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


on tap

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RATINGS: 315   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6176) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 375 ml bottle @ HBF2013. Pours a black colour with a white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some sourness and wood. Flavour of roasted malts, lingonberries, grass, coffee and some licorice. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a long, roasty and rather pungent finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3699) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
330ml bottle @ HBF 2013

Pours pitch black with a foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, hints of spices, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasty and bitter with hints of chocolate and coffee. Finish is sweetish and salty roasty with some coffee notes. Quite balanced and tasty imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kingi (462) - - APR 19, 2013
Aroma is roasted malts. Black beer, tan head. Roasted dark chocolate taste. Medium body full mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1109) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
Bottle at hbf13. Black color, light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, rye, smoke, some alcohol. Very soft palate, licorice, coffee, rye, chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kshlava (55) - - APR 14, 2013
The beer has a good pour and a very dark look. Not much head. A dark molasses flavor with some anise and I can really taste the alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (1897) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2013
Opaque brown-black with a long lasting ivory head cover and splotches of lace. The taste is toasted caramel malt full of dried dark fruit and earthy thick coffee. Midway through the palate a taste of smoke appears lasting through a long bittersweet finish. Enormous taste, thick and heavy like a brew from the middle ages. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle (Pinot Barrel). Pours with a nearly black body with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are rich, nutty, roasty, fig newton (sp?), mineral, roast, a bit acrid. Flavors are of a heavy handed use of roasted barley, acrid roast, mineral, banana nuts, dry, moderate alcohol, odd to off balance. Not easy to drink in the slightest. Lively carbonation for what it is. Dry. Acrid, boring, light barrel. Quite "meh" for a barrel aged imperial stout and not easy to choke down on top of that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lawman834 (219) - Texas, USA - APR 8, 2013
Sampled at the Texas Craft Brew fest, my score is based off of some incoherent notes and a 2 oz sample.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
Thin light brown head of fine bubbles. Strage aroma which is dominated by rubber, medicine, roasted grains and some floral notes. Strange combo for an imperial stout. Color is a very dark brown. Oh wow, flavor is like you are eating a brand new vulcanized rubber tire. WTF!!!! This is one of the weirdest brews I have ever tasted. Fusal alcohols, chemicals, dry pasty malts and some licorice. I am doubting if I will be able to finish this brew. Boardering on drain pour. Not sure if it is a bad bottle or not. Will have to look at the other ratings. I love the New Zealand people and culture but am totally not diggin’ this brew. Sorry NZ!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (4009) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Deep black with an overgenerous light khaki foamy head...took me forever to pour. Aroma has a lot of burnt oak tannin and char and something off and metallic. Flavor is thankfully a little more complex and delicious, but ultimately is not really my style. Dark roasty earthy malt characters come through which quickly lead to a fruity off-dry red wine flavor with oak notes, a bit of char, and stouty smokiness. A bit too intense to be enjoyable.

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