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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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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:
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(Beer added by: KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012)
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Photo of zeledonia
2.05/5  rDev -43.7%
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 -3.8%

deNerval, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +3%

schnarr84, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of swarthybrews
3/5  rDev -17.6%

swarthybrews, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +9.9%

MRsojourner, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of ncelauro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ncelauro, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Gagnonsux, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

RyanCFriedrich, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

bostonryan, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big chocolate malt aroma, very boozey too but I can tell its blended well. lot of tartness from the pinot, maybe a hint of toastiness, reminding me of wood but it's not obvious like some barrel aged. nevertheless solid, big warming, good burnt quality

dank203, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

morebeergood, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of geocool
3.75/5  rDev +3%

geocool, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of 666_MPH
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

666_MPH, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +3%

ambruns1979, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into st bernardus watou chalice..
Looks richly dark coffee brown active and spritzy for a barrel aged at 10.25%. Young pour as this is a new batch, yet I believe this beer is nice with the red fruit pinot and grape leaf bitterness on the tounge and nose. Strong alcohol presence.This is very dry, chocolate malts here with raisin, plum, and cherry on the nose; interesting blend of dark fruit flavours and vibrant berry like flavor. The barrel is carrying this beer through for me. Resiny dark chocolate and earthy front; boozey, fruity, pinot is a nice touch. A bit boozey and stringent bite upfront, hardly a complaint on the finish..Mouthfeel is medium to moderate heavy, carbonation is Medium. drinks a lot like a quad to me..Suprisingly not too sweet, since the wine balances the heavy booze with nice red fruit sour note.Toungue is coated now with pinot and woodsy oak. A good 3-5 hrs sitting on this one should increase the qualities of this beer.. I would appreciate this with black truffles, meats with horesradish and lemon(parsy/dill/fresh herbs), sweet-breads.

Beerswag, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ArmOnFire
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

ArmOnFire, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of rockrob
3/5  rDev -17.6%

rockrob, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

MOA – Barrel Aged Stout (10.2%) - Moa Brewing Company (New Zealand)

App: Black pour with a serious three finger head that is way off for the style. Bottle seemed a little over carbed when opened. Allowed to settle and warm for nearly 20 minutes. Head is thick and creamy and very dark, with a sort of tawny brown color. Head retains like crazy, wish it would settle so I could drink the damned thing. Lacing is high and sticky with individual bubbles visible.

Smell: Smell is very strong on the barrel, with a significant woodiness and a twinge of acetic. Some dark roasted malt aromas come through, but are nearly hidden under the barrel aromas. Some very basic hints of dried fruit. As head settles, alcohol volatility becomes apparent.

Taste: Whoa. This beer is just absolutely overflowing with complexity. Fore taste is very sweet, and allowed to sit on the palate opens up into an impressive milk chocolate and plum-skin tartness that is very pleasant. Continues to its third act with a touch of roasty dryness that fights hard agains the sweetness and the alcohol. Dryness looses out, and alcohol is very apparent. Frankly a little hot, more akin to wine (which I don't usually expect in a 10pt stout). My hypothesis is that this bottle had a little extra sugar and was shipped/stored warm, increasing the ABV to around 11.5 (an estimate). Some really nice dark notes on the aftertaste.

Mouth: Totally overcarbed, a little too lingering in its sweetness, and the presence of the alcohol is drying my mouth out. All totally against style and very detrimental to overall impression.

Home tasting, 12.7oz bottle (Half Pour) into Snifter.

ZoomanCru, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Mcooly
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Mcooly, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

threedaggers, Feb 12, 2014
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.