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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4994) - 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 (4555) - 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 (9001) - 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 (2343) - 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 (1613) - 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 (5097) - 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 (8683) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3889) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Poured a black color with aromas of roast, espresso, bourbon, light earth and a touch of vanilla. Flavors matched the aromas with a nice mix of vanilla and bourbon in the aftertaste. Solid and nice velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Sampled on Tap at GABF 2014. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Huge coconut, caramelized sugars, toffee, some chocolate, and coffee in the aroma - really reminds me of a mounds bar. Taste is deep cocoa nibs, coconut, bourbon, espresso, figgy, vanilla, light lactose, and roast. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. I did not think this beer was going to be that good, but it was delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle... Hazy, nearly black pour with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is fruity and vinous with underpinnings of whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied and watery with lively carbonation. Although a touch thin, the flavor is burnt and bitter with plenty of boozy, red-hot whiskey. Acrid, carbonic finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

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