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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1425) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills bottle share... thanks for setting it up, Mike! Nice notes of chocolate and dark cocoa. A slight hotness to it. Plenty of barrel with a slight sour milk finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anthony850 (206) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap smooth bourban taste with coffee and maple. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gimmethefunk (15) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours jet black as expected. Nice aroma that is dominated by oak and bourbon. My bottle was, unfortunately, a bit overcarbed. The cork popped out with the force you would expect from a bottle of champagne. The mouthfeel was affected by this and made the beer seem thin and far less viscous than one would expect from the style. Taste was good with a nice balance between the base beer and oak/bourbon. Nice hints of anise, dark, chocolate, and of course whiskey and wood. I hope to try another bottle of this to see if the overcarb is a problem at the brewery or is a result of being roused or some other extemporaneous factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2014
750ml bottle pours an inky black with some ringing beige head. Nose is malty, bread crust, brown sugar. Flavor is strong, malty, bread, peppery, molasses, pencil lead, a little blackberry. Full, peppery finish. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3408) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottled shared at the 2013 HF FoFA. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak and bourbon, some coffee and chocolate, light vanilla, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the imperial stout and bourbon barrels. Smooth, thicker texture. A really good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dmac at Paul’s housewarming tasting 2013. Pours a black body with white head and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oak, light bourbon and a nice earthy character. Nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Thin stout. Lots of barrel character, the end is thin booze, very spritish in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2013
On tap, at Barcade in Jersey City. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is a bit subdued for the size of the beer. Toasted malts, some dark chocolate, subtle sweet scent with a bit of booze. Attack is smooth and then big; good roastiness and touches of chocolate and smokiness in the back end. Bourbon comes in late and nicely. Mouthfeel is generally smooth and a bit creamy with a nice roasty/oaky finish. Solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (302) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Black, lively khaki head. Bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, vanilla, charred oak, candi sugar, plums, and cherries. Not quite as sweet as it smells, but more bitter and vinous. Thinner mouthfeel than expected, though still full-bodied. Bitter, dry, and a bit boozy in the finish. Possibly infected as the top exploded and beer sprayed everywhere when the cork came very easily out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle shared by GT. Black pour with a mocha head. Really heavy on the dark fruit aromas. Big roasted malt, licorice, coffee, and alcohol. Ash, burnt sugar, and some vanilla...maybe. Tons of roast on the tongue, but still quite sweet. Burnt sugar, licorice, and dark fruits. Raisin, vanilla, ash, coffee, and booze.

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