Mexican Brunch | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
kanebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mexican Brunch, our Imperial Milk Porter made with Rook coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, cacao and chilies.

Added by Dustin_Sallitt on 05-21-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#85
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
502
pDev:
6.13%
 
 
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210
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49
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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by MrNate:
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sabtos
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd heard the chatter about the 2017 gusher bottles--and holy hell I can't believe there was a full refund to purchasers even though testing showed there was no sign of infection, just some nucleation from the spices--but my bottle was cool as a cucumber and didn't even begin to fizzle up as I opened it.

The pour is deep brown with black ribbons, filling to black, with a very large, dense creamy tan foam settling to a persistent creamy tan blanket with a clinging soft collar.

As it pours, an abundant, enveloping aroma of freshly ground coffee fills the room! Coming in closer, deeply caramelized brown sugar spikes up--identical to intentionally burning it at the bottom of the pot when prepping for Mexican coffee. A touch of vanilla with darkly intense and brooding notes of cinnamon bark nears fried French Toast, but also pulls towards savory mole, yet stays in between both somehow, with a faint hint of roasted chili smoke.

OMG the flavor is incredible! A slight hint of smoke and spice from the chili pepper pops in for a brief appearance, but a metric shit ton of dark roast coffee, almost dusty, but mostly earthy, nutty, and chocolatey, absolutely dominates. That amazing caramelized brown sugar kicks in, with decadent accents of cinnamon that simulates an artisanal cinnamon roll, all finishing smoky. I'm similarly perplexed here as I was with Sunday Brunch, even moreso now that there is the added element of chilies, because I'm not sure what contributes the smoke, but it's an excellent yet modest addition.

The body is smooth and round, medium to full, with a fine, wonderful carbonation that only slightly expands in a rounded way on the palate, before giving a slight tang with a semi-dry finish.

I liked Sunday Brunch slightly more. This had such a potent kick of coffee by comparison, it was a little overwhelming, but it may be because I opened it just after bottling. The two are very, very similar to each other though, and the Mexican element really only comes through moreso in the caramelized brown sugar, and less so in the chilies. Now, I may be associating caramelized brown sugar where it could in fact be maple. Whatever the case, it's unbelievably delicious, yet still somehow balanced and not at all cloying, just like Sunday Brunch.

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In December 2018 I had a 2016 bottle of Mexican Brunch and found it to be way more chocolatey than the more recent versions I've enjoyed. The cacao nibs really left their mark while everything else faded while some roasted chillies were more apparent. It was good but I love the direction they've taken it, only upping he quality.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this at EBF. Sampled 2-3 times and was blown away.

Kane really brought it to Boston. IMO, best selection of all breweries by a mile.

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Excellent melding of flavors to create a complex truly enjoyable beer.

Great job

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this a month or two ago and finally got around to this tonight. Had it on tap in small amounts up at the Cloverleaf Tavern but this was the first time I had a chance to enjoy a full bottle of it and boy, was it everything I hoped it would be. Balanced, smooth, and flavorful, this was a titan of a brew that made every aspect of an "Imperial Milk Porter" ring true, from start to finish!

I don't say this often but the pour was the *least* appealing aspect of this beer, and it wasn't even that bad! Of course, it appeared to be brown, relatively thin, and capped off with a tan head full of tiny bubbles that held their own as if they were solid. Not a lot of lacing was left behind but when you can smell coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa from across the room, who's to notice? All of those filled up my Kane goblet quite nicely as this seemed to be an Imperial version of the Carton Coffee but this wasn't even close to being one-dimensional. A mild roasted tone was topped off with a pronounced sweetness, bold milk chocolate taste and a mildly forward lactose sweetness that tied everything together. Unbelievably smooth for the amount of booze present, this never felt like an American Porter as the roasted and burnt notes could not be discerned over the brighter and sugary tones that characterized this. Hints of caramel and toffee were found in the aftertaste but if I had to venture a guess, the creamy, lactose-like characteristics of milk chocolate won out here as the end result was just a smile on my face.

With a bottle this big, there was enough booze to be felt by the time it was finished off. It tasted like a Coffee Porter but this was American since the roasted, toasty, and sticky aspects of an English Porter were nowhere to be found here. With that being said, this was American through and through since there since the coffee and chocolate characteristics easily won out over what this might have been "lacking". A clear winner, this ranks up with the Conclave's best and Carton's Coffee (Regular and Irregular) as the best offering *ever* produced in my flawed-but-beloved home state. Amazing stuff that deserves all the praised heaped upon it, this would be worth any effort to seek it out. Porters of any kind don't get better than this!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
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.

