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Moor Porter - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 127
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

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 04-18-2002

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

This beer was entirely too carbonated and tasted one dimensionally of coffee. After this beer sat around for a good long while it started to mellow and become more complex and all around tasty. Recommended but let it sit for a good while in the bottle or decant into something else to cut down lagtime till it becomes tasty.

I would give the taste a higher rating if it wasn't for the long wait to get to a four.

Photo of jmz62565
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a jet black with a huge foamy head.There is a major amount of carbonation in this beer.The aroma is not overpowering,but you can make out some nice roasted malt aroma.The taste is dominated by roasted malt flavors.I can't really make out anything else,but the roasted flavor is very good.The m/f is heavy,but the beer has too much carbonation,like all their others,for my taste.This is a pretty good porter,flawed but good.

Photo of bjohnson
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel the Porter is a very fickle beer. I can't seem to get consistent quality with this one as I can with the rest of the Cisco brews.

Quality control:
Color- Same black color with heavy chocolate malt scent.

not so controlled:
i can't seem to get the same carbonation for the Porter. Sometimes its very carbonated, good head and leaves lace. Other times, it just tastes flat with no head or lace.

this is perplexing to me because I love the Whales Tale and Capt. Swains.

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 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 waughbrew
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge light-tan head that is creamy, stays, and sticks. Beautiful, although surprisingly pitch-black body for a porter. Aroma is nice and distinct - musty metallic, decadent cocoa-covered strawberry, leafy and dusty, chalk-olate. Wow! Sharp acidity and slight sourness reminds me of the first time I tried this brew. Peculiar. Really seems like there is no sweetness because of the tartness and dry finish. A hint of cold espresso and bitterweet dark chocolate is all I really get beneath the intense acidity as this slides across my tongue. Thin and acidic feel is interesting, but not particularly good. Also interesting is that this beer uses roasted barley and black patent in addition to the chocolate malt. Most brewers only use roasted barley in their stouts. A Flanders Oud Blacken? Acidity is good, but this needs more balance.

So, do I want Moor? No, not really. Not even if it was less than $7 for a 750ml. Frankly, not even if it was $6 for a sixer. If it were free, I would try it again.

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

Pours dark brown with red hints and an enormous tan head.
Aroma has black malts and chocolate as the predominant notes with a slight sour and herbal note.
Flavor of chocolate, roasted barely, some oats and a faint nutty twang.
Mouthfeel is highly effervescent, too much so in fact. Chocolately sweetness throughout cut by some roasted and biter notes.
Drinkability is above average. Highly carbonated, probably over carbonated, certainly for style. Gives it an almost thin mouthfeel. Tasty flavors make up for most of this issue though

Photo of granger10
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer the morning after the West Mich BA Gathering with tikigodxxx, trbeer, and crjmellor.

Pours out with a huge head. Way overcarbonated. Takes some time for the head to settle, but once it does this beer looks quite nice. Light black in color with purple shining through. Head is thick, frothy, and sticky. Tons of lacing around the glass.

All I got from the aroma was a funky yeast at first. Later I got a little berry/molasses mix.

This beer was too lively on the mouth. Definitely a foamer. There's a rough, hard water taste in here. Slightly sour, slightly salty, very yeasty. There's the chocolate in lots of forms (bittersweet, semisweet, and dark) but no coffee and the roasted flavors seem muted by the overcarbonation. I don't really know what moor is but I'm guessing its some kind of plant and it seemed to give this beer an earthy, herbal, and slightly sour fruit element.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly from the overcarbonation. As I said before sour and salty. Acidic. Acrid in the finish.

I was fine with just a little sample of this.

Thanks go to Craig for sharing another hard to get beer with me and some other West Mich BA's.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moor Porter was served from a 750 capped bottle. In my Duvel tulip, the beer was black, with a huge rocky brown head that deflated somewhat, leaving thick chunks of splattered lacing. The nose held a rich chocolatey-cocoa pruny maltiness, a pronounced cherry edge, and some coffee notes. The taste was sharp and dry, with chocolate cherry malts, a pronounced zippy black cherry middle, and a moderately bittered choco-coffee cherry finish that held some lingering licourice. I was overpowered by the strong cherry esters at first, but as the beer warmed, the malt components rounded things out nicely. The body was certainly over-fluffy at first, but letting it sit for a while remedied the problem. I felt that some more body fullness would have beneficial. Moor Porter was quite enjoyable though, once it warmed up. I found numerous tasty subtleties lying in wait beneath the estery surface.

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

Woody, chocolate, and marshmallows in the aroma. Huge head, light cocoa in color that sits above a deep mahogany brown colored beer. Rich toasted chocolatey malt flavor leaves a marshmallow/chocolate aftertaste. Body is on the lighter side, yet the beer is full of flavor, making for a highly drinkable beer.

