Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.

Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Gold – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy – Brew NZ Awards

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3299) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11954) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (1453) - - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a thin off white head. Nose is floral with a little roasted malt. Taste is floral and rubbery up front with a slight chocolate and coffee finish. Palate is light and heavily carbed. This one's weird. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, red wine, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, red wine, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrnoluv (159) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Alcohol smell from the get go, woody, the coffee, chocolate smell is very light, very dark appearance but not super black, that wood smell tastes just as good, bitter coffee after taste is left on the plate, I do also taste some fruit as well raisin or plum, you get that warming feeling as it goes down. This one would be a great one to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
superspak (2633) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2013
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/4/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Extremely carbonated, signs are pointing toward infection. Aromas of dark chocolate, apple, pear, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, toast, raisin, red wine, oak, floral, an roasted earthiness. Ok aromas that are pleasant and balanced with roasted, fruity, and barrel notes; but are quite muted. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, apple, raisin, oak, pepper, floral, red wine, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, cocoa, coffee, oak, red wine, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Solid balance and complexity of roasted flavors with moderate fruitiness and barrel presence; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Flavor robustness is muted due to the carbonation. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall, for being infected, this was an alright wine barrel aged stout. Pleasant balance of flavors; and pretty smooth to sip on even with the carbonation. Nothing offensive; I would like to try this without infection sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (309) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2013
Nice beer to sip in front of a fire. I don’t have a fire, so the heater had to do. It took me a little while to warm to this as I found the mouthfeel a little thin and the alcohol a bit rough at first. After a while it became a bit more chalky and dry, which balanced the thin acidity.

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