Imperial Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by carln26 on 04-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by srandycarter:
Photo of srandycarter
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Into the tulip we go.

A - Black and bad. Thick mocha head. Aggressive lacing.

S - Mocha all the way. As it warms, can detect sweet malts underneath.

T - Sweet mocha / Cappuccino. Wow! Finishes fairly dry, ready for another sip.

M - Creamy as all get out. Filling, coating. Decent carbonation, although I could have used a little more.

D - I love this beer. This is what I want my home stout to taste like!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, no freshness info offered. Pours dark, dark muddy brown, light on the edges, with a long lasting dark mocha head, leaves gobs of lacing and foam. Nose of espresso, burnt grains and muddy dark magic. Rich, viscous, chewy brew, knife and fork comes to mind...lots of dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark fruity flavors. Luscious and luxurious. More fine brew from Moylans. All of their offerings impress. Under rated brew in my opinion. I'm sure this one would age nicely, but it is dynamite right now for all stout lovers. Fine night capper or with a chocolate dessert

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Photo of drSmoothie
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is cocoa, coffee and burnt hops. The high ABV betrays itself with a smell of alchol.
Virtually no head on the first pour. It is pitch black and looks to be a challenge.
The taste and smell could not be more true: cocoa, coffee, burnt hops and that little nip of alchol at the end.
As the bottle says, this is a true "cigar" stout. Might as well just sit and sip for a long time. At 22oz, it a bit much, but if you are up for the challenge it is a quality stout.

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Photo of carln26
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from a cask at the brewery and pub in Novato. Deep black color with a thin brown head. The highlights were garnet, really almost purple.. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. Very delicate. Lots of dark roast malt and espresso in the flavor, light bitter chocolate maybe a touch of cherry in the finish. Smooth rich mouth feel very drinkable. This beer hides the 10% ABV very well, and in this hand-pulled form was extremely drinkable. Great offering from this underrated brewey.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint size bottle purchased at BevMo in CA, shipped to Arkansas.

A: Pours jet black and thick with almost no head. The carbonation looks a little weak, hopefully the taste will back it up.

S: Smell is subtle and sweet of dark chocolate and currants with a flutter of espresso.

T: The initial taste is very sweet with a quick, mean bite to back it up. The sweetness lingers with rich flavors of coffee, caramel, and currants. The after taste is all espresso with hints of caramel and chocolate.

M: Thick with a decent amount of carbonation, which was surprising.

D: For a Imperial Stout, I find it more drinkable than others. It is sturdy and well balanced but still packs a punch, for those looking for aggressive beers. It definitely is not overpowering and it goes down smooth.

I have enjoyed several brews from Moylan's and they never cease to amaze me. Moylan's Imperial Stout is aggressive, yet balanced and not overpowering. If your looking to get in to darker beers or hefty imperial stout, I would suggest this before moving in to heavier territory; its good for training of the taste buds. Its no wonder this mighty beer has received so many awards. It is simply delicious.

Enjoy and Cheers!


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Photo of jdhilt
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger, light brown head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet butterscotch nose. Starts with sweet caramel, heavy, some bite but smooth finish, high ABV is not noticeable. $5.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this 22 ouncer from Town & Country in West Springfield, MA. Pours with a very nice 2 finger head, which dissipates to a surface film.Very good foam lacing throughout drinking. Definite choco and espresso aroma. The taste is VERY GOOD for an imperial stout. No harshness, although you can taste some alcohol upfront, slightly phenolic. The mouthfeel is superior/exceptional. It has the mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout; wonder if oats have been added for rounding it out?? While the ABV is quite high, I found this one to be very drinkable. I will definitely get some more of this one. I wonder how it will age???
Highly recommended, especially for you stouties out there.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured absolute black -- held it up to a bright light and it was perfectly opaque. A big sturdy tan head. A lot of chocolate in the nose at first, then later on the hops were more noticeable. Taste is also big on bittersweet chocolate, deep and mouth-filling, with a little hoppyness on the finish.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of opwog
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure why this beer is currently classified as "retired" on the BA site. This is prominantly displayed on the current Moylan's site and had it's own custom handle at the bar. Seems pretty active to me. I had this in a 4 ounce wine glass. I did side by side with Bear Republic's Imperial Stout.

A- same as BR; dark chocolate with latte head. These really looked like teh same beer in side by side taste glasses.
S- Barely any aroma
T- Average brew pub stout taste, which hid 10% alchohol
M- Medium thick and again hides the fact that it is a 10% ale
D- I was good with the full taste glass and under other circumstances, I could drink a couple, if the 10% didn't get my eyes rolling around too much. But against the BR, I chose the BR for my goblet.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001, the precursor to "Ryan O'Sullivans Imperial Stout".

Pours opaque black, with a thin, brown head.
Aromatics are filled with bitter chocolate, char dust, coffee grounds, brownie batter, and a hint of ripe berries.
The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and chewy.
Plenty of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts on the pallet. The beer has mellowed, and beyond the standard RIS character there is a massive vineous note.
Wine-like fruits carry on well after the fudgy stout character fades. Ripe berries and plums drizzeled with chocolate syrup.
Incredibly complex and very unique.
Reminiscent of wine barell aging.
Finishes with lingering red grapes and chocolate, and plenty warming.

Seven years on it's side has turned this one into something special.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes - 2009 vintage bomber sampled on 3/20/10

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown to black with a khaki 1.5 finger crown, moderate retention, and moderate lace.

Smell: Loads of Hershey's syrup over moderately roasted malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a lighter hop bite and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light side of heavy bodied, a touch chewy yet slick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and abv holds it back a bit.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 14 ratings