Moat Bone Shaker Brown - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +17%
my favorite brew pub on the planet--moat mountain in north conway, nh on the east side of the white mountains. far and away my favorite place.
anyway, brown ale isn't my beer of choice but i make an exception for moats.
far and away the best example of the style i've ever had. big 22 oz glasses!
01-05-2009 20:17:21 | More by brunop
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Had on-tap at Street in Portsmouth. I've had this beer on-tap at the brewery several times before, and it's a stand-out in a style that is too populated by mediocre beers.
A: Arrives, beheaded, in a tumbler glass; brown as all get-up and probably right-on for the style, but doing little to attract attention, aside from the pleasant lacing that will linger throughout the glass, and with the clarity common to Moat beers.
S: Roasty, toasty, nutty and bready--the nose is all malt, but very clean, with caramel dominating and just the slightest hint of hops.
T: Crisp and clean, as all Moat beers seem to be, this is fairly hoppy for the style, but still a malt-focused beer. The malts are bready, semi-sweet, but largely dry and perfectly balanced by the earthy hop bitterness. This exhibits none of the cloying, sticky sweetness that seem to predominate so many browns.
M: Mouthfeel is good--fairly full and smooth, but just slightly on the light side perhaps. Still, very clean.
O: Easily the best brown ale I can think of. While I enjoy many of the other browns from this neck of the woods--Smuttynose OBD, Throwback Dippity Do and Woodstock Pigs Ear--the Moat brown leads the pack. This is a style I rarely go for, but there's no hesitation when I see this on-tap. Word was they were planning to put this in 24 oz. cans along with the pale ale a few years back. I hope those plans come to fruition.
01-03-2012 18:51:38 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
I saw the tap handle and thought, "not another brown ale." It came down in front of me, brown with a decent head. I took a sip, "wham". Hey, who put the hops in here? Initial shock turned to fascination. This was a crossbred beer, a yankee innovation. It had the sweet maltiness as it entered your gullet, then "wham", hops. A must try. A brown ale for hop heads? What next, stouts? Hmmmmmmmmmm....
06-23-2003 06:33:03 | More by bewareOFpenguin
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a tallboy into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, chestnut coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas of chocolate, butterscotch, and maple blend together for a very sweet, inviting nose. Flavors are rich, but remain light, with a roasted hazelnut and chocolate blending that is pleasantly sweet but not overpowering. The chocolate gives a slight bitterness to keep all the sweet characteristics in check. Very decent on the palate. The aftertaste is a roasted coffee and caramel blending, almost like after drinking a caramel machiato (sp?). Smooth, clean finish with only a hint of the roasted qualities left behind. Tasty, and easy to drink.
04-26-2012 22:53:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark brown with a 1 finger creamy white head. Fair amount of carbonation rose from the bottom. Head only lasted a few minutes. Aroma was a roasted grain, similar to a brown bread, with a reasonable fit of sweetness to it. Taste was a bit spicy up front, hints of pepper. Mellowed out to a roast malt/oat flavor. Not bad in the mouth. The tongue was a little on the excessively tingly side, but coated fairly well. Overall a solid brown. Takes a ding on the cost, seemed a bit high for a brown.
08-27-2012 22:32:56 | More by mountdew1
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Yummy! Had on tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth NH. Nice darkish red brown, with a nice white head. Aroma of sweet malts, nuts and caramel. Taste is super! Sweet nutty malt flavors,are followed by just a hint of hops. Malts really come thru with brown sugar/nutty blend. This is a great beer!
09-11-2010 22:38:21 | More by Liverpool08
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Found this at Walters Restaurant in Portland, Maine, this is a dark root beer brown with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. The aroma suggests an earthy malt and swampy caramel nuttiness. Very nice as brown ales go. The first mouthful introduces a medium-light bodied brew with flavors of charcoal malt and some evergreen hop that provides a little bit of a dry feel through the tingly carbonation. Some creamy milk chocolate comes out nicely. Served cold this is super refreshing and tasty. What a great surprise!
05-11-2012 03:52:33 | More by Durge
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Sampled on May 25, 2012. It pours brown with ruby red highlights from the can with a smallish, short-lasting head. This aroma is something else with rich malts, nuttiness, yeast, and maybe even a little bit of hazelnut or cinnamon. The body falls into the medium range, which seems to be the weakest part of the beer. The taste is fabulous with extraordinary malts, yeast, and a much more laid back hop character. Overall it is well balanced with a mild bitterness. As far as Brown Ales go this is actually one of the better ones.
05-26-2012 01:47:17 | More by puboflyons
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:
Toasted pie-crust brown color with a crystal-clear clarity, the lacing shows great retention. Nutty aroma with a hint of sweet caramel, toasted bread and a faint raisin fruitiness. Very smooth with more than enough crispness to keep things lively within the medium body. Pleasantly heavy on the toasted side, as it comes across with a very tasty, nutty character. Mild caramel and bready sweetness in the middle. Hops are modest and let the malt pull this beer along, though the bitterness is firm enough to keep things balanced. The toasted and nutty flavors don't leave quickly, and they linger very far into the semidry aftertaste.
This is one of those epic Brown Ales that we could see drinking all night long without hesitation. A growler to go will suffice for now--staying over in their inn sounds like a good idea.
09-20-2010 17:45:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
Moat Bone Shaker Brown from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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