Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1350   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Dark black with a big creamy brown head. Big aroma of vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malts, and some smoke. Lightly sweet and bitter, medium bodied, soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Creamy dark roast over rich and vibrant vanilla, little chocolate. strong dusty dark chocolate and gritty texture. vanilla builds in the finish, becomes a touch sticky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
a beer worthy of its lofty rating. The aroma is great, vanilla dominates with cocoa coming through also. pours deep black with minimal head. Taste of vanilla on the forfront with cocoa malt finish. very smooth, perhaps a little thin. Very easy drinking. One of my favourite canadian brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
A steady pour into my New Belgium much produces a huge dense foamy head that is a nicely browned rich, creamed cocoa color. The beer is a solid black color that shows some brown notes around its edges. Huge dark cocoa aromatics couple with aromas of darkly roasted coffee. The chocolate character is really quite decadent smelling here and is accompanied, or perhaps accentuated by a dark sweetness. If you really inspect the nose, ample toasted grain notes become noticeable towards the end: toasted, almost burn whole wheat cracker aromas, and rich browned bread crust aromatics become noticeable as does the Stout like roast malt aromas. I have just realized, after taking my first sip, that the sweetness that I am smelling is is actually vanilla; it is funny how the brain does that, associating vanilla with sweetness because that is usually were one encounters it.

My first sip has me noticing just enough sweetness to accentuate a big dark chocolate note, but the beer ends up finishing quite dry with a bitter cocoa and roast malt character; hops definitely play there part in the bitterness but it is the roasted bitterness that seems to be the more noticed up front. The vanilla flavors, and aromas for that matter, seemed to be missing, but then I realized the sweetness I had smelled and tasted really wasnt sweetness, but was instead the vanilla notes contributing a perceived sweetness to this beer. Rich and somewhat viscous feeling on the tongue somehow, despite actually being fairly light bodied for something labeled as vanilla-chocolate stout; really though this is quite rich considering that this is not really malty-sweet. Some of the roast grain astringency, couples with the dark malt and the vanilla to even contribute a hint of induced Bourbon-barrel flavors.

This is quite a nice beer; rich and satiating without being heavy and the complexity that the vanilla and chocolate brings to the beer is quite appreciated. My only complaint is that the cocoa / roast bitterness can be a bit too much at times, though the beer definitely needs some of this to balance the up front rich chocolate and pervasive, though restrained vanilla notes. I could easily drink a lot of this beer if my wallet could afford it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rcubed (35) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Appearance Darks as night, unfiltered stout. No light is getting through. The light brown, Khaki colored head is about fingers and fades fairly quickly leaving a nice lacing. Aroma There is a very present soft vanilla bean aroma that falls to the background of the huge, chocolately malt smell. Theres a huge dark chocolate aroma from the cocoa and chocolate malt. It reminds of brewing up my own oatmeal stout. No hop aroma as is traditional with stouts. Taste The vanilla been is definitely present but no overwhelming blends amazingly with the rest of flavors. Nothing worse than vanilla as a dominating flavor in a beer. The bitterness is probably a combination of the chocolate and hops and reminds of eating very high percent cocoa dark chocolate. A real solid dark malt flavor backs up the cocoa and vanilla and lingers around. The mouth feel is lighter than expected but very pleasant and as it warms up the flavors intensify and the hops start to make their presence. Carbonation is spot on for the style. Verdict Although I enjoy beers like this at any time of the day, Aphrodite would make an excellent desert beer. Its a very balanced beer considering the adjuncts used with the stout base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Poured an opaque black with a dark caramel colored head. Huge cocoa and vanilla nose, quite impressive. Had a wonderful cocoa vanilla taste with a dry bitter finish. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmantler (10) - USA - JUN 9, 2010
A very dark stout. Its finish leaves a bitter taste. It has the chocolate and coffee notes in it and would pair well with a chocolate desert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle from Nqualls. Thanks many Nathan. Pour black with a dissipating brown head. Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Medium bodied with a nice soft carbonation and silky texture. The flavor is a nice blend of cocoa, vanilla, dark roasted malts, mild coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Sweetness is just right, not too sweet and not over attenuated. Roast bitterness on the finish, but with no acridity. A little astringency surfaces as it warms. Another fine brew from a great brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
An absolutely amazing beer. MY friends associated the flavour with coal, but I found the unique mixture of flavours such as bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and malts to create one of the most interesting flavours I have ever experienced in a beer. AMAZING!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
expertmax (21) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Wow, as always, Dieu Du Ciel offers quality ! This beer is awesome, given a slightly lower ABV than the Pch Mortel, this beer offers a better taste where higher ABV wipes the taste. I can taste butter, chocolate, coffee, clove, caramel (lots of it). Brew on tap at the microbrewery. The glassware is amazing and I think this beer deserves and award ! Sell you house and buy tons of this beer !!

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