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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1939   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Rating 500, booyahkahsha. 22oz bomber via trade with MotorToddHead. August 2005 Vintage. I’ve been holding this for a special occasion and I think this is it. Sharing with bikesandbeer. The pour is black with a thin third finger light brown head. The aroma is intense amazingly nicely roasted coffee. Its like smelling a big bag of fresh beans. Damn, the taste is humongous, with lots and lots of coffee, some chocolate and lots of smokey roastiness. This is a hell of a beer, extremely coffely bitter, so much coffee its hard to know where the cofee ends and the stout begins. Little vanilla on the back end. Damn this is good. Thank you Todd for searching Wisconsin for this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle from trade with thebeercellar2. Thanks Matt! Pours a thick black oily color with a medium size tan head. Aroma of roasted malt , cocoa and coffee. Taste is very smooth and rich with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, fermented fruit and vanilla. Has a bit of hop bitterness in the finish but the coffee flavor in lasting.Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3259) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
On CASK at Dieu Du Ciel Brewpub. Ok, wow, on CASK!?!? Awesome! 2 inch thick brown/beige head. Aroma is a a coffee punch in the face, but there is also LOADS of chocolate, and some roasty malts. mouthfeel is thick, and viscous. Flavour is so nice and balance between the coffee, and the chocolate, and the bitterness in the finish is there, and its not harsh at all, a nice compliment to the coffee. Talking with the bartender, they call this beer their "legal drug" and i second that!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
22oz Pours thick black. Very strong coffee in the nose right off the bat, roasted malt, dark sweet tones, non sweetened cocoa. Flavor is pure coffee, when they said this is a coffee stout, they weren’t kidding. This is really a coffee stout. Pronouced bitter hoppy notes compared to many other Impy’s. Mouthfeel was smooth, robust, and savory. Overall I like it, but will skip on it next time, due to price, and lack of enough complexity in other flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
22oz bottle. 08/2005 bottle. Aroma: Packed with roasted malt aroma. Coffee jumps out really strong. Lots of grape and plum. Chocolate, vanilla, and a subtle spiciness. Alcohol is certainly there, but not intrusive. Appearance: Black and oily with no highlights. Dark tan head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Rich roasted maltiness with strong coffee overtones. Chocolate, molasses, smoke, vanilla, grape jam, light spiciness, and some light hoppiness. Medium bitterness. Medium dry finish with some coffee and roast carrying over. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Medium carbonation. Pleasant alcohol warming on bottom of mouth. Overall: Amazing beer. Intense coffee, but enough other flavors going on to keep it interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
An ’05 bottle, taken on a special occasion worthy to follow the Grand Master cigars and bourbon a friend and I shared previously. Opaque sienna brown color, exceptional for its lack of oiliness and rather light coffee ice cream head. Aromas of port marinated steak, raspberries, and some milk chocolate banana. Flavor is full and polished. A tangy Kenyan light roast, vanilla infused coffeecake, strawberry, and creme brulee. As it warms, a somewhat dry, and understated, but fully expired french roast nip. Subdued. Smooth, sophisticated palate coerces the minglers into friendship. With a few more cellar years this could blossom into something unreasonably beautiful. Thanks John!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Enniskillen from his secret Santa; Thnaks Big Time; Noe of coffeeand light chocolate mixed with caramel; opaque black with a big glass lacing tan head; flavor heavy, strong coffee with some light background chocolate and some faint hop bitterness. Excellent, but mostly coffee, could use more complexity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 My rating did a 180 on this one a couple years after my 1st taste. Love the coffee, love the beer. It’s a bit intense, but well done for how much coffee taste is in there. Too bitter, but not enough to take away much from it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 [Several snifters @ the brewpub] Pours beautifully: thick, dark brown in color, with a super-dense tan head. Massive coffee aroma with chocolate and dark roasted malts. Flavors back up the aroma very well-- very fresh, French roast coffee, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Extremely smooth for a beer of this strength, this reminds me of a sweet mocha coffee drink, in a way. Kind of one-sided, yes, but what really gets me is the way the flavors all meld together. Complex flavors continue to develop as you travel down the glass. Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. Drinking this fresh on tap really was an amazing experience. An incredible beer!

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