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A Night To End All Dawns - Kane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 419
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 30.98%
Wants: 327
Gots: 59 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: axeman9182 on 03-12-2013

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.
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Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beast thanks to billquirk (reddit), shared with rudzud and others, 2014 vintage aged in 4 Roses.

Pitch black thick syrupy motor oil, long legs, little dark fizzy head fades quickly.

Nose is exploding with dark fudgey chocolate, cocoa and bitter choc, then tons of bourbon, juicy barrel juice bourbon, vanilla barrel, toasted oak, little fusel booze, vanilla candies, fudgey caramel and fluffy nougat candy bar.

Taste brings tons of fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate, lush creamy choc, fluffy nougat and chocolate candy bar filling, caramel candy, etc. Nice bourbon, barrel juice and bourbon, great vanilla barrel, toasted oak, big fudgey choc fluffy nougat. Delicious. Finish is a little sticky, nice dark chocolate and cocoa, more bourbon lingering, caramel, fluffy nougat, vanilla barrel lingering, and hint of warming booze.

Mouth is full rich bod, creamy fluffy, nice carb, hidden booze.

Overall amazing, so friggen delicious.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super oily black hue with great legs. Really thin wisps.

S - Aromas of Chocolate fudge, bourbon, light booze, very nutty, great vanilla and barrel, rich bourbon vanilla goodness, melted dark chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, chewy fudge, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, oaky barrel, Nice malts, excellent chocolate, super rich.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol is hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great rich fudgy bourbon brownies.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My final EBF sample. I remember having a variant of this with vanilla added or something of the like. Now it's on to the base. It pours thick, pen-ink black with a thin ring of dark brown froth. Aroma is huge. Bourbon, fudge, espresso, alcohol, and vanilla. All the necessary aromas of a great Imperial Stout and set to a gaudy level of intensity. The flavor envelops over the tongue like some of the best. Like NyQuil on the palate. Liquid fudge, high-end espresso beans, cola, just a bit of anise, French vanilla and a big bourbon underbelly. Body is incredible. I sampled many beers during this festival; most of them being Imperial Stouts from some of the best breweries. This one was right in the running for one of the best beers I tried. I don't remember liking the vanilla version as much. The body is impeccable. Great brew.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2014 version of ANTEAD was incredible - no surprise that it made such a splash and won gold at GABF. The variants were so tremendous and sought after that I feel the base beer was a bit overlooked. Too bad - it is a killer.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a pour that looks viscous as hell, brown head that fades pretty quickly and the lacing is spotty and doesn't stick. The aroma on this beer is simply amazing. I smelled it as soon as I opened it. The aroma jumps from the bottle. Sweet chocolate notes, cherry, coconut, vanilla, coffee, oak, bourbon, barrel, light char and sweet dark fruit. Super complex. Taste just absolutely delivers on all fronts. Sweet and bittering chocolate, vanilla, coconut, sweet dark fruits, bourbon soaked cherries meld mid palate with bourbon and oak notes. The alcohol integrated seamlessly into the flavor profile with only a hint of heat. The stout is a player here and the blending with barrel aging is executed on the highest level. Smooth creamy feel with just right carbonation and semi dry finish. This beer is amazing. It's executed perfectly and better than ones with more hype.

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Photo of stakem
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

2014 release

It happens too frequently...limited brewery releases get all hyped up, expectations get elevated and then the time comes when you get to try said hyped beer, and it ends up being a disappointment. That senario is certainly not the case here. This beer far exceeded my expectations and now I am left wanting more bottles of it.

This beer was truely the highlight of my black friday tasting/bottle share. Its a typical black stout with thin head that fades quick. The smell displays just an amazing array of barrel nuance. An explosion of toasted coconuts and coconut milk/oil with complimentary vanilla, caramel, toffee and toasted marshmallows. Slight whiskey booze element is also present driving into the flavor with milky chocolate sweetness. It is medium to heavier bodied with ample carbonation. I could get myself into trouble with this beer. It goes down very easy for +12% wow.

If you wanted to draw lines of comparison, this is a much more approachable version of say bourbon county stout and black tuesday. All the same elements, just ANTEAD is significantly easier drinking and better rounded...fantastic stuff, color me impressed.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 750ml black, wax-dipped bottle (May 2014 edition) into a Rastal, Teku 2.0 high-stemmed glass.

