Archive for the ‘Kane Brewing Company’ Category

Kane beers are usually outstanding, so whenever we make a trip to the brewery, I pick up bombers of whatever they have.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vengeful Heart is a true American-style Barleywine loaded with 98 IBU of our favorite hops. We used a heavy dose of Simcoe and Chinook in the boil and even more Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe and Chinook in the whirlpool and at dry-hopping. This huge hop bill is supported by a blend of four different crystal malts to create flavors of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. As a result, Vengeful Heart is deep ruby in color with big tropical fruit and pineapple aromas and a firm bitterness that is followed by a slightly sweet, caramel finish.”

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The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a medium brown color and cloudy with light carbonation. The nose was filled with sweet, caramel and toffee notes, which transitioned into some hoppy pine and citrus notes. Booze and earthiness came through next. The taste had a significant dose of sweetness to it with the caramel and toffee, but had a nice dose of hops to cut it. The alcohol was hidden for a barleywine, but some dark fruits, specifically dates, came through at the end. The body was thick, but not syrupy, and had plenty of carbonation. The finish was sweet, yet had a punch of citrus hops at the end. I don’t remember how much this was, since I picked it up directly from the brewery, but I thought this beer was really outstanding and not just a sweet barleywine, like so many examples from the style are. I would definitely get this again and throw a few in the cellar to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Val and I are working on booking our honeymoon. We’re trying to decide between the Big Island and Maui on Hawaii. Both are great options. We’re definitely going to visit some breweries either way.

ABV: 10.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The main principle of our brewing philosophy at Kane Brewing Company is a relentless focus on beer quality and improvement. This focus is not limited to the brew house, but to the entire process from our grain to your glass. In New Jersey we are fortunate enough to have the right to self-distribute our beers within state borders. Early on we made a conscious decision that this was the road we were going to pursue and a key to maintaining beer quality. Self-distribution allows us to keep a close eye on our inventory and track how our kegs and bottles move to and at our various accounts. Because of this we’re able to keep our hop forward beers super fresh and allow our bigger beers to properly age. This also provides another opportunity for us to work directly with our accounts to provide them the best possible service and support.”

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The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with light, visible carbonation. The nose was filled with smoke, black licorice, anise, cocoa, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. The taste was also smoky with a generous amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It had a weird beef jerky quality to it that I wasn’t okay with, but it went away pretty quickly. It had a surprisingly light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and licorice. I don’t remember how much I paid for the bomber since I picked it up at the brewery. I thought this beer was good, but not as outstanding as I’m used to from Kane stouts.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’m a bit of an introvert, so the name of this beer is definitely in my wheelhouse. Val got me a mug for some sort of holiday that shows an introvert’s heart that is one of my favorites. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.8%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Solitude was inspired by the cold days of late winter and early spring on the coast, when the ocean temperatures keep a chill in the night air almost into early summer. A big dark beer that is comforting on a cold night, but with hints of dark fruits and a smoothness that suggests the coming of warmer weather, Solitude is a traditional dark strong fermented with our house Belgian yeast. Deep ruby reds highlight its dark color, and Belgian candi sugars add flavors of dark cherries and plums, complementing the subtle esters familiar to the style.”

Random: This beer comes in at 28 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger tan head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had alcohol and cola with prunes and dates. There was a lot of yeast present as well. The taste had the same prunes and dates, but quickly went into licorice and vanilla. It also had candi sugar and some plum notes. It had a bit of dark, berry jam to it. Yeast finished up the sip. The alcohol was well-integrated. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast and licorice. I don’t remember how much I paid for the bomber, since I purchased it at the brewery. This was a pleasant beer that I’m glad I got a chance to try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane is one of my favorite breweries in New Jersey, but it’s a good hour from the house, so we don’t get to go all that much. I sampled this beer when we went to pick up some bombers.

ABV: 9.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Parhelion is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial IPA. Using Overhead as our inspiration, we added higher levels of caramel malts and modified our hop schedule of Simcoe and Amarillo. We aged this beer for six months in bourbon barrels that previously held A Night To End All Dawns. The influence of both the barrels and the previous beer impart subtle roasted, vanilla and bourbon flavors to this Imperial IPA. 9.4% ABV.”

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The beer poured with a huge, three finger, off white head. It took awhile to go away and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness of the beer. The nose was filled with oak, toasted oak, booze and bourbon. It took awhile for some hops to come through, but when they did, it was Simcoe all the way. The taste started with lemon and pine and then went into notes of bourbon barrel. There was toasted oak and vanilla as well. I was shocked at how the alcohol was hidden in the beer. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish took forever and had lots of bourbon and oak. This beer was simply outstanding, especially if you like bourbon barrels.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Happy Sunday! I’m so happy that football is back. I missed it. To celebrate that, let’s review a really hyped beer.

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ABV: 12.4%

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. ABV: 12.4%”

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The beer poured with a full finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did however, leave a small crown. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the dark color. The nose was huge on this beer. It was filled with oak, bourbon and lots of dark chocolate. Coffee came through next with a bitter smell. The taste was a bit softer than the nose. It still had a lot of bitterness and dark chocolate. Bourbon and oak came through next. It was more bitter than all of the other variants. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish lasted while with chocolate and coffee. Since I’ve been aging this for a long time, I don’t know how much I paid for this one. This was an excellent beer, just not as good as the variants to me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been cellaring for awhile and was incredibly excited to try. Let’s get to it.

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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.”

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The beer poured with less than a finger of light brown head that dissipated slowly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was inky black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had cocoa powder, smoke, bourbon and oak. After it warmed for a bit, vanilla came out too. The taste was incredibly smooth. The smoke and bourbon came out first and then transitioned into bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Alcohol warmed the back of my throat, but nothing like the ABV would indicate. Cold press coffee came through as well. The body was thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bourbon and smoke. Although I don’t recall exactly how much this beer was, it was perfection in a glass. I’m glad that I have another bottle.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Where we moved is a bit farther from Kane Brewery. Now, it takes a little over an hour to get there, so I don’t get there as much as I should. But, they distribute their beers to a few of the bars and restaurants by me, so I don’t miss out on that much.

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ABV: 7.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to nzhops.co.nz, “An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour profile suitable for producing bigger styles. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for a wide range of styles from Saison through to Pilsners.”

Random: They said that this hop gives a “mojito” characteristic.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I specifically got mango and pineapple. The taste was even more tropical than the nose. There was the same mango and pineapple, but it also had green apple Jolly ranchers. Grass and a touch of malt finished up the sip. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. I loved this beer and all of the tropical fruit notes that shone through. If you see this beer when you’re out and about, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0