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


on tap

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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%.

mathieuc's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3179) - Québec, Quebec, - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Remember that coffee pot that you let cool down in the morning? Take a whiff, this is exactly what this smells like. Not sure if it should qualify as a positive, but it is an imperial coffee stout so yeah. At least it is not ashy like some of them are. Pretty intense roasted aroma/flavor as advertised, with a hint of sweetness. Ultimately it comes out to me like wet, cheap brand coffee grounds though... but it’s still quite drinkable mind you. It had a nice moka head but now it has diminished into a small brown-ish ring. Alcohol is expertly hidden for such an ABV. I thought I would rate this one higher so the cheap coffee thing going on must be affecting me more than I thought. I’m still drinking though.

2012-11-23: I’m glad to report that a second bottle didn’t have that unpleasant smell so I’m bumping it up just a little. Nothing spectacular to me still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adamsville (169) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
Apparence : Noire au petit col brun très foncé, rétention faible, carbonatation semble moyenne. Nez : Torréfaction dominante, chocolat noir, léger café et léger vanille. Vraiment axé sur la torréfaction avec une intensité moyenne. Goût : Torréfaction, cendrée, léger cacao, alcool présent, amertume moyenne à élevée en finale. Intensité Sensation : Effervescence plutôt faible, corps dense et huileux, léger piquant en bouche, finale en amertume moyenne d’une bonne longueur, chaleur d’alcool. Bref : Bonne bière, mais pas la plus multi-dimensionnelle : on a une Imperial Stout axée sur la torréfaction avec une amertume bien présente en finale. Le corps est tout simplement incroyable avec sa densité et sa texture et l’intensité est aussi bien élevée. Pas trop sucrée, alcool bien balancé. Par contre, l’intensité du nez n’égale pas ce que l’on retrouve en bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1148) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
(341ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours pitch black with a short, fine, medium-tan head. Aroma is powerfully roasty, lots of toasted malts with smoke and ash, cocoa, a bit of coffee grinds, dark rye bread, anise, dark fruit lurking behind. Flavour a bit sweeter than the nose with dark caramel malts, sugared coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, toasted and burnt malts, slight fig. Finish has burnt malt, tar, light anise, lingering caramel sweetness behind but quite bitter overall from roast that persists long into the finish. Quite full mouth feel with smooth creamy carb and no alcohol heat. A very nice roast-driven adjunct free stout. Super sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (1939) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: coffee domination with mocha chocolate hit. Roasted malt and caramel notes. Taste: full body with coffee exposition and mocha. Good attenuation and quiet drinkable. Aftertaste: coffee and dry coffee, mocha.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2305) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle @ home, from Systembolaget. Jet black pour with a tan head. Tons of roast here, sweet malts, liquorice, some booze, prunes and some light ash. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arsol (956) - NORWAY - JUL 21, 2016
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter av Moccabønner, Karamell. Fyldig og smaker Av mørk sjokolade, noe kaffe. Kjenner også alkoholen godt. Meget god:-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (620) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2016
Oh this is a superior ale! Pours thick, black and with a brown head, nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and some hints of coffee. Very complex palate as well with a roasty and smokey character infused in coffee, malts, caramel, vanilla and dark chocolate. Booze is very well hidden, full body, dry finish. Overall... one of the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1779) - - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2083) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2016
11.5oz. bottle: This one pours an opaque, inky dark brown color. There was a finger of a dark tan head on it that didn’t linger too long. Good nose. Roastiness, caramel malts, fruit, smokiness, some chocolate and coffee. the taste is very good. Smokey, chocolate, roastiness, some bitterness. No alcohol notes. A really good imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleRider78 (588) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2016
341ml bottle. Pours an average size foamy head and a pitch black colour. Some sediments on the way out of bottle into glass were noticeable. Has some roasted malt aromas as well as mild spices and notes of caramel and vanilla. The flavours are plentiful with coffee, dark roasted malts and chocolate the main taste. There are also hints of barley, caramel, toffee. Many flavours! Pretty lively mouthfeel, some bitterness but quite inoffensive. Little bit bitter aftertaste. And the alcohol is well hidden, this being a 9%abv brew. Very good. Dieu du Ciel hardly ever disappoints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
Black Imperial Stout. Aroma has heavy roasted and burnt smells, with some chocolate mixed in. Bitter chocolate and burnt malt taste with a nice, long finish. Not very complex but a good beer.

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