Mexican Brunch
Kane Brewing Company

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #4
Ranked #111
4.57 | pDev: 6.13%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Mexican BrunchMexican Brunch
Notes: Mexican Brunch, our imperial milk porter made with Rook coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, cacao and chilies.
Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 592 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention before settling into a ring around the glass

S- aroma opens with a heavy mocha cream notes from the combination of lactose and and cocoa, as well as an earthy espresso note that adds a bit of cracked pepper. Sweet maple, vanilla cream and rich chocolate. The close adds spiced notes of cinnamon and pepper skin, as well as more rich mocha espresso to close it out

T- earthy and peppery coffee notes up front are immediately complimented by sweet notes of whipping cream, caramel and rich maple. Mid-palate starts to develop a rich dark chocolate mocha flavor that carries into a finish that brings out cinnamon and pepper, with the pepper providing just a hint of heat. Lingers of espresso, heavy cream and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, velvety warming finish

O- all of the adjuncts work harmoniously with the milk sugars providing a perfect mouthfeel, outstanding

Dec 23, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The poured a murky black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - The nose was rich sweet chocolate. It may have been a chocolate maple combination.

Taste - Chocolate really stood out in the initial taste. It brought to mind chocolate cola. There were also notes of coffee, maple, and a touch of cinnamon. I knew this was not Mexican Cake, but I expected more heat from the chilies. The rest of the profile was well balanced.

Mouthfeel - The feel was slick with sweetness and modest carbonation.

Overall - I thought the beer was tasty, but I expected a bit more. Mainly, it lacked spice.

Aug 08, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (750 ml) bottle into a muffin top taster pint; produced in 2019. Have to thank my friends Elina and Bob for obtaining this for me.
A: Pours a black color with ruby highlights, a one to two finger, light brown head, solid, more than rim retention, and rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of milk chocolate, cafe au lait,, raisins, and Irish whiskey.
T: Sweet. Flavor flow from the nose, with the addition of licorice and walnut. Very, very much balanced bitterness.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: Wanted to try this for years and wasn't disappointed. A really delicious, American Imperial Porter.

Dec 07, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overwhelming smell of dark cacao, even from a distance. Chilies and coffee add accents. Just a hint of bourbon mash and maple.

Bourbon and cinnamon both present on the palate up front, but the chocolate quickly makes itself known, with maple coming on mid-palate. Coffee is most obvious on the back half. In totality, it’s similar to a chocolate coated espresso bean ... just also coated in maple syrup and bourbon. Very minor vegetal notes from the chilies; no heat.

Very drinkable. Extremely rich. Very, very sweet. Definitely a sipper and a dessert beer.

Nov 11, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass via bottle

Color is rusty mocha brown

Smell is cinnamon and coffee

Taste is coffee up front followed next by the cinnamon and a slight chili burn..just enough to make its presence felt

Low carbonation

Mouthfeel is creamy and light

Another exceptional porter from Kane, and perhaps my favorite

Aug 28, 2019
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folkstar from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liquid dessert!! Awesome notes of coffee .. cinnamon adds a creamy feel, Chilies come forward as it warms . Very balanced , i appreciate how this doesn’t go over the top sweet— it has the right amount of fudgey notes, followed by a bitter bite while
Still being and creamy smooth! As a milk stout, I appreciate that this has enough body without being too thin or overwhelming.

Mar 30, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this bottle on my wish list for a while - probably since the first time I tried Abraxas. I'd hoped it might be similar, or even better.

Mexican Brunch isn't exactly what I'd hoped, but it does have a very pleasant balance - the chilis are mild, while the nibs have more of a baker's chocolate quality - not too cloying, not too sweet, not too spicy. It's quite pleasant - I certainly prefer Abraxas, but this is a very nice beer as well. I appreciate that the carbonation isn't super aggressive - it's very easy-drinking.

Mar 25, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a surprisingly translucent brown coming out of the bottle, but settles into something much more opaque with dark cherry red fringes. I guess this is "only" a porter after all. Creamy, whipped cream tan head with some aggressively sticky lacing. Leaves a fine film on the edges of my glass. The head color is simply divine.

S - burst of chile pepper with spiced hot chocolate and cinnamon powder. Getting the usual spice suspects a la cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice. Nails those Mexican Hot Chocolate vibes.

T - fresh and lively flavors of iced coffee, chili powder (sans heat), and cool whip. Sharp dark chocolate, two creams, and brown sugar. Whipped cacao butter. Maple smooths out any harsh chili heat, and we're just left with pepper flavor, none of the undesirable spiciness.

F - far creamier than I was expecting, based on the look and nose. Buttered cream, but light enough to make this exceedingly palatable. As close to drinking a cloud as you're gonna get. Soft as that steering wheel cover I got my gf for Christmas. It was so soft, I almost got into an accident because I couldn't stop dragging my hands around it in a circle.

