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Moat Square Tail Stout - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Foreign-style stout. Invitingly smooth, clean and full –bodied, excellent to enjoy anytime of year. Roasted malt in mouth finishes with coffee and chocolate notes.

(Beer added by: BillyBrew on 10-06-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH.

This was an extremely pleasant surprise. This beer had a nice nice dark appearance with a half inch head that was a light brown color. The smell hinted at some roasted malts and had a bit of coffee smell, which was welcome. The taste was great. This had the strong taste of the roasted malts blended perfectly with the slightly bitter undertone. Overall, one of the better tasting beers I have ever had in my life. The mouthfeel was perfect for the beer. There was not a lot of carbonation to take away from the creamy texture of the brew. Drinkability was also outstanding. Usually, I can only have a couple stouts before the flavor becomes too much. This was not the case with this beer as I didn't get sick of it at any point.

Overall, this is one of my favorites and something I would get at any bar if it were available.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Beer was served black as night with a nice brown head.

Nose was cocoa and coffee.

Taste was a nice blend of roasted malts that had notes of coffee and cocoa. There was a level of hopping that made this brew very well balanced and clean.

Mouthfeel was full viscosity and very smooth for a smaller stout.

Overall this is a very good version of an American Stout, lots of flavor and viscosity going on without a huge amount of alcohol. Definitely recommended to those who like this style.

Photo of bbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.. Beautiful dark brown/black. Some decent lace

S.. A good hearty malt awaiting you

T.. Great stout. A little hop and a good abundance of maltiness. Smoke flavors are tasty!

M.. As with any good stout this has a dry finish. Not a session stout but close with the low ABV.

O.. I really love this stout. Bought a growler too and me and the misses polished it off in an hour. It's that good.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent stout. Dark, well roasted, carmel taste. Went down smooth with a pleasant bitter taste. I enjoyed this beer very much. Not over filling either, did not leave me with that sometimes "bloated" feeling as experienced with other stouts. A gem.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and near black with minimal head. Scent is a moderately strong mix of roasted grain mixed with dark chocolate milk and freshly ground espresso. Taste follows scent, solid roast, chocolate and coffee notes, lightly sweet with light notes of dark fruit thrown in. Fuller side of medium bodied smooth but with a bit of grainy and powdery heft. A good drinkable, full flavored stout in a time where many places strive for big.

Photo of Tasteseeker
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the source, before getting a growler fill.

A: Arrives black as all get out, with a dark brown head that fades fairly quickly. Handsome enough, with no lacing, but not unusually beautiful.

S: Very roasty, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A real pleaser.

T: Taste follows nose, with the roastiness being prominent, followed by some coffee and chocolate notes, and a healthy balanced bitterness. There's a distant licorice note in there, but it's very faint. Overall, a really nice, roasty, well-balanced taste.

M: A bit creamy, very smooth, but definitely on the lighter end for a stout. Personally I don't mind the lightness, but also wouldn't mind a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite Moat beers, and a really nice stout. The roastiness was perfect after a hike, and I imagine even better in the dead of winter. They really nail an excellent balance of bitterness and roastiness for the style. Very drinkable.

Photo of sethmeister
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Moat Mountain Brewery last night and poured this afternoon.

Fully opaque black with a full fluffy tan head and sticky, well retained lace.

Scent is roasty coffee and soft bittersweet chocolate. A hint of smoke perhaps.

Soft chocolate flavors, roasty notes, roasted coffee and a very subtle citrus hop note in the background. Not a particularly sweet stout, in fact there actually seems to be the tiniest hint of sourness when rolled to the sides of the tongue. The roasty qualities are perhaps a bit understated for an export stout, though they are certainly present. There's a nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue while you contemplate the next sip.

Oily and slick medium mouthfeel, little carbonation.

Very easy to drink. Each sip left me wanting another and when the pint emptied I refilled it immediately.

This is a delicious stout and I'd happily drink it again.

