Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
Moylan's Brewery

Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #817
Ranked #17,067
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I was very familiar with the Moylan’s Double IPA’s, however until I had received this bottle I had not had even heard of th e Ryan O’Sullivans Stout. Needless to say, after looking at the bottle, I was very excited to try it. I mean if it is half as good as the IPA’s we are defiantly in business over here! So last night I decided, that I had ben staring at this bottle in the fridge just too long and that it was time for me to go for it and pop it open….

A – Poured a thick, black as night opaque liguid, pretty much oil like in thickness. A large, two inch plus head of tan quickly rose over the top of the glass. Lots of retention left this one hanging around for more then 5 minutes, before finally settling down to a nice quarter inch pillow atop the liquid. Lots of side glass lace, sticky and brown, almost obscured the glass. If there was carbonation, I could not see it. Very very thick appearing, no light visible through this what so ever.

S – Smell was strong, lots of dark chocolate hints were very noticeable from the very beginning. The raosted malts were huge, and the unmistakable aroma of coffee grinds were all to prevelant throughout. Had a very rich sugar aroma to it, almost a lacto sugar smell as it was very rich and creamy. A touch of hops on the back end, and the ever present ABV smell came through after it started to warm. It was becoming increasingly more evident that this was not a small brew by any means, and I was going to find out that it was something to be reconnended with. Final notes started to pull through of caramel sugar, really yummy aroma.

T – Wow, very full flavored and robust would be the best way to describe it. The first thing that hit was the overwhelming dark chocolate flavor, very pronounced and noticeable. As it mellowed lots of roasted coffee and some notes of cookie dough and even a touch of vanilla were becoming noticeable. Very sweet and sugary on the palate, with a very present abv warming thoughout. It was not a light brew by any means. A very full flavor and feeling coming off of this one. Reminded me of some of thee other breakfast stouts I have had in the past. Very full bodied and the more you sip the more flavors you start to notice. Damn fine crafting on this one.

M – Very very thick and creamy. At first, right after the pour it had the consistency and feel of a milk shake. The carbonation was fantastic, and it really gave it that silky feel. As it warmed up and the carbonation fizzled out, it took on more of a thick oil, syrup like consistency and became really thick. Either way to say full bodied feel would be an understatement, this was a big one for sure.

D – This was defiantly a sipper. There was just no chugging this one down. Perfect for its role as a late night sipper or night cap. I did manage to finish off the bottle, but it took a couple hours to get it all down. Pretty strong and you know it is, this is not a sitting outside in the sun situation at all, and I would have probably enjoyed this a lot more in the dead of winter.

Overall this was a really good double stout. Great feel and presentation, good strong robust aroma and full of flavor and feel. You could tell a lot was put into this. It had a lot of chocolate in it which is always a plus. So I would have to say very enjoyable and I will defiantly try to get ahold of another for this winter!

Aug 22, 2007
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MmmIPA from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So black,almost purple.Tan ring and some nice lacing.Like spider webs.

Fruit,chocolate and another smell im not used to.Mabey its the currants.

This is where this beer really shines.Chocolate,fruits and another taste I cant describe.

Smooth,silky, and a creamy moutful.The abv. has some nice kick to it,so watch out.

Tasty,very tasty.I like it,im glad I had the chance to try it.I would have liked to have more of it.I will search this out for sure again.

Jan 20, 2008
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sia478 from Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mar 01, 2014
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BeerSox from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Pitch black with no light getting through. A two finger light brown head slowly settles to a thick bubbly cap, leaving behind a webbed wall of lacing behind.

The roasted malts have a smooth characteristic, providing a base for some light sweet chocolate, some roasty coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is a little less complex than the aroma. Sharp and roasty malts, highlighted with a little dark fruit. The coffee and chocolate that usually appears isn't there. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

Somewhat of a smooth RIS, some also less complex in the flavor. Decent, middle of the road, not my favorite, but worth a try.

Feb 09, 2009
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 18, 2017
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jul 13, 2011
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shanebelcher from North Carolina

3.27/5  rDev -16.2%

Nov 16, 2014
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kevgod from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 07, 2012
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DarkUnity from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 12, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with barely any tan head. Nose is great. So silky smooth with the chocolate tones. Like powdered cocoa and I like it. Flavor is slightly roasted with purely dark chocolates mixed in. A bit molasses like as well. Feel is slick on liquid. Low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. No massive complexities, but it's a nice enough one.

Oct 11, 2008
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HopBelT from Belgium

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 05, 2017
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awall422 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a huge, brown head lasting a long time and leaving great lacing. smells like chocolate, coffee, roast grains, lots going on. taste is a touch sweet initially, finishing nice and bitter. creamy, thick and hides the alcohol well. solid.

