Morning Bell | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xnicknj on 01-14-2013

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4.27
pDev:
24.12%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously provided by our host (Branden) at the recent PDX bottle share at growler guys.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is pretty attractrive, showcasing considerable dark chocolate, light vanilla, some roasty malt and, of course, coffee. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet porter, with the coffee ground flavor really front and center. There was almost some grittiness in the mouthfeel, giving one more of that coffee ground impression. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth otherwise, and the finish was very long. Alcohol was barely noticeable, and I was surprised to learn that it was up around 9%.

My first experience with this brewery, but so far what I've had, I've liked.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors all around.

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Photo of antott0523
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from last night at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ. Draft.

A: Opaque brown with a beige head that settles to a thin veil of foam. Some lacing.

S: Coffee, coffee, coffee.

T: Strong overtones of coffee. Modestly bitter. A hint of chocolate. Mocha. Some sweeter notes on the finish including vanilla, birch beer.

M: Round and smooth. Minimal carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable at 9%. No hint of booze. One of the more coffee forward porters I've tasted. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled locally, poured into snifter.

A- Dark black. Short brown head. Medium amount of lacing.

S- Good God this has a great smell. Coffee/expresso up front followed by dark chocolate. A little maple syrup, roasted malts, and leather in the distance.

T- Again, coffee is is strong in this one, but in such a smooth way. Im dying to try the coffee that Kane uses just because of all the roasted goodness MB has. Dark chocolate is also apparent after the finish and some caramel maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden in this one.

M- Full body. Milk makes this one smooth and rich. Feels like it smells, heavy and strong in a delightful way.

O- I will revisit this one as often as possible. Great for a breakfast beverage and just as good for a night cap. I enjoyed this a few times after some heavy hitting on DIPAs and it is such a nice compliment after any IPA or session drinking. Glad Kane put this together. Dont pass it up if you see it.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Black as night, somewhat "flat" with a little ring of caramel carbonation and minimal head formation. True to its porter routes the pour isn't extremely viscous. Malty lacing, clear and soapy looking, slides down the glass as you drink.

S - This smells like an amazing iced coffee. I could smell this all day, it's amazingly aromatic. Roasted malt notes merge with big coffee aromas from that amazing local Rook coffee. Touch of sweetness comes through rounding any harshness off the aroma and letting you know that lactose sugar is there.

T - Huge roasted malt and coffee flavor rounds out smoothly with some earthy, smokey and char notes all the way through. Lactose sugars provide a blanket of sweetness that rides all the way through. Alcohol is completely hidden behind all these big flavors even at 9.2%.

M - Smooth, creamy and palate coating. Lower carbonation and medium body.

O - I hope they keep this around this time. Amazing beer that blends sweetness and roasted bitterness perfectly. This might be the best coffee beer I've ever had, so far.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a mostly tight caramel head. Nose is a fair amount of roasted malt. There are mild notes of chocolate and coffee with a fair bit of malt sweetness. Taste is coffee and roasted malt. More chocolate and sweetness than the nose, some vanilla and lots of sweetness in back. The coffee and roast linger through the finish with a nice amount of carb on a moderate body and creamy feel.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at FreeBridge

Pure black body, no highlights, topped by a softball of dark tan foam in my Aventinus glass.

Rich, powerful, enticing coffee aroma.

Flavor heavy on the coffee, but with enough milk to call it cafe au lait.

Thick and rich mouthfeel, chewy.

A terrific coffee porter. I'm not surprised.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Ryan (Treebs). Thanks dude! Served in a Cantillon taster glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like stale coffee grounds, lactose sugar sweetness, toasted grains, light roast, and some caramel and chocolate sweetness.

T - The taste is similar, with faded coffee that has a touch of metallic bitterness to it. More caramel and toasted biscuit and less roast here. Alcohol is well-hidden. Probably would have guessed this was a standard 7% porter (EDIT: Apparently the bottles ARE closer to 7%).

M - Smooth, albeit slightly watery medium body. Moderate carbonation, with some lingering stickiness in the finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - Eh. Perhaps this was better when the coffee had more oomph. Drinkable, but not really much to distinguish it from a number of other similar beers in this category.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep midnight black with hints of chocolate brown. Thick dark tan foam. Eventually fizzles out leaving lots of spotty lacing.

S - aroma is dense, decadent, and just cries out 'desert'. Smells like a coffee with creamer. Sugary lactose is strong. Malty notes create a milk chocolate character. Roast notes seem to come from the added coffee. Malt seems more silky and sweet.

T - sweet flavors on the tip of the tongue. Silky milk chocolate. Sweet cream. Roasty coffee beans come through in the center for balance. The deep coffee flavors entwine with the malty flavors. Backend is more sweet with a faint herbal hop character.

M - silky. Creamy. Medium bodied close to full. High tight scrubbing bubbles of carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O - nice beer. Definitely in the desert beer category. Bit too sweet for me, might have been better for me in a smaller format or paired with food.

