Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel Barrel Aged 2013: This is a barrel aged variant of the Coffee Imperial Stout Péché Mortel, which is brewed to a strength of 9.5% abv and spends about 12 months in Bourbon Barrels before being bottled. It’s interesting to barrel age a coffee stout as coffee flavours in beer mellow significantly over longer periods of time and many people prefer them fresh. This isn’t a bad thing in my books, but it makes this variant very different than the regular one beyond just the barrel infused flavour. I received this beer as the second day selection of my Advent Calendar swap with my father.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a very dark brown black coffee colour with a thin layer of dark beige foam and no visible carbonation. The aroma is very complex and full of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and tobacco with side notes of dark citrusy coffee, vanilla, and soot.
Flavour: Up front it starts with hints of vanilla and booze accompanied by oak and savoury leather before becoming embellished in a swath of walnuts and tobacco notes muddled with bits of coffee and tar. As it moves into a drier finish, Péché Mortel gives off high quality dark chocolate bitterness and dry cocoa powder flavour before transitioning into a mildly sooty aftertaste laced with subtle molasses sweetness.
Overall Impression: Wow this was a complex beer! It was near perfect just above room temperature, and over the thirty or so minutes I spent with this one (which had already warmed up to cask temperature) I thought it was truly superb right in the middle of the drinking session.
Rating: I give it an awesome rating of 9/10, both versions of this beer are great in their own way. One features more coffee and less vanilla bourbon flavours while this barrel aged one is the opposite.
Food Pairing: Dark chocolate or whisky infuse fudge would make for a nice pairing.
Dieu Du Ciel has be far some of the coolest looking labels, here’s a closer look at the feature artwork on the front of the bottle!