Sunday Brunch
Kane Brewing Company

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #2
Ranked #90
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Sunday BrunchSunday Brunch
Notes: Formerly known as Morning Bell W/ Cinnamon & Maple Syrup

Imperial Milk Porter w/ coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon
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Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy dark tan head; good retention.

Nose is full of roasted barley, dark coffee, maple syrup, and brown sugar, and accented by cinnamon.

Sweet, creamy, and rich on the palate - not unlike egg nog. The coffee adds a sharp earthiness that barely manages to cut through the maple and cinnamon. Big creamy milk porter base is a lovely jumping off point for these flavors. Could use more coffee flavor, but the maple is a wonderful balance, bringing the exact right amount of sweetness, along with a woody note.

Full bodied, sticky, and with a little bit of alcohol heat. I really like the way the alcohol isn't hidden hear, but it's incredibly drinkable and easy to savor.

This is a wonderful beer, worthy of consideration as one of the best maple stouts/porters. The higher ABV provides more of a body than FB MBCP, while keeping it single digits makes it more approachable than many other cinnamon flavored stouts.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a traditional porter, black with a tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Nose is all expected, coffee, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Get some bakers chocolate as well. Taste follows the nose. Feel is luscious, but not oil thick. Overall, a great porter! Sweet aspects that do not become cloying

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge like Hulk when he borrowed Barry Bond’s “vitamin supplements.” Huge, I’m talking huge coffee flavors like a hungover Sunday at Starbucks. But this beer wasn’t brewed with Starbucks. This is quality hipster coffee like the dork that lives below you who rides a fixie with a handlebar mustache to work. The only thing Raul isn’t feeling is the sweet maple syrup (cause your boi ain’t into sweetness), but it’s still quality. Also, I wish the mouthfeel in the end was a lil more viscous. It’s not bad. It’s not Martha Hunt super model skinny, but I’d prefer if it was Ashley Graham large.


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Photo of Jlabs
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass via bottle

Color is deep brown with mocha foam

Smell is copious amounts of cinnamon, coffee and maple syrup

Taste is a huge blast of cinnamon up front followed by the bitter roasty coffee and ending with the sweetness of the maple syrup
No alcohol burn at all

Carbonation is low
And mouthfeel is full and creamy

This is one hell of a porter!

all the flavors blend nicely here and create a fantastic beer..i need more of this stuff!

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kane absolutely nailed this one. Silky smooth porter with abundant maple syrup, cinnamon and roasted malt flavor. Best porter that I've had, bar none.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is black with mahogany colors on the edges, underneath a dense tan head. The first note on the nose is rich coffee - wow. This literally reminds me of brunch. There’s also a significant cinnamon component. I am now officially salivating.

The maple and cinnamon are more prominent on the taste, which really elevates this, IMHO, because they are the perfect balance to the roasty coffee flavors, and admit milk chocolate flavors to the imperial porter dance party Kane has served up.

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy, which fits this beer perfectly. This flavor profile (chocolate, coffee, maple) is popular, and Kane absolutely nailed this with the cinnamon addition.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Kane 1/10. Allowed to warm as I could.

L: Light tan head with good retention. Leaves a bit of a ring. Dark black.

S: Lot going on here. Roasted malts, cinnamon, maple, coffee. Roasty and on point.

T: Follows nose in waves of flavor. Cinnamon and coffee up front, then maple and roastiness come in and hang out for a while.

F: Full bodied, not much carbonation. Full points for high level of difficulty in construction and balance and they pull it off wonderfully.

O: So worth the wait. Hope it's not another four years before the next one.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What truly surprises me about Sunday Brunch is, in spite of being a non barrel-aged beer, just how complex and layered it is. The coffee is smooth and lightly roasty. The maple isn't super forward but it adds body and subtle, excellent flavor - tasting quite natural, by the way. The beer has great body and drinks easily. I really like this one - I can't imagine drinking a whole bottle by myself, but definitely enjoyed sharing this one with friends.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet black ebony hue with minimal frothing. Complex aroma replete with hints of chocolate, and cream. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of mkh012
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer lives up to the hype. All of the ingredients are discernible but aren't overpowering. Nice notes of maple, mocha, and cinnamon. Medium+ mouthfeel. Minimal booze. Awesome.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color. Tons of nice sweet coffee and cinnamon. Milk and dark chocolate, roasted Malta, cream, and light molasses and maple. Thick body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

A great stout; so glad I have several bottles of this.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
Pours a deep black color with a creamy khaki head that has good retention. Smells of cinnamon, maple, french toast, and herbal flat coffee undertones. Tastes of coffee and cinnamon up front, followed by dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and caramel. The finish brings out sweet maple and more coffee. Medium body and medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

03/2015 - I've always a fan of this; awesome cinnamon and coffee, without either being overpowering, on the nose; lactose and vanilla ensure a nice sweetness on the palate; relatively thick body, especially for the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Aroma has fresh roasted coffee beans, toasted malt and espresso notes. Taste has bittersweet coffee, cold brew and a fresh, roasty bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While placing the imperial porter at the end of any session makes a lot of sense when it comes to impact on the palate, as it's usually the strongest flavored beer of the day, coffee stouts can get in touch with out inner insomniac. But the imperial coffee porter of Kane Brewing is strong in its effects while carrying a caffeinated jolt; perfectly suited for pick-me-up and put-me-down of brunch.

Sunday Brunch is a formidable dark ale of such character and placement as it pours a sparsely headed black appearance, looking like dark roasted coffee immediately to the eye. Its onyx-like sheen precedes a decadent and roasty scent that's laced with maple, spice, cocoa and coffee. Its strong taste greets the tongue with a hearty sweetness of maple, molasses, caramel and toffee.

