Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 1352   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and a hint of esspresso with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish. Very tasty dessert beer would go great with a great chocolate cream pie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
341ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Dark brown opaque body with a fluffy brown head. Not much lacing and okay head retention. The aroma is quite rich, with lots of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, with a touch of woodiness and some roastiness. The taste starts out with a very intense roasted malt flavour, with overroasted coffee bean notes and a hint of dark chocolate. Medium body with some crisp carbonation. A bit acidic (which was not the case when I first had it). There is a serious amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, which ends in bitter chocolate and coffee notes. This is the second time Im having this beer, but Ive got to say I enjoyed it much more the first time. Its a full-flavoured, quality dry milk stout, but the roastiness is a bit over the top and there is not enough sweetness to balance it off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle from jerc at bctc. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a bustling carbonation. Nose of metal, vanilla, soy sauce, sour roasted malts. Flavor is vanilla,metal, sourness. Ill have to try this again as the sample I had may have been tainted, but so far I am unimpressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle. An opaque black beer with a medium sized, creamy, mostly lasting and lacing light brown head. The aroma is strong and powerful. Quite malty, with strong notes of dark chocolate and also notes of roasted grain, vanilla and a hint of coffee. The flavour is almost heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Less enjoyable than the aroma, but not bad. Medium body , lively carbonation, long finish with about medium bitterness, Maybe not excessively complex, but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2732) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Chestnut-hued black. Tight and creamy beige froth entices the senses with its superb retention. Generic nose of cola, nougat, plastic, cacao nibs, chocolate taffy, burnt malt hulls, unripe plums and faint smoke. Overwhelmingly vanilla-laden with a hint of bile. Carbonation is soft and snug. Initially brash with gritty roast yet replete with vanilla which, to a certain degree, resembles plastic. Roast-derived acidity echoes the vibrant dried-plum esters which quickly get pushed aside as the vanilla refuses to relent. Bitter chocolate and scratchy cocoa are buried within the oppressive vanilla. Pungent roasted-malt character exhibits nice depth as it deposits considerable tar and java notes on the palate, but is eventually bludgeoned by the vanilla beans. Vanilla is utterly overbearing to the point of becoming bitter and fatiguing after merely two gulps. Fairly chalky in the finish with a nauseating roasted-malt and bitter vanilla-bean discord. Unpleasant notes of cheap chocolate taffy and vanilla linger on the palate for what seems like an eternity. Decent enough, in terms of structure and the lack of glaring flaws, but certainly a blatant misuse of vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours pitch black in color with a moderate cocoa colored head that quicly dissipates leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, with mild coffee and molasses notes. Taste is domonated by dark chocolate flavors, backed up by vanilla and cocoa flavors. Finishes moderately sweet with a medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
Dark brown with a beige small head that leaves a nice lid of lacings. The smell is very mellow and round, yet characterful. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Pleasant malts beneath. Not very complex, but the vanilla and chocolate combination is very pleasant. The taste is on the sweet side with a foundation of mild roasted maltiness and huge amounts of vanilla and chocolate/cocoa/chocolate powder. The sweet flavors of vanilla and cocoa are very prominent and dominate the taste completely. Its almost reminiscent of a tasty milkshake. Just a hint of dark fruits and perhaps a hint of smoke as well. The finish is very mildly bitter with notes of nuts and chocolate. Unfortunately, I think the finish is a bit short. Medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly too active carbonation. A good one. Very smooth and round. Its sweet, but not overly so and the somewhat one-sided character works really well due to the well crafted composition. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (48040) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle 341ml. @ home.
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, cacao, vanilla, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. [20091017]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at chris_os "smash kooks granny tasting". Alround rating: Powdered american chocolate character, or non chocolate like chocolate, lots of sweet vanilla, spicey peppery and nutmeg or something, on the sweetside of balanced and not really a nice drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a 2 finger thick tan / chocolate head, some spotty lacing. Nice nose of bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, some molasses and toffee in the background. Flavor starts with some deep toasted malts, cocoa, and coffee. Finishing semi sweet and medium in body.

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