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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: 316   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - 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 (4395) - 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 (3339) - 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 (5363) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (499) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle from Beer Cartel. Darkest brown, almost black, thin creamy head, woody/oaky/roasty/chocolatey aroma, dry, roasty bitterness, sweet chocolate, alcohol well hidden, medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Nice enough.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyro (11) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Poured dark, with a small amount of creamy tan head. Definitely a boozey, alchohol taste, with chocolate and malt elements. The "texture" was a little disappointing, as was the aroma, but at the same time it was rich, syrupy, and presented itself as a nice dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3496) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, plums, raisins, floral notes, and light spice. Flavor is dry, roast malt base with milk chocolate, faint espresso, dark fruit esters, and faint floral hops; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2080) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Draft. Pours opaque very dark brown with a creamy beige head and decent lacing. Smells buttery and strongly of alcohol, hints of sweet chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation. Tastes sweet, like chocolate, syrup, and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Tap at Kloby’s. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is peat, earthy and herbal hops, roast malt, plums and prunes. Flavor is malt forward with tart dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, peat, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1605) - WALES - OCT 25, 2013
No date on the bottle, poured into snifter. Black with a big foamy head. Smell - slight nail varnish. Body medium to light for the style, and a bit foamy. Taste - dry tannins up front. Barrel has taken over but is still toned down. Harsh on the stomach. It’s not bad but I feel like all this gained from the barrel aging is sharp tannins.


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