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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (624) - 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 (3066) - 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 won’t 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 (1234) - 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 (5316) - 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 can’t 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 I’ve 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 baker’s 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 baker’s 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 (879) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5555) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle: The cork exploded of this bottle more so than any other beer I’ve opened. Luckily it wasn’t a gusher, but it did slowly foam up. The aroma consists of moderate-heavy smoke, light-moderate roast, chocolate, vinous notes, anise, a touch of alcohol, and and fruit. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large tan head with excellent retention. A pretty thick sheet of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate molasses, lighter chocolate, and light anise. There’s a hint of plum in the background. The finish has moderate smoke, roast, light vinous notes, and the slightest hint of tart fruit. It’s medium bodied with lively carbonation. As lively as the carbonation is, it manages to not come across prickly at all. Overall, this tastes like a heavily smoked stout aged in wine barrels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2418) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
12.7 oz bottle shared with Scott. Pours a very dark cola with w medium sized tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, strong wine notes, light charr and bitter chocolate. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2654) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a deep brownish black with a nice off white fluffy head that sticks and laces slightly.... aromas are deep oak, cherry, licorice and a touch of roasted malty chocolate. On the palate it follows the nose nicely but with a bit more acidity than I imagined. Great vinous quality that balances out the brooding heavy woody stout flavors that carry the finish. Nice beer with alot of complexity.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle, pours a mirror black, aromas and taste are very peaty, smoked grains and almonds, chocolate, nuts. Lots of lacing, good medium brown head. Warming as shit, so hot. Just ok.


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