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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: 312   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


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (745) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Black brew with a tan head. Strong aromas of dark coffee and something sour. Tastes of earthy notes, roasted/toasted grains, and dark coffee. There are also hints of dark chocolate. These typical dark beer flavors mix with some sour/tart hints of dark fruit. Bitter chocolate finish. Good brew and quite powerful on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eros47 (49) - Huntington Park, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours pitch black with a khaki head that leaves tons of lacing and dissipates slowly. Aromas consist of chocolate, coffee, dates, and licorice. Bitter at the front of the palate, sweet at the back. Awesome brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2013
Aroma: Rich caramel and toasted cereals, sweet notes. Appearance: Very thin creamy head, almost black-red clear liquid. Taste: Rich flavours, unexpected sweetness, very light alcoholic warmth. Burnt caramel, light nut and coffee. Palate: Light alcoholic warmth in the mouth, very smooth and long bitter finish. Mild carbonation. Overall: Very rich flavours and aromas, unexpectedly sweet. Alcohol is very well concealed, nice drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beardybrewing (3) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2013 does not count
Great smell from the barrel ageing. Not my preferable head for this style, but does have a surprising amount of lacing from the off milk like head. Taste contains slight dryness and roasty ness. Provides classic bitter coffee tastes and a nice lingering bitterness but does lack that full rich palate that great imperial stouts provide. But overall solid brew from a even more solid brewer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (635) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours a deep black and smells slightly sweet. Taste has both roasted flavors as well as the pinot wine. The roasted flavor fades away and you are left with sweet wine taste. This is a pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2013
It was just extremely deicious. Quite dark and quite storng in aroma and features. NIce taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - 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 (20244) - 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 (781) - 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 (6315) - 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.


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