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

bottled
available

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.

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4.1
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
black, tan head. aroma of sponge toffeem coffee, cocoa, burnt surgarm roast and hops. silky smooth. malty chocolate cake flavours, tarts raisins, vanilla, a little alco. very nicely balanced. it’s too bad this beer will always live in the shadow of peche mortel, it’s a fine imperial stout.

4.4
richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2005
draft during RBSG visit, poured on nitro, which gave the jet black body about an inch of creamy chocolate colored head. huge aroma of chocolates, burnt malts and home pine hops and wood. side by side with a peche mortel, i found the flavors to be similar but different. the coffee here was much less dominant, and was complimented by sweet chocolates and vanilla. the body and texture was where this fell short in the comparison, as this beer had a bit of a chalky/gritty feel to it and was a little thinner. dont get me wrong, this is easily one of the best imperials i have ever had and would gladly drink as much of it as i could get.

4.4
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Pitch black, even darker than the Peche Mortel, deep brown head. Delightfully chocolaty, lots of roast, slightly vinous, no alcohol, some oak. It just melds together perfectly, nothing overpowering, lovely balance. Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy, drinkable as hell. Nothing short of excellent.

4.1
hopscotch (11313) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 Nitro...RBSG2005... This beer rocks!...Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Excellent retention. Nose and flavor is all milk chocolate, vanilla and espresso. Burnt, malty and rich. Full-bodied and very creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes chocolatey and dry. Simple, but delicious. Chocolate cake in a glass. Another world class beer from a world class brewery!

4.7
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.09.05 tap at brewpub, RBSG. Black with dark brown head. Aroma is big coffee but also tons of dark, bittersweet chocolate. It’s all creamy love, no overhopped hate. Thick, extra creamy, very, very, very nice all-around brew. Maybe the best balanced impy stout I’ve ever had. Some toasted marshmallow. This is the little brother of Sam Smith’s Impy Stout that’s all grown up and kicking big bro’s butt. For me, it throws a big beat down on Peche Mortel, too. Wow, the highlight of my summer of 2005!

4
Oakes (19013) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Black colour with dark brown head. Rich coffeeish, chocolatey aroma. Nothing unusual here, but done very nicely. Creamy body..luscious...with lots of chocolate and espresso this is a very decadent take on the style, without any stinging roast or rich fruit. Beautiful. A rare beer that seems to actually work well with nitrogen.

3.9
SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
RBSG Nitro pour at brewpub
This one starts with a down cascading nitro head of creamy tan that finally settles into a black body below.
A coffee less Peche Mortel here.
Roast malt and chocolate in the nose are followed by a somewhat bitter flavor profile ending with a dry palate. Just enough sweetness in this one.

4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2005
(draught, RBSG05) Lovely tan head atop a black body. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, light roasty. Taste is rich, chocolate, some roasty, light alcohol. Creamy full body. Sort of a dry imperial stout.

4
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Another DDC beer with a tongue scorching oak wood dryness... very scratchy and dry. Pungent, smoky flavor full of yeast, with some cream and soft coffee. Creamy, smooth on the front end but then exploding on the back of the tongue with a shot of wood and liquor. Regardless of that, I had to go back for another glass. The body was a little thinner than I prefer, but the flavors were spot-on.

4
jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
RBSG 2005. Black body with a small dark tan head. Mild roast, muted milk chocolate and malt in the aroma. Flavour is dominated by roast malt but much less dry and roasty than it could be. (This is a good thing in my eye.) Underlying sweetness with notes of dark chocolate is intermittent. Smooth creamy body is quite nice. Very nice beer that is not one I would drink often, but a must try for stout lovers.


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