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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep, chocolate/java layer cake. Decadent thick cocoa milk shake balanced by a dark coffee roast. A spectrum from sweet mocha through cappacino with a bite. Malt provide a toasty dry ride with hops just to level the playing field. The real treat comes from the espresso chocolate chip brownie. Awesome.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with about a half inch of tan frothy head that quickly dissipates. Lots of bubbling action on the surface, looks like espresso.

S: Coffee, chocolate, light molasses/caramel, dark roasted malt, some alcohol phenols (dark fruity/hint of rum).

T: Surprisingly mellow and well balanced. It seems to start warming right as it hits the palate while at the same time the bitterness from the dark roasted malts increases, reaching a climax near the finish. The middle is fairly mellow chocolate with plenty of molasses and rich coffee with a growing bitterness. Finish is warming, quite bitter, with a little alcohol phenols (a little solvent like). A little dark fruit seems to pop up every now and then in the middle to finish. Very rich and creamy.

M: Fairly full body, low carbonation, silky smooth and creamy with a lot of residual sweetness. Bitter and slow drying finish (starts sweet and slowly dries out to stark espresso bitterness).

O: A silky smooth and balanced coffee stout that has a weird mellowness to it despite the alcohol being a little hot and having a very espresso bitter finish. Has pretty good depth and complexity, though nothing mind blowing. Overall it's a very good coffee stout, one of the better out there. I don't think it was quite as good as I remembered it on tap though.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

nearly black in color, minimal wispy head, thin ring of bubbles around the edge. nose is a huge coffee bomb, woodsy-oak undertone, some hints of vanilla and chocolate.

taste - coffee, coffee and more coffee. i'm not a huge coffee fan, but this is well done with minimal bitterness. warm maltiness, the chocolate malt backstops everything. great mouthfeel, a hint more carbonation would be appreciated.

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Photo of brendan13
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Smithflipper for sharing this with me.
A - Pours a very dark brown verging on black into a large wine glass with a centimetre or so of brown tinged off white head.
S - Did someone say coffee? As to be expected quite a strong roasted coffee aroma dominates the smell. There is also some sweet chocolate along with a bit of a dark fruit character and some alcohol hints.
T - Again roasted coffee dominates the taste with some burnt bitterness coming through to balance the sweetish malt.
M - Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation.
D - Obviously not a sessioner but I'd read a lot about this beer and brewery and it lived up to expectations. Would love to have this again.

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Photo of McStagger
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Very dark. Finger of head. Moderate retention, good lacing.

S: Malted milk, some of the hoppiness comes through. Coffee(!), dark cocoa, some dark fruit.

T: Malty sweetness (think whoppers), darkened fruit and then bam, huge, massive coffee notes.

M: Fairly chewy, but not overly slick. Heavy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation are apropos for the style.

O: Very, very good. Huge coffee bitternes, which I love. Will definitely pick this up again. Needs a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown glass bottle with twist off cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of wonderful cream lacing, great thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Coffee, caramel, oak (?), mocha, and some smoke. Maybe some roast. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee, with some mocha and cream about the climax. Very intricately subtle, if a bit simple. Caramel and light roast are also pleasant. Nicely layered. Its strength is its subtlety.

Mf: Smooth, wet, silky, velvety, and above all else delightfully creamy. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV, resembling a good cup of mocha coffee. I like it a lot, and it's fairly priced in New York (where the bottle was acquired). I'd like this on-draught (or even nitro-draught).

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12.21.14: Revisiting this gem of a beer. Bottled March 2012. Let's see how she drinks at 2.5 years.

Served cold into a Guinness goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 finger wide luscious khaki colour head. Gorgeously creamy, full, and soft-looking, with fantastic thickness and a great complexion and even consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is stunning - easily 15 minutes or more; the head remained to the last sip - what a rarity.

BODY: Opaque ink-black, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, a great looking imperial stout. I have seen richer deeper heads.

