Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

The Grand Noirceur (Great Darkness). Is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavors. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.
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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 73
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A deep thick black walnut body is presented. Very opaque. Large thick whipped up tan to dark cocoa head on the pour. Little retention but lots of speckled and snaked stream like lacing. Very aggresive and impressive appearance.

Great nose. Large charring roast but not bitter. Good mix of coffee earth qualities and smoke richness. Hints also even some leafy tobacco and dank hop qualities. Real inviting and enjoyable.

Palte comes nicely but finishes just a tad harsh. Good dark chocolate bitterness on first sip, and sharp burnt charcoal aromas. Controlled but very lingering. Sharp large hop bitterness with a pine and earth finish. Good balance of strong hop and roast mix on the finish. Palate feel hits nicely between subtle warmth and good thick coating quality.

Overall its large on the roast but luckily not overkilled. Aggressive but not booming like a classic barrel aged stout. If Sexual Chocolate could be redifned and better it would taste like this beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a fine imperial stout, bit its simple, like a lot of the du ciel beers, it lacks a distinguishing character. maybe thats not completely fair to say, this is great beer, but in a crowded stout market, i need just a little more nuance. as close to black a sit gets, i love the politics, and the smell, which is about as dark as this thing looks. bitter and decadent, linear, cleanly busy, groovy. taste is dominated by bitter dark roast, but the smell shows vanilla and cocoa just like the aphrodisiac stout carries through in taste. i like that is cereal malt driven, plain, and still so damn good, theres not a lot of beer like this, and the ale yeast is somehow specifically eastern canadian, which if you have not been there, is a diverse yet culturally one of a kind place. rich in texture and feel, just barley enough carbonation. an A on most scales, a high B+ on mine, but only because i have a compulsion to be unnecessarily critical. this is elite, well made, different enough, and clean with still sweet chocolate overtones. not too many pull that off like this. in the context of a million beers, or of every beer i have ever consumed, its good, in the context of my first beer in several weeks, its incredible.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bottle found in Denver again... somewhere... maybe Argonaut? Sounds right. I've had several bees from this brewer and have never been disappointed. I was pretty excited to see one I'd not had before.

The appearance is spot on and just plain great. Definitely earns it's 'darkness' reference. This beer is black. Pours out relatively thick with a milk chocolate head that slowly dissipates into a good latte toned skim. I really like the way it looks.

The smell is not hugely robust but definitely puts off a charred wood and malt smell. A very aggressive coffee smell as well. Very roasty. It has a slight sweetness to the nose, a sweetness one may get from smelling dark chocolate... and yeah... speaking of chocolate. There is a cocoa nib scent. A tad citrusy in a strange way.

There is a lot going on in this imperial stout taste wise. The full on robust taste of dark chocolate and coffee swing in at the forefront and then gradually wind down into a blend of toasted malts and charred wood... intermingling with a tannin like tartness that would be reminiscent of high acid coffee. There is also a sense of dried cherries I get from this beer. I also cannot avoid mentioning the unusual citrus hops that must be used in this. They really give the beer a strange, bitter, and extra dry dimension. A tint of vanilla... but all quite dry and with little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety and pretty dense, which is good. It is not like drinking syrup. It just has weight, which I appreciate a lot. It is quite dry... very dry. Also quite bitter. The bitterness lingers quite well with the tannic coffee sort of deal going on. The finish and reverberation through the mouth reminds me a lot of a great cup of black coffee.

Overall, I am quite pleased in the beer. It is unusual, but it has a lot of complexity going for it. I would gladly pick up another given the chance. The same could be said of all of their beers though. Just an overall great brewery.

Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, dark brown head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a substantial foam blanket, and a thick beer ring. Fair, spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt grains and espresso beans and a little licorice and plum.

T: Coffee and black licorice. Hints of bitter unsweetened dark chocolate and booze.

M: Syrupy thick, hearty, and a little boozy. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark, thick head, and fair yet persistent lacing. Roasted grains and coffee are prominent. Thick and boozy combination of roasted components and bitter accentuates. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of KYGunner
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As this black pearl stout oozed into a snifter I knew this was special. Despite it not being a nitro tap it had a growing and billowing cloud of carbonation along the edges as if it were alive. These bubbles churned along the edges until a neat and tidy creamy froth stacked along the top. The lacing was a sheet of thick film that caked around the edge. I've never given a 5 in appearance but this was worth it.

