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


on tap

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RATINGS: 339   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
12oz glass on tap at the Underground Tap and Grill pours a deep black color with a finger of light tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate with hints of coffee. Taste is a roasted grain bitterness balanced nicely with a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very well done stout that I highly recommend to others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (719) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
2012 bottle. pours jet black with a nice finger of coffee tan head. Nice retention on the head, the smell is your typical RIS, hints of coffee and dark malts. Great beer, the booze is well hidden, has a nice finish, and leaves a warming effect. Would love them to BA this sucker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (939) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Fantastic beer. This black, low carb with a low tan head and tons of lacing. Smell is sweet chocolate, coffee, dirt and caramel. Caramel and bakers chocolate, some coffee with no sign of booze. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
On tap at Underground. This is damn good shit. Black, medium brown sticky bubbly cap, stupid lacing. Dark chocolate everywhere, thick earthy malts, caramel, possible orange fruitiness, roasted nuts, deep dark nose, molasses. Flavour is the same with a more dry, chewy goodness. There is a lightness to be found which is surprising. Burnt, deep deep roast, bakers choco bitterness, acidic touch, bark. Hard and nasty. Perfect. Gonna be hard to get this taste out of my mouth. I won’t be trying to hard to do that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Thanks to Tommy for this one. Aroma is burnt toast, light chocolate, mild dark fruits. Taste is a bit bland up front and then ramps up to heavy ashy bitterness and light chocolate. Interesting stout and pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Sampled in the stout off, big thanks to tommy, ashy and bitter, not mug for sweetness, very interesting stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
341 mL bottle at BeerBistro, served in a snifter. Pours deep black with a medium creamy, frothy tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has deep roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate; herbal hops become more prominent as it warms. The flavour is medium dry with big roasted malts, a hint of smoke and a big herbal component. It is fairly hoppy throughout with herbal hops. Big dark espresso, chocolate and a peppery alcoholic note are present throughout. It dries out even further towards the end, and closes out with big roasted malts and a huge bitterness, some herbs and pepper. On the palate, it is full in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice imperial stout, interesting for its dryness and roastiness. It carries the coffee well, but is perhaps a tad too dry for my taste. The bitterness was nice, almost like a black imperial IPA. Compared to Péché, it is considerably drier and more roasty, but the coffee is not as big. 2013-02-12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1144) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Bar Hop. Black with a thin brown head. Aroma of coffee, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Taste is extremely dry roasty with cinnamon, and a little vanilla/bourbon. Body feels thin. Pretty nice, but not super great by Imperial Stout standards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2345) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, pours a nice black, aroma is roasty and flavour is nice and roasty, overall really well balanced and full of flavour, quite enjoyable

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