Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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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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Photo of meathookjones
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. The poured a very dark brown to black color with a thin brown head with minimal retention. Aroma is mainly of a roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent with not much else going on. Typical imperial stout taste here with dark chocolate flavors and roasted coffee and hops bringing up the rear. There is a nice bitter aftertaste but no alcohol to be found anywhere in the smell or taste. Pretty good mouthfeel but this one is a little thin. Overall a decent imperial stout that is worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was only the second beer I've had from Moylan's (Kilt Lifter was the other.)

This one was the color of tar, with a thin film of brown fizz on the top. Smelled like a burnt maple tree. Taste was great, like roasted syrup that had been filtered through a smoker and then fermented, with a tiny bit of chocolate malt. Quite sweet and malty, but still a light mouthfeel. Very drinkable, though the alcohol content will probably put you off after a couple (or then again, maybe not.) Not my favorite imperial but still quite good, I'll pick one up again if I come across another bottle.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is black with a steady tan head and a strong nose that travels far afield. Smells rich and chocolaty and like toast at first, with notes of sherry as the beverage warms. Has a nice round mouthfeel and a deep stout body.

The taste of alcohol makes itself known in the palate, but moreso in the belly. The flavor is nicely roasted and delivers an all-around muscular profile. This is no Rasputin, but it’s a solid imperial to be certain.

This beer attracted fruit flies – always a hallmark of a credible brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear black brew with ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet with a fruit and chocolate scent.

Taste is sweet and fruity and lighter than expected. Fruit flavors are coffee and chocolate are the dominant tastes. Flavor is a bit HOT from the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is light.

A drinkable brew, but I like other versions better.

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Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours nicely, although it betrays its relatively light body (for an American-brewed Imperial Stout) with a relatively noisy pour. Nicely carbonated and it has a nice brown foam. The hoppy is a mixture of hoppy and burned malt. The flavor is heavily burned, slightly sweet on the end, but not a big range of flavor. The flavor is big, but a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was solid black with a modest head, warning of the impending altitude of ABV.

Smell – The roasted malts jumped out of the glass, giving way to big chocolate and fine South American coffee.

Taste – This is a strong Imperial Stout, full of fine chocolate and huge roasted malt flavors. The raw sugars brought up the rear.

Mouthfeel – This was close to full in the body and had a very playful mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a complicated but fine malty Imperial Stout.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I pour this it has a very dark brown color, almost black, but not quite black. Thin brown head dissipates rather quickly to leave a thin film like head. The aroma is sweet malt with a dark plum. The taste is sweet with a little burnt dark chocolate bitterness/roasted chocolate malt, but not too much going on here as far as complexity and I like the simplicity. Great mouthfeel to this stout, which has good carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, the alcohol content is hardly noticeable. This goes down very well and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice, dark brown/black beer. Almost reddish. There are garnet highlights. The head is fizzy, tan and dies quickly. Strong chocolate toffee in the nose. I like this smell. Middle is thick, sweetish, tangy, chocolate toffee. Buttery. The finish is dark, roasty, bitter chocolate. There's a nice alcohol warming, but no alcohol taste. 10%abv? Amazing. Some peas in the aftertaste. Nice chocolate, roasty intensity, though not to the extent of a Stone or Expedition. A very tasty Imperialette.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blind Tasting, Thanks Hopsrus It pours the darkest brown with the most sticky head of the night. Vinous aroma full of dark fruits and blackberries. Very complex and reminiscent of phenomenal Stoudts Anniversary doppelbock. Cherry and raspberries notes with light black chocolate. Not much hops noticeable, but so pleasant that you can accept that. Palate is very malty, a coffee in which you've put a few too many cream and vanilla. A good dark fruit plate and some wow factor. An earthy hoppy finish and a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This is a very balanced imperial stout although perhaps on the sweet side. Still to me this is far ahead from many better rated beers of the style.

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those real man's imperial stouts. Not for the weak. The pour was interesting because it seemed as if there was going to be no head but then a large head evolved from the bottom up, like out of a nitro. Quite dark in appearance with slight caramel colored highlights. The smell was really sweet like candied currants and hints of alcohol. The taste was something else. The flavors were not too smooth, actually quite rough, and were at times overwhelming. But that's the way I like these imp. stouts to be. The strongest flavor by far was the roasted espresso hit. Maybe even mocha espresso. The middle showed some bittersweet chocolatiness to it and a slightly creamy element. Black licorice provides more sweetness to this beer. As it warmed the sweetness became more pronounced and an earthy flavor formed. Alcohol comes and goes as it pleases but always comes back in the end. Slightly dry and peppery in the finish, I think from the alcohol. Kind of rough but definitely well done. I felt like I could drink these all night long!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A guinness like cascading head formation, without the benefit of nitro. A light brown head, tightly packed, it consistency reminds me of highly stirred chocolate milk, though the color is tanner. Good lacing. Body seems to be a perfect black hole. Aroma dominated by licorice, then chocolate emerges. Taste has a wonderful roastiness, bits of chocolate, hint of licorice, and a smidgen of alcohol, and a hop finish. Drinkability, in the sense of how fast this bottle is emptying is easier than many imperial stouts, even with a 10% ABV. Good oily mouthfeel.

A very good example of the style, and a beer which increases my interest in this brewery. Give it a try.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice offering from a brewer I'm happily becvoming more familiar with and enjoying the experience. The vey deep dark mahogany body has ruby highlights at the edges and has a short-lived beige froth of foam that is not huge. Good lace coat from the residual.