AROMA: Decadent coffee with a subtle espresso-like roast, mocha and java aromatics, dark malts, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and rich cocoa. The coffee is incredibly evocative and anything but one-dimensional, pairing beautifully with the exquisite roasted barley aromatics. It's on the sweeter side for a coffee stout, though, even evoking fudge.

No booze/alcohol, syrup, or burnt notes are present, making this a seemingly very well balanced imperial stout. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Just mouthwatering. Definitely evokes a dessert beer more than say, a breakfast stout.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The creamy flavour of this beer is easily the best of its kind I've ever tasted, and paired with the mocha makes the beer sing. The flavour profile is a teasing push-pull of its silky cream & mocha notes and its drier coarser roasted barley and coffee roast notes. The result is a damn near flawless harmony of flavour with unrivaled depth and balance. Wow.

Carbonation is perfect, and it's aptly smooth and wet. Excellent presence on the palate. One may think the coffee would fade after two and a half years, but it's luxurious - and is complemented beautifully by the sweet milk chocolate notes. The dark malt and chocolate malt foundation never tastes cloying, and ties the beer together into a gooey cohesive gestalt wonder. Incredible flavour depth. Perfect flavour intensity (moderate). The sweetness lingers into the aftertaste, coaxing the drinker into craving the next sip for the roast.

As it warms, still more flavours emerge: chocolate syrup (Hershey's comes to mind), subtle caramel, brownies, still more nuanced chocolatey notes, and marshmallow.

Intricate, subtly executed, nuanced...this is how an imperial coffee stout is done. An there's no booze, yeast, off-notes, or pesky hop character.

Its gooey s'more-like feel is just fantastic.

What a hell of a brew. Why don't I buy this more often?

OVERALL: It's turned into a real treat with age, and I'd say this just about peaks in the 2-3 year window. Easily one of the best coffee imperial stouts on the market, if not one of the best imperial stouts period. I'll definitely need to nab a bottle of the barrel aged variant. It's hard to imagine this much better. Perhaps the best Canadian-brewed beer of all time, and absolutely a must-try in the style.

High A-

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from an 11.5oz bottle (I couldn't decipher the bottling date even after looking into it. My bottle has a notched 1 on the left set of numbers and 0 and 2 notched on the right set of numbers. I highly doubt that this bottle traded to me is from January of 2002) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on 03Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 15 seconds, the foam changes color to khaki, but remains the same in height. Finally after 2 minutes and 5 seconds, the foam head halves itself. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a massive amount of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and mainly thin with a few parts being thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of bitter roasted malts and coffee entangle with mild aromas of smoked goodness, black cherries, plums, and sweet chocolate along with subtle aromas of vanilla. A mild spicy and sour aroma similar to rye is also present.
TASTE: Strong coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate. Strong smokey flavors and subtle sweet chocolate flavors immediately follow. Mild vanilla and spicy/sour rye-like flavors continue the taste symphony. Subtle flavors of black cherries and plums enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for vanilla, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: Although this was very bitter, it was balanced out well by the coffee and vanilla. I would of liked to have tasted more chocolate and less smokiness. I love smoked flavors as much as the next guy, but they are not the best combination with the bitterness from the roasted malts in my opinion.

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Photo of sennin
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- The beer pours a very soothing hazelnut brown, which is very nice for this type of beer. Makes me feel as if I am sitting down and about to enjoy a nice cup of warm coffee. Resembles a very foamy Americano. Very effective look.

S- First whiff that I get is of the alcohol, the scent is very strong and the alcohol does overpower the other smells a good amount. Once I get past the alcohol though, I get some scents of warm chestnuts and hazelnuts. Coffee bean is the next scent, not all that subtle, but the alcohol does really overpower everything.

T- First taste is something like burnt chestnut and hazelnut, the darker grittier taste must be brought out by the coffee bean. Dark chocolate is the next taste I get and very strongly. Later, towards the very end of the tasting, I get a strong mocha coffee flavor. Alcohol is present strongly throughout the whole thing, but it works so well with everything else that it almost resembles an irish creme coffee. Highly evolving flavors. I still think that the Aphrodisiaque stout is the better beer. But this is a quality brew regardless.

