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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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Reviews by sulldaddy:
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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black hue and a creamy tan head of 1 inch foams up with a fairly aggressive pour. The head fades slowly leaving some tight lattice and cratering a little in the middle.
The aroma is roasated malt and some baker's chocolate mixing with dark fruit like plums and hints of coffee bean. Smells a little boozy but not as much as expected from the 10% on the label.
The first sip reveals a rich fairly hearty body with slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild, tingly, but spacious.
Flavor is sweet malt with chocolate bar and some plums and raisins mixing with just a bit of coffee bean on the finish. A little warming on the finish as the brew slides down my throat, coating as it goes. There is a sweet residue on my lips after every sip and this beer is dangerously drinkable.
I really enjoy this one and would pick it up if I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:39:56 | More by sulldaddy
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Pours basically black in the glass, covered by a dark tan head that has decent retention. very good lacing.

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.

Feel: the full body is exceptionaly smooth, with perfect, soft carbonation.

O: has all the traits of a fine RIS without any detectable flaws. Well done.

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

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2013 batch

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.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Decent feel.

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.