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

bottled
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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%.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4028) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Gothgargoyle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brown black pour. Medium sized creamy brown foamy head, changes slowly, on top of a pitch black colored beer. Aromas of roasted malts, roasted hay, dried leaves, coffee, some espresso, some coffee roast, roasted pils malt, some liquorice and some hop toast. Flavours of bitters, malt roast, coffe roast, coffee tones, light (malty) dry, some cream, some chocolate/cacoa, hay roast, dried leave toast, light hint of liquorice and a sprinkle of something liquorice spicy. Balanced: bitter, roast and the rest. Aftertaste has roast, bitter, malt roast, light dry, some cacoa and light coffee ish tones. Low carbo, soft creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Dark onyx pour with a small tightly packed latte head. Cocoa, roasted oats, toasted malt, and caramel. Surprisingly, the alcohol is incredibly noticeable and a bit distracting. Would think that it was much higher than it is...disappointing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skippy007 (26) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Loved this stout. Very dark colour as you'd expect. Sweet rum like aroma. Tastes is is full of dark chocolate, with hints of smokiness coming through. Nice lingering taste with balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Pour is pitch black with nice brown head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, grassy hops, chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, grassy hops are fairly present here, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light bitter finish. Full body and moderate carb. Pretty good stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumax1 (184) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2013
noire prise au verre au festibiere. arome de café caramel et notes de cognac. petite acidité en bouche et amertume pas trop intense. léger gout de torefaction

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Dark brown to black, lots of espresso on the nose. Lots of roast and more than I expected. cold pressed coffee is persistent and the booziness is pretty big. it drinks like a 12% stout which isn’t really a good thing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (2708) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Nose is chocolate, coffee and hint of smoke. Flavor is mostly the same yet the mouthfeel is larger then the ABV suggests. Alcohol burns on the way down with an a lingering touch on the tongue. Flavor is good just a bit more boozy then I want. Still a nice drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at BarHop. Deep black pour with a fast fading tan head. The aroma is lovely. Very big and roasty with a lot of dry chocolate character and a little bit of salted/savory malt. Intensely salty and rich with a heavy roasted component. It’s intense - but it’s not really the type of Impy Stout that gets me going.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkinhead2 (235) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2014 Bière d’un noir parfait, qui ne laisse filtrer aucune lumière, d’une parfaite opacité, effervescence difficile à observer, mais qui semble bien, et surmontée d’une copieuse mousse, dense et crémeuse, et presque aussi brune que la bouteille de laquelle elle a surgi. Arômes dominants de malt torréfié, grains brûlés, café, chocolat noir, mais également du malt grillé, du caramel et de la mélasse. On peut également y percevoir certains effluves de houblon floral, de levure terreuse, de malt fumé, de fruits foncés bien mûrs (raisin, prune, cerise), et une pointe d’alcool. C’est un nez parfait pour une stout impériale, complexe, riche, très agréable. Ronde en bouche, pétillante, onctuosité parfaite, elle est incroyablement soyeuse au palais. Au goût, la torréfaction domine, grains brulés, café, chocolat noir, mais on note également du malt grillé, du caramel, de la mélasse, et des petits fruits foncés bien mûrs. L’alcool est également légèrement présente au goût, et les saveurs sont incroyablement bien intégrées les unes aux autres. La finale apporte un peu de houblon floral, et laisse place à une longue et franche amertume aux accents de grains brûlés. Quelle réussite! Chaque nouvelle dégustation de cette bière surpasse mes attentes pourtant de plus en plus hautes. Je lui donne donc la note parfaite! Disponible seulement à l’automne, à faire des réserves sans ménagement, et à laisser vieillir sans gêne, sa richesse n’en sera que plus incroyable!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle, thanks gikinji! Pours pitch black, medium dark brown head, great lacing. Aroma is very roasty, coffee, dark cbocolate. Flavor is the same, little sweetness, light bitterness, very roasty. Bitter finish. Full body, creamy. Wonderful if you don’t like sweet stouts.


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