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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: 331   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


4.3
   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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4310) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
I picked this up mostly due to teh $5 price tag. You don’t see many barrel aged imperial stouts that cheap. Unfortunately there is a reason for that... First off this thing had the worst pour. No matter how slow and carefully I poured the glass was completely filled with foam. It had been chilled for at least a week. The smell was a little off too, like maybe it had some brett or maybe it was just the wine but I didn’t care for it. The taste was not bad, little roast, little stout but almost no barrel character whatsoever. Overall this was pretty disappointing and it just goes to show that you really do get what you pay for. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-22-2012 19:04:32

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11281) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Black in color with a khaki head. Roasted malt, some wood, and a hint of dark fruit and wine. A bit of char and ash, some yeast, molasses, and a hint of cocoa powder. Has a little bit of an alcohol note to the flavor. Some wine, oak, and mild vanilla. Very heavy on the roast, cocoa powder, and some coffee. Slight char and bitterness to it as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2 for 2 with this brewery so far. Worth $14.99/four pack, which is what they’re on sale for at Whole Foods. The regular $18.99/four pack is pretty rough. Poured into a Duvel tulip, this sucker created a nearly two-inch head, even with the softest pour. Black body and creamy tan head. Nose shows vinous notes as well as cocoa... dark fruits coming through and some oak. Taste runs sweet to nicely cocoa bitter and just a hint of sour wood/fruit at the end. Long finish and great complexity. Soft palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2200) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a white film. The aroma Is mostly chocolate with some sour notes, the taste is sweet cocoa with some sour notes at the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (950) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 7, 2012
Label says "very strong", they werent kidding. Oil black pour with a tan head. Viscous pinot nose, flavour follows with more red wine notes, some mocha coffee, and heavy roast malt. Slick, flat mouthfeel/body. Resinous, smokey, oaky, woody tannins and savoury in the finish. Bud light it aint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Another nice Moa. More of an easy drinking imperial stout, more dark fruits and vinous qualities than most. Probably from the Pinot barrel. Light mocha, cococa character. Creamy, oaky finish. Unique and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Wood, wine, and roasty aromas from this dark brew. Big, thick tan head is persistent. Full body flavor of wood, sherry, and blackened malts. Finishes dry and sweet.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Huge, giant head of tan foam! Wouldn’t quickly dissipate, either. Once I got thru the foam, a big aroma of red wine, black cherries, plums, slight sourness, coffee & chocolate hit me. Flavors almost exactly the same- big, in-your-face dark fruits & vinous characteristics. Followed closely by some chocolate, coffee & roasted flavors taking a backseat. In the finish, I get more vinous tartness & a good hop bitterness. Very interesting stout. Would like it more if mellowed out a bit & way less carbonation. Otherwise, a great, great brew!


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