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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)
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Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

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135
Ratings:
514
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
30.77%
 
 
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Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Took the cage off & the cork immediately shot up! Then the beer started bubbling out. I hate it when this happens. But, when I cleaned everything up & poured it pretty black, with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S - Musty, roasty, earthy & slightly sour.

T - Some coffee that transitions to sour grapes & ends with a dry chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not a fan of that combined.

O - It's interesting, to say the least, but just not well done, IMO.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bonis
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%

Very complex stout. Wood, burnt malts, smoke, bitter roast, booze along with some vinous qualities. A little tart. A pretty easy drink for the booze level. Would like touch more carb, but very solid beer overall. Gift from liquidcucumber.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep plum color with low visibility, thin tan head. Nose is fabulous, dark berry notes, black currants, earthy and woody, faint typical stout notes like chocolate and coffee, but they're not the highlights.

Nice beer, incredibly powerful. Almost decadent. Pairs amazingly with black pepper. Espresso, coffee, and chocolate up front, Medium bodied, but silky, oakiness comes through with berry like wine notes, a bit of alcohol on the finish and some earthy woodiness. Dark fruitiness, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, a deep complex brew, flavors blend well together, definitely a sipping beer, flavor is very overpowering on the finish, however food seems to hold up pretty well. A touch of citrus is in this as well, incredibly incredibly complex. Messy at times, but body is big and smooth and flavors are awesome.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours virtually black with almost no head.

Aroma has a definite red wine note from the pinot noir barrels, which is unique and pleasant.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness, a small boozy presence, and a residual note of the wine barrels again. Very deep and intriguing flavors in this beer, including dark fruits. The beer is also a bit boozy.

Although there is little head from the pour, it still has a solid level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat syrupy.

Overall, this is a unique, wine-forward, beer that is a tasty change of pace. Recommended.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with a thin frothy tan head. Smell has notes of chocolate malt with hints of dark fruit and oak. Taste has a slightly roasted chocolate malt flavor forward with a slightly dry oak notes, dark fruits and a alchohol heavy midsection. More oak barrel and a slightly tannic wine finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly high carbonation for the style and a dry finish.

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Photo of Greasy
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Mostly black, maybe a hint of brown when held up to the light. 1 finger reddish brown head that quickly dissipated.

S: Typical stout nose with hints of fruit, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very nice. Much better than expected. Aging in Pinot Noir barrels really adds an extra tasty element to this. Alcohol flavor is well hidden behind the powerful roasted malt smokiness.

M: Smooth. Not overly smooth, but smooth nonetheless. A bit dry. Left the tongue wanting more coverage.

O: Quite a bit better than expected. The low rating made me a bit wary at first but after my first sip I knew this was a diamond in the rough. Definitely better than some of the others of the same style. The fact that it was aged in Pinot Noir barrels made it a unique treat that was indeed a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of MisterClean
1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased from total wine roseville, hope it's good. Shared with Abecall and others.

A - After unleashing the cage, I nearly lost an eye. As soon as the cage came undone, the cork did not pop, but fired out. The beer started gushing and oozing out of the bottle. Not a good sign and could be infected. The color was dark brown to light black with some garnet highlights. Head would not drop out, which is a little unusual for an imp stout.

S/T - Smokiness, which could have been phenolics or a suggestion that the brewer was a little too generous with black patent (easy does it big man). Some huskiness and graininess and some sourness with a rich tannic quality, which could have been from the barrel the beer aged in. Bittering hops were present, and there may have been some aroma/flavor hops included, but was masked from the smoke, husk, and slightly sour taste imparted from the barrel.

M - Malt dominated and medium-full bodied. The beer was a bit hotter than warming, and could have stood to age further to reduce heat. Moderate levels of huskiness and astringency. Additional levels may have been imparted from the use of black patent malt as well.

O - A bit disappointed to say the least. An imperial stout typically doesn't have many flaws, but found a few here. Would recommend for the brewer to age longer, use much less black patent (Carafa III is my darkening malt of choice), make sure there are no "bugs" crawling around the barrel, and lowering the original gravity.

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Photo of bobhits
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A full rating this beer just doesn't deserve.

It looks great, lots of nice bubbles cling to the glass with each swirl. A nice head. Good dark body and color.

