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Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 100
Gots: 42 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xnicknj on 01-14-2013

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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 33
Photo of stoutishmilkman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitla has a great smell and a smooth finish,but needs to be a tad sweeter imo

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hits of creamy coffee, milk chocolate.

The flavor hits again of milk chocolate, medium roasted malt, more creaminess, a strong flavor of high quality coffee flavor throughout with some nuttiness and a roasty finish.

The use of coffee in this beer is incredible.

Photo of Zonk
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

really dominant coffee flavor and aroma. Smooth and lush mouthfeel.

Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber acquired via trade in late December. Drank, I dunno, maybe like five weeks later? Not too long.

Pours super dark with a nice white head. Smells... unnerving. Like coffee, but also like human urine. Seriously. Not trying to make a dumb joke or anything. That's just the most apt description: it smells the way it smells when you drink too much coffee and pee it out. Unpleasant.

Tastes... absolutely fine. Really good, actually. Up front, big nodes of bright and acidic coffee, moving into a medium-sweet middle that gets increasingly sweet as the coffee grounds flavor returns.

So... weird. My wife she says it don't smell good but it don't smell like pee.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with an impressive mocha head; excellent retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Coffee dominant, with milk chocolate, black bread and roast underneath

Taste: Black bread, milk chocolate and some roast lead off, with the coffee building to dominance in the mid-palate; after the swallow, an espresso fruity bitterness kicks in and lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fine beer and among the top coffee beers I have consumed

Thanks, bbpro47, for the opportunity

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler left in my fridge. Thanks Brad! Afternoon treat.

The beer is near black and opaque with a thin, oily beige cap. Aromas of rich coffee, espresso beans, chocolate, malt. Mocha and espresso character. Zesty carbonation and spritzy finish. Medium to full bodied. Roast and dark chocolates. Abv hidden well. This is potent stuff. Yummy.

Photo of AaronDz
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. Appearance is very dark brown with a thin tab head. Taste is milk chocolate, sweet malts, coffee, and toast. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Overall a nice, rich porter with a nice balance between milk sugar and coffee bitterness.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had sample at SN Beer Camp philly

A-Black pour orange hue tan creamy head and light oily sticky lacing.

S-Aroma of really nice fresh coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and light cream.

T-Taste is of sweet cream sugar, fresh coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and a nice bitter earthy roasted bite.

M-Mouthfeel is oily and it has a nice roasted lingering bitter bite.

O-These guys can brew some great stuff. A solid imperial porter!

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously provided by our host (Branden) at the recent PDX bottle share at growler guys.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is pretty attractrive, showcasing considerable dark chocolate, light vanilla, some roasty malt and, of course, coffee. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet porter, with the coffee ground flavor really front and center. There was almost some grittiness in the mouthfeel, giving one more of that coffee ground impression. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth otherwise, and the finish was very long. Alcohol was barely noticeable, and I was surprised to learn that it was up around 9%.

My first experience with this brewery, but so far what I've had, I've liked.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors all around.

Photo of antott0523
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from last night at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ. Draft.

A: Opaque brown with a beige head that settles to a thin veil of foam. Some lacing.

S: Coffee, coffee, coffee.

T: Strong overtones of coffee. Modestly bitter. A hint of chocolate. Mocha. Some sweeter notes on the finish including vanilla, birch beer.

M: Round and smooth. Minimal carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable at 9%. No hint of booze. One of the more coffee forward porters I've tasted. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled locally, poured into snifter.

A- Dark black. Short brown head. Medium amount of lacing.

S- Good God this has a great smell. Coffee/expresso up front followed by dark chocolate. A little maple syrup, roasted malts, and leather in the distance.

T- Again, coffee is is strong in this one, but in such a smooth way. Im dying to try the coffee that Kane uses just because of all the roasted goodness MB has. Dark chocolate is also apparent after the finish and some caramel maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden in this one.

M- Full body. Milk makes this one smooth and rich. Feels like it smells, heavy and strong in a delightful way.

