htnicholas (49) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Chudwick (2175) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 canít identify it. Flavor adds the Pinot presence, coffee, and ??? So I just looked up Tannin and Iím even more confused. Coffee wine! wife says gross; I say weird. Iím 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.
blackflag321 (499) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour to snifter. Very interesting and nothing like I expected. A mild, chocolate/coffee taste and smooth on the palate . . . like a milk stout. No way does this go down like an high ABV. I am sure the wine barrel influences the taste, but I canít put my finger on it.
MrBeerFanatic (881) - Friona, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 theyíre mild notes.
CapFlu (4588) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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
SPDickerman (986) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Doofgoblin (322) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 itís really got some fizz...
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 itís cool, and sip on as it warms up.
Overall: I can not get over that flavor. It blows my mind.