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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
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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 Lare453
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Into a riedel Shiraz glass

First of all, fuck this beer. After barely loosening the cage, the cork, cage attached, blew out of the bottle grazing my forehead. Then started foaming like an asshole all over my new floor.

A unbelievable amount of foam... I'm talking about foam like I've never seen before. Soapy foam sits on top, thick dish soap foam like what you get from sanitizing when you brew. Black in color...

S very sweet, musty, like a used barrel...

T musty, sweet beginning, ou definitely get a lot of the Pinot noir/red wine in the middle and ntp the end, the end also has a slight malt and roast. The aftertaste is dry red wine.

M thin and way over carbonated. Not great...

O the only thing this beer has going for it is that it is one of the few beers aged in red wine barrels that you actually get red wine in the flavor. Other than that I would not get it again...

Lare453, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a smokey finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that shows no real barrel aged aromas or flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Massive three finger medium brown head with great retention and tons of lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, vanilla and a light fruity component that must be the wine barrel contribution, but it isn't all that vinous. Great flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a light, intriguing vinous component. Finishes with toasted, slightly charred malt, chocolate, plums and hop bitterness. A unique and interestingly flavored stout. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Wine barrel aged beers are usually not the most enjoyable of barrel aged beers for me, but this is superb. The flavor combination and progression is very enjoyable. An unusual and excellent stout. A brewery that tries to brew a bit outside the box, but succeeds with flavorful beers. I hope to see more of them.

LiquidAmber, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

let8it8grow, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-Tons of light brown head...tons of it. Seriously. Like four fingers-plus from a gentle pour (the cork basically jumped out the second I loosed the cage, so this wasn't surprising). Anyway, the brew is inky black. I couldn't see if there was any carbonation, but I assume there was because the head hung around for the entire glass and left considerable lacing.

S-Some dark, roasty malts, but also quote a bit of red wine and oak. There are hints of vanilla, too. A slightly different aroma for an imperial stout, and maybe a bit on the lighter side. Not much alcohol is present until the beer is room temp.

T-The taste was strangely tart with black cherry notes to go along with some mild roasted maltiness. It reminded me a bit of Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin (or other sour stouts). There was just a touch of bitterness and very little alcohol heat. There was a slight soy sauce quality to it, as well that was not terrible, but not entirely pleasant.

M-Way too light for an imperial. The brew itself wasn't particularly light, but the level of carbonation makes this difficult to savor, and really detracts from the overall experience.

O-This beer has some potential to be a different type of imperial stout, and one that I enjoy. In fact, I actually enjoyed the smell and taste. Unfortunately, the over-carbonated nature makes the unique taste difficult to enjoy.

spoony, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +9.9%

abex44, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Deivos
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Deivos, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

johnnyboy76, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of J2L
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

J2L, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

twiggamortis420, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Futsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Futsey, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mmalon78
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

mmalon78, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Beer21, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

od_sf, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of StuartCarter
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

StuartCarter, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

barleywinefiend, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Phelps
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Phelps, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev +3%

sludgegnome, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of MisterClean
1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

MisterClean, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DonDirkA, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
2/5  rDev -45.1%

hiphopj5, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +3%

IdrinkGas, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

heygeebee, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

ArrogantB, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

MaineMike, Jul 22, 2012
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.