Le Temps Noir | Half Pints Brewing Company

Le Temps NoirLe Temps Noir
53 Ratings
Le Temps NoirLe Temps Noir

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kjyost on 02-17-2013

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of DamageCase76
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Minimal tan head. Subtle berry and chocolate aroma. Alcohol forward but not boozy. Wonderfully complex flavours. Started with a subtle dark berry note and quickly progressed to chocolate, coffee and licorice. Slight wood finish

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Photo of seaner
4.65/5  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.

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Photo of Derek
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bourbon and oak aroma and flavour. Initially a bit boozy, but there's a ton of underlying depth... Molasses, cocoa, field berry and a light liquorice. Well attenuated, with a drying alcohol finish.

Thanks Montypythonshopcircus!

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Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of FrostyWPG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mattsander
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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Photo of Howlader
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

Jet black with coffee head that dissipates quickly. Light bourbon and sugar aromas on the nose. Dates. Well intigrated bourbon, caramel, and coffee notes. Thick and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation. Lovely with a little over year on it since bottling. A shame this is retired...

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Photo of kjyost
4.42/5  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

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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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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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 wordemupg
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of byronic
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with very little mocha head, some lacing but nothing great.

Very barrel forward almost enough to overpower everything else. Initially almost overly sweet, coffee and lots of barrel. Finds it's balance more so as it warms. Smooth and clean with a sweet finish. Lingering sweetness very similar caramels.

Be patient with this one, at first it wasn't overly exciting however is developed over time.

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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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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark black brown with about a finger's worth of off-white head. The head didn't stick around for long, and what you are left looking at is a lovely shiny oil slick of beer in your glass. The smell was all bourbon initially, but as the beer warmed more came forward. There were elements of coffee, vanilla and sweet malts. The flavor follows the nose, and as this beer warmed it gave more and more flavor. I found the barrel very strong at first, but at the end the barrel was working quite well with the malts, vanilla and roasts in the beer. The feel was smooth with a medium body and lower carbonation. The booze was noticeable on this one, but not an intrusion, as a complement to the rest of the flavors.

When they say a beer is a sipper, this is what they mean. This beer just seemed to taste better sip after sip after sip. I was surprised at the changes in flavors from initial pour to finish. Take your time with this one, let it sit, and enjoy.

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Le Temps Noir from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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