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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1957   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 4, 2007
Very much like the Alesmith Speedway, with a lighter body and a mellower taste. Which for me was better. Tons of coffee, roasted malts and very creamy. Slightly sweet with soft bitterness. Finishes with a toughof vanilla bean, cinnamon and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Name: Peche Mortel
Date: April 30, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black, foaming tan head
Aroma: strong coffee aroma
Flavor: all coffee flavor, lots of roasted, lots of bitter

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 25, 2006
Source: blind coffee stout tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black, huge foamy head
Aroma: ashy roasted coffee aroma
Flavor: big roasted malt flavor with lots of coffee character, nice chocolate background, hint of sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: December 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, thin brown head
Aroma: strong roasted smokey ashtray aroma with a slight hint of sweet chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big roasted flavor, good long lasting coffee bitterness, beer flavored coffee, coffee is mellowed nicely by rich chocolate, lots of coffee as it is the predominant character but still a very tasty brew

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 25, 2006
Source: blind coffee stout tasting
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, thin fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: nice sweet chocolate malt flavor with a great fruity character, touch of coffee in the finish, nice blend of flavors

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 08, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Sunset, Boston
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black with black edges in a black sort of way, wispy beige head, touch of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted malt and ashy coffee aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of coffee character, light bitterness considering all of the roasted and coffee, even though there is an ashy edge the coffee is tempered enough to be mostly flavor with just a touch of distracting ash

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: May 20, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bruisin Ales, Asheville NC
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich coffee and dark chocolate aroma with a touch of dark caramel sweetness and earthyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with lots of coffee character, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness, lots of roasted adds balancing bitterness
Overall: a very creamy pint of coffee

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: March 06, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, thick lace
Aroma: big roasted and coffee aroma, caramel sweetness, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich coffee flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of caramel sweetness, long bitter finish
Overall: a rich dark chocolate mocha latte

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bomber, bottled on 08/05, with a giant THANKS to hopdog! Pours a dark black with a fizzy tan head that drifts to a thin covering, minimal lacing. Strong aroma of espresso, fresh roasted coffee, and some slight bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is like drinking a well done espresso from a very fine bean blend - lasting and bitter enough to get your attention without killing your tastebuds. Palate is medium-full and creamy with moderate carbonation and a bitter, lasting coffee finish. The description on this beer is very fitting - "...this beer is all about coffee", "...no brewer has ever married coffee and beer so seamlessly". True and True! Thanks again Steve for giving me a chance to try this rarity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5301) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
RBSG 07. A dark brown pour with a foamy brown head. A strong coffee flavor that is excellent. A dark astringent flavor of strong coffee and bitter chocolate. The palate is pretty solid across the board as well. A very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmac (4337) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore. Let me start of by saying WOW this shit rocks!!! Poured a deep dark black with an average light brown creamy head in a good sized glass chalice. This reminded me a lot of Founders BS but a little bit thinner and with a touch more carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, coffee, tobacco. The flavor is an awesome mix of coffee, espresso, tobacco and alcohol. I can’t say enough about this beer it is phenominal. Imagine drinking a chocolate fudge liquor sundae and thats waht this beer is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3988) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle provided by Richlikebeer shared at BCTC 07. The Candadiens we were with went crazy when the saw this--its not available in bottles in Canada. Anyway, thanks for bringing this Rich. Sampled immediately following a Dark Lord (Rich just gave this bottle to the Canucks--what an awesome guy!). Anyway, poured black. Smelled like coffee--good coffee. A little chocolate in there too. Taste was coffee with a dab of cocoa, but mainly coffee and roasted malts. I usually dont love coffee beers, but you can really tell this one was well made. Didn’t blow me away, but I did enjoy it. One of the last beers I remember having last weekend. Thanks Rich! You’re the man!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Black color with a rich foamy brown head. A strong freshly roasted coffee aroma with chocolate and vanilla. The bitter chocolate jumps off the palate and follows up with a smooth coffee, salty, molasseses and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Thank you to Holdenn for sharing this beauty. Black opaque body with large tan creamy head. Aroma of coffee, a little sour funk and roasted malt. First flavor that hits your mouth is the strong coffee but little by little you pick up the sour cherries, burnt dark malt and lots of dark fruit. Nice full body as well. Overall A very good beer. Thanks Matt, I wish you well as you get ready to walk down the aisle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Rating #600 22 oz bottle. I’ve been holding onto this one for a while, I figured this occasian enjoyed around the campfire of my bachelor party was a fine reason to pop it. Pours pitch black with a tall beige head. Lots of figs and dark fruit in the aroma chocolate, espresso, aged sherry notes. wow an amazing bouquet. Full bodied rich chocolate and espresso flavors, dark fruits, a light bitterness from the coffee. The sweetness of the imperial stout is balanced so well with the coffee beans and burnt dry notes that follow. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Sample tried at RBSG ’07 (table next to mine). Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin light tan head. Aroma of strong black coffee with background tastes of chocolate, vanilla, and some flowery hops. Taste is mostly of coffee, brown sugar, and some molasses. Texture is thick, full bodied with a slight metalic feel. Finish is slightly dry with a smokey coffee aftertaste.

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