A- As expected, pitch black (think, used motor oil) with a mocha-colored head that reaches nothing more than a 3/4 finger before dissipating very quickly. (5.0)

S- A Pungent nose not for the faint of heart. Notes of milk chocolate, bourbon, coffee and cherry cordial are the dominant aromas. Although faint, vanilla rounds out the nose. As it rises to room temperature, the alcohol heat from the bourbon becomes very apparent. (5.0)

T- Dessert in a glass! Bourbon-soaked M&M's and cherry cordial are immediate. Sweetness is curtailed by the heavy dose of Roasted Barley contributing to a coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Immense flavor with a focus on chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and coffee. (5.0)

M- Brilliant...velvety, palate-coating, full-bodied, but hardly thick. The light carbonation allows the taste and alcohol to linger long after the sip. This monster is very well balanced in lieu of all of its excessive glory. (5.0)

O- As evidence by my rating, this is a very, very well-executed version of a BBA Imperial Stout and is very hard to rate it anything less than perfect. ANTEAD is worthy of inclusion among the greats: BCBS, KBS, BBA Plead the 5th and BBA Imperial Biscotti Break. Despite being a brewery-only release, I am fortunate to live within driving distance where I was able to obtain a few bottles for more future enjoyment. (5.0)

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Photo of JStewart00
5/5  rDev +13.9%

My first and only 5 rating given. This blows other bourbon aged beers out of the water. Compare this to KBS and GI Bourbon County and be prepared to be impressed.

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Photo of John_M
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Excellent stuff!

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Photo of BobbySue22
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle does not seem to have an indicator of the variant, but this has grey wax.

The aroma is packed full of coffee, bourbon and vanilla, and chocolate.

The beer follows with a punch of coffee in the front. Almost similar to the coffee of KBS or Breakfast Stout. The bourbon was not too forward, but it has a nice sweet vanilla and chocolate throughout.

An very well made chocolate BA stout.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the ANTEAD release day at the brewery 5/3.

Poured from a black waxed top 750 mL bottle into a Kane teku also picked up Saturday. Interesting they ditched the cork and cage for the first time in this release. I recall last year's release was quite thin and unbalanced, curious to try this year's.

Pours jet black. No light getting through this one. Aggressive pour straight down into the teku yields a 2 finger light brown head. Head dissipates rather quickly to a thin film around the top.

First whiff: bourbon. This one puts the barrel first and foremost. Chocolate is the 2nd most evident smell in this even though this is the plain variant. I can see how the cacao beans would set that flavor off.

The creamy mouthfeel is a great improvement over last year's batch. Thick but not as chewy as you could find. For a BB imperial stout, it's sitting around 6 or 7 in the thickness department. Enjoying it thoroughly.

Bourbon is at the forefront of taste as the nose would suspect. This thing is BCBS jr. For a stout nearing 13% it is dangerous. Tasty stout with no heat whatsoever. If you can snag a bottle somehow, I would jump at the chance. Very excited to try the variants.;

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Photo of yourefragile
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of maximum12
3.04/5  rDev -30.8%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -20.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great flavor, but the smell on this one is far superior in my opinion.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark black pour with 2 fingers of brown head, slow dissipation and nice lacing. chocolate aromas followed by oak/vanilla/bourbon, coffee notes, brown sugar, raisins. WOW. a very strong bourbon feel, but so well mixed in with the sweetness of the malt and the rough dark notes of the roasted grain bill that this works perfectly together! a sweet chocolatey subtle base with tons of charred oak, roasted grains, lots of bourbon and a slight feel of sugary maple. this beer is FANTASTIC.
full body with moderate carbonation (the bottle was a gusher), doesn't coat the tongue as much as most other RIS would, making it a VERY easy to drink stout. though there is a lot of bourbon in the flavor, the alcohol bite is well hidden.

this is kane's best beer i've tried so far. some will dispute, but alas it is just my opinion and i have not had a few of their releases that have been talked up just yet (BBA MORNING BELL being the main one). i'm a bit bummed out that when i got this, i was talked out of even bothering to look for a second one for my friend in WI, due to the brewery warning the beer shop i frequent (and have friends working there) that there were a lot of bottles exploding at the brewery - it would have been a dumb mistake to ship it out (especially with the weird temperatures we were getting at the time). oh well, this next glass is for you buddy - at least i scored you a bottle of morning bell ;)

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Photo of TATURBO
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was a gusher when opened. Other than that a solid beer, great taste, solid all the way around.
Has a green apple strong in the nose.
Mouthfeel is on par for a barrel aged stout.
Sorry for the lack of details, first review on my phone. Would seek out more.
Thanks egrace84 for sharing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml from FreeBridge.

