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Sullivan's Stout - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WesWes on 01-06-2008)
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New York

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-04-2011 22:32:12 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
Photo of mentor


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid finger of light brown head over a pitch liquid (ruby edgings when held to light). Smells tame overall. Black patent sour lactose roast sweet. Yummy prune and fig newton over a caramel/toffee character. Blackberry hops suggest Northern Brewer as flavoring hops.

Tastes scorched sour (cherry, from black patent). Blackberry, fig, dark nestle' chocolate syrup, and roast (lacking coffee bitter). Light-colored caramel adds a malty sweet that supports the sour and dry roast components. The dry roast hangs heavy over the wet malt sweet in a nice play. Minimal minty hop flavor and even less hop bitter. This beer has some similarity to B.O.R.I.S from Heavyweight Brewing (BA Original RIS, not boris the crusher from hoppin frog). Heavy body and strong fine carbonation helps lift the sweet off the tongue in the finish/aftertaste. Yum-i-licious.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 06:16:54 | More by mentor
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mohoghany bordering black, with a coffee colored foam.

The nose is rich and delightful - coffee, yeast, chocolate, raisin.

Sweet malt ballanced by bitter coffee ending with notes of plum. Nicely balanced with a crisp clean finnish - not too heavy, not too thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:24:31 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads Sullivan's Stout is a solid black ale with a thick, creamy, brown sugar-colored head that has some oily bubbles on it. The retention and lacing are outstanding. It has a roasty aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Closer in, there is juniper and licorice. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a dry finish. It's very clean and quick, but there is a hint of chalkiness left over. Roast is the focus of the flavor. The balance is really good. There is lots of coffee flavor but also licorice and a hint of smoke. Ample bitterness zips all of the flavor up. It's very drinkable and unambiguously American. These guys really nailed the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 18:51:32 | More by yesyouam
Photo of generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-25-2012 15:37:18 | More by generallee
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sullivan's stout has a black body with a big, fluffy brown head. Good retention, some nice lacing. Sullivan's stout has the look that you want from a stout, so far so good.

The aroma is dominated by a roasted scent, with a bit of chocolate and some dark fruits in there also.

The two biggest flavors in Sullivan's Stout are dark fruits and roasted malt. The dark fruit flavor is something you don't always find in stouts; especially stouts that are fairly low ABV. I like it though, it adds something to this beer that makes it more interesting. The roasted malt comes after the fruit, and I would probably say that the roasted flavors are the strongest flavor in this beer, beating out the dark fruit. There are touches of chocolate and coffee in there also, making Sullivan's stout a tasty beer that I would put somewhere between 4 and 4.5 rating for flavor.

For a single stout this mouthfeel is right about where it should be. Full enough, moderate carbonation, pretty good.

Another solid offering from Horseheads brewery that is a good drinker. So far, I have yet to find a dud in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:29:17 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very robust, black malt scent that boasts of black patent, chocolate, and roasted barley. It's dry and earthy with a coffee like aroma. The taste is good also. It has a dry, black malt flavor. It goes down slow and smooth with a slight chocolate finish. It's loaded with roasted malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable American style stout. It's a true session beer that stocked to the gills with black malt flavor.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2008 01:31:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a creamy tan head that thinned to a layer leaving an odd pattern of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and cocoa.

T - rich, roasted flavors of coffees and chocolates.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:39:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of sliverx. Pours a rich black color with a massive cap of dense tan head. Lots of lace left behind. Great looking brew!

Nose is a delicious blend of black licorice, milk chocolate and roasty charcoal. Some lighter fruit shows up, but this is pretty clean overall.

Taste has some nice chocolate and malt flavors and is super easy to drink. Maybe the easiest of any stout I have had before...drinkability is through the roof. Lightly hopped and has a distant bready yeast character. I really like what is there, but I would not mind more body, a certain creaminess and some depth/complexity. Super tasty beer and this would be an awesome beer to have on a home tap system. I think I could drink a growler of this all by myself easily. Tasty stuff, if a bit simplistic.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:00:22 | More by twiggamortis420
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a rich tan two finger head with a tiny bit of lacing. Settles to a thin foam cap that stays for the whole glass.

S- This smells really wonderful. Chocolate, toffee, licorice, dark fruit, and maybe a little coffee.

T- Roasty and rich with a nice bit a hops that kicks in at the end.

M- Maybe just slightly thin, but chewy enough and adequately carbonated.

