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


on tap

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RATINGS: 352   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5329) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1501) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (8329) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4673) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1380) - 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 (326) - 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 (5812) - 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 (1012) - 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 (6297) - 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 (2745) - 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.

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