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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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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | 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 StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parchment film over chestnut-black body.
Wood, vanilla, black cherry, and caramelized sugar nose.
Dark caramel, touch of coffee, vanilla, hints of red currant, a big wood hit, and some port/barrel notes.
Blackberry and pepper finish and spicy linger.

Round, smooth, and doesn’t club you like an American RIS. There’s maybe too many liquid smoke notes (cream soda, too) – there’s a lot of wood here. The wine is there, and maybe doesn’t fit, but there’s a good stout underneath.

StJamesGate, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of SenorEsteban
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SenorEsteban, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

justinm4bama, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.25/5  rDev -11%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of rickcrip76
3/5  rDev -17.8%

rickcrip76, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of sia478
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

sia478, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of JRBecks
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

JRBecks, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Focusf111, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ChaelCox
3/5  rDev -17.8%

ChaelCox, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yields two fingers of dark brown foam, dense on the whole but there’s larger bubbles interspersed here and there, retention is very nice, even surface, the lacing is more large splotches than streaks. Clean black liquid, buffed to a high shine, you can just make out a few steady streams of bubbles against the glass sides, no hint of orange nor yellow at rims, glass bottom. The nose is slightly muted, has a slight vinous quality but mainly it casually delivers milk chocolate, anise, vanilla bean and plum to black cherry fruit, no real hops presence, however, does not over depend on sweetness for effect, as it warms you get campfire smokiness. Medium-bodied, very smooth with velvety carbonation, zero prickle. Loads its weight and flavors upfront and glides from there. Here the oaky toast and smoke more pronounced, notes of grilled meats, earth and that same campfire thing. Restraint shown in the milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and café au lait flavors. On the dry side, stays balanced and more clean than puckering. Any fruit is cherry, black raisin, fig, minimal lingering sweetness. Clay, iron and damp earth stick around most through the finish. Here the Pinot Noir influence not so much.

farrago, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of NeoClassicist
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

NeoClassicist, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Kelp, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a brownish white thin head, decent retention.

I smell lots of alcohol here, and chocolate, and coffee, and molasses. Lots of molasses actually, maybe too much.

Very malty and molasses tasting, some very strong alcohol undertones, malty sweetness, burnt toast and coffee taste.

Very delicious, definitely worth a try, but not something I would buy again. Definitely a sipper.

GodOfBeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Jlivecc
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jlivecc, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of admiral
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from Moa - great beer to finish the night with or to accompany a dessert.

aroma: chocolate, coffee and woody/spicy/chocolate liquorice

taste: oak, wine, chocolate, coffee and spice. A nice chocolate aftertaste. However, felt a touch thin in the mouth.

admiral, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 24 March 2014.

Pours dark brown, clear about halfway from the edges. One finger of medium brownish tan head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is... weird. Turns out pinot noir and stout maybe don't mix so well. The pinot brings this airy red grape sense, the for me clashes with what I can detect of the stout. That's mostly a little bit of roast, not as much richness or depth as I'd like.

Taste is even weirder. It's kinda like it's soured, but I think that's just the oddity of the stout and the pinot noir train wreck. Sharp on all the edges, tannic, mildly charry bitter. Not good.

Feel is okay, but pretty darn light for an imperial stout. It's also slick, and lacking carbonation that might give some life to those stagnant flavors.

Sounded interesting, but I should have passed this one by. Nothing good comes out of it, IMO.

zeledonia, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of deNerval
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

deNerval, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

schnarr84, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of swarthybrews
3/5  rDev -17.8%

swarthybrews, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

MRsojourner, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ncelauro, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.