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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

424 Ratings

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Ratings: 424
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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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet-black body with almost no head to speak of just a thin layer of lacing around the glass.

The aromas are immediately charred and sweet which after reading the bottle I realized was from the burnt currants. There are also notes of sweet chocolate and more roasted malt.

The palate offers sweet chocolate malt flavors up front with the burnt currant flavors towards the finish. There are also hints of wood from the charred flavors as well as coffee.

A bit too thin in body for what I consider a traditional RIS with very little carbonation. I am wondering that between this and the lack of head perhaps this lost carbonation along the way.

I am grading on a curve here because I believe I lost the carbonation in this beer at some point. Many nice flavor and aroma characteristics exist but the body and appearance lack the carbonation I would expect to see.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:28:52 | More by CHADMC3
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Feel: the full body is exceptionaly smooth, with perfect, soft carbonation.

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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.

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.