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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: 315   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (448) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Another well rounded beer from Moa. Tends to the smoky rather than chocolate, coffee, or anything else in my opinion (but I could be wrong),

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (196) - - APR 29, 2014
Corked bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown creamy to frothy head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel and licorice. Medium sweet and light to medium bitter, with sour overtones. Flavors of licorice, sour dark fruit, very bitter chocolate but no hint of ’mellow bitterness’. Average carbonation, oily texture, does an ok but not great job of hiding the alcohol, medium body and a brief sharply bitter and alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fluffyPillows (12) - - APR 28, 2014
All that and a RIS to boot. The malt explodes with deep roasted notes, a soft hop backbone supportive and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2062) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2014
12.7 oz bottle corked and caged, on sale for $3.99 at Coconuts, and poured into a snifter at home. Absolute blaster, I wasn’t even finishing unscrewing the cage. Black appearance with a rocky, light brown head, slowly dissipating, thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, red wine, light oak, dark fruit and earthy hops. Similar flavor, pretty rich and quite vinous, adding light notes of coffee and chocolate. Medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Medium to full body, smooth and pretty complex. A nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3153) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014
From a bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Vinous nose. Flavors of plums, grapes and rapeseed. Smooth mouthfeel. Heavy bodied. Light carbonation. Slight bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a very dark brown almost black, not much head. Pinot noir on the nose, with some spice too. The wine is very present on the palate, with a hint of oak and sweetness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (627) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Aroma is of very rich maltiness with some vanilla, espresso, and coffee notes. Taste is a complex roasty maltiness that has some perfectly balanced hopiness. Some warm liquor and hop bitterness on tip. Appearance is a very dark amber with a bubbly head that retains fairly well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator (935) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2014
375mL bottle, corked. This beer was pretty good even though I admittedly expect a lot from Imp Stouts these days. The pour, and appearance were on point, and while the aroma wasn’t as full as I expected, nothing unpleasant. The taste was similar to others I’ve had with all the usual flavors, but the palate was maybe just a little bit thin compared to others. Not a bad beer at all, I’d definitely try others from Moa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1225) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks a lot bro! Pours a dark purple-ish brown with an offwhite rim that leaves really light lacing. Nose is of grapes, roasted malt and generally fruity. Taste is fruity, not tart but has a really gentle acid edge. No awkward sugar, roasted malt and some winey notes. Body was medium, mouthfeel almost juicy and the alcohol is warming but not "hot". Nice!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
pours medium dark brown reddish with a small light beige head showing some retention and lacing. very peppery and boozy, burnt hazelnuts, dry molasses, harsh and bitter coffee, bit of smoke, muted vinous character if not some red fruitiness, hint of vanilla. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body, bittering coffee and peppery finish. pinot noir seemed like a good idea.. or maybe better suited for another type of ris.


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