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Le Temps Noir - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Le Temps NoirLe Temps Noir

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 44
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kjyost on 02-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out thick inky jet black, opaque and impermeable to light. Tight creamy tan head that settles to a thin yet dense cap.

Has something of a rummy aroma at first, wood and alcohol tend to dominate, then after a while some bourbon character becomes more cohesive. Molasses and licorice manage to break past the wood and alcohol as it warms.

Wood and whiskey up front in the flavour, lots of warmth being released. Dark dried fruit, some dark malt and bitter dark chocolate follow. Things finish up with some herbal and citrus rind (grapefruit) hops that meld beautifully with the bitter dark chocolate, the wood and vanilla from the bourbon barrel, and the kick from the alcohol warmth.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel on the fuller end of the spectrum, full texture that is half velvety smooth and half sticky (a rather enjoyable combination to be perfectly honest), with moderate carbonation.

I savoured this one, let it last and drank it slow. Not sure what the base RIS was but it blends incredibly well with the barrel-aging, the bourbon remnants do it a service. Definitely worth saving for a special occasion and providing it treatment from a snifter or tulip glass.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. I'm assuming from my long-languishing school-bred French, that this beer's name translates as something like "Dark Times"? I also can't help but wonder if hanging a barrel as the label depicts would have a similar effect to what the Summerhill Winery claims their aging pyramid has on their wines.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with subtle basal cola highlights, and two fingers of densely foamy, bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves a decent coral reef pattern of painted lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of booze-infused dark chocolate, toasted grainy barrel wood, bittersweet caramel, acrid vanilla, spicy rye malt, subtle Irish coffee notes, and quite overwhelmed earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bitter citrus and wet pine hops, a prominent, sharp Bourbon-soaked oaken woodiness, heretofore unheralded medium dry chocolate, swaddled caramel malt, an understated dark fruitiness - one dominated by vinous raisins - and a slight metallic twinge.

The bubbles are a tad edgy, but mostly obscured in the enveloping morass, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, as the woody, boozy notes still have major pull. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, bourbon, and fruitiness having its way.

One heavy-handed barrel-aged RIS, and not just in the wood treatment - the malt, the fruit, and the unheeded hops all seem overly eager to have their own strident voice. At any rate, this is tasty, sure, but put your big-boy pants on before testing these particular waters, and maybe even wait a bit, as this could really do with a bit of age.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle in a CANBIF! Bottle has 2.5 years of age.

Pours a deep black color with a nice dark brown head, good retention and bit of lacing. The nose is packed with boozy bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee, maybe some molasses. The taste is similar with lots of dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee. Big, thick body, smooth, silky with just enough carbonation. Overall, really nice, well balanced, easy drinking big-ass BBA stout. Hope they make more!!

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Photo of CurtisD
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of papat444
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black with a thin, tenacious mocha head. Beautiful stout.

S: Big time bourbon barrel presence of sweet vanilla, flaky strudel, fudge-brownie, dry cocoa. Some dark fruit, but definitely chocolate-fudge forward in the best way possible. This is what I imagine very fresh Eclipse to smell like, unreal. There is booziness but it doesn't offend me. This will improve with time.

T: Reminds me of BCBS's little brother. The dry cocoa characteristic with tons of bourbon barrel leads. Boozy, complex, tannic, I love this. Thrilled I was able to pick a few of these up to cellar.

Creamy and full bodied, but it doesn't have much risidual sweetness. Just about perfect. My favorite Canadian stout to date.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Le Temps Noir from Half Pints Brewing Company
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