O - delightfully restrained in its balance of flavor. I'm reminded that it's just a porter, and Kane makes every attempt to keep this light and playful, while honing in on the flavors they're after. Mexican Hot Chocolate. Don't have to worry about those heavy stout flavors clouding the focus here. Lactose rounds off all the sharp corners and we're left with something not quite what I was expecting, but perhaps better.

Feb 16, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/2017 - The nose is out of control - cinnamon, coffee, cardamom for days; amazing flavors akin to the nose with some spice; solid mouthfeel for an imperial porter; lactose, roast goes on and on!

Sep 27, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From Labor Day weekend notes:
Gentle to moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a dark brown body with nice lacing.
Nose of maple, cinnamon, and coffee.
Taste mirrors nose with the chilies coming through very nicely.
Nice feel and overall, I'm grateful I finally got to try this bad boy.

Sep 20, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.7/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost entirely dark color with a bigger, soft beige head, collapsing to a coating ring of lacing.

Smells of toasty coffee beans dipped into maple syrup, topped off by a generous amount of cinnamon. This creates a complex, earthy impression, countered by warm chilies and chocolaty bitter cocoa nibs. A milky, soothing, flowery note evolves from this, emphasizing roasted coffee with a sweet edge to it.

Has a very silk, lighter mouthfeel to it, with a helping thickness from the syrup, complimented by a low level of carbonation. Makes the beer easy drinking, while, at the same time it provides an ongoing, long lasting flavor evolution on the tongue.

Tastes of milk coated cinnamon roll among charred coal, milk chocolate and a gentle dryness from the red berries inheriting coffee. Turns even silker after that, with a sweet, maple syrup peak to it among roasty hazelnuts and molasses. Finishes with a slowly evolving coffee dryness from the well entangled coffee with a well working companionship of cinnamon and syrup.

Not really picking up any chilies, mouthfeel on this is almost a little thin, but the interplay of the remaining ingredients makes up for it, as they provide a great intensity on the palate. The adjuncts dominate the flavors, while they create a great composition among themselves.

Aug 25, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has fresh roasted coffee, even crushed coffee beans. Taste has bittersweet coffee with sugar, quite balanced flavors, malty background, light chili heat on the finish.

May 21, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Copenhagen Beer Fest. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head.

S - Aromas of HUGE coffee and cinnamon, simply bursts out of the glass. Just a little bit of chile.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Superb coffee and cinnamon notes, little bit of heat, excellent chocolate and fudge.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, crewy. Great body.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal porter. The coffee and cinnamon here are just excellent. Big and bold.

Serving Type: on tap

Mar 13, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a lot going on here and it's all good. To me chocolate stood out the most with cinnamon and coffee in the background. I was looking for a bit of spice but couldn't find it. A delicious beer but I think I prefer the simplicity of Morning Bell. nb

Feb 21, 2018
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. Wow. This one is off the charts delicious! The head is modest but it is a beautiful deep dark brown with a small amount of khaki head that fades into a light ring around glass and patches of foam on the surface. I find the coffee and cinnamon are most prevalent on the nose but you get a hint of the chocolate. The flavor is just remarkable, coffee, cinnamon, chiles come through first, the maple and cacao are on the finish which is just smooth and delightful. Kane knocked this one out of the park.

Dec 25, 2017
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a very dark brownish black color with a hearty mocha colored cap. Bubbly carb, light lacing.

Cocoa and spice, some coffee, sweet maple.

I picked up more chocolate and coffee, the cinnamon and heat were less pronounced. Maple sweetness.

Light porter body, slightly thin. Drank easily so I was cautious of sneaky alcohol. The flavors and touch of heat in the finish carried the drinkability.

The flavor blend carried the brew. On the better end of porters for me.

Dec 23, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


On tap at Brewery.

A little disappointed. A nice medium spicy stout, but lacking the thickness and superior flavor of Sunday Brunch.


On tap at uno

4.09 up to 4.30. This sample is better than my previous.


Happy Cinco de Mayo. After sampling the 2019 batch 3 times (once on tap, twice from bottles), I am convinced that this version is better than the 2017 batch I had. Great flavors and aromas.

This was side by side with the BBA Mexican Brunch. The BBA is smoother, but maybe tamps down some of the flavor as well. It will probably land a similar overall rating.



Dec 22, 2017
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Hop_God from California

4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep black to chocolate the best fit creamy small white bubbles Caramell to Brown’s head frothy like a cuppa coffee that’s been blended with an immersion blender

S: Literally smells like everything on the label I get maple I get sweet cocoa I want some hints of coconut Chili’s subtle spice dark chocolate hot chocolate

T: Spicy hot chocolate creamy melted chocolate called in the refrigerator for an hour and 23 minutes

F: Really soft really creamy very light the only thing that it could be a little bit thicker it’s a little bit watery but otherwise lovely great finish awesome aftertaste of that light hinted space lots of chocolate lots of

O: do you have a delightful barrel aged this is probably out rages Lee insane

Nov 13, 2017
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jakenap from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 release. Drank on 10/16/2017 out of belgian style tulip.

