Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2773) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle to help celebrate the official arrival of unspeakable cold weather here and the first good wood stove fire of winter. Aphrodite, unlike the picture on the bottle is the darkest of browns with a fluffy cocoa head and great aromas of cocoa, dark fruit and earth/peat. That said, the nose is disappointing when compared to the flavor. Rich chocolate is running wild in this one with a cream and vanilla smoothness. A bit of dark fruit is there as well, but this is fairly one-dimensional. Creamy chocolate with a smooth finish. The only thing is that it is an amazing one-dimensional beer. Worth the trouble and worth the wait.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours an opaque brown color with a nice rich brown head. Aroma is bitter cocoa, dark roast, some sweet vanilla, some coffee, a touch of smoke, brown sugar, and some mint. Flavor is cocoa, vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2009
(bottle - 341 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with a very nice cocoa and bitter roasted malt smell and the lightest touch of vanilla. Flavor is rich and smooth. Lots of roasted malts and cocoa at the beginning with a roasted and sweet vanilla middle. Finishes very bitter and bittersweet with a light hint of coffee and cream. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Black with a thin, light brown head. Chocolate and vanilla meshed nicely in the aroma with smoked, roasted, cocoa malt character too. Seemed heavier than the tame alcohol percent it contained. Chocolate and smooth malt presence and a touch of coffee-like tones. The vanilla shined through in the end. Really simple, but wonderfully complex at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
11.5oz bottle, labeled Aphrodite. body is black with no color at edges. head is tall and fluffy, dark tan/sienna. aroma is vanilla, chocolate malt, almost like a black & white malt shake. yes, milk chocolate syrup, and marshmallows too. flavor is roasted chocolate malt, some baking chocolate and then vanilla & milk chocolate too. dryish and a little bitter in the finish, with a roasty dry aftertaste. nice profile for a beer thats only 6.5% ABV. lots of thin lacing all up & down the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Pours a jet black with a minimal head and leaves very sticky lacing.... Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla extract with alcohol... More vanilla aroma than chocolate... Flavors are quite rich, roasty with vanilla again dominating the chocolate and coffee flavors, with notes of smoke... Very much a dessert beer, very complex... Not too thick while still being quite sticky though not that sweet... medium bodied, medium full mouthfeel, not as roasty as expected. somewhat dry finish, and a touch of lingering bitterness... Very outstanding stout, just a bit too much vanilla for me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Poured dark brown with a nice tan head, some minor lacing. Aroma is really nice mix of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate. Great stuff. Taste is really nice mix of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, light bitter notes as well. Mouth is full and creamy, full bodied brew. Overall, an awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Bottle. Pours a viscous near-black with a low dense tan cap. Intense chocolatey and coffee aromas, faint hints of stewed fruits. Sweet, silky, very chocolatey palate, with burnt malt bitterness and coffee and dark fruity elements as well. Sweet and rich, but balanced. God am I glad I can buy this in Alberta! This will join McAuslen as a permanent member of my fridge stock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
From bottle. Lovely black colour with a frothy tan head. Very appealing looking beer. Great aroma. Chocolate , coffee malt aroma. Rich flavours of chocolate. Almost like a col cappuccino. Delicious flavours. Sharp bitter finish. Rich texture. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle. Deep dark inky beer with a wisp of a tan head. Nose was sweet milk chocolate and a nice roasted cocoa bitterness. Flavor was a little underwhelming, sweet chocolate again ni the front, a big slug of vanilla and a lightly btter coffee at the end. Finish is a little sticky, and more of the vanilla. It was good, but the nice roasty/bitter nose didnt play in the taste much. Had it - I think this would be a really nice one. As it is, a well done beer.

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