Black's Dawn | Cismontane Brewing Company

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318 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:
318
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
48
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of shauun176
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Aerol
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mages64
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Monkeyknife
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benzalman
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thumperskibum
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro.

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Photo of dbeveridge
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Love it.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black's Dawn from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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