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%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sask89 (508) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís Kook Fest tasting.
Black body with a tan head. Lots of vanilla and coconut, lashings of chocolate, faint nutty notes and a pleasant yet strange chalky finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. Deep black body with some brown highlights. Rich, tan head, quickly diminishing. The aroma has lots of cocoa powder, sweet milk chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla with a hint of cherry. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter with some light acidity. Medium body, watery/slick texture turning powdery, fizzzy carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall,\ disappointing because of high expectations. Tastes like carbonated water mixed with cheap cocoa powder and sweet, vanilla-laced stout. The flavors are disjointed. The appearance and aroma are the best things about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
2006 bottle, I think. Pours nearly black with an average, creamy, frothy, light tan head which is mostly diminishing but does leave lasting froth and tight, frothy lace. The nose is a very pleasant sweetness with just enough other notes; toasted caramels, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, dry milk chocolate cocoa powder, very restrained roast, lightly nutty nougat, and some sweet, dark breads. Flavor is similar with more dry notes than expected; dark toast, light burnt caramels, lightly roasted wood, vanilla beans, bakersí chocolate, and dry cocoa. Palate is perfect for a nearly table strength stout; nearly lively, medium full, somewhat round and velvety with a touch of dryness. The finish is average length, drying, and lightly bitter with cocoa powder, roasted wood, and bakersí chocolate. Maybe my favorite non-imperial stout and certainly is helped by a great balance. The vanilla and cocoa created a nice sweet base but the stout-ish notes and the dryness of the cocoa created nice depth. Perfect palate for this style, incredibly likable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Pours a rich dark black with mahogany edges and a two finger creamy chestnut brown head. Sweet vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate in the nose, very nice integration, mild sweetness, tinges of alcohol. Flavor shows vanilla bean in the forefront followed by bitter bakers chocolate and some grain roast, mild sweetness and notes of coffee. Palate is round with some roast bitterness. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 14, 2010
12 oz bottle under the new label and title "Aphrodite." Bottle from Sergioís. Pours a pitch black with a big pillowy khaki head that eventually fades, but leaves nice lace before hand. Rich aroma of chocolate and coffee and vanilla. The flavor is the same, but a bit more bittey/astringent -- more coffee like rather than chocolate like (as is the case with the aroma). Still very well done and a solid beer. Medium body but thick and smooth with minimal carbonation. Overall: just a damn solid beer.

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