JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer, well carbonated, with thick, heavy & creamy greige head, not persistent. Initial nose of pure coffee - or the coffee-based and -containing chocolates popular in Belgiums high-brow confiseries. Aroma of cigarette or even cigar ashes. The fireplace the day after. The breath of that love that used to smoke a package a day.
Take a cup of cold coffee, and mix in the contents of last evenings’ ash trays. Put in some burnt caramel. Then add some essence of hops, and then the blackest scrapings of crème brulée . I do not know if this makes up for deadly sin, but it sure sounds lethal. But it is not Péché Mortel , for new things arrive. Try to imagine tree fruit as chestnuts, horse chestnuts and acorns, stripped of their most forbidding adstringency, and lightly roasted, further sprinkled with black sugar. This needs to grow on you, certainly if you, like me, don’t like coffee and never drink the stuff; and stopped smoking cigarettes before turning 20. There are hints of dry chocolate powder, as covering chocolate truffles, but it is harsh coffee essentialy.
Warming up, I have a little hint of pistaccio, which doesn’t spoil anything. On the topic of texture, suffice to say I have to refrain myself taking up a spoon, and start stirring.
I had been warned. Being weaned on gueuze and trappist hardly counts me to the weak-hearted, but cold coffee is a high cliff indeed. I recognise the greatness of this beer, yet it is not my cuppa... coffee.
Important to signal is that my sample was not the ubiquitous US import, but an in-pub bottling of the real stuff. O_MTL, grand merci.
kramer (4349) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via SecretSanta pdee. Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown 2 finger head that left tons of lacing. Rich espresso aroma is just over the top! Dark roasted malt with some vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon as well. Chocolate and coffee flavor up front with vanilla and alcohol. Finish is very warming but slightly astringent as well. Very nice mouthfeel, full bodied and chewy with very light carbonation that prevents an overly cloying feel. Pretty awesome stuff. I was actually expecting a little more coffee but it actually tastes a little subtle. Alot more emphasis on the roast.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Wow what a coffee aroma, smelled like expresso. The coffee flavor was almost too strong at first, but got less overbearing as i drank more. Thin head overall very very nice beer. "
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Mortal Sin indeed!. Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a thick tan head. The aroma is of freshly ground coffee beans and smoky malts. The flavor is rich in coffee with a nice malty balance. This has to be the best coffee stout I have tried hands down.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 2005. Deep black with a thick brown head. Freshly ground coffee beans, very roasted and pungeant, with notes of spices, rosemary-like. In mouth, Rich coffee taste with intense roasted beans, sweet vanilla. Rich bodied, grainy mouthfeel, challenging.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle - batch 2. My 1000th rating of the year! Poured a dark black with a large sized brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, and some caramel. Tastes of coffee, coffee, some more coffee, roast, some dark fruits lurking in the background and caramel. Nice smooth body that is very easy to drink. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. I love coffee in my beers and this one does not let down. I have a bottle of Batch 1 in the cellar and am curious to see how it differs from this one.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Xmas eve, 2005, 2005 batch: Wow, is this stuff black! pours seemingly flat, and eventually grows a beauty of a mocha colored head. Nice lookin’ beer. very powerful coffee aroma, laced with notes of chocolate and roasted barley. Very smooth on the palate. Great coffee flavors. Rich, robust, and simply bursting with coffee flavors. Somewhere, underneath all the joe, lies a great imperial stout. Seamlessly weaved coffee infusion. A true treat for a coffee junkie like me. I would drink something like this every day if it wasn’t $16 a bomber.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a big bubbly tan head. Aroma is very smokey along with the roasted coffee. Flavor of heavily sweetened strong coffee and smoke.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, many thanks to slob for this goodie! Pours black and opaque with a creamy tan head - this one just looks good in the glass. Aroma features coffee, chocolate, molasses, lots of roasty notes and more coffee. Flavor again shows off the coffee, roasty, sweet maltiness with a nice balancing tanginess on the tongue, leather, earth and bitter chocolate. Full, creamy mouthfeel - very smooth. Nice treat, thanks Bert!
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Bottle. Coffee and ashtray aroma. Cloudy black colour. Dark brown head. Slightly smokey flavour with some coffee. High carbonation. 6 3 7 3 14
Bottle, 9.5%. Roasted barley aroma, some smoke. Black colour. Big stable creamy brown head. Nice roasted flavour with lots off coffee. A little cream in the aftertaste. The flavour is also quite sweet, which is apparent in the slightly slick mouthfeel. 7 4 7 3 16
Draught, 9.5% at the brewpub. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Black colour. Good creamy light brown head. The flavour starts off nicely creamy, turning to vanilla and alcohol bitterness. Late coffee aftertaste, vinous with a lot of chocolate, quite bitter chocolate. 8 4 8 4 16