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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: 319   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 (2140) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1943) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
A black body with a tan head that had no retention or lace. Aroma was mostly roasted coffee, some chocolate malts. The was a mild sense of leather. No Pinot noir notes. Flavor had more balance between chocolate and coffee malts. A slight ester note in the finish. Decent stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1280) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small light brown head. Aromas of coffee, heavy roast and chocolate. Taste is semi dry and moderately bitter. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, some light wine notes. Slightly vinous. Medium carb, medium bodied. Some liquorish offered along with some dark fruit notes. Finished with a slight twang. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (635) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
bottle. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Interesting flavors- plenty of chocolate and cocoa as one would expect, also some spiciness with oak undertones. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel and chocolate finish. Pretty damn good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (172) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet malt and coffee. Flavor is similar to the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Beers aged in wine barrels (or rum or whiskey, for that matter) are always supremely interesting. Imperial Stouts tend to be go-to selections for this type of aging. Their richness makes them a smart match with other fine elixirs. New Zealand’s Moa spends some quality time in pinot noir barrels and the end result is complex and fascinating. Moa pours jet black and has a modest head. Aroma has an awesome oak aroma with some toasted malts lingering in the background. You certainly pick up on some wine tannins, too. This beer’s vinous characteristics are even more pronounced in the flavor. Dry dark fruit tones share the space with cocoa and coffee. I was surprised by how unimposing the flavors are. In terms of feel and flavor, Moa is damn smooth. There’s some warmth in the finish but not as much as you’d expect from the 10.2% ABV. While this brew could generally be a bit bigger, this blend of wine and strong ale is not too shabby.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle. A- Wine, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, roasted, malty. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Wine, tannins, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, malty, dry. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, semi dry finish. O- Decent, but I thought the wine barrel aging was a little on the strong side. I have concluded that bourbon aging is better than wine aging. Rich and complex, even a wine drinker might convert over to beer with this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2306) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is fruity, chocolate, taste is dry and smoky, wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (189) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Nice black and opaque in a tall glass with a 1 finger beige head. Aromas - chocolate, coffee, some oak, slight vanilla. Taste - coffee, less chocolate than expected, dryness and vinous character from the barrels. Definitely oak and pinot notes in the finish. Fairly full bodied. Quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (870) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with a big mocha head. Oak, chocolate, raisin, coffee, spice. Smooth but big body. Long finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lupulcious85 (10) - - JUL 21, 2014
Bomber. Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a great aroma with smokey wood, chocolate and coffee. Subtle port sweetness. Hint of raisin. The flavor is more chocolate and coffee and a bit of the smokiness and some hop bitterness, all over a heavy body with a rich finish.


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