Vengeful Heart | Kane Brewing Company

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Vengeful HeartVengeful Heart

Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 111
Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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, 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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SadMachine for this 750ML bottle that is, consciously or no aping labels of The Bruery. I like the color. I’d use it to line my nest. Split with my wife.

The pour is muddled clay mud with a surprisingly strong head for a double digit beer. The aroma leaves divots of sharp hops on the tongue, untanned leather, caramel. Interesting.

Vengeful Heart – hops. Served blind, I might have guessed this to be a IIPA. Booming hops up front with lots of citrus, pine, & singeing bitterness. Flying buttress of malt can barely support them, bringing caramel, toffee, plenty of booze. Long, sticky residual sweetness, which contributes to an easy drinking brew.

Kane may have actually created a new style: the IIPA Barleywine. Would have been interesting to have fresh, but the crazy hops work. Very good brew.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


25 oz Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: reddish brown, murky. Big off white head.

AROMA: malt, cinnamon, Apple.

TASTE: grape, apple, allspice, cinnamon, raisin bread.

FEEL: creamy, thick, alcohol is masked well.

A really tasty barleywine. Yea, Kane.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby highlighted light brown with a light tan head that builds big and laces great. Aromas are assertive and hint at dark fruit, citrus, and vineous citrus. Notes of toffee, leather, tabacco, sweet dark cherries, fig, herbaceous citrus hops, burnt sugar, caramel and dry cocoa powder. Fuller end of medium body, viscous, sticky, lingers on the pallete with a drying finish. This was an incredible Barleywine. Super complex and oddly drinkable. I feel like the profile discriptors for this were almost never ending. I'm upset I only bought one bottle, wow.

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Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beige head. Lace. Copper amber.

Tastes like an old dipa. Very hoppy and sticky. Almost tough to tell it is a bwine. Tons of stickiness. Caramel and bready malts. Orange and grapefruit citrus.

Sticky and resiny. Medium bodied.

Not really for me. It's a cool concept, but I wasn't digging it.

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Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge tropical hops and a killer caramel malt backbone. This is great barleywine. Surprisingly, dangerously drinkable for the strength. The finish is more traditional biting citrus, and I'm left wishing I had a bigger bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/21/16 notes. 750ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Picked up at the brewery the day before.

Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of dark fruits, caramel malts, toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and raisin. Light burnt malts. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a good barleywine. Fruit forward and good, hoping they barrel aged this guy.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark and murky chestnut brown color that's nearly opaque with only faint golden amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for style and ABV, with sporadic spots and streaks of lace left behind. Looks great.

Sweet, slightly smokey aroma with a really nice balance of earthy, leathery malt, dark fruit esters and subtle piney hops. Vinous with hints of grape, date, fig, raisin and dark berries along with leathery malt, toffee and nut. Port like qualities. I'm also picking up earthy resins and grassy pine along with subtle caramel and chocolate sweetness.

On the fuller end of medium body with a nice balance of earthy hop bitterness, leathery malt, vinous fruit and sweeter malt notes. Some dry, piney bitterness up front with grassy resins that are quickly countered by the complex malt bill. Very nice balance of earthy, roast and sweeter notes. Strong dark fruit esters and vinous berries with hints of plum, raisin, fig, currant and grape. Faint roast with coffee bean and dark chocolate along with leather, tobacco, smoked malt, toffee and caramel. Very complex and flavorful yet remains dangerously drinkable at 9.5%. One of the better barleywines I've had in a while.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one took me by surprise - I did not think I would like a hoppy barleywine, but I was really impressed. Incredibly beautiful red beer with a fantastic hop aroma and flavor profile.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from liquor factory in Jefferson. Pours a reddish amber color with very little head. Smell is all tropical fruits, super aromatic. Taste follows the smell, tropical fruits with a good malt backbone. Finishes with nice hoppy biterness and a little bit of booze. Overall, another great beer from Kane. Agree with the fellow who said a little age to counter the slight boozy taste could turn out very well.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled from Cranbury Buy-Rite. Poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a deep, dark, ruby red color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy, full of tropical fruity hop flavors. Alcohol/booziness singes the nostrils a bit as well.

Wow, this is an in your face beer. First sip is dominated by strong hop flavors, firm bitterness, and boozy finish. Substantial malt body and toffee like sweetness hide behind the assertive hops.

This is a really great, flavorful beer. Only negative for me is that it is a touch on the boozy side still, maybe a little age will soften that.

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Vengeful Heart from Kane Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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