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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2030   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks to geuzelover for this sample. Completely Black. Nice brown creamy head that leaves good lace. Smokey charcoal, herbal coffee-like notes, bitter chocolate, some alcohol smell. Slightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavors almost balance each other out, with the coffee having the edge. Herbal hop finish, tad astringent. Soft creamy mouthfeel and medium body make it more drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Wow, what a difference just a couple months makes... Impy Stouts are now one of my favorites styles and this is my favorite beer! Pours a dark almost black color with a very thick head and lots of off-white, thick lasting lacing. The aroma is totally roasted and smells just like the best coffee you can possibly dream up! I would say that it’s melts in your mouth, but i don’t think its possible for an imperial stout to do that, so as soon as i think of an equivalent to that statement, i’ll put it in! The flavor is out of this world with coffee and chocolate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours a opaque brown/black with a nice dark head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and is sweet. Flavor is of a blend of caramel, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, and is very sweet at first with a very bitter and pleasant clean and crisp finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours black as night with a nice tan head into my Dogfish Head snifter. Smells like coffee/expresso, and sweet chocolate. Tastes like strong coffee stirred with milk chocolate along with a small dash of alcohol at the end. The finish on this beer is great...just like I finished a cup of freshly ground coffee or took a nice expresso shot after dinner. Mouthfeel is rich and think (but not too think for this beer) and I enjoy every sip. I will drink this beer again, no doubt. This is a great beer to end a wonderful dinner or just when you’re looking for some expresso/coffee without drinking actual expresso/coffee. A must-try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (283) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Pours a dark brown/black color but has a nice thick, creamy head and nice lacing. Smells of cocoa nibs and coffee. Tastes like unsweetened milk chocolate. A very rich beer, and an excellent one at that!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardbeerman (282) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle served around 8 degrees in a snifter: Pours like motor oil, pitch black robe topped by a finger of copper head showing nice lacing. Retention is low and the head fades to an uneven porous layer. The nose is fresh and addictive with espresso, roasted coffee beans and burnt toasts. On the tongue, you get the same torrefied blends found in the nose with sweet notes of cocoa. An intense bitterness then wraps the tongue and sets the pace for a super long finish. This Imperial Stout feels extremely dense and robust and shows and oily body. This is an awesome dessert brew to pair with black forest chocolate cake or anything sweet and daring. You could well let this one spend 2 or 3 years in the cellar to let it mature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
plaugher (282) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
12oz on tap in a tulip. Pours a deep black with a light fluffy mocha head. Big nose of roasted coffee and caramel, with a very rich, warming, coffee flavour. Smooth, silky and oh so warming, with a light bitter finish. Doesn’t feel boozy at all, which is mildly disconcerting; however, the richness ensures that this does not turn into a session beer. A gorgeous stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
8/24/14 $8+ bottle from CBO. Saw it advertised on Instagram and ran down to grab 2 bottle. Jeff raved about it and I was VERY DISAPPOINTED based on the hype and cost. Bought 2 and drank the 2nd a week later and still underwhelmed. BCCOFFEE spoiled all coffee beers for me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Poured from the bottle with a deep, luxurious chocolate brown under a big beige head. The aroma is fairly light and clean, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, a dark roasted malt sweetness, a bit of a mineral quality, and only a faint hint of coffee. The flavor is much more aggressive, but it still doesn’t scream coffee for me. The flavor is more of a standard imperial stout, with characteristics of charred malts, bitter chocolate, maybe a bit of black licorice. The coffee is certainly there, but it comes out subtly at first before becoming more prominent in the achingly bitter finish. The texture is smooth but resinous, and although not tremendously boozy, it is easy to tell that this beer is potent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a hint of red - thick foamy 1 inch caramel head. Smells of rich roasted coffee dominates. Heavy lacing clings lovingly to the glass. First sip is all coffee, not just coffee but really good coffee. I love coffee (not as much as beer). This brew is brewed with really good java! Mouthfeel is creamy, bordering on milkshake like. There is some chocolate coming through but make no question, coffee is the star. Very good…close to World Class!

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