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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)

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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

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Ratings: 453 | Reviews: 114
Photo of atom714
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Midnight Black
Smell: Strong boozy nose, hints of chocolate and cherry
Taste: Hints of chocolate and cherries. Nice finish.
overall: would bu it again

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date

Look - Pours very deep reddish brown, nearly black. Very thin light brown head with tiny bubbles. No clinging. 3.25 paws.

Smell - Very woody, a bit of cherry. Hints of chocolate and smoke with noticeable wine aromas that are almost tart. The chocolate becomes more pronounced the more I smell. Alcohol hiding underneath it all. 3.75 paws.

Taste - Very woody as with the nose. Lots of chocolate on the finish, lingering bitterness. Somewhat medicinal, with a band-aid flavor that develops. The pinot blends with the smoky chocolate malt to give a chocolate-cherry flavor. Bitter coffee flavors on the finish a well. Noticeable alcohol. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Medium bodies, somewhat creamy. A little flat, not much tingle on the tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - Not bad but seems a bit confused. It see-saws between nice and nasty, with the medicinal flavors being the most off-putting. 3.75 paws.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 3/18/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a thin tan head, that reduces to a spotty lace cap/ring that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, tannic red wine, oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of deep roasted malt and moderate wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, oak, light tannic red wine, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, oak, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of deep roasted malt and light-moderate wine barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of deep roasted malt and light-moderate wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of gashmoney
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only rating because I'm forced to. No body, no sweetness, too much wine barrel. On the gross side of things for me. Very tobacco-y.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color with garnet and purple hues. Beige head initially stands at two fingers, but settles shortly. It can be revived with some swirling. Thin, broken rings of lacing.

S: Fruity and vinous. Blackberries and black currants. Pinot noir. Big roasted malt aromas of Fudgey chocolate and wafts of Woody and coffee-like roast.

T: Pinot noir up front. Prominently vinous. Blackberry, black currant, black cherry, chocolatey (in a wine sense). Wood. Vague sense of yeast . The base beer takes hold middle to end. Fudgey chocolate, chocolate truffles, woody roast. Soot and ash toward the end. Dark roast coffee. Big roasty finish.

M: Thick in body. Round and coating with a creamy and chewy texture. Low carbonation.

O: A nice 'change of pace' sort of beer. Wine barrel aging is more common with sour beer styles than it is with imperial stouts, but there are some complementary notes here between the Pinot noir barrel and the base beer. The wine barrel contributes much, perhaps becoming the focal point of the beer. Oenophiles especially should find this more familiar and approachable than the more traditional bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with a thin frothy tan head. Smell has notes of chocolate malt with hints of dark fruit and oak. Taste has a slightly roasted chocolate malt flavor forward with a slightly dry oak notes, dark fruits and a alchohol heavy midsection. More oak barrel and a slightly tannic wine finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly high carbonation for the style and a dry finish.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from corked bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a small head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving just a hint of a foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A huge aroma of a roasted malt smell with a rather strong aroma of red wine and some notes of oak greet the nose. Along with these smells, comes some other aromas of a coffee and dark cocoa flavor. A light caramel and vanilla round out the smell and with a bit of earthy hop, produce a rather dry stout and red wine aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a dark roasted malt flavor mixed with a good showing of an oak flavor right at the start. The oak grows stronger and stronger as the taste moves on, with some flavors of a dry red wine come to the tongue as well. The oak and wine grow to a decent strength and are meet with some bitter coffee and cocoa powder joining the tongue as well. The little bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness that was upfront is lost by now, leaving a rather dry dark flavor overall. With the rather dry roasted and bittered flavor, mixed with the oak and dry red wine, one is left with a dry and roasty, slightly tanniny, and bitter stout flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a stout of 10.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. For the style a lower carbonation and thicker body would have likely been a bit better for accentuating the roast and dry flavors of the brew and would have made for a nicer base for the slow sipping style that the brew should have.

Overall – An OK brew, but really nothing all that fantastic. A bit too wine like and tanniny without having much of a body and all while lacking enough sweetness to balance the bitter and wine.

Photo of T-34-85
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours virtually black with almost no head.

Aroma has a definite red wine note from the pinot noir barrels, which is unique and pleasant.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness, a small boozy presence, and a residual note of the wine barrels again. Very deep and intriguing flavors in this beer, including dark fruits. The beer is also a bit boozy.

Although there is little head from the pour, it still has a solid level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat syrupy.

Overall, this is a unique, wine-forward, beer that is a tasty change of pace. Recommended.

