Morning Bell
Kane Brewing Company

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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #17
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #744
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
480
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Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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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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larryi86 from Delaware

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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

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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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...

4/27/18
Draft at brewery
4.25 rating

Apr 27, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Lembeh from New York

4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate covered espresso beans on the nose and on the palette. Exquisite coffee stout that will make you want more and more and more. Had high expectations for this and they were exceeded bigly. Chocolate covered espresso beans. This is an outstanding beer.

Feb 25, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this bottle recently, getting around to it on this quiet and seasonable winter's night. Most of Kane's other offerings have been quite enjoyable and that was the case with this one as well. A beer like this deserves to be placed under a new category as this is better than an American Porter, since this had so much wonderful coffee taste and flavor to it. Any chance we could get this done, Beeradvocate?

Lovely, dark coffee hue to this as the liquid nearly had the same, thin consistency. Plenty of bubbly mocha head topped it off as it nearly looked solid. Lots of light bubbles remained on the side of my Kane goblet as I worked my way through this. Quite a first impression in the nose as there was tons of smooth coffee, rich creamer, a mild roasted tone, and milk chocolate to the nose with lactose and vanilla in the taste to embellish the senses. Sweet, smooth, and surreal at the same time, there was so much going on here but somehow, it all meshed well together as this was as good as what I'd have in the morning - down to the last drop...

No hint of booze in this and I didn't even feel any warming effect from this as I finished this big boy off fairly quickly after popping the cap. Really amazing beer that embodies what a Porter should be while distinguishing it from it's British roots and counterparts. If you like your beers dark, easygoing, and deeply delightful, look no further. You won't even have to brew this or let it percolate - it's all here. Easily among Kane's best, and the best that this style has to offer!

Feb 23, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

This is a damn near perfectly executed coffee porter/stout. The aroma is incredible - like the best fresh coffee you've ever smelled. The coffee blends so perfectly into the base beer. Amazing. nb

Feb 21, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

Dec 27, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a goblet

Just about jet black, with tan head. Good lacing. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. Mildly bitter, moderately roasty, nice dark cocoa flavors. Medium bodied, but coats the mouth, sticky.

Sep 12, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour at the brewery.

Near-black with a short-lived off-white head.

The nose is rich coffee, and the taste follows. Mocha, vanilla, licorice, maple. Super drinkable for 9%.

The mouthfeel is medium. Light for the ABV.

Overall, one of the best porters I've had.

EDIT: The 2019 batch is awesome. Deep coffee notes. Upping nose to 4.75.

Jun 24, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice rich black color with a brown head on top. The smell has coffee galore spewing from it, but its also got hints of some kind of creaminess too. Really interesting. The taste is loaded with coffee and some sweetness in the finish. The feel was pretty dense but very smooth. Overall I really enjoyed this, it was perfect even having it the morning after a rather large tasting the night before.

Jun 24, 2017
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super smooth coffee porter, with a nice smooth balance. Coffee flavor itself has a very nice medium roast quality. The 9.2 ABV could easily get lost here. This is my first offering from Kane's and I am eager to try more.

May 26, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at Echo Tap & Grille in Mountainside NJ. 12 oz. pour served in a tulip glass. It pours virtually jet black with 1+ fingers of foamy head and lacing, the color of which is something between khaki and mocha. The lacing coated the glass and had excellent retention. It features a fragrant aroma of freshly brewed coffee, cocoa, toffee, and roasted malt. the taste is sublime: like a cup of freshly brewed, black coffee but with a creamy, milk chocolate finish and a hint of nuts. There is none of the bitterness at the finish that often characterizes coffee porters. The feel is delightful: although it's a porter, it has the creamy viscosity of a stout, with pleasant carbonation. It also drinks a lot smoother than its 9.2% ABV would indicate. It's deceptively potent. Overall, Morning Bell is superb in every respect and it richly deserves its Outstanding rating. Kane again proves its mettle at brewing porters and stouts. It's a shame Morning Bell is released so infrequently in bottles but at least those of us in the area can enjoy it on draught.

May 24, 2017
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with a brown, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells like coffee and roasty. Flavor is coffee, quite sweet, milk and vanilla. There is a warming alcohol taste at the very end. Medium-heavy body, very creamy, leaves almost a residue in your mouth.

Oct 14, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, opaque and nearly black. One finger mocha head, short retention time, bits of lacing stubbornly sticks to the glass. Big roasted coffee aroma with a definite lactose sweetness behind it, but overall the coffee is the big player here. Milk chocolate, light roasted barley, touch of dark fruit. Flavour is a heavy cold brew-like coffee sweetness with a dollop of cream, roasted malt, milk chocolate and a bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, appropriate level of carbonation. Plenty of coffee on the finish. I've recently got into cold brews and this has a similar level of coffee flavour, which of course is a ton of it.

Jul 16, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Fahmie25 in a recent box. Thanks for the swap!

From a 750 into a snifter
Imperial Milk Porter with Sumatra dark roast coffee
Collaboration with rook coffee

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly foamy tan head with great retention. Clear black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foamy cap and clings to the glass as it fades. Faint wisp remains leaving some good lacing down the glass. Darker than you’d expect for a porter but that’s my bag.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee on the nose, with sweet cream, vanilla and milk chocolate as well. The lactose is definitely there. Roasted notes, with hints of caramel and butterscotch as well. Bold enough. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Lots of nice, creamy roasted coffee, sweet vanilla cream, butterscotch and milk chocolate up front. Flavorful for sure. More roasted coffee, cream and milk sugars at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of roasted malts, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla and lactose, butterscotch, dark roasted coffee and a slight touch of alcohol as well. Some nice bitterness lingers as well. Really creamy and well balanced, with the coffee putting all the right notes in all the right places.

PALATE: Medium body and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky. A slight scratch at the swallow and some bitterness lingers. Good stuff here.

OVERALL: This is an all-around quality imperial coffee porter. It looks more like stout and drinks more like one too, as it is generally more roasted and heavier than a 9% porter might be. Regardless, the coffee is done really well and ties everything together while the base milk porter has plenty of character of its own. Really good and well worth a shot if you find yourself with the chance. Thanks again Fahmie25. This was quality.

Jul 05, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - Sits black in the glass. Nice two finger mocha colored head.
Smell - Straight fresh coffee grounds!!! Hints of a vanilla type sweetness as well
Taste - Amazing coffee flavor with some sweet cream/vanilla on the back end. Hard to tell this is even beer!
Feel - Smooth/silky. No hints of the 9.2% at all!

Overall - One of the best coffee porters you can drink!

Mar 28, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully balanced strong, black coffee beer. The lactose sweetness counters the bitter coffee, which tastes like a dark roast, and then dry, cocoa rolls through. It's like a great dessert beer that's not too thick (like most). There's a little caramel sweetness that almost comes off like tart cherries when mixed with the coffee

Mar 16, 2016
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 480 ratings