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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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82
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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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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superspak

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/4/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Extremely carbonated, signs are pointing toward infection. Aromas of dark chocolate, apple, pear, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, toast, raisin, red wine, oak, floral, an roasted earthiness. Ok aromas that are pleasant and balanced with roasted, fruity, and barrel notes; but are quite muted. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, apple, raisin, oak, pepper, floral, red wine, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, cocoa, coffee, oak, red wine, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Solid balance and complexity of roasted flavors with moderate fruitiness and barrel presence; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Flavor robustness is muted due to the carbonation. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall, for being infected, this was an alright wine barrel aged stout. Pleasant balance of flavors; and pretty smooth to sip on even with the carbonation. Nothing offensive; I would like to try this without infection sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:38:20 | More by superspak
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 00:17:02 | More by beerthulhu
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 22:58:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-14-2013 22:43:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-06-2014 02:27:37 | More by Kelp
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:23:10 | More by Derek
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-15-2014 00:51:19 | More by dmorgan310
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Serving type: growler

09-06-2013 02:47:05 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-28-2013 21:03:20 | More by rolltide8425
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 17:16:25 | More by liamt07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 21:52:44 | More by tobelerone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:19:02 | More by johnnnniee
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:27:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:22:50 | More by flagmantho
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a black color with ample tan head. Nice lacing. No over-carbonation issues that seem to be rampant in this beer.

Fruity, coffee and wood. There is some definite notes of dark red wine. Interesting, and quite vinous.

Ohhh, taste is really nice....perfect cocoa and vinous fruit. I really like it, different for sure. The malts are tame, yet flavorful and the yeast plays a dusty, integral part. Tobacco...yes, yes with some roasty afterthoughts.
I am seriously impressed with this complex offering from New Zealand. Nice. Worth a shot even with the steep price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:40:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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dgilks

Australia

3.79/5  rDev +5%
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Taphouse as part of the Moa Tap Takeover. From notes.

A - Poured pitch black with no visible carbonation with a big fluffy two finger brown head. Decent retention with a full finger and spots of lace.

S - Lot's of sweet chocolate and red wine.

T - Strong vinous character was there with lot's of chocolate and a slight alcohol ting. The barrel is quite noticable.

M - Gentle carbonation with really full silky body and a grope-style finish of dryness.

O/D - An interesting imperial stout. Not complex, but the elements are nailed. Barrel seems to have really impacted this, almost taking away from other flavours that would pull through. Worth a shot for a different barrel character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 23:26:26 | More by tbeckett
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cjgator3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

11-04-2013 02:46:53 | More by cjgator3
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DmanGTR

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2013 15:41:54 | More by DmanGTR
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up mostly due to teh $5 price tag. You don't see many barrel aged imperial stouts that cheap. Unfortunately there is a reason for that... First off this thing had the worst pour. No matter how slow and carefully I poured the glass was completely filled with foam. It had been chilled for at least a week. The smell was a little off too, like maybe it had some brett or maybe it was just the wine but I didn't care for it. The taste was not bad, little roast, little stout but almost no barrel character whatsoever. Overall this was pretty disappointing and it just goes to show that you really do get what you pay for.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:04:32 | More by ArrogantB
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Lare453

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:27:30 | More by Lare453
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

12-08-2012 19:34:12 | More by enelson
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black, with lots of tan head. The cork shot of the bottle before I even finished loosing the cage.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate, with some astringent dark fruit and earthy oak and smoky coffee.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and tart raspberries, like a fine truffle, with some licorice and smoky coffee and oak. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was bitter, tart, and a little sweet.
M: It was very thick with fine natural carbonation. Fantastic body.
D: This was a great beer. Nice unique take on barrel aging a stout that added a lot of delicate complexities. It took forever to pour, but it was worth the wait, with great scent and taste and perfect body. The finish wasn't super smooth, but the alcohol was decently hidden. So it wasn't difficult to drink, but it was better to sip. Not sure how it would age, but I really enjoyed it fresh. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:59:14 | More by Pencible
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely half size corked and caged bottle that retails for about $6. This was a very nuanced RIS that was much smoother than expected yet not giving up any complexity in the finish. The nose was also very redolent of chocolate and coffee thought the barrel aging did show a bit as the beer warmed up. Impressed by this beer and that fact that a bottle is not an arm and a leg ( and it came all the way from New Zealand).

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 17:26:30 | More by canucklehead
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:38:51 | More by CrazyDavros
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.