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Black's Nocturne | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Black's NocturneBlack's Nocturne

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 20
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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 djmichaelk
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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 ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mactrail
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gigantic blow torch of an Imperial Stout. Very dark mahogany color in the New Belgium snifter. Quite dark head, it's beyond beige. Spritzy in the mouth with a prickly sharpness that accentuates the booze. Actually not a heavy-bodied brew, for all the massive ingredients. Great aroma of woody vanilla and caramel.

Sweet like a liqueur from the start. A pleasant drying trend takes hold so the sugar doesn't stay on the tongue for long. The sweetness does make a nice introduction as your taste buds are assaulted. Seriously hot with alcohol. The syrupy intensity and vast flavors do distract you while this is sliding down your throat, but I wouldn't say the alcohol is hidden. Dark and charry malt is the big flavor, enlivened by a very smooth bourbon taste.

Satisfying for a small glass after dinner, say. A little too much of a good thing, but I'll be interested in what the barrel fanatics say about this. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn in San Diego.

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. 12% ABV confirmed. 50 IBU. 30 SRM.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of gorgeous frothy cream, great thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent. Opaque. So far, so good. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oak, vanilla, some roast, alcohol, dark malts, marvelous bourbon, and cocoa nibs. Some caramel. Oats when I look for them. I don't get brown sugar. A very pleasant, inviting aroma. No yeast is detectable. I'm excited for this one.

T: Vanilla, cacao nibs, caramel, dark malts, bourbon, and oak. An eclectic, fantastic, flavour. Very well balanced and enjoyable. The vanilla and bourbon coalesce nicely, generating an excellent effect. Satisfying. It has a reserved subtlety that really suits it well. Rich and decadent. I really like it. Complex and intriguing. I'm quite impressed. No yeast comes through. The alcohol is very well hidden. Hopping is minimal and backgrounded, functioning mainly as a preservative. The dark malt foundation is a bit caramelized and features some chocolate malt, but doesn't intrude, holding the beer together nicely. I barely get brown sugar. A bit of oaty sweetness is detectable only when I actively search for it. It certainly doesn't lack body. A delightful finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but dry and coarse enough to coax out the flavours. Perfect thickness. Suits the flavour profile excellently. Perfect carbonation. Oats were used optimally here, lending an otherwise dry and coarse style some credible smoothness. Nicely creamy.

Dr: Drinkable and very enjoyable. Hides the ABV incredibly well. I really like it. I'd definitely have this again, preferably either aged or on draught. It might be too smooth on nitro. Fans of the style will no doubt enjoy this one. I'm excited to try more beers from Cismontane. A stellar brew. I'd recommend this to friends. It does come off a bit too smooth for the style, though. If I accept it as an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout", I feel better about it. The warming bourbon is really wonderful here; I'd be curious to learn which bourbon barrels they used.


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

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

750 ml bottle, opened by Greenplastic615. Thanks for the share!

A: Dark black body, thin tan that settled nice and quick into a filmy retention cap. Minor lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, oak, dark fruits, molasses.

T: Wonderful bourbon and chocolate blended on first sip. Notes of oak, brown sugar, vanilla and some slightly roasted caramel malts.

M: Higher end of medium-bodied, not as full, lush and thick as some others in the style. An easy drinker at 12% ABV.

This was a nice surprise from a little brewery I've never even heard of. Good first impression.

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

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

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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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