Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 1232   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Had with the boys. The pour is dark thick body. Aroma is cocoa vanilla and a bit smoked. Amazing flavor of instant chocolate and lasting vanilla. So sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frothmeister (660) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
341ml bottle. Pours black with a mocha coloured head. HUGE aromas of cocoa, hot chocolate, followed by coffee, caramel, alcohol, and faint vanilla. This is one of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered. Starts medium sweet with big notes of molasses, and espresso followed by dried fruits, faint alcohol, with just the slightest hint of vanilla, and copper. Citrus in the bitter finish. A huge beer. One of the best beers I’ve tried. SOOO recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Black pour with a medium brown, foamy head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet Milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavor is also very much milk chocolate with roasted malt and hints of vanilla, and some coffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very delicious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpkinhead2 (655) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Bière noire comme la nuit, aucune lumière ne la traverse, effervescence difficile à observer mais qui semble bonne, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, dense, riche et crémeux, qui se réduit tranquillement en collant littéralement sur les parois du verre. Arômes de malt torréfié, beaucoup de chocolat, du chocolat noir, mais également du chocolat au lait et du cacao. On note également certains effluves de café léger, de levure terreuse, et d’un houblon plutôt floral, avec un agréable parfum de vanille. Nez très intéressant, intensité et complexité adéquates. En bouche, ce n’est pas tellement pétillant ou mousseux, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, le chocolat domine, autant le chocolat noir que le chocolat au lait et le cacao, et on a un peu de levure terreuse et d’alcool, ainsi qu’une bonne dose de houblon floral. La vanille semble rester tranquillement en arrière-plan, quoique parfois elle semble ressortir davantage. À vrai dire, j’ai goûté à plusieurs reprises à cette bière (toujours en bouteille), et la vanille m’a semblé parfois bien présente, le plus souvent plutôt subtile, et d’autres fois carrément difficile à discerner. Contrairement à ce qu’on aurait pu penser, cette bière n’est que très peu sucrée, présentant plutôt une amertume bien franche de faible à modérée. Les différentes saveurs sont bien intégrées les unes aux autres, bonne intensité en bouche, complexité qui laisse un peu à désirer cependant, très bonne bière néanmoins. [Note : J’ai laissé vieillir en cellier une bouteille pendant 1 an, le résultat en a été plutôt décevant. La bière est beaucoup moins intense, des flaveurs de levure à pain, de caramel et de mélasse ont pris le dessus sur les chocolats et le houblon qui se sont grandement atténués, alors que la vanille est devenue presque inexistante. Je recommande donc de consommer cette bière la plus jeune possible. Il paraît qu’en fût directement au brouepub, elle n’a pas son égale…]

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2011
Have been waiting for me in my cellar for more than a year now. Had it as a present from a friend and putted it to rest. Now its time to see what it has to offer. The pour is not black but next to it. Its dark brown with a nice frothy light brown head that stays put. The nose is mild - or maybe its my cold in the way and my nose thus out of order. I actually dont get much out of it. Some roastetness and mild caramels - and that it. The same is happening with the taste - nothing much to dig into.... im soooo dissapointed. I thought that this would be a sweet vanilla bomb from out of this world...but mostly I get a rather thin palate with a taste dominated of metallic flavours and a mild roatedness. Maybe it is over the top and the powers gone... damn im disappointed

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
On draught at apex - pours pitch black with small lingering tan head. Nose of smoke, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is complex blend of vanilla, coffee, and toasted malt. Perfect on a cold winter night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2006
Best drank cold, lost a little taste with room temperature. Creamy thick, full body, incredible aroma of vanilla and a little coffee.. FAR from beeing the best DDC there though !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a dark black with a little tan head. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla with a jim beam hint. Flavors are just like the aroma, tons of vanilla at work here, the chocolate dominates the aftertaste and lends a nice bitterness to this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle (with cool artwork) into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (6.5%) and a nice deScription of the beer. Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown burnt wood color which only allows light to seek through at the edges. The pour produces a tall and thick chocolate milkshake like head. This tall head slowly settles to a thin tightly packed cap of foam that makes lots of lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma is deep and full bready yeast notes, toasted grain, powdery cocoa, wet leaves and damp earth. Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has good mix of roasted malt sweetness with hint of bitterness from both roasted malt and hops. Up first are chocolaty cocoa powder notes on top of toasted bready grain and earthy yeast with the slightest wet old woody presence. In the middle I pick up light vanilla bean notes as well as a light cream soda like flavor notes. This moves into the finish which adds dark roasted coffee and earth leafy hop bitterness. On the palate it has a smooth creamy feel with mellow carbonation. Notes: This beer packs a ton of complexity into a wonderfully balanced and drinkable 6.5%abv package.

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