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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
I was honored to be given a bottle of this mighty brew by Mike Kane when I visited the brewery. Kane has definitely found their niche with Hopheads. Although I am no longer part of that clam, I do recognizes the quality of those beer beers, even if they are not really my cup of tea these days. As on of the best up and coming breweries in NJ, it comes as no surprise to me that they are not limited to just hoppy beers, and this is but one (not the only) great example of that. At the same time, this is their first barrel aged imperial stout, so how good could it be? Well, it was Awesome! My son and I truly enjoyed every aspect of it. P.S. I have it on good authority that this beer is actually a bit stronger than 13% ABV, but we’ll just have to keep that on the DL


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7962) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A big healthy stout nose with dark fruit, leather and vanilla. The flavor is wonderful; huge dark fruit, prunes, vanilla, bourbon sweetness in the middle. The drinkability is very high. Sweet but not cloying. Lovely big beast. I wonder if the base beer is made (non BA), it is damn good. One of the best Impys I’ve had in a while.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (2822) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Pours a motor oil black and no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Chewy, thick and delicious

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2325) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2016
750. Thick and dark pour. Chocolate pudding with a touch of vanilla and bourbon. Body is medium for a big stout but is super velvety. Really solid imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Oily and black with no head. Bourbon toasty nose. Thick with heavy bourbon flavor, finishes toasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6018) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was barrel and some dark chocolate. Flavor similar, thin and not fit to battle the titans.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2849) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle shared at Gaucho thanks to Rob. Pours a deep black brown. No head. Aromas of chocolate fudge and light vanilla. Gives way to a light booziness. Taste is definitely sweet but nothing overpowering. Quite good but a tad on the thin side to be amazing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (3152) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
2014 batch bottle shared by a friend. poured a deep oily black colour with a nice small lasting mocha head on top of the glass. nose is hit with thick dark chocolate fudge. sweet dark cacao (can’t emagine how chocolate forward the cacao version must be), nougat, oak, vanilla from the barrel, sweet bourbon, toasted nuts, very rich and tick. taste brings out even more thick chocolate fudge, vanilla, and sticky sweet bourbon, and chocolate brownies. taste is like a bourbon chocolate bar. dark roasted malts, creamy, and very great balance with the bourbon barrels. amazing stout! so delicious. one of my biggest stout surprised of the year. can’t wait to try the versions of it! great job

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3988) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
EBF 2015. Une superbe bière presque noire. Un nez tout comme une bouche riche, savoureuse, du chocolat fondu, de la vanille. Une finale avec un alcool doux. Le genre de monstre que j’aime car il garde une certaine fraicheur.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4378) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle thanks to Dmac shared at Anchorage Feb ’15 Tasting: Poured a thick motor oil black with brown head. Aroma is sweet roast with vanilla notes. Follows into the taste with nice sweet sugary fermented fruit, alcohol, vanilla, and bourbon bite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4634) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
Parfums flagrants de fudge, très riche, vanille, chocolat, caramel du bourbon, touche d’érable. Appétissant au cube. Saveurs excitantes. Mes papilles aiment bien. Gros chocolat, grosse mélasse, complexe, vanille, gâteau, des fruits, un peu de fût boisé, amertume. Moyen corps, bulles suffisantes, texture douce. Finale un peu chaude, peut-être même poivrée. Poids lourd.


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