A Night To End All Dawns (2014) - Roasted Cacao Beans
Kane Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brown wax.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 125 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring slappy yet viscous, the body is jet black and is topped by an intensely stark mocha fizz that settles to a thin ring.

Bourbon and dark oak have a substantial presence on the nose, but play nicely with creamy, rich and luscious melted dark chocolate and vanilla bean brownie batter that's like it's been dunked into Port.

Taste is raisiny brownie, fudge and bourbon maple syrup. All kinds of charred oak and crispy brownie crust come out in the exhale. As it warms, a Tootsie Roll aftertaste emerges. Don't get it twisted though, this isn't solely a candy beer or pastry Stout, it's still the very complex and sophisticated Stout that regular ANTEAD was, but with an insanely beneficial added layer from the roasted cacao.

The silky medium body has a crisp but faint fizz and a woody, cotton dry finish.

May 28, 2018
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The cacao variant surprised me by being my favorite of the 2014 ANTEAD run. The cacao added a creamy smoothness that wasn't present in the other variants. I love this beer.

Feb 21, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Very inky black. Small khaki head. Thin collar and a few wisps.

Smell - Bourbon. Lots of cocoa. Fudgy. Vanilla.

Taste - Really chocolatey. Like melted chocolate. Bourbon kicks in. A little woody. Vanilla. Some deep caramel in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and boozy. Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The chocolate is intense, but very tasty.

Aug 12, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from the probably most disappointing/unorganized/unfair bottle release I've ever attended. But that's a story I won't repeat here. To make a long story short, this is the only '14 ANTEAD variant I got, and only thanks to Todd, a stand-up guy.

Appeared largely like the base beer, dark brown-black, with a small cap of dense mocha foam that sank to a thin layer, leaving slight lacing on the glass when swirled. All things dark in the aroma--chocolate, malts, coffee--with the bourbon present but taking a back seat. In the taste, an initial wave of fudge and bourbon, giving way to...more fudge and bourbon, roasty dark malts and slight coffee-like bitterness, balanced with a caramel sweetness, subtle oak/vanilla. Rich, full body, smooth mouthfeel, well-integrated bourbon giving some warmth, but really mellow for a higher ABV beer. Overall, this was a really good variant of an otherwise really good barrel aged beer.

Jul 22, 2014
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Jlabs from New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a teku glass via bottle

color is a nice mahogany brown

smell is bourbon and chocolate, faint coffee

taste is fudgy cocoa up front followed by a blast of bourbon goodness

low carbonation

thick mouthfeel

another great BA stout from Kane

Jun 10, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/07/14 notes. 750ml bottle poured into my Kane teku glass. Had right afterANTEAD Coffee, which I liked better.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, less head and cabronation than the vanilla had but exactly like the coffee version.

s - Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, milk chocolate, light bourbon light vanilla, toasted malts, burnt malts, light toffee and caramel, and toffee. Nose is very good; I like the coffee version a little more and vanilla the most here, but a lot of chocolate here, and more bourbon than the coffee version.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee , dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, sweet bourbon, oak, cocoa, bakers chocolate, and toasted malts, light caramel. Again, more chocolate and bourbon/alcohol than the coffee version, but very good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not super thick but heavier body than last year's version. Same body as vanilla and coffee, little more alcohol presence than the coffee.

o - Overall while I thought this was the "worst" of the three new variations, they are all great, including this one. This one has more bourbon than the coffee and more chocolate than both, but I would rank them Vanilla > Coffee > Cocoa, which Cocoa being a clear third. Still very good and worth checking out.

Jun 09, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil consistency and collects as a mass of pitch blackness with a razor thin rim of dark brown head. The nose has an assault of smooth creamy coffee and cocoa seamlessly paired with vanilla and bourbon. Deep roast comes through in waves with heavy chocolate, vanilla, and mild oak. Taste starts with heavy malt, tons of sweetness which is countered by deep roasty cacao nib. The cacao carries through to the end where it is met by some oaky dryness and heat. Mouthfeel is as about as thick as they come with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is amazing.

Jun 08, 2014
A Night To End All Dawns (2014) - Roasted Cacao Beans from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 125 ratings