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 genaro
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled Moor Porter at a tasting. The head (coffee-colored) was lingering and the lace was good. Once things had settled down there was an opaque brown beer with a nice full aroma - floral and chocolatey. The toasted taste had elements of chocolate and coffee with traces of orange peels. The finish was bittersweet and dry. The mouthfeel was a bit doughy. A pretty decent desert beer.

Photo of Quaffer
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite presentations when it comes to beer. I love the tall, gracefull shape of the bottle, right down to the sweeping lines of the bulge that sticks out just below the cap. (That thing probably has a name, but I have no idea what it is.) The non-glossy label is simplicity at its finest, with a minimum of graphics and text. I love the simple description of the brew in the bottom, right-hand corner: good fresh beer.

Appearance: After popping the top on this beautiful bottle, I turned my back on it to put my opener away. When I turned back, I just noticed a column of bubbles easing its way up the neck, getting ready to foam out all over the counter. I quickly grabbed my glass and poured the beer before it was too late. I ended up with a glass that was at least half head. As this light-tan column of foam settled down, it became incredibly dense and frothy. The amount of lace that was left behind (sometimes in thick, heavy chunks and solid, three-dimensional rings) was amazing. The beer itself was deep brown and did let some ruby-red light through.

Smell: As the gigantic head was dissipating, this beer gave forth some classic porter aromas. Sweet chocolate, coffee, and cream formed a creamy concoction that tickled at my nose. It smelled as though I should eat this beer with a spoon. After the beer had settled, the sweetness and the cream subsided, leaving more room for the coffee to come forth. Also, the chocolate aroma became more bitter and was joined by notes of smoke and dark fruit. When I tried really hard, I could detect a mere hint of hops on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth on the front of the tongue. As the beer moved back in the mouth, though, the excessive carbonation released and tickled at the palatte. It didn't really become rough, but I could definitely feel it foam up in my mouth.

Taste: The taste was pure, classic porter. The flavors of dark coffee and black patent malts exploded upfront in the mouth. These continued all the way through into the finish and aftertaste. A slightly sweet, chocolate component arose on the finish to balance out the bitter coffee and the light hops bitterness. The lack of flavors described above might lead one to believe that this beer is one-dimensional, but that is not true. There was still a nice complexity to it and a terrific depth of flavor.

A very roasted, very "dark" tasting beer. This is a damn fine porter.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle.

Pours a dark, dark brown with an enormous creamy brown head. Takes bout 7 minutes to pour a pint because you have to keep letting the head settle. Very lacy too. Aromas are unmistakably coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is chocolatey and smoky. Bitter with hints of coffee in the finish. Not quite as complex as I would have guessed from the smell. Not as full bodied either. Very creamy though with a bitter cocoa finish. Not bad. Not my favorite from Cisco but at least they're never boring. I'll pick it up again....if i can find it.

Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cisco seems to have an overcarbonation problem. While this bottle wasn't a foamer, it seemed to explode once it hit the glass. It took me 20 minutes of pour a little, wait a little to get the head to subside enough to get the glass filled. Looking at the other reviews, this seems a common problem for them. Once the head was under control, this was a nice looking porter. The head had a meringue-like consistency and the body was a dark brown. The aroma has a bit of a harshness to it. It could be fusel alcohol, but it vaguely reminds me of creosote. Fairly hoppy. Beneath that is chocolate and scorched coffee. The flavor is much less harsh and actually quite drinkable, relying more on the chocolate flavors. There's a slight tartness up front. The mouthfeel is like a heavy soda with the high carbonation.

Photo of stegmakk
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was very dark brown trying to be black with a ton of tan head that took a while to settle down...maybe too much
Aroma was typical roasted malt mocha coffee...although it kinda was very roasted like border burnt...but I like that...
Taste was average for a good porter...nothing surprising here...mocha roastedness comes through again...basically all the aromas only stronger...again...good but not great...
Mouthfeel was not good...way too carbonated feeling
Overall...ok...not great but not bad

Photo of edchicma
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...what a head!!! A large creamy, bi-colored (light and dark tan) was present with a dark almost black color...real eye candy. Smell was nutty and oak-like, suggesting an oak barrel. Taste was full-bodied with nutty, oak-like characteristics and a distinctive, bitter aftertaste that was very nice. Mouthfeel was rounded, with decent body. Nicely drinkable for the 7.0 abv. A definite recommendation.

Photo of mydeadguy
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a huge huge head, that took quite a bit of time to settle down. A deep almost black ruby tone, many fine bubbles and the head is cavernous, rocky , and laces the glass.

The aroma is of roasted/ chocolate malts and grainy alcohol hints.

