Moat Imperial Stout | Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of this classic export ale. We started with copious amounts of 2-row malt as well as imported roast, chocolate and black malts. Our hop bill of Chinook, Williamette and EK Goldings was also increased this year. With these changes, we anticipate an extended period of maturation and a longer window of peak flavor in the cellar. Look for this when we have the shortest daylight of the year!

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 99
Photo of Craig-er
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Imperial from New Hampshire. Complex, rich, with lacing that sticks to the tulip glass forever. Coffee and chocolate flavors that linger on the pallette like a fine Burgundy wine from France. Overall, very impressed, well done.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown, almost black body with tan head

Smell - molasses, black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate

Taste - roasted malts, black licorice, dark chocolate, molasses

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, molasses upfront, a bit of bitterness / roast on the back end

Overall - decent version of an RIS here. Leans more molasses forward, but good beer

Price point - $3.50/16 oz can

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can...12/07/16 stamped on the bottom.

The pour here is very dark and stout like, dark mocha cap, resolves to a thicker film. extensive sheeting and strands of thicker lacing.

Black coffee and dark chocolate on the nose.

Super smooth and dangerously easy drinking.

Big, bold, complex, tasty and highly worthy brew....more big and meaty notes of dark coffee and dark chocolate....delicious and well worth seeking out...go get some..very hi quality Impy stout in a can...

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Photo of mmorris15
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a pitch black, with a cinnamon brown head.
S: Dark malts galore. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, piney hops.
T: Tons of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a slightly bitter pine finish.
F: Slightly viscous, fairly chewy.
O: This is a really well done RIS. Glad to be seeing some of these guys' stuff in cans around here.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Woodstock Inn Brewery snifter at near room temperature canned on 11/23/16. Pours a beautiful dark almost completely black, with a nice 2 inch light brown head that leaves behind massive lace.

Smell is cocoa powder, coffee beans, vanilla, Worthers caramel, and toffee.

Taste follows cocoa butter, coffee, vanilla bean, caramel, biscuit, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is near large and creamy, moderate carbonation, pretty dry, and really nice drinkability.

Overall this is fun to watch, I have been drinking this brewery for years at the brewery. Now they are canning and they are getting better and better at brewing. Excellent food at the brewery. Another great beer from them recently, really getting good!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up while in Conway, drank while Catherine the great. Looks thick and heavy with with an merry tan ring of retention. Smells like roast malt and black jelly bean sugar shell coating. Taste is fairly light on the roast and thus a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks. Very dark brown, medium heat of a medium tan.
Smell. Earthy coffee, light-leathery molasses, somewhat sweet caramel, a tad of pungency.
Taste. A bit of malts, but stronger on the toasted, dry hops, though more on the dry and toast than the hoppiness.
Feel. Rather full bodied, a chewy mouthful, little bit puckery.
Overall. I like the mouthfeel and the bouquet definitely opened up nicely; but I prefer the sweet stouts more than the dry stouts.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a pint right now at the Nashua Garden... $4.00 during Happy Hour...

Pours a deep, dense brown. Head is mocha colored and fine but quite thin. Lacing on the glass is solid. Smells like chocolate with some espresso. Has a standard medium body, and it is rather smooth.

Flavor starts with light sweetness, with more choco and some cocoa. Also has some roasty notes and a hint of dark fruit, plus some floral hopping in the finish. Not bad, but fairly simple, all in all. Prosit!

3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of papposilenus
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can dated 12/30/15.

Pours deepest-black with a modest soft and creamy head. OK retention, a nice, scant scum of suds, and some good sticky lacing.

Smells of old, cold coffee, black licorice, and lacquer thinner.

Perked coffee and molasses, baking chocolate and charred malt, old straw and raisins soaked in kirsch. The mysterious solvent smell in the nose resolves itself as a slight boozy burn in the gullet.

Abundantly carbonated and smooth drinking but, perhaps, just a little too sticky.

Not unpleasant but definitely a one-and-done beverage.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark, near black with quickly disappearing tan head leaving it naked on top. At least this allows the rich roasted aroma to come through in force. Flavor has some nice roast with hints of chocolate up front, and a very smooth mouthfeel, but is followed by a slightly astringent finish which detracts - it makes me take another sip, but for the wrong reason.

