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: 2211   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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
ganache (5905) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle. Huuuuge beany coffee aroma, dominating all else, with chocolate. Have to give it to them, they live up to their boast - one of the most coffee-centric stouts out there. Soul-sucking black with a large dark brown head, dense and creamy, quiet, lacing and rocky. Taste of sultry dark chocolate, very dry roast malt but not before the rich, sweetly sticky beany chocolate has its way. Thickly malty (though I’ve had Doppelbocks that were fatter; this is more medium-bodied) with a little alcohol showing but no burn. Creamy-smooth. Light bitterness picks up a bit toward the aftertaste. A sure thing, but not a top-5 impy.

4
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12oz. bottle. Dry, roasty, intensely coffeeish aroma, toasty and dark, full of incredibly dark chocolate malts and smoky notes, charry, woody and earthy. Dark brown-black in color with a lasting, fine, light tan head, some dustings of sediment visible. Flavor is very nicely balanced between the coffeeish dryness and dark malt sweetness, plenty of roast combined with lighter dark, dried fruit qualities, espresso and blackened char. Palate is smooth, creamy and ultimately dry. Body is correspondingly full, yet remaining very drinkable with a pretty incredible finish, showing a true depth of coffee flavor. Thanks to John Bryan for this!

4.1
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2008
pitch black with great tan head. nose of bitter coffee. flavor is absurd. the malt is huge with roasted and chocolate everywhere, the coffee blends in amazingly with it popping up throughout the taste. the hop bitterness is evident and really helps add depth to the coffee. the alcohol is large but only adds to the depth. top of the line, pretty perfect

4.1
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.

3.7
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.

4.3
Beerman6686 (6607) - 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.

4.1
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
Imaena (2327) - 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
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
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.


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