Péché Mortel - Bourbon
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #76
Ranked #262
4.47 | pDev: 7.16%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Péché Mortel - BourbonPéché Mortel - Bourbon
Notes: Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense stout in which coffee is infused during the brewing process. The result is a strong beer where prominent roasted flavours coalesce with a powerful taste of coffee. Once fermentation is complete, the beer is aged several months in bourbon oak barrels, which imparts some vanilla and woody aromas as well as bourbon flavours.
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this one immediately after trying the regular Peche Mortel. Gonna copy paste some of the info from my first review since the look for example is the exact same.
Looks like any other deep black imperial stout does. Beautiful black in colour with small brown head, leaves some lacing. I will say this one has a slightly darker head than the non barrel aged.
Smells like roasted malt with some subtle dark roast coffee. Very inviting. Oh and don't forget the barrel! I smell some bourbon barrel in this one for sure. Slight oak.
The taste of this beer is even better than the normal version. Nice roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, and some vanilla maybe in the back. Some chocolate notes and brown sugar are present as well and it's all very well balanced. Oak and Bourbon are present. The barrel makes it so the alcohol is actually noticeable in this one, unlike the original. The barrel adds nice complexity and enhances the malt character here. Beautiful. I didn't notice any of the fruit notes other people have reported.
The mouthfeel was quite pleasant and full bodied. Doesn't coat the mouth but has that medium-full body with light-medium carbonation. The carbonation felt a little bit lower than the non barrel aged but I might just be insane who knows.
Overall at like $20 for 4 bottles this beer is very very good. I massively recommend that anyone with access to this beer tries it. It's seriously amazing and one of the best Canada has to offer.

Edit: the 2021 Edition just released and it’s even better than what I previously reviewed. Upgraded it to a 5/5 for that... I’m amazed. If you can find the 2021 BBA release you gotta try it!

Feb 23, 2021
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341 mL Bottle. ABV 9.5%.
Appearance: black, one and a half fingers of dark mocha creamy head, great retention, Slight lacing,
Aroma: dark chocolate, milky chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, caramel, cream, licorice, dark pitted fruit, leather, molasses, slight coconut,
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, creamy, slightly chewy,
Flavour: bourbon, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice, leather,

Jun 19, 2020
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Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Une autre année, un autre délice.
J'avais dégusté cette bière à la même période l'an passé, mais à cette époque lointaine, nous n'étions pas confinés à la maison en pleine éclosion du coronavirus. L'édition de cette année est tout aussi succulente que celle de l'année dernière. J'en veux encore et encore.

Apr 05, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Jet black color, minimal head and lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee. Sooo good. Could sniff this all day long.

T: Chocolate, coffee. The balance and complexity are out of this world. One of the best tasting beers out there.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: A world class imperial stout, as they should be.

Dec 20, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with finger plus of tan head.
Smells of really dark roasted coffee and malts. Bourbon comes through quite strong as well. 
Taste follows, dark roasty malts and coffee, a bit of char but not overly bitter, dark chocolate. Woody, vanilla barrel notes come through quite well.
A touch thin, especially as it warms. 
Overall an excellent BA coffee stout. Well balanced

Jun 24, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and achieves no head.

The smell is wonderful. I get rich coffee. The bourbon comes through in decadent caramel and vanilla notes. There is also some dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is more forward in the taste. I get some coffee flavor approaching and into the finish with some lingering coffee in the aftertaste. The bourbon doesn't come through as much in the taste as it did in the smell.

Full bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a great beer. I'd put it up against Bourbon County, and this is a five year old bottle. Dieu du Ciel makes some damn good beer. I have yet to be disappointed by anything that I have been fortunate enough to try from them.

Dec 22, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from TheDoctor. 341 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/17/2017. Pours opaque pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness, and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coconut, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and barrel integration. Similarly impressive to the base beer overall. Softer hop/char bitterness from the barrel aging. It loses some of the huge coffee punch in the nose, but makes up for it on the silky barrel finish. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

Nov 10, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this has a lot going for it, a beer i have had my eye on for ages and have never been able to find. its old school in a cool way, the coffee is bitter and intense, maybe not even blended in as a cold brew, before that was even fashionable, but i think it has a nice effect on this, making it bitter and earthy rather than sugary, calling attention to the dark roast and cocoa character of the malt in the stout rather than the woody vanilla sweetness of the whiskey, the coffee works well to bring out the darkest elements of the grain and the barrel, as much char as corny sweetness here, and even though the coffee tastes like its moving toward stale, i like what it brings in this barrel aged context. my guess is the coffee was blended in before the beer went in the barrel, thus making it a little older than it generally is in the regular version, which never tastes anything but fresh to me. here there is a light cardboard and green pepper thing, and an overly roasty aspect, but i still like the bitter finish on this. not too much whiskey here, but enough to make this seem rich and fancy, and i love what the wood adds. i think i was expecting something diabetic and huge on the palate, but thats not what this is, a plenty drinkable beer for the style, more balanced than many, and taking a different slice out of the coffee to highlight the base beer. not sure this would stand out in a lineup of my very favorite beers in the style, which is a surprise to me after all the hype around it, but it is awfully good and is definitely a pioneering brew in the style. i hope to try it from the bottle some day...

