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Black's Dawn - Cismontane Brewing Company

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90
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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some bittersweet chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate syrup. A nice mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good coffee stout with a great balance of coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

metter98, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

GRG1313, Mar 15, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is nearly black with a thin layer of mocha colored foam that has pretty decent retention.

S: Tons and tons of coffee on the nose. Lots of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a lot more coffee just for good measure. Pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

T: Again, the coffee steals the show. There is a mild caramel malt sweetness and a fairly significant roasted malt flavor, too, but the flavor is certainly characterized by the coffee. There is a slight creaminess to the finish, which is nice.

M: The body is medium, not super rich for an imperial stout, but adequate, and the carbonation is medium.

D: I wasn't sure how good this one would be, but I had heard a couple people recommend it and I'm glad they did. A very enjoyable beer.

womencantsail, Dec 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

largadeer, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

oline73, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inviting appearance in the narrow-waisted weizen glass. Near black color with fine-grained beige head. Creamy and spritzy on the tongue.

Rather sharp but rich with malt. Toasty flavors as well as the deep dark roast. Doesn't seem as burnt-tasting as some others in this class. there is a warm malty undertone that is quite pleasant. The coffee seems to add that acidic mouthfeel. They could tone it down in my opinion, but they get points for avoiding the "yesterday's burnt coffee" routine. Nose of chocolate and coffee.

Highly sippable if a little harsh. I will keep trying these Cismontane brews, which seem to be more available these days. From the 16 oz bottle which claims 50 IBUs and 8.5% ABV.

mactrail, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, Dec 23, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/14/13 notes. Got this bottle from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. There is a little retention and lacing; looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, light milk chocolate, and espresso. Nice nose, lots of coffee to it, as expected.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt malts, bitter chocolate and malts, vanilla, and some milk chocolate. Even better those the nose; really nice amount of chocolate and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth; a little bit thicker and it would be outstanding.

o - Overall a really great beer; never heard of it or this brewery, but I loved it. Loads of coffee and chocolate and easy to drink; if this was easy to get off the shelves I'd certainly buy it a lot. Looking forward to the BA stout from them Dane sent along with it.

mdfb79, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark umber brown with a soft light tan head, nice lace. Solid look.

S: Coffee city, the beans here do the work with a hint of dark chocolate.

T: Lots of sweet black malt, not really a roasted flavour with a lot of coffee. The oats really come in in the finish with some tasty sweetness and round out the flavours.

M: Moderate full-bodied brew, very smooth from the oats. Velvety.

D: There was a point while I was drinking this it reminded me a lot of Peche Mortel, which is always a good thing. A great first impression from this semi-new brewery in Santa Margarita, I'd love to try their other stuff.

Halcyondays, Oct 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

yourefragile, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

drewone, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

duceswild, Dec 23, 2013
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Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.