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)
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:
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Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
523
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of mudboneINla
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currant, wine notes, a touch of dark chocolate and maybe a little heat on exit. Silky smooth mouthfeel and not much lingering around. Very impressed by this one.

This one has been in my house for a while, so let's say there's no less than 6 months on it but no more than a year. In any case I cant' for the life of me figure out why it isn't rated higher than it's current "81". It delivers everything it would suggest as an RIS aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels. So much depth of flavor. If you see this, please take a chance on it. It will not disappoint.

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Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

App: Pours a very dark brown , light brown 2 fb head with good retention and lacing. Smells unlike any RIS/AIS I’ve had – muted unsweetened cocoa, roasted malts, leather and peat. Hint of sweet grape, oak tannin – an Irish car bomb with pinot noir rather than Irish cream.
Taste: Smooth, sweet malts forward, contrasting with pinot noir flavor profile, muddles with notes of cocoa and chocolate mid note and a slightly syrupy malty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Stout, a tad syrupy throughout but alleviated a bit by the carbonation and the red wine like dryness.
Overall: I have to admit, its an intriguing beer – I’m a fan of stouts and pinot noir – so perhaps my review is a tad bias – I enjoyed it – my first beer from New Zealand and it was delish. At its price point, however (about $7 per bottle) I’d hesitate to buy again – but it was good (and I’m cheap)

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Photo of Jaszucs
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobhits
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Viperman1316
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before date of 12/2015. Cellared bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: black as night in the glass with a firm brown head of tight bubbles. Poured with a reddish hue most likely from the pinot noir barrels.

Nose: complex dried cherries and raisins, chocolate cherry cordials, oak sweetness, vanilla, cotton candy and toffee.

Taste: vanilla, light coffee, cherries, roasted malt, dried fruit character is dominant, oaky, a little coconut, quick bitter finish with a slight lingering alcohol heat. Medium body.

Overall: My first New Zealand beer. Great start. I liked the cherry notes in the nose and taste presumably from the wine barrel aging. I really don't know when this one was bottled but still has a few more months of freshness if one goes by those dates (I do not of course). I really liked this one. It is a nice departure from the hop forward and heavily roasted character found in most American Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty roasty nose, light barrel notes at most. Taste is pretty musty and vinous. A tough lighter bodied than imagined.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Canada_Dan
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Lots of carbonation. Tastes of a smooth rich stout and a fine red wine. Great mouthfeel. Got a few more to age. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snoopy5023
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AFDerek
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 mchengcit
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of judkinst
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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