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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: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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
badlizard (5537) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1332) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4262) - 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)

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 (4368) - 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 (11532) - 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 (2254) - 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.


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