Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
03-23-2013 09:04:22 | More by BigBarley
2.76/5 rDev -24%
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.
03-06-2013 23:49:06 | More by Claribrew
1.41/5 rDev -61.2%
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.
03-05-2013 08:13:34 | More by corby112
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-04-2013 22:58:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours classic ebony colour with an off white head the retains as a film
S - Tinny hoppy aromas, no wine or oak.
T - Up front some nice vanilla flavours with a hint of bitter wood pinon noir type notes. The finish is a little bitter, the booze is well hidden.
M - Silky smooth with low carbonation.
O - Would have liked to have tasted the barrel influence in this beer, tastes pretty much like a standard impy stout, and I expect more.
03-04-2013 10:52:22 | More by eric5bellies
3.49/5 rDev -3.9%
Pitch black with no highlights. Thick soapy, rocky mocha colored head.
Smells incredible, chocolate, very sweet and alcoholic. Slight caramel and licorice notes, and little bit of wine in the aroma.
Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Mostly Alcohol taste of alcohol and licorice. Little bit of roasted malts.
Thick medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a thick texture and an average carbonation. Alcohol warming with a dry finish.
This beer is really impressive in smell and appearance, unfortunately it's very average in flavor.
02-27-2013 08:30:26 | More by Hawksfan79
3.66/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Deep black in color, with a small, very dense tan head, thick glass-coating lacing. No carbonation is discernible.
Aroma: Begins with a strong punch of hops with notes of pine, and bitter grapefruit rind. Faint notes of coffee and roasted barley are also discernible, but are overwhelmed by the hops.
Taste: Opens with a strong wave of bitter cocoa, soon followed by cold coffee and roasted barley. The high alcohol content (10.2% ABV) is artfully concealed, it is a faint presence in the taste, and only mildly warming. As the taste progresses, the roasted barley and hops rise to ascendency. Late in the taste, distinct wood notes appear. Finishes with a moderate, herbal bitterness, which lingers on well after the end of the taste.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, quite pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A pleasant,example, perhaps a bit lacking in balance, or perhaps it merely needs a few months of cellaring.
Presentation: Packaged in a 12.7 ounce custom green glass bottle with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Sourcing information: Purchased at Spec's in Texas on 02/15/2013, at $19.99 for a four bottle package.
02-18-2013 16:54:49 | More by Pegasus
3.21/5 rDev -11.6%
Odd sized 12.7 oz dark green bottle that was corked and caged. Very simple gray wrap around label. Right on the front under the black letters in yellow is where they tell you it's an Imperial Stout aged in Pinot Noir bottles. There was no date or bottle code anywhere. There was however the imprint of an ostrich or an emu on the neck of the bottle. $5 for a barrel aged New Zealand Imperial Stout? What's wrong it? If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
I poured this barrel aged Imperial Stout into a Cycle Brewing Snifter. It poured a moonless night pitch black color. It was pitch black, but it wasn't oil thick. When I held it up to the light, all I saw was a reflection of myself in the glass. On top was a creamy 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. Nice retention that left behind a big string of foamy rings and a number of small blots of lace around the glass. No $5 problem here.
The aroma was on the faint side of things. I got a faint whiff of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The majority aroma is this weird sour like grape and oak aroma. I'm sure that's the Pinot Noir kicking in. Funky can be a good thing, but this is a funky bad aroma. Slight $5 problem here.
For an Imperial Stout, the taste was on the weak side. This beer had a little roasted malt, a dab of dark chocolate, and a subtle taste of roasted coffee. The end of the taste goes to the weird bad funky grape and oak taste that was in the aroma. Too much Pinot Noir and not enough Imperial Stout. There's a $5 problem here.
The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a minor aftertaste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and more funky grape and oak. This was a very light Imperial Stout. I think the problem with this beer was that the Imperial Stout wasn't strong enough to handle the Pinot Noir barrel aging. This is more of a novelty beer than a good tasting beer. It's cheap enough to try. If you don't like it, you're only out $5. That's only 5 $1 scratch off tickets.
02-14-2013 03:40:38 | More by AltBock
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
The cork pops loudly and forcefully. Pours all foam. Odd. The foam is tan and lumpy at the top of the goblet, and gets darker large open bubbes underneath. It sits on a finger of black beer. As I wait, the foam around the edges collapses faster than the middle, leavina a caldera, with spolotches of eruped foam lacing. It's so dense that when I topped up, a two-finger mountain of foam rose above the rim of the glass.
With patience, a drinkable level was finally achieved. The beer itsef is a black cola, dark, but not thick. Within the head, the beer stains the lowest foam a darker brown.
S: Wow. Wood, smoke, and syrupy pine resin combine elegantly in a strong, but pleasant scent. The nose features a jumble of different scents: pineapple, hot esters, raisins, fig, toffee, bitter cocoa powder, honey, and licorice. It's spicy but still pleasant even at room temperature.
T: The beer opens with hot alcohol. It's big and bitter, and maybe a bit oxidized. Behind the initial blast of heat, the hops assert themselves with a restrained fruitiness and grassiness. They seem less in-your-face than similar beers with west-coast hops, but they still make themselves known.
The guest ingredient, pinot noir, stands out in the flavor, with a tart, grape flavor. Moa succeeded in giving prominence to the wine, although I don't particularly enjoy the flavor of red wine. The wine lingers through the finish.
There's a big body, but lots of burnt malt contrasting the bready and sugarey malt. Toffee and sticky sweet molasses provide a platform for the alcohol, hops, and pinot. It also tastes slightly of salted rye bread.
M: The mouthfeel is astringent, and a little hot/fusel-y. It's heavily-carbonated, but the carbonic bite offsets some of the stronger flavors. A barrel stickiness glues your tongue to the roof of your mouth in the finish. Slightly creamy.
D: This imperial stout's actually really good, and has grown on me through our session. Initially, I was disappointed that it was over-carbonated, but the flavor, smell, and mouthfeel are prefect. The wine's bite is perfectly balanced with a sharp hop, a roasty malt, and spicy carbonation. This would be prefect with a sharp, sea salt cheddar.
02-11-2013 02:52:57 | More by SPThirtyThree
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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