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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1308   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa and light coffee. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
11.5 oz bottle at Beer Bistro in Toronto, served in a half pint. Pours red-black with a rocky tan head. Poor head retention and poor lace. Aroma is impressive! lots of vanilla and dark chocolate along with molasses and roasted malts. A hint of floral hops rounds out the nose. Flavour is chocolate on a background of dry malts with a hint of vanilla. Finish is dry and hoppy. Full body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, one of the best stouts out there. Aroma and flavour are unmatched. Appearance of the bottled version is not as great as the tap version at the brewpub, but flavours are intact. 2010-03-13

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Pours black with a small tan head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, coca, roasted malt., and a slight hint of vanilla. The flavor is similar. Medium to full bodied with little carbonation. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Powerful aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor has a ton of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and malt. No alcohol. A bit light on the body. I may be drinking this a bit too warm (60ish F), but it’s still good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2010
pours very deep brown...not quite black...oily looking with very subtle ruby hues. medium sized deep mocha colored head. aroma has cocoa, milkiness, a hint of fig, and roasty malts...also faint hop and metallic aromas. flavor is very roasty, almost burnt at first but changes to cocoa and bitter espresso. subtle metallic flavor too and a hint of dark fruit or fig. not getting vanilla. mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a very dry, lingering roasty burnt finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (667) - 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 (4042) - 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.


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