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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)

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BA SCORE
82
good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%


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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Hawksfan79

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 08:30:26 | More by Hawksfan79
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Pegasus

Texas

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 16:54:49 | More by Pegasus
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AltBock

Ohio

3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:40:38 | More by AltBock
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:52:57 | More by SPThirtyThree
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:22:50 | More by flagmantho
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notchucknorris

California

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:24:03 | More by notchucknorris
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:17:50 | More by rhoadsrage
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 20:01:48 | More by PorterLambic
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 17:16:25 | More by liamt07
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Bung

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:43:59 | More by Bung
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 21:52:44 | More by tobelerone
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Took the cage off & the cork immediately shot up! Then the beer started bubbling out. I hate it when this happens. But, when I cleaned everything up & poured it pretty black, with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S - Musty, roasty, earthy & slightly sour.

T - Some coffee that transitions to sour grapes & ends with a dry chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not a fan of that combined.

O - It's interesting, to say the least, but just not well done, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:37:57 | More by cvm4
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good looking. Very. Plenty of head, tinted coffee-brown. The coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate hang around for the scent, coupled with yeast and the slightest inclination of red wine. An odd but appealing blend in the overall smell that implies a very well choreographed beverage.

Taste is initially pretty dry, turns to softly sour chalk, and fades to a dry yeasty mellow swallow that leaves a chalky red wine aftertaste. I very much enjoyed the flavor, though was left to desire a bit more dry bitterness characteristic of my favorite imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel, for the first time I've ever claimed such, is this beer's weak point. Seems to emphasize the chalky aspects in the taste, and the pinot noir barrels (and age) definitely tilted this beer's viscosity a touch towards that of wine. Indeed, for the amount of carbonation and head in the pour, and the complexity of the flavor, the mouthfeel ended up venturing off in a direction I didn't appreciate as much as I did the other novel directions this beer takes.

Overall, an awesomely appealing beer and a great concept that is very well executed, but is lacking in aspects personally desired of an aged imperial stout. I would imagine one who enjoys both beer and wine to an equitable degree might absolutely love this one, and I personally look forward to putting some more age on a few bottles and seeing what happens!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 08:05:04 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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ZiggySquid


4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on tap and in a bottle. Much better from the tap if you can find it.

Appearance-Dark brown/black with nice mocha head. Not heavy in carbonation

Smell-Woodsy, almost earths with an aroma of red wine and roasted coffee

Taste-Very similar to the aroma. Quick bite at first, probably due to the high alcohol content, slight charcoal or roasted flavor, with a full flavor and the hint of dark fruits, but does not finish bitter or heavy. Finishes more like a rich red wine.

Mouthfeel-Expected the feel to be heavy and thick, but not really. Slight carbonation and rolls easily over the tongue.

Overall-Very different when you think of an Imperial Stout. Heavy looking but deceptive and the finish is really different. A lot more flavor characteristics are noticed from the tap rather than the bottle. Really good if you want a "Hey, this is really different" type of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 20:02:02 | More by ZiggySquid
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moa Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown or black appearance, with lots of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a mix of dark, sweet cherries and a dark-roasted malt. The flavor is strongly fruity, sweet, roasted, dark malts, and bitterness. Quite bitter. There is even a smoked aspect to this. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Moa Imperial Stout finishes dry, super rich, and pleasant. The alcohol is not present in the taste, but does show up in a strong way in the brain after a few sips. This is one to have! I rate it most excellent.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 19:06:32 | More by RonaldTheriot
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LubricatedWisdom76

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a big fan of most of the Moa and had never tried this beer so was hoping for big things, especially with the barrel aging. Unfortunately the over-carbonation ruins this beer, big time. In a category that is filled with tasty complexity and outstanding examples, this is below average.

Appearance: jet black but way to much yeasty carbonation from the bottle conditioning, even when poured carefully.

Smell: probably the best part of the whole experience as it combines roastiness and burnt flavors with a sourness and musty element from the barrel aging. Not my preference with this style but definitely interesting.

Taste: Like the aroma, it is a mix of burnt coffee and some definite tart, vinous qualities and sourness. The carbonation, though, scrubs the palate way too quickly so none of this good complexity hangs around.

Mouthfeel: The great ruiner of a beer that might otherwise have some unique features.

Overall: I wouldn't buy this again. At a time when the market is flooded with Imperial Stouts and DIPAs as most breweries' showcases of flavor this isn't one that can compete. I'll stick to the MOA pilsner and St. Josephs Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 04:47:30 | More by LubricatedWisdom76
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DoubleJ

California

2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I like Moa, and their attempt to make an imperial stout aged in pinot noir barrels attracts me. Bottled in a small 375 ml corked and caged container, on to the beer:

Gusher! Once that cage is untied, the cork pushes right up and pops, bringing the force of the beer behind it. Reset. Still pours very foamy. Soapy looking suds sticking around on topand leaving a lot of lace. The body below is obsidian colored and looking pretty. The nose is two worlds, offering a good roasty and smokey stout on one hand and a sourness in the other. The melding of the two isn't perfect, so I'm a haveta deduct from the score.

Extremely carbonated and bubbly, and even this level might be too much for a Belgian. If you can get past the carbonation, you find the taste, which is a bland sourness (possible infection) and some stout character (smokey, roasty, and some molasses). Just the stout base that I can sense would make it a good beer, the rough sourness (whether it's infection or the aging in pinot noir barrels) and hyper-carbonation make this tough to drink.

That's a bust. I still like the Mao brand, but this is not the reason why.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 07:59:56 | More by DoubleJ
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Lare453

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:27:30 | More by Lare453
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:15:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:27:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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spoony

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:17:44 | More by spoony
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:40:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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StuartCarter

Alabama

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:44:55 | More by StuartCarter
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 16:32:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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Phelps

Arizona

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:43:40 | More by Phelps
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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