Black's Dawn
Cismontane Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,121
Ranked #8,449
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
Black's DawnBlack's Dawn
Notes: Named after Black's Beach
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 322 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with fizzy mocha colored head. Aroma has dark malts, rye bread, malt soda and some burnt sugar. Taste is mostly roasty with burnt bread crust notes and leftover coffee bitterness on the finish. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Not bad but it's a bit simple and feels to fizzy for a proper coffee stout.

Feb 16, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Initial aroma is a deep, dark roasted coffee. There are also moderate roasted elements in the aroma. There is a faint dark fruit smell well into the background.

Taste: The initial flavors are a combination of coffee and roast. There is a bit of spiciness to it. The are also backgrounds hints of wood and dark fruits.

Feel: It has a smooth texture to it and is moderately bitter in the finish with sweetness combining with bitterness at the end.

Overall, this is a malt driven beer with coffee and roasted elements. Other flavors are well into the background and enhance the malts.

Jun 23, 2017
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Ltdsaint from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straight to the point stout, not something I would drink all time but I got it for five bucks. Lighter brown head with a dark black body, burnt grain smell and a good bit of dark chocolate. The taste contains a couple more things than the aroma did. Again with the burnt grains but picking up some woody elements as well, molasses and even the slightest hint of caramel, dark fruits, not boozy. Very easy to drink overall.

Feb 16, 2017
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brandonlovesbeer from South Carolina

2.43/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

16oz Bottle
It was for sale at the Beer and Wine store for $5.99.
I'd never heard of this brewery or the beer so I said, "What the heck. Why not?"

On the Pour:
It was very opaque. I could see, right from the start, that it was WAY too over-filtered (my pet peeve).
The head was only light khaki. The color you'd expect from a pale beer.

Coffee and some lightly roasted grains. That's it.

The mouthfeel was alright. More than I thought it would be but still not great from what I expect from a stout.
The coffee was the overwhelming flavor. Behind that was some roasted malt. But mostly coffee.
BUT. And this is a big 'But'.
When the canister of coffee tells you to mix 5 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water, but instead you mix 2 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water… That is the strength of coffee that I'm getting. It's the only flavor but it's very faint.

I'm not impressed AT ALL.
This was not a good first impression of this brewery. And I probably will not sample any of their other beers if I come across them.

Feb 05, 2017
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beerbellydaddy from California

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I won't go to deep on this one - basically it's fine - not bad, not stellar. It has the right notes for a stout - nice color, decent creamy head, nice lacing; it smells like a stout. But overall this just seems like a stout-lite. It is just too mild to really recommend. Maybe a nice beginner stout.

Dec 10, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber, this brew is a solid black color with a wonderful tan head. The aroma is roasty, malty, and has a bit of booze underneath. Not as much fruit as others of the style. The taste is a little dry, with roastedness and warmth. The finish is balanced, but the body is a little thin for the style.

Nov 06, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

1.56/5  rDev -61%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Burnt grain, and a sugary sweetness on the nose, weird aroma; same for the palate. The malt almost tastes smoked or burnt. Very off flavors.

Oct 17, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 16.9oz bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma very heavy roasted malt, some coffee
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent - complete tight ring of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor heavy roasted malt and a hint of coffee, lacks the roasted malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation, leaves my lips slightly sticky

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Feb 28, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black and a little bit of brown. Hits some nice coffee aroma notes, roasted malt.

Lots of coffee, some chocolate malt. Nice hidden alcohol. Its pretty straightforward, black roasted malts, coffee added. Too bad they don't make 6 packs, the format is a little expensive.

Feb 27, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a decent imperial stout, but I believe I had some oxidation issues in the bottle I drank. For purposes of this review, I will leave that off. I felt like the mouthfeel was decent with good lacing and head retention. THe flavor had big potential, but I just couldn't get passed the metallic taste.

Feb 16, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: black with short head of brown foam.

Aroma: moderately strong aromas of dark coffee and dark roasted grains. Hints of vanilla and alcohol.

Flavor: Lightly sweet; lots of dark roasted grain and a moderate amount of medium roast coffee. Hints of chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full body with a good level of light carbonation; very smooth.

Overall: a satisfying RIS that makes good use of coffee but leans towards a milk stout.

Dec 05, 2015
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A warm, inviting aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a lot of coffee, some roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, a hint of vanilla, and a slight burnt / smoky element in the finish. A very smooth and well balanced flavor with the coffee dominating everything else (but not by much).

F: A low amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely likable, easy to drink beer. If you like coffee-centric stouts, check this one out.

Dec 05, 2015
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: black with nice foam lacing around the glass
S: slight coffee, and dark roast
T: bitter coffee and black licorice.
F: creamy and smooth with a medium thickness.

Nov 25, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a large, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of chocolate, toffee and coffee notes. Sweet chocoate, toffee and roasted finish.

Oct 20, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: totally black with an attractive finger of brown foam. Very nice indeed.

