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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1981   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
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Pours pitch black with dense head that falls away. Smells of mellow coffee, not overpowering. More mellow than some other coffee stouts, notably the Yeti. Finishes dry and slightly sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Pours a typical super dark drown with a small amount of tan head with just a bit lingering around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing. Aroma is malty roasted coffee. Flavor is similar but with MUCH more coffee flavor coming through with some strong bitterness in the finish. Of all the coffee stouts I’ve had, this ranks very near the top with regard to how strongly the coffee flavor comes through - it really is remarkable. Nicely carbonated but not overly so, this one is very drinkable. I could see it getting a bit overwhelming after a few though due to the strength of the coffee flavors and the resulting bitterness - it just might be a bit much for some people. For me though - i LOVE it. Would drink this any chance I get. EXCELLENT.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kazin (245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2012
Powerful nose, lots of coffee (obviously) and chocolate, together with sweet molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle. Jet black pour with a very small frothy head. Aroma FULL of Dark, dark chocolate and heavy, rich, black coffee. Upon tasting I was absolutely delighted that a "stout brewed with coffee" finally delivered! Thick and delicious! Think of oily, cold-press coffee, that isn’t cut with water. There’s just not some coffee hidden in the background, this beer has coffee featured at the forefront, they way it should be. Very happy and impressed. It lived up to the hype, and is one of the best coffee beers I have every had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
The description from the brewer says it all. If you don’t LOVE coffee, then don’t bother. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I didn’t really care for this one, but I STILL recognize that this is one amazing coffee stout. Balanced brew with bold flavors. Looks gorgeous - you could use a pour from this bottle for a photo shoot pitching fine stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
plaugher (243) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
circinus (242) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle 33 cl at Rotary Pub. Black with no head. Milk chocolate, coffee, cappucino. Slight sweetness, some bitterness, some lactose, cocoa. Full body, low carbonation, bitterish finish, smooth, very nice body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
Brilliant black beast in snifter with billowing tan head. No light passes through this thing. Aroma is soft wood, rich coffee with a hint of brazil and hazelnuts. Taste expresses calm power - expresso initially; burnt toffee, bitter chocolate, rye; molasses, hop bitterness and understated spice in the late finish. Finish is smooth and lasting. Body is full without excessive viscosity. Initially this exceptional stout is surprisingly subtle for the high alcohol content, but the booziness comes out later. Yes it could be more effervescent but this is quite the achievement, playing to those who enjoy stout and dark roast coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2010
Rich dark brown color with a golden brown thick head. The aroma is explosive with coffee of course, chocolate and sweet dark malts. Sweet and mellow roasted flavor with coffe, chocolate and dried dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Fresh poured from a bottle into a tullip glass. Pours a nice dark black color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is moderate heavy on the coffee that is instantly noticable with some dark and roasted malt mixed in. Maybe nutty and a little bit of alcohol but not too noticable upfront. Flavor is bitter-sweet upfront with heavy coffee, roasted malt and some vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bite to the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fizzy overall carbonation is above average I think. Overall this is a solid beer I can’t wait to get some age on it.

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