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

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RATINGS: 315   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%.


SlovakSniper's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, - NOV 25, 2012
Un ou deux verres sur place au cours des dernières années. Cette fois-ci, quelques bouteilles dans le confort de ma maison qui me permettent d’écrire cette évaluation qui n’est surtout pas professorale: Une robe presque noire et sa tête brune foncée qui résiste à tout. Un nez de malts rôtis, de torréfaction et de caramel avec des effluves de vanille et de chocolat. Des saveurs possédées par des notes rôties avec du café et des houblons amers dans lesquelles viennent se fondre des morceaux de caramel et du chocolat vanillé. Un corps accessible, de moyenne densité avec des bulles qui se comportent avec modération et une texture crémeuse à souhait. Une finale amère de grains rôtis et de houblons sur un murmure cendré.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (155) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Draught at Bar Volo. Pours an opaque black colour with a small tanned head which recedes to a ring like film. Aroma of raisins and booze. Medium body low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1938) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Dense black pour with very little head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are smoked meat, burnt wood, dark roasted coffee, and light dried dark fruit. Taste is a mix of peat smoke and campfire smoke with hints of raisins and burnt coffee. Very strong bitterness. Might be the most bitter imperial stout I’ve had. Medium to full body. Really good but it was a bit hard to finish the whole 12 oz bottle. The strong bitterness and smoke wears on you a bit. I wish I would’ve opened this on a bonfire night.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2391) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2014
12oz bottle brought back from my Denver trip. Black oily pour with corse tan/mocha head. Slowly recedes to a thin skin. Coffee and licorice on the nose some alcohol fumes and dark raisins. Sharp charcoal rostiness, with some graham cracker and carmel malts. Quite a few IBUs and this I think would fade nicely in the cellar for several months. Perfectly attenuated with enough residual sugars for a nice palate, but dry enough to keep from hiding the hop bite at the end. very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuelMTL (50) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Pour is black with a thin brown head. This beer hits the nose with strong chocolate and coffee notes and a hint of dried fruits. Taste is again strong chocolate followed by a long coffee bitterness and a warming alcohol note. But the 9% are still well hidden. Some hidden sweetness ist there too adding a note of raisins and dried prunes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5801) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Black body with tan head. Dark roast, .smoke, dark fruit aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Dark fruit, blackened dry malt flavors with black licorice, smoke---good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oqnid (76) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
11 fév '13 -->Imperial stout, 9,0%, 341ml -black as night; mousse beige digne d'un café fort, veloutée -nez mélasse, torréfaction, chocolat noir, alcool -entrée café noir, cassonade, mélasse -amertume de torréfaction -ronde -finale café fort, mélasse, vanille, alcool; amère et sèche Co=3.5 Arô=3 Am=3.5 Su=2 Arr=3 via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1420) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pour is deep black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of roasted barley, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, earth, and resin. Finish is dry and roasty with some slight bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1219) - Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Black with a nice creamy lasting light brown head. Aroma is semi sweet, very chocolatey, roasty. Flavor is also very chocolatey and dark roasty. Medium body. Moderate to high bitterness and roast. Well-made.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (544) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2014
strong bittersweet, dark chocolate, alcohol, roast. fairly bitter. A very nice aftertaste, something that burns just right, leaves you wanting a little more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle from State Line. Pours thick and black, and I will save the "that’s what she said" joke. A small brown head that laces well is also apparent. Nose is an intense medley of hazelnut, cacao, vanilla, graham cracker, dark malt, prune. Tastes rich, very complex, very thick, and very smooth. There is charred dark malt coffee oil, and dark choc up front, with mid-palate lactic oats, vanilla, nuts, and blackberry. Some finishing hops and more blackberry and mild tartness round things out. This one is world class.


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