M- Silky smooth and very syrupy but not in a bad way. The texture of the beer is thick, almost making it somewhat chewable. Very effective, makes you feel like you are eating a chocolate covered coffee bean.

Overall, very good brew and probably one of the best Dieu Du Ciel has on offer, but the Aphrodisiaque stout is better. Hope I can find this again after I leave Canada.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with bottled on date 12/09 poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/19/11

A: Pours a near jet black with brown head that is already sticking to the sides of the glass. Very little light gets through even when held up to the light.

S: Plenty of coffee and alcohol with chocolate, roasted malts and some burnt sugar. More heat on the nose than I can really enjoy.

T: Like the taste, plenty of coffee, dark malts and sweet caramel. Some alcohol and coffee bitterness blend with the other flavors really nicely. Great balance. A pleasant alcohol warming, not nearly as hot as the nose lead me to believe.

M: Really creamy smooth with a medium body, not quite as thick as I was anticipating. A bit of carbonation provides a slight tingle on my tongue. Sweet from start to finish.

O: Really nice imperial stout with coffee. My only real complaint is the overly strong presence of alcohol in the nose. I would definitely be buying more of these if they were available locally.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, small barely existent head

Smell: smoked wood, earth, coffee, very complex...arguably the best most complex smell from a beer I have had

Taste: smoked wood, earth, expresso, some chocolate, noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: sharp, heavy, and full bodied

Drinkability: The smell is amazing. I could probably only have a couple due to the high ABV. The alcohol is noticable to me. Very good and complex. This is a sipper and this beer gets more bite as it warms.

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Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of thr LCBO fall seasonal releases.
341 ml, bottled 09/10

Pours a thick black with a foamy tan head which holds for a long while. Great retention and sticky lacing.
The nose is of roasted malts, molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Getting a warm alcohol smell there too.
Big malt taste which is a heavy and chewy feel on the palette. Dank/resiny, warm sensation initially then a long finish with a bitter hop taste.
Overall this is one of the thickest heaviest stouts I've tried. Bold flavour which would seem to age well to tame some of the alcohol taste. 9.5% puts this as a sipper and a stand alone brew.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2009
12 oz bottle, no bottled on or freshness date.
Deep black with a half inch tan head, thin sheet of lace on the glass.
Aroma is fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.
Flavor is roasted coffee bean, vanilla and charred oak.
Finish is long and full of coffee like bitterness.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A : Pours a deep black with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that disappearce fast to no head , Nice lacing on the glass

S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes with a hint of vinous fruit as well.

T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel as well. As it warms the flavors start to come more to life

M: Very smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty bitter , like coffee with àlote of milk.

D: Very drinkable, this is an exceptionally beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a Chimay goblet

Pours a satisfying color that could pass as black. I like 'em dark and this most mortal of sins is dark enough. I don't know why I keep insisting on drinking impy stouts out of this Chimay goblet as I never get any sizable head in it, but the richly tan lacing is pretty good all throughout the drinking process.

The coffee aromas are very intense. This is the first time I've had this particular beer so my mind's point of comparison is to on-tap Founders Breakfast Stout. I don't have any idea how young or old this bottle is but the zippy, lemony espresso aromas are present and accounted for. Its typically a great sign in a coffee stout when it smells like espresso or french-pressed Ethiopian beans and not like ground Maxwell House. I can pick up a fair amount of sweetness from alcohol. I hope that doesn't portend a beer with too much alcohol harshness.

The taste paragraph doesn't need much text. Do you like bright espresso flavors? Do you want them to dominate the drink, even on the aftertaste? Do you also want some roasted, bready, "beer" flavor points? How about a gentle kiss of alcohol sweetness and warmth? This beer has exactly those things and nothing else.

