Moor Porter | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Moor PorterMoor Porter

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 04-18-2002

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 129
Reviews by sethmeister:
Photo of sethmeister
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown; shows red highlights when held to a light. A tight thin cream colored head leaving only trace amounts of lace.

Scent is very smoky, roasted and charred with bitter dark chocolate.

Taste follows the nose - strong roasted and slightly charred notes. Delightfully smoky. Touch of bitter dark chocolate. An almost tobacco like note. Light earthy hops. Cold strong coffee.

Mouth is a lightly carbonated medium.

A very good porter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head. The head faded quickly but left a little lacing. It had an aroma of coffee and chocolate. The coffee smelled a little on the burned side. Tasted mostly of chocolate. Some coffee too, but I was expecting more after the stronger coffee aroma. It was a little on the thinner side, but still quite nice.

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Photo of sponberg
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great big bottle (a very good thing in this case) poured into a pint glass. The yeasts on Nantucket are very happy with this beer & yield a pillowy thick head that lasts and lasts & a high degree of carbonation. Can't see a thing through this deep brown brew, so the only way to the bottom is to quaff.

An aroma of roasted malts and toastiness leads to a yeasty, roasty (coffee, black malt) start, followed by a growing, almost oatmeal-like oiliness which combines with the other darker malt flavors (cocoa, coffee, burnt toast) and a hint of Granny Smith apple (that's what my notes say!) to give this brew a vast depth within its medium body. It thickens, rounds, and becomes a little sweeter as it warms, as a good porter should IMO. It finishes with a bitter chocolate, roasted, round flavor that makes you SO happy they bottle this in 750ml bottles as opposed to 12 oz. So quaffable.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation, nice lacing--really beautiful pour

Smell: roasted malt, sweet and dark chocolate

Taste: follows the nose with chocolaty notes

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a solidly bitter backbone.

Overall: This is an above average to good porter. A smooth sipper but not one that blew me away. I would have this again but there are others I would get first.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep dark brown, with a 1” finely bubbled head. Smell: chocolate, roast malt nose, some fruit – faint licorice. Taste: Very creamy, actually dries out on the end, some licorice, a touch of cola, chocolate, faint espresso. Not as roasty and bitter as a stout, some sweetness but does dry out on the finish. Nice black coffee drying out on the end. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium full to full body, not quite chewy, very easy to drink porter.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mutterfudder
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for a nice porter the other night and had this recommended by my neighborhood friendly beer monger. Popped it open and poured into a Portsmouth Pint Glass.

A - Pours dark and thick into the glass. No real head despite an aggressive pour, but the carbonation "rebounded" to produce a thin head a few seconds after the pour.

S - Smell is heavy of burnt, spent coffee grounds. There's notes of smoke and vanilla in the nose as well. Smell is inviting and what I was looking for.

T - This was interesting. There's a fair bit of complexity in this one. There's a base of burnt toast, coffee grounds, and caramelized sugar. The middle brings out some vanilla, which is quickly tempered by a somewhat unpleasant tang in the finish. I'm not sure how to describe the aftertaste, but it's ... well, not my thing.

M / D - Good coating mouthfeel that doesn't stick around past it's welcome. I would have liked a bit more carbonation in this, but it's about right for the style. It's drinkable enough, I just wish I could get past that aftertaste.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Very thick look with shades of brown and black and a towering, cooling lava look. Slow dissipation, plenty of coverage.

Big, lush fruity sweetness, especially in the hops. Dark berries, chocolate pie, frothy mocha effect, vanilla cream, slightly spicey and smokey scented malt.

A very dry, snappy feel, earthy bitter hops, charred chocolate malt, nice hop bite but also creamy and lush foamy quoff. Interesting balance, big, dry earthy hops, very dark malt with very little sweetness.

The body and feel is a light medium feel, slightly thin but it goes down easy with slight smoothness at the end.

A mighty fine Porter.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good-looking two-finger light tan head, creamy and fluffy. Lasts a long while before leaving some lace as it minimizes. Color is as black as a porter can get, totally opaque and just a hint of dark red highlights when held to light.

Aroma is a very forward thing of smoke, cocoa and mineral. Dry, earthy and to-the-point.

Smokiness and bitter burnt chocolate dominate on the tongue, with some flaked cocoa and nutty coffee roast coming in. I don't detect the licorice character noted on the label. Mineral stoniness to the flavor as well, right into the finish (what little finish there is -- the smoke flavor hangs around long after the rest of the finish fades). A ghost of tartness/sourness lingers way in the background, wanting to be like those ancient traditional porters, but not quite getting there. A minuscule hint of milk sweetness flashes by, but I wonder if that's just wishful thinking, because this could use a little sweetness or juiciness or something.

Pretty dry stuff, with good balance of carbonation and a fuller, milkier feel. Glides down easily with a decent degree of slickness. No stickiness.

Fairly one-dimensional, but certainly well made, delivering all the heartier aspects of the porter style. I could live without it, but would never turn it away. Worth a shot if you're a porter fan.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours charcoal colored with a heavy brown foam. Minimal lacing.

S - Malty scent with notes of toffee and chocolate. Hearty aromsa.

T - Decent flavor of malt, and cocoa. Could use a bit more bite at the end; I found it a little thin.

M - Decent drinker, slightly watered down, but it is a good porter to have a few and feel like you ate a multi-course meal.

O - Decent porter, but not something I'd actively seek.

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Photo of Kochiss
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It must have been a bad bottle. I have had Cisco before, usually on the Island, and NEVER experienced this. First, it was over carbonated. The minute I popped the cap, it started fizzing over. Forget pouring it, I had to wait ten minutes for it to settle down. The taste: Great tasting porter except there was a lingering plastic taste. A bad bottling line? Perhaps. I did notice when I left the glass out for two hours (having given up on it) the plastic taste subsided. It taste a hell of a lot better, robust, roasted, great hops. But I only dicovered this because I could not bring myself to dump the beer.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great big dark brown coloration, nice beige head that's big and laces nice.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate. There's nothing milky here. It's like smelling pure coffee or cocoa beans. Great. Bordering on robust but not quite.

T - Pretty big flavors. Dark chocolate, bold East African coffee, raisins, prunes, with a big beery after bite.

M - Medium to full bodied. I think the carbonation could be toned down a little here. Nothing to complain about thought. Dry, resinous aftertaste on the tongue. Nice.

D - A good beer. Nice to see a brewery from the home state making a name for themselves with so many quality releases. You can taste the inspiration of Cape Cod in this one. There's a nice Cape breeze and brininess to this beer. It's a dark beer you'd be bound to drink at a beach at a clambake. I appreciate that.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown chestnut colored body with reddish light coming through. Capped by a mediocre tan colored head.

Aroma is well hidden it seems, but hints of cocoa and coffee come through. Really subtle on the nose.

Flavor is a little bit of everything you'd expect in a porter. A slight bitterness is offset by a chocolaty sweetness and a slight hint of burnt coffee. Not much of a roasted barley note so its hard to tell whether or not it was included.

Mouthfeel has a medium-light body with a rather smooth feel. Overall a drinkable porter but there are better options at this price point.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. White label, different than the one pictured above.

Poured jet black, quick tan foam. Opaque.

Smells roasted - coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is more of the same - a chewy blend of roasted malts with good bitter balance. High carbonation. Little like an iced coffee taste, but much better and more residual bittering.

Dry finish - easily mistaken for a stout.

Drinkable, well made porter. Good example of the style.

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Photo of edchicma
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Moor Porter from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 190 ratings