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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a ring around the top. Aroma is all coffee and roastiness. The flavor is much the same. Pretty smooth, very dark, and full of roast. This one’s pretty damn good, but a little too much roast with not quite enough to balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2008
Bottled. Dark brown colour. Brownish head. Coffee in the nose. Strong taste of coffee. Bier or coffee or biercoffee. Strong malt in the taste. Also some smoke in the taste. Little bit sticky. Some bite of hops in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (6573) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2008
POurs a nice black color with a brown color head, not as viscus as i would have predicted. Aroma is of coffee, strong burnt black coffee. Flavor is pretty much the ame, strong burnt coffee, some smoke and a nice dark chocolate hidden in there. Very interesting stout.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imaena (2296) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (521) - 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.

   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.

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