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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1882   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.

TAR's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2494) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)

Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Nice aromas of coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee in the foreground. This is coupled with cocoa and vanilla and into the roasted malt. Hints of burnt toast. Fairly bold hop profile as well. A nice harmony of bitter and sweet make their way into a lively finish. On the higher side of carbonation for a stout of this size, making the body feel a tad bit thin. Slightly oily, but stays crisp. Really nice stout that keeps a great balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (590) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle poured into a oversized snifter. Jet black pour with a tiny head that quickly settles and leaves tan lacings. Nose has loads of ground coffee, some chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with some soy sauce and medium bitterness. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (309) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Oh la la! Les Francais savent comment faire une biere Stout! This is absolutely divine, smells of wonderful dark roast espresso, very dark raw cocoa, roasted malts, some chocolate ilk sweetness and smooth, light, roasted barley. Looks are impeccably sexy, exceedingly brown-black with a tan head that retains itself well and laces the ol’ vessel most kingly. The tongue is treated to everything to nose enjoyed plus some sweet tart cherry and vanilla. Quite sweet to start and ends bittersweet with a warming, playful booziness. A nice smooth, lightly oily mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation makes it all to easy to gulp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (256) - FRANCE - SEP 10, 2014
Noir avec des reflets rouge, mousse chocolat. Nez de café, d’alcool, de bois et de fruits noirs. Bouche sur le café et le chocolat, malts grillés, alcool. Belle complexité. Corps puissant, chaleur de l’alcool présente dès le début de la dégustation. Amertume forte et peristente. Grande longueur en bouche. Superbe bière !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (694) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Super smooth imperial coffee stout. Opaque black with glowing tan ring. Great lacing. Charred malt, black coffee, dark cocoa. Toast follows with great balance between bitter char and boozy sweetness. Great lighter mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2014
Sample in Alibi Room, Vancouver. Aroma had coffee, roasted / burned, caramel, chocolat. Pours black, lacing beige head. Only one of the rack that had a head actually. Taste had lot of roast, coffee, liquorice. Finish was light spicy, dry. Good beer to start my stay in Canada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1099) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to kansaibeerlvrs. Poured black with thick tan head. Aroma strong with vanilla, pretzel coffee char. Light carb med bod. Charred grill dark choc taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle - Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Wow, the coffee smell is amazing. The tastes is chocolate roasted coffee beans. Lots of strong flavors in here but so good. I can’t stop drinking this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2045) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2014
On tap at a few places during my trip, this popular jet black stout lives up to the hype. It has a velvety mouthfeel and a fantastic coffee flavor that is well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with solid tan head. The aroma is amazing--good coffee, burnt malt, some caramel and molasses. It just smells right, reminding of the first time I smelt Speedway Stout. The flavour has some sweet malt initially, caramel, but it’s swamped by hard roast coffee and roast malt bitterness. Loads of roast malt and roast coffee bitterness. The carbonation is excessive, and it lacks body. I find this very ashy and excessively dry--too much so to be a perfect coffee stout. But it is undeniably very good.

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