Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.31/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Oily pitch black body, even when held up to the light. A one finger khaki head on the initial pour that recedes to a thin film and a ring around the edges of the glass. Beautiful stout.
S: Roasty and rich espresso and raw cacao upfront. A hint of sweet toffee and malt character take up the rear. A bit of alcohol heat emerges as it warms, and in coherence with the rest of the aromas is vaguely reminiscent of amaretto. Could smell this all day.
T: Bitter and astringent espresso and unsweetened cacao again are detected first, although not as potent as the nose. Roasty and acrid malt, as well as notes of tobacco follow and linger in the aftertaste. Definitely a showcase of the roastier side of stouts, little to no dark fruit or sweetness to speak of. Still great, but not as impressive as the aromas led me to expect. No trace of alcohol.
M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, with an astringent and drying finish that lingers forever and is complementary to the lack of sweetness.
O: Great expression of an imperial coffee stout. The drying finish and lack of sweetness really accentuate the roasted notes of the malt and the bitter espresso character. I prefer a bit more balance in my imperial stouts in regards to residual sugar and a bit more sweetness, which makes me think that I would LOVE the bourbon barrel version. Still a fantastic beer, and I'll definitely grab it again whenever I see it.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 20:57:13 | More by More_betterness
3.89/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark brown with lighter hues around the edges and a nice soft, frothy head.
Smells like rich, bitter chocolate and espresso. Tastes much the same -- smooth, but boozy in a luxurious sort of way. Like amaretto. There are also some dark fruit flavors hiding deep within. Plenty of bitter black licorice and a little vanilla. There's an astringency that, coupled with the booziness, is a bit off-putting.
Overall, this beer delivers some of the best coffee and chocolate flavors that I've had in a stout. The coffee even brings a bit of cherry to the table. But the whole experience seems a bit thin and boozy, and at times bitter and astringent. There's a strange abrasiveness around the edges, especially when juxtaposed with the utterly smooth and luxurious flavors that are found elsewhere in this beer. Hmm, I'm conflicted but I find myself getting past the boozy bitterness and really enjoying the dark fruit/cherry center.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 05:04:02 | More by Mongrel
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,539 ratings.