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Moat Bone Shaker Brown | Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good
37 Reviews
Moat Bone Shaker BrownMoat Bone Shaker Brown
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style brown ale. This beer has a biscuit-like smoothness with a rich, malt body and medium hop bitterness.

Added by BillyBrew on 10-06-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
169
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
26.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 169
Photo of rorykanderson
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding brown enjoyed over the course of a weekend from a 64oz growler. Poured a clear brown with a light frothy head that lingers for a few minutes. Aroma of roasted malt, toasted nuts, burnt toast, light roast coffee grounds. Taste brings the coffee up front followed by a nice caramel/toffee combo, roasted malt, toasted brown bread. Finishes crisp with a light bitterness. Very drinkable - clean, crisp and tasty.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the restaurant and served in the 8 beer sampler. The beer had a slightly murky, dark amber appearance with a nutty malt aroma for its smell. The taste of the beer had a good mixture of being bittersweet from a mixture of nuts and breads, but there was some sweet malt too. The mouthfeel was also balanced between a creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, I found this one to be not too bad across its characteristics.

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Photo of tempest
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Toasty biscuit and caramel aroma. Light, easy drinking body, quite appealing for fans of malty beers looking for an easy-drinking ale. Mild earth hop character. A fun subtle beer. I'd crack open another can.

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Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy into a small pint glass with a pale brown body and a light nutty tan, frothy cap. The two finger head dies slowly to a medium ring and plentiful webs of lace remain.

S- Toasted grains and a medium level of sweetness. The browned grains drop hints of toasted nuts, caramel and sweets. Slight bread and pale fruits from the yeast. A touch of spiced raisin.

T- A fairly laidback overall brown ale that is much more towards the caramelized side than roasty. Opens up with toast, nuttiness, a hint of raisin and caramel sweets that lead to hints of leather, bread, earthy hops and light coffee. On the English end of the spectrum.

MF- Very light body and comes off as somewhat thin. Texture is lacking but overall it is slick and frothy.

A lighter brown ale that reminds me of some English versions with a nice balance between nutty malts and smooth yeast.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured with a two finger head that disintegrates into nice lacey traces. Smells and tastes nutty, almost toasty. A bit of a bitter taste left on the edges of the tongue. Looks smokey amber.
Love this brewery.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, light brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is nut, light tea, and cracker. Solid, slightly above average brown ale. Would not pass this one up, but I prefer other Moat beers more.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy dark brown with a good one inch foamy lumpy tan head. Foamy lacing is left around the sides of my nonic. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell has the toasted oats and walnut up front with an ever so faint sense of hops in the background. The taste has the previously stated elements and combines some nice caramel tones. The palate is about a medium, slightly dry and a bit watery, but a decent watery. Overall, I was a bit skeptical in the beginning when I saw the price, but am glad I bought it to try a style I’m used to and like from a company I’ve never had any of their stuff. I’d probably have this again

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking brown ale. Ruby red brown in color. Clean, with fizzy head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smells of breaded malts. Taste is of biscuits, dark brown sugar, and malts. Smooth on the palate with some spice from the hops. Smells like it should and tastes like it should too. Very nice.

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Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color, a good beer for drinking everyday, has decent flavor that lasts all the way to the end.
The big 22 ounce can is a bit of a surprise but I had no problem finishing the can.
I would put the overall appeal of this beer as equal to Sam Adam's Boston Lager.
Moat did a great job with this beer, which I had not previously seen but found at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11/25/13
Moat Mountain Boneshaker
24oz can (!)

Gotta love the packaging for this beer. I could do without the sexualized catchphrases on the label, but otherwise, the bomber-sized can is badass, for sure.

Pours a very clear reddish brown. Pleasing color, but modest head. Okay lacing, not much retention. (3.5)

Aroma is clean. Caramel, light ester, no hop. (3)

Flavor is reliant on caramel malt rather than brown and/or chocolate malt. Tangy and spicy hops supporting in the background. Moderate bitterness, toffee flavor lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is a touch on the watery side, honestly. Medium carbonation. (3, 2.5)

Brown ale by default. Not a great example of the style, but nevertheless drinkable. Lacks malt depth. (3.5)

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Photo of Omnium
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big Can > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a nice clear brown with one figner of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma is nutty caramel and bready malt, a touch of earthy scents, but the malt is dominant.
T - Nice toasted caramel and biscuit malt with a touch of bitterness.
M - Mouth is great on this, creamy and smooth, medium, not heavy.
O - Good brown, could use more in taste and aroma, but the feel is very smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

24oz can: This one pours a clear, dark amber color. There was a very small off white head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The nose is nice. there hints of chocolate brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste is good. A hint of the roastiness, biscuit, as well as a faint nuttiness. A bit of caramel malts. A faint bit of piney hops keeps this pretty evenly balanced. Just a ahir lighter than medium bodied. A decent enough beer!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a deep copper color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: caramel and bready malts. Not much else going on except for the maltiness.

Taste: Same as above with mild hop bitterness. Very malty too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice brown ale. 24 oz can is funny stuff too. It was a nice Easter present after snowboarding at Wildcat. It seems their canned beers are better than their bottled ones.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden brown like brand spankin' new motor oil. Thick, fluffy head simmers to a pleasing skim and tosses up a few waves of lace. As always bonus points for cans, extra super bonus points for a tall boy.

Doesn't smell like much. Toast and light caramel with a swampy theme.

