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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
From a bottle procured at the Corkscrew by a good friend, Andy. Nose is French Roast coffee, but unfortunately not great coffee, more like Folger’s crystals. Some tobacco and smoke notes as well, which come across more strongly on the palate. The palate is all about coffee, but again, not high quality coffee. I’m reminded of Rock Bottom Chicago’s Imperial Coffee Surprise, but I’m enjoying this a lot less. I love coffee and visit a local coffeehouse each workday, but this just misses the mark.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 Tap at the brewery. Black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is loaded with rich coffeeish character. Dark, well-extracted expresso, crema and a real espresso roastiness. Light cocoa and coffee. Very rich deep cocoaish malts. The body is thick and unctuous with an excellent balance of sweet chcocolate and coffee. It’s not vegetal at all in this incarnation. Strong roasty finish with a kiss of vanilla and a lingering dry roastiness on the back. Much, much, better than the bottled version. Bottle Deep brown beer thick brown head. Massive coffeeish aroma leading caramel/toffee sweet malts. Creamy texture, loads of coffee, roast, over a chocolate maltiness. The flavour seems a little bit vegetal and the beer is a little bit peppery as well, but as it warms it comes a bit more into balance. Really massive brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Aroma is just one huge espresso bomb, smells like freshly ground coffee, very dry and quite dusty. Jet black body with a small brown ring, hell it even looks like espresso. Coffee all over the flavor, some nice bitterness, extremely dry finish. A fantastic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Botted: Pitch black coloured. Huge brown chocolatish head. Loads of sweetness, coffee, roast and coffee, coffee, coffee. Flavour is light hoppy and has these roasty coffee notes as well. Full bodied. Has some malty notes. This is very heavy stuff. And I love it. Almost like licking coffee grounds from the filter bag. Is quite bitter and very roasty in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 2013 rerate: My god I haven’t had this in ages and the coffee aroma is still as good as i remembered (amazing). Like fall in the glass good of an aroma. Absolutely amazing still. I’ve had this several times now. I’ve rerated it several times as well. The final rating (for now) is a draft example from the brewpub. Black pour, darker tan head. Aroma is a delicate balance of coffee beans with the usual dark malts you find in a stout. Moderate to low hopping. Extremely silky smooth, rich coffee flavors. Amazing balance, but not a monstrous imperial. Still world class IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Now we gonna party like it’s 1999 - yeah man - still in my ears ;.-) Thanks a lot Pivo for bringing this over just for me - youdaman! Love the lable - great piece of art. Great huge spongey light brown head that sticks forever on this opaque colored brew. The most intense grounded roasted coffee beans nose I have ever smelled. In intervalls a bit of cardamon gets released too. Well this is the aroma I love to wake up to - I am a coffee addict - so no doubt I love this. Taste - well, Shitloads of coffee with an incredable, very interesting smokey aftertaste. Some nutty bitterness of course and licorice. Also cardamon and port. Long lasting aftertaste. I like it a lot though it is a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2005
On draft (and on the house!) at Dilly Deli. Rich dark chocolate truffle and dark roasted coffee aroma, hints of caramel and vanilla, light fruitiness. Almost black, barely brown on the edges. Dark, roasty flavor, espresso and chocolate, decent malt backbone, even balance with a roasty finish. Medium body, low carbonation, slight astringency. This beer is all about the coffee. Reminds me of a Starbucks espresso doubleshot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Thanks to goldtwins for this one. Crazy rich pour with a 6" head. Dusty cocoa, coffee and alcohol aroma. Big body, strong coffee flavor. Great bitter finish. Alcohol flavor is muted. Relatively dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2005
What a great marriage! This blend between the stout and the coffee really appears effortless—it’s hard to tell where one begins and one ends. This lovely beer poured a nearly opaque black with a short-lived tan head that diminished quickly. The aroma is crazy heavy with good roasted coffee, strong tea, alcohol, old campfire and a hint of caramel. The palate is yummy thick with a velvety texture and average carbonation. The alcohol character is fairly light for it’s weight. The flavor starts pleasantly bitter and then smooths out—all the while busting with roasty retronasal coffee aromas—giving way to a long, bitter-enough finish. Think anyone would notice if I had this in my commuter mug in the morning?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
22 oz bomber bottled on 4-05: Pours a deep brown coffee black. Immediately the room is filled with roasting coffee. Sweet coffee nose, roasted coffee, chocolate, coffee, coffee...Small tan head mostly diminishing leaves faint ring of lace. Wow, alcohol is hidden quite well here. This is sort of a big burly speedball. Upper and downer rolled into one expensive 22 oz bomb. I really like this and must say that its good. STeady carbonation. If you dont like coffee, then you shouldnt bother with this one. Burnt roasted grain, black coffee, dark toast, faint dark fruit, medium body, robust bitter coffee finish. This is carbonated fermented coffee. Perhaps a chewier body could lend a better understanding. I feel as if they used a bit more coffee they could have gotten their point accross better. Even still I feel this is quite nice. Im high off coffee now, how the hell will I ever fall asleep?

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