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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout - Moylan's Brewery

Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

420 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a pitch black body...the head was big, two fingers tall and dark brown in color...good retention in the form of a cap...nice lacing as well

S - Full on roast...charcoal, smoke, coffee, chocolate...the nose is dark and ominous

T - Just as the nose suggested, this one is all about the roast...the roasted malts present themselves big and dominating...there are points where they come across as a little burnt but there are brief notes of caramel, not many though...the smokey charcoal is a flavor that is present throughout the body...the coffee beans are dark and roasted as well as the chocolate...they provide a bitterness through the beer...not much of a hop presence at the end

M - Medium bodied...the carbonation was okay but took away from the fullness of the body...roasted flavors stick to the palate

O - I wasn't impressed with this beer...the 10% really stands out and makes this one a sipper...the charcoal and roast flavors really dominate throughout the entire beer

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 13:57:07 | More by thain709
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, but a pitch black appearance in a glass. Very short tan head with decent lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, malts, and wood. Hints of sugary fruits and molasses are present as well.

T/M: Big bittersweet chocolate and roasted malty coffee on the initial sip. Oakey/wet wood flavors emerge through the body along with some earthy notes. Milky, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol bite is not very strong at all for a 10%. Higher carbonation than i would have expected from an imperial stout. Medium sized body.

D: Pretty good, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:32:11 | More by YouSkeete
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rapidsequence

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Black, opaque, light brown head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Roast, char, and the unpleasant, sour, vegetal graininess I get from all Moylans beers.

Taste: As with the smell, lots of char and bitter coffee grounds. More of that vegetal grain taste. Its bad.

Mouthfeel: Thinish, not impressive.

Overall: Gross, I'm dumping it out. I hate Moylans and will not buy their beer again. All their beer tastes like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:40:09 | More by rapidsequence
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter, no visible dates on bottle.

A good solid example in appearance of a stout. Dark chestnut pour out of the bottle hits the glass making a dark walnut brown almost black body. Head is a solid simple chocolate light brown, disappears a little. Some minimal lacing faint and spotty.

Bouquet is alright. Small roast character, giving to sweet dark malty tones. Hints of light chocolate. Something is kind of fruity mushy on the end hard to pinpoint, makes me want to say banana. Some sense of yeast and powdery-ness. Still ok

Taste is weird and unexpectedly very bitter. A strange what seems like hop forward palate, but doesn't get over roast malt character and just comes off as just plain old bitter in taste. Wet bodied. Mild roast and coffee but lacking boldness even for this high abv. A minor licorice sense mixes in with the bitterness also which is kind of off putting. Texture is wet, weak, extremely light as well. Finish is not lasting except for already perceived bitters.

Overall this is not doing it for me. I'll pass on this one, so much better out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:45:43 | More by smakawhat
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, bording black in color. Head has nice retention and is a bit foamy. Good amount of lacing to boot.

S - Chocolate and coffee take the stage although not without a dark fruit sweetness. Plums, grapes and dark berries give it a sweet middle wich then leads to a bitter dark chocolate finish.

T - Very coffee foward. There are undertones of sweet bitter chocolate and a bit of creaminess.

M - Lighter bodied than anticipated. Carbonation is ok and the mouthfeel is smooth. Not bad.

O - Not a bad RIS overall. I really liked this one. 6 dollars a bomber is a bit much though. I doubt I would buy this again considering the other options I have for around the same price of less. Worth a try for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:53:04 | More by depechemode1983
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diamondc

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Three fingers worth of foamy mocha colored head. The color is bordering on dirty motor oil black. Lots of lacing here. Classic RIS apperance.

S: Chocolate, cookie dough, Snickers, faint smoke in there after a few heavy whiffs.

T: Roasted to the extreme, bordering on almost burnt toast-like malts. Charcoal, black coffee, and unsweetened chocolate dominate. I would have preferred more sweetness or hints of fruit.

M: Definitely a sipper here. I didn't find much hotness despite the high ABV.

O: This would be the perfect cold weather beer. I'll buy another to cellar 'til winter time.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 04:55:40 | More by diamondc
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a mocha colored head. Poured a dark, viscous brown like the oil from Fern Gully. Not much in the way of lace or retention.

Aroma is chocolate truffle, currant and molasses cookie. Tastes thin, messy and hot. Roasty, dark gooey licorice and chocolate syrup. Some ash in back.

