A Night To End All Dawns (2015) - Coconut
Kane Brewing Company

A Night To End All Dawns (2015) - CoconutA Night To End All Dawns (2015) - Coconut
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 6.35%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
152
From:
Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
98
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A Night To End All Dawns (2015) - CoconutA Night To End All Dawns (2015) - Coconut
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 152
Photo of Sabtos
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 ball black with a thin, fuzzy but dark mocha ring.

There's nothing shy about this beauty, coming right out of the gate with all of the advertised goodness: coconut, nougat, marshmallow, woody oak, and deep walnut. It's all kinds of decadent with a gooey, almost German chocolate brownie, but the dark fruit from the base is not prominent here, because the coconut smooths and sweetens that out, replacing it by adding hints of vanilla.

Smooth, thick and full, the carbonation changes from velvetty in the base to silky here, with the slight sting of heat dampened, but still sticky, and semi-dry.

Easily the best beer at Hunahpu's Day 2018--glad I made it my first!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 ANTEAD set.

Dark brown body with a thin, beige collar of broken bubbles. Aromas of oak, bourbon, char. Coconut is stealthy and comes in late palate. Delicate sweetness. Authentic coconut flavor. Lovely.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black as an ace and thick; the small tan head fades quickly leaving only a few spots

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak and fig

Taste: Dark chocolate, fig and vanilla forward, with the coconut building; after the swallow, the Bourbon arrives, delivering a boozy complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodies with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: It is nice to have a big stout that works the coconut in so well as that is a hard adjunct to work with in a way that it fits into the flavor profile

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and complete opaque without a trace of lighter color. Two inch dark mocha head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with an interesting barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the complex malt bill of the base. Charred oak but not too toothy with high quality bourbon, silky vanilla, mallow and some toasted coconut/macaroon. Decent amount of robust roasted dark malt countered by decadent dessert like sweetness. Coffee, oatmeal and burnt toast countered by chocolate cake, almond joy/mounds bar and gooey fudge. Some licorice and dark fruit sweetness as well with the coconut standing out as it warns. Smells like bourbon soaked Samoa Girl Scout cookies.

Fuller end of medium body. Slightly oily, viscous and chewy with complex barrel notes perfectly integrated into the base. High end spicy bourbon flavor yet the heat is kept in check. Great spirit flavor wth sweetness and fiery spice along with some charred oak giving off slight dry toothpick presence. Toasted coconut shavings wth silky vanilla bean and gooey mallow sweetness. Excellent balance of delicate roast and decadent dessert-like sweetness. Coffee bean, oatmeal and light smoke countered by fudge, gooey German chocolate cake, macaroon, Samoa cookie and mounds bar/almond joy. Coconut is there but not overpowering, perfectly placed amongst the malt flavors of the base. Some spicy licorice and vinous dark fruit sweetness coming in on the back end. Overall, just an awesome beer that's bold and complex yet dangerously drinkable. The best I've tried in the series so far.

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Photo of jason3125
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A coconut milk presence in taste and mouthfeel is what really stood out. It was well balanced by vanilla cream, shredded coconut, and bourbon. A sweet treat! The mouthfeel was nice and thick, again coconut milk.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from dbawd a while back. Cheers for the brews man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2015
Grey Wax

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick, syrupy black and yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, slightly crackly dark tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, thick cap. Slight faint wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing on the glass. Good looking, menacing brew, just like the others in the series.

SMELL: Coconut is definitely there, as is the rest of the base beer. Bourbon, oak, vanilla cream, pure chocolate, caramel and butterscotch with the well measured coconut addition adding another layer of complexity.

TASTE: Coconut for sure with bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel sweetness up front. Some alcohol at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of oak, caramel fudge and toffee sweetness, vanilla cream, some pure chocolate and a definite coconut touch. This is good stuff, though the coconut character manages to tame some of the dark chocolate and maple flavors the base stout had.

PALATE: Just like the base beer, this one has a medium-fuller body with medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate with enough weight for sure, goes down smooth with a light scratch at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. A bit of an alcohol burn lingers. A heavier and thicker feel for sure, which is nice.

