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

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Moat Bone Shaker BrownMoat Bone Shaker Brown

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

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

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 163
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly reddish tinted brown color with nice cap of light khaki colored head, good retention. Scent is of roasted and toasted nuts, crusty dark bread, powered cocoa and decent earthy hop notes. Taste surprises with strong nutty notes mixed with powdered cocoa, dark grainy and crusty bread and earthy hop notes. Medium bodied, nice and hefty on palate for the style with some earthiness to it. A fantastic brown ale that does it all right.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint earlier today at the Brewpub for $4.00.

Beer was served brown with a solid tan head that was long lasting.

Nose had hints of malt and cocoa.

Taste was somewhat nutty with a hint of cocoa. Decent hopping balanced the malt sweetness quite well.

Mouthfeel was perfect. I cannot say i have ever had a brown with this full of mouthfeel and smoothness.

Overall a solid beer, glad i picked this one to try!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Toasted pie-crust brown color with a crystal-clear clarity, the lacing shows great retention. Nutty aroma with a hint of sweet caramel, toasted bread and a faint raisin fruitiness. Very smooth with more than enough crispness to keep things lively within the medium body. Pleasantly heavy on the toasted side, as it comes across with a very tasty, nutty character. Mild caramel and bready sweetness in the middle. Hops are modest and let the malt pull this beer along, though the bitterness is firm enough to keep things balanced. The toasted and nutty flavors don't leave quickly, and they linger very far into the semidry aftertaste.

This is one of those epic Brown Ales that we could see drinking all night long without hesitation. A growler to go will suffice for now--staying over in their inn sounds like a good idea.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Had on tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth NH. Nice darkish red brown, with a nice white head. Aroma of sweet malts, nuts and caramel. Taste is super! Sweet nutty malt flavors,are followed by just a hint of hops. Malts really come thru with brown sugar/nutty blend. This is a great beer!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice beer. On tap, served in a mug, the beer was a reddish/brown color with a thick off-white head. A little bit of lacing. A caramel aroma primarily, also a little nut aroma. Taste followed aroma, caramel and nuts. Nice hops kick at the end. It felt good and tasted good.

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Photo of brunop
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

my favorite brew pub on the planet--moat mountain in north conway, nh on the east side of the white mountains. far and away my favorite place.

anyway, brown ale isn't my beer of choice but i make an exception for moats.

far and away the best example of the style i've ever had. big 22 oz glasses!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy ruby and brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing

The smell featured solid coffee and toasted malt aroma.

The taste was a clean and dry coffee and cocoa flavor. Good bitterness. Pumpernickle bread sort of doughiness.

The mouthfeel was clean with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable ale. Nice and dry. ABV - 5.5%.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown, topped with a one finger off-white head. Only leaves sparse bits of lacing on the glass.
Caramel, nutty and earthy aroma, nice amount of hops for a brown ale.
Pretty consistent from aroma to taste, caramel, nuts, earthy. After the malty flavors some floral hops come out.
Medium bodied, to the lighter side, a pretty basic brown at first I only had a sampler, but the hop note convinced me to order a full pint on our second visit.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bier has a deep copper color, perhaps more closely approximating mahogany. Head was thin and a touch off-white. A bit of lacing, but not much. Nose had a nutty, semi-sweet malt aspect, with a hint of hops as well....though it was mild, in general. Body could have had a bit more to it....lies better than thin yet not quite medium. Still, it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. Nutty notes show in the flavor as well, along with some toffee characteristics. Balance is nice, with hops making a good statement at the end, with a pleasing, floral finish with out being bitter. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw the tap handle and thought, "not another brown ale." It came down in front of me, brown with a decent head. I took a sip, "wham". Hey, who put the hops in here? Initial shock turned to fascination. This was a crossbred beer, a yankee innovation. It had the sweet maltiness as it entered your gullet, then "wham", hops. A must try. A brown ale for hop heads? What next, stouts? Hmmmmmmmmmm....

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice American brown. Auburn-brown colour with sticky, tight head with lace and cap that are long lasting. Sweet maltiness and very slight hop flower. Solid, thick malt with some sweetness and hop bite. Very smooth, thick medium body.

A nice hoppy brown with a very smooth body and a nice look. Cheers!

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