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Old North Mocha Porter - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Old North Mocha PorterOld North Mocha Porter

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SebD on 10-29-2012

Roasted barley and chocolate malt lend this porter its full, rich character, and the addition of locally roasted coffee takes the flavour profile still further. Brewed in collaboration with Diesel House Coffee Roasters, The Griffin Gastropub and SAVOUR Muskoka, this porter is a fitting tribute to the Old North we call home.
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Photo of Idrankthat
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - no hockey player associated with this one.

This beer pours a rather solid black, with subtle basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly mocha brown head, which leaves some adequate crooked webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of gritty dark chocolate, toasted caramel malt, sharp cold coffee, warm vanilla, pithy nuts, and tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is once again big on the medium/milk chocolate sweetness, with some decent artisanal (sure, why not) coffee mixed in, black licorice, a lessened roasted caramel maltiness, more nutty vanilla, and some understated leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to perceive as a going entity at times, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, a wee bit of char the only threat to it and a small burgeoning creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and wispy coffee not really seeming interested in calling it a day.

A pretty tasty and straightforward porter, the mocha component much more replete with chocolate than coffee. No biggie, as I'm more of a fan of that skewing than the alternative, and could see this as a beer simulacrum of your Irish coffees/hot chocolates that abound up here in the Great White (Old) North during the current prolonged season.

Photo of Devon_
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SuperMartino
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just picked this up at the LCBO in Kingsville, so it appears that it's still being brewed. It's listed as 8% on the bottle as well.

Really roasty aroma, fair bit of malt, but not too sweet smelling. Solid flavour, sturdy bitterness with chocolate and roasted malt to back it up, sweet but not overly sweet. I like the balance and the focus on the roasted and kilned malt aspects rather than just sugar to play with the bitterness.

Photo of dolphsexton
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Long813
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well with a mighty POP! Pours almost no head at all. Nearly black color

S- Not a lot here. You would think a porter would have a nice nose to it but very very light

T- Very light. Almost a Guinness. Not good. Light coca

M- Not very good. A bit chalky but otherwise a Guinness.

O- A WAY overpriced Guinness plain and simple. Glad I only bought 1.

Food Pairing

I tried this ok porter with... Moose Stroganoff. Very good


Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent mocha porter from Lake of Bays Brewing. Pours a thick brownish black with a light tan head and nice lacing as beer dies down. Nose of roasted grains, coffee, crème brule, molasses, vanilla, and sweet malts. Taste is excellent with deep roasted grains interplaying with sweet malts to the front. Coffee and mocha flavors hit the back and sides with a lasting coffee coating/light bitterness from the roasted grains. Mouthfeel is smooth and seductive, carbonated but not overly done. A most excellent porter. Cheers.

Photo of Socialiste
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ToddMopps
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown almost black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. At that point it looks clear filtered, with no carbonation though its hard to see. Four fingers of tan brown head, fades in a few minutes and leaves a little random lacing.

S: Toasted stout like character, coffee, dark chocolate, creamy mousse like quality, snow. There’s also a bean or legume like quality to this, like canned kidney beans.

T: Coffee, toasted roasted malt notes, a fruitiness like a red plum. Light hoppy bitterness lends well to the coffee.

M: Medium thick bready body, medium low carbonation, powdery slightly burnt dry finish.

O: Very much up to par with good American porters.

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass. Bottle marked BB April 24, 2014.

This beer looks good out of the bottle. It pours a deep dark brown with a fluffy off white head of perhaps three fingers. When the head breaks there is decent lacing and a thin wisp of foam left instead. The smell is roasted malts, coffee and some vanilla. Taste brings forward the concept of mocha with a nice blend of coffee and cocoa flavors coming through strong with toffees as well and a slight bitter finish. The feel is thin, almost watery, but the carbonation is good.

All in all, not a bad beer. I think the biggest issue for this beer is the mouthfeel. The thinness of it just seems to let down the other aspects. While I liked this beer, I did not $9 like it, and that is also a concern. The price point seems a little high for what you get in return.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Old North Mocha Porter from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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