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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: 318   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 Ė Brew NZ Awards
Bronze Ė Asia Beer Awards
Bronze Ė Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Trophy Ė Brew NZ Awards


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3394) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
375ml bottle. Thick and black like oil with a big fluffy head of dark tan foam that takes a while to settle. Surprisingly mild aroma for such a big beer however the flavour more than makes up for the aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spittye (2) - - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
Great beer. Full of carbonation and flavor. Had a slight winey note from the pinot barrels, but it fit right into the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (361) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2012
Roasted caramel and chocolate malt flavour balanced well with good bitterness. No discernible hop flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1112) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
375 mL bottle. First of all, guess I should have thought a bit when I saw the bubbling as it warmed up. Anyway, cork blew off and left a mark in the ceiling as I was untwisting the cage, then the requisite foaming onto the floor (and fortunately not my keyboard). Pours black with a foamy (obviously) tan head. Creamy cocoa aroma leaning toward vanilla, coffee hint. Coffee and cocoa with a definite tartness. Itís still pretty decent, even if itís not supposed to be like this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (621) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
pours black, with a ton of chocolate colored head. Might be a bad bottle. Nose reminds me of a smoked wine, which is pleasant. Medium body, roasted coffee flavors are complimented by the Pinot noir. Lingering aftertaste reminds me of drinking a wine

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
Black body with lasting tan head. Aroma is a bit too in your face, strong wine notes then some dark fruits and smoke notes. Taste is better, coffee coming through now, sweet dark fruits then some chocolate followed once again by smoke. Certainly drinkable once warmed up.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StuartCarter (21) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Appearance: A deep, dark black/brown as you would expect with a RIS. A moderately heavy pour produced a finger-deep tan head which subsided to a thin coating at the top of the beer. Smell: oh yum. Coffee, sweet fruitiness, a slightly earthy funkiness underneath the surface smells. Taste: dark coffee bitterness, some alcohol, subtle dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel: silky, but enlivened by lively carbonation. It almost dances on the tongue which is very unusual - and pleasing! - for a RIS. Aftertaste: lingering hop bitterness with distinct coffee overtones. As it warms: the bitterness subsides, leaving a rich roast coffee flavour with subtly sweet notes. Note: this beer is corked and caged. This is for a reason. This is a RIS that is carbonated like a champagne. If you bear this in mind you wonít have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
A-- Poured a dark cola color, settled midnight black with just touches of ruby here and there. One finger mocha colored brown head that faded to a nice film, then collar. leaving a few streaks of lacing. Half finger of head when swirled. No more, no less. S-- Got oak and wine when popped the cork but when in the glass not a whole bunch really. Some roasted notes and some oatmeal character. Maybe some faint chocolate. More lacking for nose than anything else. T-- Thin, quite thin. Watery soy sauce, watery mocha, watery roasted and scorched malts and oats. Flashes of wine and oak. M-- Oatmeal stout like in the front and mid and sweet char and ash in the back and finish. Candied ash tray. ICK. Smooth but very thin body. Medium and slightly perky carbonation with a thin, weak body. Does pick up once warmed and get a lot of acidic coffee to hide the thiness in the feel so giving a few points more. O-- Bad Imperial stout, bad imperial stout. At least the ABV is hidden well and drinks more like a 6% stout. Too thin and too weak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
First, a note on the price - I bought this 375ml bottle for 4.99 - so, this means the 750 price would be 10 bucks - 10 bucks - in Colorado - for a barrel-aged imperial stout from FUCKING NEW ZEALAND - in contrast, I canít even get a BA impy stout made in the same CITY I LIVE IN for less than 20 bucks - anyway - the cork shot out of this sucker before I even got the cage off - scared the hell out of me - so, highly carbonated - I had to let it sit and "gas out" for about ten minutes before I could pour it - understandably, it pours with a huge, frothy, lasting head - probably the best retention Iíve seen on something so high in ABV - nose has a ton of Pinot notes - a lot of oak and tart raspberry acidity - this works quite nicely with the deep bittersweet bakerís chocolate aromas of the malt - light sourness - the carbonation is a bit rough, even after prolonged time in the glass - strong flavors of black raspberry, cherry, oak, tannins - the acidity is a bit high, but is somehow a bit more bearable due to the light sour character of the beer - strong bakerís chocolate and moderate char on the tail end - a light dry mineral note - bittersweet finish - an interesting brew, with a fair amount of complexity, but the acidity and high carbonation keep me from enjoying it as much as I could - still quite like it, though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Firstly, the cork shot off as soon as I loosened the cap enough. It poured deep black with TONS of mocha foam. Smells sour with lots of earthy roasted malts and seems like it would be fantastic with chipotle. Tastes strongly of pino witch makes it seem sour and feel dry but taste sweet, also a nice body with pleny of roasty characteristics.


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