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

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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3,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 3244
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

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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 Stevedore


4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass in the Marriott in Napa. Basically ran out of room in my shipper full of beer to take home, so I decided to drink this one in the hotel room the night before. Opened 9/30/2013.

Pours a thick, viscous black body with a nice 1cm mocha brown head that looks incredibly creamy and fluffy.. like a latte. Good head retention for a stout, no lacing.

Smelled like straight up milk chocolate and roast coffee. Not a very complex nose, but it is damn delicious and definitely brings its game.

Flavour is very full of lactose and black coffee bitterness.. some milk chocolate sweetness rounds it out along with that sweet lactose flavour. Overall this is a coffee bomb. Very bold flavour, not complex but definitely keeps you interested and enjoying it.

Good thick body, good carbonation, smooth, super creamy with a dry, bitter coffee finish. No hints of alcohol heat.

Delicious coffee stout. The coffee may be a bit too strong for some, but as a man who loves his coffee black like the devil's soul, this is a fantastic beer. Its price point ($5.99 for a 12oz bottle) makes it a once-in-a-while treat, but it is certainly a delicious treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 06:29:37 | More by Stevedore
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black! Looks like a cup of coffee! Left a small brown head after pouring but went quickly

S: Strong roasted coffee smell! Almost can't make out anything else but roasted coffee, but I do also get a little hint of milk chocolate and vanilla, the chocolate and vanilla give it almost a creamy smell to it which is very nice, blends fantastically and smells amazing
The only problem I have is that the aroma isn't very strong, you really have to smell the beer to pick up the aroma, I don't know if it's just the bottle that I got or if this is normal, but it is a little disappointing that the aroma isn't stronger

T: Loads of coffee! It's almost like you're drinking iced coffee (just not as cold). Slight taste of chocolate and cream follows after the nice roasted coffee flavor, very nice blend of flavors
Almost no alcohol presence at all

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, it is oily as well but it feels like there's just a little something missing here, can't quite figure it out

O: Great Imperial Stout, easily one of the best coffee stouts I've had, if you love coffee, this is the beer for you!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 07:08:19 | More by bpasquini
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New York

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

As black as they get, really. Very large head and significant, tree ring like lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like strong, espresso like coffee. The dominant smell really- it's amazing but slightly one-note.

Tastes incredible. Strong, bitter, nutty coffee flavors dominate- one of the best coffee flavors in a beer I've ever had. Further flavors of creamy vanilla, chocolate, licorice, slight hop bitterness and roasty bitterness are well received in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium-thick. Low carbonation.

One of the best coffee stouts, if not the best, you'll ever find. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 21:19:34 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As black as the night is long. Black hole black with a a light, mocha colored head, comprised of very fine and thin bubbles, leaving a clear-cut separation between the brew and the foam. Almost floats up and perches like the type of head you'd expect in a nitro-tap brew. Impressive looking little coffee stout, here... hold the cream and sugar, no doubt.

The aroma is unadulterated, straight up dark, roasted coffee. Italian espresso roast. Burnt ass French roast. Just insanely roasted, oily, dark, nearly burnt and charred coffee beans. Whoa... what's this? There's a very faint, underlying sweetness in the form of creamy vanilla that works to balance the roast. But balance isn't the key, here. The appreciation of fresh coffee beans is, so step back and appreciate, son.

The taste is more of the same. Lovers of all things java will appreciate this brew like crazy. Dark roast, like you've been handed a roasty, black cup o' joe from the promise land itself. A mild creamy and milky undertaking soothes things out for the wimp in all of us - but the roastiness is still a monster here, imparting delicate bitterness and mounds upon mounds of fresh coffee flavor.

A little astringency on the very back end with a subtle touch of deep, depp prune-like sweetness. Wow, I'm loving the ride that this beer is taking me on. The mouth feel is as oily as the beer looks; thick and boisterous, taking no prisoners. Carbonation is but a rolling boil, and it works really well to retain the creamy and smooth characteristic of the beer, matching the flavor profile nicely.

