Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) - Moa Brewing Company
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3.46/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
02-22-2014 02:38:18 | More by Beerswag
2.96/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
02-14-2014 07:11:20 | More by ZoomanCru
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
On tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas.
Interesting beer to say the least. Pours kind of flat...nice jet black appearance. Nose is somewhat muted - the pinot barrel influences are about all I detect. You can definitely taste the wine barrel notes of faint grape and oak. Not sure what to make of this beer - odd would be an apt descriptor. Glad to have tried it but one is enough.
02-08-2014 05:52:05 | More by bound4er
3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
Very good, dark brown to black colour with a creamy tan head. Decent retention.
Mild aroma with notes of roast and coffee. Light tart fruitiness in the background from the Pinot Noir barrels.
Rounded roast flavour. The oak and fruity wine notes work.
Good carbonation here and the medium body.
A nice take on the style by Moa. The flavours could be aided by a slightly mope robust base beer with a bit more mouthfeel.
01-18-2014 03:54:04 | More by dgilks
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.