lightbias (453) - USA - APR 29, 2015
An onus attached to the bottle with the twist-off cap is obviously not dark enough to dissuade Dieu du Ciel from taking care of business as they see fit, and I certainly don’t find any reason to doubt them when I peel the cap off the neck of this deliciously sexy bottle. The aroma is mesmerizing; a desperately deep espresso flavor dripping in ashes and dark caramel. When I pour, the flow is akin to burnt toffee, the cascading liquid causing the foam to erupt on the surface, shrouding the beer in a thick, latte colored blanket.
The first draw is so many times a light sip, almost an intake of breath. Not this time. The aroma is so powerful that I feel a need to draw a long swallow. I pull the cool brew into my mouth and ply it with my tongue, stirring it into the corners, pushing it into the hidden spots and finding all of its excellent features by letting it warm in the process. The espresso is rich, a dark toffee touching the flavor, but not overwhelming me with sweetness, only soothing the bitterness of the coffee. The creamy, full body and ample carbonation carry the flavors and aroma without a thought, as if they were light as a feather, despite their weight in gustatory gold. This amazing brew finishes as an excellent reminder of what I just experienced and lasts intact for a few minutes before waving a silent and graceful farewell.
I don’t care what the shipping is, I’m finding this again...in multiples! Jimbo2 (449) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2017
Insane coffee aroma, insane coffee taste. Well rounded, balanced, soft, good mouthfeel. Just wow. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Black pour, not even much light getting through arount the edges. Small dark brown head. Very nice roast coffee and roast malt aromas. Med/full bodied with a descent amount of small carbonation, not quite creamy. Coffee, coffee and some mocha or bakers chocolate, coffee bitters in the finish. A little bitey, but mellows nicely as it warms. No messin around, very good straigh forward, yet slightly different than the norm Imperial. More of a good java stout than a straight Imperial. Not quite a good as the Bell’s or Southern Tier I’ve had. Still worth finding however. oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
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. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2008
11.5 oz. bottle from Heritage Liquor in Maplewood. Deep rich dark brown pour with a finger thick creamy tan head that disipates slowly. Slight lacing. Fresh crushed coffee bean flavor with hints of vanilla and faint smoked charcoal. Very faint dark fruit on the nose as well. A slight touch of bubble gum on the front of the taste with a nice bitter coffee. More clear indication of dark fruits. Dry finish on the back roof of the mouth.
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
molasses, chocolate, coffee , roasted hazelnut and sweet toffee nose. beautiful opaque brown body with dark beige head, slightly bubbly. Flavors of dark chocolate, fairly traded oxfam coffee, toffee and roasted nuts. Palate is smooth and silky with a lasting pleasant aftertaste. CMUBEERMAN (440) - - APR 22, 2006
Pours a dark chocolate with a decent sized mocha head. Aroma is delicious coffee and toffee. Flaovoris sweet coffee grounds and heavy cream...slight chocolatey malts and hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and delicate.... this is a great brew. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2009
12oz bottle, 1 year old. Completely black with a big, creamy head that leaves rings of taupe lace to seamlessly coat the sides of the glass. Mouth is medium-full with soft, creamy carbonation--much lighter than expected. Aroma is rich, roasted coffee, vanilla and chocolate notes, a touch of musty cellar, and dark fruits cured in alcohol. The smell is luxurious and unified. The flavor is dark fruits, cherry notes, dark-roast coffee that is superb (not bitter or harsh, but smooth), creamy milk chocolate (almost like a mousse) alcoholic undertones and warmth. The finish is slightly acidic, like that of coffee, with a building roastiness, continued cherry notes, and woody hops. Everything about the beer is indulgent and decadent: the appearance, the smell, the palate, the flavor. While the body is light, the beer is thoroughly impressive. Imagine a fine restaurant and a slice of chocolate mousse-cake or tort in front of you with a raspberry drizzle, and this beer in a tulip glass to enjoy at length as a fine meal winds down in celebration mingled with ever-growing satisfaction. MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Bottle from Bigmmartin.
The worst thing about this beer is that I expected too much after seeing the rating. From the description it has everything that I am looking for a in beer. The pour is dead sexy! I mean really does it get any better than this? Aroma is a mixture of caramel, coffee, toffee and licorice, but all in a subdued way. Taste is bitter coffee with some dark chocolate. Not bad by any stretch, but everything else about this had me wishing for so much more. Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2005 Sampled at the brewpub, of course. Like a liquid black hole, with a nice, rich mocha head, that didn’t die off from start to finish. Smell reminded me of Kahlua, Tia Maria and Bailey’s Irish cream. Taste is a massive expresso explosion. Alcohol barely noticeable, surprising for a 9.5% monster.
This is DDC’s crowning achievement.
Sampled a bottle of aged Péché Mortel bottled in September 2003. This isn’t the batch sent down to the States via Shelton bros. Again, lights-out black, with a thick light brown head, maybe not as clingy and rich as the freshly tapped version. Almost no difference on the nose, roasted, kahlua and milk...
Coffee bean goodness, and as creamy a Beer as I’ve ever tasted. The alcohol finish is just a little more present in this version, but still doesn’t feel close to 9%, more 3-4%.
Nice roasted, almost burnt bitter finish.