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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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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 473
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Moa Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 473
Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +12%

Chocolate, coffee, mocha. Aged in oak pinot noir barrels, and you can definitely taste it. Medium body, sour pinot noir finish. Different, best marriage of beer and wine that I've had. (184 characters)

Photo of themind
1.29/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Instant drain pour! in theory this brew could have been amazing, unfortunately is doesnt just fall short...it drops off the map! This crap was nasty, what a let down. I really thought I would like this being a fan of Supplication but Moa is flat out toilet water.

Bottom Line: Drain Pour~ (289 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku glass. Pitch black with a tan head; swirling reveals dark purple hints in the color. Very effervescent and with the pop on the cork, there is no doubt this is carbonated. Nice looking and smells great! It has a sexy, smoky nose that is very inviting.

I'm actually quite impressed with this -- as both a beer and a wine fan, I am finding it hard to not take sip after sip. The wine barrel comes through and gives this imperial stout a wine-like body with a grape skin flavor. But there is also no doubt it is a stout. Charred coffee beans and smoke-tinged malts come to the forefront. Soft oak and vanilla sit in the backdrop. With all of these notes, it speaks to me as if it were a light, smoky port. Complex and interesting. Medium to full bodied. Very tight bubbles -- beautiful carbonation and the mouthfeel shows. Very smooth for an ale over 10% ABV, and a stout at that.

With elements of velvety smoothness and the malt-smoke aspect, this makes for a one-of-a-kind type of of ale. I can say I wouldn't be able to drink every day, but it is certainly fine and is a nice night cap. Probably amazing with good beef BBQ or good with a rich, chocolate dessert. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with a thin frothy tan head. Smell has notes of chocolate malt with hints of dark fruit and oak. Taste has a slightly roasted chocolate malt flavor forward with a slightly dry oak notes, dark fruits and a alchohol heavy midsection. More oak barrel and a slightly tannic wine finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly high carbonation for the style and a dry finish. (411 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.07/5  rDev +14%

Very complex stout. Wood, burnt malts, smoke, bitter roast, booze along with some vinous qualities. A little tart. A pretty easy drink for the booze level. Would like touch more carb, but very solid beer overall. Gift from liquidcucumber. (238 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Mostly black, maybe a hint of brown when held up to the light. 1 finger reddish brown head that quickly dissipated.

S: Typical stout nose with hints of fruit, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very nice. Much better than expected. Aging in Pinot Noir barrels really adds an extra tasty element to this. Alcohol flavor is well hidden behind the powerful roasted malt smokiness.

M: Smooth. Not overly smooth, but smooth nonetheless. A bit dry. Left the tongue wanting more coverage.

O: Quite a bit better than expected. The low rating made me a bit wary at first but after my first sip I knew this was a diamond in the rough. Definitely better than some of the others of the same style. The fact that it was aged in Pinot Noir barrels made it a unique treat that was indeed a pleasant surprise. (839 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 ounce cork and caged bottle into a small snifter. Tan head, moderate retention, slick, oily lacing. Beer is almost black, maybe a touch of mahogany. Aroma consists of mocha, roasted malt, light chocolate and some alcohol notes. Taste is dominated by coffee, and light mocha/chocolate. Alcohol heat is present on the taste maybe a little too much, probably just needs a touch of age to level out. Not picking up too many notes from the oak pinot barrel but maybe some of the subtle notes are dominated by the heat. Quite good beer, but would love to revisit in the future. (588 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice dark brown color, almost black and is topped off with a nice dark tan head that’s very bubbly. The bubbles are thick and creamy and there seems to be plenty of carbonation I this one. Mild chocolate aromas come through; fig and raisin are also detectable, light floral smells are also present. This one is very crisp and is rather light bodied for an imperial stout, it’s also pretty bitter there are some berry flavors that come through. It looks and smells good but this is not what I expected from this beer, not bad overall just not what I expected from a RIS. (585 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from Moa - great beer to finish the night with or to accompany a dessert.

aroma: chocolate, coffee and woody/spicy/chocolate liquorice

taste: oak, wine, chocolate, coffee and spice. A nice chocolate aftertaste. However, felt a touch thin in the mouth. (268 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A: Pours an unimpressive murky brown. Minimal head, moderate lacing. Light can easily pass through the edges.

S: Milk chocolate, bing cherry, toffee, malted milk chocolate. Small amounts of roastiness and coffee.