I had always heard about this stuff and wondered if it was really as good as everyone says. Short answer... yes, it is. It's fabulous. If you're a coffee lover and addict, like myself, then you need to treat yourself with this beer. The coffee element is nearly second to none with it's excellent aroma, flavor, and layered characteristics. Definitely one of the top coffee stouts I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 14:16:19 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Winooski Bev in early August. Poured in to a wine glass at my mom's house. No date on the bottle.

A - Pitch black in color with two fingers of brown head with a red tent. Less lacing than a lot of imperial stouts.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, hop oil, and alcohol.

T - A lot of coffee, followed by burnt malts and alcohol. A bit of a light finigh though.

O - Very drinkable. However, I had this side by side with Storm King, Ten FIDY, and Dark Truth. This was my least favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:54:57 | More by lancecenter
Photo of ricknelson


4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of Canada's best brews. I've had it both bought from stores and from the brewery direct.
This is what makes Canada such a great place to visit. Beers like this and La Monde du Fin are a cut above most USA crafts. Go to Montreal during Jazz Festival, the first week of July. Find these beers.
Drink them instead of the crappy Henniken they serve at the festival.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 16:14:03 | More by ricknelson
Photo of rlee1390


4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, not much carbonation and not head.

S-Lots of coffee, very roasty with good balance between the two.

T-Starts with a good deal of coffee. Then roasted malt with a tad bit of burnt notes. Well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, tad creamy.

O-Improved as it warmed, but it could have used some slight chocolate/vanilla flavors to make this beer amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:26:09 | More by rlee1390
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn’t get much better than this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. Immediate notes of coffee. This thing smells and taste like coffee but in a great way. One of the best coffee stouts I have ever had. Also get notes of a toasty chocolate. Pours dark black with a decent head. highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:04:08 | More by Beechner719
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4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown to black with a small mocha head. Aroma of big spicy earthy coffee, roasted malt, and hints of chocolate. Taste is big coffee with a nice sweetness and balancing bitter, lingering cocoa and espresso on the palate and a big roast presence. Heavy but not syrupy and the perfect solid medium carbonation. Maybe could use a bit more body, but this is very drinkable for an impy. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:13:28 | More by BMMillsy
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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Full 12 oz. bottle poured heartily into my local Lakewood snifter. Bottle dating is notched notched at 6 and 1, respectively. Whatever that means...

Appearance is essentially spot on for the style. Rich, colorless black meets hints of dark suede brown. A one finger khaki head rises from the liquid's surface.

Smell is this beer's weak point. While certainly above average, the aroma is thin. Most notable are bold-roast coffee, cacao nibs, light vanilla, and surprising alcohol given the beer's relatively low ABV.

Taste recaptures Peche Mortel's true character. Lots of cocoa and coffee jump to the front of the palate. Coffee bitterness is evident but enjoyable. Again, surprising alcohol burn rises through the nose while sitting on the tongue. Nougat and caramel finish the profile, which sits forever on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is a major highlight. Body is medium and wonderfully creamy. The texture of this beer is a true work of brewing art.

Overall, this is a beer that should never be forgotten in the midst of so many bigger and supposedly better beers. A true world class effort that I'm always happy to find on a shelf. Now, to make myself a hypocrite and find the bourbon barrel-aged version!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:04:27 | More by jsboots21
Photo of RickS95


4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid black, ebony, coal...it's seriously black. No light around the edges, but the head is what makes this perfection. Its cascading form, its medium brown color, its inches of thickness, its retention, its lace.

Roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel. Crazy malts. It smells creamy.

You could run out of superlatives describing this beer. The taste is fantastic. Coffee, roasted grains, char, chocolate, caramel, smoke, alcohol, cream.

It's creamy and smooth. It's bitter in the finish. It's chocolatey and strong. There's some smoke to help the transition from creamy and smooth to bitter and strong. As it warms, the bitterness really takes over.

