Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1984   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle from 2008. Pours a deep black with a large creamy/foamy deep tan head that left a bunch of sticky lacing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla notes, almonds, dark bitter chocolate and light smoke. Flavor of roasted malt, milk chocolate, latte, some vanilla notes, almonds, some bitter chocolate notes, a touch of some hop bitterness and yes even more of the coffee notes. What a great beer. ABV is well hidden in both flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3608) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 3, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a huge brown mosty lasting head. Complex aroma and taste of roasted malts, loads of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Impressive mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8424) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
This is a beer I’ve waited a long time to rate, and I actually rate it with some trepidation, because I am convinced that the beer I am about to rate does not share absolute homology with the recipe of this beer that garnered the atmospheric ratings. Oh well. THe bottle is 12 ounces. The pour is deep black (very little light coming thorugh) with about a finger or so of tan head. The nose is roasty dark patent malt, molasses, dark choc, coffee, and some nutty and spicy undercurrents. The palate is pretty hefty, with no apparent heat until the very end, and flavors of dark malt, dark choc, french roasted coffee, molasses, anise, and cashews. Pretty smooth, and this one reminded me a little bit of a younger brother of Kentucky Breakfast, although what this one lacks a bit as far as aroma and flavor intensity it makes up for in spades in the smoothness and balance departments. All in all, this is a beer I’d gladly drink daily if I could.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18914) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Theis for sharing. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Roasted malty coffee aroma with some hoppy hints. Sweet malty coffee flavor with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty coffee finish with some bitter chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Opaque black with a huge brown head that lasts throughout the glass. The aroma was so intense that it spread throughout the entire room, and it was all about roasted coffee beans. Flavor was bitter, a burned bitterness. Extremly smooth and rich coffee flavor along with a mild acid note. I like imps to be broader on the palate, and in the flavor, but when that is said, i dont think i’ve ever tasted a strong beer as smooth as this one. Like quality chocolate meling in your moth, this was just yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4623) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Black with beige head.Aroma is sweet rosted coffee,licorice and sugar,feels oily but also more smooth then many other good stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 12oz bottle. 2007. Medium roast wet coffee grounds, charred creme brulee, dark, bitter chocolate on the nose. There’s also a most interesting grilled quality to the beer. Grilled green peppers and spiced flank steak. Pours near pitch with a dense, creamy head that lasts forever. Plenty of roasted qualities on the palate. Bordering on charred malt and over roasted coffee. Charred, spicy brown sugar. Slightly ashy with a touch of smoke. Toasted vanilla bean. All of this, but the coffee runs thick and really dominates the flavor profile. Lush and bordering on silky on the tongue with a large, ashy finish. Big, big thanks to Matt for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matthew (2) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
12 oz bottle. Pours out of the bottle opaque black with a sizable 1 1/2 inch tan head with lots of sticky lacing around the glass. The head refuses to fade, leaving a good covering over the top of the beer. The aroma consists of dark roasted bold coffee notes with bits of acidity around the edges. The big coffee presence lets go and allows for burnt carob like flavors to be noticed. As the beer warms up the coffee aromas seem to be sweeter but the big deep dark burnt roasted maltiness refuses to let the sweetness to be too big a player. The first initial sip brings big bitter roasted maltiness to my tongue and sticks around offering up flavors that remind me of cold dark roasted espresso beans with some burnt sweet crystal malts that bring burnt caramel to mind. Lingering just beneath each sip that has lots of bitter roasted qualities there is an almost cryptic sweetness that is subdued with each sip by that big bitterness offered by the roasted malt characteristics. The longer the beer sits the more of a slight smokey peaty malt character appears. The mouthfeel is pretty big and full but the higher level of carbonation for the style takes a small bite out of the silkiness that this beer could have. Good drinkability. The flavors of this beer play well off one another allowing you to continue to drink and taste them intermingle with each sip. Certainly a great stout worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle (brewed 11/07): Near black pour with a large, creamy brown head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee, bits of chocolate and roast. Flavor is true of a coffee stout. Bigtime coffee flavors, light chocolates, and bits of roast. Light smokiness. What I like best was what wasn’t there; that bitter/sour coffee grounds kick of lesser coffee stouts. Very pleasant. Top tier coffee stout. Thanks Ucusty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, coffee, ash, roast, and some brown sugar. Flavor is malty, roasty, coffee, ash, brown sugar, and a light bitter finish.

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