The aroma is full with deep char, smoky embers, burnt toffee, roasted caramel malt, coffee roast and toasted walnut.

The flavor holds more of the smoky elements with deep char and campfire embers. The sweet toffee and caramel is more or less absent but the roast, toast and coffee char seem far more frontal.

This drinks with ease, dryness and a start to creamy.

This was an absolute joy to discover as I found it on a whim. If you like deeply roasted and smoky char than this is your kind of stout.

Photo of Maxwell
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours like used up motor oil- thick and black. It nearly oozes out of the bottle, and leaves no head behind, and only a slight hint of very dark khaki (nearly orange) bubbles. This stout has one of the smallest head formations I have ever seen on a beer, which is fine with the style and looks fine upon this beer, but is still slightly puzzling. When washed up against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin and drizzling legs of alcohol to evaporate into the air. In body, the beer is viscous and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells like a proper RIS. Smooth roasted malt mingles with dark chocolate and French roast coffee notes. As you swirl the beer, notes of earth and must kick up into the nose suggesting a decaying forest floor alongside the roast malt character. Herbal black licorice dances around the nose as well, slightly blurring with the beers soft touch of booze. This is a luxurious and complex scent for a beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with chocolate and bread nuances. These are balanced by a smooth bitter roast with just a kiss of grassy hops at the finish. Hot alcohol does burn through the second half of the sip, but it is blended in with the other elements and does nothing to hurt the taste of the beer. This is a true work of balance in an RIS; sure, the flavors are big and intense, but overall this beer is quite smooth on the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth chocolate malt, sweet cherries, just a ghost of raisin, and then spicy booze. This opens into rich French roast coffee, dark chocolate, and then decaying leaves and must. The finish turns to black licorice and root beer with smooth dark chocolate coating the back of the throat. The aftertaste is of licorice and chocolate. As the beer warms, I also start to get hints of whipped cream at the finish, which add a rich, dessert-like character to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly fat, yet divinely silky and smooth in mouthfeel. The beer is of a heavier body, and though the smoothness helps to hide this, the way the beer oozes off the back of the palate in the finish suggests quite a heavy beer. Carbonation is practically none-existent, with only the tiniest prickle making me aware of its presence in this beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp in the middle of the tongue, but with a nice roasted-dry feeling throughout the rest of the mouth. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, and nearly perfect, but I do wish it had just a little more grip on my tongue, so as to let me know the true weight of the beer. This beer is quite delectable, overall. Rich and complex malt flavors blend perfectly together to give a superb sip. This beer is also a great candidate for aging for one to two years, as the final traces of booze will surely meld away and bring the rich malts to further complex glory. Dieu du Ciel’s twist caps are a worry with oxidation, however, so if you do age a bottle be sure to dip it in wax. This beer is, of course, ready to drink as is, and provides quite a beautiful experience on the palate. This is the most balanced RIS I’ve had to date, and it is one of the best that I have tasted.

Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small, beige head that settles quickly to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace. The color is deep brown. Light does not shine through.

Smells of rich fudge. More sweet than burnt. In fact, I'd describe it more as toasty.

The flavor is quite burnt in contrast to the smell. Strong coffee (black) flavor. Bitter finish, a bit harsh. The body is elevated from the usual RIS, but it is not rich or cloy. Good carbonation.

Photo of NeoSmeers
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served about 15C (59F), 9% ABV, 330 ml.
Serving type, bottle, stemmed tulip glass.

Delicious imperial stout; Brasserie, Dieu Du Ciel, a Quebec brewery.

L) It's dark brown, almost pitch black, with a dark brown head, although it doesn't last very long, and has minimal lacing.

S) Noticeable campfire/ strong coffee / obvious charred bread aroma . Chocolate is dark, but deep in the background.

