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


on tap

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RATINGS: 276   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2217) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle (341 ml). Beautiful black beer with a thick creamy long lasting mocha head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt (way more than anything else), chocolate, smokey malt, caramel and vanilla. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, slight caramel and medium bitterness. Mouthfeel isn’t as thick as I thought it would be when I poured the beer (head was so thick) but it’s not thin either. Sticky bitterness. This imperial stout, compared to many other of the style, isn’t too sweet so it’s rather easily drinkable. Not an astonishing beer, but well executed and enjoyable. Good new product in DDC bottle offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bean (71) - Saint-Eustache, Québec, - NOV 16, 2012
Shy toasted bread aroma for that pitch black stout. nice head, but it didn’t lasted much more than a few sip. Medium sweet and bitter taste with a nice malty profil taking the lead. A very well design Imperial Stout. Classic stuff from Dieu Du Ciel!. Nice addition to the Momentum rotation. Can this be drank all night long ? Yes. But the result might very well be...great darkness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
341 ml bottle. Pours pitch black, could not spot any light going through it! Dark beige, very resilient head. Smell is roasted coffee beans. Taste is roast, strong black cocoa, burnt caramel, crème brûlée, coffee. Finish is bitter, a touch of citrus, but mostly an avalanche of black chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Very thick body. Weak carbonation. A very, very solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (983) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Remember that coffee pot that you let cool down in the morning? Take a whiff, this is exactly what this smells like. Not sure if it should qualify as a positive, but it is an imperial coffee stout so yeah. At least it is not ashy like some of them are. Pretty intense roasted aroma/flavor as advertised, with a hint of sweetness. Ultimately it comes out to me like wet, cheap brand coffee grounds though... but it’s still quite drinkable mind you. It had a nice moka head but now it has diminished into a small brown-ish ring. Alcohol is expertly hidden for such an ABV. I thought I would rate this one higher so the cheap coffee thing going on must be affecting me more than I thought. I’m still drinking though.

2012-11-23: I’m glad to report that a second bottle didn’t have that unpleasant smell so I’m bumping it up just a little. Nothing spectacular to me still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kavenpb (36) - saint jérôme, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
Très belle apparence. Mousse moka. Arôme prononcé de malt torrifié, de caramel brûlé et de mûre noire. Bien malté en bouche, amertume pas trop prononé. Nous laisse une agréable finale de café noir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (620) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Bouteille 341 ml. J’avais bien hâte d’essayer celle-là. Fidèle à lui-même, DDC! ne déçoit pas avec cette Imperial Stout principalement sur le café et la vanille (auxquels s’ajoutent des notes de caramel, d’orge, de fruits noirs et d’alcool). Elle est étonnamment amère, mais une finale sucrée vient tempérer cette amertume. Superbe apparence. Bonne rondeur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12612) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. A finger-thick, tan head rests on a black body. The aroma is on the roasted side, with some coffee and a nice addition of dark chocolate. Sweetish flavor, yet it feels dry on the palate. Full body, pleasant carbonation level and some warmth. Roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate as well as hints of leather, prunes and dried figs in the flavor. Lasting finish, mostly on the roasted side. An easy drinking imperial stout, tasteful, quite complex but maybe lacking some body. 120511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2012

Draught @ [ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 ] @ Spartas Lokaler, Faelledparken in Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark black colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, choclate, dark roasted, light licorice. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120511]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
On tap at the Dieu du Ciel 14th anniversary party, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some bittersweet chocolate and chalky, coal-like notes. Flavour is heavily roasted, with loads of chocolate malt, some wood, but the chocolate and roast dominate this one. Very robust and uncompromising, without being brutal in any way. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
CBC, Tap, 110512. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and spices. Flavour with coffee, chocolate and liqourice.

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