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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: 326   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (578) - 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 (2387) - 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 (2108) - 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 (569) - 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 (7025) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
Corked bottle and served in a tulip: Pours near black with a frothy tan head and killer tan lacing upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of charred smoky malts, roasted coffee, caramel and bread, plum and raisins, with a slight soapy note as well. The taste is malty but not sweet, seems a bit too roasted and not enough sweetness for my liking. There is some dark fruit, red grapes and mineral qualities to this beer as well. The mouth feel is lively and okay, somewhat ashy and a bit medicinal. With all the Imperial Stouts on the market nowadays, this falls short.Not meaning it is bad nor a drain pour but just not want I want anymore from this genre.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (1399) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle @ HBF2013. Pours black with a small, mocha-colored head. Aroma is funky, a bit yeasty with marzipan. Taste is semi-dry, lightly sour. Roasty with coffee. The Pinot Noir-aging brings in some red wine like flavors, a bit sour, a bit astringent. Palate is full, not much carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2013
375ml bottle I picked up for $5.99 at Total Wine in Sterling. Pours a watery, although opaque black with some initially frothy, lacing beige head. Nose is interesting, dusty, dried grains, chocolate, grape jelly, some paint thinner. Flavor is better, plenty of red grape juice, some vanilla, some berry, a little coffee with cream, malt, slightly soured almost like pomegranate juice. Surprisingly thin on the palate and surprisingly easy to drink. Kind of a head scratcher.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottle 0.33l at HBF 2013, Helsinki. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Vety soft and alcohol is well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at HBF2013) The beer poured black. Its head was quite large and lightly brown. Aroma had roasted malts, liquorice and hops. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were liquorice, roasted malts, coffee, hops and bitterness. Afteraste was roasty and bitter. A good IS.


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