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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2010 Bottle. Poured dark as night with no head. Nose is coffee chocolate and vanilla. Possibly more vanillla than he others. Front is all vanilla. It is sweet with some bitterness. But this is a dessert beer if Iíve ever had one with sweetness being a bit cloying. Rerate from a draft pour. Poured a rich black with a big foamy beige head. Nose is very vanilla it really dominates over the roasted malts. The vanilla dominates the flavor too. But the backdrop is pretty intense. Lots of roasted malt. Bourbon notes, definitely sweet, and for me on the edge of cloying Iím not a huge vanilla fan, it never feels pure to me in beer I always think extract,no offense to the brewer here just a personal taste issue. The abv is almost completely hidden. As I continue I find that this is way too drinkable. Really really good. †

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2009
Thanks DSG for sharing this one, pours total black with a chocolate color head, dark chocolate aroma with some red wine and nuts (complex), flavors of cherries, red wine, cocoa, nuts, milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly hoppy finish, well balanced and complex. Great beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2013 Update 8/21/2013. On nitro tap at the brewpub. Mostly how I remember it- super chocolatey/tootsie roll notes and roasted malt. Very, very chocolatey, but not that artificial chocolate that you get in some chocolate stouts. Some lactose, not overwhelming. Less vanilla than I would expect. Definitely a chocolate bomb.

10/26/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, Tootsie roll, lactose, vanilla. Flavor is super chocolatey--chocolate milkshake, chocolate- covered pretzels, WOW. Lots of lactose too and even some peanut butter makes its presence. Another great beer from Dieu du Ciel, just awesome! I just love the chocolatey presence. 8/4/9/5/18 [4.4/5]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2009
11.5oz bottle for Binnyís River Grove. Pours inky black with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and some chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, and some light coffee bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with medium mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and good amount of flavor for not being an imperial. While this is really solid stout I feel it is a tad overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
11.5oz bottle. Who does that? I would buy this beer again just for the label art, but the beer is also awesome, so I guess itís a win-win. Standard stout appearance with an average head. Looks good but not exceptional. The aroma is a great example of what can be done with the roastiness in a stout. Add some vanilla and chocolate, and you have sensory overload. There is no denying the confectionary qualities here, and burnt sugar bounces smoothly off of chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, and a little salty licorice. After anticipating a cupcake in the aroma, the flavor is actually pretty dry and has a solid roasty, dark chocolate bitterness in the finish, while still having a nice maltiness up front. This is actually in the border of a completely quaffable stout that only pretends to be a dessert sipper. The body is somewhere near the middle and seems about right for a 6.5% beer. Delicious stuff all around, that combines intoxicating aromas with a well balanced and very drinkable liquid. Iíd take this over peche mortel any day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1500) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from SL... Poured into a snifter, black in color small toffee colored head. Good aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Texture is a little on the lighter side..... Overall I enjoyed this but i can think of many other stouts or impyís that I would rather have for half the price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
11.5 oz. bottle via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is a dusty coffee and roasted malt with faint notes of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and vanilla. Palate is slightly dry. Medium body. A very nice beer. Itís funny how this beer smells quite a bit different than how it tastes. Thanks Tyler.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle from Beer Store. Black with a fizzy off white head. Deep musty chocolate aroma. Tastes of rich milk chocolate and vanilla with a bright palate and a smooth finish. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 12oz bottle. The aroma peaks with a creamy cocoa nose. A roasty vanilla taste with a nice bitter undertone. very creamy mouth with a medium carbonation. The coffee shows up when this one flavor peaks half way through..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2009
12oz bottle from west lakeview. took long enough to get this in chcago.....pours a slick creamy black with a moderate long lasting light tan head. mine stuck around for quite awhile which was nice..... roasted malt, somewhat chalky, and more of a dusty cocoa vanilla aroma than chocolate.... flavors are very similar and does not deviate much from the nose. milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, and vanilla all combining into a sikly smooth and milkshake like elixir. middle is mostly sweet with a chalky somewhat dry finish. medium carbonation, wish there were just a tad less. still a very good offering but not derserving of a top 50 i donít think.


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