Jan 08, 2008
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Hopped_up_Chuck from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jun 24, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving some delicate patterns of lacing on the surface along with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of molasses and sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of burnt and roasted malts and some hints of sweetness. It has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a good sipper but seems to be lighter bodied compared to others in this style.

Oct 03, 2011
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Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jun 21, 2014
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bbothen from California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch ink black with a small less than 1 finger deep tan bubbly head.

Smells of charred malts, sweet malt, coffee, booze, chocolate, smokey. Yum.

Wow, flavorful. Chocolate, coffee, bready, HOPPY, roasted malts, toasted coffee beans. All meld very nicely.

Smooth, rich, silky, lingering hoppy finish.

No worries finishing a bottle. The 10% is nicely hidden.

An underrated impy stout, IMO. Not a thick & full as some of the other highly rated versions. But this one is quite delicious as is. Kudos.

Oct 02, 2008
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KnowYourCraft from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 03, 2014
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Magpie14 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the pour pushed out murky brown notes with burnt sienna fusing with deep reds. In the glass it looks as black as parts of the label. As my eyes wandered up to the next item on the agenda, the brown sugared cap is bursting and lasting. It is of dense and sticky proportions leaving sheets of chunky goodness

S: wall to wall dark roasted malts 'n' grains, bitter java whiffs, and large globs of dark chocolate. I also smell a melding of fruity citric notes in the mix. The nose hit the nail on the head, how I like my stouts at least. Smells and looks burly

T: probably the biggest standout on the tongue is the dark fudge brownie notes that have toffee and roasted malts within. Things are definitely rich and roasted and what's even better is that it never goes into the "cloyingly" sweet zone. In any event, I like sweet stouts. I also like stouts chock full with coffee and this one has minimal coffee presence. The java flavors are washed out by bitter chocolate notes and the delicate finish of citrusy hops. For the richness within, the hops make a nice "cut-thru" showing. Things seem to intertwine together nicely.
The alcohol is even in order with the casual sip. However, if I really focus on pulling the ABV out you can gather it lingering and as it warms the "warmness" increases

M: silky smooth with chewy at the tip of my tongue. The bodies dimensions are heavy and very quaffable. Body is a match for the tastes, say no more

D: my first of Moylan's and a very good starter in my favorite class of beer. It says that this is a "classic cigar" beer and I would whole heartedly agree. Give this a drink and you'll be pleased

May 11, 2009
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stephenlee from England

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2017
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TheBierBand from Ohio

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

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The pour produced a perfect 1" head of dense, tan foam that lasted for quite a while and left medium lacing. The beer is ebony of ebonies and quite opaque. When I held this to a bright light source, only a hint (and I mean you have to look for it!) of ruby color showed though.

The nose was very subdued.... burnt, charred malt was all I could pick up....and very slightly!

Taste: Right on style for an RIS. Had all the requisite flavors: dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla. More bitter than sweet (but very little hops flavor.... the bitterness comes from the charred malt.

MF: Not as rich and robust as I like for the style. I want to be able to chew this beer.... too thin for that. Now I'm not saying that this is a THIN beer.... it's just thinner than my favorite RIS's.

Drinkability: This is a GOOD beer. I will have this again.... However, it's not among my favorite RIS's (Hoppin Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Stone RIS).

May 09, 2008
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Fooditems from Hawaii

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 16, 2015
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walshclimb from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a nice 3/4" light brown head that dissipates a little fast and leaves only spotty lace. Roasted malt aroma with subtle chocolate and a little alcohol. Rich warm roasted malt IF with a roasted and burnt malt aftertaste that picks up some chocolate and coffee increasingly as the beer warms. Full bodied, viscous, and smooth. Overall, this is tasty and rich with a distinct chocolate and coffee flavor. This is a good big stout without being overblown.

Sep 11, 2008
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corywalston from North Dakota

4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dec 30, 2014
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ballenc from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with over one finger of rocky, dark tan head that leaves a nice lacing - looks wonderful!

The aroma of molasses, anise combines with toasted malts and bready yeast.

The taste mirrors the aroma but also includes a hint of dark cocoa. While it is a bit strong on the outset, the flavors tend to balance as the brew warms.

On the tongue, a bit of alcohol warmth but not overpowering. A bit thinner than I'd prefer for an RIS, not as dense as others I've tried.

Overall, a very drinkable RIS and the 10% ABV is subtle so I doubt I'd drink more than one in a sitting but that is even better as it allows you to savor this nice brew.

Dec 27, 2008
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grandslamfam from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sweet like molasses but very good.

Nov 23, 2014
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
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