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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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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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:
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(Beer added by: KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012)
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SPThirtyThree

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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The cork pops loudly and forcefully. Pours all foam. Odd. The foam is tan and lumpy at the top of the goblet, and gets darker large open bubbes underneath. It sits on a finger of black beer. As I wait, the foam around the edges collapses faster than the middle, leavina a caldera, with spolotches of eruped foam lacing. It's so dense that when I topped up, a two-finger mountain of foam rose above the rim of the glass.

With patience, a drinkable level was finally achieved. The beer itsef is a black cola, dark, but not thick. Within the head, the beer stains the lowest foam a darker brown.

S: Wow. Wood, smoke, and syrupy pine resin combine elegantly in a strong, but pleasant scent. The nose features a jumble of different scents: pineapple, hot esters, raisins, fig, toffee, bitter cocoa powder, honey, and licorice. It's spicy but still pleasant even at room temperature.

T: The beer opens with hot alcohol. It's big and bitter, and maybe a bit oxidized. Behind the initial blast of heat, the hops assert themselves with a restrained fruitiness and grassiness. They seem less in-your-face than similar beers with west-coast hops, but they still make themselves known.

The guest ingredient, pinot noir, stands out in the flavor, with a tart, grape flavor. Moa succeeded in giving prominence to the wine, although I don't particularly enjoy the flavor of red wine. The wine lingers through the finish.

There's a big body, but lots of burnt malt contrasting the bready and sugarey malt. Toffee and sticky sweet molasses provide a platform for the alcohol, hops, and pinot. It also tastes slightly of salted rye bread.

M: The mouthfeel is astringent, and a little hot/fusel-y. It's heavily-carbonated, but the carbonic bite offsets some of the stronger flavors. A barrel stickiness glues your tongue to the roof of your mouth in the finish. Slightly creamy.

D: This imperial stout's actually really good, and has grown on me through our session. Initially, I was disappointed that it was over-carbonated, but the flavor, smell, and mouthfeel are prefect. The wine's bite is perfectly balanced with a sharp hop, a roasty malt, and spicy carbonation. This would be prefect with a sharp, sea salt cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:52:57 | More by SPThirtyThree
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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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