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Photo of smanson56
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the restaurant today after hiking Mt. Washington in 60mph winds and a driving rain. This was surely the high point of the day. Nice roasted malts and a very smooth mouth feel. This was good enough that I brought home a growler to enjoy over the weekend.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011. Batch 1162. Bottle 1050.

Deep brown body. Huge, rocky tan head.

Nose is dark fruits and bitter chocolate with a sharp, smoky quality.

Flavor is rich and deep. Bitter chocolate shows up again. Slight sharp astringency on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation.

Overall, a tasty brew. Light and drinkable for a 9% RIS.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a thin beige head.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick and smooth, full bodied. Taste of coffee and chocolate with mild kick of alcohol.

Overall: Pretty good stout, I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Zackcavalier
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The waitress recommended this and I have to say, I was really pleasantly surprised. Typically I don't go wild over a stout, but this hit the right notes for me. First whiffs brought on thoughts of dark coffee and fire smoke. Tastes were similar. Their was a bit of bitterness from the dark grains, which was pleasant. All around a nice beer. I wish I could add more, but these are the only notes I made...maybe because I ended up having 5 of these.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, molasses, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, hint of spice, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a pretty solid imperial stout, good flavors and not overly sweet

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Photo of davey101
1.71/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

2011 Vintage, bottle # 375, brew #1162, 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Opens with a huge fizz and an instant gush over. Yay, an infection. Normally I don't review infected beers but since a store had the audacity to mark this beer up and put a fancy "2011 Vintage" post-it note on the bottle....what the hell.

Pours a pitch black body with gobs of stereotypical infected foam. Massive initially before fizzing away coca-cola style. Aroma is of char, lightly soured malts, and a dash of chocolate. It honestly doesn't smell like much though. Taste is similar with light chocolate and char before going into a harsh lactic acid/cherry juice burn. Besides the sour flavor this is mostly devoid of flavor. It's almost as if the stout base nearly cancels out the infection leaving behind something so neutral and boring that the only reason for a drain pour would be for fear of the empty calories. Regardless I muscled on and finished this beer. I was really hoping for a decent aged stout and was left wondering how a store got $14 from me so easily. Bottle variation, improper storage, or a haphazard hand bottling incident; either way this seems like one to drink fresh.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #366, brew 1395. $12.99 for a bomber

A: opaque, poured with nice deep tan head
S: mild nose, some deep roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, cocoa
T: very mellow and well-balanced, good bitter finish without being over the top
M: well-balanced and very drinkable

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Label reads bottle # 463/1395. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. Spotty to webby patterns of patchy lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is roasty with a grain inclusion that at times gets to be quite nutty. Some earth elements and trace amounts of fruity hops blend into a fresh almost oat character. A bit of minerals and fruit to citrus and floral hop aspect come into focus more as the brew warms up.

The taste brings forth notes of coffee and roasty grain like bitter chocolate. Some earth and mineral aspect across the back. A sweet minor fresh grain to oats character contrasts the bitter hops. Everything mingles together quite nicely with no one aspect overtaking the rest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and quite drinkable. It is something I would certainly drink again if given the opportunity however I wasnt the biggest fan of the mineral component that was present.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/12/12

Appearance: Black - dark, pours pretty heavy - small, tan head - fades to a minimal head, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark malts and burnt - char, chocolate malts, leather, and licorice - roasty with some burnt coffee - dark, dark chocolate - minimal sweetness, mostly just burnt

Taste: Burnt - roasty, burnt coffee - burnt chocolate malts - leather, like licking a wallet - burnt bitterness - minimal sweetness, but some depth in the malts - some booze - lightly smoky - lots of dark, dark chocolate with some sweeter, milk chocolate malts

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily, adequately carbonated

Overall: Good stuff

I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, so I guess I'm happy with the result. Unapologetically burnt and roasty. Not bad, but could use some more complexity.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing and procuring the bottle.