The beer is surprisingly thin in body. its probably the thinnest impy stout I've had in a long, long time. Perhaps this is an older bottle that lost some body in the aging process? It isn't a dealbreaker, though. It kind of accentuates the espresso flavors somehow. Its a large beer but keeping in mind that no one is going to have more than one bottle unless their crazy this is pretty darn drinkable. Its full-flavored yet light.

This is a perfect beer for when those Autumn nights start to get chilly. Its not viscous enough for a winter stout but its certainly warming enough. If you enjoy coffee stouts then you can't pass up Peche Mortel -- the coffee flavors are just so well-executed. I'm not convinced that this is better than Founders Breakfast Stout, but it is certainly in the discussion.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

800th review for Péché Mortel :)

A- Pours an ink black color with a huge mocha colored head. A bit of scattered lacing on the sides. No light is visible through the glass.

S- Freshly ground coffee beans with some dark chocolate bitterness. A faint whiff of alcohol.

T- Overwhelmingly roasted coffee flavor with bitter cocoa nib finish. Espresso and smoke add to the coffee onslaught. The alcohol is quite apparent and stings a bit upon a large gulp. The slightest amount of sweet malt is noticeable as a small relief to the bitterness of the coffee and cocoa.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol isn't very hidden.

D- A really interesting brew that is a must try for coffee fans.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to have the opportunity to try this legendary coffee beer. Huge thanks to beachbum1975 for sending this one my way.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head that leaves no lacing. One could say that it is very similar to espresso.

S - Not as overwhelming as I expected but coffee does make up the majority of it. As the beverage warms chocolate and roasted caramel malts can be detected.

T - This one did not disappoint, coffee dominates with a very bittersweet chocolate complimentary flavor right along side. As someone that doesn't use cream or sugar, the extreme bitterness of this beer is definitely appreciated! I am taking my time drinking this and it just keeps getting better.

M - Thick and slick with enough carbonation to keep it lively with each sip.

D - I am glad to have kept this on my wants. I have almost finished this one and am ready for another. A delicious stout that isn't overly sweet or filling like so many others out there.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, label is notched "3" and "5". but not sure what exactly that means.

opaque black with 1/4" tan head. thin covering of the head stays down to the bottom. araoma - whoa..huge coffee smell, very roasty.

taste is heavy roasted malt taste typical imperial stout flavors, with lingering aftertaste of espresso. but not overpowering, and a bit acidic. medium body, nice level of carbonation, good balance.

overall- tasty. I knew the beer had a great reputation, and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this along with a couple of other brew through a BIF from which I don't know the sender. No freshness date on the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Bottle contians a nice little story about their brewing process and the coffee that's used.

I had actually wanted to get my hands on this for a while now, but couldn't seem to find it. So glad to see that someone could read my mind on wanting it!

I'm not going to waste a lot of time with this review, because it's the simplest one I've done...hands down! If you like coffee, and you like beer, then this is your perfect brew. To me, it's almost like an iced coffee without the ice. The alcohol is barely even present, and all you can taste is COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE! It's as if you are chewing on coffee beans. As you can tell, I like coffee.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamp is a confusing 2/0. Not sure what that means, but logging it here in case I do find out.

Pours thick and black, with just a hint of brown at the edges, and a pillowy one-finger head medium-tan head. That head takes a long time to recede, leaving nice lacing and a layer of foam on the surface.

Set the glass down next to me, and the aromas are just calling to me from several feet away. It just smells really freaking good. Smooth coffee comes through first, without the bitterness I often encounter in coffee stouts. It's followed by sweet, dark, chocolatey malts, earthy and a bit pungent. Quite full-smelling and very inviting.

Taste has more bitterness than I expected, both on the front end and the back. The coffee tastes a bit burnt, though it could be hop bitterness misleading me. Other than that it's good, with a solid dark malt base and some nice chocolate notes. But after that delicious smell, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, heavy with medium-low carbonation. As an imperial stout should be.

