drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 341ml bottle thanks Glouglouburp for this top 50 brew! pours pitch black with small fizzy off white head. not much of a head at all as its just fizzy around the rim. nose of burnt coffee, ashy, dark fruits. flavor of harshly burnt ashy coffee with dark chocolate. some dark fruits finish it out as everything lays flat on the palate. the ashy burnt flavor hits big while the dark chocolate comes quick and doesnt last. quickly everything fades into almost nothing just leaving an ash tray finish. i wouldn’t be surprised if they boil coffee with the beer as it seems extremely burnt and harsh. the carbonation is pretty fizzy while the feel is too thin. alcohol isn’t noticed though. the burnt flavor in this just kills it and makes this nothing special. 3.3.
4/4/10, cask at maproom, then latter that night it was draft at local option, pours black with creamy tan head. nose has big espresso, chocolate, and raisins. flavors has nice raisin and chocolate with that coffee roast to it that is almost burnt but much smoother on cask and draft vs. bottle. this is a beer to get on draft, not those bottles. 4.0.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I bought this bottle about one year ago and have cellered since. This bad boy hasn’t lost any carbonation in the 2+ years since bottling. Opens with a nice pffftt and pours black as the devils soul. This black hole of a beer swallows every ray of light that dares venture near. A two finger creamy brown head appeared on the pour and became craggy before slowly falling to a thick crown. Leaves some great sheet lacing as it settles and then after each drink. World class looking stout.
Although this beer is a couple years old the coffee is by far first and foremost in the aroma. There’s not just a hint of coffee here and there but a couple shots of espresso. The espresso still dominates. Once I get past the coffee there’s a solid dose of dark chocolate with a slight bitter character and roasted barley. Peche Mortel is one of those beers that get your heart beating faster from the first inhale.
Well, the flavor manages to outdo even the aroma. This is a coffee bomb yet somehow, as strong as it is, doesn’t overpower you in the least. While the coffee shows off it’s greatness throught there’s a great wave of dark chocolate on the swallow. This manages to balance things out perfectly before the espresso takes over the entire profile. Roasted barley makes itself known quietly in the background.
The mouthfeel is perfect on this beer. The body is big boned but not heavy which makes this beer go down incredibly smooth. The carbonation is actually slightly higher (moderate in this case) than expected which keeps things moving nicely.
I find it extremely hard giving such a big stout a perfect score for drinkability. While this is about as close as you can get for such a big beer the alcohol and caffeine keep it from getting that 5. If you drank the night away with this beer you’d be bouncing off walls one minute and falling asleep the next. Well, maybe not but you catch my drift right?
Peche Mortel is a stout of the highest quality. I don’t drink coffee very often but I love me a good coffee infused beer. This is one if not the best coffee infused beer I’ve ever had. Not only that but it’s one of the best stouts I’ve ever expierenced. I only wish I had a few more bottles sitting aside. This is a must try lie, cheat, or steal do whatever it takes to get yourself a bottle of Peche Mortel.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a dark chocolate head that dies to nice lacing. Smells of roasted coffee beans and chocolate notes. Tastes of delicious coffee beans, some bakers chocolate and a minor hop bite. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Surprisingly very easy to sip, could go for another. Weird combo but complements my quiche very nicely
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thick brown head on black beer. Strong licorice, caramel and chocolate nose. Tastes as advertised with big alcohol note. Tasty brown sugar flavour with lots of coffee. Very tasty.
oakbluff (424) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of papat444- big thanks!
Poured into my Surly Darkness glass. A seemingly worthy beer for the darkness. Beautiful ebony with a surprising amount of milk chocolate head. Nose- all about the coffee so far. Really nice roast- not too dark. First sip- wow what a mouthfeel. Just glides on down. Really unique- the particular coffee used along with the drak malts imparts a sharp bitterness/burntness to it. A much darker burnt roasting than the nose suggests. At the same time, there is a touch of sweetness to the malts. very complex brew and commands attention! Very drying in the finish. Excellent beer, but the strong ash/burtness is a little overdone.
GRM (3151) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Brown bottle, 341 ml, bottled in September 2007, purchased at Le Grand Duc, savoured on December 13 2007; eye: black with a creamy cappuccino head, good lacing, opaque; nose: powerful roasted malt, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, ash; mouth: all in roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of ash, hops appears just prior to the finale, finale in roasted malt with a presence of hops, creamy and slightly oily texture, light acridness, no alcohol taste, medium-full body, average carbonation; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, embouteillée en septembre 2007, achetée chez Le Grand Duc, savourée le 13 décembre 2007; œil : noire avec une mousse crémeuse cappuccino, bonne dentelle, opaque; nez : puissante torréfaction, beaucoup de vanille, chocolat noir, cendre; bouche : tout en torréfaction, chocolat noir, un peu de cendre, houblon apparaît juste avant la finale, finale en torréfaction avec une présence de houblon, texture crémeuse et légèrement huileuse, légère âcreté, moyennement amère, aucun goût d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : pas mal bonne
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours an inky black with a cocoa coloured head. aroma is extreme esspressoand cocoa powder also some milk chocolate. flavour is also very esspresso with the milk chocolate milk shake flavour and a nice cocoa finish and extremely enjoyable coffee stout. avery smooth palate that goes down very easy. i wish i had more of this one!
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
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 huge foamy head with excellent retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma consists of espresso type coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet and roasted malt with a dominant taste of espresso coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Very well balance overall with a full body and a creamy texture. Not cloying or overly dry in any way and alcohol is not apparent.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
According to the edge of the bottle this was bottled in August of 2005 and that makes it about 2.3 years old.
A: Jet black body that no light can penetrate. While pouring, there was a bit of light mocha colored head but it faded away. It would have been nice to have a bit more head.
S: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and more coffee. This has some seriously dark roast coffee in it. It’s hard to tell if most of the roast aroma comes from dark malts or a coffee addition.
T: This is definitely a dark beer. The flavor is filled with dark chocolate, roasty coffee, and dark heavy malts. The coffee was much more pronounced in the aroma than the flavor but it’s still in the flavor none the less. Damn good flavor.
M: Nice and heavy, but not ’thick’ like some other Imperial Stouts are. There is a bit of creaminess but it isn’t as much as other beers in the style. Very nice indeed.
D: Amazing example of an Imperial Stout. I really love how they combine this much coffee and chocolate without overwhelming bitterness.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Chris at Ebeneezers put this on tap for me so I could buy a pour of it, which was extremely cool. Black in color with a chocolate milk colored brown head. Aroma is big as it should be with coffee, roast, alot of fresh chocolate, burnt sugars, and caramel. Taste is incredible, with alot of roast and rich, fresh chocolate. The coffee almost gives it an earthy flavor. Body is really big, but overall it’s really smooth and incredibly drinkable, not too sweet, or alcoholic. Fiinishes bitter with lingering coffee, roast, and alittle bit of sugar. One of the best RIS’s I’ve had, and now of course wish I can have more!