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Black's Nocturne - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 26
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)
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4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Commentary: So I have a couple homebrewing friends who talk about this beer as if they’d give their left testicle for a bottle. If they were regular bottle geeks (rare beer fans who don’t brew) I’d find it quaint, but these guys are both good brewers in their own right. That means labels don’t mean squat – it’s the beer that counts. With that in mind, I bought a bottle when I found it. It’s a barrel aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Appearance 4.0: Black, impenetrable, a liquid eclipse – and not a FiftyFifty Eclipse (it’s better) – in a bottle. Head like the froth on a hot chocolate, dissipates quickly, laces gently.

Aroma 4.5: Bourbon vanilla, Coca Cola syrup, cocoa liquor (pure chocolate in its liquid form), and a touch of maple. A delicate roast like and angel fell in a campfire.
Flavor 4.75: Chocolate ganache, crème brulee caramelized crust, campfire burnt marshmallows.

Mouthfeel 4.75: Full and creamy, slight astringency around the edges from roast in the long (luxurious) finish.

Overall Impression 5.00: An interesting note; my second pour from the bottle had a small pellicle. Like a brown, boogery, loogie, foamy, phlegm, floater. What did I do? I am a brewer and fermentor. I make cheese, spontaneous fermented pickles, eat “stinky” fermented tofu. I fear no floater – it’s from a barrel ferchrisakes, it happens. I found a fork, flung the floater in the sink, and finished the bottle.

So, regarding my aforementioned friends and their testicles. Left, right, whatever – I’d be tempted to trade my own for a bottle. Someone stole the chocolate left on God’s pillow after they turn down his bed, liquefied it, beerified it, bourbon barrelified it, and bottled it. I will take as many of these as you can find – please.

dfernandez77, Jul 06, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

jmarsh123, Jan 18, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ehammond1, Oct 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice barrel aged presence.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, fall 2012
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours out nearly pitch black in color. I see some reddish hues around the edges of the glass. There was some sticky tan lacing left no the glass, but there wasn't a lot of head. Alcohol feet are present as we're dealing with a higher ABV.

S: Great nose on this one. Pulling lots of bourbon character here: vanilla, toffee, caramel, etc. Also getting some fudgy chocolate notes as well. Really smells like a pleasant mix, especially when you start to get some of that roast coffee into the mix as well.

T: Taste is also killer here. Just like I smelled you get deep chocolate notes first, meshing with some coffee character. Then you get the barrel treatment, that vanilla and burnt sugar come into play in the mid-palate. It's really smooth. You really don't taste the ABV, even at that high level. Maybe some warming, but that is all. Long finish on this. Flavors come up better as they warm.

M: Full bodied brew. Coats the mouth.

inlimbo77, Feb 04, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another big ol thank you to ehammond1 for sending this one!

pours the usual pitch black body that one would expect from a ba beer, but this one has a thick creamy head that stands a finger and a half tall. don't remember the last time i saw anything more than a quarter inch of head on a big bourbon beer.

only two parts to the aroma, big bourbon notes and dark chocolate. on the tongue though you can pick up on notes of vanilla and oats with the slightest hint of charred barrel. mouthfeel seemes a little thin for such a big beer, but it also helps to make it very easy to down a bottle by my self. super sweet and sticky from the chocolate and brown sugar with a very nice and mellow warming presence.

overall i really like this beer and cant believe that nobody is talking about it. such a great bourbon beer that i am lucky enough to receive two bottles of from two great traders, thanks fellas. as far as the rest of you that read this, you should get you some while you can.

match1112, Dec 25, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoked to try this one! Thanks BdubleEdubleRUN!
Poured into my founders snifter

A- Pours a very dark black with a 1/4" head that sticks around for a very long time. Looks like a big black stout if I eva seen one

S- I am currently sitting 3 feet away from it and i can smell some chocolate and bourbon. As I bring it closer I am getting tons of bourbon alon with the chocolate. Smells a little hot but very delicious

T- Starts out amazing. Nice bourbon up front with chocolate and coffee. In the middle the chocolate takes over, a very nice touch. In the end it's a tad thin but leaves a very nice toasted oat taste in your mouth

M- Pretty thin. Thickening this beer would make it scary good. Almost BCBSesque

O- Freakin great! Would love to drink this every day. Brett, my jimmies are forever greatful/10

pschul4, Dec 07, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/20/13 notes. Thanks to Nugganooch for sending me this one; thanks Dane! 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, some oak and coconut. Very nice nose. Sweet, with nice bourbon and chocolate mixing together. Not very hot at all.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, some dark fruits, oak, coconut, burnt and toasted malts. More vanilla here than the nose, not quite as sweet. A little better than the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and not very hot. A little bit thicker and the body would be great.

o - Overall my second beer and stout from Cismontane and I have been impressed with both of them; they were know their stouts. This one is a big stout that has barrel notes, but tastes like it is 8% ABV; really nice. Loads of sweet bourbon and chocolate throughout, and easy to drink. Would really like to have it again.

mdfb79, Apr 22, 2013
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Black's Nocturne from Cismontane Brewing Company
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