Taste is malty with slighty musty bitter finish. astringent notes, somewhat cloying. The mouthfeel was dominated by the sense that this is an overcarbonated porter, lighter in the body than I'd like and just plain unsatisfying.

Perhaps I got an off bottle, but I wouldn't go back to this beer unless it was a cask conditioned version, or I was sure they had retooled the recipe.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cap freed from its duty signaled this porter to action. In a spirited line of column assault the foaming frothing bubble soldiers welled up from the depths of the bottle forcing their way shoulder to shoulder through the confines of the bottle neck. The bubbles set to duty clinging together as ardent workers forming the voluminous head. A light brown shade, the head transformed itself as the bubbles combined and re-combined into different sizes sculpting designs and landscapes within the confines of my tasting glass. As isolated throngs, islands of froth and foam clung to the glass walls as if indeed bands of covert adhesives.

Greeting my senses after the initial stand of foam and lace was a mild malty nose bearing hints of roasted malt and a touch of bitter hops.

With that part of the show over with, the flavor while not predominantly malty flowered with a roasted malt start spewing with overtones of tantalizing chocolate and coffee then returning again to roasted malt. The underlying flavor foundation was an ale's soft bitterness that spread itself like a pinion over my taste buds leaving a long lingering sensation..

But for all of the eloquence of flavor, the body was not as lusty as the head might have prepared me for. The body thinner than I anticipated-- left me with a feeling almost as if there was nothing on my tongue save the memories of the beer’s flavor spectrum.

This porter finished long lasting linear clean-- hops bitterness and hints of the porter's alcohol content distributed themselves in ever finer layers eventually winking out like the flame of a spent candle.

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 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 ElGuapo
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark black pour fills the glass. It is covered in such a mass of tan foam, that you might think it came out of a skaken keg. As it dies down, your glass is covered in lace. Masses of chocolate malts and coffee leap out of the glass. There is sweetness and bitterness from the blend of dark malts.

Full of body may be an understatement. It is very rich and smooth, but I would not say thick. Creamy mouthfeel. Masses of dark malts come together in this brew. Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Almost like rich chocolate cake that is balanced with some coffee notes. This is a porter that stands up to the best of them. It had some sweet creamy qualities, almost like an oyster stout. After finishing the beer, I read the side and saw that they say it goes well with oysters. They would definitely be right on that one. I slipped up on the dinner selection, but nothing could take away from me enjoying this brew.

Tausend Dank VENOM!

Photo of marc77
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Approaching black, with brilliantly clear deep garnet flashes when held to light. Fervent carbonation. Mountainous, rocky, beige head recedes slowly into a manageable layer that leaves sparse foam trails.

Aroma: Mellow, bittersweet chocolate and mild butterscotch accompanied by soft, ripe pear esters. Hints of coffeeish, carbonized malt and pruneish tartness. Curiously fruity.

Taste: Snap of dark lovibond caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is superceded by a combination of sharp black patent and barbed, carbonic acid derived tartness. Acidulous character diminishes mid palate, allowing subtle notes of cocoa and anise to come to light, only to be washed by anemic, dilute cola like caramel late. Finishes mostly dry and lightly burnt, with fleeting hints of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Initially obtrustive and prickly from the overcarbonation. As the CO2 is relased, the body is revealed to be thin and borderline watery. It's Belgian golden ale like in its bone dry attenuation.

Drinkability / overall: Woefully overcarbonated. With its token chocolate presence Moor Porter is only a couple notches above bland. Drinkability is decent at best; the lack of substance does not leave the palate to implore for more. Disappointing in its overall mediocrity.

Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...

750ml bottle with clean and elegant labeling. Very classy presentation...

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark reddish-brown with a fair amount of clarity. An overcarbonated, light tan head fills out half the glass, and shows little sign of ever shrinking. I had the same problem with their Whale's Tail Pale Ale...

Smell: The aroma is quite soft with lots of roasted and toasted malts, followed by an earthy, yeasty character. A touch of fresh, green hops are in there as well.

Taste: The flavor is quite relaxed and soft with a well balanced mix of roasted malts and coffee, toasted malts, bready yeast, and green hops. Underneath all of that is a touch of a medicinal, phenolic flavor. I can't get over how soft the flavor is...it's like it's off in the distance and I have to focus a bit more than usual to decern the various flavors. This brew comes across as being very natural and organic tasting.

Mouthfeel: I wish I could say (write?) that the body is thick and chewy, and that it matches well with the flavor. But I can't... The carbonation is out of control and really thins out the body. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Pretty good despite it's considerable carbonation flaw. The aroma and flavor are quite nice, if not too laid back. I just wish they could get the carbonation right...

Moor Porter from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.