Today is my birthday! So, what better beer to review on my birthday than one of the rarer New Jersey stouts. I love coconut and was very excited to give this a shot.
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: Although I really loved this stout, I don’t think I’ll try to get it next year. I want to give others a chance to give it a try.
The beer poured with a half a finger of khaki head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown on top of an inky black body. The nose was smoky at first, with roasted malts and dark chocolate with some toasted coconut. The taste was not as strong as the nose. It had dark chocolate, but not as aggressively as the nose. There was also some coconut flavored coffee. The booze was there but not 12% worth. It was insanely well-balanced. The body was thick with light carbonation, making this a perfect sipper. It had a quicker finish than expected with coffee, coconut and chocolate. This beer was just amazing . It had great flavor and perfect balance. This was exceptional and worth searching out.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0