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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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3.71/5
Good
525 Ratings
Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,869
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
525
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
65
Trade:
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. it's black, pretty much no light gets through. Nice half finger of light tan head. Just stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, heavy road malt, anise, some plum and port like grape.

Taste, heavy roast malt, along with large plum, black currant. Herbal type hops, dark chocolate. Some earthy dry cocoa in the finish.
Struggled between 3 and 3.5 here, gave the nod.

Pretty thick body, could be full if not for the higher than normal carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but the high carb chops it up a bit, and adds a little more harshness. Improves as it warns though.

On the dry fruity side. Not overly expensive so worth a try, but temper your expectations.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up mostly due to teh $5 price tag. You don't see many barrel aged imperial stouts that cheap. Unfortunately there is a reason for that... First off this thing had the worst pour. No matter how slow and carefully I poured the glass was completely filled with foam. It had been chilled for at least a week. The smell was a little off too, like maybe it had some brett or maybe it was just the wine but I didn't care for it. The taste was not bad, little roast, little stout but almost no barrel character whatsoever. Overall this was pretty disappointing and it just goes to show that you really do get what you pay for.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color - this isn't some motor oil stout. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Retention is nice for what it is, and the head has nice softness. Some lacing also sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: I can tell you right now, I've NEVER inhaled anything like this. On one hand, there's a textbook European-style imperial stout, loaded with baker's cocoa, roast, and even a touch of peat. On the other hand, there's a massive pinot noir influence that brings notes of grape and oak tannin. And bah gawd, it works. The chocolate and fruit characters blend rather well, creating something ridiculously intriguing. (4.25)

Taste: The flavor profile smacks far more of pinot noir than a stout. It opens and closes with notes of buttery oak, pinot noir grapes, and vanilla, all while the imperial stout base add wisps of chocolate, roast, and peat. Somehow, it all kind of works. How a chocolaty, peaty stout can blend with such a massive wine presence is friggen' mind boggling. Of course, the integration isn't great by any stretch, but still...some credit needs to be given. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Bone frickin' dry. I mean, seriously. A good wine does a fantastic job of being dry and not remotely boozy - so does this. It has a buttery texture seemingly, though it's rather thin. Quite thin, in fact. While I've heard stories about this being carbonated to hell and back, I have to report that this bottle's fizz is VERY weak. While the general texture isn't very appropriate for an imperial stout, I really enjoy how much this feels like a proper red wine. (3.75)

Overall: Looking at the ratings, I have to wonder if this beer suffers from infection issues - I've heard some bottles being over-carb'd/loaded with phenolic nastiness. Or maybe this is just marmite beer, I don't know. I do know that the stout portion of this beer is disappointing: it's thin and porter-esque. But the wine part of this beer kicks ass. It really does taste like a good pinot noir - ergo, wine lovers will get a big kick out of it. (3.75)

3.74/5: Caveat emptor, but I like it

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. The oak and fruity wine notes work.

Good carbonation here and the medium body.

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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Photo of threedaggers
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting.... pinot noir barrels... but from new Zealand, I wonder?
no head to speak of, very dark brown; only a slight translucence at the very edge.... there is a minimal amount of foam with some vigorous pouring, but it really doesn't last....
smell is of.... dirt? I got some unique commercial 'purple' grape at the very first, but cannot replicate it....
smell is not getting me as excited as I was when I purchased this at Bevmo yesterday....
taste...stout, for certain. typical slight coffee, etc... but lots of 'band aid' flavor to it. always looking for that next ECLIPSE. this aint it. luckily, if i'm gonna drink it, it's got some serious alcohol to make me forget about it.... don't remember what I paid for it; hope it wasn't a lot. it's not bad. it's actually rather okay.... but like I said, I keep looking for that next ECLIPSE. that stuff is AWESOME. but hey, it's new Zealand. whaddya expect, huh? and is that an ostrich etched on the neck of the bottle???
if anyone is wondering what the 'band aid' taste is... it's that taste of sucking on a band aid when I was young, maybe 40 some years ago. I know band aid has changed its materials and designs, but sucking on the rubber-type band aid produced a distinct flavor, one which I have tasted in many chipotle-tinted flavored brews, most notably Stone's chipotle and vanilla stouts. very prominent in those brews.... anyway, I have a Supplication by Russian River sitting in my frig and I will compare that to this pinot noir-barreled brew. although I have already had a few Supplications and they are FAR SUPERIOR to this one. but just for comparison, ya know> apples to apples. except for the bretts... well, and this is a stout....

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Photo of zekeman17
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting a lot given the scores this beer has received, but it is actually quite good. The red wine barrel influence is present but not strong, but the base stout is nice. Very smooth, sightly bitter, with chocolate and roasted flavours.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 khargro2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black, with lots of tan head. The cork shot of the bottle before I even finished loosing the cage.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate, with some astringent dark fruit and earthy oak and smoky coffee.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and tart raspberries, like a fine truffle, with some licorice and smoky coffee and oak. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was bitter, tart, and a little sweet.
M: It was very thick with fine natural carbonation. Fantastic body.
D: This was a great beer. Nice unique take on barrel aging a stout that added a lot of delicate complexities. It took forever to pour, but it was worth the wait, with great scent and taste and perfect body. The finish wasn't super smooth, but the alcohol was decently hidden. So it wasn't difficult to drink, but it was better to sip. Not sure how it would age, but I really enjoyed it fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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 gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of M_chav
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows char, roasted malt, cocoa and dark chocolate with a little smoke.
Similar flavours, but less complex. Roasted malt, booze. Not much else.
Body could be a bit thicker.
Pretty straightforward, whereas considering the alcohol content I would expect something more complex.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of braican
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moa Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown or black appearance, with lots of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a mix of dark, sweet cherries and a dark-roasted malt. The flavor is strongly fruity, sweet, roasted, dark malts, and bitterness. Quite bitter. There is even a smoked aspect to this. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Moa Imperial Stout finishes dry, super rich, and pleasant. The alcohol is not present in the taste, but does show up in a strong way in the brain after a few sips. This is one to have! I rate it most excellent.

RJT

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 525 ratings
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