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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1993   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14442) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Bottle. Coffee and ashtray aroma. Cloudy black colour. Dark brown head. Slightly smokey flavour with some coffee. High carbonation. 6 3 7 3 14

Bottle, 9.5%. Roasted barley aroma, some smoke. Black colour. Big stable creamy brown head. Nice roasted flavour with lots off coffee. A little cream in the aftertaste. The flavour is also quite sweet, which is apparent in the slightly slick mouthfeel. 7 4 7 3 16

Draught, 9.5% at the brewpub. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Black colour. Good creamy light brown head. The flavour starts off nicely creamy, turning to vanilla and alcohol bitterness. Late coffee aftertaste, vinous with a lot of chocolate, quite bitter chocolate. 8 4 8 4 16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12/04 bottle. Pours an inky black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is full of rich, roasty coffee and chocolate. Carbonation is biting, which is detracting but not too bad. Flavor is a coffee-stained smack in the mouth, lots of bitterness and sweet chocolatiness. Not all that complex save for the interplay between coffee and chocolate, but that seems to be the point and it works well. Finishes dry, bubbly, and thinner than I’d expect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05) I can see why coffelovers dig this one; I don´t drink coffee. Pitch black, beige head. Smell like a use coffee-filter. Extremly dry, coffeetaste. Dry, dry, dry mofo and then; nothing. Too one-sided for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a nice head. Extreme aroma of coffee. Great smooth roasted flavour with a lot of coffee, if you are in to coffe this is it. Ends up with a tasteful and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Thanks to ClarkVV for this one in one our many trades. Pours very very dark with huge head that is lovely rich tan in color. Do I have to say that it smells strongly of coffee??? Well it does and there is some Dark Chocolate and something resembling burnt toffee but the main note is coffee for sure. The taste was a little disappointing as I was hoping for the flavors to easier to distinguiish but it was mostly like a burnt coffee product. This was the first batch and I will re-rate after I enjoy the second bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle: Black with ruby edges and a tan head that quicky disappears. Huge coffee and chocolate nose with some alcohol. Coffee taste and ending with a long aftertaste, kinda like drinking coffee with some booze in it. I love coffee, but this didn’t do it for me. Maybe this is better on tap?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 @ Argo0 and Kathy’s 2006 Holiday Gathering - Obsidian black, thick dark tan creamy head. Rich inviting nose of the blackest, most bitter used coffee grounds you could imagine. Upon warming, further tones of roasty black chocolate, cream, and light caramel emerge. Flavor holds true to the aromas as I feel the caffeine buzz setting in. ABV expertly hidden. Full bodied and velvety, soft carbonation, coffee laden finish. Waiting forever to try this, and it was exactly what I expected. A fantastic stout for the coffee lover in me. Thanks for sharing Jacco...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Sampled at Argo and Kathy’s 2006 Holiday Gathering. Black with a thick light brown head. Roasted coffee and some mustiness in the nose. The flavor is delicious; dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a prominent presence of alcohol. Has a pleasant sweetness with a roasty bitter finish. Medium body with subtle carbonation. I look forward to drinking this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Black color with a thick tan head of foam. Holy coffee! Both aroma and taste is strong on a French roast coffee. The malt and hops really fade to the background and the alcohol does not make itself known at all. I really had a hard time seeing this as beer, but since I love coffee, I thought it was a fine beverage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 5, 2005
Wonderful rich coffee aroma. This beer is BLACK, light does not pass through it. It has a nice rich mocha flavor. The beer starts sweet and finishes smooth, although a touch chaulky. A very well balanced beer.

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