A Night To End All Dawns
Kane Brewing Company

A Night To End All DawnsA Night To End All Dawns
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #100
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #354
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
620
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Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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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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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share. Near black pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty malts and bourbon. Taste come in sweet, sugary, dark malts, caramel and lots of oak.

Aug 05, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2020 vintage - poured into a stout balloon at 50°F.

Glugs out a used motor oil colour, sitting black as night in the glass, with a short head of dark mocha head that quickly settles to a thin brown collar that persists. Slightly glass-coating, and rich looking. 4.25

Nose: STUNNING aroma. Rich, bold, deeply roasted malts exuding caramel, burned toffee, brown sugar, dark and semi-sweet chocolate, and chocolate liqueur. The bourbon barrel is so huge here - vanilla bean frosting, melted caramel, bourbon-soaked charred oak, cinnamon, spices, dusty wood, and age. Very reminiscent of Assassin. 4.5

Palate: ANTEAD greets the palate with a big hefty load of rich malty sweetness. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. The roast is very dark and bold, thus, a firm, biting roasty bitterness quickly sweeps in and cuts that sweetness down fairly early on. Baker's cocoa, cacao nib, malt char  lend dryness, followed by a second punch of barrel char, oak spice, and a touch of booze. Massively bold and very roasty. The barrel lends vanilla, bourbon, and spicy heat which all become more apparent as it opens and warms. There's some subtle dark fruit - namely raisin, with a bit of a leathery accord and a whisper of dry tobacco. It quickly dries out, setting up the finish whixh showcases all that dark roast, char, barrel spice, and some oaky tannins, with nary a trace if that opening sweetness in sight. Dry cocoa and barrel linger on like a slow sunset, bringing upon the night - The Night To End All Dawns. 4.0

Mouthfeel/Body: This one suffers a little bit here. Within 10 minutes, it reached a stable point, drinking rather thin for how utterly bold and heavy this is. I'm not one to chase these hot fudge sundae stouts, but I do think a little viscosity can benefit a particularly aggressive stout, and I wish this were just a bit fuller. It's heavy - full-bodied, bold, and slick, but it is quite thin, and without much effervescence to speak of. It does, however, coat the lips pretty dramatically, allowing for a short sweet reprieve whilst being bombarded by the bold roast. Finishes fairly dry - drying, with a big roasty, tannic bite. 4.0

Overall: An enjoyable barrel-aged imperial stout, with a particularly nice bourbon barrel presence. All of the key components are in the right place here, though I find it's just a little imbalanced. If the roast were just slightly less aggressive, with some more malt complexity, and the body a bit fuller, this would be spectacular. Drinkability is slightly hindered by the acrid roast, but over the course of a full night, it opens up a bit. I wouldn't drink it again, but it's a well-made stout nonetheless. 3.75

Jul 09, 2021
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

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

Pours a nice black with good head. Smells like sweet licorice. Taste is a perfect balance with out the overwhelming bourbon, it’s just the right amount. So thick you can almost chew it. Maybe the best beer I’ve had from maybe the most underrated brewery out there! If Kane were in Vermont, it would be much more well known!

Jun 28, 2021
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massively long time want finally ticked.

2017 bottle, so a cellar beer, we'll see how this goes.

Look is damn near perfect. Thick, viscous and foamy.

Smell while excellent, smells no different than recent BCBS. So very good, but hopefully this pans out better than BCBS.

Taste - while downright stellar, its absolutely indistinguishable from BCBS. Theres a slightly chalky dry aspect to it that modern bcbs doesn't carry, but old school pre 2015 bcbs does have. Maybe a hair more roaster too. It definitely has a 25cent edge over goose Island but that's about it.

Mouthfeel - slick, oily, sugary, viscous and coating.

Overall- hate to keep comparing this to BCBS and had no idea that was what I was in store for but shit... this is a 750ml bottle of bcbs.

I would absolutely not trade for it again. Would I buy it over bcbs? If the price were the same, yeah. If it cost any more? Probably not. Trade for it? Sad letdown.

Mar 31, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Nov 25, 2019
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

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.

Mar 04, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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

**
11/20/18

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 doesn't become astringent or impede flavor at all.


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

**

Nov 21, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Jun 21, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

May 27, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Feb 23, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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!!

10/27/17
750ml bottle from brewery 3/2017
5 rating

Oct 28, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

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

Jun 05, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

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.

Jun 03, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

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.

May 23, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

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.

May 05, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.

Feb 05, 2017
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PhillyBoy23 from New Jersey

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!

Jan 28, 2017
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

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.

Dec 31, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.

Dec 24, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

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.

Dec 11, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

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.

Nov 28, 2016
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Zonk from New Jersey

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.

Nov 04, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Oct 24, 2016
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SiepJones from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 18, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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!

Apr 09, 2016
A Night To End All Dawns from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 620 ratings