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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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83
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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Goldndomer
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MylesMac
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merock1402
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Sarge3130
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours virtually black with almost no head.

Aroma has a definite red wine note from the pinot noir barrels, which is unique and pleasant.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness, a small boozy presence, and a residual note of the wine barrels again. Very deep and intriguing flavors in this beer, including dark fruits. The beer is also a bit boozy.

Although there is little head from the pour, it still has a solid level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat syrupy.

Overall, this is a unique, wine-forward, beer that is a tasty change of pace. Recommended.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hughesjbailey
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ROGUE16
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting a lot given the scores this beer has received, but it is actually quite good. The red wine barrel influence is present but not strong, but the base stout is nice. Very smooth, sightly bitter, with chocolate and roasted flavours.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of simoen
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lynn
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was thinking about saving this beer a bit longer. Saving for what? Time to drink it!. Oh man was that a good choice.

It is really pretty. Black with loads of nice head and lace. The aroma is faintly, subtly, barely, something you don't think could come through - pinot noir... on top of a roasty malty stout. Well balanced, all of it.

The taste similarly is balanced. Roasty, malty, a little hoppy. With a gritty aftertaste but little bite. It gets better with every sip. This was worth the effort of the brewers. My compliments. I hope I can get more.

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlang803
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ascags
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antoneloc
4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - dark, but translucent dark dark purple to black

S- Roasted with a HUGE bouquet of wine grapes, smells like a wine aged in beer barrels

T- similar to smell, huge must notes and hearty red wine flavors

F- effervescent is the only word that comes to mind. incredibly light mouthfeel for an "imperial" stout, and I mean that in the best way possible

O- doesn't seem to be a crowd favorite, but this is one of my all time favorite brews. Everytime i see it I buy as much as possible

Photo of Kraty1
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.