DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
A year and a half of aging in the keg!
Smells like devils food cake, roasted coffee and almonds too. Black, fair sized espresso head. yards of lace! Full coffee flavour, dark chocolate and fudge. Really well balanced, bitter as can be. Wonderful! HogTownHarry (7401) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Draught. At Dieu du Ciel. Opaque ruby-black with a decent lasting tan head. Deep dark roast malt aroma, hints of baker’s chocolate, roasted coffee beans, nutshells - very mysterious and restrained. Taste - oh, God this is good - smooth, dark and not very sweet at all but the bitterness is so restrained, as the aroma promises, that it’s balanced, creamy, with a long finish - wow. Thick, smooth and creamy body, lovely and long-finishing, only vaguely acidic and alcoholic. Top-notch, this is a winner. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
Black body with a creamy moka head. Melted black bitter chocolate, cocoa, black forest cake, a little vanilla. Heavy dessert beer. The 8.5% remains totally hidden until the finale where it shows up just to leave a pleasant warm feeling. Easier to get broke than to get drunk on this thing, very $$$. Bottle at brewbub shared with red éric. Batch 51. rederic (3345) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Beer aged for a year since april 2005 in 750ml bottle, batch 51, deep black color, with a frothy tan-colored head, cacao and vanilla notes, hint of black chocolate, black malt, hint of roastiness, and black coffee beans in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet cacao chocolate character, hint of dark chocolate malt, with a touch of warming alcohol, black coffee accent, leading towards a sweet vanilla roastiness bitter finish. Ernest (7936) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2014 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Mild and somewhat simple aroma, but attractive and clean. Very nice flavor balance and texture for the style...not too boozy, not too bitter or sweet (low acidity too, thankfully), again clean in the finish. Maybe short of amazing, but extremely solid and enjoyable. Repeat-purchase worthy, and surprisingly I unknowingly scored it the same as 8 years ago from draft at the brewpub (only change is the aroma/flavor scores reversed).
Quevillon (3216) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Bu sur place en fut (12 oz). Couleur presque noir, collet moyen beige avec dentèle. Arome de café mocha un peu sucré et plaisant. Goût de café sec, chocolat foncé avec petit fruit sûrette. C’est bon! erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2006
’02 Bottle at the brewery, thank you Stephane. It pours opaque with a somewhat fizzy head. Aromas are of burnt malts and dried fruits , absolutely no malts. The body is definitely on the dry side, a bit light for the style. The flavor is lightly oxidized but more in the cardboard sort of way. Roasted malts and dark chocolate dominate. Tha alcohol never reveals itself. Unfortunately this bottle was past its prime as Stephane definitely attested. I would love to try this again. Ungstrup (39285) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
A pitch black beer wtih a lasting brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted with light notes of coffee - and in general the aroma is a bit light, but that was just coming off Peche Mortel. The flavor is sweet with coffee dominating, but also with lots of roasted malt. Another nice brew from Dieu du Ciel. Radek Kliber (7531) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 27, 2005
This is black stout, neat tanned crown on top. Small , quiet carbonation . Superb appearance . Nose of smoked malt, slightly mineral in the middle, later sweet malts. Clean and pleasant aroma .Medium bodied. Initially strong dark roasted bitterness, chewy malt hides behind. Decent but not great. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottle at the brewpub
Black, thick tan nitro head, lots of lacing. Nose of rich dark malts, very creamy, rich, nutty, delicious. Did I say rich? The flavor has some DMS but it blends well into the light oak, coffee and extremely tasty sweet chocolate. Delicious! Strawberry, chocolate covered peanuts. Very creamy.