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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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BA SCORE
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.14%
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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12-29-2012 21:22:32 | More by sbarre
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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.

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05-15-2014 21:53:38 | More by patre_tim
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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Old North Mocha Porter from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.