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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: 312   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGuy84 (17) - - NOV 25, 2013
Dark and inviting with a moderate tan head. Lighter aroma than expected. Taste is oaky with dark fruit and roasted coffee. Thin for an Imperial Stout.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1497) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours opaque. Aroma is faint but slight roast. Flavor is very winey. Yuck. Why put an IS in wine barrels. Not pleasant. Not to style and just not enjoyable. Alcohol is very up front. Finishes thin and very dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a semi-opaque very dark cola. Smells solid; dark malt, oak, pinot noir, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (938) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Jet black pour with a tan head. Big oak aromas upfront with roasted malt, pinot noir, and coffee notes. Flavor is all about the barrel. Lots of oak character with wine and tannin notes coming through all backed by the big roasty stout character. So complex! This was very well done. An awesome example of the style and what good barrel-aging can do to a beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kerrmatt (25) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Oak, oak and more oak, love it. Some nice pinot noir tannins and fruit coming through on the back of a deliciously strong stout. I suspect there was a decent bit of leftover pinot noir in the barrels used for aging. Good winter warmer or late summer evening wind down. Great beer as is but.. something seems missing to me, maybe add some manuka smokiness, more depth with a bit of extra hop complexity to the backbone. Thanks Moa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours a rusty black with a chocolate beige lacy head. The nose is red wine, currant, and craisins. The pallet is dark chocolate, astringent over steeped tea, a little smoke and finishes with a oaky bitter sweet chocolate. Overall a very complex and enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1142) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Dark brown/black with a nice beige head. Aroma is toasted wood, dates, raisins, liquorice, coffee, hint of leather & booze. Full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a bitter roasty finish. Taste is liquorice, coffee, burnt wood, roasted grains, dates, molasses.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Black color with a small head. Very light aroma of dark cocoa. Flavor is mostly chocolate. A bit of a winey character and some oak. Almost some smoke. Very chalky mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
The head is robust, body black. It smells roasty, orange, alcoholic. The taste is roasty, orange, alcoholic, aromatic and hopintensive, also alcoholic. 4.1

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle from Party Source. Pours black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, wood, some Pinot Noir character, and mild tartness. The flavor shows the barrel notes overtaking the roasted malts and dark chocolate base. Big vinous, oak character. Smooth drinking, medium bodied. The abv is mostly hidden. Interesting, but I would like more of the base to come through.


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