Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company
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Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
02-11-2013 02:52:57 | More by SPThirtyThree
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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