The flavors are there, just too thin and too hot. Even my stout chugging girlfriend thought so.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:22:19 | More by donkeyrunner
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danieelol

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: ok we're off to a good start. Supremely dark brown head, like the froth on a coffee. Good lacing. 4.5

S: Roast, bit of milkiness. Sweet bubblegum. Peanut butter. 3.5

T: Really really roasty. Not sweet at all. Nice and bitter. Chocolate, coffee, tropical fruits. This has more "real" coffee flavour than a lot of coffee stouts. Really good. Lovely lingering bitterness on the palate. 5

M: Kind of well balanced between thickness in the mouth and thinness going down, providing excellent balance between sensation and drinkability. 4.5

O: I really dig this. Roasty, dry and bitter. Particularly impressive for the ABV as I don't pick up any alcohol (or ridiculous sweetness), and very drinkable for the ABV in general. Reminiscent of an imperialised version of Matilda Bay's Long Shot. Seems to be really underrated here, and seems like it would be perfectly suited to cigars as stated on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 14:27:28 | More by danieelol
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Year old bottle poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Black with one finger of medium brown head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some bitterness. A very robust nose.

T - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, licorice. Not as complex as the nose indicated but still a very good and very drinkable imperial stout.

M - Medium body; somewhat watery/light at times. Light carbonation.

O - A very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:11:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a viscous black with a nicely sized mocha colored head that sticks around a while and clings to the glass.

roasted and burnt malts in the aroma with a good amount of dark chocolate and mocha coffe.

flavor is of burnt malts that border on acrid with some bitter chocolate and burnt coffee followed up by some woody and piney hops and some decent fruity hops as well that keep this one in check. it finishes burnt with tobacco, a bit of cacao, and bitter.

heavier than medium bodied with ample carbonation that fills the mouth.

its good, alcohol is well integrated and its decently full of flavor. Pretty pleasantly hoppy, but perhaps a bit too burnt/acrid.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:28:58 | More by silentjay
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 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. wow, what an 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. i wouldn't put it up there with the best of the best, but it's more than worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:49:34 | More by perrymarcus
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beerman21

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at my local liquor store, pour from a 22oz bomber. Huh..There not very modest with all the award emblems lol. Its all good I am a fan of the brewery but come on just a little bit tacky.. Anyways on to more important things what’s inside this bottle...

A-Pours a classic opaque black with a light in color cinnamon brown head... Looks like a decent RIS.. The thing about this style of beer. If its called a RIS, it better be dark as night. I dont understand pouring this styling and seeing what looks like a American brown ale.. Anyways things check out with this one.

S-Hmmmm.. Roasted malt.. yes that comes through. but... kind of a fruity fig soaked in alcohol with roasted raisins and prunes come through. You do have the chocolate malts, roasted barley sent. For sure complex...

T-Butterscotch fired oak barrel flavor, raisins, prunes, Smokey upfront almost a hint of cigar smoke. Bittersweet concacsioun. Almost buttery, rich is the word im looking for. Three words that sums up the taste..Fruity,smokey and chocolaty. Flavor is a bit all over the place...maybe that’s why i like it..

Overall- It always surprising me to find a fruity undertone flavor RIS, but maybe this is becoming more common who know.? Anyway good RIS, not the best I've had. Better beer to me then a better style if that makes any sense... Maybe its my tendency to compare North Coast Old Rasputin.. I don’t know. Buy this beer try it for yourself its worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:57:57 | More by beerman21
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mulder1010

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A-- Poured black. Pretty inky looking really. Maybe 1/4 inch head that is dark mocha colored. Faded pretty fast to film and only a few bubbles in the head. Swirling got at best a 1 finger head that also died quick. A few bits of lacing but nothing special.

S-- Roasted malts and chocolate. A little bit of baking chocolate bitterness but in a way sort of thin and one dimensional smell. ABV is very well hidden in the nose.

T-- Death by chocolate. A whole lot of chocolate. Coco powder, baking chocolate, milk chocolate. Throw in some walnuts or pecans and bake it and you get a brownie.

M-- If you like chocolate this is for you. Big chocolate and coffee at first an in the middle it smooths out to milk chocolate. Does have some thin gaps though. Get a little bit of hop bite in the middle and in the back as well as some coffee acidity. Goldings hops maybe?? Very one dimensional but if you like chocolate and coffee it is up your alley.

O-- Not bad but as said one dimensional. More like some of the Scandi RIS I have had. A lot of coffee and chocolate and nothing to back it up. Just a little bit of the ABV halfway through but decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 15:29:47 | More by mulder1010
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

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

A: deep dark brown to black hues with a nice head, chocolate milk colored foam and inky chocolate hues. Not the darkest like the Abyss or Mephistopheles

S: smells of boozy warm notes, clear coffee and chocolate notes, some faint clove or black and mild smoke

T: there is a huge first taste of chocolate notes, and a bitter smoky middle to it reminiscient of clove notes and extinguished cigars, there's electric sweet notes at the end that are fleeting and mostly accompanied by the bitter dark chocolate middle

M: Very malty with intense coating that you would expect from any Imperial stout, the swirl of the glass isn't quite coffee robitussin, but well above most other stouts, imperials excepted. The taste lingers for a solid amount of time after each sip, making one hesitant to drink it too quickly or jump readily into the next drink. not exceptionally filling, but nothing you could quickly enjoy.

