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

bottled
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RATINGS: 315   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


brokensail's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Black in color with a khaki head. Roasted malt, some wood, and a hint of dark fruit and wine. A bit of char and ash, some yeast, molasses, and a hint of cocoa powder. Has a little bit of an alcohol note to the flavor. Some wine, oak, and mild vanilla. Very heavy on the roast, cocoa powder, and some coffee. Slight char and bitterness to it as well.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (430) - 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 (484) - 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 (2024) - 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 (162) - 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 (843) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anova167 (283) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Inky black pour with a light brown tight head. Aroma is of chocolate, alcohol, and oak. Flavor is more subtle than expected. The chocolate isn’t as pronounced as the aroma and you definitely get some of the vinous character from the barrel aging. It feels a little watery but the finish is long and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Draft at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Roastrf malt notes with dark chocolate. Smokey taste with malt and toffee. Light acidic finish. A pretty good stout. I liked it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1277) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to respertftw. Dark with a brown/red hue. Tart and dry. The barrel comes at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1424) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle.
Appearance: Jet black body with a creamy tan head on top. Head fills out the glass nicely and retains it’s shape for a bit.
Aroma: Oak a slightly tart cherry aroma come out first, hints of semi-dry wine and bakers chocolate next and last is a dash of dark chocolate, pine and roasted coffee. Very complex, though a bit dry on the aroma and has me thinking this may be astringent.
Taste: Creamy flavors of mocha and roasted, mildly astringent, coffee blend with hints of semi-dry fruity notes from the pinot along with a light dryness of oak tannins. The finish is long with a chalky chocolate flavor, like powdered bakers chocolate. Very nicely balanced beer, I really enjoy this.
Palate: Creamy body with mild carbonation.
Overall: This isn’t a huge stand out, but I love how creamy the body is and how smooth the flavors meld into each other. Definitely a beer I’d love to try again and again. Well done!


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