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


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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14563) - Sřnderborg, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (14337) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Thanks to Patrick for an IP trade in Montreal for this one. Poured from a 341ml bottle (Mar ’12) into a Meantime goblet to a rich black with a very thin brown head that soon thins to a thin film. Not as strong/an endearing a smell as I had anticipated, definate alcohol nose and a touch of roasted coffee and dark malts, but was expecting a little more! Taste on the otherhand was excellent! Sweet espresso coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. slightly bitter in the afterstate with chocolate just right and well balanced enough to take the edge off the sweeter coffee flavour. A little dark woodiness in the background. Mouthfeel was just right, low carbonation and smooth on the palate. Overall a great imperial stout with a hint of coffee. Will most definately re-visit!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Koelschtrinker (14128) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Intensiver röstig-malziger Antrunk, bereits hier wird die Malzdominanz im Bier ersichtlich. Die Malzintensität steiget nun deutlich an, darin befindet sich eine leichte Bitterkeit und passende Hopfennoten. Kaffeeartig röstig, der Alkohol ist ersichtlich und bringt sich gut in die Kräutergewürznoten ein. Zum Ende, als der Malzhöhepunkt vorbei ist, sind leichte Zitrusnoten erkennbar. Hier ist das Bier aber weiterhin sehr aromatisch und kann, trotz leichtem Brennen im Hals überzeugen. Etwas nach Lakritz, Whiskeyandeutungen. Ein absolut gelungenes Imperial Stout! 9/12/13/14/13/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top. S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon). T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it. M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy. D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13966) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (13485) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted, hop. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, alcohol, hop, cacao. Full bodied beer. world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12969) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Very black color with a tan head that left rapidly. Aromas of coffee and darkly toasted malt. More or less medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is really dark toasted/burnt malt (but smooth) with something approaching espresso. With time, chocolate notes come forth. Finish is a little bit sweet, and there’s not much bitter other than the burnt malt. Overall, it’s a heck of a drink. Every taste is a fresh experience. It may be the same one over and over, but who cares.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)

(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle from fiver29. Poured black color with a large brown frothy head that mostly lasted with . Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium smooth body. Good complex combo of sweet coffee and bitter chocolate with a moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet finish that was strong and lasting. This is a standout brew.

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