blankboy (5966) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 1100th rating! Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of hopdog. Bottled August ’05. I’ve been saving this bottle for one of my milestones for a while now and I’ve really been looking forward to it! It did not dissapoint. Pours pitch black with an average size diminishing creamy tan head. Awesome aroma with tons of coffee, dark malt, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, hops and more -- man that smells good! Sweet delicious flavour of predominently coffee followed by roasted malt, cocoa and hops. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied, dry & creamy mouthfeel. This was so effin’ good that I can’t wait to someday try this on tap, damn Dieu Du Ciel! makes good beer.
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aug 05 bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Jerc - thanks Paul, this has been on my must try list for some time! Tons of coffee, some vanilla in very sweet and pleasing aroma. Pitch black, medium sized beige head. Very sweet taste. So much coffee! Bitterness seems derived from the coffee, not the hops. Long lingering roast finish. Lives up to the hype - I’ve been to Dieu De Ciel twice, I can’t wait for this to be on tap one of these days!
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 RE-RATE: Draught (12 oz.) at Dieu du Ciel! After drinking this at the brewpub itself, I had to bump up my rating of this. Most of what I wrote below still stands, but the draught version had a fuller, richer body that made it even better. Just spectacular.
ORIGINAL RATING: Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Aug/05 bottle. Deep brown-black colour with a moderate tan head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, dark malt, bourbon and fresh herbs - fantastic! Mouthfeel is thinner than I expect from an impy, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Flavour is dry and delicious, with lots of coffee and cocoa, roasted malt, green hops, and a hint of sour milk. If the body were just a bit bigger, this would be damn near perfect. [9/4/9/3/17 - 4.2]
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
66cL bottle...thanks Marc! Label says 9% ABV. Very dark color and a really nice big head. Coffee aroma with malt and just a touch of heat from alcohol. The flavor is very roasty, coffee, bitterness, malt, some sweetness but it is mellowed by the bitterness and the heavy coffee component. Delicious on the palate with a medium to heavy body. It’s not the thickest of Imperial stouts but it certainly is a nice, big, roast imperial stout that has no flaws. The only downside is the price.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(04.29.06) One pint, 6.3 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Bottled 8/05. Poured opaque black with medium tan head. Soft carbonation. Intense expresso coffee aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced black coffee and licorice flavors. Finished with lingering roast malt bitterness and coffee flavor. Smooth and robust. Alcohol well hidden behind the coffee flavors. Well-balanced, this is an excellent coffee stout that reminds me of a high quality expresso coffee with a shot of sambuco.
alobar (2730) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing! Pours a dark brown-almost black. Small tan head. Strong, powerful coffee aroma. Taste is almost black coffee, with some molasses, with some roasted malts. One of the best I’ve ever had!
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 Wow is this a coffee experience. Very black, small head. Compared to many of the reviews I got much less coffee aroma than many. The coffee flavor was perfect however. I tasted this with my brother (thanks Chris) and would have bet him there was much less alcohol. The 9.5% is perfectly disguised. One of the best beers I’ve tried
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The said it was coffee and coffee it was. Delicious all around. Pours an opaque mindnight black. Small tan head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is like walking into a Starbucks, but better. Lots of coffee, sweet malts and maybe a touch of fruits. As much coffee was in the aroma, it tasted like it more so!! Much coffee flavor, a good bit of malt, a touch of molasses. Wonderful mouthfeel. Divinely drinkable. I would never have guessed at the 9.5% abv.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 On draft at SL on 6/2011 - Just awesome. Everything great said about this beer holds. Seemed slightly more balanced this time thought (still coffee strong but not dominated), man this thing is a great one, although admitedly not a session brew. Sampled a 660ml bottle from 11/04 at Monk’s in Philly. It could easily be argued that the mg’s of caffeine should be included on the label, right beside the ABV. I could smell the poured black beer sitting a foot or two away from it. Strong coffee aroma and flavor with a thin head. The alcohol was hardly noticeable and this one is a GREAT after dinner "apertif." Ironic that I found this in Philly the same day I flew back from Montreal and the Diue du Ciel, which did not have any (US only they said). A nice treat. Rerated on 2/3/06, bottle from 8/05. Ratings stand. Outstanding. Re-rate, Mar 07 (1.5yr old bottle from 8/05): just as fantastic as ever, truly a fantastic beer, although it is one dimensional. So very nice and holds its own (more of a desert beer, though) against Speedway and Mephistopheles batch 2 in this horizontal. Rerate (4/08) of 12oz bottles on separate days, once in horizontal alongside two vintages (08 and 07) of ST Jah-va and a KBS. Clearly the winner, excellent coffee depth and richness, yet finishing with a nice bitterness, a wonderful beer, albeit a one dimensional beer. ST just doesn’t have the coffee depth and richness and is also stickier sweeter.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22oz Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Pitch black, opaque pour with a soapy head the color of broken-in leather. Lots of coffee in the nose, along with some musty ashiness. The flavor is much more interesting, to my grateful appreciation. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy, and contains some sweet malty tones of molasses dipped prunes grilled over a charcoal blaze. Some very acidic french roast coffee blasts across the palate, bringing a somewhat destructive wave of caffeinated excitement to my heart. This beer is really interesting. There is an initial taste of black truffles at the very beginning, followed by a second wave of oily coffee beans before being rounded out by a hoppy finish that is in pleasant harmony with the rest of the flavors. This is the first beer I’ve had that has left me more wired than drunk upon completion, so hats off on that score as well. Intriguing and deliciously unique overall, where the only really weak point is the acidic burn of the coffee beans.