Holy Nights
Kane Brewing Company

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #241
Ranked #842
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
Jun 14, 2023
Jan 29, 2016
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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Rated: 4.34 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
With the promise of toasted coconut, vanilla bean, specialty coffee and cocoa, all piled onto a smooth and creamy imperial stout, Kane Brewing is showing us that every night can be a holy night.

Jet Black, pouring smooth and completely opaque, Holy Nights releases an espresso creme of froth while seducing the nose with a roasty and savory perfume of chocolate, vanilla, cream, toffee, coffee and caramel. Tasting like a boozy cappuccino, the flavors of coffee are sweetened with seeming whoppers candies, marshmallow, french vanilla, chocolate and toffee even more.

As the sweetness saturates the middle palate, its malts are unrelenting. Slowly allowing the coffee to shine past the dark candy sweetness, the taste balances with light coffee-like bitterness, kahlua-like spice and toasted grain edges. Finishing smooth with coconut and vanilla, the session is smooth yet warm.

Full bodied, creamy and velvety smooth, the Imperial Stout finishes malty-sweet and with a long dessert-like linger. Its a perfect beer for any night that needs a little extra holy in it.
Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle served in a footed pilsner glass. 2021 release. My bottle says it's 9.1% abv, as opposed to the listing's 10.7%. Received from @jonphisher because he's just a nice guy.

Pours with a surprisingly large light tan head, maybe two inches with a vigorous pour, which fades into a stable looking half-centimeter of dense, creamy foam. Small amount of active carbonation. Black in color, completely opaque. Smell is screaming chocolate and marshmallow (which I assume is the vanilla), if I think about coconut it comes across as a Mounds bar. Coffee is noticeable, too, but you have to kind of look for it -- it's hiding behind the chocolate.

Taste is also dominated by the chocolate and coconut, the vanilla is more of a background. Coffee is clearer here than in the nose. Sweetness is moderate, balanced fairly well by strong roastiness, somewhat boozy.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, this is a very nice beer.
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very dark cola brown color from the bottle and settles as almost black in the glass with a substantial, creamy tan head. Lovely, but almost looks like an imperial porter (I’m parsing here). The nose is astounding, with rich cocoa notes forward and a nice vanilla and subtle coconut note following - and roasty coffee.

That roasty coffee is at the very back of the palate on the taste, allowing the cocoa and vanilla to shine before closing things and adding a lot of character to a rich, creamy imperial stout that is packed with flavor, yet maintains a balance that is to be admired.

World class stuff here, IMHO.
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.5 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by cp45 from New Jersey

Mar 13, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 12, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.43 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Feb 18, 2019
Holy Nights from Kane Brewing Company
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