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting a lot given the scores this beer has received, but it is actually quite good. The red wine barrel influence is present but not strong, but the base stout is nice. Very smooth, sightly bitter, with chocolate and roasted flavours.

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was thinking about saving this beer a bit longer. Saving for what? Time to drink it!. Oh man was that a good choice.

It is really pretty. Black with loads of nice head and lace. The aroma is faintly, subtly, barely, something you don't think could come through - pinot noir... on top of a roasty malty stout. Well balanced, all of it.

The taste similarly is balanced. Roasty, malty, a little hoppy. With a gritty aftertaste but little bite. It gets better with every sip. This was worth the effort of the brewers. My compliments. I hope I can get more.

Photo of antoneloc
4.97/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - dark, but translucent dark dark purple to black

S- Roasted with a HUGE bouquet of wine grapes, smells like a wine aged in beer barrels

T- similar to smell, huge must notes and hearty red wine flavors

F- effervescent is the only word that comes to mind. incredibly light mouthfeel for an "imperial" stout, and I mean that in the best way possible

O- doesn't seem to be a crowd favorite, but this is one of my all time favorite brews. Everytime i see it I buy as much as possible

Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

It's a barrel aged stout, but not the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout. That's pretty interesting. The stout itself seems fairly typical for an RIS, which means I automatically like it. Rich roasty malts. Maybe just a touch bitter. Then the barrel aging here brings in the influence of the wine barrels. It's just a little tart, and a little winey. There's something about the barrel aging that evokes bourbon barrel beers, just without the bourbon, if that makes any sense. I like it quite a bit.

Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Chocolate, coffee, mocha. Aged in oak pinot noir barrels, and you can definitely taste it. Medium body, sour pinot noir finish. Different, best marriage of beer and wine that I've had.

Photo of Bonis
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%

Very complex stout. Wood, burnt malts, smoke, bitter roast, booze along with some vinous qualities. A little tart. A pretty easy drink for the booze level. Would like touch more carb, but very solid beer overall. Gift from liquidcucumber.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle, no date

Cork jumps out with a pop. The beer poured into the glass foams up like crazy, big 3" high tan head. Beer is jet black. Beer leaves nice rings of lacing, good head retention. Sharp fermented fruit aroma, bitter cocao as well. Similar flavor in the taste. Strong dry red wine flavors are pungent, acidic. Dry bitter roasty flavors as well. Medium body, coats the mouth.

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -18.7%

MOA Brewing - Imperial Stout [Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels] (12.7oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 10.2% ABV)

Pours extremely dark and opaque, with about an inch and a half of foamy khaki head… The nose is that of a chocolate and roasty malts, with darker berries on the finish… Going to take my first sip, I notice the retention in the head and the lacing are both quite nice, as both has remained quite well with minimal assistance from the hardly present carbonation… A light chocolate bitterness is the first taste to present itself on the palate, followed by a warm wave of cranberries with traces of molasses woven in there… The mouthfeel is not horrible, though it does have a syrupy viscidity to it, which is not entirely appreciated for this particular brew… The finish doesn't exactly "align" with the rest of the beer, which can be said about just about every other aspect also… It's as if it's an All-Star Team at their first practice - All the right stuff, but no chemistry… So while all the components make this a very alluring beer, it lacks unity and structure… Though, on a comprehensive level it falls short, the highlights of this beer make it one I feel is at least worth a try for someone looking for alternative tastes… Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with medium retention, but keeping a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of cocoa, licorice, oak and mild grapes.
Flavor with predominant notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of red wine tannins, pine cones, charred wood, oak and cocoa. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting roasted note and hop bitterness.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 10.2% is very well hidden.
Very smooth and balanced Imperial Stout. Complex, intense and flavorful but still it does not come across aggressively. Flavors matched perfectly with the Pinot Noir barrel. Worth trying.

Photo of chogm54
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

COrked bottle, BB of Jan 2015, poured into pint glass.

A - black, opaque, pours a thick creamy pale brown head. There was a bit of sediment in this bottle conditioned bottle. Thanks to the dark label I didn't realise that the sediment was in there until it poured into the glass!

S - roasted malts with strong coke and brandy odours. Also faint coffee smell maybe?

T - dark choc malty taste with a strong dark fruit undertones (plum, raisins) and red wine. The malty flavours aren't as roasted as other stouts. Lingering wine and malt aftertaste. The alcohol isn't as potent as the ABV suggests, but there is a definite warming feeling in there.

M - Full bodied, syrupy texture,virtually nil carbonation.