D: This is far from a session beer for me. It seems nearly a chore to power through the modest 22oz serving, and I certainly wouldn't be able to tackle another. However, perhaps it is merely the style that needs to grow upon me, but I cannot find much utility in this within my drinking catalogue. This bruiser in the lineup would take the place of sessions around the hearth, telling ghost stories, or after a cold day of coal mining.

Narrative: The bubbles danced menacingly in front of your face as you watched the others propel themselves effortlessly through the water. Your cephalopoda eyes glow red with rage at the sight of their white, thin streamlined bodies. you were born this way, to harbor the maddening palour of a quadruple sized ink pouch. It is your scarlet, jet black A in your inner bladder. The most irksome, blackest squid in the sea, reviled by your contemporaries you lazily chug through the molasses emitting from your pores. Your beak grits haughtily i ntheir wake, knowing their fortune, a grim death in indonesian nets. Your wring your tentacles, obsidian in pigment, thinking of their light flesh reflecting the rays of angled sunlight from above. You could follow them in their trivial, fleeting existence, but you weren't suited for that life. you were suited for the depths, the cold darkness, colder than your metabolic slowdown, colder than the oppressive atmospheric pressure. In a blast of thick enveloping ink you become one with the darkness and embrace your pure nature, a creature of the depths, all 8 legs propelling towards your destiny.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 06:44:49 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ryan Sullivan's, bomber bought at Wegman's Princeton for a very reasonable $5.99. Likely the cheapest Imperial Stout I've ever purchased.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, Mr. Sullivan comes out creamy and foamy. My hasty pour produces a huge coffee-colored head with bubbles as sizable as rain puddles. Head doesn't last long but the lacing left behind is quite fantastic. Out of the bottle, it smells like sweet chocolate. Very enticing!

Smell: Weird how the stunning sweet-chocolate aroma that comes out of the bottle is not present when poured on a glass. Still nice, though, with some sugar, smoke and even barbecue sauce. Very roasty and a tad of high-quality, cold-brewed coffee (no starbucks here!)

Taste: Nice roastiness, a tad of smokiness (that country-ham touch) and fire pit. Chocolate fondue, some coffee notes (very subtle) and a dry finish. A tad of wood at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick like chocolate milk, and yet a little thin for what it is. Well balanced, though, with medium-to-full flavor, body and carbonation. Smooth and rich, with a tingly dry finish that lingers. Not a hint of alcohol.

Overall: In the old drinkability, Mr. Sullivan would get a "5", or more. This is outrageously chuggable and never boozy. Sure, it is not as full-bodied and exciting as many other Imperial Stouts, but it works. More so at this price! At affordability, drinkability and balance, Ryan Sullivan sure does excel.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:01:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium goblet...

A: pitch black all around with a chocolate milkshake colored rocky head that forms as slowly as it disappears. leaves thick sticky lacing.

S: sweet aromas of chocolate cake, dark roast coffee, minerally creek pebbles, a smokey roastedness, warm booziness, and just a touch of raisin.

T: rich and sweet orange-flavored milk chocolate that fades to a burnt roasty flavor and sharp, earthy, bitter hops with a long, dark-roasted coffee finish.

M: medium-full body that is velvety smooth upfront, then becomes slick with a fuzzy dry finish.

Overall, Ryan Sullivan's stout hits the spot. It's got a great chocolatey/charred character that i love about this style. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 23:57:56 | More by OlRasputin989
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into my Delirum snifter.

Pours a very dark brown and sits balck as a moonless night with 2 fingers of a light tan head. Minimal spotty lacing is present.

The nose is made of a sweet chocolate tone that dominates with a bit of caramel malt at it's side.

The taste involves some dominating dark chocolate is present along with a wisp of coffee. There is a overlying sweetness but the roasted malt flavors outweigh it. Some bready malt lingers in the background as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and rich with an ample carbonation keeping the complex flavors in order.

Overall, this beer is highly underrated IMO. I find it really drinkable for 10% ABV and is also very tasty due to the roasty, dessert-like components.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:23:02 | More by ChugginOil
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

A: opaque black with a thick coffee-colored head. Head leaves rings and refuses to die.

S: truffle filling -- bittersweet chocolate, sweetness, and booze. Coffee/roasted note. Maybe some dark fruit.

T/M: thick, smooth mouthfeel, though the carbonation bites a little. Aggressive, roasted grain bitterness, with a coffee and chocolate finish. There's some sweetness and dark fruit up front, bitterness in the middle and a smooth, chocolaty finish.

