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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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129 Reviews
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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 kscaldef
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: 1/2 finger mocha head over dark brown liquid. Do I imagine a little purple tint from the wine barrel aging?

S: Lots of wine barrel character: cherry and plum dancing with chocolate and light roast.

T: Some fruit notes upfront, giving way to heavy roast coffee, slightly acrid. Lots of carbonation seems to be masking flavor, which is unfortunate. Balanced bitterness.

M: High carbonation, which might contribute to an impression that this is a little thin bodied.

O: This started quite interesting, with a good contribution from the barrel aging. Unfortunately, the excessive carbonation really detracts from the taste experience.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours jet black with about a finger of tan / light brown head. Decent lacing

S - Tart, woody aroma, almost like a cassis or kriek, with a faint scent of roasted malt. Strange boquet of fruity esters and even tropical notes. You get some sweet, sour pineapple, some figs and prunes. The nose is all over the place, a little messy even.

T - Taste is a lot closer to a dark belgian beer, similar to a stout made with wild Belgian yeast. Does not jive well, I personally taste a little too much woody sweetness and the belgian characters don't sit well with the flavors of the malts. It's entirely too messy and jumbled, with no real subtlety or blending among the flavors. Disappointing.
[EDIT:] After you give this beer a good 20 minutes in the glass, and a few sips in, your palate adjusts, and the temperature kind of helps smooth out all the flavors. Definitely not as offensive after awhile as at first.

M - Not thick enough for the style, and carries the flavor poorly.

O - disappointed as hell. Wish I hadn't sunk 22 dollars into 4 of these I'll never drink. [EDIT:] now that I know how much more this beer improves when it sits in the glass for a little while and gets a chance to kind of settle, I'd say I can probably finish these. Still, for 22 dollars, it's not really worth it.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-black as expected, but flat as ever. absolutely no head, if I aerate the glass it leaves a very thin ring
S-dark malt, chocolate, a tad bit of grape/wine
T-like a flat imperial stout that has a lingering wine-like aftertaste
M-more like a wine than a beer, enhanced by the flatness
O-I'm glad it was only a 375ml and I didn't pay more than $5 for it

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice thick black color with a slightly creamy tan head. Looks good.

S: You really have to work to get a smell out of this. After a lot of swirling, I picked up some powdery roasted malt, wet earth, some dark chocolate covered espresso beans and some blackberry jam that I assume is from the Pinot. Some tobacco as well.

T: I don't know about this one. The only way I can describe the opening flavor is "spur espresso." Powdery cocoa powder follows with notes of burnt raisin, smoked peat, and charred malt. Finish has some leafy hop resin and merlot barrel. I taste the elements at work here, but I just don't think they go together well at all.

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