Le Temps Noir - Half Pints Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Special thanks to Ted (tbadiuk) for providing us with this big want in a 2013 trade. Bottle is not dated but I have left this in our cellar for 1 year.
A: A deep black brown pour with 1 finger of dark tan head which fads fast leaving a thing rim. Just a few specks of lacing left around the glass
S: Upfront notes of bourbon and vanilla, followed by sweet coffee, dark chocolate, toasted almonds and sweetness of molasses. Alcohol vapours at the end reveal the bourbon barrel conditioning
T: Immediate sweet notes with mild molasses and vanilla followed by smooth charred wood smokiness along with chocolate and coffee. Alcohol presence of bourbon on the finish with mild bitter notes. Very well balanced and smooth.
M: Extra smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation. Alcohol presence lingers showcasing the bourbon barrels.
O: An exceptionally balanced RIS that highlights the use of bourbon barrels without overpowering the other flavours but rather complimenting each. One of the better uses of barrel aging that I have had and would gladly drink this again.
04-21-2014 20:52:28 | More by FondueVoodoo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.46/5 rDev +4%
Big thank you to wordemupg for this big Canadian want!
Appearance. Pours thick and black with a half finger of dark tan head.
Smell. Sweet bourbon and woody vanilla, chocolate fudge and vanilla with just a touch of molasses.
Taste. Molasses and that chocolate fudge I was smelling, nice light bourbon that complements the rich BEER flavours very nicely ...no dominating bourbon here which is a fantastic change from most bourbon barrel stouts. There's some nice toasty oak and dry cocoa powder in the finish.
Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly sticky on the lips. Low smooth carbonation. Very nice.
Overall. Okay, so BBA stouts may not be my absolute faves, but this is how to do one right. Really enjoying this.
01-06-2014 03:07:46 | More by Rutager
4.39/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bourbon with deep vanilla notes, some roasted malt with big black chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by deep roasted malt notes with loads of black chocolates notes and some very well-balanced notes of bourbon with sumptuous vanilla notes. Body is quite full with rich creamy body and good carbonation for style with not much alcohol being apparent. Well-balanced imperial stout with superior used of barrel-aging treatment.
12-06-2013 23:24:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
Big thanks to kjyost for getting me this one.
Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.
Appearance: A dense brown pour produces a healthy head, slowly recedes to fat ring. Nice looking beer.
Smell: Wow, quite heady. Bourbon, vanilla, leather, pungent dark fruits.
Taste: Less intense than aroma. Starts out like a normal stout, some coffee and chocolate but then segues into vanilla and sweet bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth at first but gets aggressive in the middle, finishes with a bit of heat.
Overall: Awesome stout, bit heavy handed but tasty nonetheless.
09-02-2013 19:25:14 | More by papat444
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
CBC bottle share
A: Thick black pour with a medium tan head that dissipated very quickly.
S: Big vanilla, oak, bourbon aroma! Lots of bourbon. Tons of chocolate as well. Smells fantastic!
T: Taste is even better! Super well balanced chocolate fudge, vanilla and coconut. Perfect balance between the sweetness, the roastiness and the booziness. Smooth and creamy.
M: Medium/full bodied with low carbonation. Feels bigger than 9.6%, kinda like the Eclipse variants.
O: This is an excellent beer, had not heard of it before. Possibly the best Canadian beer I've had to date.
08-27-2013 23:04:17 | More by standardcherry
3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
22oz Bottle shared by the Ottawa tasting group
Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a nuttiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness.
Overall - A little too bitter for my taste. Perhaps I had a fresh bottle and some age might tone this down a bit.
07-29-2013 17:13:55 | More by spinrsx
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle from Chris (wordemupg). Last of the Canadian ticks shared during the Hawks-Bruins 3OT thriller.
A - Tan foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and a few stray specks of lace. Very dark brown body that is verging on black.
S - Lots of bourbon, light oak, big vanilla, and chocolate fudge. Rich and decadent stuff, although it seems like it's a bigger beer than the listed 9.6%. Guessing this may have picked up a bit more booze in the barrel. Still, it's quite well-integrated and delicious.
T - The taste is a tad mellower, with more of the base beer peeking through the bourbon and oak flavors. Loads of chocolate fudge, vanilla, and milder notes of roast and dark fruits. Good balance between sweet malts, roast, and barrel flavors. Perhaps a faint hint of alcohol, but less than the aroma suggests.
M - Solid heft for the listed 9.6%; definitely in the medium-to-full-bodied category. Smooth and creamy texture with a slightly oaky finish. Some mild alcohol warmth appears late.
D - Quite enjoyable, although it seems like it should be a 12% brew rather than a >10% one. My favorite barrel-aged Canadian stout outside of Bourbon Barrel Péché Mortel. Would happily purchase this again if I had the opportunity.
07-02-2013 16:36:03 | More by MasterSki
4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle from kjyost.
A - Black pour with a creamy chocolate ice cream head of 2 fingers. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Great boozy bourbon aroma. Some alcohol burn. Lotsa dark fruit an chocolate too. Wood and roast. I'm missing stuff but it's really complex. Lovely.
T - Pretty sweet. Dry, chalky roast. Less bourbon burn than aroma, but it's clearly there. Boozy fruitcake. Tons of boozy dark fruit.
M - Good carbonation. Full body, some bourbon and dark fruit in the finish. Quite dry and bitter.
O/D - Pretty nice stuff here. Really complex. Maybe a bit too boozy, but that also adds a different dimension. Less roasty than expected and pretty sweet, but it definitely does the trick. Not my favourite example of the style but I think they nailed it pretty accurately.
05-15-2013 02:01:48 | More by tbeckett
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottle from Mattsander in CANBIF. Thanks.
Poured in to snifter.
A - Black with a ring of light brown head.
S - Sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate fudge and charred oak.
T - A huge charred oak flavour dominates with sweet vanilla and molasses present. The barrel definitely takes centre stage with some roast and chocolate fudge notes in the background.
M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.
05-15-2013 01:45:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Le Temps Noir from Half Pints Brewing Company
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