Sullivan's Stout | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States
horseheadsbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 01-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
0
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0
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass, reaching a height of close to two inches and staying there for quite some time. Very impressive side lacing as well let me know this was not one to be taken terribly lightly in any means! Big aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots' going on in here with hints of molasses and smooth, brown sugar notes peaking up through a haze of peat. As I take the first sip, subtle chocolate notes override a definite hoppy presence here. Nice full body with smooth, cascading carbonation that really lets it float across the palate

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Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very robust, black malt scent that boasts of black patent, chocolate, and roasted barley. It's dry and earthy with a coffee like aroma. The taste is good also. It has a dry, black malt flavor. It goes down slow and smooth with a slight chocolate finish. It's loaded with roasted malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable American style stout. It's a true session beer that stocked to the gills with black malt flavor.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque, black, and dense, with a small light-brown head. The beer has a roasty, coffee-like aroma, a little less intense than desired. Low in hop aroma, with a grainy, slightly smokey smell. The taste is notably dry, with a hint of malt and a dominance of heavily roasted grains. Lots of chocolate malt. Medium in body, the beer is not overly hefty. Dry and robust, for sure.
As an aside, I really enjoy the revolutionary war history on the label. Great story...reasonably good beer, although nothing outstanding.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of sliverx. Pours a rich black color with a massive cap of dense tan head. Lots of lace left behind. Great looking brew!

Nose is a delicious blend of black licorice, milk chocolate and roasty charcoal. Some lighter fruit shows up, but this is pretty clean overall.

Taste has some nice chocolate and malt flavors and is super easy to drink. Maybe the easiest of any stout I have had before...drinkability is through the roof. Lightly hopped and has a distant bready yeast character. I really like what is there, but I would not mind more body, a certain creaminess and some depth/complexity. Super tasty beer and this would be an awesome beer to have on a home tap system. I think I could drink a growler of this all by myself easily. Tasty stuff, if a bit simplistic.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to rageagainst123 for this!

Pours a nice black color, with a medium colored mocha head, two fingers. Dissipates to a nice creamy film and leaves a decent lace.

Aroma is very nice. Big chocolate, roasted malts and a nice coffee finish.

Taste is fairly on par with the aroma, though not as potent. Chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee, bittersweet, but with some metally astringency.

Feel is just fine. Creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied and robust.

Overall, drinkability is good, and it's an above average stout. Glad I got a chance to try it!

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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a creamy tan head that thinned to a layer leaving an odd pattern of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and cocoa.

T - rich, roasted flavors of coffees and chocolates.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down nice and easy.

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Black, with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.

s: Nutty, roasted grains (kind of coffee like) and some mild fruit aromas.

t: Starts off strongly roasty with some nutty overtones. The finish adds a layer of currant jam and fairly strong coffee bitterness.

m: Medium bodied with active, fizzy carbonation.

d: Pretty nice stout overall. While I like fruit elements in stouts, I'm not sure it worked all that well here.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sullivan's stout has a black body with a big, fluffy brown head. Good retention, some nice lacing. Sullivan's stout has the look that you want from a stout, so far so good.

The aroma is dominated by a roasted scent, with a bit of chocolate and some dark fruits in there also.

The two biggest flavors in Sullivan's Stout are dark fruits and roasted malt. The dark fruit flavor is something you don't always find in stouts; especially stouts that are fairly low ABV. I like it though, it adds something to this beer that makes it more interesting. The roasted malt comes after the fruit, and I would probably say that the roasted flavors are the strongest flavor in this beer, beating out the dark fruit. There are touches of chocolate and coffee in there also, making Sullivan's stout a tasty beer that I would put somewhere between 4 and 4.5 rating for flavor.

For a single stout this mouthfeel is right about where it should be. Full enough, moderate carbonation, pretty good.

Another solid offering from Horseheads brewery that is a good drinker. So far, I have yet to find a dud in their lineup.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with two fingers of light khaki head. Very good retention

S: Kind of a bubble gum thing going on, with some vanilla/cream and maybe chocolate.

