A Night To End All Dawns | Kane Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
kanebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
546
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
83
For Trade:
9
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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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

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great flavor, but the smell on this one is far superior in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a decent looking tan colored head on top. The retention just leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass while the lacing puts some scattered foam residue on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, slightly boozy, some wood and vanilla on the nose along with a bit of the roasted malts. The taste of the beer is rich with dark malts, bourbon, more vanilla and some chocolate. In the distance there is some dark fruit sweetness that comes through as well as some toasted sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good amount of body to it. There is a light carbonation as well as some heat in the finish. Overall it's a very good brew, really pleasantly surprised with this one. I would drink it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of bourbon and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet from the candi sugars and has flavors of bourbon and vanilla and some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable considering its strength and drinks more like a 8% beer but has enough interesting flavors to make it pleasant to sip.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque but clear extremely dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a thin soapy head of large bubbles that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light amounts of caramel, candi sugar, and dark fruit sweetness. All that is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly into a lingering sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Probably my favorite NJ brewery and this beer does not disappoint - so far my favorite non-IPA beer that they produce (but close with Morning Bell). Very enjoyable and the bourbon barrel aging really adds to it - and the alcohol is really well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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