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:
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Added by kjyost on 02-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
6.02%
 
 
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21
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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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Photo of Derek
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of papat444
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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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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