Overall, it's bordering on perfection across the board. While it's high in ABV, it's easy to drink, mostly because it's so good. The alcohol is well-hidden, but just present enough to let you know it's a manly beer. Really an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:30:07 | More by RickS95
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice. Bottled date 6/1 (not sure the meaning of this). $10.99/11.5 oz at Arrow Wine, but found it as cheap as $6.99 at another store nearby.

Not sure what all the "ho-ha" is about with this beer. It is a good beer, but not great. Sort one dimensional taste without enough body. Beautiful nose but it goes downhill from there. It’s a top 250 beer so most will want to try just to tic, but I have warned you so don’t be disappointed.

A – Pours black with good carbonation, but only a small light brown head (-), which quickly dissipates.

S – Coffee followed by chocolate dominates. Slightly sweet. Some alcohol but not solventy. Even some faint licorice.

T – Coffee and coffee bitterness, roasted malts. Some alcohol but hides its 9.5% ABV well.

MF – A smooth start, a little fizzy on the palate. Medium bodied, but thinner than expected (-). Medium-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:01:08 | More by Sludgeman
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick, dark black. Motor oil. Dark khaki colored, frothy head. Great, full-glass lacing and retention.

S: Strong java; espresso-like. Chocolate. Vanilla. Hints of toffee and caramel. Smells a bit like S'mores.

T: Black coffee slaps the palate right upfront. Actually tastes like a caramel flavored coffee with vanilla added. Tons of sweet chocolate and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish - almost like a rolo or caramello candy bar.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation - maybe a bit too much for the style. Bitey. Sharp.

O: This is mega complex. Delightful. Great dessert or breakfast beer. The coffee is abundantly strong, but the chocolate offsets the java bitterness wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:58:28 | More by Justin_Neff
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4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber

Bottled 3/2005

I bought this bottle about one year ago and have cellered since. This bad boy hasn't lost any carbonation in the 2+ years since bottling. Opens with a nice pffftt and pours black as the devils soul. This black hole of a beer swallows every ray of light that dares venture near. A two finger creamy brown head appeared on the pour and became craggy before slowly falling to a thick crown. Leaves some great sheet lacing as it settles and then after each drink. World class looking stout.

Although this beer is a couple years old the coffee is by far first and foremost in the aroma. There's not just a hint of coffee here and there but a couple shots of espresso. The espresso still dominates. Once I get past the coffee there's a solid dose of dark chocolate with a slight bitter character and roasted barley. Peche Mortel is one of those beers that get your heart beating faster from the first inhale.

Well, the flavor manages to outdo even the aroma. This is a coffee bomb yet somehow, as strong as it is, doesn't overpower you in the least. While the coffee shows off it's greatness throughout there's a great wave of dark chocolate on the swallow. This manages to balance things out perfectly before the espresso takes over the entire profile. Roasted barley makes itself known quietly in the background.

The mouthfeel is perfect on this beer. The body is big boned but not heavy which makes this beer go down incredibly smooth. The carbonation is actually slightly higher (moderate in this case) than expected which keeps things moving nicely.

I find it extremely hard giving such a big stout a perfect score for drinkability. While this is about as close as you can get for such a big beer the alcohol and caffeine keep it from getting that 5. If you drank the night away with this beer you'd be bouncing off walls one minute and falling asleep the next. Well, maybe not but you catch my drift right?

Peche Mortel is a stout of the highest quality. I don't drink coffee very often but I love me a good coffee infused beer. This is one if not the best coffee infused beer I've ever had. Not only that but it's one of the best stouts I've ever expierenced. I only wish I had a few more bottles sitting aside. This is a must try lie, cheat, or steal do whatever it takes to get yourself a bottle of Peche Mortel.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:57:16 | More by joe1510
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel pours a very dark color, being virtually black with a tan colored head from a brown 11.5 ounce bottle. It smells intensely like coffee. The flavor is coffee, so much so that I want to look at it to make sure it's beer and not coffee. If you like coffee and you like beer, this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:07:34 | More by Drew966
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a dark black color with a finger width light brown foamy head. Huge coffee aromas, I love it. Roasted malts and some cocoa as well. Big coffe flavors on every sip. Dark chocolate comes through as well. Awesome flavors all around. Some alcohol heat comes through too. Full bodied but a bit thin on the back end of the to gut. Sticky on the finish as well. A great coffee brew!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:16:05 | More by ChrisL24481
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark and black as midnight, A thick tan brown head on top.

