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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
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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial StoutRyan Sullivan's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of gordavidson
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A deep, brown-black with a thin brown head. There is just a bit of light getting through at the edges. The head retention is not too shabby.

S- Roasted malt, raisins, alcohol, cocoa powder, and a bit of coffee. Smells young, fresh, and hot.

T- Very earthy and hot. The raisin, smoke, and alcohol flavors do not really blend together here. The more I got into this, the less enjoyable it became.

M- Hot, with a bitter-numbing aspect at the end- but not from a hop standpoint.

D- Most definitely a sipper. I don't know what the aging potential of this would be, but it would most likely be worth a shot to let things calm down.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate brown with a thick milk-chocolate head that dissipates quickly. The appearance is a little light for an Imperial Stout and the lack of head retention worries me.

S. Roasted malt along with wet cardboard, and a slight sour tone. Little to no hop aroma.

T. The taste is heavily roasted malt, burnt extract, and slight caramel and vanilla flavors along with an acidic aftertaste. No hop taste either.

M. Heavy mouthfeel but not chewy in the slightest. The carbonation is weak and the acidic aftertaste is distracting.

D. I will finish the bottle but will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of light tan head. It retains for about a minute before receding slowly into a moderate collar and a light, but long-lasting, film on top of the brew. Leaves cascading sheets of non-sticky lace as I sip.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and a light citrus note that hints at a hoppy presence. It's not a very pungent beer even when it warms, but the slightest agitation is enough to bring out substantial aromas.

T: This is chocolate-forward, but only just barely. Coffee is also very prominent, as the nose hints, with a roasty undercurrent that never vanishes (even coming up in the burps). What impresses me is that there's a slight grapefruit hop presence. I can't stand citrus + chocolate flavors most of the time, as I feel they clash, but this is one of the few beers I've tasted that makes the combination work. Very seamless flavors, very balanced. The finish is subtly dry with astringency.

M: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Not quite creamy. Well hidden ABV. (10%? No idea...)

D: I think this beer could use some more love, though there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a mocha colored head. Poured a dark, viscous brown like the oil from Fern Gully. Not much in the way of lace or retention.

Aroma is chocolate truffle, currant and molasses cookie. Tastes thin, messy and hot. Roasty, dark gooey licorice and chocolate syrup. Some ash in back.

The flavors are there, just too thin and too hot. Even my stout chugging girlfriend thought so.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ryan O'Sully's poured black as night with a small foam head and no retention. The aroma was of roasted malts and espresso.

The flavor was heady dry coffee taste. In the mouth there was not much going on and was fairly thin. I thought this was fairly one dimensional.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark with small brown foam, dissipated quickly. Extremely opaque -- not even the fringes are colored.

S: dark syrupy malts and espresso

T: coffee & alcohol flavors make this very acidic - great with the spicy food I had, but of limited utility overall. The chocolates, currants, etc supposedly present were overshadowed. Has a little sweetness but finishes decidedly bitter and stays that way. Tasty but one-sided.

M: fairly thin for a big beer. A little carbonation makes the feel start interesting, but it doesn't linger; no coating to speak of.

D: strong and enjoyable with the right environment and food pairing. But wouldn't seek out another unless for a specific purpose.

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3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Poured very dark with a finger and a half of a mocha colored head. Smelled faint chocolate and coffee notes, nothing too overwhelming. Tasted chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. The tobacco was most prevalent in my opinion. Overall a decent imperial stout, not bad, not great just pretty average.

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Photo of joepais
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duffmanrob for sending this along to me in the black booty BIF.

Poured into two tulip glasses the bottle produced a good finger of tan head that faded slow to a thin lace . The body was a typical stout black in color . The only other thing I'll mention is I noticed the bottle said live ale. looking into the bottle itself I found no sediment at all, in the bottom of the bottle . It was a bit strange.

The aroma was towards the sweet dark fruits, raisins and such, with a light roasted note in the end. The flavor on the other had was very bitter tons of hops and bitter roasted malts. It was funny to me I kept wanting it to be sweet, when I brought the tulip glass to my mouth from the aroma. when it hit the mouth all I got was bitter.
I will have to ding this one a bit saying it needed a bit more thickness in the mouth as well.

