Black's Nocturne | Cismontane Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.19/5
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95 Ratings
Black's NocturneBlack's Nocturne
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took everyone’s favorite Imperial Stout (sans coffee) and aged it for nearly a year in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, which we then blended in an attempt to tame the bourbon beastliness. Creamy vanilla and smooth oak on the nose complement and round out the roasted, bitter chocolate characteristics. A kiss of bourbon booziness on the palate provides the perfect finish for this rich and decadent tribute to the dark months ahead. Be prepared…winter is coming.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,706
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
95
pDev:
7.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
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Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle in a snifter. This beast of a brew pours a pitch black with a
decent head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin wafting pool,
and features nice light lacing. Nose of boozy bourbon, chocolate, deeply roasted malts,
dark fruit notes of raisins, and vanilla. Flavors nail the expectations built upon the original
Black's Dawn with boozy bourbon and light vanilla notes dancing about oak, raisins, a touch
of anise, and rich velvety dark chocolate. Excellent mouth feel; medium full body, smooth as silk,
moderately coating, warm, and sweet on the finish without being cloying with mild carbonation.

Overall, an excellent sequel to the original Dawn stout.

Cheers

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gutbuster
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2 (Aged on Makers Mark), Bottle.

A: Moderately strong roasted malt character, almost dark chocolate like with ample vanilla, bourbon aroma.

A: Totally black color, opaque, with a thin tan head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderely high roasted malts, dark chocolate-like, moderate bourbon flavors of vanilla, very light bitterness with a semi-dry finish.

M:Full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Excellent; this beer has excellent balance between the deep malt/roast character and the complimentary bourbon character. While this beer is quite tasty, Batch #1, aged on Heaven's Hill Barrels was even better, miss Batch #1!

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Photo of Faroveryonder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RajaSTL
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IpeeA
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: hoppy, sweet, malty, no bourbon though
T: hops and sweetness. It's good, just not what I was expecting. Hoping for bcs, but not even close
F: thin, but easy drinking
O: big disappointment

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Served in a short shaker, this imperial stout is too black to describe and topped with a splash of tanned foam. You smell it, and the first thing to hit your mind is bourbon. A few splashes of sweet and roasty imperial stout lay underneath the layer of said spirit.

A chocolate laced bourbon treat is what you get here. Incredibly, the 11% alcohol does not show itself. The bourbon yields a fruity flavor from itself, and with time the bourbon seems to mellow. It comes out as a somewhat chewy beer and full bodied, and very smooth.

For a cool night like tonight, Black's Nocturne will keep you feeling warm.

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Photo of Nominoe
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, this beer blew my mind. The label's only description is "Imperial Stout" and 11%ABV. I didn't know it was aged in bourbon barrels until I opened the bottle and smelled. It smells rich, chocolatey, bourbon/oak and sweet. Not knowing it was bourbon-barrel aged, I was stumped for a bit whether it was just oak barrels or not. It tastes quite similar to the smell with the bourbon a little more noticeable than in the smell and a slightly vanilla-like taste that's less present in the smell. It feels perfectly slick and thick as a barrel-aged imperial stout should. There's a sharpness that throws me off a bit in the end, but it's not too much. The beer didn't create much of a head and looked like an average imperial stout being poured into a tulip. I will definitely go grab a couple more bottles if they're still on shelves.

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Photo of bennyman12
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Black's Nocturne from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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