T) It's got a spiciness to it that's really attractive. A damn strong espresso flavour along with heavy smoke It has an uncommonly strong, slightly piny bitterness for a stout. Heavy on the coffee, but it doesn't detract from the primary malty flavors; excellent for those of us who like espresso. These strong flavours are balanced by a gentle sweetness that mellows the intensity, keeping the 'beery', coffee and malt, tastes intact. It lingers in the mouth for well over 20 minutes. The flavour resides in the palate in the palate long after being swallowed. As it is with the smell, chocolate is there, but entirely as a backdrop to the other flvours. I detect a hint of sourness in the finish (which includes all previous flavours), but it's merely a pleasant epilogue to the initial roasty taste, like a lime sorbet after a bold main course
M) It tingles the tongue despite having minimal carbonation, but quickly turns velvety smooth.

O) Be warned, not for casual Stout/Porter drinkers, be ready for a pinch of bitterness, and darkly toasted barely. As I said, this is a "Delicious imperial stout". If you're looking for a stout that's adventurous and really damn bold, definitely give this one a shot. Coffee, campfire smoke, slightly bitter, ends fairly smooth.

Favorite 3 styles, 1- Imperial Stout
2- dubbel/ quadrupel Belgians
3- IPAs

Photo of chugalug06
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slow easy rising caramel colored foamy head. Brew is thick and black. Nice lacing, no legs.

Tons of dark, dark chocolate, yet nicely milky. Airy, and robust.

Thick, dark, chewy, creamy, full-bodied, chalky, dry, bitter, slight harshness. Carbonation is light and delicious. Flavors are much different than aroma. Flavors are somewhat unblended while nose is very nice a smooth. Kinda choppy. Lots of dark biting chocolate with tons of dry bitterness. Strange sweetness.

This is a strange, but soild brew for sure. It wants to go many different ways, but doesn't quite know where. It's recommended as a thick hearty stout, but not for drinkability. It's a one-and-done. Price point is decent @ ~$7/12oz. Give me a Narwal.

Photo of babaracas
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque near-black with thin medium brown colored head... dense foam but is gone quickly leaving a sparse set of small dots of lace on the glass. Smell: earthy, prune, espresso, molasses, whiff of anise. Taste: overripe plum, french roast, earth, burnt brown bread, cocoa note. Big bodied but light on the tongue; rich, velvety feel. Really nice RIS that doesn't distinguish itself.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong enough to satisfy the taste but still making me want something more, Dieu Du Ciel's Grande Noirceur teases the palate with roast, bitterness and smoothness.

The deviant ale pours with a viscous darkness that amounts to an ominous black body and a creamy tan head that caps the snifter with a rich lather. Its head is steadfast through the session, regenerating easily with a gentle swirl. Its lace is broken and scattered as it decorates the glass evenly, right down to the last sip.

Rich and robust aromas fill the nose with dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt barley sugars that lead to toffee or molasses-type sweeter notes, charred toast and malted milk candies. Its earthy charred taste bridge into peppery alcohol, light licorice and burnt fruit.

To taste, its the overtones of espresso and cocoa that take center stage while the sweeter toffee and malty flavors act in support. Burnt toast, roasted walnuts and a light campfire taste of burnt embers provide peripheral layers of complexity. A late charge of roasted grapes, currants and plumbs rise as the beer warms and so does the spicy rum-like alcohol and sturdy hop bitterness. When the spice and fruit culminate, its finish is mildly of aniseed, resinous bitterness which leave final impressions upon the palate.

Full bodied, yet not intimidatingly so. Its creamy richness offers a moderate marshmallowy effect on the palate. But once the carbonation begins to pull from the sweetness, the beer begins to dry and trend roasty, acidic, powdery and mildly astringent.

While error-free and strongly flavored, the ale's light complexities remind me of how Imperial Stouts were built ten years ago. Its a very stately and gentlemanly ale that's as comfortable as it is bold.

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Notches on label next to 0 and 3.

A- Pours an ominously opaque black color with a 3/4 inch frothy brown head that retains very well before slowly diminishing to a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Thick, resilient lacing slowly trickles down the glass.

S- Dark roast creates a chocolaty aroma with a bit of musty hops coming through as well.

