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Moa Noir

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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

Silver – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1821) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
halfonit (1257) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1447) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2007
The weak link in the current Moa line-up IMO. Perfectly drinkable but I’m not sure the brewing technique flatters the style. The result seemed to me to be too fizzy and thin in the limb to be truly enjoyable. Too sweet and a bit ’clean’. Teak-black with a head that could have flown to NZ and back in the time it took to settle. Milky Milo aromas with minimal roastiness. Spritzy mouthfeel - bit nagging. Sweet choc malt flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
Hazy effervescent brown pour. Big bubbly head that is short-lived. Aroma is of dark caramel and corky yeast. Bitter roast is the main flavour, although it is quite weak. I get no chocolate or coffee really, but there is a yeasty quality. Finish is mildly bitter, short and dry. The body is quite thin. Lacking complexity, lacking body, this was a disappointment for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KapitiCritique (376) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2010
375 ml green bottle. Very ordinary. Thin off white head with minimal lacing, hazy dark brown colour and slight caramel and malt nose. Sweet without being cloying and slightly bitter undertones with weak finish. Medium body, somewhat creamy and a little too much carbonation. Not a keeper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7909) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Green bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with an off-white head and a hazy brown body. Aroma is caramel, watery water (yes, wrote that in my notebook). Taste is honey, metallic notes, tea and bitter. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
Courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear amber color/ tan head. Mild dry cardboard aromas. medium bodied. Lightly sweet caramel, cardboard flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Poured a dark brown with a thin short-lived off white head. Aroma was a little nutty, a little malty. Flavor was very thin. Some light roast on the front end, but then dry on the back with little to no mouthfeel. Like a really watered down porter.

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