vtafro (2828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Flavor follows with some wine barrel tones and darker stout ones.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle donated by my buddy durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Another hit from these Kiwis. Nicely hefty pour, sinuous but not soupy and with a righteously raucous head. The base beer is mocha and dark fruit for sure, which you certainly get in abundance in the nose, and it’s a nice idea to complement this with the pinot aging, which accentuates these qualities. Silky body, elegant and balanced throughout, a nice changeup from a lot of the overly boozy and/or aggressive imperial stouts out there.
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque flat black with a creamy tan head. On the nose you get the barrel/Pinot, the dark roasted malt, licorice, dark stonefruit. It's smooth on the tongue, with those same notes amplified, a lot of raisin, a tannic/fruity finish. Suspect flavors would meld more with age, but pretty nice all around.
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Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at beers of the world. Aroma is tart with notes of sweet cherry, dark chocolate and red wine vinegar. Pours black with a red tint and plenty of white head. Taste is bitter with a roast chocolate with a wine vinegar and cherries. This was way too carbonated and actually distracted from the flavor. Overall, I would not recommend this one.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dry, almost astringent finish heavy on tannins makes this really unusual. Almost too bitter.
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is Pinot Noir right off the bat, i didn’t even have to stick my nose in the glass to smell it, vinegary, then all the trademarks like chocolate, roasted malts, very interesting and appealing. The taste is more in the straight up imperial stout vein, with a little sourness and maybe some wine notes, dried cocoa and coffee are prominent, especially in the finish. Body is not as thick as other impy stouts, carbonation is medium to almost high. Overall I thought it was great, very tasty, those Pinot grapes really show through, excellent.
rickyleepotts (98) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have now tried all of the Moa offerings, and this was the one I was most excited about. It was the Pinot Noir barrels that I was curious about. I opened this bottle, and the cap literally shot off the bottle like a rocket. I almost lost an eye! Then the head was INSANE! After that settled, the beer was decent cold. It got better as it warmed up, and you could really taste cherries and tannins from the wine barrels in the beer. I wouldn’t buy this again at $4.99 a bottle, but I am glad I bought 1 of each to try them. If you want to try 1 good Moa, get a bottle of the Breakfast. Best one in the portfolio.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black brown with a small ring of foam for a head. Aroma of licorice, espresso, unsweet chocolate, black tea, red wine, and maybe the slightest hint of sulfur. A lot to wrap one’s head around. Flavor is semi sweet with dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, tea-like herbs, and plenty of dry vinous notes from the wine barrel. Finishes bitter, woodsy and dry, with an after taste of earth, wine, and heavily roasted coffee. Lingering. Medium-heavy bodied, carbonation seems a little high for the small head pour. Definitely a beer that keeps you interested.
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep obsidian. Untamed mountain of sticky khaki foam. Expressively phenolic nose is lined with gorgeous notes of chocolate sorbet, sunned leather, iron, tar, smoke, ripe raspberry, and nutty cocoa-dusted oak. Hint of English toffee and creamed coffee. Bracingly phenolic and deeply roasty with a luscious berry-laden inundation, early on. Equally juicy liquified-chocolate punch parallels the fruity vibrancy with captivating sophistication. Refined oak grip beautifully contrasts with the silky chocolate and mirrors the artfully incorporated roasty astringency. Irony "wildness" and lustrous wine-barrel extractives add lift and distinction. Profoundly ripe fruit character is absolutely dripping with fresh juiciness. Oak anchors the fudgelike richness while cleansing the palate with a stiff clench of velvety tannins in the finish, as minerals and phenols continually scrub the tongue and enliven the extravagant malt. An amazingly great beer that has seemingly improved (or at least not succumbed to oxidation, as is the case with most imperials after only a few months in the bottle) with some (brief) cellar time. A very Old World rendition, if you will, as it possesses phenolic charm and explosively bright wine notes to break what can be a monotonous style. Pinot Noir tends to be a feminine grape, but this somehow captures both the masculine muscle and feminine elegance and refinement of the grape, and displays it on a bed of perfectly dialed-in oak and multidimensional malt. Fans of Harvey’s and Boulevard Imperial Stout should really love this.
kidmartinek (3513) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a tan head. Danky aroma. Very herbal taste. Spotty lace. Sweet tobacco character.