Photo of ggilman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz. pour on tap at the Smoke House.

Wish I remembered to bring my growler. I would've filled one up.

Deep dark chocolate color, with a small head. They pour these ice cold, and right to the top of the glass, which is hard to complain about, but I would have rather had it slightly warmer, and with a little more head. Very small tan head, not much lace. I tried to let this one warm up, but ultimately poured it down my gullet fast. Very smooth and creamy, ultimately drinkable. Chocolately and slightly bitter. Very dry, which I enjoy. If I wasn't on a N. Conway shopping excursion, I would've guzzled a couple more. Great stout, nothing over the top.

Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn’t figure out a way to cross it with this one on 6/4/2005. 16-oz. shaker pour at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH.

About an 1/8-inch of foam starts, but settles like America’s Greatest Hero when he was learning to fly. Pitch black hue, but I can go on further to describe it as somehow faking, in a way. Corpuscular oats and washed, acid roasted malt, with a touch of burnt caramel on the nose. Crank of notty frangal, shot of smoke, and a nice chocolate underflow play on the mouth.

I found this to be very smooth, though an attenuating smoke hits the roof of the mouth, and leaves a trace of chalky character lying around. On the whole though, it stand up well. I found this pour to be more subtle, in some ways, than the one I had previously.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH.

This stout poured a deep black color with brown foam that settled quickly and left a shiny, mirror-like black surface. The smell was nice and strong: sweet very dark malt, coffee, and a hint of banana (??). The taste was slightly sweet, dark malt and roasted barley with some fruit (banana), coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, and a low, background hop bitterness throughout. The flavor lingered on the tongue nicely. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. This was a good stout, but would have been better with a bit more carbonation or perhaps nitrogenation from a nitro tap.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin beige head.

Smell: Coffee, maybe some chocolate. Some roasted malts in the backround.

Mouthfeel/Taste: I would say a medium to full bodied beer, but smooth. Tasted mostly of coffee.

Overall: One of the better Stouts I have tried, as I am not big into Stouts in the first place, but I would drink this one again for sure.

Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, topped with a two finger dark khaki head. Leaves thick wide webs of lacing behind.
Roasty, earthy aroma, chocolate and burnt coffee beans.
Earthy - 'dirty' taste (I mean that in a good way), herbs on top of a chocolaty malt base, a touch of licorice and a lot of coffee. A bit acrid.
Medium-full bodied, creamy

Photo of BillyBrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout. Black, black colour with a heavy tan, sticky head and thick lace and swirls. Black malt nose with mild roastedness. Roasted malt flavors with chocolate taste that becomes more evident with warmth. Dry medium-heavy body.

Great beverage. The right dry body with roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Cheers!

Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 20 oz tumbler.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. It is pitch black with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, and bready oats.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty nice and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, smoky, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty nice stout. I love stopping here after snowboarding.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: roasted malt, coffee, cream, and chocolate

Taste: chocolate start followed by roasted malt and coffee with a touch of creaminess at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet and roasty with a bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipper that you cannot go wrong with ordering. I like how the beer transitions from a chocolate portion to a coffee portion. A very solid beer.

Photo of DrewKid4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: Sampler from cask available from New England BrewFest.

A: Poured nearly black with a thin, tan head.

S: For the first 30 seconds I tried this brew I had a tough time placing where exactly I had the smell of this beer before. Then it came to me. It smelled just like Chocolate and/or Toffee Taffy. There was a bitterness to the chocolate smell that could not only be described as chocolaty.

T: See above for general taste as well. More bitter that typical stouts I've tried. I don't know if that made a difference between cask and typical tap.

M: Full bodied. Very dry finish that seemed to evaporate from the tongue.

D: After one glass, I was finished with this and ready for a different drink. I didn't give this a bad grade because I was trying several beres at a festival and, also, aren't most stouts a bit filling.

Overall I would definitely give this another try if Moat Mountain was more readily available in my area.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Moat Square Tail Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.