Holy Nights
Kane Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #295
Ranked #2,064
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Holy Nights is our 9.3% Imperial Stout conditioned on freshly toasted coconut, roasted cacao nibs, Madagascan vanilla beans and Rook Coffee. Holy Nights strikes an ideal balance between all four of these flavors while providing the perfect complement to this full-bodied Imperial Stout. With a flavor profile described by one of our brewers as hot chocolate with marshmallows this is a great beer to celebrate the winter holidays.
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4


Can to snifter.

LOOK: thick dark black,

AROMA: cocoa and coconut with coffee lingering behind.

TASTE: sweet cocoa with a touch of bitterness (we'll call it semisweet). hints of maple, coconut, fig, raisin. Don't really get the Rook coffee, but everything else is super tasty.

FEEL: thick and syrupy, sticky, low carbonation, full body. almost gelatinous.

Really tasty. Lacking in complexity, but this is just right for Christmas Eve dessert with some cookies.

Merry Christmas!

Decided this was not for aging and opened my 2nd bottle.

Sour on it a little. Super thick and really lacking carbonation. Sweet cocoa gets cloying after 3-4 oz. Still super tasty in a small sip and the aromatics are lovely.


Jan 09, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: silky dark jet black color with a thin dark tan head

S: coconut, sweet malt, roasted malt, soy sauce , cola, vanilla beans, and oak. Great aroma

T: sweet coconut, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sticky toffee

M: sticky, heavy mouthfeel with lower carbonation

O: not usually a fan of coconut stouts , but this is quite good. Smooth, sweet, and robust. Sip on this and enjoy

Feb 27, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the most beautiful blacks I've seen in a beer, particularly due to the starkly contrasting, insanely fine borderline separating the liquid from the solidly light brown head that's quite tall and densely creamy, settling slowly to a thin blanket leaving fluid 90's camo-like lace.

Smell is peanut butter covered coffee bean, cacao nib and sweet vanilla glaze.

Taste is all over the coffee spectrum with dark roast, mocha, light smoke and char, nuttiness and even ice cream. The bitter constitution has accents of cacao and sweet spikes of vanilla, but overall this is a coffee showcase, so it's probably fabulous super fresh, but is still great a few months down the road.

The medium, smoothly slick body has a slow to rise but fulfilling carbonation bringing out a light sting of warmth and bitterness finishing with a faint semi-dry sting.

Mar 02, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, massive foamy head with aggressive pour. Tastes delicious! Aroma is chocolate and lots of coconut, faint coffee. Flavor is chocolate and coffee that is swiftly overrun by fresh coconut, a touch of vanilla, and finishes with lingering coconut. Amazing. Very thick and viscous, perfect carbonation. Overall an amazing beer, love the coconut and chocolate!!

750ml bottle from brewery, 2018 vintage
4.5 rating

Update - 6 months later, the adjuncts have faded a little, but still very chocolatey and delicious. 6/25/19

12/20/20 - update: massive chocolate aroma and flavor, coconut is absent, coffee is very faint, vanilla is in the background.. Still delicious, not the coconut bomb like previous iterations. Bottle release yesterday.

Dec 24, 2018
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is the perfect beer. Looks black as night. Smells like chocolate milk. Tastes like chocolate milk with a touch of spice. Not boozy at all. Thick, creamy, delicious!

Apr 16, 2016
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the latest batch of Silent Nights and was really looking forward to trying this variant. It was even better than expected. Very chocolatey and complex, yet balanced flavor. The nitro version is super creamy, but I think I prefer the non-nitro version. Hopefully Kane will bottle this one.

Mar 09, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/20/16 notes. 8 oz. pour on tap at the brewery in NJ. Nitro.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
Coffee grinds, interesting spices and nose, taste is more dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt malts, lightly bitter. Nose has honey maybe? And Cocoa powder. Thick full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer and better than Silent Nights, though I still prefer MB and ANTEAD.

Feb 22, 2016
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Lembeh from New York

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts Ive had. Had this at their tap room. They weren't filling growlers of this which was a bummer.

Description on this said "Stout with spices". Not sure what the spices were but this was one tasty bastard. Tonnes of milk chocolate, vanilla beans, cocoa, nothing much "roasty" on the aroma or the taste on this guy. Also almost no alcoholy notes on this one, surprised a bit since this is a double digit abv stout. This tastes like a rich version of Samuel Smith's Organic chocolate stout. That beer elevated to the next few levels.

The mouthfeel is the real star of the show. Its thick and I mean THICK. Absolutely enjoyable taste and feel combination.

I think this is definitely better than some of the hard to get over hyped imperial stouts out there. This is definitely tastier than KBS, Bourbon county stout and many others. Hope Kane Brewing elevates this to their permanent line up. Terrific stuff.

Feb 07, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

Smells of cocoa and coconut primarily, with notes of vanilla. The coffee is subdued by the other aromas. Delectably sweet, like a beautiful mix of chocolate milk and coconut! A good roasty malt backbone can be detected.

The flavor matches the aroma perfectly. A lot of cocoa and coconut! A little bit messy with so much going on, and the flavors fight for dominance. Roasted malt and some vinous hops on the end.

The moth feel is fairly full, with good carbonation.

A great variation of Silent Nights! Perhaps a bit too much going on to make this a true world class beer, but fantastic none the less.

Jan 29, 2016
Holy Nights from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 44 ratings