davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle from Lygon st. shop. Full marks, great complexity and balance. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, hints of coffee and oak. Sweet and bitter, very long length. Full bodied, silky body. Black, with a frothy off-white head. mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
Pours black with slight tan head. Rich aroma with a smooth and sweet oaky flavor. Drinks like a fine wine. My favorite stout in NZ Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2012
Really deep enjoyable beer, not a session beer but one I could have everynight of the week before bed! Some many, many deep complex flavours and layers. But somehow mellow silky and smooth. wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12.7 fl oz / 375mL corked and caged bottle. Served cool.
Aroma: Very dark roasted coffee. Tiniest hints of chocolate.
Appearance: Completely opaque dark brown body with a light brown foamy head.
Taste: WOW. There is a lot of flavor in this one. Nice dark roasty flavor. The finish has a pretty intense toasted wood flavor.
Palate: Long, luxurious, slightly bittersweet. This a beer to open when it’s cool, and sip on as it warms up.
Overall: I can not get over that flavor. It blows my mind. tsd08460 (1167) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Aroma: oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla
Appearance: clear black, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roasty
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 This beer was surprising. Great nose, fantastic cocoa and coffee flavours that are exquisitely balanced, with a lovely lingering smooth finish. This is a winner esp for the price. walkingstd (20) - - APR 13, 2012
Pours with thick head. First tried at naughty penguin in Queenstown. Barrel aging gave the stout a very unique flavour, none that I've tried before. Warm chocolate notes combined with delicate mouth feel from the bottle conditioning and Pinot noir flavours complete a great beer. High alcohol content masked very well.
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The longer it sits and the warmer it gets the smoothness increases.
Fantastic stout StuartCarter (21) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Appearance: A deep, dark black/brown as you would expect with a RIS. A moderately heavy pour produced a finger-deep tan head which subsided to a thin coating at the top of the beer.
Smell: oh yum. Coffee, sweet fruitiness, a slightly earthy funkiness underneath the surface smells.
Taste: dark coffee bitterness, some alcohol, subtle dark fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: silky, but enlivened by lively carbonation. It almost dances on the tongue which is very unusual - and pleasing! - for a RIS.
Aftertaste: lingering hop bitterness with distinct coffee overtones.
As it warms: the bitterness subsides, leaving a rich roast coffee flavour with subtly sweet notes.
Note: this beer is corked and caged. This is for a reason. This is a RIS that is carbonated like a champagne. If you bear this in mind you won’t have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P ronaldtheriot (1935) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Moa Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown or black appearance, with lots of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a mix of dark, sweet cherries and a dark-roasted malt. The flavor is strongly fruity, sweet, roasted, dark malts, and bitterness. Quite bitter. There is even a smoked aspect to this. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Moa Imperial Stout finishes dry, super rich, and pleasant. The alcohol is not present in the taste, but does show up in a strong way in the brain after a few sips. This is one to have! I rate it most excellent. RJT