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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4060) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4149) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Sample at EBF. Pours dark brown just a ring of brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, oak, bourbon. Taste is quite nice, dark chocolate, raisin, bourbon, oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, 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 (1383) - 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 (5904) - 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 (6115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (5080) - 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 (11172) - 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.

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