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

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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 Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12.7oz dark green caged and corked bottle purchased at Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. No obvious freshness date was found on the label or the bottle. Not my first Kiwi beer, but my first in a long while.

When poured, this beer was a shade of ebony that proved impervious to light. The pour had to be split, as there was an enormous, creamy, tan-colored foam head. Said head eventually dropped to about a quarter-inch, and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of roasted malt, with a hint of wine - not surprising for a beer that was aged in pinot casks. As it warmed, the wine aroma became more intense, along with a brown sugary sweetness.

The taste began with a brown sugary-sweet flavor. Then, a red wine flavor kicks in that doesn’t really meld well with the previous aspect. There’s a very slight dryness at the swallow. The high alcohol content, initially unnoticeable, eventually creeps in, but the boozy heat remains deep in the background. All in all, I expected quite a bit more flavor from this.

Not as thick-bodied a beer as I expected. The mouthfeel was coating yet thin for the style.

This beer is a lot more interesting when you are looking at its label on the store shelf than when you are drinking it. Its failure to live up to explanations and its rather high price leads me to conclude I will not be trying this again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parchment film over chestnut-black body.
Wood, vanilla, black cherry, and caramelized sugar nose.
Dark caramel, touch of coffee, vanilla, hints of red currant, a big wood hit, and some port/barrel notes.
Blackberry and pepper finish and spicy linger.

Round, smooth, and doesn’t club you like an American RIS. There’s maybe too many liquid smoke notes (cream soda, too) – there’s a lot of wood here. The wine is there, and maybe doesn’t fit, but there’s a good stout underneath.

Photo of farrago
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yields two fingers of dark brown foam, dense on the whole but there’s larger bubbles interspersed here and there, retention is very nice, even surface, the lacing is more large splotches than streaks. Clean black liquid, buffed to a high shine, you can just make out a few steady streams of bubbles against the glass sides, no hint of orange nor yellow at rims, glass bottom. The nose is slightly muted, has a slight vinous quality but mainly it casually delivers milk chocolate, anise, vanilla bean and plum to black cherry fruit, no real hops presence, however, does not over depend on sweetness for effect, as it warms you get campfire smokiness. Medium-bodied, very smooth with velvety carbonation, zero prickle. Loads its weight and flavors upfront and glides from there. Here the oaky toast and smoke more pronounced, notes of grilled meats, earth and that same campfire thing. Restraint shown in the milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and café au lait flavors. On the dry side, stays balanced and more clean than puckering. Any fruit is cherry, black raisin, fig, minimal lingering sweetness. Clay, iron and damp earth stick around most through the finish. Here the Pinot Noir influence not so much.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of admiral
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 24 March 2014.

Pours dark brown, clear about halfway from the edges. One finger of medium brownish tan head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is... weird. Turns out pinot noir and stout maybe don't mix so well. The pinot brings this airy red grape sense, the for me clashes with what I can detect of the stout. That's mostly a little bit of roast, not as much richness or depth as I'd like.

Taste is even weirder. It's kinda like it's soured, but I think that's just the oddity of the stout and the pinot noir train wreck. Sharp on all the edges, tannic, mildly charry bitter. Not good.

Feel is okay, but pretty darn light for an imperial stout. It's also slick, and lacking carbonation that might give some life to those stagnant flavors.

Sounded interesting, but I should have passed this one by. Nothing good comes out of it, IMO.

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of Beerswag
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into st bernardus watou chalice..
Looks richly dark coffee brown active and spritzy for a barrel aged at 10.25%. Young pour as this is a new batch, yet I believe this beer is nice with the red fruit pinot and grape leaf bitterness on the tounge and nose. Strong alcohol presence.This is very dry, chocolate malts here with raisin, plum, and cherry on the nose; interesting blend of dark fruit flavours and vibrant berry like flavor. The barrel is carrying this beer through for me. Resiny dark chocolate and earthy front; boozey, fruity, pinot is a nice touch. A bit boozey and stringent bite upfront, hardly a complaint on the finish..Mouthfeel is medium to moderate heavy, carbonation is Medium. drinks a lot like a quad to me..Suprisingly not too sweet, since the wine balances the heavy booze with nice red fruit sour note.Toungue is coated now with pinot and woodsy oak. A good 3-5 hrs sitting on this one should increase the qualities of this beer.. I would appreciate this with black truffles, meats with horesradish and lemon(parsy/dill/fresh herbs), sweet-breads.

