Morning Bell
Kane Brewing Company

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #27
Ranked #1,125
4.32 | pDev: 7.87%
May 01, 2022
Jan 14, 2013
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Notes: Our imperial milk porter brewed with Rook Coffee Roasters dark roast Sumatra coffee. We added a healthy amount of milk sugar to an already complex, dark malt bill to sweeten and balance the bold flavors and roasty bitterness of the coffee. The result of this collaboration is a full bodied porter with big bold flavors and remarkable smoothness.
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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Typical of a porter in color with a nice head that dissipates quickly into a thin glass gripping lacing. Nose is dark coffee without the bitter head. Taste is coffee with a smooth sweetness feeling due to the lactose I am guessing. Not much of a follow through. Good porter.

May 01, 2022
4.38 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by edthehead from New York

So smooth, great nose, and not overly sweet!

Mar 27, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by dalevins10 from New Jersey

This is a fantastic beer. Bravo Kane!

May 30, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Decide between beer and coffee no more. Kane Brewing teams up with Rook Coffee Roasters for what culminate in a creamy, boozy cappuccino, the duo brews an imperial porter and simply slathers it with milk sugars and coffee.

With the viscosity of milkshake and in a very dark brown tone, Morning Bell patiently separates its beer from froth in nearly cascading action. As its creamy mousse builds upon the rim, a cream-filled scent of vanilla, chocolate, nougat and java milkshake all come to mind. In similar fashion, the first sip reveals a decadently malted taste of malted milk chocolate candies, sweet latte, vanilla cream and marshmallow.

With full saturation of the tastebuds, the middle palate becomes easily seduced by the toasty sweetness that the Porter provides. Deliciously smooth with vanilla and cream, the edges of the roast are softened and the sweetness of caramel, toffee and sorghum take an edge off of the moderate roast. As a light coffee bitterness builds toward the end, the beer balances with a toastier, nuttier edge.

Full, creamy and lavish on the tongue, Morning Bell is a nearly perfect coffee beer that uses Porter instead of Stout to sell the finer nuances of coffee better. Smooth, effortless and relaxed on the senses, the beer finishes malty-sweet and with a long toasty-sweet aftertaste with hints of kahlua.

May 28, 2021
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 07, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you TheGent for this
32 oz crowler poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some caramel, roasted malts, some lactose.

T- Chocolate, coffee, lactose, roasted malts, hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- An excellent coffee porter, very easy to drink. I really like how this comes together and is balanced. Just as good as the vanilla version and I feel this would be great in bourbon barrels

Aug 17, 2020
5 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey on Apr 05, 2020
4.43 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2020
4.58 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2020
4.45 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2020
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2019
4.43 by BeerBeast from Florida on Oct 29, 2019
4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Sep 28, 2019
4.24 by user785335 from Florida on Jul 12, 2019
4.31 by SFC21 from Florida on Jul 07, 2019
4.15 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jun 13, 2019
4.43 by Curt3 from New Jersey on May 30, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with two and a half fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good, leaving a dense, pillowy cloud of khaki foam for a long time. Aroma is medium-roast, medium-bodied coffee, chocolate, lactose and roasty and toasty malts. It smells fairly light considering the ABV. Flavor profile is smooth, hitting notes of roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts through and through. Medium-bodied coffee, chocolate, and toffee add additional complexity and sweetness to this morning cup of coffee. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a splendid, creamy texture. Overall, heavy coffee within a medium bodied stout keep this beer drinking so incredibly smooth. Alcohol is nondescript.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

May 23, 2019
4.28 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Mar 22, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Dark brown, approaching black, with a massive and lasting mocha-colored foam head.

Big chocolatey, nutty aroma with dark roast coffee and milk layered on top.

Very sweet, but the sweetness is cut a bit by the coffee. Chocolate, sugar, milk and coffee are what stand out.

Medium bodied with a milky feel and slow-building carbonation.

Much sweeter than I expected, but I drink my coffee black.

