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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: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: SebD on 10-29-2012)
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Reviews by BeerClubNiagara:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2014 18:41:05 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-01-2013 11:18:52 | More by beerhunter13
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

07-26-2014 21:40:18 | More by Brutaltruth
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Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

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


08-12-2014 01:15:05 | More by DaveBar
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-26-2014 19:32:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

12-16-2013 23:54:20 | More by dipso123
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-25-2014 17:27:28 | More by CurtisD
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

05-15-2014 21:53:38 | More by patre_tim
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-22-2013 05:04:03 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a thin beige head that dies down fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, nuts and vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some chocolate, coffee, sweet roasted malts, some nuttiness and light vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a slightly watery and light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

10-29-2012 21:12:37 | More by SebD
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

750ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head fades gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is mocha, as advertised. That's already better than some brews lately.

Taste is sweet dark malt in the front, mocha in the middle, and light to moderate bitterness in the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe even a bit thin, and drinkability is great. I'd look for this one again when in the Great White North.

01-09-2013 22:38:31 | More by ppoitras
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Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +7%

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before April 26 2013 and served slightly chilled. I think this is the brewery's oldest seasonal, as I recall seeing it long before they added the 'Old North' appellation - but I must admit I've neglected to try it until now. Was I correct in passing on it for the past few years?

Pours a deep, black cola colour with slight tinges of crimson under the light. Atop the liquid is seated two fingers of puffy, light tan-coloured head, almost like the marshmallow fluff you get on top of hot chocolate. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, coating the glass in gobs of lacing as it evaporates into a dense, half-cm cap. The aroma is enticing, and while there is a good dose of mocha and black coffee, the backbone of roasted malts, vanilla and nuttiness is not overpowered by it in any way.

Tasty stuff, and nicely balanced. Toffee, mocha and cocoa come through initially, with a dark chocolate vibe underlying much of the flavour profile. Roasted barley malts and coffee beans are next in line, with the finish comprised of a mixture of espresso, vanilla and dry cocoa. This one isn't complex but I absolutely love the finish/aftertaste; it strongly encourages small, quick sips, and the light abv is highly conducive to this. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives a slightly stronger bite than I'd prefer (a very minor quibble). One thing I'll really compliment this one on is its drinkability, which it owes to a combination of its nice balance, light nature and overall yumminess.

Final Grade: 3.99, an excellent B+. Old North is a good porter, but I'm still not sure it's '$9 a bottle' good. This brew (and the similarly decent-but-pricy 10 Point) would be better served with the tallboy can treatment, or at least 6-packs in the 13-14 dollar range. This is a tasty beer, but I just can't justify making it a regular purchase when there are cheaper, equally tasty porters and stouts out there. Probably this brewery's top offering, and a good choice for a dinner party - particularly if there's some sort of roast on the menu.

12-09-2013 17:45:35 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-19-2014 01:02:30 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-09-2014 01:35:53 | More by fizzyted
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4%

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.

02-02-2014 19:03:04 | More by polloenfuego
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-25-2013 02:11:10 | More by lgmol
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-15-2014 19:56:33 | More by ToddMopps
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Pours pitch black, two thumbs of mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Fresh roasted coffee, dark cocoa and hints of black licorice and vanilla.

T - Flavour is nicely balanced, not overly bitter from the rich espresso flavours and dark cocoa, a mild sweetness comes through alongside the vanilla and leafy green hop notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness and stickiness.

O - Nicely balanced, easy drinking and deliciously flavoured. This stuff isn't overbearing and offers up a solid flavour profile without overwhelming the palette. Well worth a try indeed!

12-01-2012 03:39:30 | More by andrenaline
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-21-2014 08:00:14 | More by Socialiste
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-11-2014 23:37:32 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-10-2014 23:20:41 | More by hunterjames
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-02-2014 14:32:46 | More by Lynn
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-17-2013 03:57:34 | More by Bf_89
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

2012 bottle, last year it was just "mocha porter," best before Feb 28, 2012.

Looks: Dark brown with a thin one-milk-coffee coloured head.

Smells: Chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee liquor.

Tastes: Lightly roasted coffee, followed by some subtle chocolate from the malts - it's not a sweet chocolate. A speciality malt driven, balanced, and dry porter.

Feels: It's a little light in body with a fairly light carbonation.

Overall: It's a nice coffee porter which has stayed away from being too sweet, but it's a little thin, the coffee isn't really as present as I'd like, and overall its not as assertively flavoured as I might have hoped. At $8.95 (LCBO) a (750 ml) bottle I would expect a little more robustness, a little more body, and more complexity.

11-21-2012 02:29:52 | More by Groulxsome
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-02-2013 22:48:19 | More by DarkForest
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Old North Mocha Porter from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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