T: Coffee upfront, and some roasted malt. Decent enough.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Turns out to be a decent stout, and easy to drink. Not sure what's going on with the nose.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid finger of light brown head over a pitch liquid (ruby edgings when held to light). Smells tame overall. Black patent sour lactose roast sweet. Yummy prune and fig newton over a caramel/toffee character. Blackberry hops suggest Northern Brewer as flavoring hops.

Tastes scorched sour (cherry, from black patent). Blackberry, fig, dark nestle' chocolate syrup, and roast (lacking coffee bitter). Light-colored caramel adds a malty sweet that supports the sour and dry roast components. The dry roast hangs heavy over the wet malt sweet in a nice play. Minimal minty hop flavor and even less hop bitter. This beer has some similarity to B.O.R.I.S from Heavyweight Brewing (BA Original RIS, not boris the crusher from hoppin frog). Heavy body and strong fine carbonation helps lift the sweet off the tongue in the finish/aftertaste. Yum-i-licious.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

pours out pretty much black in color, some rubiness can be seen on the edges of the glass when held up to the light. a nice 1-2 fingers worth of creamy, light mocha colored head with some nice big bubbles floating around in the middle. pretty good lacing and good head retention.

the aroma comes off a little light and buttery. similar to other horseheads beers ive had. a little sweet toasted, roasted grains and a bit fruity.

slightly more going on in the taste. sweet toasted and roasted grains, fruity, some black licorice, a touch of cocoa, and some hops in the finish that leave a little bitterness.

could use just a bit more body and a slightly less aggressive carbonation.

of the 5 or so horseheads beers ive head, this was prolly the worst (the blackhorse and hot jalahiem being the best). still i have a lot of respect for this brewery and will continue to try everything they make.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of yesyouam
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads Sullivan's Stout is a solid black ale with a thick, creamy, brown sugar-colored head that has some oily bubbles on it. The retention and lacing are outstanding. It has a roasty aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Closer in, there is juniper and licorice. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a dry finish. It's very clean and quick, but there is a hint of chalkiness left over. Roast is the focus of the flavor. The balance is really good. There is lots of coffee flavor but also licorice and a hint of smoke. Ample bitterness zips all of the flavor up. It's very drinkable and unambiguously American. These guys really nailed the style.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the brewery a little over a month ago and forgot I had it. A nice surprise hidden in the old beer cellar.

Pours a scarlet-tinted dark brown, showing those deep ruby hues when held to the light. Generates about two inches of tan head and keeps a bubbly but pretty full lace, with some stick on the sides as well.

Smell is quite roasty, with lots of dark roasted malt, some chocolate and a bit of caramel as well. A hint of dark fruit. Quite pleasant.

Taste also features a good deal of roasted malt with some more caramel sweetness than the nose. Less chocolate as well, whereas the nose was somewhat fudgy. There is also a fruitiness here, a dark cherry and some black currant flavor. Mild bitterness from the roasted malt and a hint of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and pretty smooth. Not super creamy, but smooth and clean.

This is a nice, very drinkable stout from Horseheads. Their IPA is excellent and everything else is solid to very good, this being no exception. I continue to be impressed with their operation.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok another horseheads brew... Sullivan's stout

A- a dark body with mocha latte like lacing all over the sides. It's no doubt solid for the brew

S- that is like a candy shop! Black licorice, fig, chocolate, and slight coffee. Some sweet scents of cream and sugar

T- roasty malt with some unfermented sugar provides a creamy milk stout like taste. Black licorice is the theme here. Maybe more of a desert beer than I wanted, but there are some good bitter flavors that finishes off as well

M- creamy and good. The flavors are syrupy, but they make it right

O- it won't ever be my favorite stout, but horseheads certainly made a desert beer worth recognizing. I will come back to this

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Sullivan's Stout from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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