Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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.

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Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black color with a light brown, khaki colored creamy head that builds up and dies down quickly to leave a little lacing. Smell is of mild coffee, toasted malt, light bready, sweet doughy smell. Taste is slightly sweet, followed by a slight bitter taste. Creamy mouthfeeling on this one.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a dark chocolate head that dies to nice lacing. Smells of roasted coffee beans and chocolate notes. Tastes of delicious coffee beans, some bakers chocolate and a minor hop bite. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Surprisingly very easy to sip, could go for another. Weird combo but complements my quiche very nicely.

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Photo of baiser
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at the brewpub in Montreal during the beer fest. This is a tremendous beer. Black as night, like motor oil. Tremendous espresso and chocolate aromas. I can only describe this as liquid chocolate. Intense cofffee flavours, rich, smooth and creamy. The alcohol is not apparent at all, and at 9%, this is one dangerous and potent brew.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2005. Pours black with a light brown and tan head, some yeast remnants evident in the end of the pour, the head recedes to a ring. Strong roasted malt and earthy aroma, slightly twangy but mainly roasty with some coffee and sweet cola in the aroma as well. Coffee and roasted malts up front are soon followed by a strong sweet cola presence in the taste. A soft and subtle chocolate sweetness in the background of the medium body, finishing with a tangy roastiness that dwells into the somewhat dry aftertaste. Sweet cola seems to dominate the taste, hard to belive the alcohol is 9 percent as it is fairly non evident. This beer is holding up great for being nearly two years old, if the bottle wasn't marked I could easily guess it a fresh beer. Very nice beer when you're in the mood for a coffee stout. Thanks Dave for the opportunity.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/11/07- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 22oz bottle that was bottled in Aug 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown, almost into black. Full inch plus head which keeps at a solid 1/4-1/2 inch after it settles. Decent patches of lacing left behind.

Smell- Heavy roasted almost burnt malt nose. Lots and lots of coffee goodness. A touch of chocolate and maybe a bit of molasses as well. Excellent nose which I didn't want to stop smelling.

Taste- Most intense coffee flavor in any beer I have had. Large deep roasted malt flavor with a nice backing of extreme bittersweet chcoolate. Great sweetness with a nice hoppy punch.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation level for a stout...low. A bit creamy with a nice thickness.

Drinkability- Damn, I really can't find much at all wrong with this beer. Frankly it's pretty damn incredible. It was aged for almost two years. I wonder what fresh would taste like or if I had sat it down for another year or so. Mucho thanks to Jetsbeer for this wonderful experience!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at Monk's on the recommendation of Elliot the bartender. Pours a deep dark brown-black, a touch of tan head on top that dissolves eventually. Nose is nice and strong, lots of coffee and chocolate tastiness. Taste is delicious. Similar to the head, although exceedingly smooth. Lots of coffee deliciousness, with a good amount of roasted malt, a little citrus, caramel malt, really a tasty and smooth beer - can't conceive of anyone not feeling this one. Feel is full and smooth, tasty. Drinkability is high; I can't believe this one is so high in ABV cause the alcohol does not even show up a bit. Really a fantastic beer, one that I will try and find again.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review (original at bottom)
Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 11.5oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against the light. Good carb and some lacing. It had a finger of brown head that slowly settled into a constant foam fed by carb in the center. My last one was over a year old so this seems to be fresher.

The aroma was still coffee, coffee but now had more of a roasted malt smell and none of the alcohol that I found last time. Not a coffee drinker but I do love the aroma. The taste was much better this time. Also, I've had several more coffee beers lately so I've acquired a better appreciation for them. It's still a little one dimensional but does taste good. Less ice coffeeish this time. Mouthfeel good and creamy.

Overall, a really good beer that I'm glad I got to try again. Still not a top 100 for me but again can see why it gets high praise. Who knows, maybe in a few years I'll grow to appreciate coffee beers even more and this will jump up again. I do highly recommend as it is a great example of what a coffee beer can be. For now though, I'm good for a few years before trying it again. Would love to try some of the other beers from them though.

