Péché Mortel - Bourbon
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Péché Mortel - BourbonPéché Mortel - Bourbon
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #63
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #253
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
592
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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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Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy light tan head that has great retention long after the pour, looks like an espresso and leaves great lacing behind, the best head retention I've ever seen from a BA beer

S- huge roasted coffee notes up front; earthy, herbal, light char, espresso. Beyond the coffee, aromas of sweet vanilla cream, some nuttiness, cocoa & peppery bourbon soaked wood

T- opens with a huge hit of espresso, earthy & herbal, quickly followed by bourbon and spicy wood notes poking through. Mid-palate gives sweet vanilla cream, chocolate, molasses and caramel. As it nears the finish, notes of charred malt adds some smoky notes and battles with sweet flavors of more vanilla and coconut. Lingers of sherry, bourbon, chocolate and char

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues all the way to the finish, finishes with pure velvety, silky cream, abv hidden well

O- I've waited a long time to try the BA version of one of my favorite coffee stouts and it didn't disappoint. The barrel notes blend brilliantly with the base beer and has that remarkable creamy velvety mouthfeel throughout, just as with the regular version, outstanding

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So smooth and very drinkable. Smells great, with lots of bourbon, bitter coffee, pepper, and oakiness. Not as full bodied as BCBS, but extremely drinkable, with just the right amount of mild sweetness. A very nice compliment to the regular Peche Mortel. I could drink this every day. And you could too. Delicious.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 2013 vintage at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee and bourbon
Head average (2.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – multiple rings of tiny bubbles
Body very dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor of coffee, bourbon, a little vanillin, and light chocolate predominate. It ends with a light bitterness, but is not unpleasant.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer, one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s so good I don’t want to drink it because I only have one bottle and if I drink it, it’ll be gone.

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, thanks to rudzud for sharing this bottle as I never reviewed it from The Festival in Worcester a couple years ago.

Very small head, fades quickly, nice legs but little lacing, just about pitch black.

Nose lots of dark malts, some dark fruits, raisiny like, then fudgey cocoa, dark choc, chewy milk choc, little coffee, light bourbon and some toasted oak barrel. Lush choc too. Little oxidation.

Taste creamy choc, lush smooth rich choc, mild vanilla and light coffee, dark choc fudge with some bitter roasty char, faint faint booze warmth, little oxidation again. Light toasted oak and faint bourbon. Finish is bitter with little roast, more fudgey cocoa and mouth coating sticky lingering, little coffee and bourbon oak barrel.

Mouth is fuller bod, lighter carb, smooth creamy.

Overall great but mild oxidation due to screw cap, otherwise amazing. I remember this being ridiculously phenomenal at The Festival, so I wonder if this has dropped off, maybe I'll get to try it again someday and confirm.

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Photo of papposilenus
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!

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Photo of Derek
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11-24-2015 bourbon bottle, back to back with a regular 3-2015.

I've had so many beers that are absolutely ruined by a barrel, but thankfully this one is actually significantly improved, which is crazy because the regular brew is so great!

Pours with a nice head, only a thin ring of retention, but shows some leg.

Aroma is so much more complex, as the regular version is overwhelmed with coffee.

The coffee flavour is more subdued, with a pleasant wood throughout and some bourbon in the finish.

Body is smoother and seems much less acidic.

I was sceptical, but this just might be the best beer in Canada. I'm seriously surprised how much better this is with some time in a barrel. Well done... World class.

Thanks Papat444!

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

Nice revelation. Love the regular Peche.
From a 341ml bottle Chilled. Poured to large tulip.
Dark oily black colour. Promiscuous tan head.
Bourbon on the nose. No disguise here. Bitter chocolate as well.
It's all Peche Mortel with bourbon. Perfect blend for me. So good.

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Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, shared with blatantdream.

Black body, tan head, good head w/strong retention, sticky lace. Lots of bourbon flavors in the nose and taste, but its addition isn't at the expense of balance. The bourbon adds its own characteristics to this already decadent, complex brew without stealing the limelight, and that's precisely how it should be done.

An improvement over the (already fantastic) base. Wish this were easier to acquire :(

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.64/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl for bringing this!
Pours very dark brown. Almost black. Thick. Nice tan head. Yellowish tint on the edges.
Smells like fuck you coffee! Holy cow. Touch of barrel peaking through. Very nice earthy coffee aroma...
Tastes a bit bitter but very nice. Tons of coffee... Light barrel characteristics. Like peche mortel but with a bourbon kick.
Nice mouthfeel. Overall very nice

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of andrenaline
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Props to peensteen for hooking up this treat. A whale that I thought I never would get to sample...

A - Pours pitch black, two thumbs of dark mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of cocoa, raw coffee grinds, wooden oak, sweet bourbon and burnt sugar and boozy notes also come through.

T - Much like the nose with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa, solid coffee presence, raw espresso and burnt toast, bourbon aging comes through nicely with a solid dose of sweet bourbon booziness, wooden oak notes and toasted grains and burnt caramel lingers alongside a solid dose of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. Surprisingly not overly heavy or sticky.

O - A world class brew taken to the next level with a solid bourbon flavour profile. One of the best bourbon barrel aged brews to hail from Canada and a pleasure to have had the opportunity to try. Definitely a priviledge to try and not surprisingly one of the top rated Canadian beers.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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