Its decadence resumes across the middle palate as the sweetness turns to robust. French press coffee, black walnut, dark chocolate wrap around the caramel and cream and ushers in a bittersweet finish with rich suggestions of coconut, cinnamon and kahlua.

Full in body, the lavish stout is mild enough in texture to mimic the feel of a creamy, sugar sweetened espresso except with a Mexican hot chocolate under current. Spiced with a bourbon glaze, the oaken attitude of charred woods, vanilla, caramel and peppery tannins play a sweet and spicy tune on the after palate.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Rick. Inky black pour, small beige head. Roast grains, coffee, cinnamon on the aroma. Taste brings a bit of ashy notes, more of the roast grains, mild coffee, cinnamon, french toast without the syrup.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first whiff and sip of this beer is incredible. Cinnamon stands out most prominent over the nice coffee in the background. It's like a warm cinnabun. The only problem with this beer is it's quite sweet and it starts to take its toll if you have a whole glass. nb

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Photo of danh53
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a think mocha head. Rich milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of maple and a milkshake mouth feel. All the flavors were popping months after the release.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell was awesome. Nice cinnamon and maple. The initial flavor was what threw me. Almost like an apply flavor in the front, that melded into a maple bomb. Smelled great. Initial flavor not great. Back end flavor, decent. 3.6

EDIT: Tried it for a second time, and I think my first bottle was a bad one. Everything came together very nicely with all the flavors. No apple, but lots of maple and cinnamon. Great beer

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pour is medium dark brownish/black body, one finger light reddish/brown head, good retention and bits of lacing. Smell is heavily roasted coffee bean, sort of slightly burnt in a way, milk chocolate, cinnamon, a bit of green pepper and espresso. A bit weird at first, I think the coffee and cinnamon combined to make it smell a bit burnt. Flavour is much better though, not a ton of maple syrup but neither is it too sweet. Cinnamon lingers the background throughout, perhaps contributing a slight green pepper, black coffee and dark fruit, a fair bit of milk chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and substantial, good carbonation and a smooth chocolate-forward finish. It kind of tastes like cinnamon sprinkled on chocolate frosting, in a good way.

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Photo of Tony210
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich chocolate black color that is impervious to light. 2 inch tan head quickly fades to a light brown ring around the glass. Cinnamon dominates the nose, followed swiftly by Maple and coffee. Cinnamon and maple also dominate upon first sip, coffee moves in afterward and smoothes out the finish. This is definitely a full-bodied beer, carbonation is minimal and perfect. Overall a delicious and flavorful beer, none of the flavors overwhelmed or dominate, they are perfectly mingled together.

Bomber from brewery
5 rating
2017 vintage

2018 vs 2019 Vertical
2019: coffee dominates the nose and taste, has a bitterness from the coffee.
2018: coffee has completely faded, all I taste is maple syrup and cinnamon, tastes a lot sweeter than the new beer.


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Photo of Furlinator
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017.
Opaque near black with a half inch khaki head that quickly disappears completely leaving only whisps of lace. The smell is of freshly brewed coffee, subtle maple and a hint of cinnamon. The taste follows with dark roast coffee and cream perfectly complimented by maple syrup and subtle cinnamon. Medium texture with low carbonation. Fantastic flavors flawlessly blending together. World class.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer but the cinnamon was overwhelming to me. Literally everything else about this beer was great but man that cinnamon almost kind of ruined the whole experience.

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Photo of leantom
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. Reminds me of a Morning Bell w/ less lactose sugar (i.e., less milky). Here goes:

A: Pitch black - pours a nice, white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Can't fault it.

S: Outstanding! Best thing about the beer. I love Rook coffee and was delighted to detect it in the scent. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and some malty syrup. Great.

T: Follows the nose. Deep coffee and chocolate tastes. Syrup is a little too sweet, however, and I believe that this detracts from the beer somewhat. However, it's still great.

F: Nice and thick.

O: Great beer. If you love coffee, this is your thing.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sunday Brunch pours coffee brown but fills to matte black with a fluffy tan head leaving creamy lace. The head slowly dies to a creamy blanket that retains throughout.

This brew is the definition of aromatic. How does this sound: freshly ground cinnamon drenched in maple syrup with some Bailey's! Earthy, roasty coffee levels out what might otherwise verge into confection territory, including raisin and date, and there's even some cigar smoke--where from, I'm not sure.

On the palate this beer starts with a complex blend of dark, earthy roasted coffee that exhibits some cocoa elements. Tons of maple syrup-soaked cinnamon brings to mind French toast with raisins. Again, a smokiness emerges in flavor as well, evoking cigar, and adding complexity. I'm not sure if this is the cinnamon, the maple, the coffee, or something else like the malt. Maybe it's a combination of them all, but whatever the case, the hint of smoke is an excellent and unexpected addition. This literally tastes like brunch, and towards the end of the bottle it takes on an almost bacon-waffle combo that's just ridiculous.

Feel is moderately thick for a Porter--possibly a contribution of the lactose. Smooth yet a little sticky, this is very easy to drink unlike some of the other overly-cloying or coffee-bomb breakfast beers out there.

There's really not too much of any one attribute. It is odd to say that something with this much going on achieves balance, but in it's own way, everything is working together. Sunday Brunch is absofuckinglutely delicious and easily puts some of the other, more widely-revered breakfast beers to shame.

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Sunday Brunch from Kane Brewing Company
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