Bah Humbug from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England pours a clear copper-ruby colour with a moderate tan coloured head that leaves minor lacing and settles as a thin collar. The aroma of this spiced winter ale is malt forward with a syrupy caramel tone, a peppery spiciness, a slightly sour ripened fruit tone, a touch of pine needles and a hint of cinnamon.
The taste of Bah Humbug has a caramel malt body with a crisp and spicy bite of cinnamon. A bitter, chocolaty taste is balanced by a sweet dark fruit taste that reminds me of plum. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. The ale has a medium body with a low carbonation level. A strong biscuit or bread-like quality weighs down the tongue and the aftertaste has a syrupy fruit quality.
This coffee-flavoured imperial stout from from Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! in St-Jérôme, Québec pours an opaque black with a large and frothy tan coloured head that gets retained as a thick collar and leaves behind a generous amount of lacing. Péché Mortel has a very bitter aroma, with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate creating a deep and thick body.
Péché Mortel tastes like dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts, accented by a dark fruit tone that reminds me of plum or black cherry. The stout is full-bodied with a medium carbonation level, creating a creamy sensation on the tongue that gives way to a mildly oily character on the back of the tongue and throat. The aftertaste is markedly bitter and there is a warming hint of the stout’s elevated ABV.