Despite a timid aroma BB is a very bold brown ale. Toasty, nutty, leafy tobacco and a bitter tree bark tea-like finish that lingers on and on. A little watery but pretty good for a watery style.

One of the better browns I've had recently.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice opaque brown body with one-finger head even after 15 minutes, Solid lacing that washes off quickly but seems consistent

Scent: Burnt sugar, toasted bread, molasses, floral and pine-y/spicy hop notes, cookies and light cream are all apparent. Better/more complex as it warms

Taste: Toasted malts and deep caramel melded with some hops that balance out a fairly sweet-leaning palate

Mouthfeel: Smooth with on-style carbonation leaning towards a heavy body. The spicy, pine-y hops even this out, however

Drinkability: This would be a great brown ale to share with someone who is into the style but hasn’t had this particular one yet. Pretty great!

Overall: Though the huge can is definitely silly, this is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable brown ale from New England that has definite Old World English brown characteristics and is very even in temperament. Need to get more brews by Moat!

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/11/22/moat-mountain-bone-shaker/

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear brown with bold amber highlights and a thin white head. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and mild brown sugar. The flavor is a bit hoppy for an English brown ale but is followed by a molasses and sweet male finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Moat Mountain Bone Shaker Brown is a decent brew, recommended.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark brown with a 1 finger creamy white head. Fair amount of carbonation rose from the bottom. Head only lasted a few minutes. Aroma was a roasted grain, similar to a brown bread, with a reasonable fit of sweetness to it. Taste was a bit spicy up front, hints of pepper. Mellowed out to a roast malt/oat flavor. Not bad in the mouth. The tongue was a little on the excessively tingly side, but coated fairly well. Overall a solid brown. Takes a ding on the cost, seemed a bit high for a brown.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic:

A: cloudy dark brown body with a good one finger foamy lumpy tan head. Foamy lacing is left, too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: toasted oats and walnut up front with an ever so faint sense of hops in the background.

T: sweet through the previously stated flavors and combines with some nice caramel tones.

M: medium, slightly dry and a bit watery, sessionable

O: I was a bit skeptical in the beginning when I saw the price, but am glad I bought it to try a style I'm used to and like from a company I've never had any of their stuff. I'd probably have this again, but definitely as a novelty because of the price.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of Moat Mountain's awesome 24oz tallboys at the corner store and was very very pleasantly surprised.

A - Fairly opaque, cloudy darker shade of brown with a half finger of cream-colored head.

S - Lightly toasted oats and barley, walnut, caramel, hazelnut.

T - Follows the nose, with toasted grains, nuts, and caramel sweetness. Very pleasant and easy to drink.

M - Slightly dry. Medium body. Good.

O - Overall this is my new gold standard for brown ales. This beer is so easy to drink, fairly simple and unassuming. Very accessible and exciting at the same time. What a great surprise.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red orange brown color with a decent sized bubbly tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells like a brown ale. Lots of caramel and toffee with hints of butterscotch, chocolate, and earth. The flavor is sweet with malts, lots of brown sugar and caramel with a slight bit of spice and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. This is a nice brown ale. Solid tasty simple brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark chestnut with a white head, no retention or lace.

Nice toasted caramel and nutty burnt sugar aromas.

Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Caramel, some nice tasty malt, toffee, and an herbal bitterness with some nuts and husk to round it out.

Nice carbonation to keep the sweet from being cloying.

Nice brew. A great version of the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on May 25, 2012. It pours brown with ruby red highlights from the can with a smallish, short-lasting head. This aroma is something else with rich malts, nuttiness, yeast, and maybe even a little bit of hazelnut or cinnamon. The body falls into the medium range, which seems to be the weakest part of the beer. The taste is fabulous with extraordinary malts, yeast, and a much more laid back hop character. Overall it is well balanced with a mild bitterness. As far as Brown Ales go this is actually one of the better ones.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Walters Restaurant in Portland, Maine, this is a dark root beer brown with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. The aroma suggests an earthy malt and swampy caramel nuttiness. Very nice as brown ales go. The first mouthful introduces a medium-light bodied brew with flavors of charcoal malt and some evergreen hop that provides a little bit of a dry feel through the tingly carbonation. Some creamy milk chocolate comes out nicely. Served cold this is super refreshing and tasty. What a great surprise!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty four ounce can poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Hints of caramel and hazelnuts in the aroma with a nice bready malt backbone. Seems to have a little bit of a floral hop presence that lingers in the background. The pallet has a nice hazelnut flavor with some hints of cocoa powder and caramel. Dark German bread with a little bit of a bitter hop kick at the finish.

The body is full and slightly sticky with soft carbonation. Overall I'm real impressed with this one. I had low expectations (for an unknown reason, I've liked all of the Moat beers so far.) but this one is a real solid offering at a good price. I'll be happy to grab this one again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, chestnut coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas of chocolate, butterscotch, and maple blend together for a very sweet, inviting nose. Flavors are rich, but remain light, with a roasted hazelnut and chocolate blending that is pleasantly sweet but not overpowering. The chocolate gives a slight bitterness to keep all the sweet characteristics in check. Very decent on the palate. The aftertaste is a roasted coffee and caramel blending, almost like after drinking a caramel machiato (sp?). Smooth, clean finish with only a hint of the roasted qualities left behind. Tasty, and easy to drink.

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Moat Bone Shaker Brown from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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