Chad9976 (1020) - 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.
_angst_ (2091) - 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.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow amazing, rich bourbon flavors perfectly complement the coder stout here. These canadiens crush this
AGAquino (657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. Similar to the Lost Abbey Bourbon Barrel Angel’s Share - for sipping, in small quantities. Like a cordial.
mathieuc (694) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
OK, now this is awesome. I never liked the regular Pêché Mortel to the cult level some people seemed to have vowed for it. But now the BA version, oh god! I believe I can say without a doubt that this is the best aroma I have ever encountered in a beer: coffee, booze, sweetener... just like that special coffee you drink on Christmas morning with grandma (coffee-brandy). There is even a caramel-like quality to it. The beverage itself is pitch black with a small moka head that leaves some nice lacing on the oversized snifter it came with. Taste is coffee, intense coffee (a good one too) and bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden, but it does relax your joints and muscle good like a fine spirit after a hard day at work. It is so creamy it is almost surreal... I never thought it would be this good and now it just slipped into my top 10, good job DDC! (P.S. You should note that I don’t like stouts that much usually)
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle thanks to arminjewell (rating #7000): pours an oily opaque black with a small froth of stringy-lacing beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel malty nose with a healthy amount of fresh roasted coffee and vanilla bourbon oak. Body starts with good fullness and carbonation bringing froth sweet dark malts, some plums and dark chocolate with a touch of ash and good balance of sweet bourbon oaky complexity before a drier bittersweet coffee and chocolate finish. Well-balanced and nearly-perfect
Benzai (5753) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle [huge thanks to Boltz7555] shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Opaque pitch black color with a medium sized dark beige to light brown head that’s a bit creamy and lasts for a decent while. Aroma of malts, dark malts, lightly roasty, chocolate, alcohol and bourbon. Taste malts, roastyness, oh the bourbon, lightly alcohol, oh the bourbon, rich dark chocolate and oh the bourbon and a lovely bitterness. So rich and smooth. Oily yet velvety texture, full body, perfect carbonation. No wonder this beer has a way over 4 average. Absolutely love this!
AlainG (898) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Elle est noire, surmontée d’une volumineuse mousse brune capiteuse, qui se colle au verre en se résorbant lentement. En la versant, les vapeurs de whiskey atteignent les narines et ce, à une distance considérable. Plus près du nez, c’est omniprésent et même envahissant, laissant que très peu de place à d’autres particularités olfactives. On arrive par contre à détecter des senteurs de café et de mélasse, entremêlés de grains grillés. En bouche, le café s’affirme plus, ainsi que le chocolat noir, mais à la finale, le bourbon nous rattrape et fait un beau travail de séduction. Une texture soyeuse caresse nos papilles gustatives tout au long du trajet. C’est gros en bouche, mais c’est gentil aussi. (Embouteillée en nov. 2012) (701-260513)
kevinsenn (818) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from SlovakSniper - thanks! Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma of coffee, molasses, light vanilla/bourbon notes. Taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice, light vanilla, with a dry roasty finish; delicious. Smooth thick body. Good, but I’m not sure it’s any better than the non-bourbon version. Would need to do a side-by-side some time.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10oz glass at the brewpub, pitch black color, with a thick creamy tan-colored head, leaving some lacing, sweet mochaish, roasted, black, chocolate malt nose, with some licorice, anise, light woody bourbonish accent, with some burnt dried dark fruity notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth, sweet liquorish, licorice, black, roasted, chocolate malt character with a nice woody bourbonish flavor, with some molasses, anise, faint fennel notes, and some roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, dark bitter chocolate, mochaish, cappucino accents, leading towards a warming, liquorish bourbon, chocolatey, licorice, roasty bitterness finish.