While I am slightly surprised to say that I still have some bottles of Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel kicking around, the main reason is probably related to how much I consumed when it first appeared in the LCBO. There can be too much of a good thing, especially when the appreciation of a beer starts to diminish. And then my few remaining bottles became something to covet and hoard, not knowing when it would reappear. Such are the joys and perils in being a beer geek – the excitement of finding that special beer, but the sad recognition that there is a finite amount (either volume in a bottle, number of bottles or both).
But on a rainy, cold and miserable day in April, an imperial stout seems like a good match. It had been over three months since my last bottle, so that first sip was like a whole new introduction. After aging for half a year, this is pretty close to perfection. A strong, distinct coffee presence, though perhaps a little too sweet at times. Rounded out by a nice bitterness, though not one that stays around. The body is silky, smooth heaven. Now the question is if I should drink my last bottle or let it age some more.
Today: 341mL. Year-to-date: 85.14L.