Black's Dawn | Cismontane Brewing Company

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317 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
cismontanebrewing.blogspot.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after Black's Beach

Added by DoubleJ on 07-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
48
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ltdsaint
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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

Flavor:
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.

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Photo of kmoen
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerbellydaddy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
1.56/5  rDev -60.5%
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.

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Photo of JonSchwartz
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Growler Grlz in Durham

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Studfarm69
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones349
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolatey

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Photo of Birmz
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of shauun176
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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