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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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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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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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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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed for what it is, obviously deviates from style somewhat.

Jet black with khaki mocha froth head, thin layer maintains. Good lacing, no sediment.

Nose is complex; bright tannic dark fruits, blackcurrant, coffee roast, oak, leather, tobacco. Really nice bouquet of an aroma.

Palate starts dark juicy fruit, bakers chocolate, bright acidity, mild oak and lengthens to dark chocolates, touch of vanilla, and sharp roast. Really complex and digging what some wine barrels can do to an imperial stout.

Full body, finishes slightly dry and pulling on the palate. Carbonation is right on target moving the beer along well.

For what they were trying to achieve with the aging in Pinot Noir barrels, I think they nailed it! Brings really complex oak, vinous tannic fruits to the style and it works.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:55:15 | More by hoptualBrew
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, pours with a nice tan head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Dark caramelized raisins, licorice, wood, fruit cake, demerara sugar & booze!

T: Black strap molasses, oak, wine-like tannins, rum-soaked fruitcake, licorice, good bitterness, nice alcohol warmth.

M: Full body is viscous without much residual sweetness, average carbonation, light roasted acidity, drying alcohol finish.

O: Really great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:23:10 | More by Derek
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JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the beers Moa brews & I was stoked to find this one in my local bottle shop. It poured a rich dark brown, almost black with a touch of red at the bottom of the glass. There was a very thin layer of head which faded to nothing.

The smell was of chocolae & coffee- maybe a bit of malt.

The taste was amazing, really complex. Layers of chocolate, coffee, oak & roasted malt with the alcohol well hidden.

Well worth the purchase, I'll look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:20:34 | More by JohnnyRay
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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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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an excellent beer that is not getting the right attention...

I'm getting none of the reported issues with over-carbonation.

The beer is lovely. Black, ruby edges. Low carbonation. Thick. Rich. Chocolate (can't drink it slow...)

The aroma is chocolatey and sweet. Restrained barrel characteristics. Frankly flawless.

Taste is equally restrained. Equally flawless. Chocolate is still present with some woody character... some tannins and slight astringent bitterness. Overall balance just towards sweet.

Medium slippery mouthfeel. Very nice.

Overall, a beautifully executed beer. I will be buying more if I can find. No negatives. A magic bullet for friends timid of big aggressive Imp stouts. This one isn't huge, but it is nicely round and has nice nipples.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 05:10:49 | More by WickedSluggy
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep plum color with low visibility, thin tan head. Nose is fabulous, dark berry notes, black currants, earthy and woody, faint typical stout notes like chocolate and coffee, but they're not the highlights.

Nice beer, incredibly powerful. Almost decadent. Pairs amazingly with black pepper. Espresso, coffee, and chocolate up front, Medium bodied, but silky, oakiness comes through with berry like wine notes, a bit of alcohol on the finish and some earthy woodiness. Dark fruitiness, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, a deep complex brew, flavors blend well together, definitely a sipping beer, flavor is very overpowering on the finish, however food seems to hold up pretty well. A touch of citrus is in this as well, incredibly incredibly complex. Messy at times, but body is big and smooth and flavors are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:49:28 | More by jtierney89
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes is perfectly balanced against some nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some light dry bitter notes and some excellent vinous notes which really don’t clash. Light black chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is light for style with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Magnificent marriage of different flavours.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 18:31:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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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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Zraly

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku glass. Pitch black with a tan head; swirling reveals dark purple hints in the color. Very effervescent and with the pop on the cork, there is no doubt this is carbonated. Nice looking and smells great! It has a sexy, smoky nose that is very inviting.

I'm actually quite impressed with this -- as both a beer and a wine fan, I am finding it hard to not take sip after sip. The wine barrel comes through and gives this imperial stout a wine-like body with a grape skin flavor. But there is also no doubt it is a stout. Charred coffee beans and smoke-tinged malts come to the forefront. Soft oak and vanilla sit in the backdrop. With all of these notes, it speaks to me as if it were a light, smoky port. Complex and interesting. Medium to full bodied. Very tight bubbles -- beautiful carbonation and the mouthfeel shows. Very smooth for an ale over 10% ABV, and a stout at that.

With elements of velvety smoothness and the malt-smoke aspect, this makes for a one-of-a-kind type of of ale. I can say I wouldn't be able to drink every day, but it is certainly fine and is a nice night cap. Probably amazing with good beef BBQ or good with a rich, chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:58:01 | More by Zraly
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-14-2012 02:41:02 | More by let8it8grow
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

07-17-2013 19:27:53 | More by nick_asian
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

12-08-2012 19:34:12 | More by enelson
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Harvey98

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-17-2012 00:34:56 | More by Harvey98
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Koester

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-10-2013 04:31:15 | More by Koester
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dvorsd

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

02-01-2014 02:14:52 | More by dvorsd
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-04-2014 13:18:15 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-09-2013 02:48:06 | More by MightiestBeard
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-09-2013 07:15:18 | More by Erik-P
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iwantmorehops

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-13-2013 13:55:23 | More by iwantmorehops
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blackrim

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-07-2014 21:36:11 | More by blackrim
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mmalon78

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

10-16-2012 06:17:12 | More by mmalon78
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

02-09-2013 23:44:19 | More by Woodysbeard
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-22-2014 05:01:05 | More by justinm4bama
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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
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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