Le Temps Noir | Half Pints Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada
halfpintsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kjyost on 02-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
6.02%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -6%
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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4.06/5  rDev -6%
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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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Le Temps Noir from Half Pints Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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