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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The Grande Noirceur is an intensely black and dense beer with pronounced roasted flavours. The bitterness is very imposing but is balanced by a malty-caramel taste. The alcohol content is quite high, but its presence remains discrete in this beer.

ABV initially 8.5%, changed in late 2012 to 9%.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (2766) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2013
On tap, O’Connors, Uppsala, Swe. Aroma really heavy with toffee, not much room for other aromas. Taste: very sweet, lots of toffee, aftertaste a bit burnt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1407) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Bouteille 341 ml. 8.5%. Noire comme la nuit, mousse brune. Arôme de café torréfié noir, houblon..un peu de choco. En bouche, beaucoup de torréfaction, malt, houblon. Finale amère, balancée par le malt, un peu de sucre. Excellente Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1889) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottled sample via BreWedge, shared wtih oakbluff. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate, earthy coffee, and caramel. Flavors are of sharp and roasty (but not astringent) coffee bean, vanilla caramel, and dark chocolate. Lighter bodied for the style, but very drinkable. More of a sessionable take on the style, but still very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml. Bière noire opaque avec une mousse brune. Au versement le liquide est visqueux, c’est bon signe ! La bière sent le chocolat au lait, du chocolat mexicain fondu. La bouche est costaude, chaude, l’amertume est bien présente. Il y a du chocolat amère. La texture idéale. Un classique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml, robe noire et mousse brune, arôme de café et d'alcool, goût de moka longuement torréfié. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2111) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
341ml bottle from jsprime. pitch black, brown head. nice roasty dark malt nose. the flavour is dominated by roasted malt and is quite bitter. the body is thin for the style and there is not enough sweetness to balance the roast and the hops. peche kills this stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2272) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pitch black body, minimal khaki colored head, spotty lacing. Nose is heavily roasted. Roast coffee, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, light caramel, some traces of smoke. Flavor follows suit. More roast. Intense bitterness. Full bodied, gentle carbonation, earthy, roasty, bitter, dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black with a thick mocha head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, smokey notes, vanilla and some herbal notes. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, tobacco and herbal hops with a hint of wood and alcohol and a bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from MartinT. I must get around to deciding whether Impy stouts or Bohemian Pilseners is my favorite style. I love them both dearly and both can be so diverse. But let’s get down to brass tacks here shall we? First and foremost, I disagree with their bitterness qualification. It is not imposing. Imposing bitterness is the hatred and bias that Slovaks have against both the Russians and the Hungarians. That there is some bitterness. I will give em the intense black and dense part. Large burnt sienna head. Roastyness does abound....alcohol is present and hidden in the maze of malt layers. It (the alcohol) is much like a burlesque dancer showing you nothing and just enough at the same time. Leave it to the French Canadians to pick on the Russians thru beer....something the Ruskies cant make worth a damn. My this is a fine brew. Martin, what’ll it take for you to send more?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
Black with brown head very good beer, lot of roasted aromas and chocolat alcohol well hidden.


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