Appearance: Near black with some dark brown and red at the edges. Almost no head. Vestiges of a dark khaki cap. Tiny collar. No lacing. Relatively heavy pour. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Deeply roasted. Slight acrid edge from all the roasted malts. Black patent malts are present. Some nice edges of cocoa, milk chocolate, and cocoa nibs. Incredibly chocolatey. Day old coffee mixed with fresh espresso beans. Slight overall oxidation leaves some buttery notes. Massive roasted edge. Touches of leather. Minor sherry notes.

Taste: Abusively roasted. Acrid, almost smoky edge. Charcoal and even more roasted malt than the nose would indicate. Tons of milk chocolate, black patent malt, and roasted malts. Some lingering caramel sweetness coupled with fresh coffee. Ouch espresso beans. Burnt edges. So much roast. Minor alcohol backing. Big sweetness pulls some dark fruit, namely fig and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Falls a little short. Body is barely medium. Minimal carbonation is nice, but the massive roasted profile needs more body.

Overall: Good, but not great.

Too roasted in the long run. Nice depth. With a bit more body and a little aging, this could be something special.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a bottle and batch # on the label.

LOOK: Pitch black, thick dark tan head

SMELL: Espresso, dark chocolate, faint charcoal, brownies, burnt currants, suggestion of licorice root, estery

TASTE: Smooth, charred grain, cocoa powder, rasins, Italian Roast coffee, burnt sugar, creamy, woody hops, yeast, warming semi-sweet finish

Very well balanced, good to see and Impy Stout that is not all in your face with massive amounts of sweetness and alcohol. Well rounded and hits all the right buttons for me.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the pub on New Years Day..served into a pint glass

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt

Taste: dark chocolate, hops, coffee, and some medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: This is a very solid RIS. A nice slow drinker with just the right amount of sweetness. I think this is one of Moat's better beers. I will get this again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brew pub during our summer trip through new england, definitely a must stop brew pub. Saved it for the holiday season.

Poured into a small pint glass, color is dark brown/black with a huge tan head that lingers nicely.

Smell is mild roasted malt that strengthens as it warms, hints of chocolate and mild toffee.

Taste is slightly bitter upfront, but the sweetness comes through in very clean roasted malt with chocolate notes. Nice lingering sweetness and suprised to see this pushes 9% abv.

Mouthfeel is slightly lingering combination of sweetness and mild astrigency, maybe this beers' only knock.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout, solid flavors and backbone. I'll look forward to trying to find Moat's brews again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this back in February after snowboarding at Cranmore and have finally decided to take it out of the fridge and into a glass. The bomber was poured into an imperial pint glass. #632 from batch 1162.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice 3 finger chocolate colored head. A little reduction, but stays nicely. Also, beer is pitch black with no clarity and no signs of carbonation. The head of beer has not come down yet and will have to say the retention is fantastic and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Right off the bat you get a nice roasted coffee and mocha aroma followed by a slight hint of sweet malts in the rear.

Taste: I think I am slightly disappointed about the taste of the beer. I was expecting a more flavored beer than the slight hints of coffee, mocha, and malt and bitterness towards the end. alcohol is a little noticeable towards the end of the sip too.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems light, a little watery, easy to drink, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: This was a decent Imperial Stout from Northern New Hampshire. I think the bottle was $10 or $15 at the brewpub, so can't complain. A must stop for anybody driving through on Routes 16/302 in North Conway. Hopefully I'll make it up there again this upcoming winter for some boarding. Will try this again, but there are others out there too.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had the longest lasting head I've ever witnessed. I poured a glass and the head was still 2 fingers wide when I finished the beer ... I did drink the beer rather fast though.

I let it warm to just below room temperature and am now reviewing it.

A: exceptional head and head retention. Wonderful paintings by the head on the glass. Deep dark black color with very dark soft brown highlights on the edge of the glass.

S: Not really exciting. alcohol, coffee and traces of malts.

T: pretty much the same only it's very bitter and that seems to mask a lot of the other flavors. Preferred this when it was cold.

M: full body with very little traces of an oily feel left behind. Good tingle and weight on the tongue to not over stimulate it.

O: A nice beer to look at, better tasting if it's cold, but still drinkable. I think this is something I would share rather then drink the entire bomber myself again.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 99 ratings