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Le Temps Noir - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Le Temps NoirLe Temps Noir

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 5.83%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kjyost on 02-17-2013)
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-03-2013 13:45:17 | More by DamageCase76
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-12-2013 23:53:46 | More by IanSpindler
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seaner


4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When first poured Le temps noir produces a nice deep brown head that lingers well. The first few sips give really strong vanilla, as your mouth becomes coated spiciness from the bourbon and nice maltiness becomes more apparent. Overall very well balanced and a nice treat. While it is a very rich beer it is not as rich as some other imperial stouts and doesn't leave you feeling overly bloated, I will definitely be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:27:28 | More by seaner
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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-22-2013 14:54:41 | More by FrostyWPG
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:39:40 | More by mattsander
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-15-2013 15:22:26 | More by Howlader
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-13-2013 15:26:19 | More by strang
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-10-2014 22:01:00 | More by Brabander
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-27-2013 12:48:20 | More by tom10101
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:07:46 | More by Rutager
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 20:52:28 | More by FondueVoodoo
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two small pours into a plastic tasting glass on release day at the brewery. Served much too cold, warmed it up.

Pours a deep dark brown black stout with a great brown head, that needed a hard pour to show up, and didn't lace much at all. Nice nose that is balanced between bourbon, a hint of oak barrel and some roasted notes. Great body, almost on par with BCBS. Nice light bourbon nature in the body mellowing against the vanilla notes from the oak and a decent amount of roasted malt bitterness. At moments, the bitterness lingers harshly on the palate, but overall is a pretty clean beer in its lingering finish leaving yummy vanilla bourbon notes...

Great beer. Worth having, and not just hyping it to trade either. Really liked it (though I have yet to pop a bottle) :P

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 03:13:46 | More by kjyost
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:24:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/3/13

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thick film and leaves lots of random patches

S chocolate liqueur and fudge, some vanilla, charred wood and smokey bourbon, just a hint of booze and coffee. smells rich and bittersweet, the barrels worked well for this one but not completely overpowering

T some chocolate covered raisin I didn't smell, the roasts a little darker and the booze although well concealed is more noticeable then it was on the nose, not quite bakers chocolate but darker then the fudge I was smelling, tastes great fresh but I'm glad I have a few to age

M quite thick with slight tannins, very creamy after a few seconds in the mouth, slight heat but I'd expect more from a fresh 9.6% BB stout, lots of chocolate syrup and earthy wood on the finish

O I'm pretty impressed how well this is drinking fresh, this one has some booze here and there but if it didn't I'd be more concerned. This one's a winner, quite rich, great use of bourbon barrels and perhaps a little to easy to drink

I just drank my last bottle of Sellout Stout last week and I think this will be even better after the same amount of cellar time. This ones great today but a couple years after tomorrow I'll be drowning in drool, keep it up Half Pints I can see this joining the top 50 if it gets the reviews

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:29:13 | More by wordemupg
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:04:17 | More by standardcherry
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/jet black with a finger width of mocha head.

Smell - Chocolate liqueur, dark fruit (cherry) , cocoa, hint of bourbon and oak.

Taste - Strong notes of chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup, and bourbon. Touch of cherries and oak. Bit of bitterness from hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Leaves a lovely warming sensation as it goes down.

Overall - An excellent RIS by Half Pints. Flavours are well-balanced and do not compete. Looking forward to seeing how my other bottles age.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:16:01 | More by leaddog
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 16:36:03 | More by MasterSki
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:17:18 | More by IronDjinn
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:01:48 | More by tbeckett
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-08-2013 08:56:10 | More by JonnyBeers
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-13-2013 21:34:44 | More by mdaschaf
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-19-2014 14:46:34 | More by liamt07
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-20-2013 04:36:07 | More by Kmat10
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-07-2013 02:44:24 | More by NightINgale
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-29-2013 16:53:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Le Temps Noir from Half Pints Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.