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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1884   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
deep dark impenetrable coffee color. whiff of coffee in aroma, with a heavy coffee bite in the flavor. finishes off much too sweet, and a pretty heavy brew to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Obviously well-crafted brew that uses the finest ingredients, but I still find it too one-dimensional to be so lavishly praised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Dark opaque appearance, thick head formation. Strong used coffee grounds aroma and dark choclate shavings. Intense dark chocolate flavor dry hazelnut, slightly chalky, light fruitiness. Heavy coffee roast in the finish, pretty bitter. Intense all around, thick in flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle, purchased at the Publick House. Nearly black color, large tan head. Huge aroma of three week old coffee grinds, peas, and something that might have recently been burning. Coffee flavor is intense but not quite as much as in the flavor. Bitter, roasted, oak, much less fruit and sweetness than the average imperial stout, dry and bitter finish. Little alcohol detectable. If it’s slightly one dimensional, it does that one dimension very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
Bottled 11-04. Pours black, large and very lasting brown head. Aroma is strong coffee with some dark chocolate bar backing that up. Flavor is pretty much the same, but not as strong on the coffee as the aroma. There is no alcohol detectable. I mean none at all. Fairly one dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is thin for this big a beer, especially this style, and the carbonation is quite lively. Mostly a let down based on what has been said about this beer, but still nice. There was a post today in the forum from someone in Montreal about the difference between the bottle and draft versions of this beer. I can imagine how good this could be, how good it probably is on draft, and I’d almost be willing to commit savage and brutal murders to find out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
bottle bought at charles st. liquors in boston. fully carbonated with a monstrous ocean-foam head. quite bitter coffee aroma, with some reddish strawberry-like fruits hidden in there. super smooth velvety body, perhaps thanks to the high level of carbonation, but also perhaps to a lot of residual caramel sweetness and starchy oatmeal. less coffee in the taste than in the smell. lots of people have said "overhyped," but i disagree, the hype is mostly true. it is, however, overpriced--designed to be a rare treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Bottle. Pours a very dark pitch black, full brown head. Quite interesting aroma, a different type of coffee aroma, more of the coffee beans than liquid coffee like I’m used to getting. Also some molasses, chocolate, some roast, and some cherry. Medium to full bodied, not the biggest of stouts, but very well hidden alcohol and if I had tons more I could easily drink and drink and drink. This is a very unique (read: excellent) beer and it kicks the shit out of Speedway (although I wouldn’t mind giving Speedway another shot now that I’ve tried this lovely beer). 8/5/9/4/17 On tap: blows the bottle version away. I smelled this beer for literally almost 20 minutes. Coffee, vanilla, cocoa, mocha, espresso. God, this is heavenly. Full bodied, yet very drinkable, no alcohol, smooth beyond smooth. Shit, I’d go back to Montreal just for this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 This is a very good beer. I’m not sure how its reputation got so overly-hyped, but it’s not the great brew that I was led to believe. It does have a very handsome pour, dark, thick black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is mainly coffee backed up by a roasted barley smell and traces of anise. The flavor of coffee overwhelms the contributions made by tastes of roasted malt and barley, licorice, some chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The finish is a long dry one, filled with coffee. As I wrote, this is a good ale, but it’s a bit too one dimensional to be "great."

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2005
A very good looking beer - very dark as it poured. Also, I had been warned before openinging and even though I chilled it well, it still foamed over the top of the bottle when opened. I left it a few minutes to settle down before drinking. I guess that for the price I paid, I had high expectations. These expectations were not met. It was good but not exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle- Pours a pitch black color, medium tan head that sticks around. Aroma is of coffee grounds just brewed. Flavor is espresso, dark chocolate and molasses. I found it a little thin for an imperial, but still damn good. (Think Bells Java Stouts "big brother)

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