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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: 331   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gr8nhbrewer (11) - - MAR 2, 2014
Deep complexity from the malts, hops and the expression from the alcohol, very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (398) - - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma Is raspberry, chocolate, plum. Dark black color. Thick. Small white head. Taste is cola, wood, earth, dark chocolate. Not bad, but Im a tad disappointed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5918) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
had a couple bottles .. . pours a viscous black .. good foam, mild spots of lacing .. . rich mouth .. wine and tar dominate .. . a bold beer, i enjoyed it .. . . when i pack my suitcase. i always forget the raw fish. im a cat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (572) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Black pour with a reddish/purple hue to it. Head is typical dark brown and a little small. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, floral hops, some dark fruit. Flavor is lots of dark fruit and cream. Cherries, plums and grapes. Coffee and cocoa bitterness come in and out.. A little boozy in the back. Big grassy, floral hop flavor and bitterness in the finish as well. Palate is rich and creamy. Carbonation is definitely low but not too low. Chocolate covered raisins here and there. Lots going on and each flavor is really enjoyable. Manages to straddle that line between drinkable and rich and complex. It really has both going for it. Id have estimated closer to 8% than 10. While I usually expect something like this to get sweeter as it warms, this seems to become more watery. Still, a really tasty brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nealblind (896) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Dark brown pour huge head. Aroma of acid, wine barrels, cola. Tastes like artificial raspberry flavor, char. Slimey thick palate yet acidic. Deviates strongly from stout character. Seems more like a sour gone slightly brown than a brown gone slightly sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (653) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap. Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a great aroma with smokey wood, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more chocolate and coffee and a bit of the smokiness and some hop bitterness, all over a heavy body with a rich finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (712) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2014
Quite a sweet style of stout where I am reminded of banana on the palate, though as is warms up this is falling by the wayside and is becoming more bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is fruity, winey, has some roast. Black coloured with a medium, beige head. The taste is a bit fruity, hs chocolate, roast, some oak, some coffee beans, chocolate and a more bitter finish. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomciccateri (1018) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle in Albuquerque. Pours an opaque black with frothy tan head. Dark malt aromas. Big body with full mouthfeel. Rich dark malt flavors. Chocolate notes. Nice complexity from wine barrels. Impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (163) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Poured a dark almost reddish black with a small head. Tastes of oak and toated malts. Rich complex flavors with a finish of burn. This gets better as it warms up. Great impy stout!


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