A Night To End All Dawns
Kane Brewing Company

A Night To End All DawnsA Night To End All Dawns
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #89
Ranked #341
4.43 | pDev: 7.67%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
A Night To End All DawnsA Night To End All Dawns
Notes: A Night To End All Dawns began life as an imperial stout and was transformed into a massive dark ale during 15 months spent in bourbon barrels.

2014 Version is 12.4% Aged 12 months in bourbon barrels from Four Roses.

2014 release has black wax.
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Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head production; good retention for the style.

Big, boozy, but smooth nose, featuring roughly equal amounts of roast, bourbon, and brown sugar. Other notes include oak, raisins, vanilla, molasses, coconut, light char, toffee, red grapes, walnuts, coffee, and leather.

Unbelievably easy to drink. There's some back-end heat, but absolutely no bite up front, allowing you to savor this brew essentially indefinitely. Thick and smooth, somewhat lively.

Fairly neutral and balanced up front, with bourbon blending with dark chocolate, espresso, and RIS-like levels of roasted barley. Minor notes of red grapes, brown sugar, cream, and molasses throughout. Very nutty finish, with pecan notes accompanied by oak, leather, dark chocolate, and light char.

This is an all-world BBA imperial stout. It's right up there with BCBS as a near perfect example of the style, where if someone were to ask you, "What's a BBA imperial stout taste like?" this is the beer you would hand them.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle in to a snifter glass.

Very dark brown/black colored brew with matching dark tan head, smallish but durable. Modest spot lacing.

Heavy dose of bourbon, sweet and strong. Lots of roasted malt, sugar cane, and dark fruits.

Chocolatey quality along with the bourbon and dark fruits. Booze soaked brownie.

Full body. Boozy, sweet, syrupy. Warm and fuzzy.

Strong is the word. The bourbon, sugar, alcohol, and body, all0aretrong. Aging was key.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


My 1500th rating and a beauty.

Bottle to tulip glass. Tree house/Kane stout tasting with DC.

LOOK: awesome medium brown head, foamy, excellent retention. Thick dark black color.

AROMA: Fantastic. Smooth Bourbon mixed with a soaring sweetness seemingly from rum or brown sugar. Medium roasted barley is awesomely smooth.

TASTE: bourbon, raisin, dark chocolate, plum, pomegranate, vanilla, cookie dough (subdued), fudgy rum balls(merry Christmas),

FEEL: super smooth, bourbon heat is apparent, but does become astringent or impede flavor at all.

Well this was worth waiting for. An amazing smooth power stout chocked full of flavors and aromas.


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

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma has dark roasted malts, nuts, cacao and brownies. Taste is sweet and woody with nice bourbon flavor. Intense yet balanced, just a bit astringent.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An appropriate name for the beer that ended this bottle share for me. Overall, it was a worthy exclamation point.

The pour on this was very dark, nearly jet black. Hardly any lace and a low settling head of foam.

The nose starts off good, but contains a slight metallic quality; predominantly roasty, with good notes of dark coffee and hints of chocolate . Syrupy , thick.

Flavors are mostly boozy and heavy, but with a good burn. Tobacco and oak serve the backbone, but flirt with similar flavors as on the nose, mostly bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee.

The body is syrupy and thick, with a nice warmth and a finishing residual stickiness.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slick yet gloppy black with a dense mocha blanket that maintains a bubbly collar indefinitely.

From afar, the aroma starts out with a big punch of bourbon, but getting in close, all kinds of decadent chocolate fudge and gooey brownie take over. With some time, complexity emerges, with waxy, nutty wet yet charred oak, dark roasted malt, and toasty smoky maple.

Taste is super rich and decadent chocolate fudge melding into well aged dark fruit and charred oak with tangy nutty malt, sweet sticky bourbon and smoky dark maple. There are also hints of peppery bourbon and toasted coconut, with a faint peanut butter exhale. The sweetness seems to increase over time.

The full body has a thick velvety carbonation with a slight sting of heat and a sticky, semi-dry finish.

ANTEAD is absolutely phenomenal--the hype is real, and then some! I've been anticipating this so hard, and I'm normally let down by my overly high expectations, but this exceeded them.

