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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1817   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
22oz bottle - batch 2. My 1000th rating of the year! Poured a dark black with a large sized brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, and some caramel. Tastes of coffee, coffee, some more coffee, roast, some dark fruits lurking in the background and caramel. Nice smooth body that is very easy to drink. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. I love coffee in my beers and this one does not let down. I have a bottle of Batch 1 in the cellar and am curious to see how it differs from this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Xmas eve, 2005, 2005 batch: Wow, is this stuff black! pours seemingly flat, and eventually grows a beauty of a mocha colored head. Nice lookin’ beer. very powerful coffee aroma, laced with notes of chocolate and roasted barley. Very smooth on the palate. Great coffee flavors. Rich, robust, and simply bursting with coffee flavors. Somewhere, underneath all the joe, lies a great imperial stout. Seamlessly weaved coffee infusion. A true treat for a coffee junkie like me. I would drink something like this every day if it wasn’t $16 a bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Black with a big bubbly tan head. Aroma is very smokey along with the roasted coffee. Flavor of heavily sweetened strong coffee and smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
22 oz bottle, many thanks to slob for this goodie! Pours black and opaque with a creamy tan head - this one just looks good in the glass. Aroma features coffee, chocolate, molasses, lots of roasty notes and more coffee. Flavor again shows off the coffee, roasty, sweet maltiness with a nice balancing tanginess on the tongue, leather, earth and bitter chocolate. Full, creamy mouthfeel - very smooth. Nice treat, thanks Bert!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Bottle. Coffee and ashtray aroma. Cloudy black colour. Dark brown head. Slightly smokey flavour with some coffee. High carbonation. 6 3 7 3 14

Bottle, 9.5%. Roasted barley aroma, some smoke. Black colour. Big stable creamy brown head. Nice roasted flavour with lots off coffee. A little cream in the aftertaste. The flavour is also quite sweet, which is apparent in the slightly slick mouthfeel. 7 4 7 3 16

Draught, 9.5% at the brewpub. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Black colour. Good creamy light brown head. The flavour starts off nicely creamy, turning to vanilla and alcohol bitterness. Late coffee aftertaste, vinous with a lot of chocolate, quite bitter chocolate. 8 4 8 4 16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12/04 bottle. Pours an inky black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is full of rich, roasty coffee and chocolate. Carbonation is biting, which is detracting but not too bad. Flavor is a coffee-stained smack in the mouth, lots of bitterness and sweet chocolatiness. Not all that complex save for the interplay between coffee and chocolate, but that seems to be the point and it works well. Finishes dry, bubbly, and thinner than I’d expect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05) I can see why coffelovers dig this one; I don´t drink coffee. Pitch black, beige head. Smell like a use coffee-filter. Extremly dry, coffeetaste. Dry, dry, dry mofo and then; nothing. Too one-sided for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a nice head. Extreme aroma of coffee. Great smooth roasted flavour with a lot of coffee, if you are in to coffe this is it. Ends up with a tasteful and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Thanks to ClarkVV for this one in one our many trades. Pours very very dark with huge head that is lovely rich tan in color. Do I have to say that it smells strongly of coffee??? Well it does and there is some Dark Chocolate and something resembling burnt toffee but the main note is coffee for sure. The taste was a little disappointing as I was hoping for the flavors to easier to distinguiish but it was mostly like a burnt coffee product. This was the first batch and I will re-rate after I enjoy the second bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle: Black with ruby edges and a tan head that quicky disappears. Huge coffee and chocolate nose with some alcohol. Coffee taste and ending with a long aftertaste, kinda like drinking coffee with some booze in it. I love coffee, but this didn’t do it for me. Maybe this is better on tap?

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