Here's the commercial description of this creamy dark beer:
Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.
This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian Tsar's court.
The creamy density and viscosity of the beer is evident even as the first few drops pour from the bottle. A modest, dark tan head dissipates quickly leaving behind some very attractive lacing. The strong coffee odour is as intense as the colour. Little if any carbonation remains for more than a few minutes after the bottle is poured.
Bitterness is the overwhelming flavour type from notes of both burnt coffee and dark chocolate but it's ever so slightly moderated by hints of caramel or toffee providing just a teeny touch of sweetness as well. Nice flavour but, as the advertising suggests, at 9.5% alcohol by volume, this extra strong stout is definitely a sipping beer to be taken slowly and in moderation.
This is my second sample of Dieu du Ciel's repertoire and I'm liking what I've tried so far. (My first purchase was Danse Macabre).
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