***Original 5.17.07 review***
A 4.5 S 4.0 T 4.0 M 4.0 D 3.5
Got in a trade with BeerBeing - thanks! Bottled in Aug 2005. Has a cool label with a picture of Eve and the snake and a story about the name Peche Mortel (mortal sin). Was a 660ml bomber and poured into my trusty pint glass. Was pitch black in color. Had a two finger brown head that quickly settled to a partial thin foam. Lacing was minimal. The aroma was coffee, coffee, coffee with a good hint of the alcohol within. The flavor has been described by others as ice coffee and I'd agree. Mouthfeel nice and solid. To be fair, I'm not a coffee drinker and generally don't like things with a lot of coffee flavor so the taste and drinkability take some hits for that. Still, I'd highly recommend this especially if you like coffee. Not a top 100 for my tastes but I can see why it gets a high rating by others. Was great to try once. (3.5, NA, T, O)

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Photo of Delerium
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the pub. Huge coffee flavour with a ton of caffeine. At 9% you can barely taste the alcohol at all. This beer albeit expensive, is a must try for any and all BA's. Very dark, almost black, 2 finger head, modest lacing. Slight malt flavour. In a two word description: ICE COFFEE. Highly recommended. Chris

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of ggaughan. Says it was bottled in Nov. 2004.

a - pours deep black with a huge brown head, great retention and lacing

s - big espresso roast coffee aroma, deeply roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate provides a backbones, hints of alcohol

t - big deep roasted coffee flavors up front, a bit of bitterness, body is burnt malt and bittersweet chocolate, finish is espresso and a nice sweetness, alcohol is very well masked

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, mildly dry finish, slight warming

d - very drinkable for a big coffee imperial stout, relatively easy on the palate, alcohol really not detectable

Excellent beer all around...worthy of the high praise bestowed upon it. Not quite on the level of Kentucky Breakfast or Dark Lord, but not far behind.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanx to that dude whose name I can't remember who was kind enough to share a bottle at the 2007 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a minimal light brown head.

The aroma of the beer was dominated by intense coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. It reminded me of the smells when walking into a gourmet coffee shop (Peets). There were sweet malts in the background and a good amount of alcohol to help carry things to your nose. No hops were in the aroma.

The flavor of the beer was fueled by intense espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. There was nice backbone of base malts that filled out the flavors and were neither too sweet nor too dry. The complex layers of extreme coffee and roasted flavors blew me away. I've certainly never had a coffee infused beer that was quite like this. There was enough hop bitterness to balance things out, but the hops certainly took a back seat. There was minimal fruitiness in this beer, which was perfect.

The mouthfeel was medium and helped conceal the 9% ABV very well - to almost dangerous levels in fact. The carbonation was dialed in perfectly. The beer also had a brilliant creaminess to it that further pushed the flavor envelope.

This is a magnificent beer and perfect in every one of its complex dimensions. It was almost like drinking a perfectly pulled double espresso with a shot of alcohol.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Michael Jackson beer tasting at the University of Penn.
It was quite a treat to taste this beer with Michael and share thoughts.

Appearance- Big thick deep brown head. Opaque. Jet black color.

Aroma- Coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon.

Taste- Deeply roasted malt, Coffee bitterness and acidity of coffee and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, crisp, dry, slick, creamy, full bodied.

Overall Impression- This was part of the flight entitled Extreme Beers. It was very big and very robust. That's my kind of beer and I think I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a fairly expensive bottle, even for my rather wanton spending habits. It bears mention because price can be off-putting for some people. I was happy to share when friends came over for an afternoon.

This produced a big, thick, deep-brown head with magnificent retention. The color was black. Jet black. Black as the Ace of Spades, it was. Even the white bits was black. Oh, aye, it were black. The nose gave off light banana esters with a heavy burnt-bean coffee scent overlaying everything. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with a charcoal taste on the tongue. The finish was biting with a burnt aspect to it followed by a smokiness on the extreme finish. I was actually starting to sweat from drinking this one!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The final beer from my sampler at the Sunset Grill and Tap - 5 oz. in a miniature pokal-type glass. It is possibly the most beautiful stout I have yet encountered: jet black, with a quarter inch of dense tan head. After taking an hour to eat dinner and review my first three samples, the head did not budge one millimeter, and it retained for the additional half-hour it took to consume and review this beer - I've rarely seen such head retention, especially in a brew of this strength. The aroma is packed with espresso, hot chocolate, and roasted malts - reminiscent of kahlua mixed with creme de cacao. There is a huge espresso presence on the palate with notes of chocolate/creme de cacao, apple?, green hops, and an assertive bitterness on top of a thick, incredibly smooth, drying, almost powdery body that leaves a prolonged finish, lasting until it is washed away when "Oaked, Smoked, and Ruined" with the Bros. and other BAs at the Deep Ellum. Overall an expressive coffee stout loaded with flavor, and one I was happy to find (especially on-tap), but it was a bit too much in some respects.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. A truly sublime beer. Dark black, fairly thick mocha head that lasts well. A strong, pleasant aroma of coffee. Espresso taste, with a little burnt malt and sweet chocolate. Very well balanced. Smooth, creamy. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap, Allston, MA

Poured a super thick and viscous pitch black with a tight, creamy, mocha-colored, one-finger head that lasted through most of the drink. Huge blankets of lacing covered the glass.

