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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: 332   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


dnstone's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Deep brown-black in color with a massive tan-colored head that sits like mouse and laces the glass. Aroma is fairly chocolatey with winey grapey notes. Moderately sweet and chocolatey-roasty with strong wine characters and wood notes.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (137) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
12.7 FL OZ ($6.99) Very strong Imperial Stout. Never had any beer over the 10% ABV level and this was a first. very high heat from the alcohol. its good if you’re in need of a quick drunkenness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maley1 (803) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee and faint pinot noir. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter coffee, and roasted bitterness on the finish. Middle of the road imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeffsayyes (19) - - NOV 15, 2014
Tried at Thirsty Koala in Astoria. Cross between coffee, wine, and beer. Intense and thought provoking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redknob (8) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014 does not count
Tastes and looks like an alcoholic flat coke. Low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Gentle herbal notes, like a tasty version of Jagermeister. Sweet and a little smoky. Greater than the sum of its parts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1070) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle, 11/6/2014. Pours black, thin wispy head, thin ring of lacing clinging around the glass. Aroma is chocolate, lightly sweet and powdery, nutty roast, dark fruit well integrated,vinous notes as the beer warms, vanilla and wood. Taste is lightly sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, some char, lingering bitterness. Thick body. Nice, the barrel treatment adds some interesting accents.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4512) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to nothing. Dark chocolate and sour fruit aromas. Thick with dark chocolate and dark dusty grape upfront turning to hot grape in the lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6846) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Tap at Muddy Waters. Super dark brown pour with a smaller soapy beige head. Roasted malt, slight lactose, some sour notes. Oat richness. Fairly full bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Tap at Rail Trail Flatbread, exciting hoppy nose, but thin body and decent amount of coffee ish flavor, no real carbonation that comes forth.. probably served too cold too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2123) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
375ml bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, thin brown head. Roasted, oaky, spicy aroma, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, Semi-sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Rich, smooth, roasted taste, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla, tannins. Good balance, complex. (2014-09-24)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (363) - USA - OCT 4, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter darkest brown black with a head that quickly left. Aroma is sweet raspberries followed by coffee cocoa. Flavor is drier than the aroma. Alas still a nice brew from down under. Don’t get the Pinot Noir here but I am NOT a wine consumer by any means. The bitterness is more than I like in a stout. A slight funk at the finish.??? Still a decent brew.


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