A Night To End All Dawns - Kane Brewing Company
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4.74/5 rDev +10.2%
Many thanks to Derek for the opportunity to try this one.
The beer pours a blacksih brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing all around. The beer looks impressive enough, but then I stuck my beak in the glass. If you're a fan of huge bourbon notes in your BA stout, you'll love this bad boy. Yowsa! The nose gives off a huge aroma of bourbon, milk duds, vanialla, chocolate and light coffee. This beer smells as if it will rich and slightly boozy, and on the palate, the beer doesn't disappointed. The flavor profile genrally replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, with just a hint of licorice in the profile as well. Mouthfeel is full and soft, somewhat creamy, and very, very long on the finish. Also, while the abv. is noticeable, this beer is not the least bit hot or heavy on the finish. So given the abv., drinkability is pretty good in this beer (was with some friends who had been drinking abyss and mexican cake all afternoon, and they had no problem with this last bottle of "dessert.").
A couple of thoughts. Obviously, this is an exceptional version of a bourbon barrel aged stout, but what sets it apart, I think, as compared to GI BCBS for example, is that the alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile. While the alcohol and heavy sweetness in BCBS wear me out after a very short while, the sweetness and booziness is more restrained in this beer, making it more drinkable and ultimately more enjoyable. So while this beer reminded me very much of the BCBS stout, ultimately I preferred this beer.
08-05-2014 15:38:06 | More by John_M
4.16/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: Black. The color was pitch black and no light passed through it. Had a wonderful milk chocolate colored head that dissipated into a thin layer after a few minutes.
Aroma: Bourbon. The bourbon aroma is the most prevalent and hits you immediately. The 15 months aging in the barrels is absolutely noticeable and appreciated. After the bourbon, there is a nice dark chocolate aroma coming from the malt.
Taste: Again the bourbon is very evident as well as the chocolate. There was a subtle caramel taste as well. The description on the bottle said notes of vanilla but I was unable to taste any vanilla. The bourbon lingers in the mouth very nicely.
Mouthfeel: This beer was thick but not unpleasant where you feel like you're chewing it. The beer coats your mouth just long enough for the flavors to be absorbed into every part of your mouth.
Overall: Wonderful. Had not heard of the brewery before having this and now I want to try everything they brew. The beer was one of the nicest and most bourbon forward aged Imperial Stouts I've had. Bourbon was not overpowering, like brink straight bourbon, so it was nice and went well with the chocolatey malt character. Would highly recommend this beer.
08-03-2014 19:55:50 | More by BobbySue22
A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
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