Look: poured black with small, foamy head. no overflow after opened like many others experienced with these release.

Smell: cinnamon, coffee, maple, cocoa. great smell on this one.

Taste: cinnamon comes through first and fades into coffee/chocolate, then some maple sweetness. the chile pepper came through but was hard to pick out over the cinnamon.

Feel: classic light/med body porter, nice and light but not thin in mouthfeel.

Overall: this is a great beer if you can get your hands on it, this gets extra points because Kane refunded all the money because a few people experienced overflows after opening. Great action by a great brewery. Def a personal favorite, and def a favorite from my home state.

Nov 06, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours near-black with a mocha head.

The nose and taste resemble Morning Bell with less coffee and some cinnamon toast crunch and smokiness. Very drinkable for the ABV. The mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, this wasn't as mind-blowing as I expected it to be but it's still a 9+/10. I prefer Sunday Brunch.

Oct 28, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a touch thin but that is to be expected considering it is a porter. Sits cola brown and opaque in the glass with light khaki foam around the edge of the glass. At first the smell is lactose sweet but as it warms up you get some strong chocolate notes and just a hint of chili pepper. The smell did not prepare you for the explosion of taste when you finally sip it. Sweet chocolate on the front end with a sweet cinnamon Center. Not really any heat to speak of but there are some pepper notes. Not really any specific maple flavor but it is definitely sweet. It feels a touch watery but still has a modicum of body. Overall this beer is excellent. Tastes more like an Italian capuccino than a Mexican stout but I am not complaining.

Oct 27, 2017
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Not a gusher.

A: Pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki colored head. Very good retention with a solid ring and some swirls of foam.

S: Cinnamon and coffee feature, alongside dark dry chocolate, noticeable red chili, maple, and light roastiness.

T: Cinnamon, hot cocoa, and roastiness in the forefront, with a backbone of medium roast coffee and light vanilla bean, finishing pretty dry with just a hint of red chili heat and a punch of cinnamon. Not picking up any maple.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Fairly creamy. Mild alcohol warmth and a hint of a bite.

O: Pretty tasty adjunct imperial stout. Dry enough, with sufficiently balanced flavors, that this is quite drinkable. The chili and maple come through much more when it hits cellar temp.

Oct 23, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. I won the lottery! Then we all got our money back! Kane is ridiculously awesome for doing that. For the record, 1 of my 5 bottles ended up with the surge problem. Still tested the same great taste.

So this is Morning Bell, which I love as is, with maple syrup, cinnamon, and chili.

L: 2F tan head with moderate retention. Leaves little lacing, but a cap and ring. Beer is jet black.

S: Coffee, dairy lactose, cinnamon, maple, cocoa explosion. Just off the hook. What perfect scores were made for.

T: Generally speaking, follows nose. Coffee, cinnamon, and roasted malts up front, cocoa and maple through middle along with creamy dairy, and slight chili heat in finish along with some burned malts and caramel. Full of flavor.

F: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation. Construction superb, balance of all these things strong, but tiny dock for heat lingering maybe longer than it should.

O: Just ridiculously good and Kane deserves so much credit for or how it handled this year. And now to find Sunday Brunch to complete the journey.

Oct 21, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a killer beer, quite deserving of its highly regarded status, and a pretty righteous use of maple syrup, but i think i just like their sunday brunch better. i lose quite a bit of the coffee roasted bitterness here to the spiciness of the chilis and the cinnamon. i mean, there is amazing balance between all the added ingredients here, and you can surely appreciate each element on its own as well as appreciate its contribution to the whole, dont get me wrong, but i liked the simplicity of the coffee and the maple too. the cocoa adds a nice bittering low end along with the roasted malt, and i get a unique floral honey thing in here too, odd in such a huge and flavorful and dark beer, but there it is. the cinnamon is warming with the alcohol, and the maple makes this wintery and cozy. its not overdone, but its awfully flavorful, and probably as close to the line with adjuncts as i like to get most of the time. still really maple forward, but not as driven by it as the sunday brunch is. cool beer, powerfully flavored, neat balance though, and smooth and rich to drink on. these guys have blown me away in limited exposure, i need to find a way to get more of their beers in me! as good as any of the more well known beers made in this style...

Oct 20, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Copenhagen beerfest
Smaller head, dark black color
Nose loads of coffee, fresh roasted coffee, espresso, little cookie, roast and chocolate
Taste loads of roast, char, coffee, espresso, fudge, chocolate, little pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, caramel
Mouth is thick chewy, good carb

Oct 20, 2017
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 592 ratings