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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1130   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium-thin tan head that doesn’t last long but leaves many streaks, spots, and swaths of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of vanilla and chocolate tootsie rolls - like vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. The flavor starts with vanilla and chocolate up-front followed by waves of roasted malt flavors, some toasty malts, and then another wave of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. There is a soft ripe fruit ester quality towards mid-palate along with a gentle, balancing earthy hop bitterness. The finish is mildly hoppy/bitter with notes of chocolate, soft vanilla, and softer still coffee. The after taste is mocha and vanilla with a well-balanced blend of roasty bitter and sweet. The mouthfeel is tingly and well-carbonated (despite the minimal foam in the pour) with a rather full body and creamy texture. Overall, a very nice dessert beer. I think it might have just a hint too much vanilla, but it is enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3263) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle at home. Pours black with a beige head. Quite sweet with strong aromas of coccoa, roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry and sweet finish with more coacoa and roasted malts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Very surprised this showed up at the local store, almost like magic. First non challant sip hits pretty nicely and lets you know you are in for a treat. A faint roasted malt aroma with a touch of wood working. Flavor is really nice with a toast malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor at first that fades very smoothly into a sweet vanilla flavor all finished off with a nice sweetness. Damn a fine beer with an evolving and smooth palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1251) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2009
12 oz. bottle aquired in trade from Daknole- holy cow, thanks!!! Served in shaker- poured non transparent darker than midnight in a heavy thunderstorm black, low carbonation, thin white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a dark roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and sin. Hits the mouth with a very wide body, malt has been roasted just to the cusp of burnt- but was quickly saved, light vanilla and baker’s dark chocolate come in the middle and stay until the finish- which does not seem to stop, heavy lingering. The perfect compliment to some cigars and a cool Texas evening.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3869) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle shared by Odeed. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor was vanilla, chcolate, light bitterness, and a very light coffee note.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle pours black with thin tan head that whisps away immidiately. Aroma is vanilla bean and semi sweet cocoa. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Flavors are vanilla and cocoa dominating. Its a pretty solid beer. I thought there would be more depth to this as it seems 2 dimensional. Still a pleasure to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 bottle. thanks to 17thfloor for this! pours black with creamy tan head. a big vanilla forward aroma with espresso. flavors are a bit astringent roasty notes, sweet vanilla, coffee and baker’s milk chocolate. medium bodied with a silky mouth feel. i was expecting a fuller body which would help this and is probably why it is likely better on nitro. why am I just now finding out this beer is made with vanilla beans? so if you like vanilla a lot then this would be your thing. 3.6. 4/6/10, draft at local option, so i needed to try this on draft even though it was on nitro (what’s wrong with local option?) this one was still too vanilla bean forward for me to get into. also a little thin. if you’re a vanilla bean junkie this is for you. 3.4.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown/black in color with a thin tan head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of hot chocolate mix (powder), light vanilla. Tastes of cocoa powder mix, milk chocolate, vanilla. Finishes with a darker bitter chocolate. Very drinkable brew. Very nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nisse666 (4428) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2009
Portfestival, Göteborg, 2009-11-14, Bottle WOW - this was the best at this festival tried 25 of the approx 70 (many of the rest I have tasted before the event) AP: ebenholtz black with wee brownish head AR: vanilla bourborn and lovely chocolate F: vanilla bourborn and lovely chocolate, smooth, you can really seense the extremly high quality of the ingredients

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Big thanks to Kan for giving me a bottle of this. Pours opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma was cocoa powder. Taste is more chocolate, a little vanilla, some dry roast, and a dry finish. Overall lots of dark chocolate and fairly dry. Nice beer.


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