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

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521
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a brownish white thin head, decent retention.

I smell lots of alcohol here, and chocolate, and coffee, and molasses. Lots of molasses actually, maybe too much.

Very malty and molasses tasting, some very strong alcohol undertones, malty sweetness, burnt toast and coffee taste.

Very delicious, definitely worth a try, but not something I would buy again. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of admiral
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 zeledonia
2.09/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 24 March 2014.

Pours dark brown, clear about halfway from the edges. One finger of medium brownish tan head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is... weird. Turns out pinot noir and stout maybe don't mix so well. The pinot brings this airy red grape sense, the for me clashes with what I can detect of the stout. That's mostly a little bit of roast, not as much richness or depth as I'd like.

Taste is even weirder. It's kinda like it's soured, but I think that's just the oddity of the stout and the pinot noir train wreck. Sharp on all the edges, tannic, mildly charry bitter. Not good.

Feel is okay, but pretty darn light for an imperial stout. It's also slick, and lacking carbonation that might give some life to those stagnant flavors.

Sounded interesting, but I should have passed this one by. Nothing good comes out of it, IMO.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big chocolate malt aroma, very boozey too but I can tell its blended well. lot of tartness from the pinot, maybe a hint of toastiness, reminding me of wood but it's not obvious like some barrel aged. nevertheless solid, big warming, good burnt quality

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Photo of Beerswag
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ZoomanCru
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

MOA – Barrel Aged Stout (10.2%) - Moa Brewing Company (New Zealand)
☆☆½

App: Black pour with a serious three finger head that is way off for the style. Bottle seemed a little over carbed when opened. Allowed to settle and warm for nearly 20 minutes. Head is thick and creamy and very dark, with a sort of tawny brown color. Head retains like crazy, wish it would settle so I could drink the damned thing. Lacing is high and sticky with individual bubbles visible.

Smell: Smell is very strong on the barrel, with a significant woodiness and a twinge of acetic. Some dark roasted malt aromas come through, but are nearly hidden under the barrel aromas. Some very basic hints of dried fruit. As head settles, alcohol volatility becomes apparent.

Taste: Whoa. This beer is just absolutely overflowing with complexity. Fore taste is very sweet, and allowed to sit on the palate opens up into an impressive milk chocolate and plum-skin tartness that is very pleasant. Continues to its third act with a touch of roasty dryness that fights hard agains the sweetness and the alcohol. Dryness looses out, and alcohol is very apparent. Frankly a little hot, more akin to wine (which I don't usually expect in a 10pt stout). My hypothesis is that this bottle had a little extra sugar and was shipped/stored warm, increasing the ABV to around 11.5 (an estimate). Some really nice dark notes on the aftertaste.

Mouth: Totally overcarbed, a little too lingering in its sweetness, and the presence of the alcohol is drying my mouth out. All totally against style and very detrimental to overall impression.

Home tasting, 12.7oz bottle (Half Pour) into Snifter.

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Photo of bound4er
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas.

Interesting beer to say the least. Pours kind of flat...nice jet black appearance. Nose is somewhat muted - the pinot barrel influences are about all I detect. You can definitely taste the wine barrel notes of faint grape and oak. Not sure what to make of this beer - odd would be an apt descriptor. Glad to have tried it but one is enough.

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looked pretty interesting for a not too expensive BA Imp Stout in Pinot barrels, esp something from as far as New Zealand. I remember enjoying a lot of their beers at The Festival.

The pour had no sediment at the bottom of the bottle so it's gotta be filtered, and not as bottle conditioned as I thought, but pours a really nice fluffy slight airy 1 finger darker colored head fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, over an almost pitch black colored beer with touch of molasses brown light sneaking through the bottom of the stem.

Nose brings nice dark malts, some dark choc and powdered cocoa, lots of caramel, dusty powdered cocoa like, little black malt and mild malted milk ball, plenty of caramel and fluffy nougat, really candy like, faint hint of raisin too with the slightest vinous like note, and little coffee perhaps, and slight touch of vanilla barrel.

Taste starts with more dark black malts, cocoa, dark choc, mild black malt and dry acrid roast, hint of coffee with that, into little dry powdered cocoa. Then caramel and fluffy nougat, more candy bar, mild lactose powder, very very dry all around. Mild warming booze starts creeping up and gets fairly hot towards teh finish. As my mouth gets acclimated to the heat and lots of dark malts and cocoa, a hint of a raisiny flavor that's almost like dried grape and vinous qualities comes through, and mild barrel char note. Some earthy spicy hop bitterness ramps up too, and gets fairly bitter overall. Finish is very dry as it started, not sticky or syrupy either, more powdered cocoa and dark choc, bitter earthy spicy hops come through, and a little char and roasted flavors lingering... very late on the flavor is a small hint of actual pinot like mild wine flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fluffy carb, mild warming booze that gets a little hot as it goes.

Overall not bad, nice dark malts, roasted and black malts hint at acrid char but don't get over bearing, I wish the barrel came through a little more, but hints of a rasiny dried grape are present, booze is OK but a little warm overall. Still not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 6.79. Best by 7/6/15, I assume bottled 7/6/13. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a datk tea brown with an eighth finger pale tan head. Persistent thin halo and very little lace.

