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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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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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sendbeer

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

12-03-2012 20:26:19 | More by sendbeer
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hoplover82

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours pitch black with a small to medium coffee crema colored head that has excellent retention and lacing.
S-The aroma is very pungent with the first pour (which is impressive) with bold notes of super sweet chewy caramel up front, along with milk chocolate and roasty dark malts and some toffee in the back and light roasted fresh coffee, very mocha specialty coffee notes, but very sweet in the nose for sure.
T-The flavor is also very pungent up front with simi-sweet chocolate (because of the pleasant bitterness from the hops) and the caramel is in the back here along with some interesting butterscotch flavors. The roastiness is up front as well, but it's well balanced and so complex, very enjoyable indeed. The coffee notes stay in the nose, not in the flavor at all.
M-The mouthfeel is huge and cream with a lively carbonation which is nice for a change, (most beers this big are lightly carbonated, but this one has a little more) it also has a nice and balanced finish.
O-Overall I had a great experience with this beer. I got this one for a birthday gift and am very glad. A great Imperial Stout indeed!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:50:13 | More by hoplover82
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-26-2012 23:56:48 | More by Gtg642
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-19-2012 02:29:50 | More by mychalg9
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gshak

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2012 19:01:19 | More by gshak
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-08-2012 18:10:13 | More by t0rin0
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-07-2012 23:10:09 | More by n2185
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Disease

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-13-2012 21:52:31 | More by Disease
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-05-2012 04:44:14 | More by duff247
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truesolution

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-18-2012 01:03:14 | More by truesolution
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-12-2012 21:23:47 | More by BeerHunter76
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jurbanik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-07-2012 14:24:49 | More by jurbanik
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go figure, an imperial stout right after a very refreshing saison on a warm day. On-tap at the Crow Burger Kitchen, on to the beer:

Obsidian black in the glass with a small mocha tanned head on top. The nose is sweet and rather mild for the style. The aroma of molasses, raisin, and a kiss of cocoa arise.

Some smokiness is first notes in the beer's taste. Modest charred malts and dark chocolate character add extra life to the taste. It also appears to have a minty note too. The beer is nearly full bodied (the viscosity seems to pick up with time, first starting as a medium-full body), carbonation isn't aggressive, and the double digit alcohol is worked well into the beer.

This was overdue, and I'm glad to finally introduce myself to Ryan O'Sullivan. A worthy entry among imperial stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 03:47:39 | More by DoubleJ
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-26-2012 23:29:10 | More by beerpadawan
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-19-2012 01:22:23 | More by jmbraxton
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warnerry

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased about two years ago

A - Pours black with one finger of brown head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma, with a bit of char. Smell has a bit of sweet chocolate and mostly bittersweet chocolate.

T - The taste is a pretty big letdown after the aroma. Huge amount of char and some sourness, though it doesn't taste like infection sourness. Some dark fruits, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate, but covered up by the intense char and sour character. Ashy finish.

M - Even on a warm summer night, this seemed quite thin. Dry, bitter, ashy feel.

O - Started strong enough, but the taste was pretty unpleasant and the mouthfeel quite disappointing. Won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 23:39:41 | More by warnerry
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Ash

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2012 02:53:30 | More by Ash
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sendsilk

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-28-2012 00:54:08 | More by sendsilk
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-22-2012 20:58:32 | More by gleemonger
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours that customary imperial stout used-motor oil black - totally opaque - while yielding a solid 1" mocha-toned head; surprisingly great retention and lots of lacing. great appearance even in a style where it can be tough to stand out. nose is good. i get roasted malt, chocolate, maybe a touch of coffee - all pretty typical for the style. not getting much else.

taste improves a bit on the nose. the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee are all there, but i also get a few secondary notes of dark fruits. well-hidden 10% ABV. very tasty. creamy, medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation. funny, though, at the same time it also has a watery feel to it. sort of conflicting.

overall this is a very nice RIS. doesn't rival any of my favorites but it's worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 05-24-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 20:45:53 | More by BostonHops
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RS3Sport


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-03-2012 06:30:45 | More by RS3Sport
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Davit

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2012 20:46:47 | More by Davit
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-26-2012 03:58:10 | More by TonyTalon
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2012 19:20:32 | More by popery
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antoines15

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-15-2012 23:58:08 | More by antoines15
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.