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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1981   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


sitzds' rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (318) - - FEB 12, 2014
12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. This beer is black with highlights of cola at the edges. A gentle pour yielded a thin head that receded to a ring. Dots of lace are left behind as the beer is consumed. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is bitter espresso, dark cherries, some vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, and a smoky/roasty malts. On the low end of full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (758) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours a solid black with brown foam and lacing. It has a rich coffee and toasty malt aroma. The flavor is rich coffee and toast up front with a nut and chocolate backbone and bitter coffee finish over a heavy body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1473) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black. Strong coffee beans and espresso on the nose, roasted malts. Delicious. Taste is also plenty of coffee and roasts. Quite sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IngetSlick (36) - - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Lively and creamy head. Distinct coffee aroma. A lot of coffee in the taste, with some vanilla and roasted coffe beans and a lot of bitterness. A very well balanced brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredfa (55) - belo horizonte, BRAZIL - MAY 17, 2015
Excelente imperial. A aparência e de um capuccino. Bastante café presente no aroma e no sabor. Muito equilibrada com alcool bem inserido. Apesar de ter gostado, esperava mais desta breja que é considerada a melhor do Canadá. Está dentre as melhores imperial stout que provei.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonm223 (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
I find this one just a bit too fruity. Also sometimes there’s a hint of ash to the flavour and scent. But neither is enough to change the fact that it is a very good beer; and it looks absolutely beautiful in a glass.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (823) - USA - APR 29, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass -- suprised about the twist off cap but DDC don’t care. I was skeptical about this beer from the get go, but it proved me wrong at every opportunity. Nothing crazy about aroma or appearance, fairly solid; flavor however, now that’s where this beer is magical. Medium to full feel of dark malts, roast and a firm hop bitterness give way to an oak flavor rounded out by a hint of sweetness. Just great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (262) - USA - APR 29, 2015
An onus attached to the bottle with the twist-off cap is obviously not dark enough to dissuade Dieu du Ciel from taking care of business as they see fit, and I certainly don’t find any reason to doubt them when I peel the cap off the neck of this deliciously sexy bottle. The aroma is mesmerizing; a desperately deep espresso flavor dripping in ashes and dark caramel. When I pour, the flow is akin to burnt toffee, the cascading liquid causing the foam to erupt on the surface, shrouding the beer in a thick, latte colored blanket. The first draw is so many times a light sip, almost an intake of breath. Not this time. The aroma is so powerful that I feel a need to draw a long swallow. I pull the cool brew into my mouth and ply it with my tongue, stirring it into the corners, pushing it into the hidden spots and finding all of its excellent features by letting it warm in the process. The espresso is rich, a dark toffee touching the flavor, but not overwhelming me with sweetness, only soothing the bitterness of the coffee. The creamy, full body and ample carbonation carry the flavors and aroma without a thought, as if they were light as a feather, despite their weight in gustatory gold. This amazing brew finishes as an excellent reminder of what I just experienced and lasts intact for a few minutes before waving a silent and graceful farewell. I don’t care what the shipping is, I’m finding this again...in multiples!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1047) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown (almost black) pour with a nice beige bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Coffee, dark dried fruits, soil, lead. Good carbonation. Medium milky body. A lot of great coffee but not overwhelming. Awesome balance of acidity, bitterness, sweetness and alcohol. Long coffee finish that ends with a long alcohol burn in the throat. Hides the alcohol well. Really nice

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (487) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Pitch black pour with a tiny tan head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted coffee and some more coffee along with a touch of chocolate and some vanilla. Bitter coffee and chocolate throughout with a sufficiently sweet toffee background to support the whole. Vanilla notes are a bit more present in the taste. Medium full creamy mouth with a long bitter finish. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2015
Very black color in nature with a small tan/mocha head and no lacing to speak of. Coffee in the aroma as well as roasted espresso beans. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup of espresso over ice. Bitter coffee up front with roast and char to follow. A warm finish and smooth on the palate. Wonderful coffee stout; the way it should be!


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