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Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 343
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 25.82%
Wants: 114
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 343
Photo of lupercmda
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow is this a coffee bomb. I am not a coffee drinker but thought this beer was well done. Can hardly tell it is a beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. Smelled just like coffee straight out of a pot.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of Kanes best offerings, which says a lot in itself. Review is off memory. The memorable part of this porter is the remarkable freshness the coffee taste brings. It's almost hard to tell this is a beer because of how remarkable the coffee is. Really excited for the next time this is bottled.

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Photo of leantom
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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%. This was probably the best coffee beer I've had all year. It was the perfect dessert after an excellent meal of wood fired pizza and charcuterie.

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Photo of Mikus
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow. This has all of the porter goodness. Ebony pour. Frothy tan head that stays about for a little bit. Coffee roast, some notes of chocolate, etc... But the mouthfeel is soo creamy. I've never had a porter like this. Very, very good.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer and am very glad it will be coming back each year. The bottled 2015 version is an absolute coffee bomb and I prefer it to the bottled 2013 version. Such a great American porter.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of AaronDz
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of antott0523
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.77/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.