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

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: MrMonkey on 03-10-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

thegerm87, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

PEIhop, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Peter1977, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

epoole3, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Carpentiere, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Resuin, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ChicagoNick, Dec 20, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

ghostwalker, Nov 16, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Cavanaghty, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

irishevans, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Todd, Sep 11, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +22.8%

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.

Zackcavalier, Aug 31, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +7%

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

MDDMD, Jul 18, 2013
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1.68/5  rDev -54.5%

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.

davey101, Jun 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Tidesox28, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

fearfactory, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kelp, Mar 16, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

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

wisrarebeer, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Derekg, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ScaryEd, Jan 15, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

stakem, Nov 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

LambicKing, Nov 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

t0rin0, Nov 04, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

angrybabboon, Oct 12, 2012
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Moat Imperial Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.