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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1086   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Nitro pour at Spuyten. Looks good- takes a while to settle, long lasting frothy creamy grayish white head and great lacing. Aroma is sweet with toasted marshmellow, vanilla cream, sublte milk chocolates and a doughy yeast character- very pronounced despite the nitro factor. Flavo ris a bit more intense and loaded with vanilla bean, velvety ligth milk chocolates, almost essence of chocolate- some vanilla- buttery oakiness as well with some light charry roastiness in the middle, then subsides and becomes very smooth and almost slick in the end. Towards the end of the glass though, I was actually getting a little sick of the flavor and the body become a bit hard to take down- it wasnt thick at all, but it was a bit slick. This is a really good stout, but somehow I feel like I was expecing a bit more I guess.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Nitro tap at Spuyten. Fantastically mellow aroma, tons of vanilla and loose bitter chocolate, creamy, a little chalky. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit loose and thin from the nitro, unfortunately, but clean vanilla notes made this an exceptionally smooth and rewarding drinking experience. I feel if this were not nitro though it could be truly world class.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Black in color with a small to medium creamy light brown head. Aroma: great which suprised me somewhat since it was poured off of nitro- a ton of chocolate, and moderate amount of roast. The chocolate has a fresh from the oven brownie character- extremely good. The taste is also excellent with all of that aforementioned chocolate as well as a nice roasty coffee- the body is very creamy and full with light touches of vanilla cream, a bit sweet but always kept in check and perfectly balanced by the roasted and chocolate malt. This finishes with alot of lingering dry chocolate, and a good deal of roasty bitterness. This was a phenomenal stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Draft at Spuyten. Black pour with thin tan head, nitro. Aroma is cocoa powder, but I always find it difficult to get much aroma from beers on nitro. Flavor is chocolate, some roasted matl, and much like amore aggressive young’s double chocolate. Smooth palate with a bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
On tap at Spuyten. Small head with a huge coffee aroma. Flavor is smooth like chocolate milk. A bit smoky and roasty. As good of a stout that’s out there.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 en fût au DDC. bière noire onctueuse avec une mousse épaisse, brune et durable, goût prononcé de café, finale trop amère à mon goût, ce qui rend le produit moins intéressant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2939) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
Draught, 12 ounces, at Dieu du Ciel!, savoured on July 28 2007; eye: opaque, black, no effervescence, tiny beige head; nose: roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, acridness; mouth: roasting, acridness, cocoa, vanilla, finale in roasted malt with a light acridness, medium body, light acridness; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Fût, 12 onces, chez Dieu du Ciel!, savourée le 28 juillet 2007; oeil : opaque, noire, pas d’effervescence, petite mousse beige fugace; nez : torréfaction, cacao, vanille, côté âcre; bouche : torréfaction, âcre, cacao, vanille, finale en malt torréfié avec une légère âcreté, corps moyen, légèrement âcre; en résumé : bien

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 2007-09-22, 7-3-7-3-14=34
Black color. Phenolic aroma, sweet, roasted malt. Medium body strength, but round, with a unique flavor of dark chocolate. Monodimensional, good, not impressive.

Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 2007-09-21, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Black color. Strong aroma of medium chocolate. Sweet flavor, medium-light body, very strong chocolatey flavor (reminds me the chocolate Easter eggs), original. Good.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
On tap at the brewpub - oh god, I can’t believe how amazing this beer is. Appeared the perfect shade of pure obsidian - blacker than black, none more black - with the perfect tan head. Aroma is totally awesome - big notes of roasted malt, dry cocoa powder, sweet vanilla and some plum. Flavour much the same along with some whiskey and a slightly lactic finish. Really robust and thick, something that I find lacking in a lot of "stouts". Really big body here. Perfect. Palate is wonderful with chocolate at the front of the mouth that segues into a sweet vanilla and there’s a touch of warming alcohol in the throat. Perfect. That’s a lot of "perfects" and this one nearly is.....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégustée à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de café avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Longue durée de l’Arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de café torréfié en arrière goût. (Rating #1327)


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