Oct 23, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage - a 341ml bottle with a bottled-on date of Nov 2013. Purchased ages ago from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as an extra-strong stout brewed with coffee and aged 12 months in bourbon barrels.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears ultra black in the glass. Yields a smallish head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt grain, subtle molasses, vanilla, dried fruit, wood, a touch of bourbon, leather and ale yeast. Intense yet balanced - simply superb.

T: Tastes of powerful roasted malt with notes of coffee, burnt grain, bitter chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, bourbon and ale yeast. The booze is very well hidden. Quite sweet, followed by a robust malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and an amazing velvety body. Rich and unctuous. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of rich roasted malt, intense coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, bourbon notes and yeast.

O: Sublime - a simply fantastic melding of aroma and flavour. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are rich, intense and smooth. Amazing balance for the style. Superb body - thick and creamy. A incredible brew to round out a session with; this seems only to have improved with age. An amazing beer and an absolute must-try.

May 07, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I want to qualify that I am rating the 2018 version here. I also had the 2017 yesterday, but the bourbon is too strong in that one and, while not as bad as anything Nickelbrook lays its hands on, it's still a fail, maybe a 3.25 to 3.50.
The 2018 however (at least without the aging), is a masterpiece. It so well balanced that you are hard pressed to think of making it better. Smooth, full bodied, yet not heavy - it is a pleasure to sup. Sadly, not available in Ontario, because colonialism is still alive in these parts.
Update: the 2021 version is nowhere near this class either. It's an average 4 at best.

Mar 26, 2018
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer pours out black as night with 2 fingers of beautiful mocha head The head does slowly fade and it is so dark that visible carbonation is almost nil.

Aroma - The oak and vanilla dominate here, it is a very sweet vanilla at that, is expresso, dark chocolate but wow that whisky stands above the rest.

Taste - This is on another level man, Oak is the first taste present on the tongue followed by an extremely sweet vanilla, then you are hit with expresso, and dark chocolate. They don't add a whole bunch of extra flavors but they dont need too. this is perfect. I'm ready to give it a 5.

Feel - A definite theme in this box, the feel again is thick heavy bodied and creamy, this may be the creamiest yet. It goes down ridiculously smooth with only the slightest hint of bitterness from the coffee and oak.

Overall - Its funny because this feels like the shortest review I've written on a beer from this box but it really is by far the best. This is something special and I understand why people hunt for it every year. Wow. I'm honestly lost for words.

Mar 25, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Church Key in D.C. for Peche Mortel Day 2018. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, creamy one finger white head, good retention and bits of lacing. Smell is espresso, bitter cocoa, smoke, whiskey heat, touch of oak and a fair bit of dark chocolate. Flavour is fairly bitter and even a touch smoky, touch of vanillin and fair bit of coffee, touch of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than expected, good carbonation and a slightly harsh whiskey and bitter coffee finish. It's good, and I'm glad to have finally ticked this after almost a decade in beer.

Mar 24, 2018
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BergBeer from Hawaii

3.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cola black with ruby highlights and a khaki head.

Smell: A pretty acrid burnt rubber or band aid on the attack. Then the dark chocolate and coffee show through a little bit more. Hard to get past that burnt rubber.

Taste: Sharp boozy bourbon, dark chocolate, leather, oak, vanilla, and dates.

Feel: Medium plus body. Medium bitterness. Medium booze. Smooth over all.

Overall: Not much of an improvement over the base. I just can’t get past that nose. I’d rather have to original.

Mar 24, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 16 that has been aged for a year. Very dark appearance with a slight tan head. The aroma is a a nice coffee and bourbon. The taste is a nice strong blend of coffee and bourbon with a little bitterness.

Jan 23, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage, thanks Brendan.

This one pours a very dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This has huge chocolatey, dark and smoky coffee notes on the nose- the time in the barrels didn't detract that at all. I get a bit of woody oak, too, with a little bit of bourbon, and tons of fudgy chocolate.

This is honestly pretty incredible. The barrel-aging is subtle, and adds nice touches to the already amazing base beer. There's more oak than bourbon, with a drizzle of vanilla across the palate as well. The coffee flavor is still dynamite and strong, even after a year in the bottle and a year (?) in bourbon barrels. There's so much chocolate and coffee here it's awesome. There's a hint of sweet dark fruits as well.

This is medium bodied, chewy and pretty rich, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is unreal good- it takes one of the best coffee stouts ever and makes it even better.

Dec 01, 2017
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil slick black with a medium sized tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma is incredibly alluring, with rich, expressive notes of high end dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, smooth vanilla, touches of raspberry and cherry, and oak. There's also some creamy lactose and milk chocolate notes present. Lots of complexity, and yet succinct and pointed.

The flavor brings what the nose promised, with deep, rich, earthy coffee notes that are only rivaled by the absolute best coffee stouts out there! Bitter baker's chocolate follows, with just a touch of vanilla and oak. Smooth bourbon follows to round everything out.

