Vengeful Heart | Kane Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
115 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Vengeful HeartVengeful Heart
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
kanebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vengeful Heart is an American-style Barleywine with big tropical fruit flavors and aromas from some of out favorite American hops - Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic. This huge hop bill is supported by a backbone of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavors from a blend of four different crystal malts. Vengeful Heart has a deep ruby color, full body, and a caramel finish. Vengeful Heart should be stored cold and consumed fresh.


Added by RollTide7 on 02-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
23
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from MacMalt and his NBS BIF box. No date that I can see. My last Kane beer.

Real good looking beer here. Dark brown, nearly black color until held up to light. Then things get a bit more russett looking. Big, creamy head somewhere between beige and khaki, long-lasting and with plenty of sticky lace.

Mellower nose than I expected. Makes me thing this might've been aging for a spell. Citrusy and floral hop flavors, and some sweet, caramelly malt notes, along with just a whiff of booze.

Maltier in the taste. Those hops noted above mingle with toffee and caramel notes of about equal measure. There's a hint of some dark fruits as well. All the while there's some fierce boozy heat low in the mix, just waiting to fuck you up. As it warms, the toffee flavors get more and more dominant.

Medium-full body to this, with a creamy mouthfeel.

This would make a helluva nightcap. My only real criticism, besides the lack of a date, is I'd like to see it in a smaller serving, though as a one shot deal, drunk in the middle of a lazy Sunday, 750mL will do nicely. Still, 12oz bottle of this would be perfect after a nice dinner. Big shout out to MacMalt for this!

 1,177 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brown in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: earthy hops and dark fruit sweetness hits the nose.

Taste: big bready malt base with grapefruit, brown sugar, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, some earthy notes, and a huge hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish.

Overall: a big satisfying brew with loads of hops. Alcohol is well hidden so this is dangerous.

 429 characters

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Teku. A muddy copper-brown color with a generous tan head. Great foam retention and lacing for such a big beer. The aroma was like a DIPA: bitter orange, stone fruit, and toasty malt. The taste was bitter as expected. Orange pith, cherries, and berries. Some earthy notes. The malt was the surprise for me: dry and toasty rather than sweet. Little caramel or toffee. A bit dry on the finish which accentuated the alcohol. Overall a nice beer but I would prefer a bit more malt and less dryness.

 508 characters

Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL poured into tasters. Less malty than expected for a barleywine. Dark fruit is by far the most prominent component, and though cherry is present, the beer strays towards sweeter dark fruits (boysenberry, blackberry, etc). Minimal but detectable hop presence.

 266 characters

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle from February and I learned my lesson from last year: Keep cold and drink reasonably quickly. Poured into ale glass and let warm for a little while.

L: 3F big head with impressive retention for the ABV, leaves spotty slightly off-white lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a dark cordovan color.

S: It's a barleywine, but it's really hoppy! Citrus and earthy hops (hmmm), pronounced sweet cherry and sweet malt, caramel...it certainly is an interesting melange.

T: Tough to piece this one out. Citrus hops up front, the cherry flavor and caramel malts kick in, and then take you to an earthy, slightly bitter finish. Only a tiny hint of the ABV. It's an IPA on the front and back and a barleywine in the middle. It's like Rachel's trifle and I'm Joey. Is it beer or metaphor?

F: Medium to full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Very nice construction and balance. I would say aging time to meld the flavors and mellow the ABV further might help, but this beer spoils if not kept cold and consumed fairly quickly. So this is the intended experience.

O: It certainly an interesting take on a barleywine or possibly an IPA. It's Kane, so I want to love it, but I can only like it.

 1,191 characters

Photo of sludgegnome
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ML bottle into tulip glass. It pours a turbid, dirty cola-brown color with two fingers of foamy, ecru-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. The smell was hoppier than I anticipated, along with sweet malt, caramel, and black cherry. This is one of those beers the taste of which improves dramatically as the glass warms. The initial taste features the sweet malt and caramel, along with cherry and spice. The hops are particularly noticeable in the finish which leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. It has a medium-bodied, rather sticky mouth feel and despite the initial large head the carbonation is moderate. While I didn't find the taste to be overly boozy, I really felt the 10.3% ABV. Overall, it's a fine American Barleywine. Kane doesn't brew any throw-aways and again proves its versatility and quality. While I generally prefer an English Barleywine, I would gladly drink Vengeful Heart again.

 934 characters

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rfgetz
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nishriver
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrederickTatum
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snowmageddon
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another quality brew from Kane. Not quite up there with some of their Stouts/Porters but a very solid. Def a beer you drink slowly and allow to warm. Boozy but very tasty.

 173 characters

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet but not cloyingly so, not as much heat and balanced with the barley

73 characters

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Vengeful Heart from Kane Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More