1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black's Nocturne - Cismontane Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black's NocturneBlack's Nocturne

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-23-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by imyourhero21:
Photo of imyourhero21
imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-28-2013 20:20:45 | More by imyourhero21
More User Reviews:
Photo of jp7161
jp7161

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-08-2012 03:12:32 | More by jp7161
Photo of ehammond1
ehammond1


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Black throughout, thick in body, small to moderately-sized dark brown head with nice retention for the style, leaving dots and thin ribbons of bubbly stick down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is complete and quite lovely: big notes of chocolate, roast, and mild char, along with sweet and earthy vanilla, oak, and distinct bourbon. Very, very nice.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and dark malt character combining incredibly well. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, though this one still reminds you of it's significant heft. Some sweeter caramel and burnt sugar notes complement this as well, especially when it comes closer and closer to room temperature.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. I suppose it could be a touch thicker, but I'd only be nitpicking.

This stuff is great.

10-24-2012 15:34:54 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-08-2013 00:48:03 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of jmgrub
jmgrub

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2013 00:57:46 | More by jmgrub
Photo of IKR
IKR

California

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Black with a fairly generous beige head that gradually fades. Good lacing observed.

Smell: Mild brown sugar, some bitter chocolate aromas, and faint bourbon notes.

Taste: A mix of mild Bourbon, bitter chocolate, and faint tannic oak notes. Some roasted malts/coffee notes were also present. The barrel notes are fairly subtle. I wish there were 0.25 increments for the scoring as I feel it's above the 4 I've given it but I'm not sure I'd give it a 4.5 (score updated on February 14, 2013). I do enjoy the balanced flavor profile.

Mouth-feel:The body is on the light side of Medium- bodied with a good level of carbonation, especially considering the bal-aging.

Overall: The proprietor of the store I purchased this from thought it was similar to Old Rasputin XIV. I agree, though I would take the Old Rasputin Anniversary beer over this, especially if cost wasn't an issue. This is a good bal-aged beer, especially if you take price into consideration.

11-18-2012 01:24:18 | More by IKR
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-09-2013 21:12:20 | More by GRG1313
Photo of dvmin98
dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-05-2013 01:10:15 | More by dvmin98
Photo of jmarsh123
jmarsh123

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +9%

Pours jet black with a small cocoa brown head. Surprising retention for a big stout like this with good lacing. Nice looking beer.

Big bourbon and chocolate notes waft up before my nose is even close to the bottle. Roasted malts, vanilla and oak also.

Flavor is similar although the char flavor comes on a big stronger than the aroma. Tons of dark chocolate balanced by charred slightly smoky malt. Vanilla and oak linger in the background. Bourbon provides a lot of warmth on the back end.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Could use maybe a little more body to full reach its potential, but still doesn't detract from the beer. Fairly hot, but I prefer that and the bourbon feels integrated.

Fantastic off my radar beer. Thanks Matt for sending this! Perfect balance between all the flavor components and a great beer to drink on a cold January night.

01-18-2013 14:59:07 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of vacax
vacax

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-16-2012 00:54:43 | More by vacax
Photo of ThickNStout
ThickNStout

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%

750mL bottle from jpaco47 (thanks so much man!). No noticeable bottling info. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours black with two fingers of fluffy tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves small spots of lace.

Smells of oaky bourbon, coffee, roast and sweet cream.

No surprises in the taste. Follows the nose well with oaky vanilla, creamed coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, burnt caramel,

Semi syrupy medium body with mild carbonation. Bourbon infused coffee finish.

A nice barrel aged imperial stout. Not a whole lot of depth but what's there is really tasty.

06-03-2013 00:33:30 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-23-2013 17:34:38 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Fresh
Fresh

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-03-2013 23:32:33 | More by Fresh
Photo of injuredreserve
injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 18:53:18 | More by injuredreserve
Photo of ShanePB
ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

750 ml bottle, opened by Greenplastic615. Thanks for the share!

A: Dark black body, thin tan that settled nice and quick into a filmy retention cap. Minor lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, oak, dark fruits, molasses.

T: Wonderful bourbon and chocolate blended on first sip. Notes of oak, brown sugar, vanilla and some slightly roasted caramel malts.

M: Higher end of medium-bodied, not as full, lush and thick as some others in the style. An easy drinker at 12% ABV.

This was a nice surprise from a little brewery I've never even heard of. Good first impression.

03-14-2013 14:59:39 | More by ShanePB
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-22-2013 05:57:10 | More by oline73
Photo of DarthKostrizer
DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2013 04:14:48 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of fbc24
fbc24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-15-2013 11:57:07 | More by fbc24
Photo of BrewTasting
BrewTasting

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-10-2013 06:05:39 | More by BrewTasting
Photo of ucsbmullet
ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2012 19:38:30 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of Camel242000
Camel242000

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-09-2013 03:27:53 | More by Camel242000
Photo of Stephanieha
Stephanieha

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-14-2013 06:02:47 | More by Stephanieha
Photo of Grant35
Grant35

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-29-2012 17:17:57 | More by Grant35
Photo of jeff1973
jeff1973

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-16-2013 04:59:08 | More by jeff1973
Photo of djaeon
djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-06-2013 21:22:38 | More by djaeon
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Black's Nocturne from Cismontane Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.