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

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes is perfectly balanced against some nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some light dry bitter notes and some excellent vinous notes which really don’t clash. Light black chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is light for style with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Magnificent marriage of different flavours. (521 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The cork blows out as soon as the cage is taken off and the beer pours with a huge, five finger head of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head sticks around almost indefinitely and eventually leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Dark malt with notes of oak and red wine.

T - Brown malt and some chocolate up front with a hint of dark fruit. Some much darker chocolate notes in the middle with a bit of black cherry and some oak. Finishes with licorice, dark chocolate, red wine, and charred malt.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This beer is very intense and really is just too much on several fronts. The base beer seems like it would stand up really well on its own, but the pinot noir barrel character is just too much and it clashes with some of the darker, charred tones of the base beer. The aroma is much more promising than the flavor turns out to be. I feel like both the barrel aging and the base beer were done well here, but they don't play well with each other. I would like to try a whiskey barrel version of the stout and another of the brewery's beers (perhaps a Belgian) aged in a wine barrel, but I think they may need to abandon the idea of putting this stout in wine barrels. (1,257 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (2,104 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My second beer from this brewery. I didn't much care for the first. Expectations are above average; it sounds good and I'm in the mood for the style, but I'm suspicious of its current low (by beeradvocate standards) ratings. Self-identifies as an Imperial Stout; it doesn't specify that it's a Russian Imperial Stout. Cost was $5.99 at a nearby Whole Foods; I guess that alone should have set off warning bells - a barrel aged import from halfway across the Earth oughtn't to be so inexpensive. Imported by Moa USA - another red flag, as a quaint local kiwi craft brewery wouldn't have its own importing company stateside.

"Flavored ale." Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels. Bottle fermented and conditioned. 10.2% ABV confirmed.

12.7 fl oz dark green (ugh...) bottle with attractive text and symbols on the actual glass and a hood and wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Cork pops out with unnatural ease; that is the easiest cork to pop out I've ever come across and I've encountered one or two corked beers.

A: Pours a two finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~4+ minute) retention. Soft complexion. Light lacing as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is an opaque (nontransparent and nontranslucent) solid dark black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Spot-on for the style, but not unique or special. Still, it's looking good. I'm starting to get a bit more confidence.

Sm: Chocolate, chocolate malt, white grapeskin, some generic woody notes but I wouldn't say oak, wine must, dark malts, a hint of vague lychee. The darker more conventional stout notes are up front whilst the wine-redolent notes are on the climax and finish - leaving me with the impression this is going to be structurally imbalanced and divisive. The notes don't feel cohesive and seamless, but rather opposing. Some cream. No coffee or roast. Some overly present hop character, including primarily floral hops. The out-of-place wine notes are unwelcome and supplant the imperial stout character. The barrel aging seems to overwhelm the base beer; this isn't seeming ideal at all. A mild strength aroma with a troublesome blatant lack of balance and subtlety. Nothing about the execution screams careful deliberate barrel aging. I'm skeptical of this.

T: Oh boy. She's imbalanced as hell. It's a warzone: overwhelmed traditional imperial stout notes - including chocolate malt, a bit of cream, and dark malts - struggle to fend off the pesky overbearing wine notes to no avail. By the start of the second act, the imperial stout notes have been defeated and only the wine notes remain, accompanied by an unwelcome untamed sweetness punctuated inappropriately by strangely artifical lychee notes. Nothing in terms of barrel or wood here; if you wanted refined oak you'll be disappointed. The wine notes grow a bit musty by the climax, evoking a raisiney caramel-ly vibe as the climax hands the baton to the lackluster finish. Aftertaste is all unwelcome sweetness that just plain doesn't belong in any beer of the style. Zero coffee, zero actual chocolate, zero roast. Some artificial grape juice. Syrupy.

I think I might be able to safely say this is a spectacular failure at an imperial stout; American Imperial Stout or Russian Imperial Stout style status notwithstanding.

Grows more and more raisin-y and a bit vinous as it warms. Whatever pinot noir the barrels previously contained was a poor wine.

Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is well below average for the style, but average overall.

Mf: Dries unnecessarily on the finish. Overcarbonated. Rugged. Smooth up front, but it coarsens as it goes, evoking a shriveled raisin-y character rather than whatever intricate smooth wine notes they unsuccessfully went for. Poor presence on the palate. Fails to facilitate the better flavours from the profile. Syrupy and thick - overly so for the lack of flavour diversity and depth.

Dr: Fails to hit the key elements of the style on a fundamental level. Frankly, I'm unsure what to give it. Partly because in spite of all its flaws, it's still damn drinkable for 10.2% ABV. I don't hate it, though I could certainly see where such a response would be justified. It requires an alteration of one's expectations; if you're expecting and in the mood for a good imperial stout, this will massively disappoint. Wouldn't recommend it to friends and I wouldn't get it again. I'll concede that it's a failure at what it's attempting to do, but if we consider it aside from its purported style, it's not a bad beer per se. I can see this beer being a love/hate brew for many. But at its current price point, I'd say it's worth the roll of the dice.

