From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate but my nose must have been off as most smell far more than that. The flavour was of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, ash, anise, caramel, bitterness and a sweet finish. For the alcohol content sitting at 9% this beer does a pretty good job of masking it. Dieu Du Ciel are masters of stouts and this beer is no different.
Commercial Description: The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.