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Photo of themind
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich semi sweet aroma this porter is amazing! pours a beautiful head with a deep dark color. The taste is amazing! and excellent porter. The mouthfeel is perfect, what an incredible beer. Leave's a wonderful aftertaste this beer could be drank all night long. The coffee is subtle but still recognizable. If you like porters this masterpiece is waiting for you. I really like this and would purchase again. Bravo Kane Brewing! Bravo!

Bottom Line: Amazing Porter that stands tall against all opposition.

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Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Solemn Oath snifter. Thanks to xnicknj for the beer!

A: Pours a dark black color with a brownish head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick, frothy ring that leave some sticky lace down the glass.

S: The lactose comes through with the roasted malts and fresh coffee grounds rounding it out. Candy bar cookie crust as well.

T: Lactose sweetness with a little milk dud bite to it. Some nougat and big coffee grounds. Bordering on espresso-like with some nice roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a little slickness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a nice drinkability.

O: Not the biggest fan of lactose, but the coffee notes overpower those and the roast provides a nice balance it all. The BA version is next on my wants list.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Jet black with 1 fingers of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Coffee & cream, milk chocolate, lactose, licorice and espresso.

Taste
Dark roast coffee & cream, milk chocolate and lots of milky lactose. Light notes of espresso, raisin and dark chocolate. Coffee grounds all around. Suggestions of dates and black licorice.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus body, sweet and smooth.

Overall
Load of coffee, loads of chocolate, some dark fruit and a milky sweetness. This gives the best coffee stouts/porters a run for their money.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick mocha colored head. Gobs of the dark foamy head leaves behind nice lacing on my glass. It's a very dark beer. The smell is very strong on the coffee and roasted malt. Nice highlights of cocoa as well.

Taste begins with a nice soft roasted flavor that refrains from becoming astringent or bitter like other porters and stouts can be when they seem to be over roasted. It progresses to a nice mocha flavor intermingling coffee and chocolate. It sweetens a little on the end, possibly due to the milk sugars. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with no hint of alcohol. Amazingly pleasant beer. By far the best milk stout I've had. A winner from Kane. Unfortunate that getting a bottle is such an ordeal.

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Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a finger of a tan head. Body is opaque.

Smell: Lots and lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light dairy sweetness.

Taste: More coffee, though it is accompanied in the taste by equally large amounts of roasted malt. These are balanced very well by a nice malt sweetness as well as additional sweetness from the lactose.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the high end of medium. The finish is a mix of both slight sweetness along with a lingering coffee bitterness.

Overall: This is a VERY good beer. Complex and extremely well balanced. Probably my favorite Kane beer to date.

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Photo of iJyuken
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time from a bottle, usually drink from a growler.

A: Pours a very large head. Mocha color compared to the jet black beer. was not expecting it due to the very low hiss when opening the bottle.

S: TONS of coffee, overly roasted malts. little sweet smell partially due to the lactose.

T: Coffee up front, coffee in the back. mellow roast flavor

M: Creamy but not overly creamy.

O: Another stellar brew from Kane. I prefer it in a growler but u must try it either way.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Newest corked and caged from Kane Brewing, white label with in collaboration with Rook Coffee roasters and their logo on it as well. Really elegant bottle. Poured into a snifter straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a rather large head with an average pour. Uneven mocha head with some cheese holes throughout, jet black. Nice looking porter.

S: Cofee, coffee, coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Exactly what you'd expect from a coffee porter. Really heavy on the coffee.

T: Coffee once again. About as coffee forward as I've ever tasted. Simply delicious. Love the fresh bean taste. Almost like you ran a porter through a french press.

M: Creamy. I think the lactate suits this nicely. Almost like the cream in the coffee.

O: If you have to, trade for it. Kane doesn't disappoint and this is no different.

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Photo of Roger85
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Kane snifter, both courtesy of wittyname.

Appearance: Pours black with a fingers worth of billowy tan foam. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass as it is drank.

Smell: Fantastic. You immediately get a strong whiff of roasted coffee. Lingering a bit underneath that is chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Front and center here is the coffee, a bitter roast that really complements the rest of the beer. In the middle you catch the roasted malts and start to taste the chocolate. The finish is dry and sweet and the chocolate really comes out to play. It really is amazing that the ABV is as high as it is, as this is immensely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: This is medium bodied, and I think almost perfect for this kind of beer. Not too heavy so you could enjoy it with breakfast if you wanted. I enjoyed it as an after dinner treat.

Overall: Really, really good brew from Kane. Very drinkable and delicious. A definite must try if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A near midnight black body with a fluffy khaki cap. The head sits at one+ fingers and recedes slowly. Big, clingy lace all over the glass.

Bold coffee up front on the nose with rich milk chocolate and mild roast underneath. A very nice balance without the coffee being too overpowering.

