New Jersey has a beer to compete with some of the best. New Jersey has a brewery to compete with the powerhouses. Its name is Kane in Ocean NJ, and owner Michael Kane really knows how to run his business.
“A Night To End All Dawns” will change your idea of good local beer (if you’re from NJ). This is spectacular, this is what a beautiful, adult beverage surely tastes like.
Initial Look/Smell/ Appeal: A dark (as night, *sorry, couldn’t resist) black pour- one so dark you can see your reflection in the glass- is accompanied by a tan head. Stick your face in the beer, and the alcohol burns the nostrils. A huge bite of bourbon and champagne bubbles hit the tongue right away. Initially, no hints of candy or sweetness. Only strong bourbon musts.
Then WHAM! the Uniqueness of this brew emerges. Flavors of dry vanilla, rich caramel, toffee and of course tingling bourbon finish off the initial sips. Then they continue, creating a menagerie of lingering taste effects. Soon your lips get sticky, and the caramel/vanilla musk merges with the dry aromatic alocholic carbonation. The experience is reminiscent of paring a wonderful shiraz with very dark chocolate. It’s as if dark fruits and perfectly burnt sugars blended with spicy cocoa and rich creams.
Which leads to my next point. Adding to the complexity of “A Night” is the roasted body. The Textures & Thickness is a well thought out balance of thin with thick in a way that can only be taken pleasantly. You can drink this like wine, feel it like champagne, have it linger like bourbon, and regurgitate its flavors like beer (which is a good thing!!!). A perfect marriage of many elements I love in all those styles of beverages to imbibe.
Overall Sessionability: This beer is easily drunk alone. And you will be. (Drunk that is). At an easy 13%, this selfish beer will have you asleep by the fire. Always a strong end to a quiet night.
Final Note: I have heard that this beer is meant to be kept in refrigeration temperatures. I heard this is because of fears of overcarbonation/ the cork flying off. I bought my bottles at a liquor store which I found out refused to refrigerate the beer. So I was surprised as to not encounter a flying cork. The carbonation was perfect, with a strong thick, 1 minute long retained head.