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

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: BillyBrew on 10-06-2002

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.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 30
Photo of ggilman
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Cavanaghty
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 BillyBrew
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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.

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

Screw-top growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/2" dark brown head, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles at an average pace, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet dark roasted grains. Taste starts with coffee, chocolate and anise, sweet in the middle, and closes with a light hoppiness. Coffee flavor lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Good brew all around.

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

Had a keg at my brew club.

Light rich head over very dark almost black semi thick.

Nose of creamy Belgian like stout almost lager like. Light smoke and roast. Some oatmeal and chewy malts.

Taste brings some chocolate and little roast, oatmeal, little crystal malt, touch of smoke. Some light bitterness and earthy hops. Toasty and a little chewy with some nice bitterness. Finishes with a nice lingering hoppy bitterness and some sticky mouth coating dark malts some creamy oatmeal.

Mouth is slightly heavier with decent carbonation.

A decent drinkability with some sticky mouth coating feel but dries a bit and mostly clean for a dark stout.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the brewpub on October 9, 2012.

The pour was very dark brown to nearly black with these kind of glistening ruby red hues around the tip of the glass. The head was brown.

The aroma was smoky like the food they serve at the restaurant with a load of coffee grinds, dark malts and a slight cherry character dropping hints that they were there.

The body tended to be thinner than I expected but still fell into the medium range.

The taste was bold an unassuming with dark malts and smoke but it had more of a Porter-like character. Low bitterness at the end.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this after a fun day out in the sun on vacation! Definitely curious how they would define a foreign export stout:

A - nice rich black color with a solid dark tan head
S - Mild roasty grains / coffee notes dominate the aroma.
T - roasted grains, coffee notes, mild dark malts
M - not quite medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a medium dry light roasty finish.
D - paired very well with their brisket. Definitely a house friendly beer

I'd love to try this on a nitro pour. I always think of foreign export stouts as defined by guinness. This is definitely not guinness but is quite tasty in it's interpretation of the style.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby highlighted, dark brown coloring with a light tan, frothy head. The head retnetion is good, and it clings to everything as you drink. Subtle roasted coffee and smokey nose, with a mocha sweetness in the background. The flavors are rich, with a heavier smoke presence supporting the roasted coffee backbone. There are touches of chocolate throughout the palate, as well. Bitter and smokey aftertaste, with a slightly drying, rich finish. Very tasty.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. Served in a pint glass, this was a dark brown, almost black, beer with a thick, sticky tan head. It had a mild roasted malt and coffee aroma, with perhaps a little bit of chocolate. The taste copied the aroma, but there was a nice lingering of the roasted malt. Pleasant beer, would drink it again

Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Barleypub in Dover. I also enjoyed this with a slice of rich chocolate cake, courtesy of fellow BA's PurpleHops and Purplehats, so that made it even better. I normally don't go for stouts, but was intrigued as I'd never even heard of this brewery. Well, they do a good stout, that I can say. My full pint pour was opaque and dark, with some slight ruby highlights. It came topped with a small filmy latte colored head. Aroma was more subtle than expected, my notes tell me that there was some faint cocoa powder. Medium body, fresh tasting, smooth and roasted characteristics were the predominant flavors. I would be interested in trying more from this brewery.

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

Alburrito in Littleton, VT.

A- Black bodied ale poured into a pint glass. Dark mocha colored head forms to a decent size but does down fairly quickly, probably not optimal glassware. No lace, again the glasses must be mass machine washed.

S- Mostly dark roast malt and cocoa with some background hints of vanilla and caramel.

T- Takes on a stronger roast and even ashy smoked flavor. The roast cocoa is nice as well as some sweet caramel, vanilla and cherry/dark fruit notes.

MF- Creamy with a foamy lighter end stout body. Finishes with some roast bitterness.

A solid stout in a place I didn't expect to find one, a nice surprise. I hope to actually make it up to the Moat Mointain brewery itself.

Photo of ecoboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served too cold at the North Conway source 11/26. Let it sit on the counter while I enjoyed a thai fish and lemongrass wrap. Moat Mt.'s food is soooo good.

Note: not a nitro pour, for those who appreciate the non-Guinness/Beamish stuff. Syrupy molasses-looking deep brown. Head a disappearing tan.

This is a

1. sour side
2. less creamy
3. less roasty
4. lighter in body
5. not terribly cloying or mouthcoating

stout.

It's not bad, very drinkable for the style and even perhaps a stout suitable for hot days. You do need to be ready for this style, however.

Photo of Bierman9
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout is very dark brown, perhaps bordering on black. The head was tan, and quite creamy, though it shrinks down to a stable, thin layer. Lacing is lovely! Nose is roasty and coffee-like, though very mild for the style. It was smooth on the tongue, but the body was less than medium. I tend to like stouts with more body than this one has. Flavor has more coffee and roasty malt notes, and it then proceeds to become quite dry and bitter at the finish. It could have more overall "oomph" as far as flavors go, though. Still, it's a smooth, easy-drinking bier.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

581

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Flatbread Pizza Co in Portsmouth NH. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours was a very dark brown, from a different angle, black. There was light foam a top and some lacing. Smell was a roasted dark malt, hints of coffee. Taste was a smooth balanced bitter, dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans. Light bodied in the mouthfeel - milky and smooth. Overall pretty good.

Photo of rpstevens
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blue Mermaid. The beer pours a deep brown-to-black with almost red edges. There is a thin tan/white head that sits on top of the brew.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee. The coffee smell is a bit acrid, beyond that there is a hint of chocolate and dark fruits.

The taste is over-roasted malt and almost burnt coffee. There is some dark chocolate and also a cherry-like-sweetness. The finish carries a weird flavor. Not exactly bad, but it just doesn't seem to belong.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but it's well carbonated and it's pretty drinkable. I would like to revisit this one, but I am not in a hurry.

Photo of kaszeta
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours with a deep, deep black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with some nice coffee and nutty notes. Taste was quite good and smooth, rolling over the tongue with nice smooth maltiness, but it came off as a bit weak on the finish. But very drinkable, and rather pleasant.

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