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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a ridiculous blackish brown with the darkest head I’ve ever seen - think chocolate and cream. Head is very impressive and intense. First aroma that came to mind was dark cocoa, with some prunes and milk chocolate sweetness. Surprisingly enough I don’t detect any coffee flavor in this one at all, it’s predominately heavily roasted malt in the palate, which is why I rate that one at 3. That being said, I have no doubt that coffee is actually added to this beer, but it’s more than likely such a well-balanced mix that I don’t detect anything being more obvious than the other. It’s one hell of an imperial stout though, a great example of one, and nothing intense as to overwhelm the senses. Much thanks to numbleprop for the hookup.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Pours pitch black with a dense one-finger head that lingers a bit and leaves a fantastic network of lacing along the side. Slightest bit of mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. Smell is dominated by dark roasted coffee with sweet cream and chocolate and roasted malts present as well. Big bitter espresso taste up front with a nice sweet chocolate and malt taste to balance the astringency. The coffee taste lingers for ages after each sip with alcohol making itself present throughout. Mouthfeel is super creamy but nice and crisp in the finish due to the coffee astringency. Carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. This is one hell of a coffee stout and I would certainly put it on my short list for best in that category. The coffee flavor comes across a bit astringent but I’m nitpicking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
12oz bottle purchased from Metro Joanette in Montreal. Pours black with a thin brown head. Nice, strong roasted malt aroma. First taste is very strong - an initial tanginess followed by the roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavours. The pleasant tang remains throughout to the aftertaste with a decent level of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is well coffee. Flavor is the same this is a straight coffee bean as if you were chewing it, it’s semi sweet and espresso like but it just comes down to it tasting like the coffee beans were boiled right in and then aged on them to top it off. Full bodied, good carbonation and a slick mouthfeel but with intense coffee bitterness. Really a nice coffee beer if you love a big brutal coffee but it does get to be a bit too much, overall it’s still a nice beer once in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle from fiver29. Poured black color with a large brown frothy head that mostly lasted with . Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium smooth body. Good complex combo of sweet coffee and bitter chocolate with a moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet finish that was strong and lasting. This is a standout brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
(Bottled) Almost black with a small, lacy and beige head. Extremely strong ashtray aroma with some licorice, but no alcohol. Burned-malty, very ashy flavor with tar, seaweed, and an ashy-sticky barley wine finish. Quite full-bodied, smooth-carbonated palate. It is strange how a beer so ashy can actually be this pleasant. Beautifully crafted!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2008
#200! Bottle courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a pitch black with one finger tan head. Nose is chocolate, espresso, cocoa and burnt coffee grounds. Palate is dark chocolate, French roast coffee, roasted barley and espresso with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. Lots of dark chocolates and coffee, both of which I really like. Creamy mouth feel with nice lacing. Alcohol is well hidden in this slow sipper. A very good impy stout that’s worthy of its lofty reputation. Thanks again Gabe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
I’ve had this many times, but now I have my own 12oz, no date from beerbuzzmontreal for myself. Eventually I’ll get around to putting in past reviews. Deep brown--black in the glass--with a small tan head, fading to a thick ring and thin film. The strongest aroma here is coffee, and anise comes next (as far as picking up aromas goes). Plenty of roasted malts and baker’s chocolate with some sweet brown sugar is noted. Flavor is drier and less sweet than the aroma had led on--not that it really smelled that sweet anyway. Scorched coffee and roast are up front with some anise again. The finish is dry and slightly ashy with some warming alcohol noted and bitterness peaking around a 3. Light prickly carbonation with a medium body. I remember the bombers of this being quite a bit better--maybe I’m wrong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
9.5%ABV. 12oz bottle. Aroma is ashy, coffee, and even some jalapeño aromas. Wow, lots of coffee flavors. Rich, over roasted coffee flavors. Burnt! Bitter coffee ground finish. Very different, very good. not sure of the high score though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Pours a pitch black with a large frothy chocolate head that fades somewhat quickly. Aroma is coffee roasts with sweet caramel and vanilla notes. The taste is burnt coffee grounds with a bitter finish. A bit too harsh all around. Maybe aging it would make it mellow and creamier.

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