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Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve - Moa Brewing Company

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Imperial Stout Barrel ReserveImperial Stout Barrel Reserve

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/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.

(Beer added by: femALEist on 03-23-2010)
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Reviews by TheRealBigC:
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really excited to try this one. Was hoping for a slightly tart flavor, and got it, but it was also a bit bland. The pinot character was more noticeable on the nose than palate, and I'm not sure if the stout style just isn't well-suited for this kind of wine barrel aging or what, but for both a stout and a sour of sorts, it's just not that impressive, expecially for the price. Worth a shot, but I expect mixed reactions.

TheRealBigC, Dec 10, 2012
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32oz growler, a fortuitous find at Wine and Beyond Sherwood Park during a roundabout tour of the suburbs today. How is this any different from the Pinot Noir barrel aged stuff, if it is also 'barrel reserved'?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, that is until you take a peek at its nether regions, and discover some prominent basal cola highlights, all supporting a few solid fingers of densely foamy, underdeveloped creamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent example of caveman painting lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of chalky medium toasted cocoa, bready caramel malt, faint red wine barrel residue, bitter dry roast coffee beans, a slight oily nuttiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty toasted caramel malt, semi-sweet cafe-au-lait, bittersweet baker's chocolate, rather ethereal cherry and wooden cask esters from the purported barrel treatment, a bit of blandly spiced alcohol, and subsumed earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated, yet adequate for the purpose at hand, the body medium-heavy in weight, undeniably smooth, and creamy to a lesser, more pedestrian extent. It finishes on the sweet side of things, the chocolate gaining a degree of corner store milkiness, the coffee ducking its head in cover, while the hops brave the furor to cuddle with the leaks and spurts of that damned-near bursting alcohol, given its heretofore restrained nature.

As my question about barrel treatment was duly answered early on, I will hence focus on the nature therein. Pinot Noir, while a pleasant enough red varietal, especially in the hands of New Zealand's finer vintners, lacks the general weight to really add anything perceptible to something as big as the base beer here seems to be. I would be hard pressed to tell you that the fruitiness in this offering was sourced from anything other than the robust character of the malt, all other things being equal. So, after all that, we have nothing more than a sturdy, enjoyably warm Imperial stout, one where the rather impressive booze gets only more so, despite its persistent shyness.

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Pours pitch black with a bubbly head that retains rather well for the style. The aroma is roasty, but with a bit of sharpness from the Pinot Noir treatment. The taste is rather interesting, this is a very unique imperial stout treatment, with a sharp, vinous feel cutting an edge through the traditional roasted malts and coffee flavors of an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated for the style, and a bit lighter than normal. It works with the wine flavors though. Overall, a perfectly enjoyable and interesting beer that's worth trying. I don't think it'll be one of your favourites, but it's unique and worth trying.

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Quick Notes

A - Pitch black, small caramel head. No lacing.

S - White whine and oak overpower most else. There is a hint of roasted coffee on the back ned.

T - Flip flops the nose. Heavy in the Roasted coffee department, hint of grape sweetness and bitter chocolate in the back.

M - Surprisingly dry for an impy stout.

O - A super complex and interesting take on a big American stout. The Pinot barrel add a nice dimension to the style. It will be really interesting to see how these flavors develop over time. I can see the rich sweet chocolate coming out along with the pinot sweetness to make something phenomenal

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Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve from Moa Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.