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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: 308   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3306) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap @ Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA, USA.. Essentially black with a thin, interestingly-almost-white head. Nose is sweet and rich, a lot of dark fruit aroma. Favor is sweet with decent complexity of dark dried fruit and roast, maybe even candy sugar and bubble gum. The harshness of hop, alcohol and burnt malt one might come to expect in an imperial stout is much milder in this beer. Rich but deceiving in its alcoholic strength. Enjoyed this try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjohnny (360) - - SEP 1, 2013
Wood, malt, wine aroma. Pours very dark with a quickly fading tan head. Slight smoke (from the oak?). Red wine dryness countered with a rich velvet feel at the same time. Roasty. Malty. Hints of esters and a bitter cocoa sensation on the finish. Interesting combination. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dansrc51 (45) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Interesting beer. Pours black with a slight rose color in the head. Strange mix of aromas from grape to coffee. Heavy palate with a dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is strong roast, oak, and dark chcolate. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, oak and light smoke with lingering dry finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (690) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color without much head. Flavors of chocolate, but a little harshness from the alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle. Jet black with a tan well retained head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Carbonation is light and the mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily. The initial taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, coffee, malt and a very slight oaky pinot noir flavor. The body is medium heavy and does not have much hop bitterness. The finish retains the slightly sweet flavor with a balanced coffee bitterness. No heat or alcohol character. An outstanding and extremely drinkable beer. I will seek out more of this beer for sure!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
black with a small tan head and very long retention. aroma reminds me of a quadrupel but without the yeastiness. dominated by raisins and dates, roast, some woodiness, toffee, sugar, chocolate. very sweet, medium bitter, very light tart. full body, slick feel, soft carb, slightly hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1972) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2013
funded by the $20 I found on the street series: 12.7oz bottle (12.7???) with cork and wire cage. Pours black with a ton of beige head and great lacing. Just now read about how it is best served just below room temperature. Nose is a new cutting board - I really can’t identify it. Flavor adds the Pinot presence, coffee, and ??? So I just looked up Tannin and I’m even more confused. Coffee wine! wife says gross; I say weird. I’m going to buy this again just to have someone else try with me. ABV is well hidden. Why Pinot? This is obviously perplexing. Smoky aftertaste.


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