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Moat Imperial Stout - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrMonkey on 03-10-2008

Our version of this classic export ale. We started with copious amounts of 2-row malt as well as imported roast, chocolate and black malts. Our hop bill of Chinook, Williamette and EK Goldings was also increased this year. With these changes, we anticipate an extended period of maturation and a longer window of peak flavor in the cellar. Look for this when we have the shortest daylight of the year!
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 71
Photo of ghostwalker
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011. Batch 1162. Bottle 1050.

Deep brown body. Huge, rocky tan head.

Nose is dark fruits and bitter chocolate with a sharp, smoky quality.

Flavor is rich and deep. Bitter chocolate shows up again. Slight sharp astringency on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation.

Overall, a tasty brew. Light and drinkable for a 9% RIS. (343 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a thin beige head.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick and smooth, full bodied. Taste of coffee and chocolate with mild kick of alcohol.

Overall: Pretty good stout, I would buy this one again. (291 characters)

Photo of Zackcavalier
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The waitress recommended this and I have to say, I was really pleasantly surprised. Typically I don't go wild over a stout, but this hit the right notes for me. First whiffs brought on thoughts of dark coffee and fire smoke. Tastes were similar. Their was a bit of bitterness from the dark grains, which was pleasant. All around a nice beer. I wish I could add more, but these are the only notes I made...maybe because I ended up having 5 of these. (448 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, molasses, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, hint of spice, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a pretty solid imperial stout, good flavors and not overly sweet (339 characters)

Photo of davey101
1.71/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

2011 Vintage, bottle # 375, brew #1162, 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Opens with a huge fizz and an instant gush over. Yay, an infection. Normally I don't review infected beers but since a store had the audacity to mark this beer up and put a fancy "2011 Vintage" post-it note on the bottle....what the hell.

Pours a pitch black body with gobs of stereotypical infected foam. Massive initially before fizzing away coca-cola style. Aroma is of char, lightly soured malts, and a dash of chocolate. It honestly doesn't smell like much though. Taste is similar with light chocolate and char before going into a harsh lactic acid/cherry juice burn. Besides the sour flavor this is mostly devoid of flavor. It's almost as if the stout base nearly cancels out the infection leaving behind something so neutral and boring that the only reason for a drain pour would be for fear of the empty calories. Regardless I muscled on and finished this beer. I was really hoping for a decent aged stout and was left wondering how a store got $14 from me so easily. Bottle variation, improper storage, or a haphazard hand bottling incident; either way this seems like one to drink fresh. (1,172 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #366, brew 1395. $12.99 for a bomber

A: opaque, poured with nice deep tan head
S: mild nose, some deep roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, cocoa
T: very mellow and well-balanced, good bitter finish without being over the top
M: well-balanced and very drinkable (263 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Label reads bottle # 463/1395. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. Spotty to webby patterns of patchy lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is roasty with a grain inclusion that at times gets to be quite nutty. Some earth elements and trace amounts of fruity hops blend into a fresh almost oat character. A bit of minerals and fruit to citrus and floral hop aspect come into focus more as the brew warms up.

The taste brings forth notes of coffee and roasty grain like bitter chocolate. Some earth and mineral aspect across the back. A sweet minor fresh grain to oats character contrasts the bitter hops. Everything mingles together quite nicely with no one aspect overtaking the rest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and quite drinkable. It is something I would certainly drink again if given the opportunity however I wasnt the biggest fan of the mineral component that was present. (1,048 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/12/12

Appearance: Black - dark, pours pretty heavy - small, tan head - fades to a minimal head, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark malts and burnt - char, chocolate malts, leather, and licorice - roasty with some burnt coffee - dark, dark chocolate - minimal sweetness, mostly just burnt

Taste: Burnt - roasty, burnt coffee - burnt chocolate malts - leather, like licking a wallet - burnt bitterness - minimal sweetness, but some depth in the malts - some booze - lightly smoky - lots of dark, dark chocolate with some sweeter, milk chocolate malts

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily, adequately carbonated

Overall: Good stuff

I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, so I guess I'm happy with the result. Unapologetically burnt and roasty. Not bad, but could use some more complexity. (821 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing and procuring the bottle.

