Moor Porter - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 04-18-2002

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 128
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Having been warned of this brewery's quality control, I did not expect much. I received even less. Mediocre porter. Good aroma, lace, but sour and strong carbonation. My mates poured out. Nothing I can point my finger at, such as oxidization. Rudy provided, but his home brewed porter exceeded this is taste and drinkability.

Photo of GRG1313
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a viscous black with brown tints and a dark khaki firm head.

Nose smells like the black seaweed wrap on sushi. Not bad, just very different; an almost "toasty" sesame seed character.

Mouth is thin and watery. Flavors are thin and watery.

Flavor profile is a very light roasted coffee. Front flavors of toasy seaweed wrapper and a light biscuit character. Flavor profile is unlike any porter I've tried.

Simple with a finish that is a light bitter seaweed, coffee, roasted grain. Unique but more like a light coffee and likely would not try again or drink. Too simple and too one dimensional and thin.

Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a muddy dark chocolate color with a solid beige head that sticks well and laces adequately (a subsequent bottle had a soda like head that fizzed away in less than five seconds)

Smell: Odd aroma, smells more of caramel and butterscotch than roasted malt - I suspect our old scourge diacetyl is to blame (a subsequent bottle smelled great, with roast and chocolate tones)

Taste: Opens with a rather sweet caramel flavor with a tinge of butterscotch; after the swallow, the roasty chocolate and coffee flavors appear to complement the sweetness on the front end (the subsequent bottle tasted much better - similar to the aroma)

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation interferes with the mouthfeel; the body is close to medium (not surprisingly, the subsequent bottle's mouthfeel was rather lifeless)

Drinkability: Despite the flaws, it is decent enough - at least it is not a drain pour; about as good as I would expect from Cisco (my experience with this brewery has been neither stellar nor consistent)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

almost more of a brown ale than a porter this one, thinner in body and a little tannic in feel, but an excellent porter overall that almost tastes like its spent some time in oak, real earthy and woody, mature and refined, mellowed in that way. lacking the malt density and roasted barley bitterness to fit real well into the porters i am used to, but i like its lightness in both respects. it lets the beer drink a little easier, and allows the chocolate malt aspect to be more forward than the roast. almost no sweetness in here either, its especially dry in the finish, almost chalky feeling on the palate. carbonation is excellent and the lighter body makes it pretty easy. there is a little grain hull tannic thing going on in the finish, presenting itself as a mild acidity. i know cisco hasnt been in colorado for awhile now, so finding this beer on a shelf this week probably implies some age on it. perhaps it has denatured some, or aged less gracefully than others, but i think the beer overall is still fantastic. would be a nice food porter with the lack of bitterness and gentler body.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a huge billowing head of tan colored lace. It delicately faded leaving behind tremendous amounts of side glass lace. A very big looking porter,

full of roasted malts. A good amount of sugar was added o the mix, a nice warm aroma coming up through it and mixed in very nicely with a nice earthy grain like smell. Some hops were present in there somewhere, and a touch of a smoked aroma was capping it off very nicely. roasted caramel mixed in with somewhat of a smoked flavor. Very nicely done and just the right amount of sweetness to accent it perfectly. Very deep roasted malts and a good earthy kind of flavor then enveloped the middle, giving hints of grains and of a slight grassiness.

A little fuller in feel then your normal porter, but not filling at all. This had really great carbonation up until the last drop and really a great smooth, consistent feel.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brwon with a little reddish hue with a huge fluffy light brown head to big of a head I think it took for ever to finally settle.Nice aromas going on some cocoa and earth dominate with molasses showing thru as well,nice porter flavors here big molasses and cocoa flavors hints of brown sugar finishing quite dry and earthy with soft minty hop notes that linger.Somehwat prickly overcarbonates on the mouth I think this beer may have been sitting on the shelf for awhile.Good flavors I think age was starting to work on this one but still a fine porter.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee, lactose and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but is on-target for this type of beer and provides a decent balance.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best porter out there but still a decent beer.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent head, hold some and then leaves some uneven rings of lace. Big roasted malt flavour, soft yet dominant like a huge heavy pillow of roasted grain. Yeast makes its way in and drops a nutty flavour throughout. Hops are on the side line and add to the earthy flavours. Goes down very well.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive head--a full four fingers! Dark as a stout, mahogany--no light shining through. Thick lace.

