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Black's Nocturne - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Black's NocturneBlack's Nocturne

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | 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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djmichaelk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-26-2013 03:10:08 | More by djmichaelk
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-22-2013 06:21:44 | More by yourefragile
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-09-2013 21:12:20 | More by GRG1313
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-22-2013 05:57:10 | More by oline73
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-01-2013 14:43:17 | More by ajzy
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-11-2012 21:42:36 | More by funkel81
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-23-2013 03:20:12 | More by duceswild
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mactrail

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gigantic blow torch of an Imperial Stout. Very dark mahogany color in the New Belgium snifter. Quite dark head, it's beyond beige. Spritzy in the mouth with a prickly sharpness that accentuates the booze. Actually not a heavy-bodied brew, for all the massive ingredients. Great aroma of woody vanilla and caramel.

Sweet like a liqueur from the start. A pleasant drying trend takes hold so the sugar doesn't stay on the tongue for long. The sweetness does make a nice introduction as your taste buds are assaulted. Seriously hot with alcohol. The syrupy intensity and vast flavors do distract you while this is sliding down your throat, but I wouldn't say the alcohol is hidden. Dark and charry malt is the big flavor, enlivened by a very smooth bourbon taste.

Satisfying for a small glass after dinner, say. A little too much of a good thing, but I'll be interested in what the barrel fanatics say about this. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:32:04 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. 12% ABV confirmed. 50 IBU. 30 SRM.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of gorgeous frothy cream, great thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent. Opaque. So far, so good. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oak, vanilla, some roast, alcohol, dark malts, marvelous bourbon, and cocoa nibs. Some caramel. Oats when I look for them. I don't get brown sugar. A very pleasant, inviting aroma. No yeast is detectable. I'm excited for this one.

T: Vanilla, cacao nibs, caramel, dark malts, bourbon, and oak. An eclectic, fantastic, flavour. Very well balanced and enjoyable. The vanilla and bourbon coalesce nicely, generating an excellent effect. Satisfying. It has a reserved subtlety that really suits it well. Rich and decadent. I really like it. Complex and intriguing. I'm quite impressed. No yeast comes through. The alcohol is very well hidden. Hopping is minimal and backgrounded, functioning mainly as a preservative. The dark malt foundation is a bit caramelized and features some chocolate malt, but doesn't intrude, holding the beer together nicely. I barely get brown sugar. A bit of oaty sweetness is detectable only when I actively search for it. It certainly doesn't lack body. A delightful finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but dry and coarse enough to coax out the flavours. Perfect thickness. Suits the flavour profile excellently. Perfect carbonation. Oats were used optimally here, lending an otherwise dry and coarse style some credible smoothness. Nicely creamy.

Dr: Drinkable and very enjoyable. Hides the ABV incredibly well. I really like it. I'd definitely have this again, preferably either aged or on draught. It might be too smooth on nitro. Fans of the style will no doubt enjoy this one. I'm excited to try more beers from Cismontane. A stellar brew. I'd recommend this to friends. It does come off a bit too smooth for the style, though. If I accept it as an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout", I feel better about it. The warming bourbon is really wonderful here; I'd be curious to learn which bourbon barrels they used.

B+

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:40:11 | More by kojevergas
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 14:59:39 | More by ShanePB
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-08-2013 00:48:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-23-2013 17:34:38 | More by mendvicdog
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-06-2013 21:22:38 | More by djaeon
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-07-2013 16:51:53 | More by Duff27
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2013 21:20:53 | More by CarolinaKevin
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Rick760Sd

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-24-2012 03:09:46 | More by Rick760Sd
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AndrewK

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-29-2012 06:29:16 | More by AndrewK
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2013 11:53:42 | More by drummermattie02
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 05:23:41 | More by BAsbill
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harrymel

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kristalynn

It's black with a solid persistant sheet of mocha foam. Smells of bourbon, booze, oak, fudgy, figgy, some graham, nougat, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is sweet, boozy, nice barrel tones, some tawny port character, some raisin and fig. Full bodied with reserved carbonation and a fairly dry finish. This is a well crafted beer that reminds me of Schlafly's Bourbon Stout 2008, aged about three years. Enjoyed that beer immensely, and will enjoy the remainder of this beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 07:04:33 | More by harrymel
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:33:30 | More by ThickNStout
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IKR

California

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:24:18 | More by IKR
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-05-2013 01:10:15 | More by dvmin98
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 18:53:18 | More by injuredreserve
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2013 04:14:48 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Black's Nocturne from Cismontane Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.