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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1965   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Pours black, but slightly translucent around the edges with a fair amount of tan head for an imperial stout. Nose is coffee and alcohol, but not particularly strong. Flavor is bitter coffee and the hops are apparent. One thing I’m struck by is a very nice, lively mouthfeel. This beer is definitely well carbonated for an imperial stout. I really enjoyed it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
deepeary (237) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at The Only Cafe. Hands down the best coffee stout I’ve tried. I can’t imagine anything more rich and delicious. Tonnes of coffee, chocolate on the nose and mouth. Bitter chocolate finish. Thick, creamy mouth feel. A joy to sip. Definitely lives up to my expectations.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Smells great. The aroma gives off mostly espresso, but has some other cream-like sweetness to balance it out. Looks great too - black with a small ring of tan foam that sticks around for the whole glass. Taste is coffee bitterness but has a slightly sweet aftertaste that belies the balance suggested in the aroma. Very drinkable for 9.5%. Palate is pretty watery, which I believe is it’s only true flaw. Coffee stouts should have their own category in RB; this is a good one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
No light can penetrate the blackness that this liquid has. Truly black. Very nice dark tan colored thick two-fingered head of dense foam. Good retention. Excellent ’curtain-like’ lacing. Not so much ’lace’, as it is more like a solid sheet of film. Excellent! Very nice hefty malt nose. A small swirl brings out notes of dark fruit. Light coffee scent is present, though not as much as expected. Big dark malts mixed with espresso shots hit you first. Chocolate notes mingle with dark fruit sweetness. An ever so light hint of vanilla kind of levels things out to a very nice balance. Very nice and silky in the mouth. Creamy smooth, yet light. Excellently drinkable. I can’t argue with so many before who have rated this brew so highly. It truly is worthy of it’s praise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Too heavy in coffee for me. Tasted along side with Founders Imperial Stout, found the Founders to be much more appealing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melker (231) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle @ Ölrepubliken. Served a little bit too cold. Color is dark red-brown, minimal head. Aroma of coffee, hints of smoke and red berries. Low sweetness, moderate bitterness. Long aftertaste, really tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Served in a tulip. Tan one inch head, black as can be. A classy looking beer. Aroma is alcoholic-caffenated hops, burnt chocolateness. Taste is chockingly full of contradictions: candy sweet, yet hoppy bitter, while roasty coffee beans do their job well. Really thick on the palate, a sort of syrup almost, though it still presents real substance and body that many nitro-beers lack. A real treat. Draught.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle shared at Fordest Tasting, thanks wetherel. WOW! Pours black with no head. Aroma of Coffee. Flavors of strong coffee grounds. I love a coffee stout as much as the next guy, but this was over the top.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
plaugher (228) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
On tap at Ebenezer’s, Lovell, Maine. Black pour, small and continually diminishing brown head. The aroma is amazing - unadulterated dark roast coffee, strong espresso, slight sweet molasses. I’ve never smelled something like this in a beer, much less in a cup of fresh coffee. The nose is simply stunning - everyone tries to do a coffee stout but I’ve never smelled anything that approximates this. Taste is much the same if only a bit of a letdown from the amazing aroma. Upfront chocolate and a nice interplay of roast and sweetness in the malt character. Nicely bitter finish (not hop bitter, but coffee bitter) which I remember describing at the time as ’morning coffee wrapped in a chocolate bar.’ Just a great taste, as much interesting in the absolute absence of dark fruits as it is with the amazing coffee and roast flavor. Smooth and thick on the palate, very slight carbonation, creamy. Long-lasting, pleasing aftertaste. Did not want this beer to end, ever.


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