OVERALL: Again, quality stuff. The coconut addition isn’t as interesting as the coffee version, as the bourbon barrel aging had already imparted coconut qualities to the beer. The added fruit comes across as a little unnecessary perhaps, canceling some of the pure chocolate goodness in the process, but it’s done well and the base barrel aged stout is excellent as it is. This series really is for real. Thanks again dbwad!

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Photo of John_M
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted side by side with the vanilla and cocoa versions, this was the clear cut winner of the three.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and good lacing. The beer looks thick and viscous. On the nose, there is a huge aroma of freshly shredded coconut, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, light vanilla and hints of coffee and bourbon. As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The chocolate coconut blending is incredible, and the rich, full, and fluffy soft mouthfeel enhances the flavor profile all the more. Also, while you can tell this is sizeable beer, it's not at all hot or boozy. The beer is on the sweet side, making it seem like you're drinking a liquid mounds bar (but with a kick). Just delicious!

Stunning, and an absolute tour de force by this talented brewer. So glad I was able to try this one. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of Mr_Moe
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2016 in Boston, MA.

Favorite beer at the Fest, Smells of Roasted Coconut and Delicious chocolate. Was a pitch black , little to no head, feel would be perfect if it had a little bit less carbonation.

I wish this was distributed in NYC but I guess the trip up to Jersey isn't that bad.

Absolutely must try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, MA.

This one pours a dark inky black, with a very small head and no lacing.

Smells like an unbelievably large amount of coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate.

This is quite sweet, but not in a taxing way- it's actually amazing. The coconut flavor is spot on and incredible, fleshy and sweet and slightly toasty, with lots of fudgy chocolate, and a wonderful barrel character, lots of oak and bourbon, and earthy vanilla.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel.

Probably the second best of the festival- Kane is absolutely legit and making some of the best beer in the country.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at EBF. Liked it so much I went back for seconds and thirds.

Loved the Coffee version of ANTEAD in 2015. This was just as good.

Wish I could get this up in CT.

Top 5 at EBF.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out super black in color with a thin film of head on top. The smell of the beer isn't quite as potent as I was thinking it might be. The taste is awesome though, really nice sweet coconut flavors with a lot of chocolaty malt. The feel is nice and thick. Overall it's an outstanding variant of the ANTEAD's series.

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Photo of Tobes181
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't think this beer is getting the credit it deserves... to date the Rook coffee variant is my favorite, but Coconut is a close #2. The coconut flavor was not strong very subtle. I believe it was just the right amount. It came up on the back end of the nose as it did on the taste. The sweet taste of the coconut lingered on the finish. Can't not look forward to this beer every year.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour reveals almost fluffy mocha head. Settles quickly and coconut flakes are evident. Nose is crazy boozy. Don't smell much else. Taste is the highlight - lots of coconut, like a chocolate roasted coconut combo. Seems a little overcarbonated, causing a lighter feel.

It's a great beer - initial taste reminded me of Prop 13 in its prime. Just wish this was less carbonated - would have brought out even more of that awesome chocolate coconut flavor.

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Photo of Mikeypnj19
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite variant of ANTEAD. The coconut is subtle but just the right amount. So smooth and rich in flavor. In my hones opinion I would take ANTEAD over Bourbon County

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Black as night. Viscous. Gorgeous brown lacing left on the glass
Smell - This beer smells absolutely amazing. Tons of coconut, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla
Taste - Follows the nose. Wonderful toasted coconut throughout. Perfect amount of bourbon, fudgy chocolate, vanilla/caramel sweetness, oak
Feel - Rich, creamy, mouth coasting, silky/smooth

Overall - This beer absolutely brew me away. One of the best, if not the best, bourbon barrel stouts I've had yet. BCBS level (liked it more in fact). The coconut is perfect. This beer is pretty much perfect. Wish I had more....

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Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks Heisey for the share. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with spotty lace and fine particulate of coconut shavings and coconut oil floating on the surface in my glass. Some brown clarity around edges and almost no head retention.

This smells of cocoa sweetness upfront, than vanilla and a very light coconut almost perfume character evolves as it warms up.

