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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: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
pours medium dark brown reddish with a small light beige head showing some retention and lacing. very peppery and boozy, burnt hazelnuts, dry molasses, harsh and bitter coffee, bit of smoke, muted vinous character if not some red fruitiness, hint of vanilla. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body, bittering coffee and peppery finish. pinot noir seemed like a good idea.. or maybe better suited for another type of ris.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Nice complexity, Plenty of dark fruit notes, cocoa, slgith roast and lighter body which hurts it a bit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle from Ware House Liqours, Chicago. Pitch black beer eith a very nice lasting beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, figs, caramel, licorice, roasted, chocolate, licorice, some winegum. Artificial flavor, rubber, grapes, caramel, some chocolate. I get the feeling something is wrong, since the flavors is very strange.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpkeskinen (156) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Drank from a bottle at home. A good, strong tasting stout. Looks really beautiful in the glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (921) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, with a large beige head and some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some dark dried fruits. Flavour is rich dark malts, coffee, cocoa, medium bitterness, pretty dry, some oak, dark dried fruits, pinot notes and a touch of alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gr8nhbrewer (11) - - MAR 2, 2014
Deep complexity from the malts, hops and the expression from the alcohol, very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (315) - - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma Is raspberry, chocolate, plum. Dark black color. Thick. Small white head. Taste is cola, wood, earth, dark chocolate. Not bad, but I’m a tad disappointed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
had a couple bottles .. . pours a viscous black .. good foam, mild spots of lacing .. . rich mouth .. wine and tar dominate .. . a bold beer, i enjoyed it .. . . when i pack my suitcase. i always forget the raw fish. i’m a cat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (558) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Black pour with a reddish/purple hue to it. Head is typical dark brown and a little small. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, floral hops, some dark fruit. Flavor is lots of dark fruit and cream. Cherries, plums and grapes. Coffee and cocoa bitterness come in and out.. A little boozy in the back. Big grassy, floral hop flavor and bitterness in the finish as well. Palate is rich and creamy. Carbonation is definitely low but not too low. Chocolate covered raisins here and there. Lots going on and each flavor is really enjoyable. Manages to straddle that line between drinkable and rich and complex. It really has both going for it. I’d have estimated closer to 8% than 10. While I usually expect something like this to get sweeter as it warms, this seems to become more watery. Still, a really tasty brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nealblind (529) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Dark brown pour huge head. Aroma of acid, wine barrels, cola. Tastes like artificial raspberry flavor, char. Slimey thick palate yet acidic. Deviates strongly from stout character. Seems more like a sour gone slightly brown than a brown gone slightly sour.


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