Overall: Not as sweet as some other Imperial stouts but still brewed to style and, actually, pretty tasty. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:51:27 | More by MurphyMacManus
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date, probably around 9 months old. Served at cellar temp.

Pours black with a large foamy brown head that leaves rings of drippy lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is strongest on bakers chocolate and cocoa along with coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits such as raisins, figs, currants, prunes, plums, dates, some toasted bread and smoke. Excellent strength.

Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, anise, some caramel, toffee, molasses. Bittersweet. Minimal alcohol. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is high-medium to full for an Imperial Stout, soft, creamy, light carbonation.

Such a fantastic, if not overlooked Imperial Stout, particularly for the price. One of the best values in a large-format bottle IS on the market.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:42:09 | More by elgiacomo
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azdback

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass. Pitch black. No light through this one AT ALL!! No highlights just black. Creamy, frothy 1+ finger head, light brown in color. Lacing kind of falls but not too bad.

Just a fantastic smell. Can they make room deodorizers that smell like this? Dark chocolate, coffee, maple syrup or molasses, cherries?? Hint of booze.

Taste is of the smell but the coffee is a bit dark or roasty, burnt flavor. The chocolate isn't as prevalent. Tart, sweet (but not overly done). Not much alcohol present for it being 10%. I'm gonna let this warm a bit and return to the taste.

Mouthfeel is what it should be for this style. Not overly carbonated, rich, soft, smooth feel to the end.

10%?? I am not over powered with alcohol in the slightest bit. So for drinkability I could drink this all night but I wouldn't recommend trying to go to work in the morning if you do.

Very well done IRS. Not expensive, readily available, easy to drink. I would highly recommend buying some if you get the chance. This one's overall BA score is sooo underrated. Trust me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:20:54 | More by azdback
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look:
Dark dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell:
Hints of chocolate and burnt grains. Not bad but not really noteworthy.

Taste:
Good amounts of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee as you would expect. Nice hoppy balance with flavors of grapefruit. However, lurking beneath were flavors of sour milk, burnt toast, and tobacco. They were by no means overwhelming, just simply off-putting.

Feel:
Sufficiently creamy, though not as bold as expected.

Not a very inspired RIS, yet still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:20:07 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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LittleDon

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, tan head that starts coarse and becomes much finer after the second and subsequent swirl. If you look close you can notice light barely passing though when held to a lamp. Lots of lace. Cocoa is the word, both aroma and taste. Some plum and a touch of alcohol are also present in the aroma. Mouthfeel begins on the soft side, light on the carbonation. Some alcohol in the middle with a finish that is dark chocolate and dried fruit. Not as sweet as many imperials but well balanced. Not too sweet, not too dry. Big and chewy body. This would make a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 22:52:26 | More by LittleDon
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pretty much black with a nice light brown head of a good finger. Lacing is quite

lots of roasted malts on the nose, chocolate and nice pleasant coffee.

Roasted taste with some nice chocolate and coffee. The finish is nice with coffee and some bitterness. Quite enjoyable!

Feel is creamy and smooth, low on the carbonation.

Drink ability is good overall.not too much and not to o thin

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:12:48 | More by EgadBananas
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty dark with 3 fingers of dense tan head. Great retention and loads of lacing.

Huge dark roast and burnt aromas, with smaller notes of chocolate and sherry. The dominant flavors are burnt and charred malt. Almost like an imperial Irish stout, exceedingly dry. Combine that with a fairly stinging pine bitterness and you're looking at a whooped palate. Just barely enough sherry and chocolate sweetness to keep things moving along. I love the roast in this, but a tiny bit of additional balancing sweeter qualities would take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:23:05 | More by PDXHops
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours fairly dark. Not a ton of carbonation and barely a film for a head.

S- Dark and roasted malts. A mild molasses aroma seems to be the foundation. The dominant aroma for me was mocha. It's very enticing in a way that isn't too common for an RIS. It was very smooth and blended. Although, it didn't speak volumes for the richness of the flavor.

T- Like most of Moylans drinks, there's a hop foundation to this. It's pretty rich and is noticable immediately in the aftertaste. The malt bill has a good amount of mocha and chocolate, and hints of coffee. It's got a decent amount of roastiness to it. Altogether, it has a great flavor, but there's not much new to it or anything that blew me away. That being said, I'd never refuse it, and I'm enjoying it right now.

M- Creamy and pretty smooth. Carbonation is just right. Gives it a good amount of body and makes it feel nice.

D- Incredibly drinkable. The hops hide the ABV, and the malts blend pretty nicely. I'd have no idea that this is 10%. It drinks very nicely. It's not all too filling either. All in all a good all around drink with incredible drinkability. I'd just opt to go for the more aggressive imperial stouts I know before this. It would be a great introduction to the style though.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:34:24 | More by BBP
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.