Moor Porter | Cisco Brewers Inc.

Moor PorterMoor Porter
190 Ratings
Moor PorterMoor Porter

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 04-18-2002

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 129
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 tonytuffnuts
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a tastefully designed bottle! The body's a shade of brown as close to black as I've ever seen, and no light breaks through. It's capped by almost a one finger, nut brown head. The rocky foam wanes a bit, but mid-sized, pearly bubbles hung out forever; great head retention.

The second I opened the bottle I caught a whiff. Smells like molasses and mocha coffee. There's a bit of medicinal effrevescence, like cough syrup.

Sensory overload on the taste, but the deeper I got into the bottle, the easier it was to decifer. COFFEE! Mocha and molasses. Roasted barley and a little toasted grain, complemented well by subtle, earthy hops. The more I drank, the more I noticed the sugary and fruity finish on the front of my tounge; I suppose sugar coated raisins or plums in sweet milk. I was almost certain that this couldn't be a dry beer, but I thought better.

Almost cola-like coarbonation that encroaches on the taste. Very palpable malt seems syrupy.

It's a carefully engineered beer with flavors that fit together well, but every flavor is too strong. The sugars are a little much. Maybe a little too flavorful and rich, especially when the carbonation hits hard. It's like an over-syruped Coke fountain drink. Almost a stout. Couldn't drink a whole bottle in one sitting, but I can appreciate a glass for the maltyness and richness. Maybe it's one of those beers I'd turn to after a night of Keystone Light.

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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 bignick
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ TPH 5/23/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a mediocre porter. It has a nice mild coffee taste to it, but it is a bit over-carbonated for my liking. I am glad that I tried it once, but is not the type of thing that I would order again. It went down pretty easy, but is not superlative in any way.

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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 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 GreatPondBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Half Time.

Poured a dark brown without a light at all. Cafe au lait head receded quickly into almost nothing but a slight ring of carbonation around the side reminiscient of coke. Deep notes of chocolate and sweet grains. No hint of the higher ABV. Nice roasty finish and slight medicinal hop notes. Taste was thin with notes of bitted grain and hops with some molassass and caramel in the aftertaste. Not a heavy body which would have been nicer. All together a good beer and a nice choice for a cold winter's eve.

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Photo of deBeers
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 bjohnson
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 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 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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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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 HiroProtagonist
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
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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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 genaro
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Quaffer
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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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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
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