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A Night To End All Dawns - Kane Brewing Company

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 233
Gots: 60 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Night To End All Dawns began life as an imperial stout and was transformed into a massive dark ale during 15 months spent in bourbon barrels.

2014 Version is 12.4% Aged 12 months in bourbon barrels from Four Roses.

2014 release has black wax.

(Beer added by: axeman9182 on 03-12-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to all-time-hits-leader beerisheaven for this bottle, one I've been Biblically coveting ever since it came out. Big dark 750ML bottle split with my wife.

First, +2 Charisma points for the cool, minimalist label that's black with silver border, logo, & stylized writing - maybe one of the top five bottles of all time. But really who cares. Cage comes off & the cork begins to levitate almost magically, & I have to seize the thing to keep it from knocking a chip out of the ceiling. Black, with big, bustling carbonation. Nose brings huge boozy, bourbony updrafts mingled with deep malts. OK. Lovely.

A Night to End All Dawns should certainly win Marketing of the Year Award. The beer itself? Seems a touch...off. The back-slapping nose gives way to a beer that's awful thin for a bouncer of a brew, & the carbonation remains off the charts, fizzing distractingly. Vanilla comes through, but the bourbon so evident in the smell is distant. Big dark fruits, & not in a terribly appealing way. Half a bomber? Probably too much.

Disappointed, & I'll say it: showing the first signs of infection. The vicious carbonation, the thinning body, the faded bourbon. Nobody else has mentioned it, but if I had another, I'd drink it. Soon. Sub-average: wish I'd have picked this one up right after it was released.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but not inky. Sizable khaki head. Medium collar. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Whiskey, booze, caramel, some chocolate roast. Yeasty, strangely.

Taste - Chocolatey. Boozy. Caramel. Whiskey is decent here. Vanilla. Really boozy, but the other flavors are equally strong.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. High carbonation.

Overall - I'm torn on this one. Tough to tell if it's just too big or if the flavors aren't complete.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Waxed 750 mL bottle.

Pours a sludgy dark mocha, near black color with a thin tan head. Mildly sweet nose, honey, burnt sugar, barley, milk chocolate, bourbon and raisins. Silky, thick body, not much trace of alcohol or burn in the finish; almost too smooth and bland too a fault. Flavor has a strong chewy malt base, light on the roast or any burnt notes. Nothing stands out as sweet as the aromatics, but some molassess and honey, along with plums and raisins pull this to the sweeter and less roasty side of a stout. Bourbon from the barrel starts to creep in in the finish, but is much too late to make much of an impact. Perfectly adequate, but pretty boring; assume the intention is for this to be a robust base for adding adjuncts, further barrel aging, etc.

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A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.