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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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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

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Reviews:
135
Ratings:
511
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
30.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 511
Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 375ml bottle served at cellar temperature in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a nearly 1" high brown head that films out within 2mins. Very dark brown colour

S- Lots of malt and barrel aging. Some heat

T- Mellow sweet and slight mild barrel flavor. Must be a second use barrel as I have had first use barrel brews and they are far more potent in the wine flavor. Not a bad brew but subdued in the barrel aging department. With a first use this brew is a 5 on the taste as the base stout is spot on

M- Creamy going down then dries out as expected.

O- Like this one. Mellow and rich. Excellent sipping brew. Super well blended. Will buy if I ever see it around

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew was a bit easier to pair due to the subdued barrel flavor so... This brew went well with....... Slowly BBQ beef ribs with a home made rub

Enjoy

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Photo of Uscjojo
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bottle design is nice. This stout looks really good. Poured ruby red while pouring and looks black. Head disappears to a nice ring. The smell is hoppy, grape, and oak. Tastes sweet with coffee bitterness and lingering hops. Feel is not thick, but good. This is a good stout and I reaaly enjoyed this. The price tag was 5.99, so I will probably buy another and age it to see how it changes. This is not bad for 100 IBU's. It's also pretty thin for a stout.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a really solid stout. Nice thin film of bubbles, some immediate lacing.
Smells more like wine than beer. Those pinot barrels really did their work. Tons of red grape and oak on the nose.
Flavor is oak, dark cocoa, red wine, smoky roasted malt, and a bit of bitterness in the background.
The carbonation works well, but I would like a bit more density.
Overall, a pretty solid expression of the style. The wine barrels complement the stout without overpowering it.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 case of these for $1.99.....yes 1 dollar 99 in bellmore, ny. Ridiculous price so gave it a try.this is surprisingly good, especially for $0.50 a bottle.smell has a definite oaky red wine smell and its also present in the stout, it combines well though and its a pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of sanha926
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Surprisingly good, can definitively smell and taste the wine barrel. Not the best balance -- at times the strong alcohol taste is overwhelming. Still, a nice imperial stout.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A light brown, almost bronze looking color on the pour. In the glass, the body is a few shades short of black, allowing some ruby red highlights to shine through. The head that did form was short-lived; a soft cocoa powder tan color and consistency that clings to the glass. In the aroma, toasted English malt, caramel, milk chocolate, tart cherries, cranberries, French oak, toasted hazelnuts, balanced roastiness, and some earthy hops. The mouth feel is full medium, with strong sweetness and mild bitterness. The flavor imparts heavy notes of oak, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, prunes, grape skin tannins, roasted malts, some coffee, and an underlying nuttiness.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. The color is jet black with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee, with a whiff of smoke. The taste is complex: smoky firewood, red wine, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. There is also a hint of caramel and the finish. On top of all this, this stout is quite bitter. in all, it has one of the more complex palates I've experienced in an Imperial Stout. This stout is medium-bodied, very smooth but packs a punch at 10.2% ABV. Overall, it is an ambitious Imperial Stout and a very good one! While it's a sipper, I also think it would pare well with a nice piece of beef.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 josephandbrown
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pour into a mason jar.

This imperial stout poured a very dark brown with hints of a pinot noir color. The latter I can only see when shining a light through it. It is almost opaque, but the light gets through a little. It had a reasonable head which was probably mitigated somewhat by my glass choice.

The pinot barrels dominate the aroma for me. I get strong oak scents and some wine notes in every sniff. The flavor is similar- there are very strong oak notes with hints of the wine. The malt comes through on the aftertaste, as well as an extra bitter bite to tame the excess sugars.

The beer is very smooth, almost oily, in my mouth. The carbonation is strong, which is to be expected considering the style.

Overall, a tasty and nuanced stout. I wish I would have had this to pair with my Thanksgiving food, as I think it would complement those rich flavors well.

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Photo of tzieser
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from a corked bottle into a tulip glass.

L: pitch black in color, completely opaque with a thin eggshell colored head that settles into a small lacing.

S: a modest aroma of roasted malt and rich sweet chocolate malt. there's a very subtle note of oak and alcohol. very nice.

T: roasted malt comes first, showing off burnt toast and dark chocolate flavors. lots of dark fruit and berries. there is also traces of coffee in there. the oak comes through near the end, adding a bit of tartness to the palate. incredible.

F: a bit thin but nothing awful.

O: an outstanding imperial stout. very impressed by this brewery out of New Zealand. keep up the great work!

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: black: void of light. Obsidian liquid coal. Head is a light tan color, which fades to just a lacing at the edge of the glass.

Aroma: sweet, syrupy maltiness with pronounced licorice. No alcohol or wine/wood (from the pinot barrels) in the nose.

Flavor: licorice and sweet with a pronounced black patent malt burnt toast roastiness. This beer is well balanced, and is very similar to Bell's Expedition Stout.

Mouthfeel: the body is a bit thin given the alcoholic strength of the beer. This is too thin to be a sipper.

Overall: Very good. The body needs to be increased though. At $5.99/12.7oz bottle, it is a good value and will be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked and caged bottle.

Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head that never completely dissipates. There's a lot going on here. Oak, hop bitterness (100 IBU), lots of dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. Moderate booze presence. An interesting stout.

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Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into snifter. Deep purplish-black color with not much carbonation at all. Aroma is very "barrel forward," with charred oak as well as dark coffee. Smoky on the palate, with more of the burnt coffee and a bitter, slightly tannic finish. The high ABV (10.2 %) is hidden quite nicely among the myriad hearty flavors in this one. Well worth an excursion "down under."

