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Morning Bell - Kane Brewing Company

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 342
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 25.82%
Wants: 114
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xnicknj on 01-14-2013

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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 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 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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 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 xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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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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 ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

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.

Medium plus body, sweet and smooth.

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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 facundoCNB
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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