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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2029   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4427) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
Thanks pantanap. Pours a beautiful black brew with a nice one finger creamy brown head. The aroma is very nice roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate lightly sweet, chocolate. The flavor is very big, upfront coffee, roasty, bittersweet bakers chocolate, nice bitter waxy coffee, probably some from the hops too, no alcohol apparent. Waxy bitter palate with a full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Goes down roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Newest batch - Pours a nice looking black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, creamy, chocolatey - and most of all packs a coffee wallop. Flavor is big and roasty with lots of tasty coffee, some cream, and a bit of chocolate. Full bodied with a nice finish - very good, but not one of the "top" Imperial stouts, nor coffee stouts in general IMHO. I’ll take a Founder’s Breakfast any day over this, though this is good (though not all that much value for the $)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. Clear dark black color with a large, frothy - creamy - rocky, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, nutty, dark storn coffee, coffee bean dusty, dust, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration and a dry dust finish. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Very nice ;o)) (120308)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (7034) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2008
(Bottle, Ölbaren, Copenhagen, 28 March 2008) Pitch black colour with a frothy, lasting, brown head. Roasted, malty nose with loads of freshly ground, heavil roasted coffee. Roasted, malty taste with the same loads of coffee, hints of chocolate and cocoa and a lovely coffee bitterness in the finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, hardly any traces of alcohol (but mind you, it’s 9,5%). Ok, it might be a bit one dimensional, but the mixture of the stout and the coffee is quite brilliant, it really comes together in perfect harmony. Truely a world class beer! Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skinnyviking (7942) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2008
Bottle. Strannge but interesting label. Creamy high light brown lasting head leaving nice curtains. Body blacker than pitch black. No light allowed through here. Coffee aroma it is indeed. Flavor not surprisingly also coffee with a mild and smooth mouthfeel, fair amount of hops bitterness lwo carbonation and a long aftertaste. 9.5% alcohol very well hidden. Man its good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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 (3614) - 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 (8698) - 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 (20000) - 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 (1558) - 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

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