This is a good, but not great, coffee stout. The malt base doesn't give it as much complexity as some others, and the coffee has a light burnt/bitter flavor to it. But it's still pretty tasty, and well worth drinking. And surprisingly, I don't pick up the alcohol anywhere.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.5oz bottle label notched on the 4 and then the one... Not exactly sure what this means date wise, seeing as both columns of numbers only go to 9

A: dark black with a dark brown ring around the top when held to the light... Finger and a half of creamy coffe colored head... Nice retention and some decent lacing.

S: I get some roasty malt notes along with a light hint of smoke, but it smells like this brew is old enough that alotnofnthe coffe infusion has fallen off... I also get a lot of chocolaty notes from the aroma, along with Almost an earthy woodyness with some light hints of dark fruit.

T: up front I get chocolate and a hint of smoke and roast followed by chocolate covered espresso beans on the finish... This is very tasty... Very well rounded... Alcohol is also lightly prevelant in the flavor.... As delicious as this is now, it makes me
Want to try a fresh bottle, just so I can compare the contrast in
Flavors... But this is damn delicious.

M: creamy lush mouthfeel, with lower creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel in this brew is excellent, velvety and delicious... Really makes the flavors in this brew stand out.

O: this is a delicious stout, and deffinatly a sipper, great chocolate and coffe notes, great full bodied creamy mouthfeel, everything I look for in a stout.... Now unjust need to seek out a fresh bottle, to really see the vast character if this beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludgy deep dark black with thin coffee colored head. Aroma is dominated by strong roasted coffee. Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt and alcohol also present. Very strong roasted coffee flavor with hints of chocolate, toffee, burnt bread and a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

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Photo of CWBlues
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a pure, darkhearted BLACK. A pour of medium aggression gives it about a finger of a crispy peanut-brittle-colored head.

S: Smells like a big bar of dark chocolate, that's currently melting in a cup of espresso. Great aroma. Sweetness too, like a toffee.

T: Holy hell, that's coffee. I seriously feel like I'm drinking coffee. Hm, almost feel like I'm chomping on some chocolate covered coffee beans. Some hop bitterness rounds out the taste. Or maybe that's coffee bitterness. Whatever, it's good!

M: Oily and smooth mouthfeel. Little carbonation, but I like the way it sticks.

O: This is a coffee stout, and MAN is it a coffee stout. Just awesome. Glad I've got another sitting in the cellar!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: black. No light. Light head. Strong alcohol legs.

S:big nutty, roasted aromas. Some sweet coffee and chocolate. Some smokey sweetness

T: taste is light. Similar to the aroma, but not as bold.

Overall: much thinner and lighter than I remember. But the coffee flavor is unmatched by other coffee stouts

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

Pours very dark coffee brown with a finger of nice, solidly packed dark khaki head which sticks around for awhile and leaves a modicum of lacing. Smells very good: medium roast coffee and chocolate malt, some cola, cashew, and dark dried fruit, with a surprising amount of vanilla bean. Taste is big roasted malt and a lot of coffee, leaving behind a bit of roasted bitterness and coffee aftertaste on a medium length finish. Smooth, medium-low carbonation and medium body. Overall, this is a really solid coffee stout, well balanced and good flavors. I can see putting this in the regular rotation, if I had easy access. Pairs well with dessert in place of coffee.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange. This Peche Mortel has an American-style screw-top bottle. I thought screw-tops and craft beer don't go together... maybe in Canada.

Opaque black, with a dense, tan head. Pretty ominous.

Heaps of roasted malt and dark, oily coffee in the aroma. Nice for coffee lovers like me.

The flavor is very good, with tons of rich, earthy coffee. Fantastically bitter as well. However, these are the only two notes I'm getting, and two notes don't make a complex chord for my taste buds, at least when I'm drinking an imperial. Mouthfeel is good; very creamy but not as luscious as some big, bad stouts.

This is an excellent beer, and I'm definitely a coffee guy-- grind them whole beans and brew a mean pot to get me going almost every morning. Yet, when I drink an imperial stout I don't really want to be drinking coffee, coffee, COFFEE. Maybe I'll have Peche Mortel for breakfast sometime.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.
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