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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: 312   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


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Corndog (12) - - MAR 31, 2013
Massive head, fruity spicy nose, heavy grape flavour and sourness, big alcohol over the top. Pinot flavour dominates. Had trouble finishing it.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuggsta (9) - - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
Poured very heady. Aroma estery, sweet and spicy. Big dark malt flavour, can taste the oak, spicy, alcoholic, bit over the top for my taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
12.7 oz bottle - pours jet black, with huge, rocky, cascading tan head. Frothy like the foam of the ocean. Beautiful thick lacing. Nose is changing, with slightly sour notes, more sweet drawn coffee, milk chocolate, red berry notes, vanilla yum yum and distinctly complex. Taste is coffee, dark plums, mocha, dark grains, and roasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, long finish, excellent palate. Creamy and touch of bitterness on the finish. Yes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2013
375 ml corked and caged green bopttle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, red wine, dark chocolate and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, red wine and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty red wine finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Flavor follows with some wine barrel tones and darker stout ones.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1596) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Very dry, almost astringent finish heavy on tannins makes this really unusual. Almost too bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2013
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.


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