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


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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, upfront and rich beer hopped to over 100 IBUs. Aged with French oak, this beer not only displays coffee, mocha and smoked cedar characters but also some sweet and savoury notes unique to Moa Imperial Stout. A great beer to cellar and age.

Tasting Notes
Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, bold upfront and rich offering of a famous beer style. Aged with French Oak, 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.

Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Gold Brew NZ Awards
Bronze Asia Beer Awards
Bronze Australian Intl. Beer Awards
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
10/4/13 bottle from CBO. Went and bought this because it was BA beer day and saw it the night before. Wish I didn't. Bottle. Pours black with a thin off white head. Nose is floral with a little roasted malt. Taste is ...weird is the only way to describe it. Slight chocolate and coffee but more cough medicine then anything else. After drinking it, I read the reviews and was surprised how "off" I was compared to the majority of raters. Oh well. To each their own. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Bettys in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. Appearance: Pitch black with a miniscule, slightly tan head. Lacing is phenomenal, and my sample glass was full of it from top to bottom. Smell: Smokey. Thats what I think of when I smelled and tasted this beer... a really smokey, ashy sort of character to it that I wasnt really expecting -- I felt like this was a smoked beer. I dont KNOW if they smoke this beer, but it gave that to me, and I actually enjoyed it. A lot of ashy, smokey roasted malt smells. Despite that, this doesnt come off as burnt to me at all. Taste/feel: A lot like the smell. It tastes very good, but its sort of one dimensional. Theres that smoky flavor with the roasted malts, but thats really it. I do love the slight bitterness of this one, and that its not sweet or syrupy. Id still like if Moa RIS maybe had a fruity sort of sweetness to it though, so it doesnt just drink like ashy/smoke water. My description of this beer makes it sound pretty awful, but I think the BAs consensus of this beer is just about spot on -- its a good beer. It doesnt have a rich body that I think of most RISs of having, and I dont even think that the alcohol comes through at all in any way for this beer. So if youre expecting a big, bold, rich and heavy RIS to warm you up in a foot of snow, this probably isnt the choice. For a guy like me, who tends to enjoy a good stout, but necessarily an RIS, this would be worth trying out. It has that nice smoke/ash flavor, its easy drinking (too much so given the ABV), and Id have it again if I wanted a smokey stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Dark brown pour, huge fizzy tan head. Flavors of blackberries, cherries, tart and roasty. Dry and over carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
375 ml corked bottle. Black pour with a thinish texture and light pinch of brown head that leaves little bubbles fades pretty fast. Big roast sweet smell, bits of candied sugar. Tast is nice and roasty up front with a very smooth/hoppy finish. Not much Pinot barrel but gawddamn this is smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
Strong taste that hangs heavy on the palate nice aroma however i am not sure i would buy again its a little over powering coffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StevieT (1934) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
Yeasty aroma, strong coffee flavours, very smooth for the strength. Quite a beer, definitely worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (1000) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store in Surrey. Thick, black and oily, with a bit of tan head. Chocolate on the nose. Heavily roasted malts, yielding impressions of coffee and chocolate. Dark rich goodness with every sip!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6515) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, coffee, light chocolate and a hint of fruit. The flavor is dark roasted malts, dark fruit, mild earthiness, slightly sticky/oily and a mild/medium acidic/alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1725) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color, huge frothy tan head. Phenolic smell. Full body alcohol sweet roasted malt flavor with a phenolic quality and a fairly bold finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables (1860) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark chocolate colour with a great head, lots of lacing. Sweet malt and phenols in the aroma. Tastes like band aids. and smoked malt, with a phenolic palate.

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