The taste of coconut is more pronouced than the aroma leads on with a backing of vanilla, caramel and chocolate with a slight boozy filled warmth in the finish.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A creamy, rich and delicious offering with nice subtle nuance. Would love to drink any/all of these night to end all dawns again.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml grey wax bottle from the 2015 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola-black body, one finger white head, good retention, no lacing. Smells of toasted coconut, oak, a bit of vanilla, lots of cocoa and dark chocolate. Basically it's a cocoa heavy beer with plenty of toasted coconut. Flavour is similarly packed with toasted coconut, plenty of cocoa, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, a bit of vanilla. It's sweet but not too sweet, a nice earthy coconut finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, hefty, good carbonation, a bit of a sipper, but tons of coconut macaroon on the finish. Delicious coconut beer that's not quite Prop 13 level, but it's a lot closer to that than any other coconut beer I've had.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was a crack in the wax on my bottle, and a tiny bit of rust around the edge of the cap, so I figured I needed to drink this sooner rather than later. Thankfully there was no infection in this bottle. Smell was overwhelmingly coconut and chocolate. Taste follows suit with, surprisingly very little alcohol heat for a 12% ABV beer. Lusciously rich and oily mouthfeel. For my first foray into ANTEAD and its variants I was very, very impressed.

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
2.57/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- looked pretty nice not much of a head
S - a little coconut and chocolate and something pretty off putting
T- some coconut NO carbonation at all some coconut tasted very artificial on the backend I got a harsh boozy artifical chocolate after taste. Hardly any barrel
F- It was pretty thin for the style
O - this is a hype machine being from jersey I wanted to hype this thing up and wanted my to live up to the hype, save your MD BVDL and others it's a mediocre flat beer at best. I'm assuming people who wrote the previous reviews were highly intoxicated

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Photo of troupos40
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's basically a liquid mounds bar with almost no alcohol heat. Coats your mouth with coconut with every sip. This is the first ANTEAD variant I have had, it did not disappoint, it's very, very good. Wish I had another bottle now that it's gone

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened this bottle on Christmas Eve. Wow. Any concerns about 2015 ANTEAD not matching up with the 2014 batch were washed away with one sip of this coconut variant. Barrel flavor is perfectly balanced and the coconut flavor and aroma are present, but not overwhelming. Really incredible.

Update: had this in May and it has improved quite a bit, which I didn't think was possible. My second favorite for the 2015 ANTEAD set behind Double Barrel.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black as night and thick as used motor oil. A small tan head recedes to a collar and there is coconut oil visible floating on the surface.

The aroma is incredible with a healthy dose of toasted coconut melding beautifully into the dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit (especially fig) notes of the base beer. The barrel is very present, but not in a boozy kind of way.

The flavor follows the nose to a T! Just the right amount of coconut to get your attention, but not so much as to distract from the other luscious flavors. Dark chocolate, fig, vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon all play well with each other and yield immense complexity.

Thick and oily, but with just enough carbonation. This one coats the mouth and leaves you begging for more!

Better than the sum of it's parts, the entire experience ends up being perfect! I can't think of how I'd want this beer to change. Only Coffee ANTEAD (when it was fresh) edges this out in the ANTEAD variants.

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Photo of NJlambicSlut
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First Written review. So please excuse my newbiness..
Enjoyed out of Kane 16 oz snifter. Dec 13th, 2015. Cheers Dan, thanks for popping this one

Apperance:
Motor oil black, not a whole lot of carb upon pouring.
Smell:
Coconut, Coconut & Coconut with a hint of bourbon
Taste:
Oh my lord. Tastes like a liquid coconut patty with a hint of chocolate and a little bit of bourbon. Comparing to one of the only other coconut beers ive had (death by coconut.) This is a much much better than DBC. not overkill, and yet so much coconut goodness. Every sip was worth saying wow over and over again for me. Truly impressed. My favorite tasting stout in my very limited experience with the Stout whales out there.
Mouthfeel:
Lush, velvety and not syrupy. quite perfect imo. Wasnt a "chewy stout" per say, but I truly thought it was incredible the way it was.
Overall:
Absolutely Amazing. major props to Kane.In my opinion this beer exceeds the hype although I have not had any prior Antead's.. Need more forever and always. i just want to be able to smell this one forever and take little sips everyday.. BTW I LOVE coconut, so I may be biased.. Then again I did NOT care for Death by coconut (not comparable , I know) But not all things coconut will win me over.. But this one is an absolute winner.

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A Night To End All Dawns (2015) - Coconut from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 152 ratings