Obscur Désir | Les Brasseurs Du Temps

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Les Brasseurs Du Temps
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 02-06-2011

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by wizo:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Not a bad beer,though not a great representative of the style. bittersweet and emphasing the very bitter. Coffeeish, though not too bad,it's mostly roasted malt. A bit astringent in the finish. Dark and lacey.Worth a try.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for another nice one, Deadbolt82!

Appearance. Pours black with two fingers of creamy light brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate and roasty malts, booze, and a little black licorice.

Taste. Nice semi-sweet chocolate and black licorice, some dark, well roasted malts. Dry, lightly bitter, lightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A very nice ris ...at least I thought it was an ris when I reviewed it. Anyways, exactly what I wrote was, "everything an ris should be." Ha!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of coffee and light smoked notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is dominated by balance dry coffee notes, though not overly so, with some light bitter roasted malt notes. Body is lighter then expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good though body is bit light for the style.

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Photo of ZorPrime
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on august 15th, 2011. Batch #586. Bottle says its 9% abv instead of 8%.

I am so glad they are bottling this one... I wanted to try this for quite some time but never got the chance, yet, to go to Gatineau!

This one pours quite pitch dark, very very "obscur" as we say it in french. Nice head so dense and sticky... its crazy. Nicely sticks to the glass. Its perfect looking beer in my book. The sticker is also very nice.

The aroma is crazy... it is very inspiring and drives you crazy to just drink this one now... and not wait. Get some dark chocolate with coffee and vanilla. Again perfect. In the mouth, the taste is similar to the aroma. Mouthfeel is crazy. Its full-bodied. Heavy but so delicious. Its a dessert in a bottle. Complex beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel. Overall, even though in bottle it is costly, its the perfect beer for winter for me. On-tap this one must be pretty awesome.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, shared at Steve's birthday. 750ml into some tulips. Bottled August 15, 2011 - bottle #631.

Dark brown/black with a bubbly medium brown head. Spotty lacing and solid retention. Nose has dark chocolate, coffee, dark bread and some sweetness. Taste has dark chocolate, strong roast character, coffee and some light espresso. A bit of coffee liqeur. Drying with a bit of roast sourness inteh finish. Medium mouthfeel, perhaps a bit on the lighter side. Good carbonation and a feel appropriate for the style. Alcohol is well hidden, which was nice. An OK imperial stout, but left me wanting a bit more given the previous reviews.

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Photo of mattsander
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: VERY black, hardly gradient towards the edge of the glass. Beautiful inviting dark brown head. Great looking stout.

S: Extremely roast-heavy, with a licorice spiked chocolate liqueur vibe. Probably the roastiest (a word?) stout I've ever had the pleasure to inhale.

T: Charred and chocolate chocolate chocolate. Roast dominates again with an interesting woodiness. Zero booze.

M: Creamy and full but not a difficult beer to drink.

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Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, grassy hops and black licorice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, a grassy/earthy bitterness and black licorice.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of byronic
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at BTD. Brought in a tulip and the remainder in a separate glass due to too much foam. I guess I lively fast pour. Almost midnight black with a beige fluff, very good retention. Dark chocolate and chicory. The taste is quite similar bit with added bitterness. Mouthfeel isn't very smooth. Finish is quite dry and bitter. Doesn't hide the abv as well as hoped. Overall a nice brew but not an exceptional one

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MasterMart
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip with Mattsander and alpineclimber 12/10/12 bottle from papat444 or was it unibroue4ever I don’t remember so thank you both

A black with just a thin cola edge and a large mocha head that falls rather fast but leaves lots of lace where it existed

S chocolate’s firmly in charge here, Hershey chocolate syrup, coco powder, fudge and just a little smoke and booze

T the big chocolate notes are still there but there’s more added to it, charred wood and espresso with just a little licorice, well concealed booze and its like drinking chocolate pudding very rich and tasty

M silky and thick with a creamy texture but just barely, lots of charred wood on the finish but no smoke to go with it

O another example of 4.25 being useful so slightly higher here, must be a chocolate lover for this one, very nice brew

Rich chocolate fudge in a glass with well concealed booze, well worth trying this one was even better then I expected

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/15/11
Special thanks to my brother nwfodder for this!

A- Totally black inky pour, no highlights at all. Two finger chocolate milk colored head that clings to the glass like a needy girlfriend.

S- Semi sweet bakers chocolate, medium roasted coffee slight licorice and molasses. Alcohol is not there in the mix. There is a nice brown sugar sweetness balancing a little hop bite.

T- Dark roasted black coffee, brown sugar and bitter chocolate. Slight molasses. The licorice doesn't translate to the taste and that is okay with me. You are left with a long lingering bitter, smokey, peat like aftertaste.

M- Medium to full bodied. Just falls short of what I would classify as creamy, but very close. Alcohol is invisible, and carbonation is spot on.

O- This is a real sleeper beer. Excellent beer from an almost unknown brewery. Will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's frustrating when there's as much head as liquid; the first few sips are just foam (in this case one that looks like the center of a chocolate macaroon). Lacing hangs like heavy brown silk drapes, leaving the glass nearly as opaque as the burnt black beer itself. Obscur Désir ("dark desire") looks just that.

The aroma registers like a shot of espresso with a shaving of cinnamon bark, a split vanilla pod and a shot of Kahlua. It's rich, strong, and tempers bitterness with hints of spice and sweetness. It doesn't knock your socks off but may yet prove to take off other articles of clothing - it's pretty silky and sensual.

Imperial Stouts shouldn't taste like alcohol but they should be more impressive and impactful. Obscur Désir fits that profile - it'll slow your heart rate without your palate being any the wiser and your brain being perfectly ok with the trade-off. This is the kind of concentrated, rich dark chocolate flavour that single-origin bars strive for; there's hints of toasted nuts, chicory, spice, and a subtle ashyness.

Those who enjoy a little something after dinner will love Obscur Désir. It drinks like a combination of coffee liqueur (roasted malts) and peppermint tea (the hops) and even served cold has a warming element that's well suited to Canadian cold winters. Leave the Baileys on the shelf - this is better.

Obscur Désir is alluring and irresistible alright. It has rich, bittersweet flavours, a smooth texture but strong presence - it's an enticing recipe in every detail. Looking to cut down on the fats? Skip the chocolate cake and have a small glass of this instead - it tastes the same and is every bit as satisfying.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BlogueDeBieres. Thanks! Seen this at Broue HAHA for $15 so a trade was the best way to go. I'll be having this tomorrow at the brewpub so it'll be interesting to compare.

A - Black pour, opaque, good carbonation coming up. Thick and creamy mocha coloured head at one finger. Great lace with big chunks and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of coffee, rich milk chocolate, and obvious hops there as well.

T - Oh ya. Cocoa, rich chocolate, definite hops, milk chocolate, roasty notes. A solid, very tasty Imperial Stout.

M - Good carbonation, very full body, and a sweet finish that moves to bitterness fast with an alocohol kick in the finish.

O/D - Delicious. Very solid and I'm only a quarter done. Smooth, flavourful, complex, and warming. A great Imperial Stout. Can't wait to try it on draught.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Obscur Désir from Les Brasseurs Du Temps
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 25 ratings