Kane A Night To End All Dawns – Vanilla (2015)

Posted: April 18, 2016 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Kane Brewing Company, Reviews

This year, Kane offered A Night To End All Dawns and the three variants for purchase initially via a ticket system where you could get a 4-pack and an 8-pack. Both Val and I tried for tickets and she didn’t get any (since it sold out in 30 seconds) and I managed an 8-pack. I’m not sure if I’m going to trade the other four or keep them to age, but this is the first one I cracked open.

anighttoendalldawnsvanilla

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year 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.”

Random: I can see why this won a gold medal at GABF in 2014.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was strong. It had a lot of fresh bourbon and vanilla bean. Smoke came through as well with roasted malts and coffee. The taste started with bourbon, smoke and roasted malts. It quickly went into vanilla bean and some heavy cream. Oak was present and a nice balance with the other flavors. Some lightly sweet milk chocolate came through too. Espresso came through next, but without all the bitterness and was a bit softer. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was thick, yet silky with light carbonation. The finish was long with milk, vanilla and chocolate. A bomber of this was $18 ($.82 per ounce). This beer was amazingly silky and had huge amounts of depth. I can see why people search this beer out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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