Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An ’05 bottle, taken on a special occasion worthy to follow the Grand Master cigars and bourbon a friend and I shared previously. Opaque sienna brown color, exceptional for its lack of oiliness and rather light coffee ice cream head. Aromas of port marinated steak, raspberries, and some milk chocolate banana. Flavor is full and polished. A tangy Kenyan light roast, vanilla infused coffeecake, strawberry, and creme brulee. As it warms, a somewhat dry, and understated, but fully expired french roast nip. Subdued. Smooth, sophisticated palate coerces the minglers into friendship. With a few more cellar years this could blossom into something unreasonably beautiful. Thanks John!
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2016 Bottle shared with Enniskillen from his secret Santa; Thnaks Big Time; Noe of coffeeand light chocolate mixed with caramel; opaque black with a big glass lacing tan head; flavor heavy, strong coffee with some light background chocolate and some faint hop bitterness. Excellent, but mostly coffee, could use more complexity! 4/21/2007
12 oz bottle from Ledgers. Nose is coffee, roast, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Black with a big lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is expresso, light bitterness, chocolate, and white pepper. 2/20/2016
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 My rating did a 180 on this one a couple years after my 1st taste. Love the coffee, love the beer. It’s a bit intense, but well done for how much coffee taste is in there. Too bitter, but not enough to take away much from it.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 [Several snifters @ the brewpub] Pours beautifully: thick, dark brown in color, with a super-dense tan head. Massive coffee aroma with chocolate and dark roasted malts. Flavors back up the aroma very well-- very fresh, French roast coffee, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Extremely smooth for a beer of this strength, this reminds me of a sweet mocha coffee drink, in a way. Kind of one-sided, yes, but what really gets me is the way the flavors all meld together. Complex flavors continue to develop as you travel down the glass. Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. Drinking this fresh on tap really was an amazing experience. An incredible beer!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy boboski. Jet black. 2.5cm of dense, spongey, tan head. Huge roasty malt and burnt coffee with some resinous hops in the background. Flavors adds bittersweet cocoa, whole coffee beans, vending machine coffee, light smokiness. Intense coffee in this one. Full body, balanced. Excellent.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Pours an oily black with a light tan head. It smells like your sticking your head in a coffee grinder. The coffee smell is so powerful it really masks any other aromas you might be able to pick up. taste is quite alot of coffee as you would expect from the smell, but not as powerful as you’d think. Alot of chocolate in the taste, with some caramel, roasted malts. toffee. very nicely done and if you like the smell of coffee pick this beer up.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was the original US bottling with about two year of bottle aging. Jet black color with a brown head that pours thick then collapses quickly in the belgian goblet I poured it into. The beer laces the glass nicely. A huge of aroma of raw espresso bean, dark chocolate, sweetness, some oily coffe concentration, and subtle raspberry and milk notes. The aroma and flavor are one except I was expecting desert in a glass and I got a huge stout with huge, almost dangerous, drinkability. I really thought I was going to consume a liquid, chocolate torte that was going to require a fork to get through, but instead I got a delightful, standout interpretation of stout. This was a beer that truely makes me love beer.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - Can there be too much coffee in a coffee stout? Not sure about that answer, but this beer sure raises that question. An aroma full of coffee and not much else. Okay, so it’s one dimensional but as I’ve said in other reviews that to me that’s okay as long as that one dimension is phenomenal. In this case, it’s pretty damned good. Appearance was midnight black, oily, thick and coating. Flavors were one dimensional also, with a ton of coffee coming out. Almost like you took a swig of a regular stout and then a swig of some sweet coffee and then swallowed. Not bad, one dimensional for sure...but still good.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head.Huge wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas with some hints of raisins.Coffee seemed to dominate this flavor with hints of choclate malts and raisins with a big alcohol taste tha lasted for awhile.Nice bitter ending to it.
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Sampled on 1/14/2007 from a 22 oz bottle at Lance’s house after the "Harvest Ale" homebrew day. A VERY special thanks to Lance for sharing this precious bottle of beer with me...
Bottled 04/05... I think my heart skipped a beat when Lance pulled this beer out to share. At first I thought that it might be some homebrew (labels are sometimes too much extra work to remove when reusing the bottles), but it was the real deal! With wide eyes and disbelief, I took my first sip of Péché Mortel... THIS IS THE BEST COFFEE BEER EVER! I am truly amazed at the composition of this beer. Usually coffee beers are like drinking straight up cold black coffee which isn’t neccessarily bad, but they do seem to be a bit one dimentional. However, Péché Mortel has shown me that coffee beers can be so much more than that! So, without further delay, on to some details... Péché Mortel pours out a dark brown coffee color with a thin tan head. This beer looks black in the glass, but it’s true dlear dark brown nature is evident around the edges. The aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. The flavor is rich and robust and full of premium coffee, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, and a very small touch of something creamy or vanilla-like that brings the whole coffeeshop experience togethre! The finish was slightly dry with some of the roasted bitterness coming out to mingle with all the other great flavors. This beer isn’t quite full bodied, but is more than medium. However, it isn’t too heavy or have too much carbonation, so it was quite smooth and velvety on the palate. This is a very memorable and impressive coffee beer - probably the best one out there!