It has a bit of the "import" stout smell, not sure how to describe it. That aged hop and stout combo I've come to love in a well aged imperial, but i don't think this is all that old so the aged aroma is likely from some interesting hops and malt that just don't smell that great fresh. funny how I like it when I know it's the result of aging but not when I think it was intentional. No real positives in the nose either.

The flavor is really overly dominated by wine flavors. The chocolates and coffee notes are just killed by this odd wine flavor. The goal is for the wine and the stout to play on each other and create something better than either. The results are a conflict that never resolves itself.

It drinks well enough. You'd never guess 10%.

At 6 bucks it's expensive but not imported imperial stout aged in barrels expensive. It's something different so hey if you feel like something unique go for it. But I'm not repeating. Very average stuff.

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Photo of tzieser
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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 themind
1.29/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Instant drain pour! in theory this brew could have been amazing, unfortunately is doesnt just fall short...it drops off the map! This crap was nasty, what a let down. I really thought I would like this being a fan of Supplication but Moa is flat out toilet water.

Bottom Line: Drain Pour~

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Photo of mulder1010
1.97/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375 ML bottle, corked and caged. Good presentation. Good to see Moa back in Australia again after a bit of an absence. Been looking for this for a while.

A-- Poured a dark cola color, settled midnight black with just touches of ruby here and there. One finger mocha colored brown head that faded to a nice film, then collar. leaving a few streaks of lacing. Half finger of head when swirled. No more, no less.

S-- Got oak and wine when popped the cork but when in the glass not a whole bunch really. Some roasted notes and some oatmeal character. Maybe some faint chocolate. More lacking for nose than anything else.

T-- Thin, quite thin. Watery soy sauce, watery mocha, watery roasted and scorched malts and oats. Flashes of wine and oak.

M-- Oatmeal stout like in the front and mid and sweet char and ash in the back and finish. Candied ash tray. ICK. Smooth but very thin body. Medium and slightly perky carbonation with a thin, weak body. Does pick up once warmed and get a lot of acidic coffee to hide the thiness in the feel so giving a few points more.

O-- Bad Imperial stout, bad imperial stout. At least the ABV is hidden well and drinks more like a 6% stout. Too thin and too weak.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Chocolate, coffee, mocha. Aged in oak pinot noir barrels, and you can definitely taste it. Medium body, sour pinot noir finish. Different, best marriage of beer and wine that I've had.

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Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku glass. Pitch black with a tan head; swirling reveals dark purple hints in the color. Very effervescent and with the pop on the cork, there is no doubt this is carbonated. Nice looking and smells great! It has a sexy, smoky nose that is very inviting.

I'm actually quite impressed with this -- as both a beer and a wine fan, I am finding it hard to not take sip after sip. The wine barrel comes through and gives this imperial stout a wine-like body with a grape skin flavor. But there is also no doubt it is a stout. Charred coffee beans and smoke-tinged malts come to the forefront. Soft oak and vanilla sit in the backdrop. With all of these notes, it speaks to me as if it were a light, smoky port. Complex and interesting. Medium to full bodied. Very tight bubbles -- beautiful carbonation and the mouthfeel shows. Very smooth for an ale over 10% ABV, and a stout at that.

With elements of velvety smoothness and the malt-smoke aspect, this makes for a one-of-a-kind type of of ale. I can say I wouldn't be able to drink every day, but it is certainly fine and is a nice night cap. Probably amazing with good beef BBQ or good with a rich, chocolate dessert.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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 vickersspitfire
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice dark brown color, almost black and is topped off with a nice dark tan head that’s very bubbly. The bubbles are thick and creamy and there seems to be plenty of carbonation I this one. Mild chocolate aromas come through; fig and raisin are also detectable, light floral smells are also present. This one is very crisp and is rather light bodied for an imperial stout, it’s also pretty bitter there are some berry flavors that come through. It looks and smells good but this is not what I expected from this beer, not bad overall just not what I expected from a RIS.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

