full-bodied with light carbonation. The long-lasting aftertaste is bitter, so very bitter. A bit alcoholic feel to the brew.

D: This is a very complex and "heavy" beer. It got almost everything you want in a Imperial Stout. Some parts of the taste and smell is a bit more than I expected, but in the best of ways.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, black in the glass with a big brown head. Reduces to a whispy ring with a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is big coffee, very nice and inviting, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee bitterness.

Flavor is more of the same, a lot of coffee with bitterness, chocolate, some licorice, roasted malts, very nice.

Mouthfeel is full with low carbonation.

An excellent coffee stout!

Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark chocolate color with a strong head, little disspiation and a good bit of lacing.

The aroma is pure coffee. This take 'coffee stout' to the extreme on the nose, with hints of chocolate behind.

The taste is more of the same... BOLD coffee overtones dominate the beer, the chocolate stout is an afterthought. It's really pretty good, I promise!

Give this one a try if you get the chance, I promise you will enjoy.

Photo of EPseja
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a snifter at cellar temperature.

While there are dating numbers on the label, there is no notching at all. Oh, come on! Why bother with printing it if you're not going to notch it? Regardless, I've been sitting on this bottle for about a year, so it's at least that old.

A - Even with a soft pour, a deep cocoa-colored head erupts into a velvety soft blanket, eventually subsiding to a microbubbled mat that retreats to the rim. The beer itself is deep and dark, with crimson hues visible during the pour. Lacing is sparse and uneven.

S - BAM! Coffee -- not quite as refined a scent as an espresso... more like some super home-brewed high-octane java... the kind where you ignore the one tablespoon per cup suggestion and push it to two. An organic, semi-woody note is also apparent; sort of like chicory. Also, dark bittersweet chocolate. Coffee grounds.

T - Dark, heavily roasted malts with an unmistakable, oily coffee presence. Some sweetness is definitely present, but in very restrained fashion. A boozy alcohol kick is present in the middle, but it's like getting kicked with a fuzzy slipper rather than a combat boot. Very dry in the finish, leaving a chalky tongue feel, an unsweetened cocoa aftertaste and a warm belly.

M - Vibrant and active on the way in, puffing up in a way that at first seemed too aggressive. Big tingly bubbles quickly tame themselves and become softer and creamier, amazingly avoiding what could have been a very gassy swallow. Throat coating and massive.

D - A definite evening sipper, there is no mistaking that this beer is the product of lots of brewing time and effort. To me, it's a bit one-dimensional and could definitely stand a touch more depth. Still, it's a standout in its class, but definitely NOT to be compared to bourbon barrel-aged versions of the style.

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, thick viscous black as an imperial stout should be. Light cocoa head that recedes to a gentle layer of bubbles that linger on top for quite some time.

S - Roasty and delicious, sweet and hot coffee dominates.

T - Yep, definitely a coffee stout maybe too harshly so. Not too hot for 10% ABV, its well hidden behind the sweetness which is almost a bit cloying.

M - a little over-carbonated, which causes a bit of an acrid bite.

D - Not something I'd go to regularly, but good nonetheless. Light for the style.

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

Pours pitch black, unable to see through even the edges when held up to the light. Light coating of light brown foam, which dips under after a brief period. Head easily roused with a swirl.

Huge on the coffee, with great dark chocolate and roasted smells backing it up strong. Intense, yet smoother around the edges than many coffee stouts I have had.

As the smell had me suspecting--Coffee bomb! Enormous coffee flavour. Tastes as if a very large helping of cold pressed coffee was added, with every last drop of the oil from the beans scraped off and mixed in. Nice roasty/dark chocolate backing as in the smell, but the coffee definitely runs the show here. I'd be interested to see how they infused it, as the coffee is so powerful, yet remarkably smooth. Alcohol comes out a bit as it warms, mingling in back with the roasty and chocolatey tastes--all of which are submissive to the caffeinated black poison.

Medium carbonation, keeps things zipping along. Slightly syrupy (or in this case--oily).

Even though I couldn't take much more than 1 bottle of this coffee punch, I'm not going to dock it for the intensity of flavours.

Is the coffee excessive? Some may say so...I think it's damn tasty! Coffee lovers will rejoice for this fine brew. I'd like to try this sometime in the future side-by-side with FBS to compare the coffee character.

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

The colour is pitch black, the liquid gives a thick impression when poured. The two finger head is compact and warm brown. Almost no lacing occurs.

The strong smell is dry with massive roasted, almost burned notes. Lots of fine coffee flavours, too. Some butterscotch and rubber. Hints of almonds and alcohol in the background.

The taste is intensive with lots of roasted notes, both of black coffee/espresso and black malt. There are some quickly passing notes of almond cookies and cocoa. Sweet hints of cookies and roasted sugar. The aftertaste got some warming alcohol, an elegant crisp bitterness, notes of espresso and bitter herbs. The flavours are very well kept together.

The carbonation is mild with few small bubbles. The liquid is thick, sticky and very creamy.

An impressive imperial coffee stout.

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

A: Velvety black and opaque. A thin mocha colored film tops this stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and sourdough bread make up the bold bouquet.