T: Milk chocolate, the same cherry. Some spicy elements, more roastiness in the finish. Finish is sweet and rounded.

M: Small for the mouthfeel. Slightly flabby.

O: Not a bad stout. Misses the depth of flavors of what many would consider "imperial". (483 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a brownish white thin head, decent retention.

I smell lots of alcohol here, and chocolate, and coffee, and molasses. Lots of molasses actually, maybe too much.

Very malty and molasses tasting, some very strong alcohol undertones, malty sweetness, burnt toast and coffee taste.

Very delicious, definitely worth a try, but not something I would buy again. Definitely a sipper. (407 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big chocolate malt aroma, very boozey too but I can tell its blended well. lot of tartness from the pinot, maybe a hint of toastiness, reminding me of wood but it's not obvious like some barrel aged. nevertheless solid, big warming, good burnt quality (251 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The single most alarming beer experience I've ever had. Upon loosening the cage, there was a gunshot sound as the cork, complete with cage, rocketed out of the bottle and hit the ceiling with a bang. It took me a moment to gather myself and figure out what had happened. Foam began to jettison forth from the bottle, so I did my best to pour it into my Duvel glass. Mounds and mounds mocha-colored foam perpetually bloomed within the glass before I had even decanted a third of the bottle. Even as a write, the head has ascended to new heights, nearly spilling over the edge of the glass. It's at least three inches high. Suffice it to say, something went seriously, seriously wrong here. With that in mind, you may wish to take the rest of this review with a grain of salt.

Pours nearly black with no highlights to speak of and the aforementioned massive mocha head. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and a hint of red wine--very seductive. After the outrageous pour and out of control head, I assumed the beer beneath would be close to flat, but to my amazement it is almost excessively carbonated for an imperial stout--distractingly so. The taste itself is pleasant but milder than I expected. There's a dark chocolate foundation with some plum and charred coffee bean. The 10.2% ABV is well-concealed initially but begins to fight through as the beer warms and the excessive carbonation subsides. Some oak and vanilla begin to appear in the finish as well.

I'm not sure what to make of this beer after the outrageous uncorking incident. All joking aside, I'm lucky I wasn't seriously hurt. I'm not sure what the cause of the excessive pressure was, as I bought two other Moa beers on the same trip and didn't have any issues at all. The bottle had been sitting in my fridge for nearly a month, so there was no jostling or disturbance for at least that length of time. Assuming you survive opening the bottle, I would recommend letting the beer warm a good deal to bring out the flavor and let the carbonation diminish. With that said, I still don't think I can give a fair review as there was something severely wrong with the level of carbonation here. I'd consider trying another, but I'll think long and hard before I take the leap. (2,262 characters)

Photo of chogm54
4.25/5  rDev +19%

COrked bottle, BB of Jan 2015, poured into pint glass.

A - black, opaque, pours a thick creamy pale brown head. There was a bit of sediment in this bottle conditioned bottle. Thanks to the dark label I didn't realise that the sediment was in there until it poured into the glass!

S - roasted malts with strong coke and brandy odours. Also faint coffee smell maybe?

T - dark choc malty taste with a strong dark fruit undertones (plum, raisins) and red wine. The malty flavours aren't as roasted as other stouts. Lingering wine and malt aftertaste. The alcohol isn't as potent as the ABV suggests, but there is a definite warming feeling in there.

M - Full bodied, syrupy texture,virtually nil carbonation.

O - The oak barrel fermentation is really noticeable with strong wine like flavours over the normal choc and malty base. Goes down much easier than the ABV suggests. Very nice. (892 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours jet black with about a finger of tan / light brown head. Decent lacing

S - Tart, woody aroma, almost like a cassis or kriek, with a faint scent of roasted malt. Strange boquet of fruity esters and even tropical notes. You get some sweet, sour pineapple, some figs and prunes. The nose is all over the place, a little messy even.

T - Taste is a lot closer to a dark belgian beer, similar to a stout made with wild Belgian yeast. Does not jive well, I personally taste a little too much woody sweetness and the belgian characters don't sit well with the flavors of the malts. It's entirely too messy and jumbled, with no real subtlety or blending among the flavors. Disappointing.
[EDIT:] After you give this beer a good 20 minutes in the glass, and a few sips in, your palate adjusts, and the temperature kind of helps smooth out all the flavors. Definitely not as offensive after awhile as at first.