Smell - The coffee is definitely present, and mixed with the malts the aroma is almost that of chocolate ice cream with a coffee tinge to it

Taste - Thick robust malts make way to a nice chocolate presence that quickly transforms into a rich strong coffee flavor

Mouthfeel - Solid thickness here that moves down very smooth

Overall - This is a great stout with very prominent flavors on a great malt backbone and really nice mouthfeel. The best beer I've had out of Canada to date

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 08:26:28 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle shared with a friend in exchange for half of his Heady. Great night.

Appearance: Pours out real smooth, pitch black, with a mocha head that stuck around for a while. Not too much lacing.

Smell: Hershey's chocolate syrup. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Very sweet and sticky. Hard sniff gives way to a tiny bit of alcohol on the back end. I couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Taste: The best coffee stout I've had to date. From front to back: roasted malt, fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate syrup, bitter hops, clean finish. Wow. I could easily drink this for breakfast and be satisfied. No alcohol, impressive for 9.5%.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, chewy. Feels almost like chocolate milk on the tongue. Bittering hops on the back end keep everything smooth and not cloying.

Overall: Great stout, found the last bottle in my local shop, lucky to have picked it up. This one will knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:14:48 | More by TastefulNudity
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle into a snifter. notches between 4 and 5 on both # scales, but they only go up to 9 so im not sure what this means.

Pours a dark brown/black with a half inch beige head that lingers for a long while. One of the most impressive lacings ive ever seen on a stout, too. Smell is big on coffee and chocolate and charred malts. The taste is extremely smooth and hits you with a big chocolate flavor right off, followed by a good espresso kick and a nice bit of burned malt flavor. You get a lingering char feel in your mouth with this one too, it stays with you. Body is so creamy, the complete opposite of syrupy and is very impressive from a big stout. Hard to even call this full bodied, its more medium bodied which is very surprising for a stout like this. Not necessarily a sipper but why wouldnt you?

Overall not quite FBS tier but its close. A very impressive coffee infused imp stout and one that is super easy to drink. However, the price point is a bit high. Still, if this was available regularly around me i'd more than happily consume it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:32:21 | More by Axnjxn
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

Pours a slick black with a fuzzy, tan-colored head. It smells like chocolate, big roasted malts, but hardly any coffee. The taste is similar. The roasted malts really take over the beer. Dark, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, strong bitterness, slight coffee vibes. As it warms, the coffee starts to come out more. There’s not a huge amount of depth but the flavors work very well here. Mouthfeel is decent, but not as good as it could be – there might be a little too much carbonation…it feels a little harsh with all the bitter roasted malts. This is still a very solid imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:19:29 | More by greenmtn1111
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2012, so this one had some time to age. Tried one with only 2 months age and there was quite a difference between the two. The alcohol had really smoothed out on this one and I wasn't left with the afterburn that came with the fresher one. Great coffee and chocolate flavours, lots of malty complexity. Gets better as it heats up a bit.

Admittedly, I still prefer Aphrodisiaque to Péché Mortel, though I was very happy to have given this a good aging to perfect it. This beer has a lot of complex flavours that were drowned out by the alcohol last time. Wish I would have aged a few more.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 17:02:19 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: I couldn't ask for anything better, it all aspects. It pours a thick black color with a two and a half finger head that has serious staying power. Head is tan-light brown, muddy brown, or dark tea stained- however you want to picture it. It is extremely creamy in texture. Honestly, stouts just don't get much better looking than this. Lacing is great.