Aroma was sweet, smooth and quite fragrant. Notes of deep, roasted malts and freshly brewed coffee were apparent along with subtle hints of vanilla.

Taste was similar, except perhaps a bit more dark and roasty. Creamy, rich and a touch sweet on the front end, with espresso, toasted malts and sweet cream noticeable. Dark chocolate came through mid-palate before the deep, burnt malts and roasted espresso flavors appeared. A touch of alcohol was detectable as well. As the beer warmed, powdered cocoa became significantly more apparent in both the aroma and the taste. The finish was super dry and a bit hoppy, with some noticeable residual sugars. The lingering aftertaste rotated between roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was terrific. Creamy, smooth and super thick, the beer felt like a blanket on my tongue.

Drinkability was outstanding. At 9% ABV, the alcohol was dangerously undetectable.

Overall, an outstanding stout, ideal for savoring on its own.

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Photo of badbeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in April of 2005.

Pours out black with a creamy off-white head that leaves very good lacing. A little more head and I'd have given it a 5. Smell is full of coffee, hints of nuts and cocoa are present as well. To be honest, this one smells and tastes of a Christmas morning breakfast one could conceivably only think about. Waking up to the perfect blend of coffee with some vanilla whipping on top. That's what this beer is; don't let it fool you, there is a lot of coffee, but this is no simple beer for simple-minded folk. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, I wanted more and more but I had to pace myself or Christmas would go by much too fast. An exceptional beer for sure, one I will be seeking out again. I can only imagine a fresher bottle would show me how badass this beer really is.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '05

Pours a big head that falls into almost nothing, but has a good lacing. The smell is beautiful coffe smell that's just wonderful. The taste is a big hit of different coffee tones that hit you from first sip until the aftertaste which is a great coffee flavor. There are also notes of nice chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth, nice. Overall I would love to have more, but fresher belive it or not.

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Photo of dherling
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out like a dark Guiness, black with a cascading light brown head, thick and creamy. The nose was wonderful freshly roasted and ground coffee, cherry, a bit of chocolate, alcohol, and a bitter/sour component, marvelously balanced.The taste starts like a hug amount of the best most deeply roasted coffee you've ever had, then goes sour and bitter before coming back with a slightly bitter coffee finish. There's a hint ofalcohol heat and some cherry along the way. The mouthfeel is in my opinion what makes this beer. It is at once creamy and smooth as well as crisp and clean. It's a big boy of a beer, but it was a great treat.

As far as I know (or frankly, as far as I could understand the waiter who served me), this beer is only available at the Brasserie in Montreal. They do bottle it, but it's not allowed to be taken off the premesis. There are apparently plans to expand the production facilities and distribute the beer. My waiter said sometime in the spring it should be more widely available. Also, a big thanks to him, it wasn't on the menu, but he managed to snag me one from their private stock in the basement.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank You BuckEyeNation for this brew.

Bottled April 05

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, not much of a head or lacing afterwards. Looks like some oil slick on top. The nose is of roasted malts, hops, toffee aplenty, and slight alcohol. The taste is superb of malts/hops, and tons of toffee. I believe I've never so far had a brew with this much toffee in it. Nice warming effect when going down. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a very very nice American Double Stout.

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Photo of akorsak
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber from a July trade with meathookjones. It was opened as my coffee drink for the pre-Outback Bowl tailgate in my driveway.

A: The stout is a thick oily mess. It is pitch black with no light escaping it and appears very viscous. The head comes close to 2 fingers on pour and dissapates to an off-white covering on top of the glass.

S: The aroma is a thick concentrated grainy malt. The increased malts have given the ale a roasted and sweet sugary depth.

T: The stout lives up to both imperial and coffee. The first flavors to register are deeply roasted malts that have a chocolate taste and are full of sugary sweetness. The flavor is very thick. On top of the roasted flavors is a strong coffee body. The coffee is dry, making it a nice compliment to the sweet stout flavor. As the stout sits on the palate a bit, the acidic coarseness of coffee beans (and grounds) comes through, adding a bite to the end of the sip.

