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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
83
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | 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 AltBock
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Woodysbeard
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ctwinne
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DocBrass
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Scamboogery
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CoryR
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of TasteTester
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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?

Photo of notchucknorris
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice thick black color with a slightly creamy tan head. Looks good.

S: You really have to work to get a smell out of this. After a lot of swirling, I picked up some powdery roasted malt, wet earth, some dark chocolate covered espresso beans and some blackberry jam that I assume is from the Pinot. Some tobacco as well.

T: I don't know about this one. The only way I can describe the opening flavor is "spur espresso." Powdery cocoa powder follows with notes of burnt raisin, smoked peat, and charred malt. Finish has some leafy hop resin and merlot barrel. I taste the elements at work here, but I just don't think they go together well at all.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark dense black body with a deep tan cream and a carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the surface of the glass. The head last for a good bit before fading to a thin ring

S- The mellow soft red wine aroma blends with some dark roasted chocolate malt notes and a brewer’s licorice note in the finish.

T- The inky black roasted malt has a tar note to it with some deep chocolate malt flavors with some nice red wine tannin flavors underneath. There is a gentle bitterness in the slightly dry finish. There are some interesting cigar tobacco notes and green wood notes that come thru with the dark roasted malt flavors as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick texture that coats the mouth after each sip and some gentle alcohol heat that comes through on the exhale.

O- This is a nice smooth Imp. Stout that has some good notes of Pinot Noir supporting it. They are not really strong and the rest of the flavors blend together making a nice bit of complexity although subtle. Even though the red wine tannins are soft it still gives me that classic red wine heart burn.

Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour into a snifter produced an explosion of dark tan foam atop a almost pitch black liquid with zero light penetration. Good lace but it shouldn't take 10 minutes to pour a beer, thus the low score. Head is creamy.
Smell is rich and malty with notes of dark fruits and spice. Good balance.
Taste is very rich. Malt dominates to start but notes of dark fruits, spice, especially pepper, and even some hops make themselves known after the initial sip. Notes of cocoa and nut show up in the aftertaste. Very nice.
Full body with a medium effervescence. Relatively smooth and nicely warming. Didn't see the wine barrel influence as a distinct presence though it was felt. Letting it rest definitely improves this brew. After 20-30 minutes the nose, tongue and mouthfeel all increase by at least a half point

Photo of cfh64
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. it's black, pretty much no light gets through. Nice half finger of light tan head. Just stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, heavy road malt, anise, some plum and port like grape.

Taste, heavy roast malt, along with large plum, black currant. Herbal type hops, dark chocolate. Some earthy dry cocoa in the finish.
Struggled between 3 and 3.5 here, gave the nod.

Pretty thick body, could be full if not for the higher than normal carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but the high carb chops it up a bit, and adds a little more harshness. Improves as it warns though.

On the dry fruity side. Not overly expensive so worth a try, but temper your expectations.

Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.