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


on tap

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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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%.

Fritz123's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1400) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Amazing looking black pour with a thin mocha head. Good rim and lacing. Aroma is strong notes of dark, bitter chocolate, light roast coffee, peat, earth and caramel. The taste is similar with the peat and bitter dark chocolates mostly showing through. Medium body and medium carbonation. The end is bitter and great. No real booze on the finish either. Very well balanced and smooth to drink. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2179) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from Julios. Black with dark brown ring and some lace. Boozy burnt caramel toast aroma with a touch of fruit and dark chocolate. Very roasted boozy caramel dark chocolate espresso and dark fruity sweetness with very roasted woody boozy finish and a hint of grape cough syrup. Full body. Oily body. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3961) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
11.5 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a dark brown with a khaki colored head of foam. Thin head, and it dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. The aroma reminds me of cocoa powder. Chocolaty and sweet. The taste lends more of a roasty bitterness, but overall, the sweetness still is the predominant characteristic. There is a touch of something a little ashy in here. Maybe the alcohol is coming through in that way. I get a bit of raisin the more I sip. Bigger body. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation with lots of very tiny bubbles. All things considered, this beer is pretty damn good. I would love to have it again sometime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (2173) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavored with some smokiness. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Finishes really bitter and chocolatey. Had out of a bottle at home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2893) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Nose is big black roasted malts and dark chocolate coffee but stops short of being burnt. Black pour with small brown head. Some light tobacco and molasses as it warms. Taste is super roasted with a full silky mouthfeel. So much roast it seems acrid and sharp. After a few sips it becomes way more palatable and the alcohol comes out a bit. Silky mouthfeel but the roast, alcohol, and body never seem to truly come together in harmony. Maybe with some age this would come together to be better. Still a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1299) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Velvety smooth!! Beautiful black pour w/ a mocha head & some lacing. The aroma is black liquorice & booze. Taste is light roast, chocolate, & toffee as itís quite complex! The mouthfeel is what really sets this beer apart tho! So light & smooth for the abv! Deliciousness!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Freaky_tiki (812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
I tend to avoid imperial stouts in hot weather. So the minute this week long Toronto heat wave broke & the humidity disappeared like Stephen Harperís integrity & the themometer dipped to 21 degrees, I ran the the fridge & grabbed this beauty. Gifted from Hippyhop -- thanks man! Pours Keystone Pipeline oil spill black with a skinny finger of mocha foam as a cap. Nose is coffee shop. Taste is beautiful: dark roasted cup of cofee with a semi-sweet bar of chocolate melted in it. Not in your face & thatís probably why I love it so. This is sipping heaven.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some bittersweet chocolate and chalky, coal-like notes. Flavour is heavily roasted, with loads of chocolate malt, some wood, oats, but the chocolate and roast dominate this one. Very robust and uncompromising, without being brutal in any way. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3215) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2015
2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed. Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing. Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it. The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol. O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style thatís certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (727) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours jet black with a huge brown head. Aroma is malts, caramel, slight figs and a bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, figs, raisins, dates, cocoa bitterness and slight caramel. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
(bottle - 330 ml) Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Light coffee and lots of caramel in the aroma. Some hints of cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee flavor at the start with a rather bitter middle and a heavily bitter and roasted finish. Some light hints of the chocolate at the end.

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