jdobbs (225) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
pictoman (225) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 341mL bottle. Pours black with minimal tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma with mildly light vanilla overtones. Flavour starts slightly sweet with some vanilla and chocolate and moves to a bitter roasted coffee flavour. Full mouthfeel.
JBPortland (224) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5oz bottle. Aggressive pour, dark rich brown/black into tulip glass, large 2 finger head slow to fade. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, nutty, campfire notes. Mouthfeel is super smooth, light, airy. Carbonation is not too much or too little. Taste is mocha, vanilla, roasty, chocolate milk, cocoa, nesquik, heathbar, tobacco, latte, kit kat. Superb. Finish is waves of understated cocoa and vanilla notes dancing across the palate. This is a masterpiece. In the elite of stouts.
soccer290 (224) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Loved Peche Mortel by Dieu du Ciel, and am excited by the good ratings I have seen for this. Pours a dark black with just hints of lightness on the edges of the beer and a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, a bit of a roasted smell, and maybe a little coffee; very impressive aroma in terms of strength. Tastes of a lot of cocoa, a bit of a roasted coffee bite, with a smooth feeling that the vanilla leaves behind. Impressive body for only a regular stout. Very good beer, definitely would recommend it.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla. Pours black with small head and some lace. Taste Chocolate and vanilla are well balanced with some malty roasted flavors. Slight bitterness medium body dry finish. Outstanding stout!
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a very dark brown-black and totally opaque. Decent i finger head faded into a nice ring. Smells of frsh vanilla been chocolates and some sweet caramel malt. Taste is big of vanilla and milk chocolate with a nice bitter accent in the finish. Body was a little soft however, Reminded me of a vanilla-d variety of Young’s dounble choclate stout, especially in the body. Big flavor lighter body.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with decent tan head. Appears rather oily along the sides of the glass. Aroma initially dominated by sweet vanilla with more subtle hints of cocoa and toffee as it warms. Palate is nice and full bodied and not oily like the appearance suggested. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt wood, and bitter chocolate. Finish is rather astringent with long lasting bitter cocoa flavors. Pretty good beer but kinda disappointed that the vanilla beans add little except some aroma.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Hot chocolate with a little bit of alcohol.
Appearance:Black, Tan head, good head retention, poor lacing.
Taste:Delicious! Tons of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is the same from the foretaste thru the aftertaste.
Palate:Smooth and creamy with just a little carbonation.
Overall:Chocolaty and delicious, this beer is quite a treat.
guil0000 (213) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was excited to see that this beer was one of the top rated beers here on Ratebeer. Poors a beautiful black color qith a small white head. Aroma is strongly of cacao and a bit of vanilla. What I like most about this stout is the sweetness of the stout and the strong finish. Overall very good
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle at Chancey Smiths, London. Black pour with no head. Nice aroma of vanilla. Flavour was fruity, roasty, with a surprisingly bitter finish. Very nice beer indeed.