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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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
moabeer.co.nz

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
522
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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8
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65
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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of WesM63
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of bcsbeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ChrisDragon
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of chickencoop
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Ahuebner
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of alltakn
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of truesolution
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12.7oz corked and caged bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a tan-white frothy head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a nice trail down the side of glass.

S: Strong smoked malt scent with an alcoholic burn and slight pinot noir aroma.

T: Smooth smoked malt flavor with that same alcoholic burn and pinot noir flavor as the aroma – and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Phenomenal stout – well balanced and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of atom714
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Midnight Black
Smell: Strong boozy nose, hints of chocolate and cherry
Taste: Hints of chocolate and cherries. Nice finish.
overall: would bu it again

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Photo of tzieser
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from a corked bottle into a tulip glass.

L: pitch black in color, completely opaque with a thin eggshell colored head that settles into a small lacing.

S: a modest aroma of roasted malt and rich sweet chocolate malt. there's a very subtle note of oak and alcohol. very nice.

T: roasted malt comes first, showing off burnt toast and dark chocolate flavors. lots of dark fruit and berries. there is also traces of coffee in there. the oak comes through near the end, adding a bit of tartness to the palate. incredible.

F: a bit thin but nothing awful.

O: an outstanding imperial stout. very impressed by this brewery out of New Zealand. keep up the great work!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin and blackish brown with no head, highly viscous. Kinda looks like used motor oil. The nose brings chocolate rapberry and vanilla bean. The taste starts sweet with chocolate syrup, and a smooth the buttery oak. Red raspberry was prominent at first but receeds as you keep drinking giving way to fascinating eucalyptus herbal brightness and heat. Long cocoa nib finishes. Just the right amount of dryness. I was disappointed at first by the low carbonation but more might have overpowered the more subtle buttery flavors. This is a smooth sweet sipper. At first I didn't get it but its more of a liqueur or an apperetif then a beer. Hard to believe the ABV considering how easy and smooth it is.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was thinking about saving this beer a bit longer. Saving for what? Time to drink it!. Oh man was that a good choice.

It is really pretty. Black with loads of nice head and lace. The aroma is faintly, subtly, barely, something you don't think could come through - pinot noir... on top of a roasty malty stout. Well balanced, all of it.

The taste similarly is balanced. Roasty, malty, a little hoppy. With a gritty aftertaste but little bite. It gets better with every sip. This was worth the effort of the brewers. My compliments. I hope I can get more.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into snifter. Deep purplish-black color with not much carbonation at all. Aroma is very "barrel forward," with charred oak as well as dark coffee. Smoky on the palate, with more of the burnt coffee and a bitter, slightly tannic finish. The high ABV (10.2 %) is hidden quite nicely among the myriad hearty flavors in this one. Well worth an excursion "down under."

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Photo of Dillinger
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyRay
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 375ml bottle served at cellar temperature in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a nearly 1" high brown head that films out within 2mins. Very dark brown colour

S- Lots of malt and barrel aging. Some heat

T- Mellow sweet and slight mild barrel flavor. Must be a second use barrel as I have had first use barrel brews and they are far more potent in the wine flavor. Not a bad brew but subdued in the barrel aging department. With a first use this brew is a 5 on the taste as the base stout is spot on

M- Creamy going down then dries out as expected.

O- Like this one. Mellow and rich. Excellent sipping brew. Super well blended. Will buy if I ever see it around

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew was a bit easier to pair due to the subdued barrel flavor so... This brew went well with....... Slowly BBQ beef ribs with a home made rub

Enjoy

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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