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


on tap

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.

Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Gold – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy – Brew NZ Awards

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours a pitch black with an extremely large head, lots of carbonation, and good lacing. smell is of cocoa, some smoke, and a bit of red wine. taste is of licorice, beef jerky, cocoa, sour malt, and wood. ends a little sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1032) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours a very black in the glass. Huge dark roasted malt aroma. Some dark cocoa followed by a slight coffee liquer aftertaste. Overall, a very "hearty brew"... Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniehac (5) - SINGAPORE - DEC 6, 2012 does not count
Plenty of wows all around. Dark Chocolate and coffee notes dominate. Excellent flavour and strength. Bitterness and mouthfeel is just right. As a stout I couldn't ask for more, one of the best I've ever had. Would definitely drink again, and again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2012
375, corked and baled. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy, and lasting tan head. Mild chocolatey roasty flat chalky nose. Soft rounded body like a cask ale. Pleasant neutrality from the chalkiness. Chocolate, chalk, and soft roast show through, with a pleasantly light chocolatey finish. The wine doesn’t really make much of an impression overtly, but the softness and roundness are definitely there from it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Black with a thick foamy tan head. Musty grain, sweet chocolate, red wine, oak, and some funky sour fruit notes. Good velvety creamy palate. Tastes of citrus, chocolate, sour grape, red wine and oak. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
35.8cl corked and caged bottle pours deep darkness with a big tall three inch light mocha colored head of foam. The modest aroma offers up mineral notes, blunted dark roasted malts, burnt malts and then a touch of dark fruity esters. The taste has dark roasted malts heading into some chocolate and mineral notes that are punctuated by above average carbonation. It then gains flavors like a bit of sweet dark fruity esters and then yeasty Belgian candi sugar into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1103) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Moa Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown or black appearance, with lots of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a mix of dark, sweet cherries and a dark-roasted malt. The flavor is strongly fruity, sweet, roasted, dark malts, and bitterness. Quite bitter. There is even a smoked aspect to this. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Moa Imperial Stout finishes dry, super rich, and pleasant. The alcohol is not present in the taste, but does show up in a strong way in the brain after a few sips. This is one to have! I rate it most excellent. RJT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4035) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
375ml bottle, caged & corked. Jet black color. Sea foam looking head, Tan colored foam. Aroma of burnt grains, licorice, charcoal. Very strong. Flavors of char, tart wood. Ash flavors, tobacco. Finishes like a rich, strong Stout aged in a wine barrel. (3534)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregfleischman (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012 does not count
375ml bottle. Pour dark brown with red highlights. Nose is roast, vanilla, and oak. Mouthfell is light. Soft carbonation and pleasant aftertaste of coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
375ml corked bottle pours black in color with a massive light brown head that retains well and leaves some nice lace on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains with some hints of coffee and wine. Taste is roasted grains and coffee bitterness with some chocolate sweetness and a dry red wine finish. Medium to heavy bodied with some decent carbonation. A tasty imperial stout that is quite unique and highly recommended.

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