Smells strongly of wine with other notes of oak, dark roast coffee and an almost sour apple.

Right off the bat the strongest flavor is that red wine. Burnt coffee, oak, cocoa, vanilla, apple, caramel and a hearty alcohol burn. Not all bad but astringent and disjointed.

Fairly creamy, medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Bitter coffee, wine and apple skins in the aftertaste.

While it does improve as it warms, this just doesn't suit my tastes. The pinot noir aging adds an interestingly different element but it's neither complimentary nor does the base beer seem hearty enough for a barrel treatment to begin with. All-around unimpressive.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-black as expected, but flat as ever. absolutely no head, if I aerate the glass it leaves a very thin ring
S-dark malt, chocolate, a tad bit of grape/wine
T-like a flat imperial stout that has a lingering wine-like aftertaste
M-more like a wine than a beer, enhanced by the flatness
O-I'm glad it was only a 375ml and I didn't pay more than $5 for it

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of chocolate and caramel with a light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Dark pitted fruits and a bit of grape skin round out the nose. This smells more like a sweet or a milk stout than an imperial. The flavor is lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness with bits of vanilla and pitted fruits.There is a vinous component and a hint of wood and alcohol as this warms. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Not exactly what I was thinking of when I bought this but it was a nice sipper just the same.

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Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick pour gives me a black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Scents of chocolate and fruit the wine scent is easy to find. Scents of raspberry and faint mint.

Starts out heavy on the patent malt and a bit smoky. Dry wine flavor taste more like Grappa. Semisweet with some coffee flavors, but mostly I taste mountains of patent malt. One of the more heavily charred of the imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall this is just an average stout. Wine barrel does little for this beer type, they should use whiskey or rum barrels instead.

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Photo of McStagger
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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 WankelEngine
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque coffee-black. Wispy tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate dominates the aroma, along with some roasted notes, plum, and wood.

T: Similar to the aroma it is chocolate forward. Also some notes of cappuccino and a little bit of smoke. Just a touch of red fruit. Alcohol adds a bit of fusel bite that is not quite entirely hidden under the thick malt. The pinot provides some tartness near the finish.

M: Relatively thin for an imperial stout. Lightly carbonated.

O: A decent beer, but a little unbalanced. The bitter, roasted notes in combination with the alcohol are a little sharp. While the wine barrel character is certainly there, it is obscured by the heavy malt. Could have done with either great vinous character or a sweeter, less pointed malt flavor.

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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 Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that finally reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Oak, chocolate, pinot noir grapes, toasted malts, a little booze, toasted malts, and a little smoke.

Taste: Smoke, ash, pinot grapes, oak, chocolate, bready grains, and a little booze. The grapes taste and smoke mask the normal chocolately and warm booze. Wait a bit and things taste better on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, bitter ash, a little booze, a little chewy, a little dry, and oakey.

Overall: I like the take of this style in pinot noir barrels. The character of the barrels rounds and softens the normal characteristics we all look for. Let the beer warm up a bit and take another sip, those flavors we expect are subtlety their. Very good price for a 375 ml.

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

MOA 'Imperial Stout' @ 10.2% , served from a 375 ml corked & caged bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to an all black in the glass , some ruby red peeking thru the glass edge , with a small tan head leaving a minimal streaky lace ring along the pint

S-the 'Pinot Noir' barell aging really comes thru

T-again the 'Pinot Noir' can be tasted , butt it's the roasted coffe that my palate is tasting by the time you swallow

MF-low mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , average 'RIS' , curious to try the non-barell MOA Stout

prost LampertLand

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Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: After reading all of these reviews mentioning what a gusher this was, I cautiously took this outside to open, but the bottle opened with barely audible pop. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: Plenty of grape and some charred maltiness, a hint of wood as well. Pretty subdued overall.

t: Lots more going on than the smell suggested. Deeply roasted, almost charcoal malts with hints of chocolate up front. Somewhat tart wine joined in and the two elements worked pretty well together. The finish is what I liked the most though. Toasty wood and a lingering vinous flavor paired with a hint of tobacco.

m: Thin and a bit still.

o: These reviews are all over the place. There must be significant batch variation. I'm glad I got a good one. Falvor wise, this was pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely half size corked and caged bottle that retails for about $6. This was a very nuanced RIS that was much smoother than expected yet not giving up any complexity in the finish. The nose was also very redolent of chocolate and coffee thought the barrel aging did show a bit as the beer warmed up. Impressed by this beer and that fact that a bottle is not an arm and a leg ( and it came all the way from New Zealand).

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Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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 MaximalC
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 pkalix
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a skim cocoa head. No real lace.

Big cocoa and french roast coffee aromas, and some dark fruit in the nose.

Nice dark chocolate and coffee note up front. Some alcohol, but well hidden. A little vanilla, a little dark fruit, nice mellow bitterness from the charred malt in the finish.

Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

Very good drinkable RIS. I don't get as much of the wine cask element to this one as I expected, but it doesn't take away from it.

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Moa Imperial Stout (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels) from Moa Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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