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

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

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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 afausser
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit that I had to try this one just cause it was from the Cape...hehe

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown, sort of the color of root beer, with a thin mocha head that disappears rather quickly like soda carbonation. It's actually darker than root beer though and only shows that color near the edges--otherwise, it's pretty pitch black and almost terrifying, obliterating the text on the side of the glass. Once the head disappears, it looks flat save for tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top here and there on one side, and a mocha foam on the other (extremely odd). On the one side it looks somewhat normal for a porter that's been sitting out a few minutes. On the other side, it looks flat and kind of scary. There's a sheet of fine, pretty lacing, but it doesn't stick one bit.

Smell: I can smell this one from a couple feet away as I write this, and the smell wafting from afar is extremely excellent. Coffee and cocoa are the heavy and dominant notes here, with dark fruits such as cherries and raisins wafting up in the nose. Slight caramel notes are mixed in, as well as some bitter burnt toast and smoke notes--maybe even a hint of bacon cooking, though as a vegetarian I am pretty sensitive to that smell. Slight peppermint.

Taste: The taste is superb as well. Chocolate, Peppermint, Coffee, Licorice, and burnt toast blend together extremely well. Typical porter notes blend in with some sour cherries. The hops are understated on this one, and it is smooth, creamy, and malty. Light and simple, but with just enough complexity to keep this one interesting.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel, as somewhat evident from the slightly off-putting experience, is not great. Extremely low carbonation means this one is pretty flat. There are some little bubbles, but it feels like it's been sitting out open for a few hours. I don't know if this is typical or a bad bottle. I can see what this one would be like if the carbonation were bumped up a bit, and it's got a lot of promise.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. Despite the mouthfeel, this one goes down easily, with great smell and taste. Now if the carbonation were bumped up, it would be a perfect porter to session (can you session a 7%?).

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is really dark brown, bordering on pitch black. Pours with a one inch tan head that dies off pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring and some lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee dominates the smell, although it's borderline burnt coffee. Some faint chocolate and piney hop notes. The smell overall is pretty mellow though.

T: Light roasted malts and chocolate up front followed by a return of the burnt coffee flavors. Finish has some faint hoppy bitterness, although the coffee is really the primary flavor on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, although not out of style. Medium-low carbonation.

D: I thought the burnt coffee flavors were a little much up front, but overall, this was an enjoyable porter and something I would have no problem drinking again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with moderate tan head. It smelled like fresh roasted coffee with earthy dark chocolate and a bit of lemon. It tasted like burnt coffee with earthy dark chocolate, and some rusty copper hops. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a decent scent and taste, but had some lingering dirtiness. The body was good but not great. This was generally easy to drink, but ended up only being a mediocre beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +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 JayNH
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a respectable foamy tan head. The head is short lived and leaves a slight lacing.

S- A slightly sweet roasted malt..

T- Burnt coffee, some chocolate, a bit estery. The malt fades leaving a pleasant grassy hoppiness behind.

M- Smooth, well carbonated and a bit creamy. Finishes dry. Probably a bit overcarbonated for the style.

D- I'm pleasantly surprised with this brew. A really well done porter, nicely balanced. Definitely worth checking out...

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Photo of mutterfudder
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 ocbears
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Dark brown/black; looks like oil. Nice creamy tan head that hung around for a bit leaving a lacey coating around the glass.

S: Roasty malts with some chocolate and licorice.

T: True to the nose with tons of chocolate up front followed by licorice and a little sweetness. Some tang towards the end but it finishes dry which is a plus.

M: Slick, somewhat oily, because there's not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Decent. I could drink another but is it worth it?

Notes: Not a bad brew but there are better options.

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

Pours a dark brown/black with a fluffy tan head that quickly fades.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, molasses.

Taste is espresso, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa, earthy, bittersweet and smokey. Alcohol is hidden fairly well with no aftertaste or bite. Not much of a noticeable hop profile with all those earthy flavors.

Feels very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall, a tasty porter that leaves you thinking dark chocolate and coffee. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours an opaque ebony color with a light tan head. scents of coffee, espresso, and the slight bit of dark chocolate. tastes of tastes of a roasty coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate and a tinge of alcohol. medium bodied and astringent. great tasting beer but a slow sipper because the alcohol makes its presence known.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA Checkmate. Pours an opaque black body with slight brownish highlights around the extreme edges and about a quarter-inch of short-lived tan head. Espresso beans, dark chocolate, nut, and a tinge of booziness in the aroma. Very roasty flavor, maybe toasty even, almost to the point of being ashy, but not in a bad way. The flavor shouts espresso, but there are also notes of dark chocolate, roasted nut, and booze, especially toward the finish. Very dry. Medium-bodied, almost astringent in body and flavor, with moderate carbonation, working in conjunction with the obvious booziness to make this one a sipper. That said, the flavors mesh well; it reminds me of stouts and porters I've tried from Maine. Not too bad, especially on a fiercely cold night like tonight!

