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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
458 Ratings
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
moylans.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,686
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
458
pDev:
12.99%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
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19
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22
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, aged for about 1 year, served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours basically black in the glass, covered by a dark tan head that has decent retention. very good lacing.

Aroma: inviting if a bit tame
Flavor: rich and complex, with a very solid base of dark roasted grains. Hints of black coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and dark fruits. Lasting and pleasant aftertaste. Mildly bitter.

Feel: the full body is exceptionaly smooth, with perfect, soft carbonation.

O: has all the traits of a fine RIS without any detectable flaws. Well done.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. What a huge mistake that was.

From a bomber into a snifter
2013 batch

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Decent looking.

SMELL: Anise, lightly roasted notes and a touch of dark chocolate all trying desperately to compete with the dominating aroma of rotten vegetables and cabbage. Just nasty.

TASTE: Much the same here, though the competition has basically given up. Straight up rotten vegetables and cabbage. A hint of roasted flavors and anise try initially while a faint touch of stale coffee comes out after the swallow, but none of this can save this rotten cabbage bomb. Medium strength but lingering aftertaste is very off-putting. Chocked down about 3 oz of this before Drain was called into action.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Decent feel.

OVERALL: Awful. There's no other word to describe it. They seem to have engineered the look and feel just fine, but really, how the hell did this beer win all these awards that are proudly displayed on the label? A real winner doesn't need to brag, so I guess the label is their own way of convincing themselves that it doesn't suck. Shameful. Either this was simply a bad batch or the people involved in these competitions need to give their heads a shake. I am inclined to think it's perhaps the former, so if someone gives me a different batch for free, I'll gladly take a second stab at this.

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S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt in faint nose.

T: Dark and milk chocolates, coffee and mocha. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and kind of creamy smooth.

O: One of my favorites from this brewery. Definitely recommended.

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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