overall
100
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style
Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vanrassel (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
I view many high ratings of impy stouts as a product of beer geek bias toward so-called big beers, but Péché Mortel deserves the acclaim. It looks great: creamy, resilient tan head over an opaque black body. It smells great: a complex mix of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee grounds and prunes — but no burnt or overly-bitter aromas. It tastes great: nice bittersweet chocolate flavour with a dry roasty finish. Alcohol only became apparent toward the end as it warmed. Full-bodied and smooth, too. I’m not a fan of this style, but I’m happy to have tried this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imaena (2280) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 25, 2008
Draught @ Mondial 08’. Brilliant Stout that is now one of my favorites. Deep black pur with creamy tan head. Choc., Coffe, and black forrest fruits. Thick and viscous. Bitterness in the back. Well crafted, subtle, and damn near perfect.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2008
341 ml bottle, shared with Sølve. The body is black. Lovely brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and roasted malt. Flavor has the same elements, but also liqorice. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Lovely imperial stout!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2008
An old rating i finally got to entering. From the first 22 oz US bomber release. Aroma was of straight coffee still and some chocolate came through but not much else. Flavor was solid. Dark for a stout but not real dark.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
bottle. Thick, opaque, heavy black pour. Surprisingly big medium brown head that foams up with no signs of clearing. Thick aromas of burnt malt and a huge dose of coffee (suprise!). Flavors of unsweetened coffee and big heavy chunks of roasted malt. Some middling bitterness hangs around too. Holds the 9.5% very well- no excessive booze heat. Finish/mouthfeel is superb- very thick, smooth, and silky on the palate. Superb coffee stout- possibly better from the bottle than previous samples from the tap??

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (508) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
It’s been a long time coming... sampled from a bottle courtesy of BitchesBrew. Thick, creamy, sticky cappuccino-like brown head. Dense, rich, malty aroma with loads of coffee/espresso, dark roasted/burnt toast graininess, a bit of a sweet molasses hint. The flavors lived up to the aroma, huge amounts of sweet rich roasty malts, coffee, molasses . Very viscous, but soft and silky sugary mouthfeel. Pretty lasting, inconclusive finish. Very little (to no) astringency. A pretty serious beer, very good, very well-made, but you have to be in the mood for this blast of COFFEE.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2008
11.5oz bottle thanks to Kempleton (BA). Pours black as outer space witha lovely light-brown head. The head hung around to produce great lacing. Nose was of roast coffee and chocolate. Taste was roast coffee, chocolate, fruit and somewhat ashy. Mouthfeel was medium, but more of a wet feel, not the usual dry chalkiness often found in impy stouts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2008
11.5 oz bottle pours inky and opaque with an impressive brown head that strews some satiny sheets of lace on the snifter. Aroma is more subtle than expected but boasts black coffee, chocolate and black currants. Rich coffee dominates the taste, joined by lots of bittersweet chocolate and a fruity black currant note. Alcohol is concealed very well. One of the better coffee stouts around.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2016 341ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Jet black, large tan head, settles to a small ring. Coffee and sweet spicy peppers aroma. Taste matches the aroma - coffee and even more spicy peppers. Slightly fizzy on the tongue, otherwise quite sticky in the mouth. Swirling it softens it nicely. Covers the alcohol perfectly. Great sipper, but so tasty you want to glug it. The spicy sweet peppers wow me all the way to the bottom. And the coffee’s not caricatured, all very well balanced.
Rerate: 341ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut (6:4:7+:4:14+=3.5++)
Peppers in the aroma, some coffee, some chilli. Lovely rich roast, but not harsh or astringent. Not getting the coffee so much. Beaniness almost completely gone. Drinkability very high, no sign of 9.5%. Still very good, but it’s missing the extreme yumminess of the previous one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2008
From a bottle pours a murky dark brown. big aroma of roasted coffee beans. taste is the same. a great coffee stout along with jah-va from ST. and the label is just great.


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