Smooth mocha aromas, slight hop smell; strong yeastiness as well.

Chocolate and black patent malts are present, reminds me of a thin dark hot cocoa. The flavor quickly gives way to the hop spiciness. The yeast-bite is also present, but is diminished during the swallow where the hop remains. It's like a taste journey through the ingredients. It's thinner than I expect, but very tasty and easily consumable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received in the birthday BIF from ShogoKawada; thanks Phil.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass and an inch of head throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and light dark fruit. Lots of chocolate and roastiness up front; smells great. The chocolate and fruit are sweet which I like.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruits. The chocolate and coffee and both a bit bitter, compared to the sweetness that was in the smell.

m - Medium to full body, more on the full side. Moderate carbonation, thick and chewy. Could have used a little less carbonation, but still a good mouthfeel.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good porter from Cisco. I liked the smell better than the taste, as the smell was sweeter and the taste was more bitter. Didn't have a problem finishing the bomber myself, and would have this one again.

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very rich, black malt scent along with some chocolate malts as well. The taste is decent. It has a roasted black malt and chocolate flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit tart. The mouthfeel is horrible. It's pretty much flat. It's a full bodied beer with no carbonation. This may be a good porter, but it's hard to judge without any carbonation.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate with some roasted malt. Pretty basic porter.

The flavor is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nothing fancy, but very well done and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a way too thick 3" head. Some light lacing does develop through the drink. The aroma is of roasted malt. The flavor is of roasted and smoky malt, coffee, and chocolate. The carbonation levels were way too high, giving this a prickly mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew. The coffee and roasted malt lingers on the tongue.

This is a great flavored brew, but the high carbonation levels brought it down in mouthfeel and drinkability scores. This may be a great porter otherwise. I will have to try this again.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A recent edition to the portfolio of beer available in NH.
Pours a pretty solid dark brown/black color with a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly to a ring on the top. Smells of chocolate syrup or light milk chocolate right up front. Slight bit of coffee, caramel, butterscotch and a faint non-descript dark fruit in there as well. Taste is slightly acridic with more of the chocolate coffee and butterscotch tones. Light taste of dark fruits then a roasty lingering finish. I find this to be very sweet. The very light carbonation accentuates the sweetness for me. Creamy almost oily mouthfeel with a medium to thick body. I thought this one was ok, but the flavors seem out of harmony if that makes any sense. Maybe some more carbonation would help. I may try this again because its not half bad and maybe I'm having a bad palette day.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours an almost black coloring with slight ruby highlights under the light. The beer has a massive, two and a half inch head that is dense, small bubbled, and a creamy consistency, tan coloring. Looks delicious. The nose is rich and enticing, with a slight background of coffee and a ton of milk chocolate sweetness. There are a lot more carbonation bubbles along the glass than you usually see with a Porter. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, and the carbonation keeps the flavors from becoming cloying or overpowering. The palate is a heavy dose of dark roasted coffee, with some dark, bitter chocolate and a light hopping to dry and clean up the flavors. No cling along the glass, which goes with the lighter body. The aftertaste was bitter, and slightly towards the mocha end of the taste spectrum. The finish is quick and slightly drying from all the bitter aspects. Very tasty brew. Lighter than my preferences, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of beertunes
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade (I don't remember from who, probably GoGriz, but maybe Vermonthiker), thanks to whoever sent this to me.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured very lively, a tall lively head that had long lasting retention and no lacing. The beer was black, no translucence.

The aroma was very smoky and peaty, with a nice malt base. On the tongue, the beer was very effervescent, bubbly all the way across the tongue. There were strong peat and smoke flavors.

As far as body, the beer was a bit thin for the style, but that didn't hurt this beer at all. Drinkability was very good, for a peaty beer, this is an easy drinker.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I want more. This is a must try if you get the chance.

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a hazy and opaque dark reddish brown, a bit muddy, thin tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, leaves some lace spots on its way down.

Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, caramel, molasses, some brown sugar, light chocolate, oats, a touch of wood and some vanilla, dark fruit, grapes and raisins, light roast, not bad.

