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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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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. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. Belgian Candi Sugar in the kettle created a layer of dark fruit complexity and a dry finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle shared by madbeerbaron. Thanks. This is a super dark beer. Loads of coffee and chocolate with vanilla and a bunch of oaky bourbon. A little burnt chocolate cake and decent alcohol heat. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of brown sugar, molasses, some roast and a touch of warmth. The taste was similar with roastiness and a sugary finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (807) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. I brought this one to the party, and hot damn! 750 mL bottle. The pour is like used motor oil. Black, viscous, just beautiful. There is a dark tan head that stays thin, and finally falls to a thin film. The aroma is like a chocolate fudge brownie. There is some great chocolate and some wonderful vanilla and molasses. There is some light maple syrup on the back end that is incredible. The flavor is huge on chocolate and fudge with a more prominent maple syrup and vanilla. There is a little barrel here, but the other flavors are just incredible. The mouth feel is really thick and chewy, with a soft carbonation and a great lingeringly coating feeling. Just incredible. The aftertaste has a little booze to it, but very minimal. It’s incredible for my first ever Kane beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5208) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampled at esbls. So dark. Vanilla and huge hops in the aroma. Complex. First sip is that with alcohol in the exhale. Wood and bourbon with grain and yeast. Dark fruit. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5209) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Deep brown pour with a small head. Burnt malts. Cocoa and wood. Some coffee. Taste is really hot. Strong booziness. Butterscotch. Marshmallows and dark chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4675) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Pour from bottle. Black color, with a small tan head. Dark fruit, roast, whiskey, raisin, booze, chocolate, wood, notes of licorice, burnt coffee, and sweet. Pretty nice, but a little thin and hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9460) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
750 mL bottle courtesy jtclockwork and shared at a tasting, 10/6/14. Pours near black with a thin fizzy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, raisin, vanilla, wood, chocolate. The taste is chocolate, raisin, whiskey, vanilla, booze. Thin-medium bodied, hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2721) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle: Pours black & oily, viscous looking with a rich, tan head that fades quickly to a fine film & skinny collar. Super rich aroma of fudge lathered brownies, chocolate cake soaked in bourbon, warming oak, a bit of chunky vanillin from the barrel, & hints of light maple syrup. The flavor, again, is big on the dense chocolate, fudge, & borderline dessert cake components with a nice umbrella of burnt brown sugar & caramel cascading over everything. Dark chocolate candy bar, mild vanilla, a hint of maple, & a light compilation of anise & dried, dark fruit in the finish. Slightly woody throughout, a hint of warmth from the bourbon, but not as dominant as you might expect. Fantastic beer, delicious & drinkable as hell for 12.6% ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1736) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle thanks matt! Pours black with great khaki head. Licorice and chocolate aroma. Thick mouth with a good blend of chocolate and barrel, finish very roasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5274) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, molasses, light maple syrup, anise, bourbon, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and light molasses. The finish has moderate maple syrup, light vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and a hint of oak. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, this is right up my alley with the maple syrup notes in a barrel aged Imperial Stout. This is outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Inky black pour with a medium light brown head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing. Bourbon, malt and chocolate in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, roast malt and chocolate. The finish is oaky vanilla, bourbon and dark fruits. Enjoyable beer all around.

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