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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 1957   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15410) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011
2011-07-26, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color; brownish creamy head. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, spicy (pepper...), some coffee, light leather, very light smoke. Good body structure; smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is a bit excessive; strong flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate, coffee, light liquorice; moderate residual sweetness; correct bitterness, some of it coming from the roasted malt, evident in the end. Very well contructed, with a degree of complexity.

2008-03-10, bottle, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Black color, with a huge beige head. It has a delicate coffee aroma, still quite simple. I’m not overy impressed by the flavor, but I have to acknowledge a few qualities, among which the nice espresso flavor, with an original touch (dry liquorice and light spices); it has a good body structure. The final has still a quite intense power, with a pervasive dry roasted malt, that this time I like. Undoubtly good,

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yngwie (14442) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle. It looks just delicious in the glass, with a jet black body and a small, dense brown head on top. Wonderful aroma with roasted malts, coffee doing a lot of the job, and some alcohol to give a little punch in the nose. Lovely coffee-like flavor with sweetness to prevent it from going all dry, burnt malts, and bitterness from hops and also a coffee-like malty bitterness. Smooth as hell, quite dry, full-bodied and a bit warming. Lasting finish with hoppy and coffee-like bitterness and some alcohol. Just f’ing lovely. I’m soo sad I didn’t buy more of it. (081127)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle at Post Zythos Struise Tasting 08. Funny, but I didn’t even know how highly this beer was rated before I had it. Lovely coffee, ground flesh (fresh) aroma. Bit of paint??? Enormously coffee in mouth, extreme espresso. Too much coffee, but it is a stunning beer. Not enough balance though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14202) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Tasting@beermouth. Pitch black with a creamy brown head & lacings. Heavy roast and a bit of smoke. Very smooth & creamy. Coffee, smoke/ashy and a touch of alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (14138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2008
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. Aroma - coffee. Taste - burnt espresso coffee. Mouth - full of coffee. Finish - coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (13976) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle at ølbaren - shared with Mette and Anders37. Black - brown head. High coffee, espresso coffee, dry freshly grounded coffee, burned, roasted, light hoppy, dryness. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13912) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13212) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
Bottled
Pitch black, small steady expresso head. Very roasted, strong coffee beans aroma in the nose. Tobacco, coffee, some licorice. Ashy flavor. Full-bodied. Some hops in the otherwise coffeish-ashy aftertaste. Good impy, just a bit too much tobacco for my liking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Re-rate: Not as vegetal...the beans come through much more cleanly than previously notes. It’s also a fair bit more chocolate and more like Grande Noirceur.

Coffee-flavoured Imperial Stout by pedigree, which was cause for concern because I don’t normally like coffee beers. Almost black. Large coffee bean aroma - not as vegetal as most so that is a good start. Some chocolate in there as well. Oily, smooth body. Alcohol, rich malt (creamy, decadent), with the beans coming through at the end. Slight twang in the finish. Not my bag, really, but much like Speedway I have to respect to craftsmanship.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle at Rattle n Hum. Wow. When my friend poured this beer, I immediately smelled the intense coffee aromas and noted the thick consistency. As he poured, it looked like tar and smelled like earth. In the glass, the beer was pitch black with a thick, fluffy beige head. The aromas smacked of expresso and mocha, along with dirt. The flavor was incredible. Rich, robust coffee with some notes of almond and hazlenut. Strong bitterness from the coffee beans but still some sweet, burnt malt presence. Finish is mildly bitter and smooth. Medium carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Truly a remarkable beer.


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