Mar 10, 2019
4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 09, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

Bottled May 2017 Black as night with a THICK khaki head that slowly fades leaving above average lacing around the glass and a thick layer of foam on the surface. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is very dark roast coffee forward still. You read a lot about how coffee adjuncts fade over time and it's best to drink them earlier than later but there is no way that is the case with Morning Bell. The coffee is so present and distinct but there is also a nice chocolate that ingles with roasted malts and molasses like sweetness. Carbonation is light but that lends to a smooth finish. The body is full and the bitterness is subtle. Top notch beer even after 19 months.

Dec 25, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hopsputin from New Jersey

A: dark oil black color with a thin off-white head. Looks dark and silky

S: bitter roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Wood and that classic Porter roast. Smells real nice

T: ohh interesting. Huge roasted malt character, like huge. It gives a nice bitterness. A touch of cherry wood and a mix of dark and milk chocolate. A touch of funky wood too

M: medium mouth with low-mid carbonation

O: I don’t have too many impartial Porters, but you can really taste the extra boost here. It’s like an amplified Porter - good stuff. My biggest knock is a bit too heavy for a Porter, though I know it’s imperial

Nov 23, 2018
3.81 by Dwbow48 from Virginia on Aug 28, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

As part of flight at brewer, this Double Porter impresses.
A) Ring of steady head and lace over a black body.
S) Char first coffee second, wood third, church and a Hail Mary last but not least with accompanying perfume and incense.
T) No less that the aroma church-like, grave, charred. Smell the coffee and wake up!
F) Punches an ascerbic hop bite in the finish to balance precieding sweetness. I could operate on espresso cups of this and espresso all day long with the right balance of mood and mind.
O) Not tame, big double porter, kudos to Rook as well as Kane.

Aug 26, 2018
4.41 by thoglund from New York on Aug 25, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks to cp45 for this 750ML bomber, arriving as an extra in a recent trade. That’s a quality, old-school extra, for those just tuning in. Split with my wifal unit.

The pour is black, the bubbles light but persistent. The nose is lots & lots of coffee, with a bit of softening sweetness.

Morning Bell is coffee forward to a fault. What tastes like high quality coffee has stamped T-Rex sized feet all over this beer, obscuring the other theoretical goodnesses. Once warmed, there is plenty of lactose, perhaps a spark of chocolate. A bit thin; but very easy to drink.

Fairly routine, except for the intensity of the roast. Pretty good brew

Jul 15, 2018
4.5 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Having on tap at the brewery right now. Other than Earl from Hill Farmstead and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha, this may very well be the best Porter I’ve ever had.

Jun 23, 2018
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jun 18, 2018
4.28 by IckyT2012 from Florida on May 09, 2018
4.31 by LDawg25 from Tennessee on May 07, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours pitch black, very minimal head. Chocolate and coffee aromas are present but moderate. Thick and chewy, fudgy and quite viscous, creamy, chocolate, nice balance of coffee, sweet with a lingering finish and slight bitterness. Overall this is a great beer, velvety smooth, amazing mouthfeel. So creamy! Starts to get a bit sweet after a while...

Draft at brewery
4.25 rating

Apr 27, 2018
4.55 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 18, 2018
4.4 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VoxRationis from New York

Served into a snifter at the Kane Brewery in Ocean, NJ.
A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a robust tan head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of sweetened coffee, pure and simple.
T: Sweet. Tastes like fresh brewed, well sweetened coffee. Bitterness in the background.
M: Full bodied with strong carbonation. Rich and creamy.
O: An extraordinarily well composed and delicious, coffee laced, milk stout. One of my favorites to date.

Apr 15, 2018
4.66 by Brendanjames from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

Rich, creamy, robust. A coffee lover's wet dream. A burst of espresso beans ends in caramel macchiato lite...the sweetness is a tad extra. Otherwise, I'd put it up there with the likes of Double Shot. Actually, very similar to Rushing Duck's imperial beanhead coffee porter, but with a more pronounced coffee and earth character.

Apr 13, 2018
4.33 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Apr 02, 2018
Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
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