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Moat Bone Shaker Brown - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Moat Bone Shaker Brown
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BA SCORE
87
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An English-style brown ale. This beer has a biscuit-like smoothness with a rich, malt body and medium hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: BillyBrew on 10-06-2002)
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 01:47:17 | More by puboflyons
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 03:52:33 | More by Durge
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty four ounce can poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Hints of caramel and hazelnuts in the aroma with a nice bready malt backbone. Seems to have a little bit of a floral hop presence that lingers in the background. The pallet has a nice hazelnut flavor with some hints of cocoa powder and caramel. Dark German bread with a little bit of a bitter hop kick at the finish.

The body is full and slightly sticky with soft carbonation. Overall I'm real impressed with this one. I had low expectations (for an unknown reason, I've liked all of the Moat beers so far.) but this one is a real solid offering at a good price. I'll be happy to grab this one again.

Serving type: can

05-09-2012 01:14:12 | More by Bendurgin
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-06-2012 21:21:57 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-29-2012 22:24:32 | More by erlenmeyer
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 22:53:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-08-2012 20:58:00 | More by mvanaskie13
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 18:51:38 | More by FrankLloydMike
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cfloyd

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-25-2011 19:27:22 | More by cfloyd
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j89de

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-11-2011 20:13:39 | More by j89de
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 00:24:50 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-26-2011 03:30:07 | More by Burt
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-20-2011 02:52:31 | More by PEIhop
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-15-2011 18:58:51 | More by ElGallo
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly reddish tinted brown color with nice cap of light khaki colored head, good retention. Scent is of roasted and toasted nuts, crusty dark bread, powered cocoa and decent earthy hop notes. Taste surprises with strong nutty notes mixed with powdered cocoa, dark grainy and crusty bread and earthy hop notes. Medium bodied, nice and hefty on palate for the style with some earthiness to it. A fantastic brown ale that does it all right.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 21:10:00 | More by rfgetz
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arizcards

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint earlier today at the Brewpub for $4.00.

Beer was served brown with a solid tan head that was long lasting.

Nose had hints of malt and cocoa.

Taste was somewhat nutty with a hint of cocoa. Decent hopping balanced the malt sweetness quite well.

Mouthfeel was perfect. I cannot say i have ever had a brown with this full of mouthfeel and smoothness.

Overall a solid beer, glad i picked this one to try!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 23:24:39 | More by arizcards
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2010 17:45:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 22:38:21 | More by Liverpool08
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice beer. On tap, served in a mug, the beer was a reddish/brown color with a thick off-white head. A little bit of lacing. A caramel aroma primarily, also a little nut aroma. Taste followed aroma, caramel and nuts. Nice hops kick at the end. It felt good and tasted good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 14:26:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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brunop

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 20:17:21 | More by brunop
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy ruby and brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing

The smell featured solid coffee and toasted malt aroma.

The taste was a clean and dry coffee and cocoa flavor. Good bitterness. Pumpernickle bread sort of doughiness.

The mouthfeel was clean with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable ale. Nice and dry. ABV - 5.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 15:28:59 | More by plaid75
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown, topped with a one finger off-white head. Only leaves sparse bits of lacing on the glass.
Caramel, nutty and earthy aroma, nice amount of hops for a brown ale.
Pretty consistent from aroma to taste, caramel, nuts, earthy. After the malty flavors some floral hops come out.
Medium bodied, to the lighter side, a pretty basic brown at first I only had a sampler, but the hop note convinced me to order a full pint on our second visit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 21:12:09 | More by mschofield
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bier has a deep copper color, perhaps more closely approximating mahogany. Head was thin and a touch off-white. A bit of lacing, but not much. Nose had a nutty, semi-sweet malt aspect, with a hint of hops as well....though it was mild, in general. Body could have had a bit more to it....lies better than thin yet not quite medium. Still, it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. Nutty notes show in the flavor as well, along with some toffee characteristics. Balance is nice, with hops making a good statement at the end, with a pleasing, floral finish with out being bitter. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

579

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2003 09:37:40 | More by Bierman9
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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....

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2003 06:33:03 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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BillyBrew

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice American brown. Auburn-brown colour with sticky, tight head with lace and cap that are long lasting. Sweet maltiness and very slight hop flower. Solid, thick malt with some sweetness and hop bite. Very smooth, thick medium body.

A nice hoppy brown with a very smooth body and a nice look. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2002 17:31:27 | More by BillyBrew
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Moat Bone Shaker Brown from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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