Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 96
Gots: 55 | FT: 6
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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 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 MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
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 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 Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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 mynie
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 AaronDz
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Getalegup
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like cold roast coffee, but w/ balanced bitterness, dry, not sweet, tiny bubbled foamy carbonation

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ served this to me in a chalice style glass.

This stout is very dark. You can't see any light through this one. There was no foam except for the small ring around the top.

You can really smell the rich coffee off the top. It smells like a really good roast. The coffee presence makes this to be a very good sipper.

This is another very good beer by Mike Kane.

Photo of axeman9182
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz growler, courstesy of njbeernerd. It was consumed over two nights, and poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Morning Bell pours jet black, with two to three fingers of caramel covered foam crowning the beer. Head retention is good, but lacing is pretty nonexistent. The nose suggests a base beer that's heavy on roasty chocolate, and it's well balanced by a coffee aroma that stops short of overpowering the beer. The flavor profile has a similarly nice balance between bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, though there's a tiny bit more astringent roastiness here. The body, while sturdy enough to support the malt and coffee flavors, stops well short of being viscous or chewy, making the beer more drinkable than you'd probably expect it to be. Carbonation is suitably muted for the style. Morning Bell's not a coffee bomb like a lot of beers that have coffee added tend to be. It's well brewed and well balanced. Right around the time it was released, Kane posted pictures of some freshly emptied bourbon barrels that they'd come into. I'm hoping this is one of the beers they filled them with.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 facundoCNB
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful black pour with a full 2 fingers of dark tan head, excellent lacing and head dissipation. this is probably the nicest looking beer i've ever poured from a growler. the wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas combine to make one hell of an amazing smelling beer. further scents of toasted grains and grassy hops. the flavor is nice and bitter up front of hops, then of black coffee.. then a sweet chocolatey flavor shines through, and finishes again on a bitter dark chocolate/roasted grain note. medium body with a thick creamyness to it that separates it from all other porters. nicely carbonated.

this is a hell of a beer. you can't taste the high abv, you can't even tell this is a porter because it drinks like a stout (a good thing, since the majority of porters are always too thin). definitely recommended.

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 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 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.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.