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


on tap

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RATINGS: 318   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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1269) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UM02 (303) - 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! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5330) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (882) - Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle pour, thanks Brad. Black with small tan head. Roasty espresso aroma. Flavor is all roast, malty sweetness, and coffee. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice and smooth flavorful stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle via Hopscotch as a extra, many thanks! : Pours pitch black with a fading tan frothy head and some spotty lace. The aroma has notes of roast, char, smoke, bittersweet mocha, hazelnuts, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, grassy and herbal hops, and a bit of minerally earthiness. The taste is uber balanced leading to a wonderful beer that is not too sweet, not too roasty, not too hoppy. Complex without beating you over the head. Light dark fruits, light earthiness, moderate roast and coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly sticky, sure it is a tad thin but I think that work with the flavor profile here. Exceeded my expectations, well done brew from Canada via Florida.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours thick, dark black oil in color with a dark burnt caramel cocoa head. The aroma and flavor both bring such a beautiful lightly sweetened roastiness that is so nice on the palate. Aroma brings a bit of brown sugar and black licorice as well. Flavor brings some roasted coffee as well on a creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
341 ml bottle. My 333rd imperial stout that also happens to be the day of the year i was born. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Nose is chocolate, caramel, wood and dried fig. Beautifully thick and creamy finishing with a tang then dry and airy. Almost like this is on nitro. Taste is espresso, bittersweet chocolate, coconut, citrus peel and burnt sugar. Drinks like a dream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (965) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
Draft to goblet Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Opaque brown with a bubbly brown head. Nice string chocolate taste with a malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
On tap at the Underground. Black body with a thin rocky cap floating on top. Fuck ya first sniff blew my mind. Big chocolate, hints of dark sweet rum ( think Zyia if you know that rum ) vanilla, and more stuff that is good and yummy. Taste is both creamy smooth and yet some abrasive and harsh....... Milk chocolate, ash, chalk, dirt, perfume. Smells better then it tastes. I am hitting hints of the not so high 8.5%. The finish and after taste is huge. I think I hit orange but that might be because I read VBS’s review. I liked it but I’ll never buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a full mocha head. Aroma: Rich chocolate, molasses bordering on licorice, quite sweet-smelling, a touch fruity, quite nice. Palate: Medium-full body with sparse, prickly effervescence, slightly chalky. Flav.: A bit deeper and darker than the nose, less of the sweeter notes, more black coffee and a bit less dark chocolate, resinous hops, a little booze; dry with big bitterness, booze and a long, mouth-coating dark-roasted malt finish.

Grande indeed.

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