Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve | Moa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Moa Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve is a very strong, upfront and rich offering of this famous Moa style. Aged in oak Pinot Noir barrels, this beer not only displays coffee and mocha characters but also some sweet and savory notes unique to Moa Imperial. This award winning Stout is seasonally produced and available for short periods each year.

Added by femALEist on 03-23-2010

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really excited to try this one. Was hoping for a slightly tart flavor, and got it, but it was also a bit bland. The pinot character was more noticeable on the nose than palate, and I'm not sure if the stout style just isn't well-suited for this kind of wine barrel aging or what, but for both a stout and a sour of sorts, it's just not that impressive, expecially for the price. Worth a shot, but I expect mixed reactions.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: corked and caged, awesome embossed and stylish 375mL dark green bottle, restrained yet stylish label.

Appearance: very dark black body, mid-brown mocha head, 1.5 fingers with good lacing.

Aroma: medium-to-light bread and chocolate roasted malts. If anything, a bit light for a RIS.

Taste: well made, but it is hugely coffee and mocha orientated. Not my style of beer.

Aftertaste: coffee and mocha disappears, to be replaced by the bread and chocolate malts.

Mouth feel: medium-bodied ale with a medium carbonation also. Perhaps a bit too much for the style.

Overall: a fairly well made Russian Imperial Stout, but the flavour is well and truly dominated by coffee / mocha flavours. Even if I liked coffee and mocha, I think it would be too dominated by the one flavour.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. Spicy alcohol. The oak and fruity wine notes work well.

There is a touch too much carbonation here and the medium body isn't enough to hold it up.

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.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

quick notes to self

lovely bottle, presentation is nicely understated. mild head, thin and very delicate lacing. nose of peat, hint of smoke, oak, barrel in the middle, pleasantly dry cocoa finish. barrel influence is subtle, pleasing. has a smooth, chewy character that makes me think of a mild nitro, if that makes sense. not an everyday brew, but worth having for an occasion

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 50 ratings