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

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Branching out from their normal draft and growlers only, Moat decided to hand bottle 70 cases of this Imperial Stout (this is their first time bottling)

Pours a solid motor oil black with a big thick light-mocha colored head.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted barley with a strong coffee presence and some lingering sweetness that hints at cherries. Also some chocolate notes but not a lot by imperial stout standards.

Taste lines up well with the aroma notes, being heavy on the coffee and some fruity sweetness as well. Again there are hints of chocolate but I'm getting too much of a roasted flavor to really pick up on it.

Mouthfeel has plenty of body to it with some chewiness. Overall, Moat seems to have gone all out this time with their Imperial Stout and they have a winner with this one (of course, they must have realized this too because the decision to bottle it was a good move). Seems like this one could hold up with some of the best impy stouts out their.

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of mrclog
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of MrMonkey
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with red highlights when held up to the light. Forms a two-finger, thick, rocky, coffee colored head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Excellent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, dark red fruits, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Lots of roasted malt character, but there is great balance between the sweet and roasted aromas. There's a hint of some floral hops in there, and the alcohol is masked pretty well.

Taste is very much like the nose. Great balance between the sweet and roasted malts. Reminds me of coffee ice cream with a chocolate swirl. Nice dry finish as the hops come through in the end.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel; it's creamy and a little thick, but not as thick or chewey as some others of this style.

Despite the ABV, it is quite drinkable. It doesn't go down quickly by any means, and one is usually my limit, but it is tasty and smooth!

**This is a very limited release available only at the brewery by the pint; no growler fills, unfortunately. If you find yourself in North Conway, stop in and grab a pint while it lasts.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of davey101
1.71/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of portia99
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overly expensive 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a solid black with no light penetration. smallish tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the top of the glass. Smells of roast caramel, toffee, and chocolate, spicy perfumy hops, touches of alcohol and a slight smoky phenolic in there as well. Taste is roasty and smoky, mix up with some chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. The body on this one starts off really thick, but somehow finishes quite dry on the palette with a lingering smoky roasty-ness. Low level of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is not the worst stout I've set to my lips, but certainly not worth the 20 dollar price tag. The body could be a little thicker, and I think the smoke is too strong and detracts more than it enhances this brew. One and done for me.

Photo of ggilman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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%!

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Adamdc
1.94/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Photo of 603BeerMe
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into 2 Portsmouth Brewery tulips. $12 from Moat Mountain.

A - Deep, dark black, with a light brown, 1-2 finger head that stayed for about half the glass. Decent legs but not thick.

S - Rum(?), raisin, light chocolate, Hops. The aromas are very muted. I really had to dig to get those smells.

T - Roasted coffee, light chocolate, hoppy, a bit smokey. I hardly taste the 9%.

M - Medium carbonation, very smooth. Good finish. Easy drinking.

D - Albeit not the most complex RIS I've had, I would call this one a "session" Stout - if I were to be in the mood for a few Stouts, I could have a couple of these & be good. The price tag & ABV of course, hurts the "sessionability" of this beer.

A great offering from Moat, but the price tag is tough to get over for not a "slap yo momma" Stout...

I think a bit of age would do this one some good, if you don't like your RIS fresh...

Photo of HopNuggets
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle #542 thanks to Scottie.

Pours black with a big fluffy tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves some sparse lacing.

Aroma is very chocolaty with cocoa powder and milk chocolate mixed with roasted black malts. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is also sweet up front with chocolate malts, coffee and some earthy hops. But the difference in the taste is that the finish is much more bitter and roasty than anything I was expecting from the nose.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth with a dry, roasty finish.

This is a decent RIS that's heavy on the chocolate and dark roasted malts and very dry in the finish. All in all, I'm glad I got to sample something from this brewery and I look forward to others.

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Moat Imperial Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.