Smell: very roasty with a prominent alcohol aroma. Definitely strong, and not bad, but it lacks complexity or finesse.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a lot of roast and alcohol here. There are also nice coffee and chocolate notes, as well as a dash of vanilla, that help balance this out. Tasty, but just a little harsh.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, as befitting the style.

Overall: the alcohol prominence here is just a bit much to be a well-balanced beer, but it's not terrible by any means.

Sep 16, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dont drink this cold out of the fridge had a horrible soapy rubbing alcohol taste. As it warmed the malt kicked in definitely on the bittersweet burnt characteristics with hints of black licorice.

Sep 07, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a persistent half finger khaki head with good lacing. Aroma of dark, toasted malt, dark chocolate, strong coffee and a hint of bright esters almost like isopropyl alcohol. Flavor is lightly sweet, toasted malt, drip coffee, cocoa and bitter dark chocolate; hints of vanilla and licorice. Finishes with chocolate, a hint of hops, and boiled coffee. Very nice, creamy body with excellent mouth feel. A good, full bodied stout, quite coffee forward. The coffee is pleasant at first, but dominates the finish a bit too much. Alcohol noticeable in the aroma, but well covered in the taste. I like the malt body of this stout quite a bit, but the coffee was a bit too acidic and dominant in the finish. Would be great with the coffee dialed back just a bit. The flavor grew on me a lot, revealing some more complexity as the evening progressed. The second stout I've had from Cismontane and I'll be back for more.

Aug 27, 2015
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argock from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured frrom 16.9oz brown bottle into a clear tulip. No botting date evident.

A: Very dark brown with short cap of cappucino head with no lacing

S: Delicious blend of cappucino, light caramel sweetness, dark malt roastiness, and dark chocolate

T: Flavor is slightly sweet but very enjoyable with dark chocolate, very light touch of roast from dark malts, black coffee, and caramel throughout. Light bitternessfendsoff cloying.

M: LIght-bodied for the style but very drinkable with moderate carbonation.

O: A really pleasant surprise - delicious drinkable coffee flavored imperial stout, tastes a little like a porter since the roast character is low, but really great beer. Thanks Jody!

Aug 03, 2015
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spamNeggs from California

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like stouts with a coffee chocolate backbone? My wife didn't. :)

More for me!!!!

Taste to me is solid malt and coffee and some chocolate in a smooth mouth-feel stout some malt sweetness.
Even bitterness on the finish and no alcohol burn for the 8%+. Coffee colored light foam, would like to have this on nitro/tap..

Basically, really nice.
Not blockbuster but something I would happily buy again and glad I got to try.

Jul 29, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle (thought it was a bomber). Bought it in Phoenix, brought it back in a suitcase. 150114BDS is the number printed on the label. Served in a large mug.

Pours black with a small-medium brown head that lingers apparently indefinitely. Plenty of fine carbonation. Smell is chocolate and yeast. Smells pretty darn good, actually. Maybe it's just been a long time since I've had an imperial stout.

Taste is good, but fairly one dimensional. Chocolatey, yeasty, just like the the aroma. Solid, but not special.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, somewhat airy. Overall, good but not special.

Jul 25, 2015
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SensorySupernova from California

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black with a big light brown, long-lasting head. The head was so sturdy that any impression made in it stayed there.

Smell: Roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Follows the smell, pretty dry overall, ends slightly bitter (not like hops, more like black coffee). A little wood and booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth; no residual feel left in the mouth.

Overall: Solid imperial stout.

Jul 08, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a quarter of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost, but not quite, completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic, with tons of earthy, rich, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, a touch of smoke, tons of freshly ground coffee beans, tons of dark, dark chocolate and brown sugar, hints of vanilla creamer and bittersweet chocolate. Inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! Holy shit! Is this beer strong and awesome! Massive, rich, earthy, roasty flavors of roasted malt up front, followed by tons of coffee and brown sugar-like sweetness, hints of vanilla and smoke, but the predominate flavors are of roasted malt and coffee!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, coffee-infused Imperial Stout! Malty as hell, roasty as hell, and tasty as hell, with tons of coffee, but thankfully, none of the bitterness that usually accompanies coffee. Very highly recommended!

Jun 12, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cismonte Brewing 'Black's Dawn Imperial Stout @ 8.5% , served from a 9 fl oz bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a steaky lace along the snifter
S-sweet , boozey , coffee
T-ok tasting Imp Stout , dry coffee finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels big bodied , certainly warms the inners
Ov-ok beer , no wow factor
prost LampertLand

Apr 24, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: black with a nice tan head. good retention and lacing.

S: roasted coffee, dark malts, chocolate,

T: delicious roasted coffee / malts. dark chocolate on the finish. a slight hop bitterness on finish. lingering roasty flavor.

M: thick and creamy.

O: delicious beer.

Mar 07, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is burnt and roasted malt, molasses and dark chocolate. Excellent.
The taste is a great blend of coffee and chocolate bitterness, molasses and roasted malt sweetness, finishes with a touch of burnt wood.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Super drinkable and flavorful.

Nov 27, 2014
Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
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