Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +23.4%
375 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a black color with ample tan head. Nice lacing. No over-carbonation issues that seem to be rampant in this beer.
Fruity, coffee and wood. There is some definite notes of dark red wine. Interesting, and quite vinous.
Ohhh, taste is really nice....perfect cocoa and vinous fruit. I really like it, different for sure. The malts are tame, yet flavorful and the yeast plays a dusty, integral part. Tobacco...yes, yes with some roasty afterthoughts.
I am seriously impressed with this complex offering from New Zealand. Nice. Worth a shot even with the steep price tag.
10-24-2012 01:40:25 | More by twiggamortis420
4.23/5 rDev +16.5%
Appearance: A deep, dark black/brown as you would expect with a RIS. A moderately heavy pour produced a finger-deep tan head which subsided to a thin coating at the top of the beer.
Smell: oh yum. Coffee, sweet fruitiness, a slightly earthy funkiness underneath the surface smells.
Taste: dark coffee bitterness, some alcohol, subtle dark fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: silky, but enlivened by lively carbonation. It almost dances on the tongue which is very unusual - and pleasing! - for a RIS.
Aftertaste: lingering hop bitterness with distinct coffee overtones.
As it warms: the bitterness subsides, leaving a rich roast coffee flavour with subtly sweet notes.
Note: this beer is corked and caged. This is for a reason. This is a RIS that is carbonated like a champagne. If you bear this in mind you won't have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P
09-03-2012 17:44:55 | More by StuartCarter
2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
A: Poured a way to overcarbonated jet black color with a big brown cap that took about five minutes to settle.
S: Charred wood, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, nice and light funkiness
T: Some dark fruit notes upfront, with charred wood, hint of funk giving way to acidic, coffee and licorice
M: Way overcarbonated, medium to big body, boozey
O: Meh. Pass.
09-01-2012 16:32:42 | More by barleywinefiend
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
A stout aged in pinot noir barrels. Poured from a green bottle (why still use these?) into a snifter.
One twist of the cork cage: everything’s fine. Two twists: fine and dandy. Three twists: BOOM! The bottle begins spewing foam like molten lava and the cork is lodged somewhere in the ceiling. This bottle could be used in warfare. What I manage to salvage sits in the snifter at about an 80-20 head-to-beer ratio — the head taking up the majority of the space. This is what overcarbonation looks like. The liquid is inky black; the expansive head a cavernous graham cracker-brown.
Acrid aroma. Bread burnt to char, licorice, tangy soy sauce, oak barrels, a touch of plum. Fairly wine-heavy.
The flavor isn’t much better. Dark chocolate and plum are sadly hidden behind blackened, overly bitter wood and soy sauce tang. The fruit imparted by the wine barrels is the only redeeming quality of this brew. Better as it warms, becoming fruitier and less bitter.
As expected, the liquid explodes the second it touches the tongue. A thin, whipped body quickly fizzes like aerated soap, filling the mouth with foam. Tang and burnt bitterness settle into the back of the tongue.
Moa's imperial stout isn't pricy, but it’s not even really worth the low price. I’m off to fix the ceiling.
08-27-2012 04:43:40 | More by Phelps
1.95/5 rDev -46.3%
Purchased from total wine roseville, hope it's good. Shared with Abecall and others.
A - After unleashing the cage, I nearly lost an eye. As soon as the cage came undone, the cork did not pop, but fired out. The beer started gushing and oozing out of the bottle. Not a good sign and could be infected. The color was dark brown to light black with some garnet highlights. Head would not drop out, which is a little unusual for an imp stout.
S/T - Smokiness, which could have been phenolics or a suggestion that the brewer was a little too generous with black patent (easy does it big man). Some huskiness and graininess and some sourness with a rich tannic quality, which could have been from the barrel the beer aged in. Bittering hops were present, and there may have been some aroma/flavor hops included, but was masked from the smoke, husk, and slightly sour taste imparted from the barrel.
M - Malt dominated and medium-full bodied. The beer was a bit hotter than warming, and could have stood to age further to reduce heat. Moderate levels of huskiness and astringency. Additional levels may have been imparted from the use of black patent malt as well.
O - A bit disappointed to say the least. An imperial stout typically doesn't have many flaws, but found a few here. Would recommend for the brewer to age longer, use much less black patent (Carafa III is my darkening malt of choice), make sure there are no "bugs" crawling around the barrel, and lowering the original gravity.
08-11-2012 19:30:44 | More by MisterClean
2.98/5 rDev -17.9%
Crazy, death-level carbonation. Strange smell. Chocolate, sour grapes and cherries, coffee and some strange funk. taste is sharp and acidic. Grapes, dark roasted coffee, slight chocolate, and sour cherries. The mouthfeel is very light and bubbly for a stout. The pinot noir notes may be a bit too strong for the base beer. Not bad but not something I'd buy again. The $5.99 price tag just made it too tempting to pass up.
So insanely carbonated that as soon as I removed the cage the cork exploded across the room. Murderous.
08-08-2012 07:05:39 | More by DonDirkA
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
No BB - from Warners.
Pours a massive four-finger tan head over black body. That from half the bottle first-up. Good lacing. (Plus five minutes to get the cork out!!!)
Aromas of roast malts, chocolate.
Taste is more chocolate, warmly alcoholic. Add coffee. Moderate bitterness builds as the bottle goes down to become quite roasty and charred..