It may be the biggest waste of barrel aging I've ever come across.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a brandy snifter, there's still plenty of head and a blanket of lace. The liquid is near black where no light passes.

The smell has plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa powder and chalk.

The taste has a lot burnt elements to it, perhaps too much so. This dominates the flavor, although the alcohol content is quite notable. The mouthfeel is as one would expect from an Imperial Stout. The aftertaste is dry cocoa and alcohol warmth. (443 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I like Moa, and their attempt to make an imperial stout aged in pinot noir barrels attracts me. Bottled in a small 375 ml corked and caged container, on to the beer:

Gusher! Once that cage is untied, the cork pushes right up and pops, bringing the force of the beer behind it. Reset. Still pours very foamy. Soapy looking suds sticking around on topand leaving a lot of lace. The body below is obsidian colored and looking pretty. The nose is two worlds, offering a good roasty and smokey stout on one hand and a sourness in the other. The melding of the two isn't perfect, so I'm a haveta deduct from the score.

Extremely carbonated and bubbly, and even this level might be too much for a Belgian. If you can get past the carbonation, you find the taste, which is a bland sourness (possible infection) and some stout character (smokey, roasty, and some molasses). Just the stout base that I can sense would make it a good beer, the rough sourness (whether it's infection or the aging in pinot noir barrels) and hyper-carbonation make this tough to drink.

That's a bust. I still like the Mao brand, but this is not the reason why. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Lare453
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Into a riedel Shiraz glass

First of all, fuck this beer. After barely loosening the cage, the cork, cage attached, blew out of the bottle grazing my forehead. Then started foaming like an asshole all over my new floor.

A unbelievable amount of foam... I'm talking about foam like I've never seen before. Soapy foam sits on top, thick dish soap foam like what you get from sanitizing when you brew. Black in color...

S very sweet, musty, like a used barrel...

T musty, sweet beginning, ou definitely get a lot of the Pinot noir/red wine in the middle and ntp the end, the end also has a slight malt and roast. The aftertaste is dry red wine.

M thin and way over carbonated. Not great...

O the only thing this beer has going for it is that it is one of the few beers aged in red wine barrels that you actually get red wine in the flavor. Other than that I would not get it again... (893 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of corby112
1.48/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a massive three finger head that takes forever to dissipate. Looks to be over carbonated with large chunks of soapy lacing left behind when the head finally settles into a lasting collar.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a strong oak presence but not much wine or vinous fruit character. Charred oak, burnt sugar, stale coffee, toast and ash. Desperately in need of some sweetness to prevent it from being so acrid in the nose. Not sure how long it was in the barrel but all I'm getting is oak and the Pinot noir character is completely obliterated.

Medium bodied, extremely dry and way over carbonated. I could see how some would think there's an infection but its just insanely acrid and dry and the carbonation level is off the charts. Burnt wood, ash, cigarette butt, smoke, rotten coffee bean, burnt malt and toast dominate the palate. Just like the aroma, it's in disparate need of some sweetness and the Pinot noir flavor is not detectable. The high ABV is well masked but this beer is an unprintable mess. Drain pour. (1,109 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick pour gives me a black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Scents of chocolate and fruit the wine scent is easy to find. Scents of raspberry and faint mint.

Starts out heavy on the patent malt and a bit smoky. Dry wine flavor taste more like Grappa. Semisweet with some coffee flavors, but mostly I taste mountains of patent malt. One of the more heavily charred of the imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall this is just an average stout. Wine barrel does little for this beer type, they should use whiskey or rum barrels instead. (556 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a way to overcarbonated jet black color with a big brown cap that took about five minutes to settle.

S: Charred wood, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, nice and light funkiness

T: Some dark fruit notes upfront, with charred wood, hint of funk giving way to acidic, coffee and licorice

M: Way overcarbonated, medium to big body, boozey

O: Meh. Pass. (362 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark dense black body with a deep tan cream and a carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the surface of the glass. The head last for a good bit before fading to a thin ring

S- The mellow soft red wine aroma blends with some dark roasted chocolate malt notes and a brewer’s licorice note in the finish.

T- The inky black roasted malt has a tar note to it with some deep chocolate malt flavors with some nice red wine tannin flavors underneath. There is a gentle bitterness in the slightly dry finish. There are some interesting cigar tobacco notes and green wood notes that come thru with the dark roasted malt flavors as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick texture that coats the mouth after each sip and some gentle alcohol heat that comes through on the exhale.

