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Black's Dawn - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after Black's Beach

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 07-03-2010)
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

studad, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Duff27, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

halfbarrelbrew, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle2K10 for this extra, knocking one more want off my long & distinguished list. 22 oz. bottle with a label that appears to have been designed as a freshman class project split with my wife.

The pour is black, carbonation is starting down the barrel of little to none. Strong coffee is the only note coming off the beer, unless you count roast. OK, roast & coffee.

Black's Dawn is like a coffee snuff film. Coffee in the foreground, mid-palate, & finish. Sharp, acrid bitterness is prevalent. Malt sweetness. If I squint I could imagine the blurry outlines of other flavors, but really, I'd just be making it up. It is smooth, I'll give it that, but 11 ounces is enough for me.

Right down the middle arrow of the bowling alley: this is as routine a coffee stout as exists on the Planet Earth. Not good, not bad. Just beer.

maximum12, Jan 28, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewery - served in a goblet.

Opaque seal brown body with a whisper of ran bubbles up top, settling into a thin collar and oily webbing. Anemic lacing.

Coffee, roast barley, and a touch of diacetyl in the nose.

Carob, earth, black pepper, brown butter, and stale coffee to start on the palate. Taste brings to mind a 24hr greasy spoon catering to somnolent truckers on some remote interstate. Finishes with a pleasing toastiness, though the diacetyl persists.

Oily, medium bodied, with low carbonation.

A decent coffee stout marred by a few defects you might expect from a home-brew.

augustgarage, Oct 05, 2011
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3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, with an espresso head that has really nice retention and lacing. Not much volume.

Nose: Coffee with a tiny of of toffee at the end.

Taste: Creamy espresso. A really smooth finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy upfront but becomes very watery at the end.

Notes: Not much happening from the "Imperial". I am not impressed. It seems the word "imperial" is slapped on some labels for no apparent reason other than price.

travolta, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

GRG1313, Mar 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

FutureJack, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

MonkeyBread, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 20, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black with a diminishing beige residue of foam that ends up as a fine ring around the inside of the glass. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Espresso, eucalyptus foliage, dark chocolate, and sweet/fusile alcohols.

D: Begins off-dry, unctuous, with acidic coffee and pungent--almost rancid--umami. Nutty roasted malt emerges in the middle as other, less appealing, flavors fade. It finishes with a whiff of bitter coffee grounds, although little hop bitterness is detected. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: Admittedly not a fan of coffee stouts, I find that this offering by Cismontane has demonstrated the ability to grow on me. Although it is one of just a few production recipes they brew, I am predisposed to like it more since I had a pilot batch of its cousin--a stout brewed with Belgian yeast and fermented on dates. Still, this appears to be the crowd favorite among the brews in Cismontane's small stable. Black's Dawn is the Cismontane beer I have encountered most frequently on-draft at local pubs, from Tony's to Beachwood.

beagle75, Dec 25, 2010
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Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.