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Photo of Tony210
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very dark brown, light tan head

Smell: coffee, roast malts, maple, cinnamon

Taste: I notice the cinnamon a lot, not in an overpowering way. Chocolate follows, with some maple syrup, pepper is felt on the back of my throat very faintly.

Feel: creamy, sticky.

Overall: great dessert beer, sweet and yummy
9/21/17
Draft at brewery
4.75 rating

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

This needs to be bottled.

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Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lets start by saying this is the best beer brewed in new jersey period. Its everything you could ask for. Full body that coats the mouth. The flavors of coffee and peppers / spices hit in both the taste and aroma in the most perfect way one could ask for. Have had this beer many of times from its first release to the latest in both bottles and tap. Its well worth everything anyone has said about it in a positive manner.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Aslin's 2nd Anniversary. It is a taste that will long last in my memory. Quite easily one of the best Porters I have ever had. The cinnamon was strong, but not overbearing. It was a treat to behold. This beer is a must have if you can find it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a couple samples up at EBF.

Really great; their best non-IPA beer by far, and maybe their best beer. Like a better Mexican Cake from Westbrook which I love....tons of milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light spice that doesn't dominate.

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Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Here goes:

A: Not as good as the base beer, Morning Bell, but still good. Pitch black, but the lacing and head are rather lacking. Still love the color.

S: Good. Lots of spices. Cinnamon, brown sugar, chili peppers, and chocolate. While the scents are good, however, the malt is somewhat masked by the overly potent spices.

T: Lots of spice. Cinnamon, brown sugar and chili peppers mask the malt somewhat, but the beer is still very good.

F: Thick and creamy. Lovely.

O: Solid beer. Perhaps the spices were overdone, however.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pooles26
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnboy82
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really a wonderful beer all around.

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

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

11/12/17 @ MTKATL - Truly enjoyable! Coffee notes to the nose; medium body, well balanced

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Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of avas
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Beer pours a pitch black color with about two and a half fingers of tightly packed and quite pillowy cinnamon-colored head. Solid head retention--it fades slowly, ultimately settling as a ring around the edge of the glass. Very little light spots near the edge of the glass... This one is pretty much pitch black and opaque.

S: Big dark roast coffee pushing toward espresso billows out of the glass. The coffee note is intense, but it doesn't come off as overly bitter, with a low level of apparent acridity. It's balanced by a rich, sweet milk chocolate aroma that pushes back against the roastiness with a hefty amount of perceived sweetness. While those two aromas stand out, there's definitely some support provided by a light, smokey, charred-pepper-skin kinda thing along with an even lighter maple syrup note. Very pungent too--I can smell this one from several feet away.

T: Follows the nose... This is a chocolate/coffee bomb! Huge amounts of that dark roast coffee/espresso come through up front, accompanied by an uber dark, powdered chocolate flavor the drives the taste from start to finish. There's a touch of sweet maple syrup and some cinnamon that hits sharply (yet mildly) at the sides of the tongue, along with a bit of smokey pepper that appears toward the backend. But that coffee/chocolate combo is just overwhelming through the swallow. Aftertaste lingers seemingly without end... Seriously, I haven't taken a sip in 5 minutes and the flavors are all still there. It's like baker's cocoa mixed with a touch of espresso, a few drops of maple syrup, and maybe the faintest bit of charred Ancho shavings.

M: Very similar to Sunday Brunch, with a medium weight on the tongue, a delicate yet evenly full carbonation, and a lingering, seemingly never-ending aftertaste that just sticks to the edges of the mouth like maple syrup. It's definitely not a full mouthfeel, as it lacks the sludgy, heavy thickness that some bigger imperial stouts offer. However, I don't think this one necessarily needs that, and while I wouldn't be upset if it did, I'm not necessarily gonna knock it for the lack thereof. It balances richness with drinkability dangerously well, making it quite tempting to down a 750ml of this in a single sitting. If memory serves me correctly, this may be slightly sweeter than Sunday Brunch, but the finish is so well balanced on the bitter cocoa/espresso vs. sweet maple/chocolate scale.

O: Another excellent offering from Kane. I came into this with high expectations following Sunday Brunch, and this definitely met them. In comparison to SB, MB offers much more chocolate--not necessarily sweet, fudgy chocolate, but more bitter, powdered dark cocoa. This has the effect of amping up the coffee note and making it seem more espresso-like, which actually works well IMO given the slight smokey flavor offered by the peppers. But the other adjuncts (maple syrup, cinnamon), which I so thoroughly enjoyed in Sunday Brunch, definitely take a backseat here. While this is still remarkably balanced, it's not quite as perfect as Sunday Brunch. That being said, it's still excellent, and definitely one of the best porters I've ever had the good fortune of trying!

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Mexican Brunch from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 502 ratings