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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1948   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5272) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Marsiblursi] Pours very dark with a small, fairly light head. Aroma is very strong coffee along with some other less distinct smell. Very strong coffee taste along with some roasted malt. Taste lingers nicely. Medium mouthfeel. If you like coffee you will probably like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2007
I shared this beauty with Immy and maniac when they came through town on their way to the RBSG. Rating #400! Whoooo!!! Bottled August 2005. Pours thick black and evil looking just like an imperial stout should. lasting tan head with good lacing. big coffee aroma with a nice milk chocolate brown sugar backdrop....reminds me of speedway...but more coffee. flavor very balanced. bitter dry coffee and cocoa blending almost seamlessly with sweet milk chocolate vanilla and brown sugar. dry bitter coffee finish. full body. carbonation almost creamy.....almost perfect....just slightly fizzy. beautiful stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bomber, generously shared by wheninhell during RBSG Road Trip 2007. Thanks Andy! Bottled Aug. ’05. Deep, dark brown with a tight, thin brown head. Big coffee nose, dry bitter chocolate and prune. Dry cocoa flavors and bitter chocolate, dried dark fruits. I didn’t get nearly as much coffee as I expected, but it is certainly there. Excellent!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
Bottled. Thanks Marsiblursi. Black colour with low head. Green peppery coffee aroma with a fair deal of sweetness. Bit too much of pepper in my personal opinion. Flavour is different, here is much more balance, with chocolate and a fair share of sweetness. Lots of flavouring and bitter hops I belive, which is a good thing here. Slight peppery in flavour, just on the right level for my personal likings. Low-medium, but noticable, biterness with long flavour. I like good coffee alright. This was not very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (8005) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 First rating
66 cl bottle, thanks Marsiblursi! Labeled 9% ABV.
Dark brown to black color, tan head. Grainy, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and vanilla ice-cream scent. Grainy, acidic, alcohol, but mostly roasted coffee beans taste. Long coffee aftertaste with warming alcohol. Smooth soft still big oily mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness.

Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. 2010 version, sampled on November 27, 2012.
Clear dark red to black color, light brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Malty, smooth, tad bit salty, alcohol, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG07. From 75 cL bottle. Pours black with a nice chocolate rim. Aroma of coffee. Flavour is mild coffee and bitterness into the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3042) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 (Bottle, thanks JCapriotti) Pours black with a small brown head. Intense aromatic coffee bean aroma with vanilla ice cream, green pepper, jalapenos, dusty clothes, ash and parsley. Undertones of cocoa beans. Wonderful coffee bean flavour with a fantastic balanced sweetness. Gently burned. Some vanilla and parsley in the flavour as well. Some green pepper. Tiny hints of creamy dark chocolate. Coffee dry, oily, smooth mouthfeel. Hints of minerals. Near full body. Not overly complex but by far the best coffee Imp out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Black body with coffee nose and chocolate undertones. Coffee body with some chocolate and a roasted character. Slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Shared by wheninhell during the RBSG Road Trip 2007. Bottled 08/05. Dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet coffee aroma with some chocolate and molassas. Sweet coffee flavor, some chocoalte, sugar molassas and sweet caramel.

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