A Night To End All Dawns | Kane Brewing Company

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A Night To End All DawnsA Night To End All Dawns

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 threeviews
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 750ml black, wax-dipped bottle (May 2014 edition) into a Rastal, Teku 2.0 high-stemmed glass.

A- As expected, pitch black (think, used motor oil) with a mocha-colored head that reaches nothing more than a 3/4 finger before dissipating very quickly. (5.0)

S- A Pungent nose not for the faint of heart. Notes of milk chocolate, bourbon, coffee and cherry cordial are the dominant aromas. Although faint, vanilla rounds out the nose. As it rises to room temperature, the alcohol heat from the bourbon becomes very apparent. (5.0)

T- Dessert in a glass! Bourbon-soaked M&M's and cherry cordial are immediate. Sweetness is curtailed by the heavy dose of Roasted Barley contributing to a coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Immense flavor with a focus on chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and coffee. (5.0)

M- Brilliant...velvety, palate-coating, full-bodied, but hardly thick. The light carbonation allows the taste and alcohol to linger long after the sip. This monster is very well balanced in lieu of all of its excessive glory. (5.0)

O- As evidence by my rating, this is a very, very well-executed version of a BBA Imperial Stout and is very hard to rate it anything less than perfect. ANTEAD is worthy of inclusion among the greats: BCBS, KBS, BBA Plead the 5th and BBA Imperial Biscotti Break. Despite being a brewery-only release, I am fortunate to live within driving distance where I was able to obtain a few bottles for more future enjoyment. (5.0)

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Photo of JStewart00
5/5  rDev +12.9%

My first and only 5 rating given. This blows other bourbon aged beers out of the water. Compare this to KBS and GI Bourbon County and be prepared to be impressed.

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Photo of Tobes181
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love what has become of this series from Kane. This beer is incredible. Smooth, rich, delicious and full of flavor. no burn at all from the high alcohol content.

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Photo of reds2harleys
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 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 Givemebeer
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to pick up this beer as soon as I could. Got a few bottles and did not hesitate to pop one open. Poured pretty much pitch black witha small khaki head. Smelled mainly of bourbon but some sugar too. (reminded me of bourbon county in the smell). Taste was phenomenal. Bourbon, vanilla, sugar, some dark fruits. Very complex - different flavors as the beer warmed. (Kane specifically wants this beer to stay refrigerated). Mouthfeel wasn't quite as thick and heavy as I would have liked

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had. So much flavor so complex and I'm a sucker for bourbon barrel beers.

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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 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 CassinoNorth
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the ANTEAD release day at the brewery 5/3.

Poured from a black waxed top 750 mL bottle into a Kane teku also picked up Saturday. Interesting they ditched the cork and cage for the first time in this release. I recall last year's release was quite thin and unbalanced, curious to try this year's.

Pours jet black. No light getting through this one. Aggressive pour straight down into the teku yields a 2 finger light brown head. Head dissipates rather quickly to a thin film around the top.

First whiff: bourbon. This one puts the barrel first and foremost. Chocolate is the 2nd most evident smell in this even though this is the plain variant. I can see how the cacao beans would set that flavor off.

The creamy mouthfeel is a great improvement over last year's batch. Thick but not as chewy as you could find. For a BB imperial stout, it's sitting around 6 or 7 in the thickness department. Enjoying it thoroughly.

Bourbon is at the forefront of taste as the nose would suspect. This thing is BCBS jr. For a stout nearing 13% it is dangerous. Tasty stout with no heat whatsoever. If you can snag a bottle somehow, I would jump at the chance. Very excited to try the variants.;

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a pour that looks viscous as hell, brown head that fades pretty quickly and the lacing is spotty and doesn't stick. The aroma on this beer is simply amazing. I smelled it as soon as I opened it. The aroma jumps from the bottle. Sweet chocolate notes, cherry, coconut, vanilla, coffee, oak, bourbon, barrel, light char and sweet dark fruit. Super complex. Taste just absolutely delivers on all fronts. Sweet and bittering chocolate, vanilla, coconut, sweet dark fruits, bourbon soaked cherries meld mid palate with bourbon and oak notes. The alcohol integrated seamlessly into the flavor profile with only a hint of heat. The stout is a player here and the blending with barrel aging is executed on the highest level. Smooth creamy feel with just right carbonation and semi dry finish. This beer is amazing. It's executed perfectly and better than ones with more hype.

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Photo of SHU06Les
4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass from a bottle. The bottles were kept refrigerated in a back room because according to the clerk, the brewery wants it kept cold.

Pours black with a nice tan head. Smells of bourbon, with some chocolate and caramel. Very smooth and easy to drink for 13%. Mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than I expected for the abv.

This is very complex, with a lot going on. Easily one of the best beers I've had and a must try.

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Photo of John_M
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to Derek for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a blacksih brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing all around. The beer looks impressive enough, but then I stuck my beak in the glass. If you're a fan of huge bourbon notes in your BA stout, you'll love this bad boy. Yowsa! The nose gives off a huge aroma of bourbon, milk duds, vanialla, chocolate and light coffee. This beer smells as if it will rich and slightly boozy, and on the palate, the beer doesn't disappointed. The flavor profile genrally replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, with just a hint of licorice in the profile as well. Mouthfeel is full and soft, somewhat creamy, and very, very long on the finish. Also, while the abv. is noticeable, this beer is not the least bit hot or heavy on the finish. So given the abv., drinkability is pretty good in this beer (was with some friends who had been drinking abyss and mexican cake all afternoon, and they had no problem with this last bottle of "dessert.").

