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

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Moat Square Tail Stout
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
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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Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

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


07-04-2003 09:55:24 | More by Bierman9
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

10-14-2003 06:06:21 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of cbutova


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

02-18-2012 04:16:32 | More by cbutova
Photo of petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-25-2013 22:09:36 | More by petermethot
Photo of DonFrap


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-16-2013 02:01:07 | More by DonFrap
Photo of arizcards


4.38/5  rDev +12%

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.

06-22-2011 23:34:24 | More by arizcards
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

08-04-2012 20:48:51 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2011 03:31:39 | More by Burt
Photo of morebeergood


4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-21-2014 16:14:29 | More by morebeergood
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-25-2012 21:19:39 | More by BeerBucks
Photo of Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

03-31-2013 20:21:18 | More by Flounder57
Photo of dunix


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-28-2013 17:27:33 | More by dunix
Photo of mschofield


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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

09-17-2004 21:18:37 | More by mschofield
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

07-15-2008 12:41:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2013 18:45:00 | More by Proclarush
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

01-26-2009 05:38:39 | More by Gosox8787
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-31-2014 01:03:50 | More by powdersoldier
Photo of PatandDavid


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-30-2004 18:12:10 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-12-2012 01:15:03 | More by ScaryEd
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-11-2012 22:14:34 | More by mattparsons
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-03-2014 19:42:49 | More by rdooley
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 01:35:24 | More by Oidmoe
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

06-28-2005 11:30:09 | More by Truh
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

12-02-2009 03:12:03 | More by rpstevens
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-08-2012 22:17:51 | More by Cavanaghty
Moat Square Tail Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.