As soon as I undid the cage, the cork shot out and I had a dark brown geyser in the family room. Jammed my finger in the bottle, then slowly released the gas. After doing the preliminary floor clean up ( tomorrow I break out the Bissell), I can finally drink the rest.

Perfectly black body, topped by two fingers of medium tan foam.

Huge inviting bourbon/vanilla/oak aroma, backed by chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste follows the nose. Bourbon/ vanilla/oak, followed by chocolate and a dash of coffee. Would be better if more stout flavor balanced the bourbon barrel.

Smooth, rich, slick mouthfeel.

Terrific beer, but you might want to drink it on the deck.

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Photo of Jonada
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black with 2 fingers of a dark tan head. Body is opaque with some visible carbonation streaming along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, brown sugar.

Taste: Follows that nose closely with big bourbon and vanilla notes upfront, complimented by roasted malt, oak, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side of medium. Booze is noticeable, with medium alcohol warmth after the finish.

Overall: Excellent barrel aged beer and probably my favorite beer from Kane. This doesn't quite reach the level of some of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts, but it comes very close. I'll definitely be seeking out more of this.

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Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of bourbon and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet from the candi sugars and has flavors of bourbon and vanilla and some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable considering its strength and drinks more like a 8% beer but has enough interesting flavors to make it pleasant to sip.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque but clear extremely dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a thin soapy head of large bubbles that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light amounts of caramel, candi sugar, and dark fruit sweetness. All that is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly into a lingering sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Probably my favorite NJ brewery and this beer does not disappoint - so far my favorite non-IPA beer that they produce (but close with Morning Bell). Very enjoyable and the bourbon barrel aging really adds to it - and the alcohol is really well hidden.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a decent looking tan colored head on top. The retention just leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass while the lacing puts some scattered foam residue on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, slightly boozy, some wood and vanilla on the nose along with a bit of the roasted malts. The taste of the beer is rich with dark malts, bourbon, more vanilla and some chocolate. In the distance there is some dark fruit sweetness that comes through as well as some toasted sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good amount of body to it. There is a light carbonation as well as some heat in the finish. Overall it's a very good brew, really pleasantly surprised with this one. I would drink it again.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml C&C bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with a short brown head that vanishes instantly. A little bit of light penetration along the edges.

Bourbon, fudge, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Some booze is present.

Sweet bourbon and caramel with hints of toffee and charred oak. Dark chocolate, fudge, nuts and touches of espresso. Some fig and overripe plum. Notes of vanilla and peppery booze.

Medium-full bodied, oily, silky and warming.

This stuff is really freakin' good. The 15 months spent in a bourbon barrel and the passion for the craft certainly shows. A+, Kane, A+.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/11/13 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at the Whole Foods in Middletown for $16.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with two fingers of dark tan head and high carbonation evident. Has lots of retention and lacing left on the glass; looks like a nice stout.

s - Smells of bready malts, cream, vanilla, caramel malts, bourbon, roasted malts, and some sweet milk chocolate. Nice nose; bourbon isn't too strong in the nose and the roasted notes are there, but not as strong as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel malts, cream, toasted malts, and some burnt malts. More roasted notes, bourbon, and vanilla here, and a definite step up, though it is still not a ton of bourbon, and still has a lot of cream or vanilla. Some biscuit and bready malts too.

m - Thin to medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and pretty creamy but a tiny bit thin, keeping it from being great.

o - Overall a really nice beer from Kane, and my favorite of their non-IPA's so far; definitely my favorite of the beers they have bottled. There is not a ton of bourbon but it is nice and eays to drink for 13% ABV. I can see how some people are confused as to whether it is really a stout or not, as the nose doesn't have a ton of stout characteristics, and the body is thinner than you'd expect, but either way, it is a good beer. A bit expensive so wouldn't pick it up to often, but might revisit again sometime.

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A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.