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%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWheatley (119) - , Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
34cl bottle. Pours dark as night with a frothy tan head. The aroma was roasty with chocolate coming through. Taste was dark and chocolaty, a little coffee flavour as well. Over all this is an excellent stout that deserves to be drunk by more people.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2010
12 oz bottle
I have been looking forward to trying this ever since it hit the states a while ago. Despite the hefty price tag I still wasted no time in getting a bottle which went straight to the front of the queue. Now that I have tried it once I wish I had a second bottle to share with a few friends. This is definitely a top notch stout and one worth tracking down.

Aroma / Appearance - The huge black cocoa head bobbed over an oily black body like sand over an oil slick. Rich chocolate, coffee, and vanilla are the main players in a rich symphony of smell. Heady with a strong presence this one does not back down at all.

Flavor / Palate - Warming with a dense creamy mouthfeel this is packed full of rich flavors. Black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla beans, and other malty aspects round out a complex experience. The smoky finish reminds me of a log that has been left to burn in a fire pit until it is halfway gone and then cooled. Even at the price tag required for these imports it is worth purchasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
very dark brown, almost black with a thin bubbly tan head. aroma is kind of flat coffee and chocolate. some light nutty dark roast malt. Flavour carries a lot of vanilla, malted milk, chocolate, nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Nitro at Capones. Pours a deep almost black with a creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of milk chocolate, choc milk shake, tobacco, nuts and toasted malt. Flavor of milk chocolate, malt shake, nuts, toasted malt and tobacco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 oz bottle from TheBeerSommelier I think.Looks beautiful poured into an English pint glass. Rich deep black with a thick brown head. Head drops to a malt ball lace and abusive ring. Taste is coffee dipped chocolate malt balls. Deep alcohol sweetness. Taste is nicely bitter in front of the sweet nose. Not a gooey sweet vanilla chocolate thing. Taste is bitter and hay with the cocoa hiding up in my nose. Itís there, but itís remarkably subtle. Lingers bitter for a long time. Light clean finish in the mouth, hides the growing gooey throat. It IS smooth, as the promo states, but itís not creamy smooth and sweet like many of these types are. I like the bitterness on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Poured into an english pint. Beautiful black pour with a small mocca head. The aroma is of roasted malts with the chocolate being quite prevalent and also some hints of vanilla. The taste is of dark chocolate which creates a nice bitterness to the beer through to its finish. It did feel a little thin on the palate but other than that there is nothing I didnít like about this beer. Overall an excellent beer that has quickly become one of my favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Poured black with a meduim body and a tan head that dissapated rather quickly but matained a great lacing thourghout my courtship, aromas are of cocoa,vanilla,roasted malts,and hops taste was of all with chocolate being upfront followed by sweet vanilla and finally coffee and hops that tended toward a slightly biitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2010
bottle labeled as Aphrodite. pours a dark black with a quarter inch tan head... wonderful aroma filled with vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malt... medium body - although a bit thin up front... very smooth and soft sides... lots of vanilla pours over the tongue followed by a nice blend of cocoa... the first sip was true heaven. there is a slight underlaying bitterness up front as well... lots of flavor throughout... excellent finish with more vanilla, slight oak notes and big malts. outstanding stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Nice to see weíre getting this one. Pours oily black with smallish dark beige head. Nose is vanilla and chocolate, with hints of nuts and ash. Smells slightly astringent and bitter, and some bourbon notes are lurking back there somewhere. Sweet milk chocolate hits first on the taste, but it ends more like bakerís chocolate: nicely bitter. Pleasantly dry palate. Lovely beer, and nice low ABV. I donít know how many times Iíve written "I donít like strong chocolate flavors in my beers," but this if any beer could convince me otherwise, this is the one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
multiple bottles dated 6/9 sampled 12/20/2009 courtesy of mr nick butler. beautiful dark pour on the brown side of black with a big tan head and loads of lacing. the smell instantly reminds me of instant chocolate pudding mix... oily vanilla, cocoa, roast, some ash, toasted nuts, minerals and a surprising amount of hoppiness. the flavor is similar to the aroma but... a little bitter, really dry, hoppy and roasty. honestly, iíd shoot it just for the incredible aftertaste... skip the rest. incredibly (and surprisingly) sessionable with a creamy soft texture and crisp clean carbonation. 8/5/8/5/17/4.3

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