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


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
This. Smells. FANTASTIC! I can definitely smell a strong scent of the pinot noir barrels. Darker brown head and almost black color. Punches you in the tounge with nuts, licorice and a twang of wine. Feels heavy. Is heavy. Makes you warm in the jaws. With the heavy wine feel i wanna eat this with Italian food. Damn good. Have only one, unless you’re going big then maybe two before you’ll fall asleep in your pasta.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9484) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2013
375ml bottle (HBF2013, Saturday)
Basically black, and with a small tight tan head. Lovely rich roast in the aroma. Spicy palate, sharp, almost chilli-like burn. Very interesting. Nicely dry. Finish long and burnt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1513) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2013
Nose of coffee, chocolate, and roased malts. Pours an opaque blackish-brown with a mostly lasting tan head and moderate lacing. The taste is dark roasted coffee, bandaids, hints of dark fruit, and a crisp hoppy bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1726) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours reddish back with a dense mocha head. Aroma is earthy, vinous, coffee and roast. Very interesting flavor combination that works well together. Taste is bitter with a touch of sweetness, drying wine like finish. I really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14957) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... deep fruity blueberrry chocolate roast ... dark malts ... heavy roast ... rich and dark ... chewy roast ... dark chocolate ...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (593) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Really good length here. smoke, berry bitter & a chewiness. Coffee, medicinal quality too. Bit of sticky sappiness too. Not bad at all.. Promising.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Bottle, thanks Stu. Very dark brown with tam head. Roasty licorice and chocolate aroma. Taste is quite roasty, little smokey, licoice and chocolate. Bit fizzy. Nice

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2114) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
Black body, briwn head. Aroma has tobacco, berries, medicinal hops. Flavour adds chocolate alcohol and some sweet berries. Bit coffee on aftertaste. Thinnish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (581) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
375ml bottle with cork cap. Pours thick black with a small mocha head atop and a very enticing mocha/fruity aroma. Amazing flavour for a stout, has a rich coffee/licorice with an underlying fruity spiceyness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7238) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 23, 2013
375 ml bottle. HBF 2013, Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head. Alcohol, malt and brown sugar in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, mild grassy hops and some chocolate. Warming but quite thin. Not very impressive for an Imperial Stout. Disappointing.


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