O- I will revisit this one as often as possible. Great for a breakfast beverage and just as good for a night cap. I enjoyed this a few times after some heavy hitting on DIPAs and it is such a nice compliment after any IPA or session drinking. Glad Kane put this together. Dont pass it up if you see it.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Black as night, somewhat "flat" with a little ring of caramel carbonation and minimal head formation. True to its porter routes the pour isn't extremely viscous. Malty lacing, clear and soapy looking, slides down the glass as you drink.

S - This smells like an amazing iced coffee. I could smell this all day, it's amazingly aromatic. Roasted malt notes merge with big coffee aromas from that amazing local Rook coffee. Touch of sweetness comes through rounding any harshness off the aroma and letting you know that lactose sugar is there.

T - Huge roasted malt and coffee flavor rounds out smoothly with some earthy, smokey and char notes all the way through. Lactose sugars provide a blanket of sweetness that rides all the way through. Alcohol is completely hidden behind all these big flavors even at 9.2%.

M - Smooth, creamy and palate coating. Lower carbonation and medium body.

O - I hope they keep this around this time. Amazing beer that blends sweetness and roasted bitterness perfectly. This might be the best coffee beer I've ever had, so far.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a mostly tight caramel head. Nose is a fair amount of roasted malt. There are mild notes of chocolate and coffee with a fair bit of malt sweetness. Taste is coffee and roasted malt. More chocolate and sweetness than the nose, some vanilla and lots of sweetness in back. The coffee and roast linger through the finish with a nice amount of carb on a moderate body and creamy feel.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at FreeBridge

Pure black body, no highlights, topped by a softball of dark tan foam in my Aventinus glass.

Rich, powerful, enticing coffee aroma.

Flavor heavy on the coffee, but with enough milk to call it cafe au lait.

Thick and rich mouthfeel, chewy.

A terrific coffee porter. I'm not surprised.

Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Ryan (Treebs). Thanks dude! Served in a Cantillon taster glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like stale coffee grounds, lactose sugar sweetness, toasted grains, light roast, and some caramel and chocolate sweetness.

T - The taste is similar, with faded coffee that has a touch of metallic bitterness to it. More caramel and toasted biscuit and less roast here. Alcohol is well-hidden. Probably would have guessed this was a standard 7% porter (EDIT: Apparently the bottles ARE closer to 7%).

M - Smooth, albeit slightly watery medium body. Moderate carbonation, with some lingering stickiness in the finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - Eh. Perhaps this was better when the coffee had more oomph. Drinkable, but not really much to distinguish it from a number of other similar beers in this category.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep midnight black with hints of chocolate brown. Thick dark tan foam. Eventually fizzles out leaving lots of spotty lacing.

S - aroma is dense, decadent, and just cries out 'desert'. Smells like a coffee with creamer. Sugary lactose is strong. Malty notes create a milk chocolate character. Roast notes seem to come from the added coffee. Malt seems more silky and sweet.

T - sweet flavors on the tip of the tongue. Silky milk chocolate. Sweet cream. Roasty coffee beans come through in the center for balance. The deep coffee flavors entwine with the malty flavors. Backend is more sweet with a faint herbal hop character.

M - silky. Creamy. Medium bodied close to full. High tight scrubbing bubbles of carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O - nice beer. Definitely in the desert beer category. Bit too sweet for me, might have been better for me in a smaller format or paired with food.

Photo of themind
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich semi sweet aroma this porter is amazing! pours a beautiful head with a deep dark color. The taste is amazing! and excellent porter. The mouthfeel is perfect, what an incredible beer. Leave's a wonderful aftertaste this beer could be drank all night long. The coffee is subtle but still recognizable. If you like porters this masterpiece is waiting for you. I really like this and would purchase again. Bravo Kane Brewing! Bravo!

Bottom Line: Amazing Porter that stands tall against all opposition.

Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Solemn Oath snifter. Thanks to xnicknj for the beer!

A: Pours a dark black color with a brownish head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick, frothy ring that leave some sticky lace down the glass.