Appearance: Near black with some dark brown and red at the edges. Almost no head. Vestiges of a dark khaki cap. Tiny collar. No lacing. Relatively heavy pour. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Deeply roasted. Slight acrid edge from all the roasted malts. Black patent malts are present. Some nice edges of cocoa, milk chocolate, and cocoa nibs. Incredibly chocolatey. Day old coffee mixed with fresh espresso beans. Slight overall oxidation leaves some buttery notes. Massive roasted edge. Touches of leather. Minor sherry notes.

Taste: Abusively roasted. Acrid, almost smoky edge. Charcoal and even more roasted malt than the nose would indicate. Tons of milk chocolate, black patent malt, and roasted malts. Some lingering caramel sweetness coupled with fresh coffee. Ouch espresso beans. Burnt edges. So much roast. Minor alcohol backing. Big sweetness pulls some dark fruit, namely fig and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Falls a little short. Body is barely medium. Minimal carbonation is nice, but the massive roasted profile needs more body.

Overall: Good, but not great.

Too roasted in the long run. Nice depth. With a bit more body and a little aging, this could be something special. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a bottle and batch # on the label.

LOOK: Pitch black, thick dark tan head

SMELL: Espresso, dark chocolate, faint charcoal, brownies, burnt currants, suggestion of licorice root, estery

TASTE: Smooth, charred grain, cocoa powder, rasins, Italian Roast coffee, burnt sugar, creamy, woody hops, yeast, warming semi-sweet finish

Very well balanced, good to see and Impy Stout that is not all in your face with massive amounts of sweetness and alcohol. Well rounded and hits all the right buttons for me. (526 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the pub on New Years Day..served into a pint glass

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt

Taste: dark chocolate, hops, coffee, and some medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: This is a very solid RIS. A nice slow drinker with just the right amount of sweetness. I think this is one of Moat's better beers. I will get this again. (497 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brew pub during our summer trip through new england, definitely a must stop brew pub. Saved it for the holiday season.

Poured into a small pint glass, color is dark brown/black with a huge tan head that lingers nicely.

Smell is mild roasted malt that strengthens as it warms, hints of chocolate and mild toffee.

Taste is slightly bitter upfront, but the sweetness comes through in very clean roasted malt with chocolate notes. Nice lingering sweetness and suprised to see this pushes 9% abv.

Mouthfeel is slightly lingering combination of sweetness and mild astrigency, maybe this beers' only knock.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout, solid flavors and backbone. I'll look forward to trying to find Moat's brews again. (747 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this back in February after snowboarding at Cranmore and have finally decided to take it out of the fridge and into a glass. The bomber was poured into an imperial pint glass. #632 from batch 1162.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice 3 finger chocolate colored head. A little reduction, but stays nicely. Also, beer is pitch black with no clarity and no signs of carbonation. The head of beer has not come down yet and will have to say the retention is fantastic and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Right off the bat you get a nice roasted coffee and mocha aroma followed by a slight hint of sweet malts in the rear.

Taste: I think I am slightly disappointed about the taste of the beer. I was expecting a more flavored beer than the slight hints of coffee, mocha, and malt and bitterness towards the end. alcohol is a little noticeable towards the end of the sip too.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems light, a little watery, easy to drink, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: This was a decent Imperial Stout from Northern New Hampshire. I think the bottle was $10 or $15 at the brewpub, so can't complain. A must stop for anybody driving through on Routes 16/302 in North Conway. Hopefully I'll make it up there again this upcoming winter for some boarding. Will try this again, but there are others out there too. (1,328 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had the longest lasting head I've ever witnessed. I poured a glass and the head was still 2 fingers wide when I finished the beer ... I did drink the beer rather fast though.

