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


on tap

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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (4000) - 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.

kaserov (988) - Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2017
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de dos dedos de grosor y retención decente. Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa. Mucha malta torrefacta, algo de alcohol y ceniza en nariz. Sabor torrefacto, sin dulzor, con algo de ceniza y chocolate y final licoroso y bastante amargo. Seca. Torrefacta y amarga en postgusto. No es mi estilo de Imperial Stout ni por asomo.

Jabic (702) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2017
Draught at Montreal pub. Ar: burnt caramel and dark chocolate; deeply toasted malt; a little cherry. Ap: black and opaque; medium light-mocha head with excellent retention, leaving a medium-small cap of solid foam. T: cocoa powder and coffee with clean booze; some burnt caramel; quite clean; a little cherry and biscuit; bitterness is medium and smooth. P: medium body with medium carbonation; medium-dry finish. O: a well-made imperial stout; not terribly complex, but east to drink, and sufficiently Rich and warming.

bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2017
(330ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vinous, plum, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted grain, and lactose with a dry finish.

josanguapo (1926) - SPAIN - NOV 5, 2017
From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Watching Stranger Things 2x03. With caña lomo. Very roasted and bitter, with light sweetness and light notes of licorice and metal, but in general very well balanced and pleasant.

Poobah (469) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Black with a thick, tan head and a cocoa, espresso nose. Malty and medium-carbonated wtih a roasty, dark roast coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, dry finish.

BlazerT (1253) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - OCT 26, 2017
Classic RIS. Very dark and roasted, very bitter. In general very old-school russian imperial stout. Nice one.

Jimbo2 (554) - DENMARK - OCT 25, 2017
Just super solid. Pitch black, very, intense. Roasted malts, some caramel, burnt toffee, some alcohol. Awesome.

pictoman (1212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2017
Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle [bottled on 2015-10-29]. Black with minimal tan head. Dark roasted malts with chocolate and espresso, mild ash, hidden alcohol, fairly dry and bitter finish.

gripweed57 (2865) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2017
340 ml bottle. Dark black. Dense tan head is small and fleeting. Roasted malt nose has metallic notes. Rich roasted malt flavor. Soy sauce, smoked ham, charred wood, burnt sugar and ash. Bitter smoky finish.

Maakun (6434) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle at home. Pitch black with brown head. Deep roast, leather, quite fruity with blue and black berries, toffee, ash, cocoa. Very nice mix between bitter roast, and malty and fruity sweetness. Almost full bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely beer.

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