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Black's Dawn | Cismontane Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
73
Ratings:
304
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
18.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 304
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
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 augustgarage
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
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 travolta
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
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 81tillinfinity
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
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 -15.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The newest beer in the Cismontane lineup, a coffee stout brewed with brown sugar and oats. On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Yep, it's black. The head retention on top is fair. Anyways, this is a coffee stout that leans towards the coffee side. Roasted coffee in the aroma, lots of roasted coffee in the taste, a little sweet from the brown sugar, a little astringent too. The alcohol hides itself well in this medium bodied beer...maybe a whisper light for its size.

You better like coffee if you're going to drink this, as it is very coffeeish. I happen to be a fan of coffee stouts, so this was no problem. It could use more "beer" in the formula to get it to the next level.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inviting appearance in the narrow-waisted weizen glass. Near black color with fine-grained beige head. Creamy and spritzy on the tongue.

Rather sharp but rich with malt. Toasty flavors as well as the deep dark roast. Doesn't seem as burnt-tasting as some others in this class. there is a warm malty undertone that is quite pleasant. The coffee seems to add that acidic mouthfeel. They could tone it down in my opinion, but they get points for avoiding the "yesterday's burnt coffee" routine. Nose of chocolate and coffee.

Highly sippable if a little harsh. I will keep trying these Cismontane brews, which seem to be more available these days. From the 16 oz bottle which claims 50 IBUs and 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of Sladesmom
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It is a dark, rich color with almost head and nice lacing.

Smell: I smell a roasted, coffee smell with a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: It tastes rich with a full coffee flavor. It goes down smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouth Feel: It is thick and smooth.
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Overall: I find this to be a rich, flavorful stout. It is a very full chocolate coffee flavor and goes down easy. If you like stouts, this is definitely one to try

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Dark brown, with a tan brown creamy head. Small amount of lacing on the glass.
SMELL: Nutty, roasted, coffee grounds and a bit of mineral. Cocoa emerges as it warms.
TASTE: Robust malty notes, coffee, anise, dark chocolate, raw cocoa and some mineral and herbal, lightly citric hop notes. As it warms, more coffee and chocolate notes come out, giving a mocha impression. Chocolate malt and coffee are the culprits. Alcohol flavor is felt more than tasted, but is present. Vanilla coffee lasts in the aftertaste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, with a low-medium carbonation.
OVERALL: This is a pretty good imperial stout with added coffee. I could definitely see this as a good compliment to a Sunday brunch. Worthy.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the bubble show transforms to a thick head that delivers some nice lacing patterns

Smell: A bit roasty, with some chocolate tones and a hint of coffee

Taste: Roasty, up front, with developing chocolate and coffee flavors; more chocolate in the finish than coffee, with a touch of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied but somewhat thin for an imperial; moderate carbonation

Overall: For what is supposed to be an imperial stout, I was somewhat underwhelmed; a decent drinker but not really worth seeking out

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Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a thank you box and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep, deep dark brown nearly black hue with a good two finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice quarter inch blanket. Pretty damn solid here.

S - Smell is nice with lots of chocolate, more of the milk chocolate variety. Some light roast malts. Uhh, wheres the coffee though?

T - Taste is better, with nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder mix. Coffee is there, a creamy iced coffee with cream here. Some faint dark fruits as well. Could use some more coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, with light carbonation. There is some good bitter roast on the finish.

O - Overall, I wish there was more coffee in this along with less dark fruit. Plus, the nose was pretty weak.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Calsbad

A: Black with a one finger tan head and pretty good retention.

S: Coffee, oats and a lot of wet earth. Perhaps a bit of licorice as well. As the beer warms, it begins to smell more smoky with a bit of smoked herring coming into play as well.

T: A bit of coffee and roasted/charred malt with a slight bit of roasted oat sweetness without the smooth mouthfeel. A bit of a smokiness in the background as well. Pretty solid, but not sure I would go for this again.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A - Pours a semi viscous, pitch black with a thin mocha color head which fades really quickly leaving some minimal lacing.

S – The aroma is a healthy combination of bootstrap molasses, licorice dark chocolate coffee and dried prunes. Damn, that sounds familiar…The Abyss?

T – Well, is not The Abyss, but damn is it ever trying to be. It has all of the elements that I describe in the aroma, but unfortunately they are all a bit more muted than The Abyss. The licorice and dark chocolate seem to be the most prevalent flavors, but all of the others are all definitely there.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice roasted malts with a fairly smoky finish.

D – This is a very drinkable Imperial stout. I was hugely surprised by this, especially since I have never heard of this brewery. Very well balanced. I will happily buy this again and again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 portia99
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle sent as a great extra by Rckmo10 in a recent trade. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Bottle says 8.5% ABV contrary to the description on BA.

A - Pours a pitch black color with hardly any light getting thru...what does get thru gives a deep brown highlights at the very edges fo the liquid. A very small off white head forms but falls rapidly down to a tight collar of bubbles...spotty lacing lacing.

S - Coffee is quite noticeable up front along with lots of dark roasted malt. Hints of licorice, brown sugar and some dark and milk chocolate blend nicely. Overall, aroma is a bit on the light side...what is there is rather good.

T - Tons of dark roasted malt up front, burnt toast, strong black coffee, mild astringency, light flavor of baker's chocolate, charcoal. Dark fruits, berries and a marginal sweetness on the back end of each sip that seems to smooth things out...very minor alcohol presence is noted.

M - Body is medium-ish...feels a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is medium-high and makes this beer quite lively and prickly...again, perhaps a bit out of character for the style. Wish this was a bit fuller.

O - Overall a good imperial stout. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect of this beer, being a bit thin and overcarbonated for the style, but these can potentially be overlooked a little bit. Flavors are good and feature lots of dark, roasty, burnt flavors...coffee stout lovers will definitely enjoy this one. Definitely worthy of trying.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with some hints of coffee and licorice in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has nice aromas and flavors of dark and chocolate malts. It also does a good job at masking the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-07-24
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.

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Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark stout with a half inch of creamy mocha head, some spotty lacing. roasted barley and oats and some roasted coffee with a milk chocolate flavor added. nice and thick and creamy with a full robust body. lots of sugar make this sweet than many other stouts i've had. some hops are detectable on the back of the tongue along with a small alochol presence. this is very drinkable but as far as coffee stouts go this is probably middle of the road.

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Photo of spamNeggs
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011) Perhaps a hand-bottle. Direct from the brewery representative.

Thanks for opening this, jordanhwc!

Nearly black with a thin brown head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

Very roasty aroma with a bit of coffee. Simple, though appropriate and very nice.

The roasted malts and coffee flavors dominate, but they're very nice. No alcohol presence. Slight caramel sweetness as well.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation, though a touch metallic.

A very nice big stout--incredibly roasty.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
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