I let it warm to just below room temperature and am now reviewing it.

A: exceptional head and head retention. Wonderful paintings by the head on the glass. Deep dark black color with very dark soft brown highlights on the edge of the glass.

S: Not really exciting. alcohol, coffee and traces of malts.

T: pretty much the same only it's very bitter and that seems to mask a lot of the other flavors. Preferred this when it was cold.

M: full body with very little traces of an oily feel left behind. Good tingle and weight on the tongue to not over stimulate it.

O: A nice beer to look at, better tasting if it's cold, but still drinkable. I think this is something I would share rather then drink the entire bomber myself again. (918 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle #928, from brew #1162. I poured this brew into a chalice. The beer pours with a very healthy head, foamy and frothy and out of control to start, with a light biege coloring on top, but a milk chocolate coloring towards the bottom. The head starts around three fingers deep, but slowly settles into a more reasonable half-inch. The nose is very aromatic, with hints of smoke, molasses sweetness, some dark roasted coffee bitterness, and a meaty characteristic. There almost seems to be a hint of steamed hot dogs in there. This beer clings on with a death grip to anything it touches. The body is thick, rich, and smooth. It's got a motor oil consistnecy to it, but more towards the used motor oil type. Flavors are roasty/toasty initially, with a good blast of coffee flavor, but quickly followed by the meaty, steamed hot dog flavor again. The beer has a very syrupy sweet undertone, like a rich molasses or simple syrup mixture. It clashes a bit with the rich and meaty characteristics, but not overwhelming in either direction. The beer has a light roasted mocha aftertaste to it, with a bit of an overcooked, steamed out resonance to the flavors. The finish lingers a bit, but not too long. It leaves a filmy, roasted, and wet feel/taste to the mouth. Good stab at this style, but there are definitely better offerings out there. (1,352 characters)

Photo of ggilman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bomber today after enjoying lunch and a barleywine. Bottle #1001, Brew #1162.

Poured (perhaps too) vigorously down the center of a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip glass. Huge mocha four finger head sits on dark solid molasses body. Sweet chocolate malt & kahlua come wafting out. The head is settling like a neglected root beer float. Patchy and uneven. Very surprised at the initial mouthfeel, very sharply carbonated, was expecting it to be creamier. The head has all but dissipated around the edges, but a silver dollar sized island of fluff remains in the center. Letting this one warm up a bit is a good idea. The chocolate in the flavor differs from the smell. I thought it would be sweet w. vanilla bean judging by the nose. Instead, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, with a dry bitter finish. A bit medicinal, or rootsy. Reminds me a little of Moxie! Maybe some oatmeal thrown in. The warmer it gets, the velvetier (?) it gets.
Feels more like an imperial porter. Still sharply carbonated. None of the flavors are huge, in your face. Muted. Bitter dry finish to the end. I'd say about 8 of the original 22oz. still remain, and I'm feeling all of the 9%! (1,180 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle contributed by my sister for our recent 8 imperial stout blind tasting. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color, mostly clear body with a good thick tan head that is creamy and a bit foamy. Light lacing left on the glass.

S - Cherries, wine-like/grapey, dark fruits. Grassy hops, a bit solventy and/or cleanser-ish.

T - Dark fruits, bitter, coffee-ish, hoppy bitterness, subtle roasty flavors, a bit burnt.

M - Light/medium bodied, crisp, hoppy, very minor heat/warmth/booze...just ok, nothing special.

