Moat Square Tail Stout - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-06-2012 04:09:22 | More by GarthDanielson
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-10-2012 00:06:26 | More by puboflyons
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
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-25-2012 16:05:49 | More by FrankLloydMike
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-19-2011 19:59:16 | More by ggilman
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-09-2011 21:19:43 | More by rfgetz
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
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-03-2011 16:44:25 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-08-2010 22:02:10 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-13-2010 01:09:22 | More by jlindros
Moat Square Tail Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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