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Moa Noir

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Formerly brewed at Moa Brewing Company
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Marlborough, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the senses with a full flavoured palate, giving Moa Noir a long smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.

Tasting Notes
Moa Noir is a European style dark lager / Munchner Dunkel. It is a dark brown beer with hues of red and a characteristic strong white foam. Malt dominates with chocolate, coffee and biscuit flavours apparent. Bitterness is low to emphasise malt flavours. Subtle bitterness rounds out the after taste and mouth feel. Hop aroma is minimal. Moa Noir is best served at approximately 6˚C in a pilsner glass.

Awards
Silver – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2006
Tasted 26/04/2006. 330ml mini champagne-style bottle, shared with Jono, at the Cellar-Vate April tasting. Dark brown, woody murkiness, with creamy light-tan head and effervescent carbonation. Very mild nose of chocolate and spice. Brendon gets a yeasty note, perhaps a little under-conditioned. Slightly overcarbonated in the mouth to show through all it’s flavour, could be worth letting this one breath before sampling. What is there, in keeping with the nose, is a mild chocolate note and pepperiness. Carbonic and slightly watery. Certainly deserves another look, though at the price they are selling this I think it will be more suited to Air NZ Business Class than the average bottle store punter. Has potential, I think, but needs some work.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2006
After the very good blanc I looked forward to this with a great deal of anticipation. It presents well in the glass with a good brown hue and fluffy head. Definite malty and toffee tones in the nose and subtle chocolate maltiness in the mouthfeel as well. The gas levels are a bit high and this causes a bit of astringency on the palate. A good beer but like some I was a little underwhelmed.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (34558) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
From bottle, 4B Papsoes New Zealand vs US blind tasting. Pours hazy dark orange to amber with a lacing off white head. Caramel malt aroma. Mild roasted and light fruity. Light acidic note and mild roasted. Solid caramel malt into the finish. Acidic and bitter finish with a hardroasted note.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Bottled. An unclear dark amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma is sweet malty with hints of caramel. The flavor is has grassy notes of hops, cardboard, malt, and caramel, leading to a bitter finish. The body is thin. Thanks Papsoe for hauling this home to Denmark and sharing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured hazy amber with a white head. aroma was cardboard and horse grain. flavor was flat wet grain with medium body and high carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2007
Geez, I might know buggar all here (in fact probably do) but I thought this beer drank a little bit better that all the previous ratings would suggest. Medium chocolate brown, a touch murky, and a faint lightening at the rim. Mild milk chocolate and roast aromas are well balanced. Flavours are quite understated, perhaps due to the high fizz which dumbs the beer down somewhat. Some chocolate lurks in the back palate but the roast really dries out, almost to the point of being a bit astrigent and tinny. Ok but not great, and not really in the class of the other beers from the house.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle (375ml). Bottle exploded upon opening sadly. Poured a very dark brown almost black, orangey brown highlights, light brown head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of burnt malts, mild coffee and chocolate and some sweet raisins in the back. Taste was initially sweet with some dates followed by a fair dose of coffee with an odd smoky sour milk finish. Body was medium with a chalky mouthfeel and a mildly bitter finish. I was not overly impressed with this one.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pours brown, small tan head. Nut and chocolate aroma. Chocolate taste but body is lacking.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
halfonit (1217) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Dark brown amber color. Aroma is of chocolate malts, slight coffee, and some type of spoiled scent. Flavor is of malts, chocolate, and chalk. In the end this one seems to lack some flavor. Disappointing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Simple and dull aroma, equally bland in the mouth. Looks nice, but otherwise a snoozer.


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