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

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84
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90 Ratings
Moat Imperial StoutMoat Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by MrMonkey on 03-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by mjn5036:
Photo of mjn5036
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This beer pours black and gives way to a substantial light caramel colored head, about three fingers tall. The head is massive and sticky, taking an impressively long time to disperse. After the head is gone I am left with loads of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass and some frothy hot chocolate colored cap. Really quite a nice looking brew here.

Is this a stout or an IPA I am smelling here? The nose is chock full of citrus hops and mild spiciness. Beneath this is roasted barley, chocolate and faint coffee. This has to be the hoppiest smelling RIS I have yet to encounter. Dark fruits become more apparent as this one warms up a bit.

The taste is along the same lines as the nose on this brew, but in a more cohesive manner. The sweet, citrusy profiles blends effortlessly with the roasted bitterness in a very unique and superb fashion. This is one that really quite grows on me as it warms. Dark, sweet fruits are noticeable and the coffee becomes more apparent.

The 9% abv is almost unnoticeable to me in this one. Incredibly smooth and delicious, this one just slides over the tongue. I would have liked to have had a bit of a heavier body to this brew as I feel it is slightly too thin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #554
Brew #1162
In a tulip glass the beer was a black color with two fingers of cafe au lait head. Sticky lace.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee. A little muted.
More in the taste. Sweet chocolate, dusty cocoa, coffee.
A dry, medium-bodied stout.
Very nice at $15 for the bomber.

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Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Uzarnayme
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Branching out from their normal draft and growlers only, Moat decided to hand bottle 70 cases of this Imperial Stout (this is their first time bottling)

Pours a solid motor oil black with a big thick light-mocha colored head.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted barley with a strong coffee presence and some lingering sweetness that hints at cherries. Also some chocolate notes but not a lot by imperial stout standards.

Taste lines up well with the aroma notes, being heavy on the coffee and some fruity sweetness as well. Again there are hints of chocolate but I'm getting too much of a roasted flavor to really pick up on it.

Mouthfeel has plenty of body to it with some chewiness. Overall, Moat seems to have gone all out this time with their Imperial Stout and they have a winner with this one (of course, they must have realized this too because the decision to bottle it was a good move). Seems like this one could hold up with some of the best impy stouts out their.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle marked #360 of Brew 1162. It pours a dark brown with red ruby hues when held to the light. It yields a silky, long lasting tan head. The aromas are fully of smoked malty notes with a mellow alcohol chaser. Not much in the way of chocolates. The heavy, creamy body warms the tongue and throat. There is a nice maltiness in the taste with a dry hopped ending. You might want to buy it on tap at the pub if you get the chance. At $20 per bottle you might find that a bit steep for a nice, but otherwise typical Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Peter1977
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mrclog
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle #336 of brew#1163 into my Moat Mountain pint glass.

Pours black with a four finger head on it. Very carbinated. Try a slow pour on a tilted glass for glass number two and still got a good sized head. The head stayed with the glass almost the entire time.

smelled inviting with a touch of what I believe to be molasses.

I got some sweetness in the beginning with hops in the middle finishing burnt and smokey.

I was a little upset with how thin this was.

At Twenty bucks a bottle it does not live upt o the price. However I did enjoy the beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ScaryEd
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Derekg
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Matthowland
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 MrMonkey
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with red highlights when held up to the light. Forms a two-finger, thick, rocky, coffee colored head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Excellent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, dark red fruits, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Lots of roasted malt character, but there is great balance between the sweet and roasted aromas. There's a hint of some floral hops in there, and the alcohol is masked pretty well.

Taste is very much like the nose. Great balance between the sweet and roasted malts. Reminds me of coffee ice cream with a chocolate swirl. Nice dry finish as the hops come through in the end.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel; it's creamy and a little thick, but not as thick or chewey as some others of this style.

Despite the ABV, it is quite drinkable. It doesn't go down quickly by any means, and one is usually my limit, but it is tasty and smooth!

**This is a very limited release available only at the brewery by the pint; no growler fills, unfortunately. If you find yourself in North Conway, stop in and grab a pint while it lasts.

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Moat Imperial Stout from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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