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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
A solid Imperial Stout with a purely dark viscous pour and a dark tan head filled with big and tighter bubbles. The nose is well roasted with notes of espresso and chocolate as well as vanilla and woody notes. A bit watery in the mouth with a lack of full bodied ness. Sweet and robust with espresso notes. Pretty good brew overall, but a bit thin and lacking.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark opaque brown with tan head. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and unfortunately a lot of cherry cough syrup. Cherry cough syrup dominates the flavour with licorice in the background. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or it just isn’t to my taste, but yeah didn’t care for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10699) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 121013

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10834) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle, 10.2%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, medium sweet, coffee, liquorice, little dusty, hop, notes of alcohol, caramel and a little bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan to brown head. Aroma is roasted malty and chocolate. Thick malty, chocolate and light sweet caramelish. Bitter and roasted dark malty finish. Smooth, dry and roasted brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee and bitter hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (482) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Rich dark opaque with light brown head. Nice retention, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet coffee, chocolate, figs. Mouthfeel is really nice with the moderate carbonation. Burnt malts interlace a slight astrigency with the hops to counterbalance the malty sweetness. CO2 provides a nice sharpness up front and finishes slightly dry. Overall a pretty nice Imperial Stout...especially for the price point.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (599) - Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark, tan head. Smells really rich, VERY chocolate. Tastes very chocolate! Roasty, hoppy bitterness in the middle, chocolate finish. Bitter dark chocolate taste is played against the hop bitterness making it balance the sweet dark malts. Really interesting, really good!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
16th March 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, big pale tan head. Light dry palate. Dry and mellow dark malt.Touches of cream, toffee and roast. Just a very light trace of red wine. Bubblegum ester streak seems out of place. Finishes dry. A but dry and could have done with a stronger barrel presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1693) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
375 ml bottle. Pours black with full light tan head. Aromas of ash, black coffee, sweet chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of sweet black coffee, light vanilla and chocolate, and roasted barley. Quite a light mouthfeel for a stout and high carbonation. Hot.


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