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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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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of JimmyK77
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A friend visited Nantucket for a job interview and brought me a bottle of Moor Porter from the brewery. This is one of the best porters I've ever had. Aroma and flavors of cocoa, coffee, and malt. Not much roasted barley that I could detect. It had great, medium mouthfeel and carbonation and tasted and finished dry. Beautiful!

I told her she must get the job so I can visit and get more of this beer.

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Photo of weirdbrewbeerdudes
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Murph
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with some bare hints of light around the edges and a huge ! 1/2" rocky brown head that never sinks to less that 1/2". Huge roasted malt aromas are accompanied by tons of chocolate and coffee as well. The taste starts off with some nice roastedness before transitioning into some great bittersweet, dark chocolate flavors. The chocolateness carries the brew into the slightly bitter coffee finish that lingers nicely. The brew is creamy and smooth to the point of almost being chewy, tons of body in this one. This is just an awesome beer, awesomely drinkable. Someone else said that they prefer the draught version, I've got to get some of that.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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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 1ā€ finely bubbled head. Smell: chocolate, roast malt nose, some fruit ā€“ 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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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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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall 750ml bottle with a plain and simple rust colored label of the Cisco symbol of a wavy "C" with 2 barley stocks coming out of both ends. To the far right is the barcode and Government warning. to the far left is the brewery's address, phone number, refund values, and a medium sized paragraph about the beer. It's too bad Cisco didn't stamp it with any kind of date.

Appearance: This big wine bottled sized beer was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery Imperial pint glass. "Moor" poured a wonderful black coal color. What other color can coal be? I held it up to the light to see if it was a true black color and it was. The head of foam on this beer was equally impressive. When poured, up comes this nice looking tall creamy 3 inch head of mocha foam. This tall head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a 3/4 of inch creamy mocha film and plenty of sticky mocha streaks of lace. It was type of appearance that you'd look for in a Porter and more.

Smell: This aroma was chock full of roasted goodness. The aroma was thick, dry, and roasted with dark roasted malts, a splash of sweet caramel, a hint of roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, a black cherry or two, a touch of roasted pine needles, and pinch of dry roasted hops at the end. This beer's thick roasted aroma was just as great as the beer's black appearance. Hopefully the taste will not let me down. Especially after the top notch appearance and smell.

Taste: Let me be frank about the taste here. The taste didn't disappoint one bit! If there was one thing that stood out about this beer it would have to be this beer's dryness. Man was this Porter dry! It was so dry that I had to take a sip of water after every sip of this beer because all of the dry roasted malts would dry out my mouth. I've never had a Porter do that to me before. The taste was dark, dry, and roasted with dark roasted malts, a few black cherries, a dab of roasted coffee beans, a hint of dark chocolate, a very subtle splash of sweet caramel, a pinch of roasted pine needles, and then this dry roasted Porter closes with some dry roasted hops. What separated the roasted aroma from the roasted taste was the black cherry profile. The black cherry profile was more pronounced in the taste than in the aroma. That was the only thing separating the two. They both had the same levels of malts, coffee beans, hops, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This Porter was medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and with a dry roasted aftertaste (no duh!) of dark roasted malts, a touch of bitter dark chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and plenty of black cherries. It had a huge amount of roasted flavors, but it was a bit too dry. It's pretty bad when you have to drink water with your beer or your mouth will dry out.

Drinkability: What a great dry roasted Porter! Even though it comes in a big 750ml bottle, this beer won't last long. Sometimes it can get a little dry, but it's still packed to the gills with dry roasted flavors. Just make sure you have a glass of water nearby the dryness gets to you. A know it's a poor joke, but I have to say it. I would like "moor" of this beer please.

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4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small tan head, the head fizzes away fast like a cola would (quite odd) and leaves no lacing or even a cap. I find it ironic that on the label it says "A thick and creamy head floats above a black brew", alas no such head for me.

Smell is heavily roasted, lots and lots of roasted malt along with some licorice.

Taste is very nice, assertive carbonation tingles on the tongue but doesn't interfere, in fact it enhances the roasted malt aspect, a dark bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste lingers yet doesn't overstay its welcome, not overly thick or cloying.

Pleasantly surprised by this porter, honestly at $4 a bottle this is a steal, a fairly straight forward American porter but a solid one nevertheless.

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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 ā€“ 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 Iā€™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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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

*new* review 7/4/2010 (see below for original).

The first attempt of this beer was a C. Sour, fizzy, and just not pleasant overall. I got it at a store in DC which probably had it on the shelf for a long time. Second attempt was from a local Whole Foods, and I trust the beer guy there.

Much smoother character, with a solid head, and good carbonation. Roasty malts and hints of chocolate and cream. The beer is very well balanced with a bit of hops hidden in the background, but they certainly aren't the focus of this one.


Pitch black hue with a rather large low-density head. The bubbles are relatively big, but don't last long, making it very fragile. Once the head settles to a thin cap, patches of bubbles rise to the top and immediately break.

A good amount of roastiness among a bit of molasses and dark chocolate. Overall aroma is on the lighter side.

The high carbonation, and dare I say fizziness, distracts a bit from the flavor. The roasted malt flavor is there along with a bit of sourness, possibly from bottle conditioning gone awry. Medium bodied.

Looking at other reviews, my experience isn't uncommon. This beer has a lot of potential once the quality control gets ironed out. I say grab a bottle, and see if you get lucky.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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