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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

429 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 429
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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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

tbryan5, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

johnnye1981, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

memphischas, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Hopped_up_Chuck, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Carb-Overlord, Jun 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

terence, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

AnthemOfTheSun, Mar 18, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

22 oz bottle, aged for about 1 year, served in a Belgian snifter.

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.

chinchill, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bnjmnlws, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sia478, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

WVbeergeek, Feb 28, 2014
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1.48/5  rDev -61.7%

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

From a bomber into a snifter
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.

Jeffo, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SanFranJake, Feb 09, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle from 2005 leftover from the Tasters Choice meetup.
Pours a solid dark brown with a huge bubbly tan head that persists forever. The aroma is heavy on the milk chocolate with bits of roast, dark fruit and a hint of sherry. The flavor is rich dark and milk chocolate with a little bit of caramel. Light fruity tartness with hints of earth. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. This bottle held up surprisingly well for its age! I may have to revisit a fresh bottle, because this was a pretty good beer.

johnnnniee, Feb 05, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt in faint nose.

T: Dark and milk chocolates, coffee and mocha. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and kind of creamy smooth.

O: One of my favorites from this brewery. Definitely recommended.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopscat, Jan 17, 2014
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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.