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Photo of Tony210
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 ANTEAD.

Pours pitch black, completely impervious to light. Barely any head. Huge aroma of chocolate, bourbon barrel, bourbon, faint coconut and vanilla. Amazing. Thick and fudgy, it is just so good. Loads of milk chocolate, big notes of bourbon barrel, some vanilla and coconut, fantastic. Very thick and viscous, slick and coats the tongue. This is a world class beer that I hope to see again soon, worth seeking out!!

750ml bottle from brewery 3/2017
5 rating

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Photo of rabbott2
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release drank in a snifter on 6/2/2017

overall this is an excellent beer, especially for the trade value. its a semi-thick beer that has a very strong oaky bourbon barrel to it and the chocolate base in the stout here is just incredible. Great flavor profile and would love to have again

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this one ! Now I need to try and track down some of the adjuncts! Nice and thick with a nice smooth barrel, not too much heat! Nice chocolate notes.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2015 bottle. Nothing really blew me away about this, just a nice solid barrel aged stout.
Look was dark pour, nice thick body.
Classic stout look and smell of Bourbon.
Taste was smooth and rich, some cacao notes.
feel was nice and thick, great bite at the end.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at EBF. Cold pour...let it come up a bit. Good beer. Don't get the hype. Wasn't blown away. A little fudgy. Kinda thin. Good, not great to me. Maybe a revisit is needed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample at EBF Saturday
Inky thick black color with a thin tan head. Chocolate roasty earthy molasses with some big bourbon vanilla and hints of dark pitted fruits. Sipper quite tasty.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is truly a masterpiece to enjoy. Slightly boozy which is to be expected and a myriad of different flavors hit your palate. As it warms it becomes even better. Kane is able!

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the best Stouts I've ever had and one of the best beers of any style. So thick and tasty as a BBA'd Stout should be. Amazing flavors throughout. Slightly boozy as you would expect. Just amazing, I love Kane's dark beers and this might be their best - which is a big statement. Well done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 ANTEAD set. Dark brown body with a beige head of broken bubbles. Fantastic aroma of oak, bourbon, light smoke and char notes. Terrific flavor. Chocolate and oak with an unreal finish. So smooth and elegant. Silky. Complex and amazing.

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

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, chocolate, molasses, dark cherries. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

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Photo of gibgink
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A true expression of what a barrel aged stout can become. I've had a lot of BA stouts, and few hit the "chocolate" button. By that I mean that cocoa is not added, but the flavor itself is expressed as a result of sleeping in bourbon barrels.

Pours black as night with mocha head. Hints of the chocolate to come on the nose. Strong chocolate flavors on the palate with just a hint of barrel. Chocolate flavor lingers around between sips. An excellent beer, well worth the experience.

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Photo of Zonk
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours almost black and opaque. thick chocolate brown head dissapates quickly.

Smells of roast with deep chocolate and just a hint of fresh roasted coffee behind it. Bourbon/oak/vanilla noticeable.

Tastes deep rich chocolate and bittersweet cocoa flavors. Hints of roasted coffee, Alcohol apparent but not overbearing. Bourbon vanilla background flavors mesh nicely.

This is as good as it gets. This is a great stouts and the barrel flavors add complexity rather than take center stage.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best names for a beer ever, especially a beer like this, which is so enormous and dark and strong that it may literally fit as pretty accurately if you get enough of it in you. one of the better and more dyamic bourbon barrel stouts i have had this year to be honest. it has a ton of body to it, and a ton of barrel quality, but has a lot of nuance in here, and never gets too sweet or too boozy to be a smooth and satisfying sip, i was blown away by this, especially when it warmed up a little bit. heavy vanilla from the whiskey and the wood balanced out by a very bitter and roasty malt complexion, every bit as deep and dark as the grain in their famous sunday brunch, but without all the sweet maple syrup in this one, it allows the grains to be intense all the way though, even gritty and earthy at times. hints of raisin and dried cherry, molasses, strong black coffee, bran muffin, burnt wood, licorice root, just so much going on. the alcohol is warm but not hot, and it is never a distraction here. this is an incredibly flavorful and well honed beer, smooth and slippery going down, sits long and warm in the belly, just a little prickle of carbonation here. super impressed with kane right now, these big dark beers they do are positively next level. i am sure this will cellar well too...