O - The oak barrel fermentation is really noticeable with strong wine like flavours over the normal choc and malty base. Goes down much easier than the ABV suggests. Very nice.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottle BB 7.30.14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of roasted malt and (weak) hops
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, sloooowly diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with a typical roasted malt nuttiness and sweetness which is followed by a sort of melon taste with a quick flash of alcohol. No diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.06. Final weighted score: 4.125
This is a very tasty RIS with an unexpected blast of melon from the New Zealand hops. The alcohol is noticeable at the end but is not overwhelming. In most RISs, I cannot detect the hops, but here they show up in both the nose and the taste – a pleasant surprise. Overall, this is a very good RIS of which I will buy more to age.

Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No obvious bottled on date, but probably fresh given the source of a great local bottle shop, Market of Choice. Pours thick and black with good carbonation for a stout. Tan head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a little bit of light lacing. Smell is booze and cherries and a little bit of milk chocolate. Taste comes off pretty much the same, with the pinot barrels adding the little bit of cherry tartness at the end. Mouthfeel comes off quite well for an imperial aged stout; big and full bodied, with only a little bit of carbonation. Overall, a little sweet on the finish.The booze is only present on the nose, and i think that it could use a little bit of a higher percentage to take care of the sweetness.Very well done overall.Hit their marks if this is what they were going for. It is hard to make a beer over 10% that doesn't come off too boozy, and they have done a great job. Thanks Moa!

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark roasted malt nose, flavor is earthy malts and bitter chocolate, hints of pinot noir. $5.00 for a caged & corked 375ml green bottle from Vinodivino Needham, MA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes is perfectly balanced against some nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some light dry bitter notes and some excellent vinous notes which really don’t clash. Light black chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is light for style with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Magnificent marriage of different flavours.

Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12.7oz dark green caged and corked bottle purchased at Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. No obvious freshness date was found on the label or the bottle. Not my first Kiwi beer, but my first in a long while.

When poured, this beer was a shade of ebony that proved impervious to light. The pour had to be split, as there was an enormous, creamy, tan-colored foam head. Said head eventually dropped to about a quarter-inch, and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of roasted malt, with a hint of wine - not surprising for a beer that was aged in pinot casks. As it warmed, the wine aroma became more intense, along with a brown sugary sweetness.

The taste began with a brown sugary-sweet flavor. Then, a red wine flavor kicks in that doesn’t really meld well with the previous aspect. There’s a very slight dryness at the swallow. The high alcohol content, initially unnoticeable, eventually creeps in, but the boozy heat remains deep in the background. All in all, I expected quite a bit more flavor from this.

Not as thick-bodied a beer as I expected. The mouthfeel was coating yet thin for the style.

This beer is a lot more interesting when you are looking at its label on the store shelf than when you are drinking it. Its failure to live up to explanations and its rather high price leads me to conclude I will not be trying this again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Aged in pinot barrels.

A: A beautiful burgundy-chocolate pour produces a dark, peanut shell toned frothy head of one inch. Strong on the retention with a light medium rise of effervesce that left thick, stratified rings of lace down the glass.

S: The nose was fresh with noticeable amount of fruitiness and white grapes. The pinot wine barrel influence really comes through strongly unlike other beers ive sampled aged in this barrel type. Buttery caramel sweetness with a wet minerality of charred ash that was soft and eloquent with a beautiful aromatic appeal that also featured dark coffee-chocolate that was rich and sweet in nature.

T: The flavor showed rich, esspresso grounds, wet and oily with a earthy campfire minerality ash. Once again the pinot influence is really strong and appreciable, wine soaked fruitiness with a soft touch of alcohol. Dark sweet chocolate with some vanilla toffee notes combine with the pinot aspect to give this a wide range of influence and complexity.

M: Fairly light per style, silky smooth with a gentle charred warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall very eloquent and smooth drinking experience, very well crafted and polished with a great influence from the pinot barrels that pays off with huge dividends which you can appreciate and taste as well smell. Generous glow of pinot warmth alcohol on the finish but still light enough where you would never guess this was 10.2%abv.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parchment film over chestnut-black body.
Wood, vanilla, black cherry, and caramelized sugar nose.
Dark caramel, touch of coffee, vanilla, hints of red currant, a big wood hit, and some port/barrel notes.
Blackberry and pepper finish and spicy linger.

Round, smooth, and doesn’t club you like an American RIS. There’s maybe too many liquid smoke notes (cream soda, too) – there’s a lot of wood here. The wine is there, and maybe doesn’t fit, but there’s a good stout underneath.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.