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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 308   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


walkingstd's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
walkingstd (20) - - APR 13, 2012
Pours with thick head. First tried at naughty penguin in Queenstown. Barrel aging gave the stout a very unique flavour, none that I've tried before. Warm chocolate notes combined with delicate mouth feel from the bottle conditioning and Pinot noir flavours complete a great beer. High alcohol content masked very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1203) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to respertftw. Dark with a brown/red hue. Tart and dry. The barrel comes at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle.
Appearance: Jet black body with a creamy tan head on top. Head fills out the glass nicely and retains it’s shape for a bit.
Aroma: Oak a slightly tart cherry aroma come out first, hints of semi-dry wine and bakers chocolate next and last is a dash of dark chocolate, pine and roasted coffee. Very complex, though a bit dry on the aroma and has me thinking this may be astringent.
Taste: Creamy flavors of mocha and roasted, mildly astringent, coffee blend with hints of semi-dry fruity notes from the pinot along with a light dryness of oak tannins. The finish is long with a chalky chocolate flavor, like powdered bakers chocolate. Very nicely balanced beer, I really enjoy this.
Palate: Creamy body with mild carbonation.
Overall: This isn’t a huge stand out, but I love how creamy the body is and how smooth the flavors meld into each other. Definitely a beer I’d love to try again and again. Well done!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2191) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
the good stuff. powerful licorice chocolate and coffee well balanced and smoothed out. rich mocha head. rich body what can you say great beer. busy enough there is no sense of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Pours a light brown, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark roasted malt nose, flavor is earthy malts and bitter chocolate, hints of pinot noir. $5.00 for a caged & corked 375ml green bottle from Vinodivino Needham, MA.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (996) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass to drink. The beer had a wetter, watery pour with a very dark brown to black color with a deep brown-ruby red hue and a smaller, dark tan creamy head with shorter retention, but very good cling and lacing. Its aroma had strong toasty notes of chocolate, coffee and mocha, some molasses and caramel, along with some earth and oak tones. The taste was a blend of lightly sweet chocolate and caramel that quickly yielded to a strongly bitter coffee and oak effect. A beer with a thick, watery mouthfeel and consistency, but quite dry and intense on the palate with a noticeable presence of alcohol. Very strong, deliberate flavors; my first official beer from New Zealand.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes is perfectly balanced against some nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some light dry bitter notes and some excellent vinous notes which really don’t clash. Light black chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is light for style with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Magnificent marriage of different flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2014
12.7oz c&c dark green bottle picked up at North Boulder Liquor
Pours dark brown with a very small tan ring and spotty lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, oak and leather. Flavors of roasted malts, sweet caramel, woody, chocolate with a nice bitterness in the finish
A nice solid beer, tasty

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham_murphy (272) - - MAY 16, 2014
Honestly, probably the best stout I’ve ever had. Delicate tastes of chocolate and coffee. Also a slight sweetness but not as overpowering in that regard as many imperial stouts are. Balanced. Subtle. Goes down very easily. It’s expensive but I can see why.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (535) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
From notes. 375 mL bottle shared at a tasting on 5 May. The pour is dark brown with some lighter ruby or garnet notes shinking through and a lighter tan head with some decent lace retention. The aroma has a strong fruity presence with good dark fruits. Raisins and plums for sure. There is also a great dark roasty malt and light caramel appeal to this. The flavor is a little more bitter and there is a light licorice presence. The dark fruits and caramel malts seem to dominate the flavor. The mouth feel is surprisingly thin, but the medium deep carbonation definitely helps. The aftertaste lingers a bit, and finishes nice and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a dark brown black with barely any head. Smells of chocolate, bread, hint of floral. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter - hint of smokiness. Dark red wine, hint of chocolate, faint coffee.


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