Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 99
Gots: 54 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a mini-snifter.

After a week-long journey from the east coast, I was nervous the carbonation would be gone, but this held up. There's a beautiful frothy, chewy khaki head, extensive lacing, and a thick film of lace that settles over the body. The body is black as coffee. 5

The coffee aroma is tremendous and hit my nose on the pour and wafts to my nose as I take these notes. Even from a distance I'm detecting sweet, milky caramel and chocolate and a coffee bean smell. The coffee has a bit of a roasted aroma and seems pretty stiff like I may get a jolt from this brew. Closer examination offers some spicy bean notes too. 4.25

Coffee is the dominant party here. Dark roasted-like flavors and some of the bitter flavor of coffee straight. Mid-palate brings creamier and sweeter elements, caramel, sweet milk and toffee before a lingering dark chocolate flavor on the finish. I keep noticing hints of funk, earthiness and dirty sock that come and go, that offer an interesting side to the beer. Not bad really, just different. 4

Excellent balance here. Roasted, sweet and creamy, and moderately bitter at the finish. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation a tad beneath that, reinforcing the creaminess. 4.25

This is good. Very good. I really enjoy it. I'm a bit torn on the taste as there are definitely occasional moments of intense earthiness, but otherwise this was great.

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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 antott0523
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Webbydag1
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is THE best coffee porter I have ever had. The aroma and REAL coffee notes are fantastic.

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

Soooo much coffee. Incredible flavor, and absurdly drinkable at a shade over 9%.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown and garnet red highlights as well as some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a creamy and foamy dense dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with moderate to strong aromas of cocoa and coffee (freshly roasted beans).

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some moderate to heavy amounts of cocoa and dark chocolate. After that, there are strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee and just a touch of milk stout (lactose) sweetness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Moderate to heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is dangerously easy to drink with a nice depth and complexity of flavor and extremely well hidden alcohol (is this really 9.2% ABV). Very enjoyable and definitely one I would recommend.

Photo of iJyuken
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Mikus
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee. Absolute coffee nose, coffee flavors, and coffee vibe. Teetering with the edge of too much coffee. Luckily this lands just to the side of restraint. Solid porter beneath, and just enough residual sweetness to keep it from being overpowered by the java. You can tell that this was top notch coffee going in. Impressive, and unfortunately that don't fill growlers. The wife really loved it too.

Photo of themind
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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 justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth. Hints of hazelnuts, bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Medium, luscious mouthfeel. As it warms up, I'm getting some maple syrup. Solid.

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Zonk
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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 captainkrad
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing coffee flavor without the harsh aftertaste. Smooth and creamy like coffee candy.

Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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 brentk56
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
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 ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A near midnight black body with a fluffy khaki cap. The head sits at one+ fingers and recedes slowly. Big, clingy lace all over the glass.

Bold coffee up front on the nose with rich milk chocolate and mild roast underneath. A very nice balance without the coffee being too overpowering.

Rich roast malt rolls onto the palate with milk chocolate and cocoa through the middle. Fresh coffee beans leap through the finish. Complex, but yet not. The higher abv is barely noticeable.

Medium body, smooth, and just a touch creamy. Lingering roast and a bit of coffee astringency.

A damn fine coffee porter that really impresses. A little more roundness to this beer and we have an upper echelon porter.

Photo of Chas58
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler filled at Freebridge Wine and Beer Store in Phillipsburg, NJ into my Firestone Walker Nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a viscous black with a head that build up from the pour and leaves an inch high head with a brown tint and beautiful brownish lacing.

Smell -  A beautiful aroma of deep rich malt, coffee, and cooca, The coffee smell is exceptionally strong, pungent and oh so pleasant. Very similar to the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. This is a very strong but very inviting aroma, but does reveal the strength of this from an upcoming taste and alcohol level perspective. 

Taste - Deep rich roasted malt with a very strong bittering from the hops as well as from the strong taste of coffee. This has the richness and depth of taste of the better Porters I have had, and a really complex profile. The alcohol is almost completely hidden but with this clocking in at 9.2% ABV, it can be a dangerously drinkable Porter.

Mouthfeel  - This has a very tight carbonation with a nice moderate amount. The beer is very smooth with slightly less bite and burn than one would expect from a high ABV beer. A residue is deposited on the palette with a cocca/coffee taste to it. Very similar to that from chocolate which is high in cocca content.

Overall  - This is a really exceptional beer. Kane has done a wonderful job crafting this beer into a very drinkable yet deep, complex and spectacular Porter. I am not sure I have head one better, and would clearly place this on the list of some of the more exceptional winter season beers.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite coffee porter. In my mind, it beats out victory at seas (which is also delicious don't get me wrong). Dark roasted coffee over an imperial porter - nice, heavy, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Kane has changed morning bell a couple of times I had one of the first few batches when it was 11%. Have a bottle I will be opening soon that is... 9%?

Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Big roasted coffee nose with dark chocolate notes. Taste is slightly vegetal coffee grounds, cocoa and char at the back. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin-bodied with a slightly assertive carbonation and a hint of acidity. Overall - meh. Smells better then it tastes.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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 xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler from the brewery - poured into tulip

Opaque blackness with a tuft of tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, retaining well while leaving patchy spots of lacing on the glass.

Slightly rich scents of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Milky with residual sweetness and soft alcohol warmth.

Plenty of coffee beans right up front with slight bitterness and creamy milk. Sweetness driven by dark chocolate and roasted dark malts with hints of molasses. Rich coffee bean flavor with a spike of booze in the finish.

Fuller body, creamy and smooth on the tongue, nicely carbonated. Well balanced, tasty imperial milk porter - the coffee was featured nicely and the alcohol remained in check despite clocking in over 9% abv.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
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