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: 2198   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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4.5
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle at ølbaren - shared with Mette and Anders37. Black - brown head. High coffee, espresso coffee, dry freshly grounded coffee, burned, roasted, light hoppy, dryness. Very nice.

4
bhensonb (15085) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Very black color with a tan head that left rapidly. Aromas of coffee and darkly toasted malt. More or less medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is really dark toasted/burnt malt (but smooth) with something approaching espresso. With time, chocolate notes come forth. Finish is a little bit sweet, and there’s not much bitter other than the burnt malt. Overall, it’s a heck of a drink. Every taste is a fresh experience. It may be the same one over and over, but who cares.

3.9
Ferris (15004) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft - Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Jet black with almost no head. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a lingering but well balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
gunnfryd (14820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted, hop. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, alcohol, hop, cacao. Full bodied beer. world class beer.

3.8
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Bottle. Black-colored beer with a huge brown head, a bit bubbly. Aroma of roasted barley, coffee beans, some coffee liqueur and light fruitiness. Bitter flavor with some sweet, slightly chocolatey, notes, lots of coffee and tobacco and a bit of alcohol. Thick body. A good Imperial Stout.

4.4
Ratman197 (14674) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting creamy brown head with good lacing. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and roastiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, coffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bitter finish.

4.2
Scopey (14505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
On tap at Rattle N Hum. It pours opaque black with a thick tan head. The nose is coffee, liquorice, caramel, toffee, leather, dark chocolate, date, fig and cherry. It tastes of dark chocolate, rich-roast coffee, caramel, sesame seeds, dried cherry, date, raisin, sherry, burnt sugar, charcoal and some bitterness towards the end with a very long finish. It’s really smooth, very fruity and lighter than expected. Top quality gear.

4
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle from fiver29. Poured black color with a large brown frothy head that mostly lasted with . Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium smooth body. Good complex combo of sweet coffee and bitter chocolate with a moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet finish that was strong and lasting. This is a standout brew.

4.3
djd07 (14363) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roast and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with a rich coffee malt and chocolate with rich finish. Wow really enjoyed this one.

4.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)

(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)


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