It's a barrel aged stout, but not the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout. That's pretty interesting. The stout itself seems fairly typical for an RIS, which means I automatically like it. Rich roasty malts. Maybe just a touch bitter. Then the barrel aging here brings in the influence of the wine barrels. It's just a little tart, and a little winey. There's something about the barrel aging that evokes bourbon barrel beers, just without the bourbon, if that makes any sense. I like it quite a bit.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 ounce cork and caged bottle into a small snifter. Tan head, moderate retention, slick, oily lacing. Beer is almost black, maybe a touch of mahogany. Aroma consists of mocha, roasted malt, light chocolate and some alcohol notes. Taste is dominated by coffee, and light mocha/chocolate. Alcohol heat is present on the taste maybe a little too much, probably just needs a touch of age to level out. Not picking up too many notes from the oak pinot barrel but maybe some of the subtle notes are dominated by the heat. Quite good beer, but would love to revisit in the future.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 case of these for $1.99.....yes 1 dollar 99 in bellmore, ny. Ridiculous price so gave it a try.this is surprisingly good, especially for $0.50 a bottle.smell has a definite oaky red wine smell and its also present in the stout, it combines well though and its a pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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 NSXAG
3/5  rDev -17.6%

MOA Brewing - Imperial Stout [Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels] (12.7oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 10.2% ABV)

Pours extremely dark and opaque, with about an inch and a half of foamy khaki head… The nose is that of a chocolate and roasty malts, with darker berries on the finish… Going to take my first sip, I notice the retention in the head and the lacing are both quite nice, as both has remained quite well with minimal assistance from the hardly present carbonation… A light chocolate bitterness is the first taste to present itself on the palate, followed by a warm wave of cranberries with traces of molasses woven in there… The mouthfeel is not horrible, though it does have a syrupy viscidity to it, which is not entirely appreciated for this particular brew… The finish doesn't exactly "align" with the rest of the beer, which can be said about just about every other aspect also… It's as if it's an All-Star Team at their first practice - All the right stuff, but no chemistry… So while all the components make this a very alluring beer, it lacks unity and structure… Though, on a comprehensive level it falls short, the highlights of this beer make it one I feel is at least worth a try for someone looking for alternative tastes… Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of McStagger
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A: Pours an unimpressive murky brown. Minimal head, moderate lacing. Light can easily pass through the edges.

S: Milk chocolate, bing cherry, toffee, malted milk chocolate. Small amounts of roastiness and coffee.

T: Milk chocolate, the same cherry. Some spicy elements, more roastiness in the finish. Finish is sweet and rounded.

M: Small for the mouthfeel. Slightly flabby.

O: Not a bad stout. Misses the depth of flavors of what many would consider "imperial".

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Photo of admiral
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from Moa - great beer to finish the night with or to accompany a dessert.

aroma: chocolate, coffee and woody/spicy/chocolate liquorice

taste: oak, wine, chocolate, coffee and spice. A nice chocolate aftertaste. However, felt a touch thin in the mouth.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The single most alarming beer experience I've ever had. Upon loosening the cage, there was a gunshot sound as the cork, complete with cage, rocketed out of the bottle and hit the ceiling with a bang. It took me a moment to gather myself and figure out what had happened. Foam began to jettison forth from the bottle, so I did my best to pour it into my Duvel glass. Mounds and mounds mocha-colored foam perpetually bloomed within the glass before I had even decanted a third of the bottle. Even as a write, the head has ascended to new heights, nearly spilling over the edge of the glass. It's at least three inches high. Suffice it to say, something went seriously, seriously wrong here. With that in mind, you may wish to take the rest of this review with a grain of salt.

Pours nearly black with no highlights to speak of and the aforementioned massive mocha head. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and a hint of red wine--very seductive. After the outrageous pour and out of control head, I assumed the beer beneath would be close to flat, but to my amazement it is almost excessively carbonated for an imperial stout--distractingly so. The taste itself is pleasant but milder than I expected. There's a dark chocolate foundation with some plum and charred coffee bean. The 10.2% ABV is well-concealed initially but begins to fight through as the beer warms and the excessive carbonation subsides. Some oak and vanilla begin to appear in the finish as well.

I'm not sure what to make of this beer after the outrageous uncorking incident. All joking aside, I'm lucky I wasn't seriously hurt. I'm not sure what the cause of the excessive pressure was, as I bought two other Moa beers on the same trip and didn't have any issues at all. The bottle had been sitting in my fridge for nearly a month, so there was no jostling or disturbance for at least that length of time. Assuming you survive opening the bottle, I would recommend letting the beer warm a good deal to bring out the flavor and let the carbonation diminish. With that said, I still don't think I can give a fair review as there was something severely wrong with the level of carbonation here. I'd consider trying another, but I'll think long and hard before I take the leap.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
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