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
Photo of harsley
1.86/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I don't know if I tried a bad bottle or what but I found this beer undrinkable. It looked good, nice and dark brown with a head to match that stuck around. The smell was okay with some roasty notes but the taste was simply awful. Almost sour and it masked the roasty flavors. Will never buy again.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of OldSock
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – 750 ml bottle from Julio's. Opaque dark brown beer with a one finger tan head. Poor retention, but a nice sheet of lacing.

Smell – Warm biscuit malt leads with the classic carbon following up. Mild hoping brings up the rear, mostly earthy with hints of citrus

Taste – Rather acidic roasted bite, partially due to strong carbonation. Standard porter flavors, slight chocolate with good malt complexity, solid bitterness but not that much hop flavor. The acidity gets worse as I drink on.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is strong, but not terrible the way some earlier reviewers noted. Medium body for the style, but the acidity makes it seem thinner.

Drinkability & Notes –At first the sourness is not terrible, but it is really unwanted and unpleasant. However, as I drink on the beer becomes basically undrinkable. The acidity makes me think that this is probably close to what the porters of centuries past tased like.

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Photo of granger10
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.54/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of HonestWeightBeer
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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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 marc77
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
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)

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried a Cisco Brewers Moor Porter from a 25.4 oz bottle, slightly chilled. The appearance was good: very dark with a very strong tan head that was very slow to go down. The aroma was very weak, to non-existant. The taste was somewhat too flat (surprising based on the strong head), but the taste was smooth, a bit sweet with some burnt coffee overtones; however, there was a somewhat sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was OK but sharp. The drinkability was OK, but did not make me want to have more.

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Photo of mattk614
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber

Pours a deep dark brown with some reddish hues when held up to light. Tan creamy head which dissipated much too quickly for my liking.

Big chocolate aroma with roasted malts dominating the nose.

Expected more flavor and body up front. Much lighter than the look and smell would suggest. Chocolate from the nose really comes through in the end. Not too complex, very easy to drink.

Nothing remarkable here, a good porter, and I'd probably crack another bomber seeing that it's a smooth sipper. Think I may have been wanting something a bit heartier after shoveling a foot of snow in below zero wind chills though.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle

Appearance - Pitch black with the slightest hint of cherry. Pours a light brown/caramel color head that is obscenely foamy. Slow to settle.

Smell - Roasted malts, with a sour hint. The smell was somewhat reminiscent of black olives at first.

Taste - Immediately sour, but develops into a nice roasted taste that as my Connecticut counterpart below me said, is still very earthy.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but not done terribly. There's an aftercoating in the mouth.

Drinkability - A little too sour for my taste, and with the odd mouth coating, doesn't make me rush to drink it. Overall, not a poor beer, and quite different than most porters that I am used to.

*Note - A cup of it makes for interesting flavor in slow cooked chili.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair if forgettable Porter

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. White paper label with Cisco Branding, seal with a red inset over wave lines. Side narrative goes over intent, and beer description. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges, fair frothy head with moderate retention, surface memory and lacing.

S - Soft roasted nose with a touch of chocolate, and coffee. Bitter burnt advance...

T - And indeed, a fair roasted profile, end with a bitter spent grain sourness… It is not terrible but not the best of notes. The roasted flow rescues it somewhat with some coffee and chocolate.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, fairly smooth with a bitterness that does not completely do it.

O - It is not terrible but it is quite unremarkable and even for a soft Porter there is much better out there.

Notes: Been a while since I had something from Cisco… And it is probably going to be another while. The pricing is OK but the brew does not quite make it to a medium bracket of competition looking at the brews next to it, at least not on the porter front.

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Photo of Foxman
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a dense espresso brown, a white short of black, and dark right to the very edges. Two fingers of reddish tan head settle quite slowly. Continents of lacing drift across the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts charred malt, bittersweet and toting toffee, coffee, dark cherry, and an unusual rich soil note. A phenolic presence passes to a credible crunch of alcohol.

Upon sipping, fairly burnt malt, edgy and bitter, swells into a different, rounded and creamy fruitiness. Nasal phenolics come into play with a somewhat distracting and vague medicinal bit. A general hoppiness and a jab of alcohol segue into a mildly sweet return of malt. The finish is dry but brief. It has moments both flavorful and awkward.

Medium bodied, it coats and flows adequately but in no way memorably, though a crisp glow does ensue.

It's got some odd ways, and some decent ones as well. Overall, though, it's staccato, clumsy, halting, and just tasty enough to make the whole bottle drinkable, but it also precludes any more bottles. The ABV is rather stand-alone, but it doesn't particularly offend. I can't say I truly don't like it, but I don't especially like it either. And I don't like ambivalence in my beer.

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Photo of biglite351
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - darker than most porters with just a half inch of red arould the edges. Quick falling medium tan head.

S - rich deep scent. Malts, chocolate, undertone of coffee. BUT, it seems to get bitter after just a minute of breathing.

T - smokey lite licorice, malts, chocolate. Shot of bitterness in the after taste; but more like from dark chocolate or coffee. The bitterness actually lingers too long.

M - okay coating, but no real tingle.

D - I could have one, but would want to switch to something a bit less bitter in scent and taste.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very slight dark khaki colored head with almost zero retention that gives way to a lopsided yet mostly full lacing and a very thin collar... A decent bit of sluggish small bubbled carbonation is seen towards the bottom of the glass before it fades into the abyss... The color is a flat black that definitely lets a bit of light leak in around the edges...

S - Textbook American Porter here... Chocolate and cocoa... Lightly roasted malts... Some mild coffee... NOt bad, but a bit of a limited potency overall...

T - A rather subdued palette... The chocolate and cocoa are most prominent flavors but are still a bit muted overall... There is also some roasted malts... The coffee from the nose never materializes on the palette...

M - Medium bodied... A bit on the thin side of the equation... Briskly carbonation... Dense... Doesn't quite engulf the full mouth... Slightly chalky in texture...

D - A simple but rather unremarkable porter... Far from a drain pour, but not a brew that I would necessarily seek out again and certainly one not worth recommending...

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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 rkcrozier
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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