A Night To End All Dawns (2014) - Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
Kane Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.46 | pDev: 8.52%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: White wax
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 171 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I would've given this higher marks if I could actually taste the vanilla bean. It was a phenomenal beer overall but if you're going to advertise it with Madagascar vanilla beans then it seems only fair it shouldn't receive a super high score on Taste if there is none present.

Apr 10, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Kane Tulip Glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a thick, inky, opaque black body with a deep brown one finger head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are heavy on the bourbon, very whiskey forward, with a light chocolate-vanilla aroma, judging by the aromas I think this will be sweet.

Upon sipping, sweet milk chocolate upfront, mingled with caramel-bourbon, sweet toffee, light vanilla on the follow through, finished by roasty charred malt, coffee-like.

Rich, thick mouthfeel, very smooth and silky, low carbonation, defintiely the shining point of this beer.

This was a big one.. this highlight of this beer was the oily, rich look and feel, and the aromas and flavors were there as well. Would have liked a little more vanilla, but overall excellent.

May 25, 2016
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to get a pour from Glen from Kane at an event. Thanks man! This beers pours pitch black with a khaki to brown head, good looking on the eyes. The smell is a perfect mix of bourbon, vanilla, some sweet cocoa, and slight oak. The taste is even better. The sweet cocoa base with a hint of coffee hits first, before a wave of bourbon and vanilla come in. The vanilla mixes with the oak tannin flavor to make a brilliant flavor. The beer finishes smooth, creamy, and no boozy ness whatsoever. This reminds me of kbs, with some added vanilla, and a more rounded out flavor overall. I'd have to say this is the best barrel aged beer I've ever had. Absolutely cannot wait for this year's release.

Sep 13, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before trying the variants, I assumed the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean variant would be the best. It wasn't (that honor goes to Cacao), but this was still tremendous. Can't wait for next year's batch.

Feb 21, 2015
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

2014 Release. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours black with 1+ finger of a very dark tan (almost brown) head that settles to a thin collar and some wispy coating. Body is opaque.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, oak, coffee, butterscotch and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee upfront which yields to a big roasted malt character that opens up in the middle and into the finish. Throughout all of this are notes of bourbon, charred oak, coffee and a noticeable but restrained vanilla character.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low medium and gentle. Goest down smooth but with a gentle warming sensation in the back of the throat after the finish.

Overall: A really impressive barrel aged stout. While many vanilla beers tend to overdo it with the vanilla, my one complaint with this beer is perhaps they could have increased the vanilla just a bit more. Nevertheless though, this is a great beer that's well worth seeking out.

Sep 21, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Inky black. Small khaki head. Thin collar. Stains the glass.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Sharp vanilla. Booze. Molasses. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Vanilla all over. Sharp vanilla flavor. Chocolate. Fudge. Molasses and deep caramel.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I don't think the vanilla is really necessary. Gives it a sharp flavor. Still excellent.

Aug 12, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/10/14 notes. 750ml bottle poured into my new Kane teku glass.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass. Looks like a great big stout.

s - Smells of vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, light bourbon, oak, toasted malts, bakers chocolate, cream, and sweet caramel. Awesome nose; lots of vanilla and different types of chocolate. Bourbon is light but adds some nice notes to the nose. Great stuff.

t - Tastes of vanilla, sweet chocolate, oak, roasted malts, alcohol, cocoa, toasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, toasted malts, cream, and burnt malts. Taste is very good with a lot of vanilla again, but more dark chocolate, and way more alcohol than the nose led on. Very good but very strong.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Some heat to it. Better and thicker mouthfeel than last year's ANTEAD, but with that comes a stronger alcohol presence.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. I liked ANTEAD last year but not as much as some people, and found it very thin in body, but this year's variants seems much bigger and thicker. This one has a very good nose with tons of vanilla as hoped, and a lot of different types of chocolate, and while the taste is quite good, it is strong and the alcohol shines through in the taste. Well worth checking out, excited for the other two variants.

May 12, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer hits of bourbon in the front, which melds beautifully with vanilla notes. The vanilla is not aggressive, but adds smooth sweetness to the beer. There's chocolate and slightly roasted coffee. A wonderful smooth bourbon flavor and balance and complex brew.

One of the best brews I had at EBF.

Mar 24, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. A thick, black monster. Even the small sample boasts a neat, brown head.

S-A big, aromatic stout. I do notice vanilla notes in the aroma. Bourbon oakiness. Lots and lots of chocolate, fudge and coffee. Dark fruitiness as well.

T-Heavily roasty. Mocha and black coffee. Top shelf flavors of boozy brownies and fudge. Oak and vanilla. Belgian-esque dark fruitiness is mild but I'm picking it up. Finishes with a warming sweetness.

M-Chewy with a huge body. Alcohol warms up my cheeks but it's just a welcome ingredient in the overall package.

O/D-A gargantuan Imperial Stout. It does everything right by me. I have heard good things about Kane and Im beginning to understand why.

Mar 23, 2014
A Night To End All Dawns (2014) - Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 171 ratings