O- Solid and well-rounded. I'd love to enjoy this with a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 21:46:32 | More by tviz33
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass, reaching a height of close to two inches and staying there for quite some time. Very impressive side lacing as well let me know this was not one to be taken terribly lightly in any means! Big aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots' going on in here with hints of molasses and smooth, brown sugar notes peaking up through a haze of peat. As I take the first sip, subtle chocolate notes override a definite hoppy presence here. Nice full body with smooth, cascading carbonation that really lets it float across the palate

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:11:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok another horseheads brew... Sullivan's stout

A- a dark body with mocha latte like lacing all over the sides. It's no doubt solid for the brew

S- that is like a candy shop! Black licorice, fig, chocolate, and slight coffee. Some sweet scents of cream and sugar

T- roasty malt with some unfermented sugar provides a creamy milk stout like taste. Black licorice is the theme here. Maybe more of a desert beer than I wanted, but there are some good bitter flavors that finishes off as well

M- creamy and good. The flavors are syrupy, but they make it right

O- it won't ever be my favorite stout, but horseheads certainly made a desert beer worth recognizing. I will come back to this

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 22:47:07 | More by lovindahops
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the brewery.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a full black with a creamy three finger light brown head that dies down to a thin pillowy layer which lasts throughout. A good amount of thick lacing holds on to the sides of the glass, this is what a stout should look like. Smell is pretty sharp. Rich smokey malts, charred oak, and strong coffee grinds. Some dark chocolate and a spicy earth notes in the nose as well, unique, but good. Taste is quite similar to the aroma. Begins with lots of roasted grains and gritty hops. The sweet flavors emerge midway with cocoa powder and some caramel malts. Aftertaste is slightly dry with some spicy malts. Light to medium body with a soft and creamy feel. This is an extremely quaffable American Stout. With all the imperials and doubles out there, the basic 5% beers seem to be lost in all the craziness. This reminds me a bit of Cadillac Mt. Stout, maybe not as flavorful, but still one of the better American Stouts I've had. Great work Horseheads, keep it up!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:48:54 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 16:48:03 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another big thanks goes out to Lum for this extra.

Abv = 6.3%

Pours a nice deep black color with ruby highlights and a tan head that fades quickly to a skim around the glass leaving minimal lacing.

Nose is a pretty good mixture of roasted malt, slight dark fruit, and slight chocolate.

Taste follows. Roasted malt is present with some dark fruit. A slight chocolate presence as well, nearly a "belgian style" stout ala hercule, etc., but too dry and too roasty for such a stout as well. There is some slight coffee flavors, but nothing dominant. Finish is fairly dry, some bean bitterness. Roasted malt and some dark fruit and slight chocolate flavors linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be on a stout of this nature. Viscosity is maybe a tiny touch thin, and ever so slightly overcarbonated. Good dryness on the finish and aftertaste, but nothing overboard.

Drinkability is pretty good. The abv is pretty much what it seems like, some slight carbo reduction might help, but its nothing serious. Could put away a couple bombers of this.

Overall a very decent stout from horseheads. A good session stout that is enjoyable, although not terribly complex. A decent brew for sure, just nothing amazing. A good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 05:48:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2011 00:17:09 | More by tclapper
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-01-2011 03:29:43 | More by nh2032
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the brewery a little over a month ago and forgot I had it. A nice surprise hidden in the old beer cellar.

Pours a scarlet-tinted dark brown, showing those deep ruby hues when held to the light. Generates about two inches of tan head and keeps a bubbly but pretty full lace, with some stick on the sides as well.

Smell is quite roasty, with lots of dark roasted malt, some chocolate and a bit of caramel as well. A hint of dark fruit. Quite pleasant.

Taste also features a good deal of roasted malt with some more caramel sweetness than the nose. Less chocolate as well, whereas the nose was somewhat fudgy. There is also a fruitiness here, a dark cherry and some black currant flavor. Mild bitterness from the roasted malt and a hint of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and pretty smooth. Not super creamy, but smooth and clean.

This is a nice, very drinkable stout from Horseheads. Their IPA is excellent and everything else is solid to very good, this being no exception. I continue to be impressed with their operation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:39:03 | More by number1bum
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-22-2011 04:01:39 | More by DoctorB2B
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-15-2012 17:09:16 | More by sliverX
Photo of deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-15-2012 09:43:13 | More by deonreds
Photo of Vdubb86


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to brendanbeer for sending me this random stout

This pours a deep dark brown color with a tan foam hugging the surface. The aromatics are very weird, but pretty darn good. I believe that initially I picked up a root beer smell backed by some smoke and caramel. The taste is highly smoked with a bit of toffee in the background. The taste has some interesting and quality flavor, the mouthfeel is rather standard. It's chewy enough to be solid for a regular stout like this is. The problem is that all of these components just don't mesh up correctly, there's something all-abiding that I really don't care for. I can't put my finger on it. This beer is very good still, but it's not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:05:32 | More by Vdubb86
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Israel for sending this along to me. Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a finger worth of coco head that transformed to a thick lace. The color of the body was the obligatory black for a stout.
The aroma is roasted malts and some fruity sweetness is also detected in here as well. The flavor is a good combination of roasted bitterness and sweet chocolate. The feel is typical for a session stout medium in my mouth and slight tingle on my tongue.
This is a good stout I would not be ashamed if it was from my local brewer. Great drinkability and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:25:20 | More by joepais
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2012 03:48:56 | More by doucmehu
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-20-2013 20:11:52 | More by Cooker_stp
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Sullivan's Stout from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.