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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1141   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
11.5oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 48į. Color is a solid black with good carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt and coffee with a sweet alcohol scent in the back. Starting with a mellow full body it has a creamy mouth feel that goes down with a sharp little bite. Finish comes in with mellow smoky coffee and a touch of cask wood then a sweetness of vanilla and dried fruit. After taste is clean leaving a roasted bitterness behind. This is a very good mellow stout with sweet accents.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Just a stunner of a beer, and might have been my favorite of the evening. Rarely do I find a beer with such a straight-up milk chocolate/fudgey aroma. Huge notes of milk chocolate, like walking into a chocolate shop. Vanilla notes are big too and just a smidge of roasted malts. I could smell this one non-stop. The flavor doesnít let up either. Milk chocolate dominates the flavor, vanilla, some sweet coffee notes...wow. I can honestly say that Iíve never had a beer quite so effective at bringing the flavor of milk chocolate to a beer, and it being this fín good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a dark brown colour with reddish undertones and a large dissipating tan coloured head. I have a cold so the aroma might actually be better and/or different than I detected. Aroma of coffee beans, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Weak flavour of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a slight vanilla extract flavour. Zero carbonation made the beer seem flat and the flavours were not very palatable.†Adrian led me to believe this beer would be really good. It was....ehhhh.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown that starts off with a luxurious fluffy tan head. The head subsides to a thin layer of froth for the remainder of the session. The beer leaves a nice coating with little fizzy bubbles as well. Aroma: Fresh cracked vanilla bean pod, subtle roast, chocolate and a little bit of spice tickling the nose as well. Taste: Dry, coffee like roast, spicy hops, vanilla bean and burnt sugar sweetness. The layer of coffee lingers well after the sip. Mouthfeel: Thick and perfectly carbonated. Overall: What an amazing beer. Itís super flavorful, smells fantastic and has the big body to back it all up. While I could see sipping on this, the vanilla is so inviting I find myself taking larger mouthfuls with this treat of a beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Saved this one for the 100th rating...tap at Dieu du Ciel...pitch black pour with an unbelievable creamy tan head, there was no lacing (the foam literally coated the inside of the glass)...nose was of bitter roasted malts and sweet chocolate and vanilla...flavor is perfectly sweet and bitter at the same time...recently had a bottle of this, but the tap puts the bottle to shame.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
bottle, from Julioís had a number 016 no idea how to decipher. Good aroma, sweet, vanilla bean shows, minor chocolate, and oaty milky kind of thing. Brownish black color, good head, faded quick, minor lace. Sweet malty flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Tasty, though I donít know, but itís like the vanilla mutes some of the other flavors. Still good though...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5158) - GERMANY - NOV 29, 2009
Thanks to mreusch for this one. The bottle looks good as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, small creamy head. Starts malty-strong, very dominating cacao-notes. Some chocolate and coffee, but only in the background. Finish is well balanced, but a bit too dominated by the cacao-notes. Unusual, but interesting!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2009
12 oz bottle-plurs a light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, lactose. Taste is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, nutty, lactose, grassy, hops backbone with a bite/acidic. Thanks richlikebeer for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2847) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle - Pours with a small tan head that sits atop a dark black pour. Smells of vanilla beans, smooth chocolate, and light coffee hints. Taste is smooth and balanced, with quality dark malt thatís roasted nicely, vanilla sweetness, and a bitter finish--almost grassy. Feels smooth and powdery in the mouth, like the consistency of powdered sugar in liquid form.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and a hint of esspresso with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish. Very tasty dessert beer would go great with a great chocolate cream pie.


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