O - Not especially impressed. OK - not bad, but clearly the bottom rated beer of the group of 8 we tasted tonight. Admittedly, there were some serious heavy hitters in the group though. Some in the group called this more of a heavy black IPA...I would fall short of describing it this way, but it is certainly just an average Impy Stout. (890 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark opaque brown to black with a huge head that's a grayish khaki color, recedes rather quickly, but leaves tons of nice lacing. poured a bit thin, though.

very roasty aroma with a decent amount of bitter chocolate and black coffee. some black molasses and burnt caramel behind that, and a considerable amount of toffee.

at first its a bit astringent, but roast quickly takes over, and the chocolate waits until the aftertaste to present itself. a bit bitter throughout, with an odd woody hop presence, but it mellows as it warms.

a bit watery for the style with good carbonation and a decent roasty and chocolaty finish.

Its good, but not great by any means. If they fixed up the astringency and added some body, this would be much better, but as it is, its decent. (772 characters)

Photo of mrclog
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle #336 of brew#1163 into my Moat Mountain pint glass.

Pours black with a four finger head on it. Very carbinated. Try a slow pour on a tilted glass for glass number two and still got a good sized head. The head stayed with the glass almost the entire time.

smelled inviting with a touch of what I believe to be molasses.

I got some sweetness in the beginning with hops in the middle finishing burnt and smokey.

I was a little upset with how thin this was.

At Twenty bucks a bottle it does not live upt o the price. However I did enjoy the beer and would drink it again. (587 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger thick brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color with hints of mahogany. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose, flavor is baked-burnt chocolate, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent imp stout but way overpriced at $19.99 for a 22oz bottle #365 from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. (356 characters)

Photo of Adamdc
1.94/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle numbered 604/1162. Bought at brewery/restaurant in North Conway, NH.

A: opaque body topped off by 2 inches of billowing tan foam. Head dissipates quickly to a 1/2 inch.

S: some coffee, cocoa and dark fruits but all very subdued

T: I hate to say this but this tastes awful. I get a hint of chocolate and coffee at the start but then it finishes extremely bitter. I can't even tell if its a hop bitterness or some flaw that happened during brewing.

M: very thin, pretty highly carbonated

O: I was very excited to crack open this bottle that I picked up about a month ago----a big disappointment. I can't get over the bitterness. I'm about to drainpour it. I have another bottle that I'm hoping will improve with age but I'm doubting it. (751 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #554
Brew #1162
In a tulip glass the beer was a black color with two fingers of cafe au lait head. Sticky lace.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee. A little muted.
More in the taste. Sweet chocolate, dusty cocoa, coffee.
A dry, medium-bodied stout.
Very nice at $15 for the bomber. (283 characters)

Photo of HopNuggets
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz into Spigeleau glass.

A - Amazing deep dark midnight black with a solid 2 finger coffee head that leaves thick chunks of lacing down the glass.

S - Coffee, toffee and possibly a hint of sweet cherries comes through.

T - Coffee, dark roasted malt, a bit of heat in the end with a lingering coffee taste. A bit of hop bite but a good balance.

M - Medium carb and a little light for an Impy Stout with a hint of alcohol heat.

D - I could drink a 6-pack of this if it wasn't $20/bomber... ha-ha. (508 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at blue mermaid in Portsmouth.

Creamy darker head, pitch black beer

Nose add lots of coffee, roast, toffee, oats, dark fruit, light burnt roast and coffee

Taste is dry, light woody like taste, chalky, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, chewy oats, some burnt roasty and dark roasty bitter earthy taste, no real booze, very dry finish, some earthy bittering hops come though even more on the finish. THe burnt flavors take away from it a little, but I bet cellaring it for a year or two will help it.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb

Drink is decent, no real booze, dry finish, little sticky (612 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle marked #360 of Brew 1162. It pours a dark brown with red ruby hues when held to the light. It yields a silky, long lasting tan head. The aromas are fully of smoked malty notes with a mellow alcohol chaser. Not much in the way of chocolates. The heavy, creamy body warms the tongue and throat. There is a nice maltiness in the taste with a dry hopped ending. You might want to buy it on tap at the pub if you get the chance. At $20 per bottle you might find that a bit steep for a nice, but otherwise typical Imperial Stout. (550 characters)

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Moat Imperial Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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