Silent Nights by Kane Brewing
Tasting: February 13, 2016
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer # 895
At one time, I thought being a craft beer fan living in Chicago or Michigan would be awesome. You could stroll into any local store and pluck offerings from home-state brewers like Three Floyds or Dark Horse right off the shelf. Now, I don’t feel the same way. Not that these breweries don’t make great beer, it’s just that the quality of beer made in New Jersey is on the rise. New Jersey no longer owes anyone an apology for our beer. Well, maybe a couple of New Jersey brewers should offer their mea culpas. In Carton and Kane, we have two world class breweries right here in New Jersey and they’ve produced a number of world class offerings.
Carton and Kane have not achieved “pluck off a shelf at any time” status but more and more you can find places to fill your growlers with some Jersey goodness. The packaging of this growler comes from Amazing Grapes in Pompton Lakes and I have to admit, a first for me. Looks more like a carton of milk (no not Carton’s Carton of Milk). Silent Nights joins other stouts/porters from Kane Brewing that use night or time of day as their theme – Holy Night, A Night To End All Dawns (ANTEAD), Evening Bell, Morning Bell and so on.
My thoughts on Silent Nights:
12% Alcohol By Volume is beautifully concealed. Not much in the way of heat or booziness
It certainly has a rich and smooth mouthfeel.
Reminded me of Dark Horse’s Plead the Fifth
Massive roasted grain, bitter baking chocolate. raisin. Hops lend this vegetative undertone
93 points – a real gem.
I’m back the next day for a proper glass growler fill…in a Carton glass growler.
Cheers New Jersey.