Rich roast malt rolls onto the palate with milk chocolate and cocoa through the middle. Fresh coffee beans leap through the finish. Complex, but yet not. The higher abv is barely noticeable.

Full, rich body, smooth, and just a touch creamy. Roast, a bit of coffee bitterness, and lactose sweetness lingers in near perfect harmony.

A damn fine coffee porter that really impresses. This is easily one of the best coffee beers on the market.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite coffee porter. In my mind, it beats out victory at seas (which is also delicious don't get me wrong). Dark roasted coffee over an imperial porter - nice, heavy, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Kane has changed morning bell a couple of times I had one of the first few batches when it was 11%. Have a bottle I will be opening soon that is... 9%?

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful black pour with a full 2 fingers of dark tan head, excellent lacing and head dissipation. this is probably the nicest looking beer i've ever poured from a growler. the wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas combine to make one hell of an amazing smelling beer. further scents of toasted grains and grassy hops. the flavor is nice and bitter up front of hops, then of black coffee.. then a sweet chocolatey flavor shines through, and finishes again on a bitter dark chocolate/roasted grain note. medium body with a thick creamyness to it that separates it from all other porters. nicely carbonated.

this is a hell of a beer. you can't taste the high abv, you can't even tell this is a porter because it drinks like a stout (a good thing, since the majority of porters are always too thin). definitely recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown and garnet red highlights as well as some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a creamy and foamy dense dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with moderate to strong aromas of cocoa and coffee (freshly roasted beans).

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some moderate to heavy amounts of cocoa and dark chocolate. After that, there are strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee and just a touch of milk stout (lactose) sweetness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Moderate to heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is dangerously easy to drink with a nice depth and complexity of flavor and extremely well hidden alcohol (is this really 9.2% ABV). Very enjoyable and definitely one I would recommend.

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Photo of Chas58
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler filled at Freebridge Wine and Beer Store in Phillipsburg, NJ into my Firestone Walker Nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a viscous black with a head that build up from the pour and leaves an inch high head with a brown tint and beautiful brownish lacing.

Smell -  A beautiful aroma of deep rich malt, coffee, and cooca, The coffee smell is exceptionally strong, pungent and oh so pleasant. Very similar to the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. This is a very strong but very inviting aroma, but does reveal the strength of this from an upcoming taste and alcohol level perspective. 

Taste - Deep rich roasted malt with a very strong bittering from the hops as well as from the strong taste of coffee. This has the richness and depth of taste of the better Porters I have had, and a really complex profile. The alcohol is almost completely hidden but with this clocking in at 9.2% ABV, it can be a dangerously drinkable Porter.

Mouthfeel  - This has a very tight carbonation with a nice moderate amount. The beer is very smooth with slightly less bite and burn than one would expect from a high ABV beer. A residue is deposited on the palette with a cocca/coffee taste to it. Very similar to that from chocolate which is high in cocca content.

Overall  - This is a really exceptional beer. Kane has done a wonderful job crafting this beer into a very drinkable yet deep, complex and spectacular Porter. I am not sure I have head one better, and would clearly place this on the list of some of the more exceptional winter season beers.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ served this to me in a chalice style glass.

This stout is very dark. You can't see any light through this one. There was no foam except for the small ring around the top.

You can really smell the rich coffee off the top. It smells like a really good roast. The coffee presence makes this to be a very good sipper.

This is another very good beer by Mike Kane.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz growler, courstesy of njbeernerd. It was consumed over two nights, and poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Morning Bell pours jet black, with two to three fingers of caramel covered foam crowning the beer. Head retention is good, but lacing is pretty nonexistent. The nose suggests a base beer that's heavy on roasty chocolate, and it's well balanced by a coffee aroma that stops short of overpowering the beer. The flavor profile has a similarly nice balance between bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, though there's a tiny bit more astringent roastiness here. The body, while sturdy enough to support the malt and coffee flavors, stops well short of being viscous or chewy, making the beer more drinkable than you'd probably expect it to be. Carbonation is suitably muted for the style. Morning Bell's not a coffee bomb like a lot of beers that have coffee added tend to be. It's well brewed and well balanced. Right around the time it was released, Kane posted pictures of some freshly emptied bourbon barrels that they'd come into. I'm hoping this is one of the beers they filled them with.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler from the brewery - poured into tulip

Opaque blackness with a tuft of tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, retaining well while leaving patchy spots of lacing on the glass.

Slightly rich scents of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Milky with residual sweetness and soft alcohol warmth.

Plenty of coffee beans right up front with slight bitterness and creamy milk. Sweetness driven by dark chocolate and roasted dark malts with hints of molasses. Rich coffee bean flavor with a spike of booze in the finish.

Fuller body, creamy and smooth on the tongue, nicely carbonated. Well balanced, tasty imperial milk porter - the coffee was featured nicely and the alcohol remained in check despite clocking in over 9% abv.

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Morning Bell from Kane Brewing Company
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