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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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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012)
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Reviews by Phelps:
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2.4/5  rDev -33.9%

A stout aged in pinot noir barrels. Poured from a green bottle (why still use these?) into a snifter.

One twist of the cork cage: everything’s fine. Two twists: fine and dandy. Three twists: BOOM! The bottle begins spewing foam like molten lava and the cork is lodged somewhere in the ceiling. This bottle could be used in warfare. What I manage to salvage sits in the snifter at about an 80-20 head-to-beer ratio — the head taking up the majority of the space. This is what overcarbonation looks like. The liquid is inky black; the expansive head a cavernous graham cracker-brown.

Acrid aroma. Bread burnt to char, licorice, tangy soy sauce, oak barrels, a touch of plum. Fairly wine-heavy.

The flavor isn’t much better. Dark chocolate and plum are sadly hidden behind blackened, overly bitter wood and soy sauce tang. The fruit imparted by the wine barrels is the only redeeming quality of this brew. Better as it warms, becoming fruitier and less bitter.

As expected, the liquid explodes the second it touches the tongue. A thin, whipped body quickly fizzes like aerated soap, filling the mouth with foam. Tang and burnt bitterness settle into the back of the tongue.

Moa's imperial stout isn't pricy, but it’s not even really worth the low price. I’m off to fix the ceiling.

08-27-2012 04:43:40 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

10-26-2012 19:35:00 | More by J2L
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3.46/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle pour into st bernardus watou chalice..
Looks richly dark coffee brown active and spritzy for a barrel aged at 10.25%. Young pour as this is a new batch, yet I believe this beer is nice with the red fruit pinot and grape leaf bitterness on the tounge and nose. Strong alcohol presence.This is very dry, chocolate malts here with raisin, plum, and cherry on the nose; interesting blend of dark fruit flavours and vibrant berry like flavor. The barrel is carrying this beer through for me. Resiny dark chocolate and earthy front; boozey, fruity, pinot is a nice touch. A bit boozey and stringent bite upfront, hardly a complaint on the finish..Mouthfeel is medium to moderate heavy, carbonation is Medium. drinks a lot like a quad to me..Suprisingly not too sweet, since the wine balances the heavy booze with nice red fruit sour note.Toungue is coated now with pinot and woodsy oak. A good 3-5 hrs sitting on this one should increase the qualities of this beer.. I would appreciate this with black truffles, meats with horesradish and lemon(parsy/dill/fresh herbs), sweet-breads.

02-22-2014 02:38:18 | More by Beerswag
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-31-2014 02:17:11 | More by lostandwandering
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1.45/5  rDev -60.1%

Terrible, agreed with others, tastes and smells like band aids. No coffee roast like one would expect in a RIS and while the pinot is apparent, it lacks the fruit character. It must be infected I can't imagine this being intended to taste like this. Like the rating suggests, the appearance is the best attribute and not that great as the head retention is next to none (somewhat expected with barrel-aging). Back to the drawing board on this one.

05-04-2013 02:49:30 | More by Prospero
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3.63/5  rDev 0%

Somewhere between dark brown and black, sits this beer. Massive carbonation, head initially, leading into a deep recission and a drinker wondering "dude, where's my foam head?" Solid amount of roast, white wine barrel and smoke in the aroma.

Taste, interesting, made me think of Mikkeller's White Wine Barrel Black Hole at first, and while many think that beer (and this one apparently) are abominations, I kind of dig the juxtaposition of a white wine barrel and a 10% imperial stout. The excessive carbonation only furthers the influence of white grapes/white wine, the wood barrel is very rich in this one too. Because of the white wine and carbonation, I thought this one really hid the alcohol well and stayed light on its feet throughout. If you loathe white wine/pinot, you're going to loathe this beer I suspect. Its really prominent. The beer tastes anything but what it looks like. There even seems to be a little white pepper aspect to it as well.

$6 at Total Wine. I dunno if its worth it or not as a repeat purchase, but I think its good and different enough that everyone should try it at least once.

03-04-2013 22:58:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-22-2012 18:42:39 | More by valkyre65
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-18-2012 01:36:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-13-2012 23:13:03 | More by Beer21
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark dense black body with a deep tan cream and a carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the surface of the glass. The head last for a good bit before fading to a thin ring

S- The mellow soft red wine aroma blends with some dark roasted chocolate malt notes and a brewer’s licorice note in the finish.

T- The inky black roasted malt has a tar note to it with some deep chocolate malt flavors with some nice red wine tannin flavors underneath. There is a gentle bitterness in the slightly dry finish. There are some interesting cigar tobacco notes and green wood notes that come thru with the dark roasted malt flavors as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick texture that coats the mouth after each sip and some gentle alcohol heat that comes through on the exhale.

O- This is a nice smooth Imp. Stout that has some good notes of Pinot Noir supporting it. They are not really strong and the rest of the flavors blend together making a nice bit of complexity although subtle. Even though the red wine tannins are soft it still gives me that classic red wine heart burn.

01-02-2013 21:17:50 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-22-2013 19:37:14 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-07-2013 20:04:01 | More by JMS1512
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2014 05:43:26 | More by Heffastera
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

06-16-2014 05:28:55 | More by seanthornton152
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-11-2013 18:50:15 | More by DruC4
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

11-04-2013 02:46:53 | More by cjgator3
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2012 02:41:02 | More by let8it8grow
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-27-2014 22:48:48 | More by Vanz
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4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Reviewed for what it is, obviously deviates from style somewhat.

Jet black with khaki mocha froth head, thin layer maintains. Good lacing, no sediment.

Nose is complex; bright tannic dark fruits, blackcurrant, coffee roast, oak, leather, tobacco. Really nice bouquet of an aroma.

Palate starts dark juicy fruit, bakers chocolate, bright acidity, mild oak and lengthens to dark chocolates, touch of vanilla, and sharp roast. Really complex and digging what some wine barrels can do to an imperial stout.

Full body, finishes slightly dry and pulling on the palate. Carbonation is right on target moving the beer along well.

For what they were trying to achieve with the aging in Pinot Noir barrels, I think they nailed it! Brings really complex oak, vinous tannic fruits to the style and it works.

07-04-2013 02:55:15 | More by hoptualBrew
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-04-2012 15:26:36 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-14-2013 22:43:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-18-2014 20:46:12 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

Crazy, death-level carbonation. Strange smell. Chocolate, sour grapes and cherries, coffee and some strange funk. taste is sharp and acidic. Grapes, dark roasted coffee, slight chocolate, and sour cherries. The mouthfeel is very light and bubbly for a stout. The pinot noir notes may be a bit too strong for the base beer. Not bad but not something I'd buy again. The $5.99 price tag just made it too tempting to pass up.

So insanely carbonated that as soon as I removed the cage the cork exploded across the room. Murderous.

08-08-2012 07:05:39 | More by DonDirkA
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

08-06-2012 00:15:15 | More by hiphopj5
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-19-2013 01:17:18 | More by Fr0stb1te
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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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