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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours black, with a fine, moderate, tan head. Aroma is akin to stale coffee and styrofoam. Mouthfeel is really full. Flavor is REALLY coffee with some caramel and chocolate undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 bottle shared by geuzelover
Pours black with a medium nice head. Smell is lightly smoky, roasty, and coffee like. Taste is roasty coffee and rich dark chocolate with creamy cocoa like bittersweetness. Medium to thin bodied and very drinkable. Medium body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden and I enjoyed the well blended coffee and chocolate flavors, neither of which dominated the other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
This is maybe the most coffee made stout before it’s too much, but it keeps the balance right on the edge. Huge roasted coffee and black as a night added with notes of chocolate, tar, smoothness, heavy bitternotes and a funny easy drinkability. For further investigation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle. Big thanks to Hog Town Harry for this one. Huge coffee, roasty aroma. Had to sip this one not sure when I’ll get another. Beautiful black pour. Body is a bit lighter than I expected with the full huge aroma. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, Chocolate, light bitterness are meld together beautifully. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
Dark - but not black - stout with a strong taste of burned malt and coffee. The head is starting out in a light brown colour but is quicky fading out. A lot of hops gives it a freshness that suits the cofee perfectly. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Boutip!]
Poured in my Belle-Vue Kriek Snifter. Absolutely pitch black with a nice, medium cappucino-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted coffee and a sweetish background of chocolate. Good and very dry mouthfeel - perhaps a little thin when you think of the 9,5 %. Flavour is very much dominated by coffee, some slight coffee. Also there are tar-like notes and light fruity hoppiness. Actually a very drinkable beer - and I sure like coffee in my beers :o) Finish is a bit chewy with the chocolate coming through a bit more. But this is first of all, a coffee-lovers dream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottled in 11/04: The initial pour goes into a large tulip with about an inch and a half of foam. The head leaves clumps of lace on the sides of the glass.This beer mantains a fifth of an inch of head throughout the session. The nose is one of coffee and roasted malt. This beer tastes of coffee above all else. I like my coffee as Ilike my beers, that is fully flavored and over the top. I detect more chocolate flavor as I progress through the bomber. This is beginning to look more and more like a frothy cup of coffee. It tastes not just as though someone put 2 packs into the coffee maker; it tastes of gourmet coffee. I deduct a half point only because this brew is one dimensional in flavor. Its mouthfeel is that of a rootbeer float with lots of melted ice cream in it. It is simply world class. The drinkability is good for the style. I have drained this bottle with efficiency but would certainly not drink another in the same sitting. If you find a bottle for less than $20, consider yourself lucky and buy every last one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3583) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
22.3 oz, bottled 2005. My 700th rating. I was going to include this in my top-rated stouts blind tasting series but decided to drink the four from the coffee-ish group over the next week to better enjoy each. Dark brown with a settling tan head. Nose is dusty coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of boozy raisin. Medium body with tongue buzzing carb. Taste is like sucking on dark roast Sumatran coffee beans. Some plum and grassy, bitter licorice. An elegant coffee showcase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2008
12 oz bottle dated November 2007. Pours opaque black with a one-plus inch head of dense, brown froth. Very pillowy and soft in appearance. Aromatics are loaded with strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Very roasty and chocolatey with plenty of espresso notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Chewy with gription aplenty. Drying but still plenty of residual tackiness. The pallet is assertively packed with heavily roasted coffee oils, dark chocolate, and char. All the flavors are layered perfectly, even for a beer so top-heavy with coffee. Hopping is minimal, and the biiterness seems to come from the coffee. Finishes slightly warming, with lingering coffee and chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. I think the key to this beer is the an extremely high grade of coffee beans, and the balancing thats achieved with them. I would love to try this one after spending some time in a bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Pours opaque jet black, with the merest hint of the suggestion of red highlights at the edges. Tan, almost reddish head that disappears into a lingering film. Aroma: notes of coffee, rum, port, roast malt, with hazelnut and dark chocolate as it warms. Flavour: strong coffee flavour, complemented by a nicely balanced sweetness. Plenty of dark roasty bite, but not unpleasantly astringent. Finishes with plenty of dark chocolate nuttiness. Port. For a beer this strong, it hides its alcohol well. Until it warms up, I would never have put this beer at 9.5. Not at all harsh, even when the alcohol starts to come out. Chocolate milkshake mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to enliven it. Wonderful.

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