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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: 331   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2175) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (499) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (881) - Friona, Texas, 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 (1305) - 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 theyíre mild notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4588) - 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 (986) - 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 (322) - 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 itís 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 itís cool, and sip on as it warms up. Overall: I can not get over that flavor. It blows my mind.


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