S: The lactose comes through with the roasted malts and fresh coffee grounds rounding it out. Candy bar cookie crust as well.

T: Lactose sweetness with a little milk dud bite to it. Some nougat and big coffee grounds. Bordering on espresso-like with some nice roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a little slickness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a nice drinkability.

O: Not the biggest fan of lactose, but the coffee notes overpower those and the roast provides a nice balance it all. The BA version is next on my wants list.

Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Jet black with 1 fingers of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Coffee & cream, milk chocolate, lactose, licorice and espresso.

Taste
Dark roast coffee & cream, milk chocolate and lots of milky lactose. Light notes of espresso, raisin and dark chocolate. Coffee grounds all around. Suggestions of dates and black licorice.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus body, sweet and smooth.

Overall
Load of coffee, loads of chocolate, some dark fruit and a milky sweetness. This gives the best coffee stouts/porters a run for their money.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick mocha colored head. Gobs of the dark foamy head leaves behind nice lacing on my glass. It's a very dark beer. The smell is very strong on the coffee and roasted malt. Nice highlights of cocoa as well.

Taste begins with a nice soft roasted flavor that refrains from becoming astringent or bitter like other porters and stouts can be when they seem to be over roasted. It progresses to a nice mocha flavor intermingling coffee and chocolate. It sweetens a little on the end, possibly due to the milk sugars. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with no hint of alcohol. Amazingly pleasant beer. By far the best milk stout I've had. A winner from Kane. Unfortunate that getting a bottle is such an ordeal.

Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a finger of a tan head. Body is opaque.

Smell: Lots and lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light dairy sweetness.

Taste: More coffee, though it is accompanied in the taste by equally large amounts of roasted malt. These are balanced very well by a nice malt sweetness as well as additional sweetness from the lactose.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the high end of medium. The finish is a mix of both slight sweetness along with a lingering coffee bitterness.

Overall: This is a VERY good beer. Complex and extremely well balanced. Probably my favorite Kane beer to date.

Photo of iJyuken
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time from a bottle, usually drink from a growler.

A: Pours a very large head. Mocha color compared to the jet black beer. was not expecting it due to the very low hiss when opening the bottle.

S: TONS of coffee, overly roasted malts. little sweet smell partially due to the lactose.

T: Coffee up front, coffee in the back. mellow roast flavor

M: Creamy but not overly creamy.

O: Another stellar brew from Kane. I prefer it in a growler but u must try it either way.

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Newest corked and caged from Kane Brewing, white label with in collaboration with Rook Coffee roasters and their logo on it as well. Really elegant bottle. Poured into a snifter straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a rather large head with an average pour. Uneven mocha head with some cheese holes throughout, jet black. Nice looking porter.

S: Cofee, coffee, coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Exactly what you'd expect from a coffee porter. Really heavy on the coffee.

T: Coffee once again. About as coffee forward as I've ever tasted. Simply delicious. Love the fresh bean taste. Almost like you ran a porter through a french press.

M: Creamy. I think the lactate suits this nicely. Almost like the cream in the coffee.

O: If you have to, trade for it. Kane doesn't disappoint and this is no different.

Photo of Roger85
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Kane snifter, both courtesy of wittyname.

Appearance: Pours black with a fingers worth of billowy tan foam. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass as it is drank.

Smell: Fantastic. You immediately get a strong whiff of roasted coffee. Lingering a bit underneath that is chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Front and center here is the coffee, a bitter roast that really complements the rest of the beer. In the middle you catch the roasted malts and start to taste the chocolate. The finish is dry and sweet and the chocolate really comes out to play. It really is amazing that the ABV is as high as it is, as this is immensely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: This is medium bodied, and I think almost perfect for this kind of beer. Not too heavy so you could enjoy it with breakfast if you wanted. I enjoyed it as an after dinner treat.

Overall: Really, really good brew from Kane. Very drinkable and delicious. A definite must try if you can get a hold of it.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.