The mouth feel is fairly thick, though not quite velvety, as it has a fair amount of carbonation. It finishes dry, with a somewhat sharp booze note that could be dialed back a bit, but it isn't too much.

This is a wonderful BA coffee stout that probably doesn't get the recognition it deserves! Probably better than most years of KBS, and maybe even some vintages of BCBCS! Seek this one out!

Oct 18, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Good mix of coffee and bourbon. A little hot as it was 2015 but great flavors and awesome mouthfeel. Like its non bourbon base beer this beer has a little sweetness, roastiness from whatever beans they use but overall a great beer that I would like to try different vintages of.

Oct 03, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black pour, thin cream colored lacing, viscous.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol effervescence, some spice.

T - Coffee, light char, oak, bourbon.

M - Big medium body that's borderline full body. Silky texture.

O - The current score of (97) may be a little too high but albeit, this beer is absolutely worth seeking out.

Aug 26, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DDC nailed it with this. Peche Mortel Bourbon is dark and bold. Big coffee and pleasingly modest bourbon on the nose and palate. Coffee is more upfront and bourbon more on the back. Taste also has a lot of toasty nuts and raisin. More carbonation than I expected vs the base beer, but overall still very smooth.

Jun 03, 2017
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mp12 from Vermont

4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deep black with tan half finger head. Gorgeous. Nice oily lacing around the glass but still remains some carbonation and doesn't just look like motor oil. Aroma pops with spicy vanilla bourbon. Wonderful roasted coffee, oak, and chocolate malt flavors. Light cinnamon, plum, and tobacco flavors. This is awesome. Alcohol is present but just right. Balances the flavors without being harsh to cloyingly sweet. Awesome beer. Absolutely awesome.

May 14, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12oz bottle, dated 2016-11-07. Served in a tulip.

Pours a richly opaque, oily oaken-black with a big finger-and-a-half of mocha, bubbly, sudsy foam. Gradually subsides to a fizzy film and a fat collar around the glass with a light curtain of lace.

Relatively meager in the aroma department, mostly caramel fudge, smoke and copper.

Tastes of vanilla caramel and pipe tobacco, rich and unctuous. The rich bourbon and bitter coffee are there, but understated, as supporting players, they're not stealing the show. Roasted malt, damp punky oak, cacao, plum, clean earthiness and perfume. Finishes with a little burnt toast and milk chocolate with smoky booze lingering in the sinuses and warming the gullet.

Feel is smooth, creamy, mouth-coating and medium-thick bodied. The beer is surprisingly brightly carbonated - surprising in the sense that, it is so creamy, that you're not aware of how well carbonated it is until you feel for it. Should be a sipper, but I can't make myself slow down.

Dieu di Ciel! answers the question, 'how do you make Péché Mortel even better.' Stunning. Thanks to @TheDoctor!

May 10, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with some carbonation. Smell is heavy on the coffee - not a bunch of bourbon coming through. The coffee notes are fantastic. Not too bitter - just right. Taste is MUCH different from the regular peche. Coffee is incredibly smooth, and the bourbon has just the right amount of presence. Roasted malts, a bit of coffee bitterness, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Taste is incredibly complex and bold, especially for a BA stout under 10%. Mouthfeel is incredible. Overall amazing.

Apr 08, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has dusty wood barrel notes with a bit of whiskey. Taste has bitter chocolate and cacao, wood barrel, some scotch, medium roasty bitterness on the finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation. Overall it's a good imperial stout but the barrel treatment is not that great.

Apr 05, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/2016 bottle drank in a peche mortal glass on 3/30/2017

L-fairly thin, but ok for 9.5%...tan head, fairly bubbly
S-coffee, some dark fruits, hint of oak, and sweet chocolate
T-follows the nose...more oak opened as it warmed but never really got the bourbon
F-very drinkable, a little thin, no booze
O-probably need this to age some. I didn't get much barrel so it was a bit of a letdown, however, still a great beer because this base is so great

Mar 31, 2017
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Guillaumeprovost from Canada (QC)

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Glencairn Whisky Glass - 2016 Bottle Edition
Ok to eye a beautiful black / brownish opaque color. A timid foamy collar that recreate when spinning the glass but dissipate quite quickly.

The nose: The Bourbon appears fairly early by the perception of an odor approaching a background of Scotch or Whiskey concealed in the bottom of the glass.

Obviously, the smell of the coffee and cocoa was also evident in the early smell.

Mouth; The big fans of the regular version will be served as hell.

In addition to the tones of roasted cereals, cocoa and coffee. The discreet taste of vanilla. This beer also have a beautiful corpse and texture in the mouth. In my opinion the grand final is what makes the bourbon that it stands out so much of the regular version. By the quantity of residual alcohol present in the mouth and the retro-olfaction one notes this beautiful aroma of bourbon wich buckles the loop. The final strecthes and can be appreciated. Then, re-wearing the glass to the nose the mechanism snaps into place and one would already believe that one would taste the bourbon without having carried it to the lips.

A nectar to taste with respect produced by artisans of our home.

Mar 29, 2017
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