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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: 317   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (850) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours a dark brown with an extremely thick/creamy head with perfect retention. Aromas roasted malt, oak impressions, oat/nut, slight grassy hop, mellowness (from aging), cocoa, and coffee. Flavors oak impression all around, cocoa, coffee, backing of grass/herbal hops, roasted malt, caramel , light smoke. Highly sweet and light to medium bitter. No alcohol noticed. Very light after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tasted at SIBF 2013. Glossy black, very little head. Mild aroma, like a thick, roasty cola. Flavor is a pretty traditional stout -- chocolate, molasses -- definitely on the sweeter side. After a minute, the red wine and a bit of coffee come out, but they’re mild notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4502) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
(375ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors. Pours a small beige head atop a black head. Aroma of black licorice. Very thin palate, mild molasses and leafy tobacco. Interesting and fun. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee, mild dry tartness, and some solid oak. Taste is bitter coffee, a little bit of oak, and chocolate. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Moa Imperial Stout finishes with a mild semisweet chocolate flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doofgoblin (287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2013
The fruity notes is what sets this one apart. Lots of that rich roasty, coffee, and chocolate aroma with a faint fruit. The rich taste is no surprise but the overall fruitiness is impressive and different. Oh yeah, and it’s really got some fizz...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12.7 fl oz / 375mL corked and caged bottle. Served cool. Aroma: Very dark roasted coffee. Tiniest hints of chocolate. Appearance: Completely opaque dark brown body with a light brown foamy head. Taste: WOW. There is a lot of flavor in this one. Nice dark roasty flavor. The finish has a pretty intense toasted wood flavor. Palate: Long, luxurious, slightly bittersweet. This a beer to open when it’s cool, and sip on as it warms up. Overall: I can not get over that flavor. It blows my mind.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3281) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On tap at Burger Bach. Keeps with the New Zealand inspired gastropub theme of the place. Pours black, tan at edges, decent head fades to thin film. Aroma is pleasant, chocolate, slight espresso, hint of pepsin and some fruitiness. Complex and inviting. Flavor is a dead on match. High drinkability for an imperial. Really enjoyable. Medium bodied, I might have liked it just a hair thicker, but this was fantastic. Worked great with the lamb burger.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pour is very dark brown with red/brown edges, small mocha head. Aroma is red wine, oak, chocolate. Taste is roasty dark malt with oak that is a bit overpowering, fruit is present and provides a slight tartness to the beer. Stout in wine barrel works well for me, could have been a bit smoother as the oak a bit abrasive in the finish. Curious if this gets a bit more sour with age - would help this I think.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
(Draught) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, anise, and black cherry. Flavor of coffee, anise, black cherry, peat, vinous, oak, and smoke with a dry, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adeishaqra (40) - - JUL 2, 2013
This one really knocks you off your walker. You don’t get much in the nose but once you taste....great beer with a bit of a fruity character; probably from the barrel.


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