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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: 326   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (632) - 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 (703) - 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 (4558) - 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 (1009) - 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 (151) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cory (334) - , California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle. Red wine, slightly sour, but there is a lot if rye bread characteristics. Its all a little off putting and a little disappointing. So sad, I am a big fan if most beers I’ve had out of New Zealand.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2014

Bottle 375ml. corked.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, alcohol - whisky, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, alcohol, roasted, smoke - wood notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131012]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap at Riverview. Poured dark brown with wisps of cream head. Aroma of fruit and oak. Light carb med bod. Smokey taste slight bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
375 mL (I think?) bottle from Beer Run, opened 12/12/13. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of bitter chocolate, nuts, cocoa, red wine. The taste is bitter roasted malts, bitter chocolate, leather, tart dark fruits. Medium bodied. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroSpud (1707) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Poured into a snifter from a smaller sized corked bottle. Nice looking brew with one of the creamiest heads I have ever seen from out of a bottle. Somewhat of a thin palate. Not as stout like as I expected but still very good. Notes of coffee and chocolate and oak and, maybe, that was pinot noir I was tasting though not sure how much of that really comes through.


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