M - Not thick enough for the style, and carries the flavor poorly.

O - disappointed as hell. Wish I hadn't sunk 22 dollars into 4 of these I'll never drink. [EDIT:] now that I know how much more this beer improves when it sits in the glass for a little while and gets a chance to kind of settle, I'd say I can probably finish these. Still, for 22 dollars, it's not really worth it. (1,296 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas.

Interesting beer to say the least. Pours kind of flat...nice jet black appearance. Nose is somewhat muted - the pinot barrel influences are about all I detect. You can definitely taste the wine barrel notes of faint grape and oak. Not sure what to make of this beer - odd would be an apt descriptor. Glad to have tried it but one is enough. (377 characters)

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -16%

MOA Brewing - Imperial Stout [Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels] (12.7oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 10.2% ABV)

Pours extremely dark and opaque, with about an inch and a half of foamy khaki head… The nose is that of a chocolate and roasty malts, with darker berries on the finish… Going to take my first sip, I notice the retention in the head and the lacing are both quite nice, as both has remained quite well with minimal assistance from the hardly present carbonation… A light chocolate bitterness is the first taste to present itself on the palate, followed by a warm wave of cranberries with traces of molasses woven in there… The mouthfeel is not horrible, though it does have a syrupy viscidity to it, which is not entirely appreciated for this particular brew… The finish doesn't exactly "align" with the rest of the beer, which can be said about just about every other aspect also… It's as if it's an All-Star Team at their first practice - All the right stuff, but no chemistry… So while all the components make this a very alluring beer, it lacks unity and structure… Though, on a comprehensive level it falls short, the highlights of this beer make it one I feel is at least worth a try for someone looking for alternative tastes… Another good brew - Cheers!! (1,290 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

It's a barrel aged stout, but not the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout. That's pretty interesting. The stout itself seems fairly typical for an RIS, which means I automatically like it. Rich roasty malts. Maybe just a touch bitter. Then the barrel aging here brings in the influence of the wine barrels. It's just a little tart, and a little winey. There's something about the barrel aging that evokes bourbon barrel beers, just without the bourbon, if that makes any sense. I like it quite a bit. (510 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque coffee-black. Wispy tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate dominates the aroma, along with some roasted notes, plum, and wood.

T: Similar to the aroma it is chocolate forward. Also some notes of cappuccino and a little bit of smoke. Just a touch of red fruit. Alcohol adds a bit of fusel bite that is not quite entirely hidden under the thick malt. The pinot provides some tartness near the finish.

M: Relatively thin for an imperial stout. Lightly carbonated.

O: A decent beer, but a little unbalanced. The bitter, roasted notes in combination with the alcohol are a little sharp. While the wine barrel character is certainly there, it is obscured by the heavy malt. Could have done with either great vinous character or a sweeter, less pointed malt flavor. (857 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed for what it is, obviously deviates from style somewhat.

Jet black with khaki mocha froth head, thin layer maintains. Good lacing, no sediment.

Nose is complex; bright tannic dark fruits, blackcurrant, coffee roast, oak, leather, tobacco. Really nice bouquet of an aroma.

Palate starts dark juicy fruit, bakers chocolate, bright acidity, mild oak and lengthens to dark chocolates, touch of vanilla, and sharp roast. Really complex and digging what some wine barrels can do to an imperial stout.

Full body, finishes slightly dry and pulling on the palate. Carbonation is right on target moving the beer along well.

For what they were trying to achieve with the aging in Pinot Noir barrels, I think they nailed it! Brings really complex oak, vinous tannic fruits to the style and it works. (801 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (920 characters)

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle> pours a typically dark brown/nearly black with a modest reddish-brown head that doesn't last for long. Nose has some really pleasant molasses, booze, coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is big and rich with strong malt notes that are hearty and bold. A little sweet, a little savoury, thanks to the smoky notes of the dark malts. Excellent carbonation from bottle conditioning. (406 characters)

Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-black as expected, but flat as ever. absolutely no head, if I aerate the glass it leaves a very thin ring
S-dark malt, chocolate, a tad bit of grape/wine
T-like a flat imperial stout that has a lingering wine-like aftertaste
M-more like a wine than a beer, enhanced by the flatness
O-I'm glad it was only a 375ml and I didn't pay more than $5 for it (351 characters)

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.