T- Heavy dark roast brings about notes of black licorice, coffee and molasses. Slightly charry and a dark chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty well masked for how strong this beer is. Moderate hop bitterness.

M- Very thick and robust with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is a non barrel-aged stout that packs one hell of a flavor punch.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Grande Noirceur, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a high viscosity motor oil dark brown-black with a small foamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts and some creamy chocolate, some cola notes.

Taste - Taste is unmistakably roasted malts, slight creaminess makes way for bitterness. Robust.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with high carbonation. Rests hyper bitter roasted and sticky. Warm boozy. OK/good drinkability.

Overall - Super robust, a bit too much for me but it's respectably quality. Could use some smoothing out.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to papat444 for delivering this exceptional beer in an in person trade at DDC in Montreal.

A: Pours a black-brown with 3-4 fingers of huge fluffy espresso crema head which slowly settles leaving clumps of lacing surrounding the glass.

S: Initial scents of cocoa powder with sweet roasted malts, molasses and strong dark coffee. Some earthiness is present in the background along with notes of chocolate essence.

T: Taste follows the smell although the bitterness of both the coffee and the cocoa come through on the tongue which were not detected on the nose. Finishes with sweet malts and molasses.

M: Thick, oily and creamy with little to no detectable carbonation or alcohol.

O: Another amazing offering from DDC who in my view can do no wrong. This is a solid RIS that is a great nighttime sipper.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very black. Mocha head with great retention.

S: Sweet malts. A bit of cocoa and coffee.

T: Far less bitter then I thought it would be. I'm assuming a fair bit of crystal malt was thrown into this brew. Roasty but not acrid. Coffee is definitely there along with some mildly bitter bakers chocolate.

M: Thick. Perhaps a bit too syrupy for my liking but it still good.

O: Great beer. The mouth feel held it back a bit but overall pretty good.

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes. Bottled November 2012. Wicked label.

A - Black pour with half a finger of mocha brown head. Mild carbonation. Virtually no retention and only a spotty alcohol lace.

S - Lot's of roast, coffee, chocolate. Nice.

T - Roast, chocolate, dark fruit, cola, burnt toast, leather. Pleasant, yet straightforward and sorta plain.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, dark fruit and roast to finish.

O/D - Sort of a weak effort from DDC. I'm torn on this. It was OK but certainly nothing that impressed. Nothing in it really jumped out as outside the box. Pretty typical of the style, but not overly original for this day and age of the style. However, that is not to say that it was bad, just expected more from DDC this go around.

Photo of MrElPechor
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9% 2013 bottle

A : Deep Black with thick brown head, very good lacing

S: Intese espresso coffee nose

T: Roasted barley, coffee , bittering hop long final with a slightly alcojol after taste

m: Full body with light carbonation

O: a very good stout hope to taste it in bourbon cask one day

Photo of ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says its 9% abv, not 8.5%. First bottled version was higher in ABV? maybe...

This is a 2012 bottle.

My tasting notes says:

The color is black, very dark. Nice brown head on top of it. Creamy looking, dense and sticky. Nice looking beer. Almost perfect. Very nice smell... its delicious. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is dominated by chocolate with a nice bitterness of espresso coffee. Wow. The taste lingers for so long, its amazing. DDC knows how to do Stout! Voluptuous in the mouth, quite complex and big too.

The alcohol is so well hidden, its crazy! So well done but so dangerous. You want to drink more than one, but you will be toasted! :)

As it warms up, the alcohol will make its presence. The beer is a true sipper... winter warmer for those cold nights. Wish we could get this one all winter long.

Well balanced. Some citrusy hops in the back.

Overall: Very good. Awesome.

Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage (exactly 1 year old 11/2012), thanks seblp!

A - Pours a deep dark brown, damn near black with nearly a finger of chocolate colored head, ok retention, decent lacing as well. Looks fairly thick

S - A great combination of smokey and sweet, almost reminiscent of a smokey pretzel. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate malts in here,

T - I dont know why but I keep reverting back to smoke pretzel flavors, lots of roastyness, mild earthy hops, and some sweet chocolate. Lots of espresso and earthy bitterness at the finish and aftertaste. Really enjoying this!

