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.

Added by axeman9182 on 03-12-2013

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 BobbySue22
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black. The color was pitch black and no light passed through it. Had a wonderful milk chocolate colored head that dissipated into a thin layer after a few minutes.

Aroma: Bourbon. The bourbon aroma is the most prevalent and hits you immediately. The 15 months aging in the barrels is absolutely noticeable and appreciated. After the bourbon, there is a nice dark chocolate aroma coming from the malt.

Taste: Again the bourbon is very evident as well as the chocolate. There was a subtle caramel taste as well. The description on the bottle said notes of vanilla but I was unable to taste any vanilla. The bourbon lingers in the mouth very nicely.

Mouthfeel: This beer was thick but not unpleasant where you feel like you're chewing it. The beer coats your mouth just long enough for the flavors to be absorbed into every part of your mouth.

Overall: Wonderful. Had not heard of the brewery before having this and now I want to try everything they brew. The beer was one of the nicest and most bourbon forward aged Imperial Stouts I've had. Bourbon was not overpowering, like brink straight bourbon, so it was nice and went well with the chocolatey malt character. Would highly recommend this beer.

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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 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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3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Waxed 750 mL bottle.

Pours a sludgy dark mocha, near black color with a thin tan head. Mildly sweet nose, honey, burnt sugar, barley, milk chocolate, bourbon and raisins. Silky, thick body, not much trace of alcohol or burn in the finish; almost too smooth and bland too a fault. Flavor has a strong chewy malt base, light on the roast or any burnt notes. Nothing stands out as sweet as the aromatics, but some molassess and honey, along with plums and raisins pull this to the sweeter and less roasty side of a stout. Bourbon from the barrel starts to creep in in the finish, but is much too late to make much of an impact. Perfectly adequate, but pretty boring; assume the intention is for this to be a robust base for adding adjuncts, further barrel aging, etc.

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