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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: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonybaldeagle (56) - - MAY 14, 2013
Deep, sophisticated flavours with a strong finish. Like a jags walnut dashboard this screams class and delivers. Love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2013
Bottled@HBF2013. Black colour, small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, raisins, some wood, vanilla and some sugary notes as well. Flavour is liquorice, mild roasted malts, some ripe fruits and mild hoppyness as well. Nicely balanced and quite fresh imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12, 2013
This is how an imperial stout - a Russian Imperial Stout, as historically developed - should taste like. Lovely aroma of leather, cocoa, a touch of coffee, roasted malts and red wine. Pours black as a shoe, with a cream-coloured head that will hang on for a good while. Flavours of charred malts (the bitter ones), chocolates, coffee, oak barrels - wine - plums, and a considerable amount of salt. Yes, salty, unctuous, this oily beer delivers what it promises. Never mind the winish presentation and marketing. This is the real thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle at CGarvie tasting. It pours near black/very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, berry, varnish, coffee and a touch of spice. The taste is roasted malt, earth, charcoal, alcohol warmth, berry, dark fruit, coffee, ash and chocolate with a dry, roasty finish. Very long finish. Medium-full body, fine-moderate carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1037) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
A- pours a thick black with light red edges and one finger of red tan head. S- coffee and chalk up front with light stinging red wine tannins and cacao underlying the more prominent aromas. Pinot becomes more apparent as it warms. Toasted malts and some very quiet musty hoppiness all tie together. M- smooth and subtle considering the barrel aging with a moderate palate and mild carbonation. T- light coffee and chocolate mixes with flat mineral water in the front. Pinot noir comes next with more faint tannins that do not overwhelming the toasted malts. Chalky and grassy ending mixes with hop notes during the efficient end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
coreyc1221 (258) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
This. Smells. FANTASTIC! I can definitely smell a strong scent of the pinot noir barrels. Darker brown head and almost black color. Punches you in the tounge with nuts, licorice and a twang of wine. Feels heavy. Is heavy. Makes you warm in the jaws. With the heavy wine feel i wanna eat this with Italian food. Damn good. Have only one, unless you’re going big then maybe two before you’ll fall asleep in your pasta.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8557) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2013
375ml bottle (HBF2013, Saturday)
Basically black, and with a small tight tan head. Lovely rich roast in the aroma. Spicy palate, sharp, almost chilli-like burn. Very interesting. Nicely dry. Finish long and burnt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1265) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2013
Nose of coffee, chocolate, and roased malts. Pours an opaque blackish-brown with a mostly lasting tan head and moderate lacing. The taste is dark roasted coffee, bandaids, hints of dark fruit, and a crisp hoppy bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1603) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours reddish back with a dense mocha head. Aroma is earthy, vinous, coffee and roast. Very interesting flavor combination that works well together. Taste is bitter with a touch of sweetness, drying wine like finish. I really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (13145) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... deep fruity blueberrry chocolate roast ... dark malts ... heavy roast ... rich and dark ... chewy roast ... dark chocolate ...


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