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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (664) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours dark brown and inky, nearly black in the glass, with a medium sized tan head, very fine lasting lacing. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses and leaves. Medium-light body, velvety crisp and lively. Initial sweetness, chocolate and vanilla, then some light bitterness, coffee, grass, and a tang of citrus. Well balanced and highly quaffable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
From Knightly. Black, dark brown edges, creamy tan head. Aroma shows ash, chocolate, light coffee along with some vanilla. Flavor is pretty much the same; a lot of dark chocolate along with espresso and vanilla. Creamy palate with light bitter hops and roasty notes in the finish. Well-balanced indeed. I can see how this would be a terrific dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Bottle@Home, Feb 2011, 3.7: Strong sweet cocoa aroma. Opaque, brown head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter to bitter in the finish, loads of cocao with milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Bottle@Home, Mar 2010, 2.7: What’s the fuzz about this beer? Except for the cocao it’s not that special. And the roasted malts taste like ashes next to the cocao. Could use some body too.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Gonna say it now: a little overrated. But damn good. Black pour with fair layer of tan head. Nose of smoke, big roast, chocolate, which comes out more in the flavor. Big hop bitterness on the tail. Dont really pick up the vanilla so much, but still, tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Smells great, like chocolate with a bit of roast. Taste is a great balance of roasty chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Black with a laced brown head. A strong vanilla and chocolate aroma. A smooth vanilla chocolate roasted malt flavors and a delightful finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Vanilla and cocoa nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is almost burnt coffee balanced by a smooth, sweet vanilla. Expensive at $7.00 for a 11.5oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle to pint glass. Black pour with a two inch tan head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, and maybe smoke. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, a touch of hops. Really like the eveness between vanilla and cocoa in this. Lives up to the rating, re-buy for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Black thin tan head. Aroma-roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla. Taste-chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Tons of flavor. Authentic cocoa and vanilla flavors. Perfect sweetness. A bit thin bodied is the only drawback.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2899) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Dark and reddish, with a tan head and traces of it stay around. Very heavy cocoa nose, also some roasted malt. Palate is great at 1st sip, gritty, chocolaty, malty, hoppy, well-balanced. I don’t get a lot in the complexity department though, keeping this from the upper echelon, but heck this is a nice beer.


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