Morning Bell | Kane Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
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.

Added by xnicknj on 01-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#859
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
462
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
91
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Ratings: 462 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by corby112:
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3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black and opaque with the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Decent retention with sporadic steaks and spots of soapy lace left behind.

Very inviting aroma with subtle smokey malt and deeply roasted coffee character. Gourmet espresso beans with subtle lactic cream, oatmeal, smoked malt, burnt toast and bitter dark chocolate countered by sweeter dark malt notes. Excellent coffee presence without being overly roasted or acrid smelling. Nicely balanced by bakers chocolate, caramel and toffee. The coffee presence in the nose is ridiculous!

Medium body with a decent blend of slightly smokey roasted malts and sweeter dark malt notes. Coffee flavor is nice but not as prominent or interesting as in the nose. A touch watery which isn't too surpassing for the style. A touch of smoke with hints of tobacco, oatmeal, dark chocolate and used coffee beans. Lighter roast and unfortunately less intense coffee flavor that I was expecting. Sweeter chocolate malts balancing things out with bakers chocolate, hazelnut, caramel and toffee. I'm disappointed in the coffee flavor but this is still a well balance and easy to drink porter with a well masked ABV.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of njcraftguy
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another superb dark brew from Kane. While Carton's coffee line up is outstanding and Magnify is a true up n comer I believe Kane is clearly Jersey's top brewery. They have one of - if not the best IPA in Head High, Deep Rooted is a very underrated brew but its their dark beers that really set them apart and I haven't even had Sunday Brunch yet. This is a velvet smooth Porter with so much flavor going on. Slight boozy taste which is just right. Take your time and sip/enjoy this one. Great job everyone at Kane, Cheers !
Edit - I just popped a fresh bottle from the 2017 batch and its the best yet, the coffee flavor/aroma is incredible. Wow !

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery, 3/6/16. Four ounce taster glass (hey, I gotta drive!)

L: One finger light tan head with what looked to be superior retention (I didn't wait on it much).

S: Roasted coffee, vanilla, cocoa, a dairy character (if that makes sense). Roasted malts.

T: Big coffee and cocoa up front, with dairy creaminess. Vanilla notes.

F: Very well balanced. Very light carbonation, medium bodied. ABV does enough to give a good dry finish, but no burn at all.

O: This is just really, really good. In terms of both creativity and execution, Kane has become the Hill Farmstead of New Jersey. Pure quality.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost completely pitch black, with just a hint of brown at the edges when held to the light. Massive khaki head retains well and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is just pure dark roast coffee bliss! You can smell the coffee from several feet away from the glass, and it's so incredibly alluring! Some roasted grain, dark chocolate, and cream can be detected, but this is pretty much all about the coffee, and that's fine by me!

Tastes like the best iced dark roast coldbrew I could imagine! The Sumatran coffee is just so prevalent, and it is complimented by the roasty, chocolatey grain bill and the sweet lactose sugar that balances out all the bitterness. There's so much coffee, and yet it never feels like too much. Just gloriously balanced!

The mouth feel is medium, creamy, and has a nice carbonation. Goes down dangerously smooth, with no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

I've always loved this beer, and each year they seem to make it better and better! This batch (2017) is so good and so coffee forward that I could easily be convinced that I was just drinking some of the best coldbrew I've ever had if someone gave it to me in a coffee cup and didn't tell me it was beer!

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hits of creamy coffee, milk chocolate.

The flavor hits again of milk chocolate, medium roasted malt, more creaminess, a strong flavor of high quality coffee flavor throughout with some nuttiness and a roasty finish.

The use of coffee in this beer is incredible.

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

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mmcurran
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avas
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickyT
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dsauter
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pjvie
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dmacnuts
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a mini-snifter.

After a week-long journey from the east coast, I was nervous the carbonation would be gone, but this held up. There's a beautiful frothy, chewy khaki head, extensive lacing, and a thick film of lace that settles over the body. The body is black as coffee. 5

The coffee aroma is tremendous and hit my nose on the pour and wafts to my nose as I take these notes. Even from a distance I'm detecting sweet, milky caramel and chocolate and a coffee bean smell. The coffee has a bit of a roasted aroma and seems pretty stiff like I may get a jolt from this brew. Closer examination offers some spicy bean notes too. 4.25

Coffee is the dominant party here. Dark roasted-like flavors and some of the bitter flavor of coffee straight. Mid-palate brings creamier and sweeter elements, caramel, sweet milk and toffee before a lingering dark chocolate flavor on the finish. I keep noticing hints of funk, earthiness and dirty sock that come and go, that offer an interesting side to the beer. Not bad really, just different. 4

Excellent balance here. Roasted, sweet and creamy, and moderately bitter at the finish. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation a tad beneath that, reinforcing the creaminess. 4.25

This is good. Very good. I really enjoy it. I'm a bit torn on the taste as there are definitely occasional moments of intense earthiness, but otherwise this was great.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 462 ratings