Péché Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavors. 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 favor 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.

Péché Mortel pours a ink black with a lingering tan head.  Dark chocolate and coffee can be smelled with abundance.  Upon tasting, elements of brownie batter, dark malt, and espresso satisfy your taste buds.  With a little effort the booze can be perceived, but it is well integrated.  The mouthfeel is heavy, but not oppressive.  Definitely one of my favorite seasonal Imperial Stouts I look forward to every year.  It hasn’t disappointed yet.

$4.99 @ Plaza Liquor | 11.5oz Single Bottle | 9.5% ABV | N/A IBU

Style: Imperial Stout

Grains: N/A

Hops: N/A

Adjuncts: Fair Trade Coffee


Rate Beer: 100 Overall/99 Style

Beer Advocate: 96.6/100

Untapped: 4.16/5