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

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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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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of lochef81
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. The color is jet black with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee, with a whiff of smoke. The taste is complex: smoky firewood, red wine, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. There is also a hint of caramel and the finish. On top of all this, this stout is quite bitter. in all, it has one of the more complex palates I've experienced in an Imperial Stout. This stout is medium-bodied, very smooth but packs a punch at 10.2% ABV. Overall, it is an ambitious Imperial Stout and a very good one! While it's a sipper, I also think it would pare well with a nice piece of beef.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a shit ton of carbonation on this one, understated black, lots of brown color.

Interesting aroma, you get plenty of vinous white wine barrel, roast and just a tinge of smoke at the end of it.

Taste is more white wine barrel, the mouthfeel is extremely light given the carbonation and wine barrel for a beer of this magnitude. Its not just unique, its good, but not great by any means. Certainly a better price wise alternative than the Mikkeller White Wine barrel black hole, coming in between 2-3x as much cost wise as this beer, for essentially a thicker mouthfeel.

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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 ackeeper
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephandbrown
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pour into a mason jar.

This imperial stout poured a very dark brown with hints of a pinot noir color. The latter I can only see when shining a light through it. It is almost opaque, but the light gets through a little. It had a reasonable head which was probably mitigated somewhat by my glass choice.

The pinot barrels dominate the aroma for me. I get strong oak scents and some wine notes in every sniff. The flavor is similar- there are very strong oak notes with hints of the wine. The malt comes through on the aftertaste, as well as an extra bitter bite to tame the excess sugars.

The beer is very smooth, almost oily, in my mouth. The carbonation is strong, which is to be expected considering the style.

Overall, a tasty and nuanced stout. I wish I would have had this to pair with my Thanksgiving food, as I think it would complement those rich flavors well.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlanLamp
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 sweemzander
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mtnwesdew
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: black: void of light. Obsidian liquid coal. Head is a light tan color, which fades to just a lacing at the edge of the glass.

Aroma: sweet, syrupy maltiness with pronounced licorice. No alcohol or wine/wood (from the pinot barrels) in the nose.

Flavor: licorice and sweet with a pronounced black patent malt burnt toast roastiness. This beer is well balanced, and is very similar to Bell's Expedition Stout.

Mouthfeel: the body is a bit thin given the alcoholic strength of the beer. This is too thin to be a sipper.

Overall: Very good. The body needs to be increased though. At $5.99/12.7oz bottle, it is a good value and will be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked and caged bottle.

Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head that never completely dissipates. There's a lot going on here. Oak, hop bitterness (100 IBU), lots of dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. Moderate booze presence. An interesting stout.

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Photo of Bobplack
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, a little thin for an imperial stout

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Photo of Ycallacy
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slightly violet black, with a small tan head. nose; burnt/spicy wood profile, cocoa and coffee bean bitters. odd nose for a ris, undoubtedly from the wine barrels. taste; shades of roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa get dominated by the wine/barrel influence (choked by it really). the entire middle wash is grape, chocolate and wood. aftertaste is dry, puckering wine-tannin, burnt oak, grape peel and cocoa. strong carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel. the big wine influence here makes for a very odd mixture that may delight some wine fans, and confound/displease most stout fans. definitely a tangent for the style that, while keeping some decent ris assets, simply isn't my favorite.

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Photo of AMZB
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris912
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice sized bottle, caged and corked. Received this as an extra. Had some nice dark fruits on the nose and during the taste. Mouthfeel was medium, not much to write home about. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a small cap of tan foam that dissipates within a few seconds. There is no lacing. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt with a faint whiff of astringent wine tannins. The taste is really mild for a 10% ABV beer. Hell, it would be mild for a 6% ABV beer. There is a more well balanced combination of the malts and tannins, but it is all really faint. The finish is quick, and leaves a clean palate. I don't really want a clean palate while drinking an Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this beer is quite disappointing. I understand that not every huge stout is going to have a ton of complexities, but they should all at least have powerful flavor/aroma characteristics. This beer is simply weak.

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Photo of turbotype
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed.

Very humdrum.

I wish the pinot noir came through a bit more. Unfortunately, this was a 10.20% ABV beer that drank like a thinner 7.00% ABV stout. I'm not sure I liked this better than Sierra Nevada Stout, and definitely not better than Narwhal.

The beer hinted at its fruit/ wine heritage, but I had to add a splash of my own red wine to make it enjoyable. There was not distinct roast or malt character to this beer to truly make it seem different or worthy of its small, corked bottle presentation.

Mouthfeel was possible the worst part of this beer - not as thick as desired at all, and the carbonation was too present.

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Photo of mudboneINla
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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