T: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla are the main notes of this delicious brew

M: Thick and velvety with little in the way of carbonation. Perfection.

D: One of the finest coffee stouts on the market. Worth seeking out.

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

Pours jetblack with a really thick and sexy head almost an inch high, lots of spotted lacing sticking to the glass, awesome!

Smell is coffee, lots of slightly sweet coffe backed up with a robust promising maltiness with the obvious roasted notes, as well as a little hint of smokiness, really nice.

This one tasted magnificient, I had my bottle to a dessert of home made mango-ice cream with a tart sauce of passion fruit and strawberries, a very good match. Taste is full of coffe, not too hard roasted and not too whimsy, just the right amount, don't think I have ever had a beer with this perfectly measured amount of coffee in it, you can really feel how it in every way complement this otherwise extremely balanced beer, roasted malts are abundant, with a slight sweetness to them weighed up by their innate bitterness in the end. I sense a bit of the same smokiness in the taste as I did in the nose, wich fits right into this marvelous mix.

The mouth feel is also just right, the small and creamy bubbles makes the carbonation seem perfect for this kind of beverage and it foams up quite nicely with a swirl or two on the toungue.

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

What an Epic classic! And a coffee bomb indeed!

Poured pitch black used motor oil color with a nice beige color head that disappeared rather quickly to show some decent head.

Smell was of dark chocolate, bits of vanilla bean and LOADS of dark roast espresso. Smells yummy!

Taste was of luscious coffee notes with kind of a malty back ground. Again some dark chocolate in the mix.

Slick mouthfeel. Little slick for an imperial stout.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is black as night with a massive creamy beige head that reaches two inches. It settles to a beautiful cap that rests nicely on top the beer. The lace that's left behind is so thick it could frost a cupcake.

The aroma is one hundred percent pure coffee. If you heated this up and served it as such no one would know. It's all coffee all day. Maybe a hint of chocolate fudge and a hint of booze.

The flavor is spot on roast coffee. Smoked malt and hints of chocolate. The booze is very present with every sip. Warming seems to really bring out the smokiness.

Full body with no carbonation.

Overall a great coffee stout. A touch boozy but that usally doesn't bother me. Very happy I enjoyed this on my 200th review.

Photo of Mitchster
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$5.49 for a 11.5 fl oz bottle. 9.5% ABV, bottle conditioned. Pours out to a very dark mahogany, near black, forming a small dark tan head, like espresso crema, with good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is rich with coffee, vanilla, molasses, prunes, black walnut and bourbon. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with a dense, rich and thick body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, but not as pleasant. The coffee is acidic and tart and the bitterness is moderate, accentuated by the earthy coffee. In the finish, there is a hint of oxidation and a ruddy mouthfeel lingering in the aftertaste. Again, the acidity of the hops and the coffee is pretty pronounced and seriously hinders it's drinkability. It's not as smooth and drinkable, as say, Founders Breakfast Stout or KBS. I think it's quite a challenge to find a good mix between the stout and the coffee when brewing a beer in this style, and I don't think this one does a very good job. The mouthfeel is always a challenge, and I think the way the coffee is used is particularly important. My limited experience suggests that brewing espresso and adding it after fermentation is the way to go, as opposed to brewing with drip coffee or steeping during the mash. At any rate, as it warms, the sweetness of the malts comes out and helps to balance the acidity of the coffee. I would actually recommend drinking this one at about 55-60F to get the best mix of flavors

8 years ago, this beer was notorious, and I'm glad I tried it, but there are much better beers of this style out there now.

Photo of cavedave
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It slowly extricates itself into a languid pour that finally fills the snifter halfway with an incredibly thick, opaque, burnt-brown elixir of stupefying viscosity. A semi-determined head of brownish beige initially appears, but quickly diminishes to a thin skim, and finally to small floating amoebae of foam.

It is a full bodied smell, insinuative and aromatic, carrying dank essences of bitter espresso, bitter chocolate, burnt and roasted notes, almost a subtle burnt toffee in there (I'm imagining it to describe the under scent). As it warms, the scents of dark fruit (ripe plum, cherry) appear behind the scenes. It isn't as complex a smell as others of this style, but what it has is clean, balanced, deep, and tempting.

What you get in the nose you get in the mouth. This oft used expression finds ultimate meaning with this stout. Bitter espresso greets your tongue in an opening fusillade of flavor that quickly escalates to the bitter chocolate, burnt notes, that sweet but burnt and roasty flavor, not toffee in the taste, but a deeply caramel dankness that is almost sweet,not quite sweet, and the finish is full of fruity plum and cherry, ending in a long, clean, half-juicy (if you can believe it), half dry in a deliciously clinging way. Magnificent. As the nose, the flavors are intense, balanced, clean, and tempting----squared. No wonder this is a top 100. This is f***g delicious.

You would think a beer this thick would have trouble with mouthfeel. Isn't that where huge beers can go wrong? Not here, somehow this 10w40 drinks light, and the finish is free of cloying characteristics. The finish is staggeringly good. This beer is art.

Drinkability. This beer is a sipper to the full meaning of the word. It is big, and full of dank flavor, and the alcohol is very, very well hidden. This beer is as drinkable as a big stout can get imho.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,019 ratings.