Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 100
Gots: 55 | FT: 7
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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 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 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 HopBomb515
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 Stinger80OH
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

PURE COFFEE deliciousness. Need I say more? Pours thick and dark with light tan head, heavy coffee aroma, rich coffee palate with hints of cocoa and vanilla. Very nicely done.

Photo of leantom
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yes, I'll be the first to admit that this beer is excellent. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a creamy white head and fantastic lacing. Looks good.

S: Smells better. Lots of milk chocolate, delicious coffee (like a latte, however - none of those overly bitter roasted grains), lactose sugar, and caramel. Sufficiently nutty as well. Amazing.

T: Absolutely out-of-this-world good. Tastes like a latte - loaded with milk, cream and sugar. Delicious.

F: Thick and creamy.

O: Fantastic beer. Kane really outdid itself with this one.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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 reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 Roger85
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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 mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/17/15 notes. Had a small pour of this once but drank half a bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black, with one finger of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

Amazing nose, super coffee grinds-ish, dark chocolate, espresso, milk, cream, vanilla, roasted malts and coffee, and toasted malts. Coffee dominates and smells great.
Taste has more dark chocolate dark roasted malts, Burnt and toasted malts, chalk, and light cream. Coffee is there in the taste but much lighter. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation

Overall a very good coffee porter with an amazing nose. Taste is lighter but the nose is perfect. Definitely worth checking out, wish the taste had a little more to it.

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 Jonada
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 stoutishmilkman
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 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.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
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