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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1981   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
According to the edge of the bottle this was bottled in August of 2005 and that makes it about 2.3 years old. A: Jet black body that no light can penetrate. While pouring, there was a bit of light mocha colored head but it faded away. It would have been nice to have a bit more head. S: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and more coffee. This has some seriously dark roast coffee in it. It’s hard to tell if most of the roast aroma comes from dark malts or a coffee addition. T: This is definitely a dark beer. The flavor is filled with dark chocolate, roasty coffee, and dark heavy malts. The coffee was much more pronounced in the aroma than the flavor but it’s still in the flavor none the less. Damn good flavor. M: Nice and heavy, but not ’thick’ like some other Imperial Stouts are. There is a bit of creaminess but it isn’t as much as other beers in the style. Very nice indeed. D: Amazing example of an Imperial Stout. I really love how they combine this much coffee and chocolate without overwhelming bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Chris at Ebeneezers put this on tap for me so I could buy a pour of it, which was extremely cool. Black in color with a chocolate milk colored brown head. Aroma is big as it should be with coffee, roast, alot of fresh chocolate, burnt sugars, and caramel. Taste is incredible, with alot of roast and rich, fresh chocolate. The coffee almost gives it an earthy flavor. Body is really big, but overall it’s really smooth and incredibly drinkable, not too sweet, or alcoholic. Fiinishes bitter with lingering coffee, roast, and alittle bit of sugar. One of the best RIS’s I’ve had, and now of course wish I can have more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Dark chocolate, thick coffee. Quite alcoholic. Fizzy alcoholic mouthfeel. Decent bittering and dark chocolate taste, but the fizzy alcohol really bothered me on this one. Solid, but not outstanding. ---re-rate--- P with a creamy white-tan head that is almost creamy-thick Aroma is coffee, cream, sugar, and sweet malts. Taste is fizzy, alcoholic, some coffee notes, hops, and more coffee, port, and salty minerals. Finishes bitter and thick and lingers well. I am going to let this sit for about 20 minutes and see how it goes.... I really want to like this. The body, appearance, and mouthfeel are all interesting and solid, but too much carbonation and harshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle courtesy of franksnbeans -- thanks! Bottled September 07.

Pours near black with brown highlights and dark-tan head. The aroma is baking chocolate and coffee, vinous notes, and a strong presence of stale tobacco smoke. The flavor more or less follows, though drier than expected (almost no sweetness) with an assertive hop close atop chocolate cheesecake. The problem is that the tobacco / cigarette smoke is strong to the point of being overpowering, and this ultimately ruins the beer. I love the smoky single malts to which this one is sometimes compared, but this is no Islay malt - it’s more like french-kissing a smoker. I also pick up some pretty well-defined vegetal flavors on the front end of each sip, again detracting. Long finish of bitter black coffee, ashy, chalky. Creamy if relatively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but little hint of the alcohol either.

I’ve been looking forward to trying this one for a couple of years, and there’s really no way to report this as anything other than a huge disappointment after the anticipation and compared to the other ratings on the site. Maybe it’s better on tap, maybe it would improve with a couple of years on it - but it’s not going to be high on my list to seek out. It’s too close to skimming the water off of a sodden outdoor ashtray. Looking over the endless streams of mid-4 ratings, I can’t help but wonder whether the beer has changed or whether the emperor is walking through town butt-ass naked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Courtesy McBackus. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate brown body with a small, fizzy, coffee colored head. Minimal spotty lacing emerges from the thin film that settles at the top. The aroma is big and rich, showing espresso, baker’s chocolate, dark fruits, and some cola. The nose is very roasty and inviting. The flavor shows coffee, coffee, and more coffee, but its very creamy, not bitter. Dark chocolate plays a big role, as do floral hops. The body is quite full and smooth. Very easy to drink, despite the big ABV. Finishes rich and roasty. Awesome brew. I’m glad I have a few more to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Thanx to McBackus for sharing this.Wow what a beer.Huge espresso nose, nothing but.poured rich and black.Lots of coffee and chocolate flavor with the finish being slightly bitter with lot of coffee hanging out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoLdFiNgEr (111) - La Pocatière, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 Une noire très impressionnante!!!! Une couleur très foncée. Un goût de café très puisant, avec une amertume en finale. Bière très bien équilibrée, un taux d’alcool de 9,5% qui ne nous paraît pas. Wow! Une des bonnes Stout que je connais!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Courtesy mcbackus. Poured black with a light tan head. Great aroma - strong bitter coffee and roasted malts. Quite a different scent than most other coffee stouts, but I can’t quite say how. The taste is smooth with the coffee bitterness and roastiness building up to the finish, which is super dry and holds a lot of coffee taste. One of the better coffee stouts I’ve had. Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3496) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 bouteille brune de 341ml. noir comme du charbon, la mousse en subit, elle qui est brune aussi, nez puissant de café torréfié, au goût le café ce fait sentir encore plus, il est piquant, la finale est longue et amère encore une fois piquante, l’alcool ne se fait trop sentir. produit intéressant mais à mes yeux pas exceptionnel. à revoir

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle, thanks to after4ever. Pours opaque black with a fluffy, lacy tan head. Big aroma of brewed coffee. Medium body, light carbonation. Coffee and dark fruit taste, then a touch of caramel kicks in. Dry pine and espresso finish, a little chalky. I was kind of underwhelmed by this one.

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