Taste is similar, very toasty up front, raisins, biscuit, caramel, lots of malty sweetness. grapes, lightly woody, some nuttiness, fruity, kind of jammy, nice finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty neat porter, hides ABV well. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This deep burgandy colored brew throws out a nice looking, thick and rocky light brown head. The retention is outstanding. Aroma is a blend of coffee bean, mocha, roasted and blackened malts and milk sugar. Quite nice. Now comes the complete and unexpected 180. The mouthfeel is too juiced up.... highly carbonated. Gaseous in the mouth and gaseous in my body. Hard to physically swallow. The body is about medium. The flavor of this beer is average. Some roasted bitterness and coffee notes. A little doughy and yeasty. Husky. A little chocolatey. I personally wouldn't get another bottle of this beer since this is my second unimpressive Moor Porter, but would likely try it on tap if I ever see it.

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a one-finger brown head into my pint glass.

Aroma is rich and smooth with a hint of chocolate and mild coffee upfront.

Taste starts out smooth and fades into chocolate and coffee flavors in the middle.

Lingering chocolate/coffee flavors at the back of the throat. Carbonation is a bit much but is still low enough not to be a drag.

A nice example of the style. Reminds me of a porter from a local brewpub. You really can't go wrong with this offering and if you're a fan of porters, you should check it out.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. Also present are very slight amounts of char.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though smoother. Robust roasted malts up front are joined quickly by smooth semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through, the tobacco and hints of smokiness come into play, carrying through to a solidly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, though I’m partial to dry examples of the style and those that lean toward the roasted end of the spectrum. Well worth a shot.

Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling or expiration date or other kind of batch code. Sampled on February 14, 2010. It pours an opaque dark brown to nearly black with about a finger of tan head that fades a little bit but generally remains alive for the whole experience. The aroma is a hearty mixture of coffee, dark malts, and licorice. The medium to bold mouthfeel lends itself well to the smashing taste of coffee grinds, smoked but subtle hops, and a tangy dash at the finale. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I redo my “Master Database of Beers”, I found some detailed notes on about 500 beers I thought lost forever, so I’ve decided to post them to the site, not for the numbers, but for a “failsafe source” for future reference.

The beer pours an almost onyx color, the head planetary in size, creamy, and a nice light chocolate color, as it erodes a thick and glutinous sheet of lace forms to meld with the glass. The aroma of toasted barley, sweet, caramel and also a bit coffee like, a treat for the schnozzle with the start rich in malt, slightly sweet and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is light to moderately carbonated, the hops masterfully spicy and the aftertaste quite dry and lingering, a marvelous porter in my book and one unfortunately for me not available in the Southwest.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich, smoky aroma has an overtone of semi-sweet chocolate and subtle roast malt and licorice notes. It pours a deep, warm sable with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent tan head. Flavor, though, lacks the depth that the aroma promised - still smoky like a good porter with roast malt and coffee notes and hints of licorice and chocolate, just not as strong as the bouquet. Texture has OK body but plenty of fizz. Overall, a good porter, if not an outstanding one. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like dark beers.

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found at the Brotherhood of Thieves in Nantucket, this porter shows a thick black brown color with an equally thick creamy tan head that does not fade, Guiness-like at least. Lacing is reasonable. The aroma is a sour charcoal blend with a kiss of sweet malt and cream and mild licorice. Very nice. The flavor is dominantly sour cherry with a malt charcoal mix that mellows as you go. I'm not sure that it's suppose to be quite this sour but it's likable enough. There's a biscuit rhubarb idea here with maple-brown sugar notes, not your typical porter. It's medium bodied with modest carbonation. The nitro surely makes for a creamy smooth feel. The tartness minimizes the drinkability in my book. Generally good stuff, just a bit unusual. Judging by the other review, I think we might have a poor tap here, but the bartender insists not.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost blackish body with 2-finger offwhite head that is foamy and dies slowly. A real faint dry malt smell of some cocoa and coffee but not much happenin' in the nose. Real smooth due to a light body and slightly sticky and prickly thanks to carbonation. A light chocolate malt sweetness along with some bready/coffee malts for a dry finish. Light and subdued and easy to drink but I expected more.

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Moor Porter from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.