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

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, upfront and rich beer hopped to over 100 IBUs. Aged with French oak, this beer not only displays coffee, mocha and smoked cedar characters but also some sweet and savoury notes unique to Moa Imperial Stout. A great beer to cellar and age.

Tasting Notes
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, bold upfront and rich offering of a famous beer style. Aged with French Oak, 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


Kabonski's rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kabonski (40) - - FEB 18, 2013
A very interesting beer to say the least. You can smell and taste hints if red wine. It's not to overpowering but you can't help tasting it with each sip. Also has a smokey and slightly bitter flavor mixed in. The beer has a silky texture and pours with an off white colored head. Like I said, it's interesting but worth a try! ---Mr. Dizzle


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skarecrow (97) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2016
500ml bottle BB 2/5/2018 Sweet malty fruity aroma. Poured black with strange sudsy dishwashing liquid head. Well, the taste is all about the ABV - negligible bitterness is followed by an oaky finish and a major alcoholic kick. Reminded me of drinking a glass of wine more that beer. Maybe I have just drunk too much Guinness in my life but as a stout, this this was just well, not.... On the plus side, probably a good dessert or cheese board beer. (Tombutlin - I concur with your diagnosis on this one mate).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (958) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2016
Corked bottle, picked up in Kelowna B.C. Shared with my smoking hot wife. Pours opaque, with a oily tan head, no lace. Nose is dark fruit, sweet sugar, toffe, fudge. Tastes sweet, sugar, touch of dark chocolate, bitter coffe. Tastes beverage.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoufCustom (1522) - HONG KONG - FEB 6, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Opaque deep blackish brown with a thin traceof yeast sedimentsNear zero head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 5 seconds. Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet full dark malt, with nice strong oak, strong caramel, raisins, alcohol, coffee, cream, chocolate, sugar, yeast, very light lemon and thin grass.

Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with very strong roastyness, roasted nuts, caramel, light toffee, strong burnt toast, black coffee, light chocolate, quite strong alcohol, liquorices, sugar, dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, very strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body; Thin but very slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Very solid dark maltyness in a pretty watery background. Lack of carbo certainly doesn’t help that thinned feeling. Strong oak barrel flavor with slight smokiness dominates, so much so it overwhelm much of the nice roasted nuts and caramel, leaving the naked booze. Lots of burnt toast, black coffee and hops which boost the bitterness, which taste quite good considering the strong sugary sweetness. Strong lemon to round. Quite alright.

Alcohol: The 10.2% booze is upfront but doesn’t scream often, quite easy to go down with liquorice and slight knock-on. Not bad!

Hoppiness: Very light lemon and thin grass in nose, and much stronger taste. Bitterness is very strong and boosted by the malty burnt toast for a lasting, very high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Roasty, sweet and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has got most of the style’s attributes, yet it was hampered by the lack of carbo and thin body which plagued Moa’s Reserved series. It’s tasted a tad too thin for my liking, and it’s not sophisticated as it should. The French oak somehow overshadow everything. Quite drinkable but also pretty disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (1301) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Deep brown with brownish head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, some wood and wine. Sweetish flavor, woody, some roastiness, notes of coffee, soy sauce and red wine, bitterish, dry. Medium to full-bodied. Very pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Great sweet flavor, with chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (412) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Pours dark brown with minimal/no head. AROMA: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, and light herbal hops. TASTE: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, low carbonation, spices, light chocolate, little citrus, hop spice and slight peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: vinous, hop spice, dark fruit and woody with a medium thickness boozy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackBeerPG (271) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Taste of toasty smooth barrel aged malt, some coffee, dark bittersweet cocoa notes. Black, opaque and Medium /full body. warming mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimtheeagle (1) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2015 does not count
Bit of a wollap, first glass was fairly averagish, the second really bought out the chocolate and plums and that punch from a 10.2% By the time I finished the 500ml bottle (NZ $6.59) I was a convert. Full bodied, full flavoured and great aftertaste. Sits well in my 8oz glass like a 1983 Mobil. value for money... look no further!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1167) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 6 Nov 2012 -- The barrel aged wine flavor adds a unique layer. Definitely interesting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (744) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Aroma: oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla Appearance: clear black, brown head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roasty Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Damned good.


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