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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: 311   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham_murphy (273) - - MAY 16, 2014
Honestly, probably the best stout I’ve ever had. Delicate tastes of chocolate and coffee. Also a slight sweetness but not as overpowering in that regard as many imperial stouts are. Balanced. Subtle. Goes down very easily. It’s expensive but I can see why.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (544) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
From notes. 375 mL bottle shared at a tasting on 5 May. The pour is dark brown with some lighter ruby or garnet notes shinking through and a lighter tan head with some decent lace retention. The aroma has a strong fruity presence with good dark fruits. Raisins and plums for sure. There is also a great dark roasty malt and light caramel appeal to this. The flavor is a little more bitter and there is a light licorice presence. The dark fruits and caramel malts seem to dominate the flavor. The mouth feel is surprisingly thin, but the medium deep carbonation definitely helps. The aftertaste lingers a bit, and finishes nice and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a dark brown black with barely any head. Smells of chocolate, bread, hint of floral. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter - hint of smokiness. Dark red wine, hint of chocolate, faint coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
11.2oz (I think) c&c bottle from Crossroads. Poured a dark black body with an average sized creamy beige head that never died despite about an hour of slow sipping. Aroma is charred barrel, red wine, old chocolate and burnt toast. Thinner body with super light carbonation and a touch of heat, almost has a nitro pour feel about it. Flavor is a touch better than the aroma. Notes of red wine, roasty, charcoal, old chocolate, burnt toast.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unm4rk3d (74) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2014
Nice raisin, chocolate with a slight burned aroma. Easy to drink and a very tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Another well rounded beer from Moa. Tends to the smoky rather than chocolate, coffee, or anything else in my opinion (but I could be wrong),

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (190) - - APR 29, 2014
Corked bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown creamy to frothy head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel and licorice. Medium sweet and light to medium bitter, with sour overtones. Flavors of licorice, sour dark fruit, very bitter chocolate but no hint of ’mellow bitterness’. Average carbonation, oily texture, does an ok but not great job of hiding the alcohol, medium body and a brief sharply bitter and alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fluffyPillows (12) - - APR 28, 2014
All that and a RIS to boot. The malt explodes with deep roasted notes, a soft hop backbone supportive and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2014
12.7 oz bottle corked and caged, on sale for $3.99 at Coconuts, and poured into a snifter at home. Absolute blaster, I wasn’t even finishing unscrewing the cage. Black appearance with a rocky, light brown head, slowly dissipating, thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, red wine, light oak, dark fruit and earthy hops. Similar flavor, pretty rich and quite vinous, adding light notes of coffee and chocolate. Medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Medium to full body, smooth and pretty complex. A nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014
From a bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Vinous nose. Flavors of plums, grapes and rapeseed. Smooth mouthfeel. Heavy bodied. Light carbonation. Slight bitter finish.


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