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Barrel Aged Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout racked into a fresh barrel from Heaven Hill.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 06-24-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Texasfan549, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is nearly black with a very thin tan head and a decent viscosity to it.

S: Not an all that impressive nose on this one. Certainly some oak and whiskey notes, along with chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

T: A much more intense flavor than the nose would suggest, thankfully. This beer is very heavy on the whiskey component along with a decent bit of vanilla. There is just a ton of chocolate in here as well, which is nice for a time, but can become a bit too much sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation to it.

D: A bit too much milk chocolate flavor for my tastes and not nearly enough balance. That said, this is miles better than the regular version of this beer.

womencantsail, Jun 24, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a medium light tan head, some good lace.

S: Notes of whisky, somewhat medicinal with a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

T: Good dark chocolate flavours along with an adequate barrel play which really doesn't do much. Nice enough flavours, whiskey, treacle, chocolate, but nothing complex.

M: Thin overall body for this style. Pretty smooth, but there's nothing substantial here.

O: Take regular Ryan Sullivan's over this. The barrel aging has thinned the flavours out an not added a lot in return. Doesn't taste bad, but this is not even close to a must try.

Halcyondays, Apr 13, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

illidurit, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

DarthKostrizer, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

2beerdogs, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz waxed bomber. Healthy Spirits Eagle Rare Version 2011. Served in a tulip.

Poured vigorously and got a two finger mocha colored head on top of a completely opaque dark brown brew. Head settles to a very creamy film and thick ring. Bits of thick lacing.

Very strong aroma. Powdery milk chocolate dominates, with a good bit of bourbon behind that. Tons of woody oak keep things dry. Some booze.

Flavor hits with an initial sweetness that fades into a drier bourbon bite. Chocolate malt is there but is kind of overwhelmed by an astringent bitter alcohol/barrel flavor. Finish is a little better with a roasted malt and smokey whisky bitterness. Alcohol flavor is too present through the middle and finish.

Body is medium-ish full, but feels a little thin for this style. The carbonation is interesting as it has a sharp soda water quality and feels a little disconnected from the beer.

If the middle didn't drop out of the flavor and the soda-water feel was better, I would rate this beer higher. That said, I think it's very cool that Healthy Spirits is creating these types of single barrel beers. Looking forward to trying the rest!

brotherloco, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tbone1384, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

augustgarage, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Lucnifter, Feb 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

ldhughes3, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage - Aged six months in bourbon barrel

Saw on their Twitter account they had this. No mention on their restaurant board about having it, so you gotta ask. And I did. Good for me. Was gonna wait and age it but thought....nahhh.

Pours a nice black ale with a dark beige foamy head with nice staying power. Light lacing.

The aroma has a great blend of chocolate and bourbon right from the first whiff. Oak, cocoa and a wine presence are also here.

The taste is on par with how I like my barrel age stouts. Not much of the "apple" taste and aroma blasting through. Bourbon is up front but not in a harsh way. Big chocolate and char flavor with some hop and bitterness on the swallow. Slightly spicy and bit of warmth from the booze.

Oily mouthfeel but also full.

Overall I must say I enjoyed this a lot more than the regular version. I also feel the base beer here is a perfect way to enjoy a barrel aged brew. It's bitter enough on it's own and stands up very well when thrown into a barrel. The barrel was not overly strong but definitely let you know that it's still present with each sniff and sip. There is really no need to cellar these as the blend is working perfectly right now.

kaseydad, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the Healthy Spirits release.

A: Pours an opaque black, with a fairly small amount of foamy dark tan head. A ring around the edge of the glass retains, along with a few spots on the surface, which is enough to leave a few spots of lacing.

S: Mainly bourbon; it's pretty similar to the way an empty glass which has just been drained of bourbon smells. It also has only a touch of harsh booze. There's also a touch of roasted malt.

T: Malty stout at first, with the bourbon coming in mid palate and more or less taking over through the finish. Long, thick, and boozy aftertaste.

M: Full body, fairly high carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty good, and a pretty cool thing for Healthy Spirits to do. The bourbon is a bit over the top, but it's not a bad execution of the over the top bourbon style.

seand, Dec 19, 2011
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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

ubenumber2, Sep 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ATXRyan, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

SHerninko, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

berlinabb, Dec 16, 2013
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Barrel Aged Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.