M: The imperial roasted stout flavors, sugary depth and coffee intensity make for a well-rounded and delicious taste.

D: The stout is absolutely drinkable. A big dark murky brew full of robust stout and coffee flavors, this is a must have.

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/2005, cellared for a year.

I've been waiting to try this one, based on recommendations to let it mellow a tiny bit.

Pour a deep mahogany hue, pitch black in the pint glass. Billowing head, irregular bubbles, later subsides but never disappears.

Smell is rich coffee, also a touch sweet. Maybe a lactic note in there too.

Taste lives up to the hype. It's full, rich, and strong. Resiny fair-trade coffee grinds, mixed with a dense roasted malt. Alternately bitter and roasty, with a sweet flash in between. This isn't especially complex, but it's a perfectly symbiotic marriage of coffee and stout. The richness is unsurpassed in my coffee stout experience.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, lives up to the price tag. No harshness, alcohol is expertly hidden.

Due to it's overwhelming qualities, one bottle is enough in one sitting. Worth trying once in a lifetime...

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Photo of tjthresh
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 08/2005. Poured into a snifter, it looked a chocolatey brown. But in the glass its another story. All black, with a medium brown, tighly bubbled, fizzy head that actually managed to hang out for a bit. The aromas and flavors are all Starbucks. Maybe one of the venti mochas or macchiatos that I get on Fridays because they open at 0520 instead of 0600. I have to say, this is the second coffee imperial stout I’ve had in three days (Southern Tier Ja’vah), and I really don’t like the way carbonated coffee feels on my tongue. It almost feels like I’m eating a damn cactus. I can certainly see why this beer scores well. Its big and bold, and it will put you down in a hurry. I just can’t see myself really enjoying this beer regularly.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Flying Bison for the bottle.

Nice label. Nice bottle. Ugly price tag... I hope she is worth it.

Appearance: Atramentous as a tar pit. Complete in its opacity with a wonderful mocha head. Superb clinging, retention, and lacing.

Aroma: Freshly roasted espresso beans. A touch of cocoa. As a coffee drinker since age two, I can’t help but drool over beers like this.

Taste/feel: Like enjoying a richly dense Hagendaaz coffee milk shake with added espresso and cocoa syrup. The intensity of the coffee is mind blowing. It’s like they packed Juan Valdez’s entire donkey in this one little bomber. I find some tobacco present as well as some burnt dark chocolate but at the end of the day this is a coffee beer through and through.

Drinkability: Perfect. I could sit in a café and drink this from one sunup to the next.

Is it worth it? For me, it is certainly worth the splurge to try it once but in comparison to similar beers from Bells, Alesmith, and Founders it just doesn’t hold up for repeated visits because of price and obscurity.

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Photo of Phatz
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Woody Chandler for sharing this beer with me. It is truly a terrific stout but boy is it hard to come across. My review got cut a bit short because while I was minding my own business enjoying the Mortal Sin out my Péché Mortel Woody walks out with freaking SA Utopias MMIII. Anyway I got plenty of notes on my Péché Mortel but not as many adjectives as I will the next time I get my mits on some.

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head and terrific walls of light cocoa colored lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee and sweet frapaccino mocha caramel molasses chocolate scents.

Taste: Absolutely exceptional flavor of coffee and dark chocolate; big time espresso flavors with a hint of vanilla on the cheeks and caramel-dark-fudge sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The roasty malty lends a hint of dryness and yet it is creamy and smooth as velvet.

Drinkability: 5.0 doesn't even begin to describe. I am a huge coffee fan. Drinking gallons of fine coffee every day I could easily drink this every night. That said it is certainly a sipping and enjoy every moment of it, beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat thin black with red edges. Slightly fizzy head that quickly disappears. Smell is of nothing but espresso beans. Taste is very smooth and espresso dominated. Sweetness comes through in the finish, toffee and caramel. There is some chocolate here too, huge and bitter. This is massive!! The alcohol comes through in the end too, once your palate gets used to the espresso taste. Mouthfeel seems a little thin for the amount of dark flavors here.
Very well done and if you like espresso this is your brew. Very expensive, $16 for a bomber in Ohio, and I bought 3. One to sample and 2 to lay down for a few months. Closest competition is Bell's Java Stout or Alesmith Speedway. I really should do a tasting with my Dark Lord included.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,232 ratings