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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve is a very strong, upfront and rich offering of this famous Moa style. Aged in oak Pinot Noir barrels, this beer not only displays coffee and mocha characters but also some sweet and savory notes unique to Moa Imperial. This award winning Stout is seasonally produced and available for short periods each year.

Tasting Notes
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, bold upfront and rich offering of a famous beer style. Aged in Pinot Noir barrels, this beer not only displays coffee and mocha charters but also some sweet and spicy notes. A tannin like finish and an oak induced mellow bitterness makes it a serious stout. Moa Imperial Stout is best served just below room temperature in a tulip glass.

Awards
Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Gold – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy – Brew NZ Awards


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (647) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store in Surrey. Thick, black and oily, with a bit of tan head. Chocolate on the nose. Heavily roasted malts, yielding impressions of coffee and chocolate. Dark rich goodness with every sip!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, coffee, light chocolate and a hint of fruit. The flavor is dark roasted malts, dark fruit, mild earthiness, slightly sticky/oily and a mild/medium acidic/alcoholic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (875) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color, huge frothy tan head. Phenolic smell. Full body alcohol sweet roasted malt flavor with a phenolic quality and a fairly bold finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables (618) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark chocolate colour with a great head, lots of lacing. Sweet malt and phenols in the aroma. Tastes like band aids. and smoked malt, with a phenolic palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1104) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours very heavily and oily; utterly opaque black with a brown, thick, fine-grained, almost gelid head. Nose is port wine, oak, smoke, and fresh-ground coffee. Very rich and solid on the tongue -- baking chocolate, ginger, molasses, red wine, and glace viande notes take center stage. Round and rich. A meaty, beefy stout, and a damned good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (944) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle. Deep, dark brown. Had to slop it in the glad to get any cap. Once that happened, it was a dense, tan cap that laced heavily. Aroma is huge coffee, dark chocolate, prune, and vanilla. Terrific smell. Taste boasts the coffee and chocolate, with trailing candied dark fruit blend. Pleasant finish of medium carbonation and a lingering, highly dry note.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2253) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Poured from a 375ml bottle. Chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, ash, leather. This smells oxidized, I think it is the barrel. This is very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (872) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a huge tan head that lingers. Big aroma, of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and a wine bite. Taste is complex, with sweet malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, wood, sour grapes, and booze. Lingering wine and malt notes. Nicely balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Black, nice tan head.Nose of roast,chocolate,licorice notes. Softly carbonated roast profile.Hints of anise & dark fruits.Medium aloholc heat, big bitter end

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnnyRay (11) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 The beer poured a rich dark brown, almost black with a touch of red at the bottom of the glass. There was a very thin layer of head which faded to nothing. The smell was of chocolate & coffee, maybe bit of malt. It tasted amazing, really complex with chocolate, coffee, oak & roasted malt combining for a very enjoyable smoky, lasting, warming flavour. The alcohol was well hidden. Well worth the purchase - I’ll look for this one again.


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