Black's Dawn | Cismontane Brewing Company

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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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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 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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle2K10 for this extra, knocking one more want off my long & distinguished list. 22 oz. bottle with a label that appears to have been designed as a freshman class project split with my wife.

The pour is black, carbonation is starting down the barrel of little to none. Strong coffee is the only note coming off the beer, unless you count roast. OK, roast & coffee.

Black's Dawn is like a coffee snuff film. Coffee in the foreground, mid-palate, & finish. Sharp, acrid bitterness is prevalent. Malt sweetness. If I squint I could imagine the blurry outlines of other flavors, but really, I'd just be making it up. It is smooth, I'll give it that, but 11 ounces is enough for me.

Right down the middle arrow of the bowling alley: this is as routine a coffee stout as exists on the Planet Earth. Not good, not bad. Just beer.

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

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3.12/5  rDev -21%

Photo of augustgarage
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewery - served in a goblet.

Opaque seal brown body with a whisper of ran bubbles up top, settling into a thin collar and oily webbing. Anemic lacing.

Coffee, roast barley, and a touch of diacetyl in the nose.

Carob, earth, black pepper, brown butter, and stale coffee to start on the palate. Taste brings to mind a 24hr greasy spoon catering to somnolent truckers on some remote interstate. Finishes with a pleasing toastiness, though the diacetyl persists.

Oily, medium bodied, with low carbonation.

A decent coffee stout marred by a few defects you might expect from a home-brew.

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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 travolta
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, with an espresso head that has really nice retention and lacing. Not much volume.

Nose: Coffee with a tiny of of toffee at the end.

Taste: Creamy espresso. A really smooth finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy upfront but becomes very watery at the end.

Notes: Not much happening from the "Imperial". I am not impressed. It seems the word "imperial" is slapped on some labels for no apparent reason other than price.

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

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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 OGdirty
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black with a diminishing beige residue of foam that ends up as a fine ring around the inside of the glass. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Espresso, eucalyptus foliage, dark chocolate, and sweet/fusile alcohols.

D: Begins off-dry, unctuous, with acidic coffee and pungent--almost rancid--umami. Nutty roasted malt emerges in the middle as other, less appealing, flavors fade. It finishes with a whiff of bitter coffee grounds, although little hop bitterness is detected. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: Admittedly not a fan of coffee stouts, I find that this offering by Cismontane has demonstrated the ability to grow on me. Although it is one of just a few production recipes they brew, I am predisposed to like it more since I had a pilot batch of its cousin--a stout brewed with Belgian yeast and fermented on dates. Still, this appears to be the crowd favorite among the brews in Cismontane's small stable. Black's Dawn is the Cismontane beer I have encountered most frequently on-draft at local pubs, from Tony's to Beachwood.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has all the coffee and cocoa elements of a solid stout but, I'm picking up a faint peppery presence.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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