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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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Reviews: 129
Hads: 497
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 31.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 497
Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Taphouse as part of the Moa Tap Takeover. From notes.

A - Poured pitch black with no visible carbonation with a big fluffy two finger brown head. Decent retention with a full finger and spots of lace.

S - Lot's of sweet chocolate and red wine.

T - Strong vinous character was there with lot's of chocolate and a slight alcohol ting. The barrel is quite noticable.

M - Gentle carbonation with really full silky body and a grope-style finish of dryness.

O/D - An interesting imperial stout. Not complex, but the elements are nailed. Barrel seems to have really impacted this, almost taking away from other flavours that would pull through. Worth a shot for a different barrel character.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a shit ton of carbonation on this one, understated black, lots of brown color.

Interesting aroma, you get plenty of vinous white wine barrel, roast and just a tinge of smoke at the end of it.

Taste is more white wine barrel, the mouthfeel is extremely light given the carbonation and wine barrel for a beer of this magnitude. Its not just unique, its good, but not great by any means. Certainly a better price wise alternative than the Mikkeller White Wine barrel black hole, coming in between 2-3x as much cost wise as this beer, for essentially a thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pitch black with no highlights. Thick soapy, rocky mocha colored head.
Smells incredible, chocolate, very sweet and alcoholic. Slight caramel and licorice notes, and little bit of wine in the aroma.
Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Mostly Alcohol taste of alcohol and licorice. Little bit of roasted malts.
Thick medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a thick texture and an average carbonation. Alcohol warming with a dry finish.

This beer is really impressive in smell and appearance, unfortunately it's very average in flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A: Pours an unimpressive murky brown. Minimal head, moderate lacing. Light can easily pass through the edges.

S: Milk chocolate, bing cherry, toffee, malted milk chocolate. Small amounts of roastiness and coffee.

T: Milk chocolate, the same cherry. Some spicy elements, more roastiness in the finish. Finish is sweet and rounded.

M: Small for the mouthfeel. Slightly flabby.

O: Not a bad stout. Misses the depth of flavors of what many would consider "imperial".

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a small cap of tan foam that dissipates within a few seconds. There is no lacing. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt with a faint whiff of astringent wine tannins. The taste is really mild for a 10% ABV beer. Hell, it would be mild for a 6% ABV beer. There is a more well balanced combination of the malts and tannins, but it is all really faint. The finish is quick, and leaves a clean palate. I don't really want a clean palate while drinking an Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this beer is quite disappointing. I understand that not every huge stout is going to have a ton of complexities, but they should all at least have powerful flavor/aroma characteristics. This beer is simply weak.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: about a two finger very frothy off white head on a jet black body with really no light getting through.

S: lots of wood character, mostly cedar and oak. roasted malts and floral notes. dark fruit notes.

T: interesting and unique flavor for sure. coffee and chocolate malts with the pinot noir minimally represented, less so than in the aroma, and mostly competing with the crispness of the carbonation.

M: medium body and very very high carbonation, almost like club soda level.

Overall: This one is good in some areas and poor in others. I was very interested in this one given the pinot noir barrel aging but it didnt meet those expectations.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of chocolate and caramel with a light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Dark pitted fruits and a bit of grape skin round out the nose. This smells more like a sweet or a milk stout than an imperial. The flavor is lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness with bits of vanilla and pitted fruits.There is a vinous component and a hint of wood and alcohol as this warms. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Not exactly what I was thinking of when I bought this but it was a nice sipper just the same.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed.

Very humdrum.

I wish the pinot noir came through a bit more. Unfortunately, this was a 10.20% ABV beer that drank like a thinner 7.00% ABV stout. I'm not sure I liked this better than Sierra Nevada Stout, and definitely not better than Narwhal.

The beer hinted at its fruit/ wine heritage, but I had to add a splash of my own red wine to make it enjoyable. There was not distinct roast or malt character to this beer to truly make it seem different or worthy of its small, corked bottle presentation.

Mouthfeel was possible the worst part of this beer - not as thick as desired at all, and the carbonation was too present.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows char, roasted malt, cocoa and dark chocolate with a little smoke.
Similar flavours, but less complex. Roasted malt, booze. Not much else.
Body could be a bit thicker.
Pretty straightforward, whereas considering the alcohol content I would expect something more complex.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. it's black, pretty much no light gets through. Nice half finger of light tan head. Just stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, heavy road malt, anise, some plum and port like grape.

Taste, heavy roast malt, along with large plum, black currant. Herbal type hops, dark chocolate. Some earthy dry cocoa in the finish.
Struggled between 3 and 3.5 here, gave the nod.

