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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2186   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (911) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Redstone Liquors, Stoneham. Appearance is opaque black with less-than-finger-width light brown and slightly red head with poor retention and light lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with coffee, bordering on burnt/ash, dark chocolate. Taste is up front bitter roasted malts and coffee with subtle dark fruit and dark chocolate in the middle and ending strong bitter burnt/ash. Palate is medium bodied with thick, silky texture; soft carbonation and bitter roasted/burnt/ash finish. Overall, while I like smoke and hints of ash and burnt character, this was a little too forward and dominated the experience. I was so looking forward to this and, while still very good, am a little bummed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (1105) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black with a bubbly to lacy light beige head. Aroma is of biscuit, chocolate, treacle, coffee, dark fruits, hint of ginger. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, treacle, raisins, nuts, smokey. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (1574) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, coffee, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor is rich chocolate, bitter roast, and coffee. Well-carbonated with a medium body. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Smells like a big ball of chocolate-covered, well-roasted coffee beans! Of course it’s pitch black—it’s called mortal sin for crying out loud! Tastes of dark roast coffee from beginning to end with a powerful, smoky espresso finish. Arrives mostly sweet with dried fruits & chocolates and then moves towards a roasty/smoky end. Dark fruits intensify as it warms up but still subtle compared to the coffee. With time the espresso intensity grows and lingers in the finish. Seriously, the alcohol is masked by all that strong coffee until it warms up. The medium body, dry finish, & absence of carbonation fits this beer perfectly. If you’re into huge, flavorful coffee, then this beer is your dream come true. One criticism, though, is that the dominance of coffee perhaps makes this beer one-dimensional after a few sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dakingindanorf (6) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017 does not count
Usually don’t like to let coffee stouts sit around but this has been fridged for a long time. Pleasant, not overpowering coffee nose, pours a touch thin looking. Doesn’t taste it - not overly roasty but bitter, still has a lot of nice coffee flavor. Gonna have to restock on a few of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MatChar (41) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Bottle (batch: 2016-11-07). Appearance: nice, dark black. Light brown, hazelnut head. Smell: espresso, coffee, and more coffee! Roasted malts. Taste: espresso, cacao, fruity, with coffee and hoppy bitterness, surprisingly dry and drinkable. Smooth texture and feel. Overall: an easy drinking, super tasty, coffee imperial stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mozbee (12) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
On tap at DDC St-Jerome. It was among the first beers I had from DDC. Being a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this beer very much. It’s a rich strong black beer with that nice coffee taste, quite rich and complex. I just realized with time that I prefer lighter beers. I can appreciate its greatness anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (3553) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Shared from bottle at Maakun’s. Black with tan ring head. Sweet roasted choco malts with biggedy papa coffee beans. Nice. Nice. Nice. Coffee. Coffee. Nice. Nice. Medium sweet, light roasty bitter. Over medium body. Nice silky feel. Nice roasty noasty moasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (4925) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle from the US shared at home. Black with short lasting tan head that leaves a ring of fine bubbles. Massive coffee, blackberries, some marzipan, dark chocolate, ash, roasted malts, figs. Super coffee forward but also with soft dark fruits and malts. Over medium sweet and bitter. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 27, 2016
bottle at home for 2016 European secret Santa courtesy of V_Duquerroux, cheers Vincent!
One of my big wants, have heard a lot about it. Big full bodied, warming, tonnes of coffee on both nose and palate, rich and roasty, though not massively bitter, fair amount of residual sweetness to balance. The booze isn’t ovefly subtle either. Big and beatly, not doing subtlety well, a bit of an anticlimax after some of their other beers. Had better coffee brews.

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