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slightly violet black, with a small tan head. nose; burnt/spicy wood profile, cocoa and coffee bean bitters. odd nose for a ris, undoubtedly from the wine barrels. taste; shades of roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa get dominated by the wine/barrel influence (choked by it really). the entire middle wash is grape, chocolate and wood. aftertaste is dry, puckering wine-tannin, burnt oak, grape peel and cocoa. strong carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel. the big wine influence here makes for a very odd mixture that may delight some wine fans, and confound/displease most stout fans. definitely a tangent for the style that, while keeping some decent ris assets, simply isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Chris912
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 gopens44
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currant, wine notes, a touch of dark chocolate and maybe a little heat on exit. Silky smooth mouthfeel and not much lingering around. Very impressed by this one.

This one has been in my house for a while, so let's say there's no less than 6 months on it but no more than a year. In any case I cant' for the life of me figure out why it isn't rated higher than it's current "81". It delivers everything it would suggest as an RIS aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels. So much depth of flavor. If you see this, please take a chance on it. It will not disappoint.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

App: Pours a very dark brown , light brown 2 fb head with good retention and lacing. Smells unlike any RIS/AIS I’ve had – muted unsweetened cocoa, roasted malts, leather and peat. Hint of sweet grape, oak tannin – an Irish car bomb with pinot noir rather than Irish cream.
Taste: Smooth, sweet malts forward, contrasting with pinot noir flavor profile, muddles with notes of cocoa and chocolate mid note and a slightly syrupy malty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Stout, a tad syrupy throughout but alleviated a bit by the carbonation and the red wine like dryness.
Overall: I have to admit, its an intriguing beer – I’m a fan of stouts and pinot noir – so perhaps my review is a tad bias – I enjoyed it – my first beer from New Zealand and it was delish. At its price point, however (about $7 per bottle) I’d hesitate to buy again – but it was good (and I’m cheap)

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Photo of bobhits
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A full rating this beer just doesn't deserve.

It looks great, lots of nice bubbles cling to the glass with each swirl. A nice head. Good dark body and color.

It has a bit of the "import" stout smell, not sure how to describe it. That aged hop and stout combo I've come to love in a well aged imperial, but i don't think this is all that old so the aged aroma is likely from some interesting hops and malt that just don't smell that great fresh. funny how I like it when I know it's the result of aging but not when I think it was intentional. No real positives in the nose either.

The flavor is really overly dominated by wine flavors. The chocolates and coffee notes are just killed by this odd wine flavor. The goal is for the wine and the stout to play on each other and create something better than either. The results are a conflict that never resolves itself.

It drinks well enough. You'd never guess 10%.

At 6 bucks it's expensive but not imported imperial stout aged in barrels expensive. It's something different so hey if you feel like something unique go for it. But I'm not repeating. Very average stuff.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before date of 12/2015. Cellared bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: black as night in the glass with a firm brown head of tight bubbles. Poured with a reddish hue most likely from the pinot noir barrels.

Nose: complex dried cherries and raisins, chocolate cherry cordials, oak sweetness, vanilla, cotton candy and toffee.

Taste: vanilla, light coffee, cherries, roasted malt, dried fruit character is dominant, oaky, a little coconut, quick bitter finish with a slight lingering alcohol heat. Medium body.

Overall: My first New Zealand beer. Great start. I liked the cherry notes in the nose and taste presumably from the wine barrel aging. I really don't know when this one was bottled but still has a few more months of freshness if one goes by those dates (I do not of course). I really liked this one. It is a nice departure from the hop forward and heavily roasted character found in most American Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color - this isn't some motor oil stout. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Retention is nice for what it is, and the head has nice softness. Some lacing also sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: I can tell you right now, I've NEVER inhaled anything like this. On one hand, there's a textbook European-style imperial stout, loaded with baker's cocoa, roast, and even a touch of peat. On the other hand, there's a massive pinot noir influence that brings notes of grape and oak tannin. And bah gawd, it works. The chocolate and fruit characters blend rather well, creating something ridiculously intriguing. (4.25)

Taste: The flavor profile smacks far more of pinot noir than a stout. It opens and closes with notes of buttery oak, pinot noir grapes, and vanilla, all while the imperial stout base add wisps of chocolate, roast, and peat. Somehow, it all kind of works. How a chocolaty, peaty stout can blend with such a massive wine presence is friggen' mind boggling. Of course, the integration isn't great by any stretch, but still...some credit needs to be given. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Bone frickin' dry. I mean, seriously. A good wine does a fantastic job of being dry and not remotely boozy - so does this. It has a buttery texture seemingly, though it's rather thin. Quite thin, in fact. While I've heard stories about this being carbonated to hell and back, I have to report that this bottle's fizz is VERY weak. While the general texture isn't very appropriate for an imperial stout, I really enjoy how much this feels like a proper red wine. (3.75)

Overall: Looking at the ratings, I have to wonder if this beer suffers from infection issues - I've heard some bottles being over-carb'd/loaded with phenolic nastiness. Or maybe this is just marmite beer, I don't know. I do know that the stout portion of this beer is disappointing: it's thin and porter-esque. But the wine part of this beer kicks ass. It really does taste like a good pinot noir - ergo, wine lovers will get a big kick out of it. (3.75)

3.74/5: Caveat emptor, but I like it

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Photo of atom714
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Midnight Black
Smell: Strong boozy nose, hints of chocolate and cherry
Taste: Hints of chocolate and cherries. Nice finish.
overall: would bu it again

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 3/18/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a thin tan head, that reduces to a spotty lace cap/ring that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, tannic red wine, oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of deep roasted malt and moderate wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, oak, light tannic red wine, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, oak, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of deep roasted malt and light-moderate wine barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of deep roasted malt and light-moderate wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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