Black's Dawn
Cismontane Brewing Company

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Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
Feb 02, 2020
Jul 03, 2010
Named after Black's Beach
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Rated: 4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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
Rated: 3.97 by TylerJ from Iowa

May 26, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 08, 2017
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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
Rated: 3.97 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Ltdsaint from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
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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Reviewed by brandonlovesbeer from South Carolina

2.43/5  rDev -39.1%
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
Rated: 3.32 by kmoen from California

Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by beerbellydaddy from California

3.71/5  rDev -7%
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
Rated: 4.13 by StoutSnob40 from California

Nov 22, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -12%
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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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

1.56/5  rDev -60.9%
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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Rated by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On nitro tap at Growler Grlz in Durham
Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by jmccraney from Washington

Jul 24, 2016
Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 322 ratings