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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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1499) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Thanks for the present, Mark! Lots of pressure under that cork, watch where you aim it. Black pour with a lasting tan head. Vinous nose with wood and a background of chocolate. Very lively carbonation. Sweet tart flavors with wine and cherry chocolates. Dry finish. Great beer with an interesting twist.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle from Scott. Aroma is roasty withse noticeable Pinot character. Flavor is more of the nose with a crazy champagne mouthfeel. Did I mention the carbonation was so strong that the cage broke in half under the pressure of the bottle being opened? Really unique type of imperial stout...not normal at a all. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
12.7 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Walnut Creek; cork flew out as if it was Champagne. Thick head, roasted aroma, dry fruitiness. Not for the stout purist.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Corked and caged bottle poured a dark black color with aromas of roast, chocolate, and ash. Flavors follow suit with a light dry fruit flavor from the wine barrel. Solid stout overall, doesn’t taste like a 10 percent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2167) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with intense, bubbly tan head that leaves light lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. The flavor of the wine comes through strong out of the gate, then the chocolate note comes through. The carbonation leaves it bubbly and light on the tongue, covering the alcohol well. Interesting stuff, pretty solid for kiwis.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Very unique stout. A very odd aroma sensation for me of popped fireworks... I actually really like the taste combo of Pinot noir and stout. A lovely complexity. Finish is lightly fruity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (828) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Aroma of wood, oak and charcoal. Dark black in color with a thin foam top. Strong oak, sherry, grape and coffee overtones with a pleasantly thick finish with chocolate and big booze on the finish. Overall, This is a great change of pace for imperial stouts. Strong alcohol and complex flavors. I’d give this an A+ rating.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Pours a dark brown with two and a half fingers of rocky tan/light brown head. Decent retention and a little lacing. Aroma is roasted, malty, coffee. Flavor is roasted, oak, light coffee, malty, fading into noticeable alcohol. Roasted malty finish that lingers. Pinot and barrel flavors become more noticeable as it warms. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy body. A slightly oily mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured a dark heavy brown. Nose of roasted malt. No hints at all of PInot Noir and why the hell would one use barrels from what everyone knows is one of the lightest red wines. Man up and use Cab or Zin.


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