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

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RATINGS: 340   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%.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
Pours inky and black with a medium brown head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, some fruity notes, maybe pineapple, toast, and pine. Full chewy body, velvety, dry. Mildly sweet, mild citrus, with a creeping medium bitter finish. A little boozy. This would probably age well.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
(12 oz bottle) - Scant dark tan head. Black opaque body. Aroma of black strap molasses and brown sugars. Rap thick body. Heavy flavors from roasted malt, which lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Surprising carbonation amount, to the betterment. Yet another top notch beer from this Canadian gem of a brewpub!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2323) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Dark black body, lots of foamy lasting brown head, some large bubbles and lacing, very attractive. Very roasty aroma. Taste is somewhat bitter at first, then changes to lactose before finishing with more bitterness. Abv well masked. Lovely imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (1730) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
So, how many massive imperial stouts can you drink in one night? Letís find out! Also I think Incubus is really a working-class band.... not serious artists, but they deliver what they intend to. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Do we need to see genius in everything? So this pours black like tar with only a modest bit of dark beige head. The aroma is alcoholic barley kind of bolstered by a bit of carbonation, some roasted coffee in there too but soft. The flavour is a lot of sugary sweetness with barley thrown in, chocolately goodness, a gooey chocolate cake experience and icing too. Itís a strong contender in the over-alcoholized stout section but I wish it had more complexity. Drinkable however and a few of these will definitely knock you down in no time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Thank you Kbudd-what a wonderful bonus! Black pour w/ a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate/cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, char, dry, chalky. Such a tasty beer. Without sounding greedy- I want more. OK lacing. The beer clung to the side of the glass. This beer is worth moving to Canada for.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (517) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of SlovakSniper. Thick, dark pour with a nice brown head. Chocolate, coffee, bread raisins and cherries. A little boozy, full-bodied, and very flavourful. Fantastic imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Light roast and nutty aroma with malt. Malt and light caramel flavor with light roast and backing PNW hops. Medium-plus bodied. Light roast and light coffee lingers with malt and light pine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (707) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Thick impenetrable black with medium cushion of brown head. Aromas of toast, roasted malt. Once you sip it it adds leather, ash, cocoa. Relatively dry for an imp stout, which really lets a potent bitterness hit you from start to finish. Alcohol well concealed. Bitterness starts to be a bit much

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9001) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from The Beer Trappe, Lexington. Dark brown color. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate, herbal hops. The taste is bitter roast, coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, a bit of raisin. Medium bodied, good balance. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Was glad to lay my hands on this. A: Pitch black with a mocha head. Good retention and legs. N: Cocoa, coffee, licorice, anise, malted milkballs, dark fruits - maybe prune. Good char here, too. T: Hefty coffee and roast bitterness. Sweetness in the background, but itís fairly balanced. M: Thick, oily, no alcohol presence. O; A very well balanced RIS, as is DDCís wont. I really enjoy what they do, and this is no exception. Not the best IRS, but certainly an excellent addition to the cellar.


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