M - Pretty spot on, decently carbonated but fullish bodied, i feel like this one could serve as a sipper due to the rhobust flavors but the solid amount of carbonation (not too much) also makes it easier to drink quicker if I feel so inclined.

O - Really impressed with this, cant wait to try the 2012 strong ale and the 2012 barleywine from these guys!!!

Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that dies down slowly and leaves some great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted malts, some coffee/espresso, caramel, definite chocolate and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice roasted malts, the coffee/espresso really comes out, dark chocolate, some sweet caramel and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Jeffo
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Hopsolutely recently. Cheers for the beers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled November 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours black and somewhat transparent, yielding a small, medium loooking, mocha colored head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin film and ring. Black body and medium levels of carbonation evident. A light ring remains but no real lacing down the glass. Okay for the style.

SMELL: Lots of roasted notes, some leather, dark chocolate and molasses on the nose. Very bold, with some sweet cream in there as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted and sweet molasses up front with chocolate and more bitter coffee and sweet molasses flavors into the finish. Big, bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and smoky flavors, bitter dark chocolate and coffee, with some light sweet cream as balance. This is outstanding and so flavorful at 9%. Excellent stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Velvety creamy on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Wonderful feel to say the least.

OVERALL: Excellent. Very impressive imperial stout, with all the right things in the right places. The look could be darker with better lacing for the style, but the rest of the show is top notch. Another great stout beer from DDC. Highly recommended.

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 2012 DDC/Cantillon Zwanze Day wine glass.

The beer pours like motor oil, deep black in color, very inky, with a finger plus of caramel colored head, very tightly packed bubbles that has great retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of lightly roasted coffee and toasted dark malts, touches of stone fruit and sweet alcohol. The flavors are right in line with the nose, lots of toasted grain, rich coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, pitted stone fruit, a touch of alcohol and a touch of chalky ash. The body is thick and viscous, low carbonation with a just of bubbliness at the finish. It's very silky and smooth and coats the mouth very, very well.

Verdict: A very fine Russian Imperial Stout from DDC. It's simple, balanced and not too aggressive. With the trend of late being high gravity, brutal, in your face RIS beers, this is a really nice change of pace. A very enjoyable beer to sip on.

Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution.

Appearance- Pours a dark cola with a finger width of creamy mocha head.

Smell- Roasted malts, cocoa, grains.

Taste- Starts off with the roasted malts and then goes to the cocoa (more baker's chocolate then anything).

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a nice bitterness from the baker's chocolate.

Overall- An enjoyable stout by Dieu du Ciel. I think this is a little bit of a restrained RIS and more of a American Stout/Imperial Stout. Still an enjoyable brew and worth a try if you are able to stumble across it.

Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled Nov. 2012.

A: Pours a thick brownish-black with a nice cap of chocolate-colored head.

S: Coffee, lightly burnt grain, sweet lactose, cocoa, substantial piney hop notes.

T: Charred grain, roasty, light caramelized sweetness, subtle citric hoppiness, more roasted malt.

M: Thick-bodied with light yet ample carbonation.

O: A nice roasty imperial stout.

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the Underground in YEGDT, DDC TTO.

This beer appears a solid black abyss, with subtle mahogany highlights, and one finger of dense, somewhat bubbly light brown head, which leaves a solid, thick band of painted lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away, and notably persists through the subsequent 'glass more or less half empty' experience.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel/toffee malt, musty ash, bittersweet cocoa icing, herbal, leafy hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is grainy, sweet baker's chocolate, bready caramel malt, edgy dark fruit, wet ash, mild day-old coffee, a hint of earthy, musty hops, and some underlying warming booze.

The carbonation is present, but pretty well understated, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, a certain creaminess lingering from the ingrained chocolate notes. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa powder and BBQ-charred caramel still contending with the offsetting fruit, coffee, and liquor essences.

An agreeable enough RIS, almost restrained to a certain degree, though. I'd like to try this anew in a less heady and busy environment - I'm not refuting the purported 17-proof booze, as everything else does well to keep the inherent imperial nature a benevolent one. Oh, hey Mike!

Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.