The bottle was easy enough to drink but it did not leave you wanting for more.
Not a bad RIS but not my favorite by far. One and done for me it was extremely average beer to me

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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter, no visible dates on bottle.

A good solid example in appearance of a stout. Dark chestnut pour out of the bottle hits the glass making a dark walnut brown almost black body. Head is a solid simple chocolate light brown, disappears a little. Some minimal lacing faint and spotty.

Bouquet is alright. Small roast character, giving to sweet dark malty tones. Hints of light chocolate. Something is kind of fruity mushy on the end hard to pinpoint, makes me want to say banana. Some sense of yeast and powdery-ness. Still ok

Taste is weird and unexpectedly very bitter. A strange what seems like hop forward palate, but doesn't get over roast malt character and just comes off as just plain old bitter in taste. Wet bodied. Mild roast and coffee but lacking boldness even for this high abv. A minor licorice sense mixes in with the bitterness also which is kind of off putting. Texture is wet, weak, extremely light as well. Finish is not lasting except for already perceived bitters.

Overall this is not doing it for me. I'll pass on this one, so much better out there.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one and a half finger tan head that deflated quickly to a thin film. Medium in consistency.

S-Chocolate was the first thing that came to mind followed by roasted grains and a little toffee.

T-The alcohol was surprisingly well hidden for being 10%, but nothing else remarkable past that. Mostly roasted grains, chocolate and a fair amount of hop bitterness.

M-Medium, but thin for what I like in an imperial stout.

D-Considering the alcohol is well masked and it goes down pretty smooth, if you didn't know any better, you could easily get into trouble with this stuff.

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Photo of dhopkins82009
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark dark brown with a thin tan head.

Hints of chocolate and burnt grains. Not bad but not really noteworthy.

Good amounts of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee as you would expect. Nice hoppy balance with flavors of grapefruit. However, lurking beneath were flavors of sour milk, burnt toast, and tobacco. They were by no means overwhelming, just simply off-putting.

Sufficiently creamy, though not as bold as expected.

Not a very inspired RIS, yet still a decent beer.

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3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa bean flavors. There is also an off metallic taste on this one that I don't dig. There is a mild roasty bitterness that sticks around. Both the smell and taste of this beer are pretty subdued. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average stout. Not too bad for what it is but I wouldn't get this one again.

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Photo of woooch
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, in light of the many awards on the brew's lable, I was almost disappointed. My disclaimer though, is that I have never tried the stout before.

Hence, I will go easy on it, for this review. I also believe because of it's high abv, my judgment may have been a bit off the mark, condisering I had a couple of brews prior to drinking this one.

In any case, my hightest marks were for appearance & mouthfeel. For the purchasing cost, I expected more than an average smell, taste.& drinkabilty. Though, I'll probably drink this brew again in a few weeks to compare, if I don't trade my supply.

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Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkest of browns- edging with maroon and purple to simulate blackness. The head is close-cropped and beige and lasts only as an border between the beer and the glass. Lacing is patchy.
The nose is assaulted with fudge and coffee grounds and blackberry jam. While huge upfront, it sags quickly and brings paper bag notes (oxidized, really?), as it clears the way for wintergreen, buzzing hops and a good measure of port for warmth.
It brings the fudge and dark roast beans into the mouth, but they fail to grab as solid a foothold here. It's not that they're not here, but they pass through so much more quickly, as compared to the aroma. The middles sees dying coffee flourishes, more papery oxidization, and a general purple grapeyness. Hops are big, but only semi-coherant with their pinecones, resin, and mint. The finish is once again, port-like, and residual.
Beefy up front, but fading over time. This is a beer that flexes hard up front, then falls over.
The oxidized note make me question this, but it's new to the area, and shouldn't be old....and those same notes seem to be just be an offshoot of the acrid roastedness. That fades a bit as it warms. And, actually, it is fairly drinkable for a 10% stout.
I don't put this very high on my list of Imperial Stouts, but as the name might imply, it like an obese Irish Stout...roasty, dry, bready, bitter, uncomplicated and drinkable, considering. But that's far from what I was looking for here.

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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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