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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1511) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
The bottle (which, by the way, sports a beveled emu-like creature) describes this as a "stout aged in pinot noir barrels". Sounds different! Sounds like a great pairing! One thing about this beer is impressive (even though it had a hard time forming much of a head when I poured it) is how well it retains a head... its carbonation sustains a really nice, frothy and fine, light brown head atop a black beer. Wow, that’s a frothy head for an imperial stout, and especially with this alcohol content. Although it eventually passes as an imperial stout, it really smells like a 50/50 blend of a sweet, slightly sour, sangria-like wine and a soft imperial stout. Well-"balanced", Moa! My wife believes that if there was a blind sniff test, you’d initially think it was a wine (albeit an odd-smelling one), and only toward the end of the nose would some of the beer’s coffee give away the true nature of the beverage. I, on the other hand, smell the roasted malts up front just as much as that sweet, red wine. I’ll give it this - it’s definitely very soft on the nose. At first sip, some of that aroma almost seems to redirect itself and sneak its way into your mouth. While the beer is in the mouth that same red wine flavor that was in the nose also remains, but you also pick up a woody sourness that wasn’t in the nose. The twist: swallow the beer and you’re in for side B of this smooth, vinyl concoction. A strange, tart sourness that I have a hard time describing completely takes over. If you look around for it, you can still pull out that sour sangria experience, perhaps some wood, but otherwise the culmination of all the ingredients and the pinot noir barrels creates a unique, new flavor that has characteristics of licorice, sweet tarts, cherry cough drops, and maybe even eucalyptus or other strange plant/herbal qualities. Now that I mentioned it, it really does seem to taste more and more like cough drops, but with a smooth, roasted malt finish. Don’t let that scare you, though. It’s a great-tasting beer that gets major points for creativity and execution. Plus, it’s a beautiful beer that leaves some really sexy lacing. It actually leaves a mostly dry effect in the mouth post-finish. Neat. New Zealand is full of great stuff, isn’t it?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Total Wine, Fairfax 375ml ($4.50): Pours black with brownish head. Corked bottle was a wicked gusher. Aroma is a copious amount of fresh coffee, with milk chocolate, wood, and a bit of booze. Taste is kind of sharp and peppery. Taste is lightly sweet. Some of vinous and woody notes become manifest deeper into the beer. Lots of chocolate. Sticky mouthfeel. Pretty good, but not as smooth as I like my imperial stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Black pour orange hue, with a beige foamy overcarbonated head and decent sticky lacing .... aroma of overcarbonated sugars and red wine ... taste of roasted and smoked malts, light bitter roasted coffee and def heavy notes of oaked dry pinot noir .... finish is dry bitter and abv slightly evident

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1021) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Near black with a thin beige head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and a little vinous and a hint of pepper. Taste is bitter up front and then gets a little sweeter. Has chocolate, coffee, red wine, and sweet dark fruits. Dry finish and somewhat prickly carbonation. Really liked this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2068) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
Black with lasting light brown foam head. Aroma is chocolate and smalle coffee. Taste is nice bitter with tones of coffee and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is bittersweet. A truly nice beer. (Houston 201301)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Dark mocha colored pour with a tight khaki head. Cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak and hints from the pinot barrels. Get some of the red wine qualities, dark fruit accompanied by chocolate, vanilla bean, and rich coffee. Interesting and unique...definitely the best I’ve had from the brewer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle conditioned with medium carbonation. Black and opaque with a fine beaded tan head. Aromas of Chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa and red cherries. Both the vanilla aroma and cherry notes are probably due to it having been aged in pinot barrels. Dry espresso like finish. Good example of the style but I would prefer just a touch more malt sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
December 29, 2012 - bottle at Brett’s tasting. Dark brown pour with lots of head and lacing. Roasted malt, smoke and red wine in the aroma. Taste was similar plus some wood.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (678) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours black with some head that lingers. nose is charcoal, fruity red wine, smoke, plums and black malt. first sip is similar with mild coco flavors. feels lighter than 10+%. finish is clean but a bit thin. solid Imp Stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1498) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle as pictured. Dark coffee black with a very small tan head. Nose is coffee, roastiness, Taste starts off very bitter and biting, with a big burnt taste. Some tanginess and light spiciness. No coffee or burnt roastiness in a typical impy stout. The wine barrel aging tones this down a notch and gives it a unique flavoring. Enjoyable.


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