Nose: Very nice balanced coffee and beer aroma, the roast from the grain mixes in very nicely with the coffee. Chocolate aromas as well. Coffee isn't very foreground in the aroma, but its there supporting the stoutish character of this beer. Small hints of smoked grain aroma. As it warms I start to get hazelnut aromas.

Tongue: This is a big stout. Mouthfeel is full and it feels excellent on the palate. Roasted grain bitterness is evident and I'll honestly say that coffee here isn't too prevalent. Its much more of a Russian Imperial with hints of coffee. Alcohol is evident and adds some warmth and complexity. This is an awesome imperial stout, but the coffee just doesn't punch its way through as much as I would have thought. This is a very well done beer, layers of flavor but not easily distinguishable, it all melds together and works well together to create a large depth of flavor.

Drinkability: This is one I'd definitely buy again. However; if I'm looking for a big coffee taste this one is a bit more hidden, melded in with the flavors of the beer itself. Definitely a complex beer and one you should check out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 04:01:01 | More by becktone
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4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thick almost oil viscosity black with a smaller soapy mocha head that dissipates quickly and leave abundant lacing chunks and rings.

Smell - Rich velvety coffee and sweet chocolate. Roasted malts/barley underneath. Some bitter hops at the end.

Taste - Creamy chocolate with a little carbonated bite and then roasted coffee. Ends with a slight warm in the throat and hop bitter.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky and more towards a medium body than heavy. Booziness is just right warm throat and stomach.

Overall - Another great brew from one hell of a brewery. Though the cost is a bit steep here in the states, this is worth snagging once in a while for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 22:56:09 | More by JMScowcroft
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Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, black sludge with really active carbonation and an excited tan-brown head that quickly drops down to nothing. Not even a ring around the glass. No retention; no lacing. Kind of disappointing. Literally looks like coffee.

Strong, rich, burnt and earthy. Lots of coffee aromas with some gungy hop smell thrown in.

Rich but not overpowering coffee. Right up front there are some malty coffee flavors and some dirtier hop tastes. Also, nuts and chocolate. The real coffee kick comes at the finish. Lingering bitterness in the back of the throat.

Kind of thin on the whole with a medium body. Carbonation is a nice counterpoint to the overall "coffeeness" of it; and it is pretty creamy for having no head to speak of and intense carbonation. Nice finish.

Pretty good. A fine beer on the whole, but the appearance is abysmal no matter how you slice it, hence my score for it suffering.
I honestly don't like anything but the bare minimum ingredients in my beer (water, hops, malt, yeast, and occasionally sugar or wheat). I tried this one because I'll try anything twice or three times and I had heard rave reviews. It nearly swayed me. I am definitely not a born again lover of fruit beer, herb beer, chili beer, etc. But I didn't hate it. I actually quite enjoyed it.
It probably isn't for me, but if you are a fan of espresso stouts and the like, I truly think this could be one of the better ones there is.
For what it is, it is spectacular. Worth trying. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 21:58:34 | More by TheDoctor
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New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired in a trade w/ pisano, thanks again man! Bottle cap has "11" written on it in silver sharpie, so I'm guessing this might be a 2011 vintage? Served at cellar temp.

A- Pours an opaque black with a two finger tan head of largish bubbles that recedes slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

S- A deep rich nose of roasted malt, dark roast coffee, and molasses. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and grains (I want to say oats and wheat, but I could be wrong) are also noticeable. There is a bit of booze in the nose as it warms.

T- The flavor is definitely dominated by roasted flavors of both coffee and malt. There is significant bitterness, but it doesn't seem to be much from the hops, though there is a vinous hoppy flavor in the middle. Bitter baker's chocolate flavor and a bitter coffee bite at the end. A touch of brown-sugar sweetness balances the bitterness just enough.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-thick, mostly smooth, but with a bit more carbonation than I prefer for the style. A bit of booze is perceived, but not too much considering the abv.

O- Overall this is an excellent coffee stout that I would be happy to drink any day despite minor flaws!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:32:19 | More by SadMachine
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,244 ratings.