O- This is a nice smooth Imp. Stout that has some good notes of Pinot Noir supporting it. They are not really strong and the rest of the flavors blend together making a nice bit of complexity although subtle. Even though the red wine tannins are soft it still gives me that classic red wine heart burn. (1,150 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.14/5  rDev -12%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque, black bodied beer with a tremendous cap of khaki colored foam. Retention is strong and the lacing is clingy and copious. Good looking stout.

The aroma is immediately wine like and tannic; chocolate and roasted malt comes wafting in after; dark fruit, oak, and black pepper all emerge as the beer warms and opens and are even more prominent in the taste. Interesting blend of sweet and chocolaty flavors and Pinot noir characteristics; again pepper, oak, and jammy fruits all emerge as you work your way through the glass. Nothing overwhelms anything else; I found this to be well balanced. Also put me in mind a bit of a Cadbury fruit and nut bar.

Fortunately my bottle had none of the carbonation issues others have mentioned; I found both the body and carbonation to be average for an imperial stout and the mouthfeel had a decent amount of smoothness and creaminess. Needless to say I enjoyed this a good deal more than most reviewers. (951 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Massive three finger medium brown head with great retention and tons of lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, vanilla and a light fruity component that must be the wine barrel contribution, but it isn't all that vinous. Great flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a light, intriguing vinous component. Finishes with toasted, slightly charred malt, chocolate, plums and hop bitterness. A unique and interestingly flavored stout. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Wine barrel aged beers are usually not the most enjoyable of barrel aged beers for me, but this is superb. The flavor combination and progression is very enjoyable. An unusual and excellent stout. A brewery that tries to brew a bit outside the box, but succeeds with flavorful beers. I hope to see more of them. (845 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Aged in pinot barrels.

A: A beautiful burgundy-chocolate pour produces a dark, peanut shell toned frothy head of one inch. Strong on the retention with a light medium rise of effervesce that left thick, stratified rings of lace down the glass.

S: The nose was fresh with noticeable amount of fruitiness and white grapes. The pinot wine barrel influence really comes through strongly unlike other beers ive sampled aged in this barrel type. Buttery caramel sweetness with a wet minerality of charred ash that was soft and eloquent with a beautiful aromatic appeal that also featured dark coffee-chocolate that was rich and sweet in nature.

T: The flavor showed rich, esspresso grounds, wet and oily with a earthy campfire minerality ash. Once again the pinot influence is really strong and appreciable, wine soaked fruitiness with a soft touch of alcohol. Dark sweet chocolate with some vanilla toffee notes combine with the pinot aspect to give this a wide range of influence and complexity.

M: Fairly light per style, silky smooth with a gentle charred warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall very eloquent and smooth drinking experience, very well crafted and polished with a great influence from the pinot barrels that pays off with huge dividends which you can appreciate and taste as well smell. Generous glow of pinot warmth alcohol on the finish but still light enough where you would never guess this was 10.2%abv. (1,431 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with nothing at all let in around the edges. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. Not too bad.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with a hint of acidic zip, but only a tiny hint. Not complex, but sweet and rich. I like it.

Taste: sweet, rich, chocolatey malt mixed with a tart, dry fruitiness up front; at the end, though, it's all imperial stout. Somewhat harsh roasted malt and a hint of woodiness back this up. I'm not sure why this beer is so maligned; seems decent enough to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a concomitantly mammoth creaminess. I think it's great!

Overall: I'll have to go over the other reviews to see why people dislike this beer so much. I think it's a completely respectable Imperial stout with a lot of the characteristics I like. OK, it's not particularly complex, but it's competent and drinkable. What more do you want? (960 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, pours with a nice tan head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Dark caramelized raisins, licorice, wood, fruit cake, demerara sugar & booze!

T: Black strap molasses, oak, wine-like tannins, rum-soaked fruitcake, licorice, good bitterness, nice alcohol warmth.

M: Full body is viscous without much residual sweetness, average carbonation, light roasted acidity, drying alcohol finish.

O: Really great brew. (427 characters)

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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into tulip 6/9/13

A dark cola liquid with a deep edge, looks a little light for a big stout, two fingers of loose mocha foam sits around for a few sips leaving some polka dot lace

S dark roasted coffee and dark fruits, dark bakers chocolate and it smells much darker then it looks, faint smoke, some wood, chocolate covered raisins and well concealed booze

T sour plum at first but its quickly overwhelmed by coco and woody notes, I get some of the pinot barrel and just a little licorice, tastes pretty solid but I preferred the nose

M light for the style but has enough carbonation to cream it up little, tannins are there's but mild, just a hint of booze on the way down and dark roast and faint barrel notes linger

O smells great and the flavors there, not the best looks and feel for the style but I had no problems with the big serving and the most important aspects have been taken care of

looks like I'm way above the average yet again, I though this one was a winner and although not a big full bodied stout the booze is well hidden and it smells and tastes great (1,101 characters)

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.