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

MOA – Barrel Aged Stout (10.2%) - Moa Brewing Company (New Zealand)
☆☆½

App: Black pour with a serious three finger head that is way off for the style. Bottle seemed a little over carbed when opened. Allowed to settle and warm for nearly 20 minutes. Head is thick and creamy and very dark, with a sort of tawny brown color. Head retains like crazy, wish it would settle so I could drink the damned thing. Lacing is high and sticky with individual bubbles visible.

Smell: Smell is very strong on the barrel, with a significant woodiness and a twinge of acetic. Some dark roasted malt aromas come through, but are nearly hidden under the barrel aromas. Some very basic hints of dried fruit. As head settles, alcohol volatility becomes apparent.

Taste: Whoa. This beer is just absolutely overflowing with complexity. Fore taste is very sweet, and allowed to sit on the palate opens up into an impressive milk chocolate and plum-skin tartness that is very pleasant. Continues to its third act with a touch of roasty dryness that fights hard agains the sweetness and the alcohol. Dryness looses out, and alcohol is very apparent. Frankly a little hot, more akin to wine (which I don't usually expect in a 10pt stout). My hypothesis is that this bottle had a little extra sugar and was shipped/stored warm, increasing the ABV to around 11.5 (an estimate). Some really nice dark notes on the aftertaste.

Mouth: Totally overcarbed, a little too lingering in its sweetness, and the presence of the alcohol is drying my mouth out. All totally against style and very detrimental to overall impression.

Home tasting, 12.7oz bottle (Half Pour) into Snifter.

Photo of bound4er
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 6.79. Best by 7/6/15, I assume bottled 7/6/13. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a datk tea brown with an eighth finger pale tan head. Persistent thin halo and very little lace.

Smells strongly of wine with other notes of oak, dark roast coffee and an almost sour apple.

Right off the bat the strongest flavor is that red wine. Burnt coffee, oak, cocoa, vanilla, apple, caramel and a hearty alcohol burn. Not all bad but astringent and disjointed.

Fairly creamy, medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Bitter coffee, wine and apple skins in the aftertaste.

While it does improve as it warms, this just doesn't suit my tastes. The pinot noir aging adds an interestingly different element but it's neither complimentary nor does the base beer seem hearty enough for a barrel treatment to begin with. All-around unimpressive.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of McStagger
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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".

Photo of WankelEngine
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12.7oz corked and caged bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a tan-white frothy head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a nice trail down the side of glass.

S: Strong smoked malt scent with an alcoholic burn and slight pinot noir aroma.

T: Smooth smoked malt flavor with that same alcoholic burn and pinot noir flavor as the aroma – and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Phenomenal stout – well balanced and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that finally reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Oak, chocolate, pinot noir grapes, toasted malts, a little booze, toasted malts, and a little smoke.

Taste: Smoke, ash, pinot grapes, oak, chocolate, bready grains, and a little booze. The grapes taste and smoke mask the normal chocolately and warm booze. Wait a bit and things taste better on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, bitter ash, a little booze, a little chewy, a little dry, and oakey.

Overall: I like the take of this style in pinot noir barrels. The character of the barrels rounds and softens the normal characteristics we all look for. Let the beer warm up a bit and take another sip, those flavors we expect are subtlety their. Very good price for a 375 ml.

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MOA 'Imperial Stout' @ 10.2% , served from a 375 ml corked & caged bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to an all black in the glass , some ruby red peeking thru the glass edge , with a small tan head leaving a minimal streaky lace ring along the pint

S-the 'Pinot Noir' barell aging really comes thru

T-again the 'Pinot Noir' can be tasted , butt it's the roasted coffe that my palate is tasting by the time you swallow

MF-low mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , average 'RIS' , curious to try the non-barell MOA Stout

prost LampertLand

Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: After reading all of these reviews mentioning what a gusher this was, I cautiously took this outside to open, but the bottle opened with barely audible pop. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: Plenty of grape and some charred maltiness, a hint of wood as well. Pretty subdued overall.

t: Lots more going on than the smell suggested. Deeply roasted, almost charcoal malts with hints of chocolate up front. Somewhat tart wine joined in and the two elements worked pretty well together. The finish is what I liked the most though. Toasty wood and a lingering vinous flavor paired with a hint of tobacco.

m: Thin and a bit still.

o: These reviews are all over the place. There must be significant batch variation. I'm glad I got a good one. Falvor wise, this was pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be.

Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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).

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.