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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout

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very good

425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-16-2002)
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up for $7

A-Pours inky black with a mocha head. There was a decent half finger head that faded fairly quickly leaving a random film. Pretty standard RIS appearance with average head.

S-Nice blend of roasted barley, cocoa nibs, and coffee grounds. Nothing outshines and they work well together. Nice touch of raw residual sugar and honey.

T-Heavy notes of dark roasted malts up front with a touch of chared oak, espresso, and bittersweet cacao. There is a bit of booziness that would improve with some decent cellar time.

M-This beer may be a little too fresh as the flavors come off a bit hot. The body is nice and full, yet attenuated enough to thin the taste a bit.

D-Hey, how can you complain about a well crafted and flavorful west-coast RIS? This is very enjoyable and meets all standards of an RIS. It is doubtful to blow you away like some of the others out there, but there are very few flaws in it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:06:17 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Aroma: inviting if a bit tame
Flavor: rich and complex, with a very solid base of dark roasted grains. Hints of black coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and dark fruits. Lasting and pleasant aftertaste. Mildly bitter.

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Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. What a huge mistake that was.

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APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Decent looking.

SMELL: Anise, lightly roasted notes and a touch of dark chocolate all trying desperately to compete with the dominating aroma of rotten vegetables and cabbage. Just nasty.

TASTE: Much the same here, though the competition has basically given up. Straight up rotten vegetables and cabbage. A hint of roasted flavors and anise try initially while a faint touch of stale coffee comes out after the swallow, but none of this can save this rotten cabbage bomb. Medium strength but lingering aftertaste is very off-putting. Chocked down about 3 oz of this before Drain was called into action.

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OVERALL: Awful. There's no other word to describe it. They seem to have engineered the look and feel just fine, but really, how the hell did this beer win all these awards that are proudly displayed on the label? A real winner doesn't need to brag, so I guess the label is their own way of convincing themselves that it doesn't suck. Shameful. Either this was simply a bad batch or the people involved in these competitions need to give their heads a shake. I am inclined to think it's perhaps the former, so if someone gives me a different batch for free, I'll gladly take a second stab at this.

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.