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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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle from Lygon st. shop. Full marks, great complexity and balance. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, hints of coffee and oak. Sweet and bitter, very long length. Full bodied, silky body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rangi (571) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2012
Really deep enjoyable beer, not a session beer but one I could have everynight of the week before bed! Some many, many deep complex flavours and layers. But somehow mellow silky and smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12.7 fl oz / 375mL corked and caged bottle. Served cool. Aroma: Very dark roasted coffee. Tiniest hints of chocolate. Appearance: Completely opaque dark brown body with a light brown foamy head. Taste: WOW. There is a lot of flavor in this one. Nice dark roasty flavor. The finish has a pretty intense toasted wood flavor. Palate: Long, luxurious, slightly bittersweet. This a beer to open when it’s cool, and sip on as it warms up. Overall: I can not get over that flavor. It blows my mind.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 This beer was surprising. Great nose, fantastic cocoa and coffee flavours that are exquisitely balanced, with a lovely lingering smooth finish. This is a winner esp for the price.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fluffyPillows (12) - - APR 28, 2014
All that and a RIS to boot. The malt explodes with deep roasted notes, a soft hop backbone supportive and delicious.

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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StuartCarter (21) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Appearance: A deep, dark black/brown as you would expect with a RIS. A moderately heavy pour produced a finger-deep tan head which subsided to a thin coating at the top of the beer. Smell: oh yum. Coffee, sweet fruitiness, a slightly earthy funkiness underneath the surface smells. Taste: dark coffee bitterness, some alcohol, subtle dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel: silky, but enlivened by lively carbonation. It almost dances on the tongue which is very unusual - and pleasing! - for a RIS. Aftertaste: lingering hop bitterness with distinct coffee overtones. As it warms: the bitterness subsides, leaving a rich roast coffee flavour with subtly sweet notes. Note: this beer is corked and caged. This is for a reason. This is a RIS that is carbonated like a champagne. If you bear this in mind you won’t have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1227) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Moa Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown or black appearance, with lots of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a mix of dark, sweet cherries and a dark-roasted malt. The flavor is strongly fruity, sweet, roasted, dark malts, and bitterness. Quite bitter. There is even a smoked aspect to this. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Moa Imperial Stout finishes dry, super rich, and pleasant. The alcohol is not present in the taste, but does show up in a strong way in the brain after a few sips. This is one to have! I rate it most excellent. RJT

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnnyRay (11) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 The beer poured a rich dark brown, almost black with a touch of red at the bottom of the glass. There was a very thin layer of head which faded to nothing. The smell was of chocolate & coffee, maybe bit of malt. It tasted amazing, really complex with chocolate, coffee, oak & roasted malt combining for a very enjoyable smoky, lasting, warming flavour. The alcohol was well hidden. Well worth the purchase - I’ll look for this one again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2475) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
375 ml bottle purchased at The Craft Beer Outlet in Philly on June 20, 2013. Black, medium head. Aroma of dark chocolate with field fruit, very sour. Taste sour fruit juice, licorice and dark chocolate, slightly bitter with no sensation of alcohol. The Pinot Noir influence makes it a mellow but still very flavorful and balance Imperial Stout!


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