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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 rpstevens
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. The beer is black in the center, with mahogany edges. There is a thin off white head that quickly fades to a tight ring around the edges.

The smell is dark chocolate and roasted malts. There is some acrid coffee as well, with a soft grassy hop.

The taste is more of the same, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a slight hint of earthy hops. The flavors are well balanced, not as acrid as the smell.

The beer is medium bodied, well balanced, has decent carbonation. The alcohol is well-hidden and the beer is a nice representation of the style, but not extraordinary in any way.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Kendo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into the Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is brownish-black with a small tan head. No lace.

S: Sweet malt with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Some charcoal as it warms.

T: Sweet caramel malt foundation is followed by roasted coffee, char and some smokiness. Hint of cocoa in there somewhere as well. Finishes with a dry roasted coffee bitterness. Solid porter flavors.

M: A bit thinnish in feel. Carbonation is active but not over-the-top.

D: Good, especially for a 7% porter.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. Had this one in the cellar for about a year. Split evenly into shaker "pint" glasses, this porter appears a dark brown color with a fluffy inch tall tan colored head. Smells and tastes of medium roasted grains, sweet malts, raisins, caramel, licorice, and milk chocolate. Somewhere between medium and full bodied with medium carbonation. All three of us agreed that this was a solid porter and would seek it out again.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of jonziefle
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, with some red (looks black though). It looked cloudy on the pour and sediment can be seen. No head to speak of (gentle pour), just a fine layer.

Smell: Smells of dark roasted malts, smokey too. Kind of "earthy". Through the darkness, there is also some sweetness peeking out. Not an over complex nose, but what it does have is good.

Taste: Taste is also of roasted and smokey malts. Some coffee bitterness and some chocolate sweetness. Sweet first, with the bite second, and sweetness as it lingers away. The alcohol also shows up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied beer and very smooth. A slight bite on the tongue and good carbonation. A little filling.

Drinkability: Excellent porter that is decently well rounded. More smokey than sweet, but still smooth. Quite the easy drinker. Definitely something to try, and maybe session (its a little filling). Also, while smooth, the alcohol starts to get a little more bite as you go along.

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Photo of shanem
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/black with tiniest bit of light showing at the bottom. Big head with lacing the whole way down

S: good balanced aromas of subtle chocolate and coffee with roasted malts

T: true to the smell here, tastes like coffee with a nice sweetness following it. really good

M: between medium and full

D: quite good, a little heavy/rich but not bad at all

Glad to see something in the coffee/chocolate stout family not as bold as a lot that are out there. Some of those are very good, but this is a better representation of a better balanced one

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown (no light showing thru) with a frothy bubbly chocolate milk head and some good lacing.

Some molasses and licorice, as well as cocoa in the scent. Good dark roast malt aromas.

Deep roasted malt, cocoa powder, licorice, and a slight sour hint dominate here. The cocoa powder element is cool -- with that bitter and earthy element, which then turns into licorice bite. The deep roast has a light smoky element. I really like the flavor of this one.

Creamy, not overly carbonated, and smooth. A medium to lighter mouthfeel makes this one a real drinker (well, it is in a bomber, so I guess I'll drink it!). Great flavors, rich complexity, but not cloying. Once again, another great one from Cisco. Price was under $8.00, but I wish this was available in 6-er. Been waiting for this one for a while and was not disappointed. This brewer is fast becoming one of my favorites. Nothing extreme, but extremely well done. This is absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very dark and frothy -- no light escapes here at all. smell of molasses and alcohol. harsh, spicy taste at first... think bugspray. it mellows though, to a slightly sour, chocolatey brew. mouthfeel is very lively/fizzy, kind of acidic, yet creamy and smooth. interesting, but i don't know that i would search it out.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a nice porter...more of an after-dinner brew. Would probably go great with non-chocolate desserts. Think hot/cold apple crisp.

Pours an opaque black. The head is a delicious-looking tan. Lacing is minor and less than I expected.

The primary aroma is coffee and malt, with hints of bitter cocoa.

Coffee is also the most prominent flavor here. Hops don't play a big role - or maybe they're just masked by the malt and bitter chocolate aftertaste that comes quick after you swallow.

It feels a bit more carbonated on the tongue than I expected - although it's not overwhelming.

Don't see this as a session beer. Although the alcohol content isn't overpowering, this brew fills you up quick from the above-average weight and carbonation. Most likely, you'll reach for a glass of water after your first pint instead of another pint, because it's fairly dry.

Overall, a good porter. I'm starting to roll my eyes now at every new porter I come across that sports coffee and chocolate flavors and aromas, because it seems to be the common theme for craft porters now. However, for that genre, this is a good pick and recommended if, again, you're looking more for an after-dinner brew.

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Moor Porter from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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