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

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RATINGS: 1882   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG07. From 75 cL bottle. Pours black with a nice chocolate rim. Aroma of coffee. Flavour is mild coffee and bitterness into the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3002) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 (Bottle, thanks JCapriotti) Pours black with a small brown head. Intense aromatic coffee bean aroma with vanilla ice cream, green pepper, jalapenos, dusty clothes, ash and parsley. Undertones of cocoa beans. Wonderful coffee bean flavour with a fantastic balanced sweetness. Gently burned. Some vanilla and parsley in the flavour as well. Some green pepper. Tiny hints of creamy dark chocolate. Coffee dry, oily, smooth mouthfeel. Hints of minerals. Near full body. Not overly complex but by far the best coffee Imp out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Black body with coffee nose and chocolate undertones. Coffee body with some chocolate and a roasted character. Slightly bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Shared by wheninhell during the RBSG Road Trip 2007. Bottled 08/05. Dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet coffee aroma with some chocolate and molassas. Sweet coffee flavor, some chocoalte, sugar molassas and sweet caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Rating 500, booyahkahsha. 22oz bomber via trade with MotorToddHead. August 2005 Vintage. I’ve been holding this for a special occasion and I think this is it. Sharing with bikesandbeer. The pour is black with a thin third finger light brown head. The aroma is intense amazingly nicely roasted coffee. Its like smelling a big bag of fresh beans. Damn, the taste is humongous, with lots and lots of coffee, some chocolate and lots of smokey roastiness. This is a hell of a beer, extremely coffely bitter, so much coffee its hard to know where the cofee ends and the stout begins. Little vanilla on the back end. Damn this is good. Thank you Todd for searching Wisconsin for this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle from trade with thebeercellar2. Thanks Matt! Pours a thick black oily color with a medium size tan head. Aroma of roasted malt , cocoa and coffee. Taste is very smooth and rich with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, fermented fruit and vanilla. Has a bit of hop bitterness in the finish but the coffee flavor in lasting.Nice!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3106) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
On CASK at Dieu Du Ciel Brewpub. Ok, wow, on CASK!?!? Awesome! 2 inch thick brown/beige head. Aroma is a a coffee punch in the face, but there is also LOADS of chocolate, and some roasty malts. mouthfeel is thick, and viscous. Flavour is so nice and balance between the coffee, and the chocolate, and the bitterness in the finish is there, and its not harsh at all, a nice compliment to the coffee. Talking with the bartender, they call this beer their "legal drug" and i second that!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
22oz Pours thick black. Very strong coffee in the nose right off the bat, roasted malt, dark sweet tones, non sweetened cocoa. Flavor is pure coffee, when they said this is a coffee stout, they weren’t kidding. This is really a coffee stout. Pronouced bitter hoppy notes compared to many other Impy’s. Mouthfeel was smooth, robust, and savory. Overall I like it, but will skip on it next time, due to price, and lack of enough complexity in other flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
22oz bottle. 08/2005 bottle. Aroma: Packed with roasted malt aroma. Coffee jumps out really strong. Lots of grape and plum. Chocolate, vanilla, and a subtle spiciness. Alcohol is certainly there, but not intrusive. Appearance: Black and oily with no highlights. Dark tan head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Rich roasted maltiness with strong coffee overtones. Chocolate, molasses, smoke, vanilla, grape jam, light spiciness, and some light hoppiness. Medium bitterness. Medium dry finish with some coffee and roast carrying over. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Medium carbonation. Pleasant alcohol warming on bottom of mouth. Overall: Amazing beer. Intense coffee, but enough other flavors going on to keep it interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
An ’05 bottle, taken on a special occasion worthy to follow the Grand Master cigars and bourbon a friend and I shared previously. Opaque sienna brown color, exceptional for its lack of oiliness and rather light coffee ice cream head. Aromas of port marinated steak, raspberries, and some milk chocolate banana. Flavor is full and polished. A tangy Kenyan light roast, vanilla infused coffeecake, strawberry, and creme brulee. As it warms, a somewhat dry, and understated, but fully expired french roast nip. Subdued. Smooth, sophisticated palate coerces the minglers into friendship. With a few more cellar years this could blossom into something unreasonably beautiful. Thanks John!


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