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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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BA SCORE
82
good

370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of jmwildwest
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jmwildwest, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

hopnerd, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

sukwonee, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Johnnyramirez
1.24/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The appearance was the only appealing thing about the beer. I'm hoping it was infected because it smelled of antiseptic. When I drank it all I got was band aids, must have been dry hopped with plastic. As did everyone else at the tasting. Instant drain pour. Probably the worst beer I've ever had

Johnnyramirez, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of iwantmorehops
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

iwantmorehops, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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.

Derek, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of bbadger
3/5  rDev -17.6%

bbadger, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

emergency_beef, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ThirdEyePA
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ThirdEyePA, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of tmaestro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tmaestro, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of WickedSluggy
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an excellent beer that is not getting the right attention...

I'm getting none of the reported issues with over-carbonation.

The beer is lovely. Black, ruby edges. Low carbonation. Thick. Rich. Chocolate (can't drink it slow...)

The aroma is chocolatey and sweet. Restrained barrel characteristics. Frankly flawless.

Taste is equally restrained. Equally flawless. Chocolate is still present with some woody character... some tannins and slight astringent bitterness. Overall balance just towards sweet.

Medium slippery mouthfeel. Very nice.

Overall, a beautifully executed beer. I will be buying more if I can find. No negatives. A magic bullet for friends timid of big aggressive Imp stouts. This one isn't huge, but it is nicely round and has nice nipples.

WickedSluggy, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of themind
1.24/5  rDev -65.9%
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~

themind, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

wisrarebeer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

BigBarley, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Drag0nz, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Clarkson
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Clarkson, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Gonzoillini, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

alysmith4, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

UHCougar12, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Abe_Froman, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Claribrew
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

A - pours into tulip glass with an enormous head. This beer is extremely overcarbonated. almost opaque black with a deep tan head.

S - be careful breathing in after pouring this beer... So much CO2 escaping I can barely smell anything. Once that's gone, deep dark fruit,tobacco, burnt oak, orange peel, molasses, and toffee.

T - the first word that comes to mind is "tart." Tobacco, oak, slight alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is tannic, astringent, and sharp. sourness, then nearly metallic. Lingering tones of red wine and tartness, and later, bitter husk and chalk.

M - this is where they really missed the mark. The beer is so carbonated that even a very careful pour produces 80% head. The carbonation left in the beer is low, but with a sharp taste of carbonic acid. This makes the body seem very thin, and for the already-sharp flavors going on in this beer, it really doesn't work.

Overall - not worth the $5. Judging by other reviews, I don't think my overcarbonated bottle is a fluke. The problem here is balance - too many sharp flavors (roastiness, tannins, unsweetened chocolate, tartness, over carbonation) and not enough residual sweetness. Quite the opposite of the velvety smoothness that oak (and particularly wine barrel) usually brings to a beer.

Claribrew, Mar 06, 2013
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1.41/5  rDev -61.3%
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.

corby112, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jwat, Mar 04, 2013
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.