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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5750) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle at beer bistro. Beautiful black pour with dark tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Not as flavorful as expected. Roasty and chocolate it not gathering too much beyond that. Good not great

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle compliments of Tommy in VT shared with Simon and Keith, pours pitch black with medium coffee colored head. Aromas and flavor of heavy roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, wood, cashews, and fig. Flavor is much of the same. Body is medium to heavy. Never got sweet rich is a rarity with russian imperials these days.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
bottle hooked up by the man who still doesn’t realize that the HF 3rd anniversary party was cancelled and it was all just a dream. definitely one of the best imperial stout i’ve had in quite some time. this beer lifted hard. awesome deep clean roasted character, dark chocolate, touch of molasses. some deep fig and date adds complexity. super tasty. quite the beer. canada rocks.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4817) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2013
12oz bottle pours a fairly viscous opaque black with some lacing, creamy, foamy, beige head. Nose has a ton of licorice, burnt molasses, caramel, dark toast, some toasted grains - rye mostly, lots of chocolate too, some dried fruit lurking as well, raisins and dark mission figs. Flavor has a touch of smoke, plenty of sweetness, both milk and dark chocolate, a little rubber, some bread crust, some coffee grounds, mostly just licorice. Full, slightly astringent, also sweet finish. Smells really nice, but the flavor is a bit of a let down.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1273) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Lovely huge beer! Pours jet black with no head and minimal lacing. Nose is muted, some fruit some espresso. Aromas are roasted espresso, some burnt toast, some bitter chocolate. Mild dark fruit and some grassy bitterness in the background .tastes are heavy sweet and medium to high bitterness. A bit light in the mouth given the overall size of the flavours. Some carbonation. Nice beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
11 of 12 bottling date. Absolutely thick, dense black pour with a huge reverse cascading dark tan head that sticks for ever and leaves great lacing. Flawless appearance. The scent is fantastic, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast, coffee, bread, dark fruit, light spice, it’s all here. Teh flavor is similar. It is not as sweet and caramally as I was expecting rather roasty, nice bitter cacao, but there is a noticeable caramel and dark fruit but it is only in the start not the finish. Such a complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4322) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle thanks to pushkinwow. Dark black pour, with a light tan head. Dark roast, dense chocolate flavors, char, sweetness, and bitterness reminiscent of coffee. Good imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1251) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
Imposante, presque intimidante avec son apparence noire opaque, sa mousse brun chocolat et ses arômes puissants, voire envoûtants, la Grande Noirceur est une costaude, même parmi les Imperial Stout. Saveurs explosives (espresso, chocolat très noir, amertume tenace), effervescence plus haute que la moyenne (mais ça ne la diminue pas, étonnamment), elle est à la fois fidèle au style et audacieuse. Une sorte de "double Imperial Stout", et le tout est vraiment délicieux, même si elle ne convertira personne qui n’est pas amateur du genre.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UM02 (302) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
Rich and thick Imperial Stout. Deep roasted chocolate and coffee taste of the malt and a slight hop bitterness make the high alcohol content imperceptible. This is what an Imperial Stout should be. I could drink it all night even though it would be dangerous! :-)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5306) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger with Streets and the RB gang. Pours a deep black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is roast, espresso, and dark malt. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of smooth roast, standard malt bill, light espresso and caramel malt. Nice stout.


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