Pretty thick body, could be full if not for the higher than normal carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but the high carb chops it up a bit, and adds a little more harshness. Improves as it warns though.

On the dry fruity side. Not overly expensive so worth a try, but temper your expectations.

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Photo of Beejay
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to DmanGTR for the opportunity to try this brew.

A: The cork shot out with a loud pop. Pours chestnut brown, in the glass it is black with hints of deep crimson when held to the light.. I'd like to think it's the pinot noir shining through, but reason says it's not. Nice fluffy tan head on top.

S: Dark and roasted grain aroma comes out, light chocolate and licorice as well as a little bit of an earthy aroma. There is a rich berry aroma in the finish that I think is coming from the pinot noir barrels.

T: Interesting. Not quite the beast I was expecting. Coffee notes, as well as licorice. Some berry flavors, as well as a nice earthy bitterness. This beer is all about the finish, when a little more dark chocolate comes out, as well as some booze and a touch of a nut flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is remarkably light. Carbonation is a touch high for the style, although there is a bit of a creamy finish to it.

O: Overall a bit of a odd brew. The barrel process adds an interesting note, but I wish the base beer had a little more uumph.

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Photo of bound4er
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas.

Interesting beer to say the least. Pours kind of flat...nice jet black appearance. Nose is somewhat muted - the pinot barrel influences are about all I detect. You can definitely taste the wine barrel notes of faint grape and oak. Not sure what to make of this beer - odd would be an apt descriptor. Glad to have tried it but one is enough.

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Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Took the cage off & the cork immediately shot up! Then the beer started bubbling out. I hate it when this happens. But, when I cleaned everything up & poured it pretty black, with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S - Musty, roasty, earthy & slightly sour.

T - Some coffee that transitions to sour grapes & ends with a dry chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not a fan of that combined.

O - It's interesting, to say the least, but just not well done, IMO.

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Photo of Chris912
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice sized bottle, caged and corked. Received this as an extra. Had some nice dark fruits on the nose and during the taste. Mouthfeel was medium, not much to write home about. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice dark brown color, almost black and is topped off with a nice dark tan head that’s very bubbly. The bubbles are thick and creamy and there seems to be plenty of carbonation I this one. Mild chocolate aromas come through; fig and raisin are also detectable, light floral smells are also present. This one is very crisp and is rather light bodied for an imperial stout, it’s also pretty bitter there are some berry flavors that come through. It looks and smells good but this is not what I expected from this beer, not bad overall just not what I expected from a RIS.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Jon, 375ml bottle into a tulip.

Black with a light mocha head. Good retention and a little bit of lace. Nose of smoke, tar, some burnt plastic and underlying hop character. Taste has heavy smoke, burnt plastic, charcoal, black licorice. Hops are again in the background, finishes acidic. Not sure what the wine barrel added here. Medium high carbonation, lighter medium body. Not something I enjoyed at all, weird flavours and a palate that was too light for me.

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Photo of AltBock
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Odd sized 12.7 oz dark green bottle that was corked and caged. Very simple gray wrap around label. Right on the front under the black letters in yellow is where they tell you it's an Imperial Stout aged in Pinot Noir bottles. There was no date or bottle code anywhere. There was however the imprint of an ostrich or an emu on the neck of the bottle. $5 for a barrel aged New Zealand Imperial Stout? What's wrong it? If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

I poured this barrel aged Imperial Stout into a Cycle Brewing Snifter. It poured a moonless night pitch black color. It was pitch black, but it wasn't oil thick. When I held it up to the light, all I saw was a reflection of myself in the glass. On top was a creamy 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. Nice retention that left behind a big string of foamy rings and a number of small blots of lace around the glass. No $5 problem here.

The aroma was on the faint side of things. I got a faint whiff of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The majority aroma is this weird sour like grape and oak aroma. I'm sure that's the Pinot Noir kicking in. Funky can be a good thing, but this is a funky bad aroma. Slight $5 problem here.

For an Imperial Stout, the taste was on the weak side. This beer had a little roasted malt, a dab of dark chocolate, and a subtle taste of roasted coffee. The end of the taste goes to the weird bad funky grape and oak taste that was in the aroma. Too much Pinot Noir and not enough Imperial Stout. There's a $5 problem here.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a minor aftertaste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and more funky grape and oak. This was a very light Imperial Stout. I think the problem with this beer was that the Imperial Stout wasn't strong enough to handle the Pinot Noir barrel aging. This is more of a novelty beer than a good tasting beer. It's cheap enough to try. If you don't like it, you're only out $5. That's only 5 $1 scratch off tickets.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a smokey finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that shows no real barrel aged aromas or flavors.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.