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


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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, upfront and rich beer hopped to over 100 IBUs. Aged with French oak, this beer not only displays coffee, mocha and smoked cedar characters but also some sweet and savoury notes unique to Moa Imperial Stout. A great beer to cellar and age.

Tasting Notes
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, bold upfront and rich offering of a famous beer style. Aged with French Oak, 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 Ė Brew NZ Awards
Bronze Ė Asia Beer Awards
Bronze Ė Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy Ė Brew NZ Awards

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4687) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Black with a tan head. Danky aroma. Very herbal taste. Spotty lace. Sweet tobacco character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kabonski (40) - - FEB 18, 2013
A very interesting beer to say the least. You can smell and taste hints if red wine. It's not to overpowering but you can't help tasting it with each sip. Also has a smokey and slightly bitter flavor mixed in. The beer has a silky texture and pours with an off white colored head. Like I said, it's interesting but worth a try! ---Mr. Dizzle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 Bottle at Eulogy. FEB 2013. Black pour. Lasting light brown pillowy head. Lots of runny lace. Moderately heavy dark stout flavors with a definite spike from the red wine barrels. Black coffee. Sour candy. Raisin pie. Molasses. Chocolate liquorice. Red beets. Burnt cherries. Medium full body. Red wine barrel notes build as it warms. A nice complex sour element helps this Stout stand out. UPDATE: May 2015. Finally having on draft for the first time (at Eulogy again). Clear very dark brown pour with just a little off-white foam. Sporadic lace. Feels less complex than before. The sour element is nearly missing. More dark chocolate. Less dark fruit. Not as good as the bottle, but notable in both versions is that the high ABV is exceptionally well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted and molasses for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, with notes of grape, wood and tar. Head is average size, frothy, tan with good lacing and good legs, and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the very long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a lively carbonation and a chalky and very dry finish. An Imperial Stout with a nice smooth aroma and a bite in the flavor. Let this one warm up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Gusher! Pours black with huge tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, red wine, oak, dark fruits and vanilla. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (849) - EL SALVADOR - FEB 1, 2013
Super buena. Muy carbonatada. Intenso el sabor a stout y tiene el tang de barricas viejas de vinos

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Deep brown with large tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Taste: cocoa, dark fruit, coffe grounds, oak, boozy. Complex but sloppy interplay. Expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
12.7 oz green bottle. Pours black with a nice head. The aroma has plenty of roast but also is fairly strong with dark fruits almost grape like. The pinot noir barrel character really shines through. The taste is up front wine barrel character that finishes with a roasty like char. Itís a little rugged also. I wonder what the base beer tastes like as the wine barrel seems to overlap itís potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - 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, thatís 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, youíd initially think it was a wine (albeit an odd-smelling one), and only toward the end of the nose would some of the beerís 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. Iíll give it this - itís 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 wasnít in the nose. The twist: swallow the beer and youíre 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. Donít let that scare you, though. Itís a great-tasting beer that gets major points for creativity and execution. Plus, itís 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, isnít it?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5457) - 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.

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