A couple of thoughts. Obviously, this is an exceptional version of a bourbon barrel aged stout, but what sets it apart, I think, as compared to GI BCBS for example, is that the alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile. While the alcohol and heavy sweetness in BCBS wear me out after a very short while, the sweetness and booziness is more restrained in this beer, making it more drinkable and ultimately more enjoyable. So while this beer reminded me very much of the BCBS stout, ultimately I preferred this beer.

Excellent stuff!

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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 dar482
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle does not seem to have an indicator of the variant, but this has grey wax.

The aroma is packed full of coffee, bourbon and vanilla, and chocolate.

The beer follows with a punch of coffee in the front. Almost similar to the coffee of KBS or Breakfast Stout. The bourbon was not too forward, but it has a nice sweet vanilla and chocolate throughout.

An very well made chocolate BA stout.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml C&C bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with a short brown head that vanishes instantly. A little bit of light penetration along the edges.

Bourbon, fudge, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Some booze is present.

Sweet bourbon and caramel with hints of toffee and charred oak. Dark chocolate, fudge, nuts and touches of espresso. Some fig and overripe plum. Notes of vanilla and peppery booze.

Medium-full bodied, oily, silky and warming.

This stuff is really freakin' good. The 15 months spent in a bourbon barrel and the passion for the craft certainly shows. A+, Kane, A+.

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Photo of stakem
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

2014 release

It happens too frequently...limited brewery releases get all hyped up, expectations get elevated and then the time comes when you get to try said hyped beer, and it ends up being a disappointment. That senario is certainly not the case here. This beer far exceeded my expectations and now I am left wanting more bottles of it.

This beer was truely the highlight of my black friday tasting/bottle share. Its a typical black stout with thin head that fades quick. The smell displays just an amazing array of barrel nuance. An explosion of toasted coconuts and coconut milk/oil with complimentary vanilla, caramel, toffee and toasted marshmallows. Slight whiskey booze element is also present driving into the flavor with milky chocolate sweetness. It is medium to heavier bodied with ample carbonation. I could get myself into trouble with this beer. It goes down very easy for +12% wow.

If you wanted to draw lines of comparison, this is a much more approachable version of say bourbon county stout and black tuesday. All the same elements, just ANTEAD is significantly easier drinking and better rounded...fantastic stuff, color me impressed.

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

The 2014 version of ANTEAD was incredible - no surprise that it made such a splash and won gold at GABF. The variants were so tremendous and sought after that I feel the base beer was a bit overlooked. Too bad - it is a killer.

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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 facundoCNB
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark black pour with 2 fingers of brown head, slow dissipation and nice lacing. chocolate aromas followed by oak/vanilla/bourbon, coffee notes, brown sugar, raisins. WOW. a very strong bourbon feel, but so well mixed in with the sweetness of the malt and the rough dark notes of the roasted grain bill that this works perfectly together! a sweet chocolatey subtle base with tons of charred oak, roasted grains, lots of bourbon and a slight feel of sugary maple. this beer is FANTASTIC.
full body with moderate carbonation (the bottle was a gusher), doesn't coat the tongue as much as most other RIS would, making it a VERY easy to drink stout. though there is a lot of bourbon in the flavor, the alcohol bite is well hidden.

this is kane's best beer i've tried so far. some will dispute, but alas it is just my opinion and i have not had a few of their releases that have been talked up just yet (BBA MORNING BELL being the main one). i'm a bit bummed out that when i got this, i was talked out of even bothering to look for a second one for my friend in WI, due to the brewery warning the beer shop i frequent (and have friends working there) that there were a lot of bottles exploding at the brewery - it would have been a dumb mistake to ship it out (especially with the weird temperatures we were getting at the time). oh well, this next glass is for you buddy - at least i scored you a bottle of morning bell ;)

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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the brewery yesterday and could not wait to try it. Poured into a tulip.

It has the typical dark imperial stout look with a small tan head. Has nice lacing.

The smell is of sweet bourbon and candy. The smell becomes really pronounced as it warms up.

The taste is more of the same with the borbon not being over powering. The mouthfeel is a little thin for a 13% imperial stout but honestly it kind of fits for this beer. It has a little heat at the end just to remind you it is 13% but honestly it is way too easy to drink this beer. I absolutely love this beer and was so happy they bottled it. If you are looking for a smooth and easier drinking bourbon barrel aged beer it doesn't get better than this. I am really interested to see how it ages, because right now it is just great.

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

Corked and caged 750ml from FreeBridge.

As soon as I undid the cage, the cork shot out and I had a dark brown geyser in the family room. Jammed my finger in the bottle, then slowly released the gas. After doing the preliminary floor clean up ( tomorrow I break out the Bissell), I can finally drink the rest.

Perfectly black body, topped by two fingers of medium tan foam.

Huge inviting bourbon/vanilla/oak aroma, backed by chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste follows the nose. Bourbon/ vanilla/oak, followed by chocolate and a dash of coffee. Would be better if more stout flavor balanced the bourbon barrel.

Smooth, rich, slick mouthfeel.

Terrific beer, but you might want to drink it on the deck.

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