Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy brown head that faded to a wispy film and a thick ring. Great deep nose full of roast, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, some earthy yeast. Amazingly rich cocoa notes. The flavor is not nearly as deep and rich as the aroma would lead on. The vanilla and cocoa are still pretty nice, but the malt depth just isnt doing everything that it should be doing for me. I think that it just doesnt all meld well. The lingering vanilla note comes across a bit extract like on the finish. I like the sweet and bitter balance thats going on here though. Medium bodied with a fairly nice slightly chewy texture and soft carbonation. Its probably a shame that this beer is lumped in with the original version cause it seems a long way away from a "Top 50" caliber beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
There are far too few outstanding single stouts out there, a gap which this bottle fills ably. Overpowering dark chocolate and vanilla with a backing of roastiness in a package that drinks extremely smoothly. If I could get this regularly and cheap Id drink it by the case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15563) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2010
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Aroma or vanilla and chocolate. Whisky or bourbon taste, and cocoa. Roast and bitter aftertaste which might give some hint of beer. Doesnt have enough beer in it to be a stout, this is instead more of a gimmick with all its annoyingly fashionable additives.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Finally getting around to rating this. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a light khaki head. The aroma is super sweet vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. Light bourbon. The aroma is very much an aphrodisiac. Sex in a bottle. The flavor is super sweet vanilla bean ice cream, dry cocoa powder, powdered malted barley, and a bit of charred wood on the finish. The palate actually works and is clean and non-sticky. Seemingly it adds to the overall experience rather than being a big imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Nearly jet black pour w/ a big light brown head and decent lacing, but the head does fade fairly quickly. Aroma is SIMPLY MOUTHWATERING. My buddy said sex in a bottle, and I didnt even make fun of him! Great sweet vanillas a touch of butter nice roasty lightly bitter chocolate a hint of bitterness reminds me of sweet vanilla coffee w/ some chocolate. MMMM! Palate is nice, but not thick or creamy enough. Flavor has quite a bit of cocoa bitterness on the front the vanilla is the secondary flavor coming through after the bitter cocoa fades a dry & sweet stout some good roasty toasty malts hints of lactose before they are buried by the bigger flavors. I might just say the best non imperial stout Ive ever sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite Pours very dark with almost no head. Oily with some lacing on the glass. Slight bubbles are always present on the surface. Aroma coffee, cocoa, soy sauce and molasses sweetness. Slight alcohol on the aroma. Taste is very smooth with a woody presence. Hints of vanilla and coffee. Nothing stands out, and that is why I am not enamored. It is really good, but it left me wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2010
Bottled at Tipu. Black, firm cappucino head. Nose is very mellow, soft vanilla, some honey, dry roasted malt, hints of lactose. Flavor has honeyish bourbon vanilla, whipped cream, little sugariness, dryish burned malt, hints of yeastiness, a bit hollow coffeeish finish, little hard water. Medium bodied, could still use a tad smoother carbonation, reasonably. A good, harmonious stout, Id love this see this on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (5137) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
From a 12 oz. bottle with Aphrodite on the label courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a dense black with a large fluffy dark tan head with light lacing and not much retention. The nose is dominated by the vanilla with some chocolate. Medium body and rich mouthfeel. The flavor is also strongly of the vanilla with toasted malts and chocolate. The finish is long and bitter. This would be a really outstanding beer if is was better balanced, but there was just a little too much vanilla and it threw off the balance some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle; courtesy of my sister for Xmas. Poured a dark brown color with an almost creamy looking brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, with light coffee, smoky and earthy notes. Vanilla added a nice balance. Flavor was as equally delicately balanced. Vanilla and roasted/coffee/smoky notes. A little bit of earthy hops in the finish. Would have liked a longer finish, or at least a more pronounced one. Worth the praise it receives.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle/12 - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with a small thick-bodied tan head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Really nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor is very chocolate with a nice amount of vanilla. Some hop bitterness, but not much of their flavor. Finish is lingering, chocolaty and slightly bitter with a bit of astringency. Really nice... dont drink this one too cold as youll miss much of the flavor!!

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