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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 327   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 Ė Brew NZ Awards
Bronze Ė Asia Beer Awards
Bronze Ė Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy Ė Brew NZ Awards


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14095) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee and bitter hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (836) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Rich dark opaque with light brown head. Nice retention, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet coffee, chocolate, figs. Mouthfeel is really nice with the moderate carbonation. Burnt malts interlace a slight astrigency with the hops to counterbalance the malty sweetness. CO2 provides a nice sharpness up front and finishes slightly dry. Overall a pretty nice Imperial Stout...especially for the price point.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (882) - Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark, tan head. Smells really rich, VERY chocolate. Tastes very chocolate! Roasty, hoppy bitterness in the middle, chocolate finish. Bitter dark chocolate taste is played against the hop bitterness making it balance the sweet dark malts. Really interesting, really good!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
16th March 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, big pale tan head. Light dry palate. Dry and mellow dark malt.Touches of cream, toffee and roast. Just a very light trace of red wine. Bubblegum ester streak seems out of place. Finishes dry. A but dry and could have done with a stronger barrel presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1861) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
375 ml bottle. Pours black with full light tan head. Aromas of ash, black coffee, sweet chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of sweet black coffee, light vanilla and chocolate, and roasted barley. Quite a light mouthfeel for a stout and high carbonation. Hot.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jasond612 (280) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
10/4/13 bottle from CBO. Went and bought this because it was BA beer day and saw it the night before. Wish I didn't. Bottle. Pours black with a thin off white head. Nose is floral with a little roasted malt. Taste is ...weird is the only way to describe it. Slight chocolate and coffee but more cough medicine then anything else. After drinking it, I read the reviews and was surprised how "off" I was compared to the majority of raters. Oh well. To each their own. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Bettyís in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. Appearance: Pitch black with a miniscule, slightly tan head. Lacing is phenomenal, and my sample glass was full of it from top to bottom. Smell: Smokey. Thatís what I think of when I smelled and tasted this beer... a really smokey, ashy sort of character to it that I wasnít really expecting -- I felt like this was a smoked beer. I donít KNOW if they smoke this beer, but it gave that to me, and I actually enjoyed it. A lot of ashy, smokey roasted malt smells. Despite that, this doesnít come off as burnt to me at all. Taste/feel: A lot like the smell. It tastes very good, but itís sort of one dimensional. Thereís that smoky flavor with the roasted malts, but thatís really it. I do love the slight bitterness of this one, and that itís not sweet or syrupy. Iíd still like if Moa RIS maybe had a fruity sort of sweetness to it though, so it doesnít just drink like ashy/smoke water. My description of this beer makes it sound pretty awful, but I think the BAsí consensus of this beer is just about spot on -- itís a good beer. It doesnít have a rich body that I think of most RISís of having, and I donít even think that the alcohol comes through at all in any way for this beer. So if youíre expecting a big, bold, rich and heavy RIS to warm you up in a foot of snow, this probably isnít the choice. For a guy like me, who tends to enjoy a good stout, but necessarily an RIS, this would be worth trying out. It has that nice smoke/ash flavor, itís easy drinking (too much so given the ABV), and Iíd have it again if I wanted a smokey stout.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Dark brown pour, huge fizzy tan head. Flavors of blackberries, cherries, tart and roasty. Dry and over carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (653) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
375 ml corked bottle. Black pour with a thinish texture and light pinch of brown head that leaves little bubbles fades pretty fast. Big roast sweet smell, bits of candied sugar. Tast is nice and roasty up front with a very smooth/hoppy finish. Not much Pinot barrel but gawddamn this is smooth and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
Strong taste that hangs heavy on the palate nice aroma however i am not sure i would buy again its a little over powering coffee flavor.


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