Silent Nights | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American-style Imperial Stout. This is a hopped-up version of a classic Imperial Stout. Starting with Halcyon Pale, a traditional British base malt that adds a toasty, biscuity character to the beer, we add dark roasted and caramel malts for notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Generous use of American hops, Simcoe, Chinook and Columbus, add bold but complementary flavors and aromas that bring everything together in a full bodied and richly complex ale for the quiet off season here on the coast.

Added by beenitty on 01-28-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 117
Photo of krs0123
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Innocent enough looking imp, poured a pretty dank black with nice foam head. Unfortunately I'm struck immediately by hops and more hops. Hops up front - no good for me on imp stout.

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Photo of beenitty
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only a few sixtels of this one was released, figured I would do the honors of adding this one plus review.

A: Pitch Black, sizeable mocha head had dissipated once the glass reaches me.

S: Should have let this one warm but didn't have much time, smell is chocolate, slight roast and malt but definitely subdued, would most likely improve if let warm. However, had other Imperial Stouts that even cold the smell jumps out of the glass

T: Choclatey goodness. Not getting some of the stronger flavors (coffee etc) some Imperial stouts boast. Not much else going on, tastes like almost like a imperial milk stout, not thin though, very nice.

M: Nice. Very Very smooth and silky.

D: High, milky mouthfeel, no booze present makes this one go down pretty easy

O: Nice treat. I don't think this one will blow anyone away considering some of the stronger character yet highly drinkable Imperial Stouts like Founders etc, but definitely worth a pint.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a film of foam pancaked on top o the fudge brown liquid; leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Roast, graham cracker, dark chocolate and coffee

Taste: Dark chocolate on the opening, with graham cracker and coffee flavors developing; roasty, in the middle, with some burnt caramel and smoke; the finish is somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A complex brew though a bit too sweet for my palate

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body, with a high quantity of ruby highlights.

Strong assertive coffee and chocolate aromas.

Kiss of chocolate up front, followed by coffee. Assertive hops at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is a bit wimpy for the style, need more to chew on.

Not a classic, but definitely enjoyable, and looking forward to future versions.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at a restaurant as part of a flight. It is a dark mahogany in color - almost black, with a khaki-colored head and lacing. The smell is hoppier than most Imperial Stouts I've tasted. It also has the usual stout smells: coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. I didn't taste the dark fruit but there was a decided hoppy pine bitterness, along with burnt coffee grounds and bitter chocolate. In fact, there was very little sweetness in this stout. It drank like a porter. I expected a much more viscous mouthfeel; it seemed a little thin to me. The 12% ABV was surprisingly well masked. Overall, this is a very well-crafted Imperial Stout although I would have preferred to taste some more dark fruit and perhaps a touch of caramel.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, small tan head and lots of dotted lace. Notes of burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate, light cherry and nail polish on the back end. Creamy, dry and smooth. This would be a world beater if it weren't for an off putting and noticeable note of nail polish on the finish that I didn't get in the barrel aged version.

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Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black color into my snifter glass. Wonderful nose lots of flavors here chocolate roasted malts and there is the higher ABV aroma. The taste is smooth with the wonderful roasted malts and some chocolate overtones with that sweet alcohol taste in the back of the mouth. The mouth feel is smooth. This is a great stout with many wonderful flavors.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent, sticky beer with lots of chocolate and coffee, with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Thick. Color is pitch black with no head. But there is surprisingly more carbonation than I expected.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Barry the other day, thanks dude.

This one pours a unsurprising deep dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, some earthy piney hops, and dark chocolate.

I'm not sure if this is the base for A Night to End All Dawns- the name certainly seems to suggest it. But it's definitely a top tier non-BA Imperial Stout. It's got highly roasted malt, and some nice complimentary hop flavor, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. It's straightforward, but incredibly well constructed.

This is big bodied, full rich and creamy, with a normal level of carbonation.

Awesome stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 11/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at the brewery in Ocean. 2012 vintage.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice for a big stout.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, dark chocolates, light sweet chocolate, and bitter malts. Nice roasty notes with some good coffee up front and bitter chocolate as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt malts, nuts, and bitter dark chocolate. More sweet chocolate than the nose and some vanilla, with a lot of roasted notes again. A slight step up from the nose for me.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Crazy smooth and creamy, and no heat at all. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I'm not sure how this was a year ago but it is tasting fantastic right now. Very roasty, with a lot of coffee in the nose and a lot of sweet chocolate in the taste. Very drinkable for the ABV I loved it; hoping they bottle this one eventually.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler in a snifter glass.

A- Crude oil black in color with a 1f taupe-tan colored head. Heavy lacing completely coats the inside of the glass, falling off very slowly. Hearty look.

S- Coffee and chocolates, sweet and bitter. Molasses perhaps. Roasted malts pushed to the limit of smokiness. No alcohol presence, very pleasant.

T- Chocolaty with coffee and caramel. Some nuttiness and earthy hops. Roasted characteristics.

M- Velvety smooth. No booze burn. Creamy.

O- The most drinker friendly high abv stout that I've had. There's no sign of its 12% abv. And it looks, smells and tastes great.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is super roasty with notes of coffee, dark roasted malt, bitter bakers chocolate, and earthy vinous hops.

The taste is superb! I prefer my stouts to be roasty rather than overly sweet, and this one hits the nail on the head! Big bold roasted malt and black coffee notes up front, followed by some bitter bakers chocolate. There is some sweetness that begins to creep in, but then a nice punch of vinous hops quenches it in the finish.

Thick, but not super viscous. It has solid carbonation, allowing it to be very drinkable. Slight bitter dryness on the end.

This is one of my all time favorite standard imperial stouts! Kane hits all the right notes with roasted malts, light sweetness, and vinous hops for days! So glad they finally bottled this. FYI this ages SUPERBLY (I've had it on draft ~2 years old)

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black color with good light brown head, leaves lacing

Smell: Nice bouquet of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste: Again, nice roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, decent earthy hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body, good carbonation

Overall: Fantastic Imperial Stout from Kane. Drinks easy, no signs of the high alcohol content. This could easily go up against the big names in imperial stouts

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Photo of Neorebel
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Completely opaque, black midnight appearance with a caramel colored head. Aroma screams of an extremely malty presence. Tart, dark fruits, cherry, and fig notes filled the thick flavor. Grainy finish, with noticeable alcohol presence. This is my first brew by Kane, consider me impressed!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark - almost black color with perfect foamy head. Very nice aroma. This brew blew me away, thick and dark but so easy to drink with many layers of flavor. Possibly the best offering from Kane I've had to date - and that's saying a lot. Great job guys, Cheers

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Silent Nights from Kane Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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