Mouthfeel - quite light bodied, moderately carbonated.
I seem to be somewhat in the monority here, not really as bad as could be. More like an over-alcoholic foreign stout than an RIS tho.
07-26-2012 11:30:24 | More by heygeebee
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
I picked this up mostly due to teh $5 price tag. You don't see many barrel aged imperial stouts that cheap. Unfortunately there is a reason for that... First off this thing had the worst pour. No matter how slow and carefully I poured the glass was completely filled with foam. It had been chilled for at least a week. The smell was a little off too, like maybe it had some brett or maybe it was just the wine but I didn't care for it. The taste was not bad, little roast, little stout but almost no barrel character whatsoever. Overall this was pretty disappointing and it just goes to show that you really do get what you pay for.
07-22-2012 19:04:32 | More by ArrogantB
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
A - The cork blows out as soon as the cage is taken off and the beer pours with a huge, five finger head of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head sticks around almost indefinitely and eventually leaves thick lace in its wake.
S - Dark malt with notes of oak and red wine.
T - Brown malt and some chocolate up front with a hint of dark fruit. Some much darker chocolate notes in the middle with a bit of black cherry and some oak. Finishes with licorice, dark chocolate, red wine, and charred malt.
M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - This beer is very intense and really is just too much on several fronts. The base beer seems like it would stand up really well on its own, but the pinot noir barrel character is just too much and it clashes with some of the darker, charred tones of the base beer. The aroma is much more promising than the flavor turns out to be. I feel like both the barrel aging and the base beer were done well here, but they don't play well with each other. I would like to try a whiskey barrel version of the stout and another of the brewery's beers (perhaps a Belgian) aged in a wine barrel, but I think they may need to abandon the idea of putting this stout in wine barrels.
07-06-2012 02:47:27 | More by nickfl
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
A: about a two finger very frothy off white head on a jet black body with really no light getting through.
S: lots of wood character, mostly cedar and oak. roasted malts and floral notes. dark fruit notes.
T: interesting and unique flavor for sure. coffee and chocolate malts with the pinot noir minimally represented, less so than in the aroma, and mostly competing with the crispness of the carbonation.
M: medium body and very very high carbonation, almost like club soda level.
Overall: This one is good in some areas and poor in others. I was very interested in this one given the pinot noir barrel aging but it didnt meet those expectations.
07-06-2012 02:44:51 | More by kylehay2004
1.3/5 rDev -64.2%
Pours dark black with some tan foam. Nose comes forward with apple skins, ink, some hops, oak, and soil. Flavor is charred oak, tannins, bitter, generally reminds me of burnt meat from a grill. Medium bodied with really hi carb and a difficult finish as the flavor continues to linger. This is not a good beer.
06-12-2012 07:50:25 | More by harrymel
2.8/5 rDev -22.9%
First of all ive got say its abit daunting when your about to review a beer and you see such a low average anyways here goes and it pours a dark black hue with crimson edges and leaves a massive three finger dimple laden head and lacing everywhere,the smell is mocha,dark chocolate,herbal hops and a touch of pinot noir,and from the mouthfeel i begin to understand the low average as its light bodied way too light for a RIS and especially with this high ABV and the taste doesnt get much better as its mainly watery dark chocolate,a light touch of milky mocha,herbal hops and the finish is definately dominated by the pinot noir oak and overall dont believe the hype just believe the overall average as i would not revisit this anytime soon and still in shock about the mouthfeel cheers.
06-05-2012 14:08:52 | More by ADZA
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
Huge thanks to DmanGTR for the opportunity to try this brew.
A: The cork shot out with a loud pop. Pours chestnut brown, in the glass it is black with hints of deep crimson when held to the light.. I'd like to think it's the pinot noir shining through, but reason says it's not. Nice fluffy tan head on top.
S: Dark and roasted grain aroma comes out, light chocolate and licorice as well as a little bit of an earthy aroma. There is a rich berry aroma in the finish that I think is coming from the pinot noir barrels.
T: Interesting. Not quite the beast I was expecting. Coffee notes, as well as licorice. Some berry flavors, as well as a nice earthy bitterness. This beer is all about the finish, when a little more dark chocolate comes out, as well as some booze and a touch of a nut flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is remarkably light. Carbonation is a touch high for the style, although there is a bit of a creamy finish to it.
O: Overall a bit of a odd brew. The barrel process adds an interesting note, but I wish the base beer had a little more uumph.
05-20-2012 02:48:24 | More by Beejay
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours solid black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows char, roasted malt, cocoa and dark chocolate with a little smoke.
Similar flavours, but less complex. Roasted malt, booze. Not much else.
Body could be a bit thicker.
Pretty straightforward, whereas considering the alcohol content I would expect something more complex.
05-02-2012 03:38:51 | More by CrazyDavros
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
A: 1/2 finger mocha head over dark brown liquid. Do I imagine a little purple tint from the wine barrel aging?
S: Lots of wine barrel character: cherry and plum dancing with chocolate and light roast.
T: Some fruit notes upfront, giving way to heavy roast coffee, slightly acrid. Lots of carbonation seems to be masking flavor, which is unfortunate. Balanced bitterness.
M: High carbonation, which might contribute to an impression that this is a little thin bodied.
O: This started quite interesting, with a good contribution from the barrel aging. Unfortunately, the excessive carbonation really detracts from the taste experience.
04-11-2012 04:47:26 | More by kscaldef
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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