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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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BA SCORE
82
good

343 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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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stooge

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-31-2014 02:24:53 | More by stooge
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-31-2014 02:17:11 | More by lostandwandering
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Vanz

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-27-2014 22:48:48 | More by Vanz
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-26-2014 03:08:45 | More by Keith_R
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 02:38:27 | More by brandon911
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moochmonster

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-19-2014 22:44:03 | More by moochmonster
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-19-2014 02:19:41 | More by jbertsch
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-18-2014 20:46:12 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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dgilks

Australia

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very good, dark brown to black colour with a creamy tan head. Decent retention.

Mild aroma with notes of roast and coffee. Light tart fruitiness in the background from the Pinot Noir barrels.

Rounded roast flavour. The oak and fruity wine notes work.

Good carbonation here and the medium body.

A nice take on the style by Moa. The flavours could be aided by a slightly mope robust base beer with a bit more mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:54:04 | More by dgilks
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HookemHops13

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-13-2014 01:37:29 | More by HookemHops13
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-12-2014 05:43:03 | More by jayhunter357
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2014 00:50:10 | More by Denzo
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-12-2014 00:41:49 | More by Peter1977
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-10-2014 00:27:08 | More by Colosdog
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ImperialStout

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-08-2014 02:07:24 | More by ImperialStout
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blackrim

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

01-07-2014 21:36:11 | More by blackrim
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ThatsThatDude

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-06-2014 16:14:06 | More by ThatsThatDude
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

01-04-2014 13:18:15 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-02-2014 21:44:52 | More by yancot
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

12-27-2013 22:31:28 | More by Maseitz
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looked pretty interesting for a not too expensive BA Imp Stout in Pinot barrels, esp something from as far as New Zealand. I remember enjoying a lot of their beers at The Festival.

The pour had no sediment at the bottom of the bottle so it's gotta be filtered, and not as bottle conditioned as I thought, but pours a really nice fluffy slight airy 1 finger darker colored head fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, over an almost pitch black colored beer with touch of molasses brown light sneaking through the bottom of the stem.

Nose brings nice dark malts, some dark choc and powdered cocoa, lots of caramel, dusty powdered cocoa like, little black malt and mild malted milk ball, plenty of caramel and fluffy nougat, really candy like, faint hint of raisin too with the slightest vinous like note, and little coffee perhaps, and slight touch of vanilla barrel.

Taste starts with more dark black malts, cocoa, dark choc, mild black malt and dry acrid roast, hint of coffee with that, into little dry powdered cocoa. Then caramel and fluffy nougat, more candy bar, mild lactose powder, very very dry all around. Mild warming booze starts creeping up and gets fairly hot towards teh finish. As my mouth gets acclimated to the heat and lots of dark malts and cocoa, a hint of a raisiny flavor that's almost like dried grape and vinous qualities comes through, and mild barrel char note. Some earthy spicy hop bitterness ramps up too, and gets fairly bitter overall. Finish is very dry as it started, not sticky or syrupy either, more powdered cocoa and dark choc, bitter earthy spicy hops come through, and a little char and roasted flavors lingering... very late on the flavor is a small hint of actual pinot like mild wine flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fluffy carb, mild warming booze that gets a little hot as it goes.

Overall not bad, nice dark malts, roasted and black malts hint at acrid char but don't get over bearing, I wish the barrel came through a little more, but hints of a rasiny dried grape are present, booze is OK but a little warm overall. Still not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:05:59 | More by jlindros
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acashk

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-22-2013 02:54:14 | More by acashk
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 6.79. Best by 7/6/15, I assume bottled 7/6/13. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a datk tea brown with an eighth finger pale tan head. Persistent thin halo and very little lace.

Smells strongly of wine with other notes of oak, dark roast coffee and an almost sour apple.

Right off the bat the strongest flavor is that red wine. Burnt coffee, oak, cocoa, vanilla, apple, caramel and a hearty alcohol burn. Not all bad but astringent and disjointed.

Fairly creamy, medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Bitter coffee, wine and apple skins in the aftertaste.

While it does improve as it warms, this just doesn't suit my tastes. The pinot noir aging adds an interestingly different element but it's neither complimentary nor does the base beer seem hearty enough for a barrel treatment to begin with. All-around unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 12:52:29 | More by ThickNStout
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-18-2013 23:01:16 | More by khargro2
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-18-2013 01:49:18 | More by Bloodbuzz99
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.