A Night To End All Dawns - Kane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 234
Gots: 61 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +6%

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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
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