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Photo of SiepJones
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Pours a black with a small pile of brown foam on top. There is a ton of carbonation in this beer. It almost looks like I'm drinking a Coca Cola. Intense aroma of licorice on the nose. The taste is of licorice and plum with a trace of bourbon on the finish. As the beer warned more flavors of chocolate malt began to surface. The mouthfeel is a little thin, or slightly water, with a good amount of carbonation. A good beer from Kane with rich complex favors.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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
Black 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.

SMELL: Big bourbon nose right off the bat, but there’s lots going on in there. Bourbon, oak, lots of dark, pure chocolate, sweet vanilla cream aromas, brown sugar and some molasses. Notes of toffee, coconut and chocolate soaked cherries are in there as well. Bold and very decadent.

TASTE: Lots of oak and bourbon up front with chocolate fudge, vanilla and sweet cream as well. Sweet and barrel heavy initially, with a touch of alcohol too. More barrel and sweet toffee and vanilla flavor at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, vanilla-oak flavor, sweet cream, caramel fudge, some coconut, dark, pure chocolate, molasses, and even a hint of maple in there as well. Lots of decadent sweet flavor with a nice bourbon presence as well. Not much bitterness here but it certainly doesn’t need it.

PALATE: 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: Well, this is actually pretty good. A lot of these overly hyped imperial stouts don’t live up to their billing, but this one definitely does. A real menacing look, which I love, a decadent nose and lots of great and well-integrated barrel and base beer characteristics in this one. The feel is great for the style as well. Well worth trying out if you get the chance, and much better than the Three Brother base Resolute I just had a couple weeks back. Good beer that was very enjoyable. Thanks again dbwad!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours an aggressive foam, big carbonation which settles flat quickly. This is from 2013 bottle reg. BIG bourbon nose and very thin for my expectations. I thought the feel might thicken a tad as it warmed but it did not.

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

A beast thanks to billquirk (reddit), shared with rudzud and others, 2014 vintage aged in 4 Roses.

Pitch black thick syrupy motor oil, long legs, little dark fizzy head fades quickly.

Nose is exploding with dark fudgey chocolate, cocoa and bitter choc, then tons of bourbon, juicy barrel juice bourbon, vanilla barrel, toasted oak, little fusel booze, vanilla candies, fudgey caramel and fluffy nougat candy bar.

Taste brings tons of fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate, lush creamy choc, fluffy nougat and chocolate candy bar filling, caramel candy, etc. Nice bourbon, barrel juice and bourbon, great vanilla barrel, toasted oak, big fudgey choc fluffy nougat. Delicious. Finish is a little sticky, nice dark chocolate and cocoa, more bourbon lingering, caramel, fluffy nougat, vanilla barrel lingering, and hint of warming booze.

Mouth is full rich bod, creamy fluffy, nice carb, hidden booze.

Overall amazing, so friggen delicious.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super oily black hue with great legs. Really thin wisps.

S - Aromas of Chocolate fudge, bourbon, light booze, very nutty, great vanilla and barrel, rich bourbon vanilla goodness, melted dark chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, chewy fudge, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, oaky barrel, Nice malts, excellent chocolate, super rich.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol is hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great rich fudgy bourbon brownies.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My final EBF sample. I remember having a variant of this with vanilla added or something of the like. Now it's on to the base. It pours thick, pen-ink black with a thin ring of dark brown froth. Aroma is huge. Bourbon, fudge, espresso, alcohol, and vanilla. All the necessary aromas of a great Imperial Stout and set to a gaudy level of intensity. The flavor envelops over the tongue like some of the best. Like NyQuil on the palate. Liquid fudge, high-end espresso beans, cola, just a bit of anise, French vanilla and a big bourbon underbelly. Body is incredible. I sampled many beers during this festival; most of them being Imperial Stouts from some of the best breweries. This one was right in the running for one of the best beers I tried. I don't remember liking the vanilla version as much. The body is impeccable. Great brew.

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A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 604 ratings