Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve | Moa Brewing Company

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

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having thoroughly enjoyed my first Moa brew, St. Joseph's, I was compelled to pick up the "other" Moa brew available here in Texas. Poured into a Harviestoun stem glass.

As this beer has all of the characteristics of a good imperial stout, let's get to what is unique about it. I'm pairing this with a NY strip steak and there is a notable smoked malt flavor (altbier/rauchbier) present, which couldn't work any better--this could be an affect of the red wine barrels used for aging. The head lasts to the bottom of the glass, but little lacing on the sides.

Hopefully, I won't have to travel to another hemisphere to enjoy further Moa offerings, as I liked this one and St.Joseph's so much. Check this one out.

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Photo of Agentveba
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to my brother-in-law for the bottle, purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. 375ml and like Moa is wont to do: it's green.

Pours with a rather disappointingly fluid and light body, and requires a bit of airtime to promote a head. Once this forms, though, it's pleasantly fine and creamy, and sticks around until the bottom of the glass. Lacing is good, forming in sweeping, fine bands. Colour is ostensibly black, but actually is an umber brown colour on the edges. Head is a pale mocha. Looks pretty good.

Nose is also pretty pleasant, while being a little weaker than I expected. Pleasant, rounded roasty characters with a hint of oak to adds some sweetness. Some vanilla comes through as it warms a little, but so does a bit of booziness, giving some fruity tones and a little pepper and medicine character. It's still pretty good.

Taste is also good, fairly broad, but with a lightness to the front palate. Some of those medicinal, slightly fruity characters appear towards the middle to back, possibly the Pinot, while on the back towards the finish is a good dose of char. Aftertaste is slightly astringent, with a powerful roast buildup that turns to bitterness after a while.

Feel is actually pretty smooth, even though it feels like it retains a bit of that lightness in the appearance. Still, it's very good.

Overall, yep, this is most definitely a good beer. It has a number of parts to it that I don't necessarily agree with, but it's still crafted with thought and rigour. Probably not the equal of the best Impy Stouts in the world, but a very solid example of the style nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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