Moor Porter | Cisco Brewers Inc.

very good
129 Reviews
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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 190
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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears opaque black in color, 1/2" thick creamy head, decent head retention. aroma is a bit like toasted marshmellow, bittersweet chocolate.

taste is a bit smokey, roasty, with some bitter cocoa. medium thickness, medium carbonation.

overall - a solid porter. great to pair with porkchops.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconsausage for this relic from our first trade, one of two surviving bottles. Oops, make that one. Split up into a couple goblets for quick disposal.

Pours black, with heady chunks of flotsam & jetsam plunking into the darkness; we need to allow the solid masses to settle to the bottom before imbibing. Lovely smell of chocolate arises from surface of the brew along with moderate roast influence. Nice way to introduce oneself.

Moor Porter wraps a nicely charred body around a center of warm cocoa creaminess. Roasted coffee bitterness sets a crowbar in the sweet & wangles its way in, then pulls up a chair & runs all the way through to the finish. Sweet lactose mingles with the roast as it warms. Smooth as the old Silk Road. For a bigger porter on a day that topped or nicked ninety, this is going down quick & easy.

Very good porter. True, balanced, solid. What more do you want?

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