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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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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-29-2014 19:32:22 | More by jwps214
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-28-2014 01:18:06 | More by bigDah7
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-28-2014 00:52:19 | More by Jmbbabson
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

06-27-2014 21:06:56 | More by sammyg832
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-22-2014 07:00:59 | More by MattXT
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

06-16-2014 05:28:55 | More by seanthornton152
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-10-2014 01:33:09 | More by PatGreer
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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

No obvious bottled on date, but probably fresh given the source of a great local bottle shop, Market of Choice. Pours thick and black with good carbonation for a stout. Tan head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a little bit of light lacing. Smell is booze and cherries and a little bit of milk chocolate. Taste comes off pretty much the same, with the pinot barrels adding the little bit of cherry tartness at the end. Mouthfeel comes off quite well for an imperial aged stout; big and full bodied, with only a little bit of carbonation. Overall, a little sweet on the finish.The booze is only present on the nose, and i think that it could use a little bit of a higher percentage to take care of the sweetness.Very well done overall.Hit their marks if this is what they were going for. It is hard to make a beer over 10% that doesn't come off too boozy, and they have done a great job. Thanks Moa!

06-09-2014 06:13:46 | More by bhyndthebottle
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-08-2014 17:05:11 | More by TX-Badger
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-04-2014 04:43:27 | More by Symz
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a light brown, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark roasted malt nose, flavor is earthy malts and bitter chocolate, hints of pinot noir. $5.00 for a caged & corked 375ml green bottle from Vinodivino Needham, MA.

05-29-2014 22:30:53 | More by jdhilt
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Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

05-26-2014 18:31:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-25-2014 23:04:45 | More by shehateme
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

12.7oz dark green caged and corked bottle purchased at Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. No obvious freshness date was found on the label or the bottle. Not my first Kiwi beer, but my first in a long while.

When poured, this beer was a shade of ebony that proved impervious to light. The pour had to be split, as there was an enormous, creamy, tan-colored foam head. Said head eventually dropped to about a quarter-inch, and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of roasted malt, with a hint of wine - not surprising for a beer that was aged in pinot casks. As it warmed, the wine aroma became more intense, along with a brown sugary sweetness.

The taste began with a brown sugary-sweet flavor. Then, a red wine flavor kicks in that doesn’t really meld well with the previous aspect. There’s a very slight dryness at the swallow. The high alcohol content, initially unnoticeable, eventually creeps in, but the boozy heat remains deep in the background. All in all, I expected quite a bit more flavor from this.

Not as thick-bodied a beer as I expected. The mouthfeel was coating yet thin for the style.

This beer is a lot more interesting when you are looking at its label on the store shelf than when you are drinking it. Its failure to live up to explanations and its rather high price leads me to conclude I will not be trying this again.

05-25-2014 19:49:09 | More by woemad
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-17-2014 00:44:25 | More by mbeerdino21
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-15-2014 00:51:19 | More by dmorgan310
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Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-14-2014 07:35:29 | More by Noodleboyg
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New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%

- Aged in pinot barrels.

A: A beautiful burgundy-chocolate pour produces a dark, peanut shell toned frothy head of one inch. Strong on the retention with a light medium rise of effervesce that left thick, stratified rings of lace down the glass.

S: The nose was fresh with noticeable amount of fruitiness and white grapes. The pinot wine barrel influence really comes through strongly unlike other beers ive sampled aged in this barrel type. Buttery caramel sweetness with a wet minerality of charred ash that was soft and eloquent with a beautiful aromatic appeal that also featured dark coffee-chocolate that was rich and sweet in nature.

T: The flavor showed rich, esspresso grounds, wet and oily with a earthy campfire minerality ash. Once again the pinot influence is really strong and appreciable, wine soaked fruitiness with a soft touch of alcohol. Dark sweet chocolate with some vanilla toffee notes combine with the pinot aspect to give this a wide range of influence and complexity.

M: Fairly light per style, silky smooth with a gentle charred warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall very eloquent and smooth drinking experience, very well crafted and polished with a great influence from the pinot barrels that pays off with huge dividends which you can appreciate and taste as well smell. Generous glow of pinot warmth alcohol on the finish but still light enough where you would never guess this was 10.2%abv.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-01-2014 21:07:42 | More by Boston_Steve
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New York

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

04-29-2014 05:39:59 | More by StJamesGate
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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