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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1166   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (591) - CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours opaque brown/black with one finger of tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark chocolate, coffee with milk, roasty dark malts, vanilla. (9/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Full slightly creamy body, low sustained carbonation, sticky mildly bitter finish. (4/5) Excellent. Nice complexity of bitter flavours from the roasted malts, with the usual suspects of coffee and dark chocolate making appearances, but tempered by a lactose sweetness that adds a milky flavour, assisted by the creamy texture. The hop bitterness is not first apparent, but is gradually revealed during the long complex finish. Another stellar beer from DDC. (17/20)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (714) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
What else do you want in a pour: solid black, rocky tan head and lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, vanilla with a slight roasty bitterness at finish. Finish is long lasting and complex. Really delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (437) - ITALY - DEC 27, 2014
341ml bottle. Pours black with a thick foamy light brown head. Aroma has a lot of milky sweetness with notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla with light roasted notes. Taste is similar with a more robust roastiness (ground coffee} helping to balance the sweet side. Light final bitterness, medium body, light carbonation. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from saveur bier. Black color, brown head. Aroma is nicely cocoa, roasty, smooth. Taste is nicely full bodied, cocoa, vanilla, smooth palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (585) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - DEC 20, 2014
341 ml bottle from Birra+. Looks almost pitch black in the glass, impossibile to see through, with a nice, creamy and relatively persistent dark brown head. Mesmerizing smell, so rich and clean. Sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee, mou/toffee candy, slightly toasted dark malts and vanilla beans. Surprisingly way more bitter than sweet, which is odd considering the aroma. Big coffee bitterness, very roasty and almost smokey feel as well, quite smooth with no alchool presence at all. Vanilla and licorice forward aftertaste. Average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Very, very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1644) - FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown color with a medium sized foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee and cocoa. Bitter, roasty taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1998) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle from VE. Pours a dark dark brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, some light maple/coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, slight acrid dark malt aftertaste. Medium body and medium light carb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Pour is black with a small amount of fairly tight beige head. Nose is bitter dark chocolate, faint vanilla, moderate bourbon and some charred barrel notes. The wood gets a little strong in back but fairly rich malt aromas. Flavor is very similar, a fair bit of dark rich malt, bitter chocolate, light vanilla notes. Bourbon mid palate, a little nutty, charred and woody towards the back. Light roasted malts and the char carries through the finish with some bitterness. Extremely full bodied, creamy, soft, and still has a moderate amount of carb to it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1059) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
341ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop (£3.50): Another Dieu du Ciel beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was highly drinkable from the start with a good mix of dark malts, chocolate sweetness and hints of coffee and fruits all combining very well indeed. Whilst not quite a classic it was a very good beer that I wouldn’t mind picking up again if it were a little easier to find in the UK; still it’s one well worth picking up if you get the chance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Draft, BD ShepBush. Black, thin tan head fades to a not much. Nose of coffee, roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, slight prune. Tastes moderate sweet muscovado, vanilla, moderate bitter hop, coffee, roast, cocoa, slight roast acidity, dry roasty finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carb. Smooth, refined, delicious.


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