Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is quite dominant with some good notes of coffee and vanilla which are really well balanced. Taste is a very nice mix between some coffee notes which are very floral and not too dry or astringent with some notes of vanilla and a bourbon finish which is quite powerful. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes from bourbon. I really enjoyed this one with a nice balance between the vanilla and the coffee – the only downside is maybe the beer spent a bit too much time in the barrel.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a snifter.
Nearly black in appearance, there is a vague cranberry tint that is more noticeable at the edges. A small foamy tan cap rests on top off the beer until it slowly fades away.
The aroma has a big espresso nose with subdued bourbon notes. There are some dark roasted malts and chewy fudge notes as well.
Each sip starts with fully roasted malt and some dark chocolate. It is less creamy and sweet than the regular version. The bourbon comes through along with a bit of oak and vanilla. Toward the end, a hint of coffee turns into bitter coffee grounds, which I could really do without, but this finishes the sip.
The body is a little bit lighter than what I would ideally want from a 9.5% bourbon barrel stout. There is a noticeable dry nature to this beer from the barrel, especially compared to the base beer. The coffee imparts a somewhat acrid mouthfeel as well, and it is grainy throughout.
I would have expected barrel aging Péché Mortel would have made a great beer even better, but it simply is not the case. I would rather have the regular version, and it is conveniently much easier to come by as well.
callmemickey (1869) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black body, moderate khaki cap. Thin lacing. Bold coffee. rich chocolate, assertive bourbon. A nice tweak on the base Peche Mortel. Full bodied. Clean finish. Not too hot.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(330ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR,Reserve Special 2010 Vieille 1 an en fut de Bourbon) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and ash. Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, ash, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee.
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds aromatic coffee (gravel, fried parsley, green bell pepper, jalapeno oil, soil and roast), bourbon (vanilla, coconut, fudge and some woodshop) and deep roasted malt (coffee, chocolate and asphalt). Hints of blueberries, caramelized brown sugar and maybe a touch of brown sugar. Almost vulgar yet fantastic. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with boatloads of coffee, aggressive but well-integrated bourbon, deep roast and resinous/earthy hops. The mouthfeel is round and smooth with a soft carbonation. Bit numbing. Coffee, wood and bitter hops lingers. Near full bodied.
_angst_ (2093) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours black with a rather small dark mocha head that leaves some lacing and trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, burnt caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut and hints of liquorice and green chili. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, roasted coconut, bourbon, resinous wood, vanilla fudge, liquorice fudge, brazil nut toffee, bitter chocolate, dark honey and hints of nougat. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, dark honey, bourbon, dark roast coffee, high quality chocolate, coconut and hints of jalapeño oil. Very excited to try this and very happy to find out its great.
Chad9976 (1024) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I received a 2010 vintage 341ml bottle in a trade with a blogger in Quebec (thanks, Marc!). I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Black as night body with a brown, soapy head which is fairly quick to dissipate, but does leave a bit of lacing and never completely evaporates.
Smell: Black licorice and black coffee dominate the nose. Interesting synergy of sweetness and bitterness. A hint of bourbon sweetness and smoke as well.
Taste: A lot of craft beer enthusiasts hate the "trend" of bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts. But if the result is a beer that tastes this great I don’t see a problem. I liked but didn’t love the original Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel, but now it’s at least a candidate for conversation for contention with Hall of Famers like Founders KBS and Firestone Walker Parabola. Massive coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness right from the start, plus an underlying taste of black licorice which imparts both a confectionary sweetness and a touch of astringency. Dark chocolate begins to emerge after a few sips and becomes so prominent that the beer would be better classified as a mocha stout than a coffee stout.
The bourbon character is noticeable, though. There’s a subtle vanilla flavor that emerges on the second half along with a burst of straight up boozy heat and rubbing alcohol taste right as it finishes. You can call it distracting, but I’d consider it part of the character (it’s easily tolerated). The aftertaste contains a faint coffee bitterness and a slightly sticky/cloying black licorice taste. But despite all that it’s actually relatively clean considering what’s in the beer. A delicious and impressive palate all around - but I’m not quite sure it was worth the equivalent of $33 I spent on it in an international trade.
Drinkability: Any barrel aged imperial stout is something to handle with care, and while Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel Bourbon Barrel Aged is far from the strongest beer I’ve ever had at 9.5% ABV, it’s still quite strong after two years in the bottle. There’s definitely a noticeable alcohol presence in the palate and an accompanying warmth in the throat after each swig. The carbonation is low enough to make it go down smooth, but it’s far from tepid, too. A fantastic beer for a special occasion considering how rare and expensive it is.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Tommy for sending a bottle my way! Pours out a fairly viscous, deep dark brown with decent tan foam. Aroma on this beer is quite nice - tons of fresh bitter coffee, a touch of vanilla and bourbon, and some rich chocolate malt. Flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma indicates - still lots of coffee, but it’s a touch weaker and more bitter than in the regular peche. The barrel characteristic is subtle, but noticible. The flavor has all the right pieces, but for whatever reason doesn’t come together as well as in my favorite BA coffee stouts (bourbon county, KBS). BB Peche is a touch dry and closer to medium bodied than full bodied.
radarsock (644) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Adam Jackson, you’re one cool mofo. bottle August/2010, Pours nighttime black into HF stem glass, its head is brief. On the nose I got oak, sorghum molasses, roast, paint chips, espresso and honey. Doesn’t have as much coffee on the nose as the original. Tastes certainly sweeter than the original and the oak is quite noticeable. Starts bittersweet: coffee, toffee, caramel, hops, and burnt wood. Ends with notes of honey, char, brown sugar, lactose, vanilla and wood. Good, but not as good as the regular, hate to say.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed with RadarSock in a Portsmouth Snifter. Bottle date August, 2010
A - Pours dark brown to black. On the edge of the glass, wood brown with some amber hues. No head at all.
S - Start is big oaky notes, whiskey and vanilla. Hint of raisins as well
T - First taste is a musky oak taste. Very earthy and viscous. Followed by some chocolate covered espresso beans and vanilla. Finish is a smooth boozy aspect with dark fruits.
M - 65% carbonation on the mouth swish. Heavy body.
O - The finish of this beer is too bitey and not very balanced. Up front and in between, it’s exceptional. Maybe better fresh?