The nose is full and gives great whiffs of roasted grain, subtle coffee and chocolate notes, and small bits of sweet malt. The flavor is much the same with nice roastiness and even nicer chocolate hints.

Good smooth mouthfeel from the decently full body. The high ABV and fullness limits drinkability, but this is a nice sipping beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep walnut brown with ruby high lights, the head intermediate in size, frothy in texture and a light to medium tan color, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Big alcohol aroma at the front, backed by roasted grains and a molasses like or syrupy sweetness, fresh and clean, start is cloyingly sweet, lots of malt, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a burned grain bitterness, hops are present but rather mild, or maybe the alcohol just overwhelms them, carbonation is mild to moderate, with the aftertaste sweet and slightly bitter with a nice belly warming sensation, not the worst I’ve ever tasted, but certainly nowhere near the best.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle: This stuff poured a very dark black colour with a tan head. The aromas we're all alcohol, dark roasted malts, chocolate and hops! The taste was hoppy, alcoholic, malty, and just plain yummy. The mouthfeel was very thick and filling and the drinkability was excellent! This is a damn good imperial stout than I am glad that I can regularly get in my area!


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Photo of mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thing, quickly dissipating, dark tan head. Nice chocolate, cherry, and roasty aromas, with a noticeable alcohol undercurrent. Quite assertive in flavor, with a massive mouthfeel that is coating without feeling syrupy. Noticeable espresso/mocha coffee flavors, chocolate, and a bit of peppery flavor (as well as warming) from the alcohol. Aftertaste is long lasting, roasty, and quite pleasing.

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Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with a good amount of bubbles and a nice sized light brown head. Smell is an intoxicating mix of rich, whiskey malts, overripe fruit, and alcohol. Starts malty and sweet. Roasty, almost nutty palate, with a dark, chocolate bittersweet, alcohol-soaked finish. Reminds me of drinking whiskey-laced coffee (like I do every morning). Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and maybe a little too syrupy. A good imperial stout, but could be a little better balanced and a little smoother, and perhaps more complex.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolaty and fruity. Full-bodied Imperial Stout. Chocolaty and fruity. Very smooth taste. Complex flavors. Chocolate predominates but there are hints of cherries, plums and coffee. Hop bitterness is there in the background. A nice,very drinkable Imperial Stout. At 10% this beer hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I’ll be blunt; this beer did nothing for me. I’ve had other Imperial Stouts and this one did not meet what I expected it to be. The head retention was decent at best; the aroma was a bit acrid with soured roasted grain. It had a good sweetness but it was lost in a downward spiral of estery alcohol and acidic roasted grain. No balance and even the dark fruitiness got lost in the mix.

Don’t get me wrong I love Imperial Stouts but this one just did not make the cut.

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Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical looking Imperial with small but lingering head which remimded me of the head on a Guiness. Aroma of strong espresso and roasted malts with a hint of oreo cookie. Really smooth and alcohol is well hidden. Flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, raisins and strong malts. Holds up well with a slightly dry finish at the end. Not as good as the Stone Imperial in my opinion which I had recently but hid the alcohol better than the Alesmith. Nice version of an Imperial and maybe worth aging a bit to smooth out the rough spots. Time will only tell.

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Photo of beernut7
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a style I have yet to really enjoy in more than small quantities. This brew pours a heavy deep dark blackness with an initial foamy head quickly dissipating into a tan lace. The alcohol content is apparent in the aroma melded with a heavy roasted malt. Initial bitterness and fruity yeast flavors greet the palate followed quickly by a quick roasted malty bite. The alcohol is as apparent in the flavor as it is in the aroma and thins out the body significantly. The finish is bold and chocolate infused.

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Photo of philipt
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color with a sizeable khaki colored head. Leaves good lacing. Not as pitch black as some other notable imperial stouts. Smells of highly roasted malt balanced by chocolate aromas. Tastes of roasted malt, quite coffeeish, with a hint of chocolate. Some minor, but effective, sweetness. This beer is just a little too thin bodied for my liking.

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured as black as sin and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, chocolate, expresso and raisins. A slightly burnt aspect to the finish with a somewhat light finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of stoutlove77
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh yes the Stout man hard at work (yea like its really work LOL) This babe of a brew is quite cheerful, and by that I mean the ABV. At 10% this bottle is full of charm and is my open door to the disneyland of stout!, the look on this baby is dark and i mean dark, with deep ruby amber tints under the shade of light. The aroma is sweet with essence of black cherries and caramel, with the warm feel of gravity on the tongue. ABV is the spotlight, hard at 10% this is no average for the lame. It might be a "common" review for this Imperial, but I cant argue toward what I really like, I love stouts, they have the flavor and the taste that I crave.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 fl.oz brown glass bottle hides a beer from a new Brewery for me, Moylan’s. Another Californian Brewery – it’s tough living on the West Coast. Celtic lettering on the brown label pronounce Ryan O’Sullivan’s Imperial Stout. Labeled at 10% ABV. Oh, Oh.
Perhaps this is good beer to finish with tonight – perhaps I will be finished later tonight!

It pours with a deep, cold space blackness, it is not a color, it is too dark to be a color. At first there was no head, but then as the beer built up in the bottom of the glass as I poured, the head started to appear slowly at first then, like a recently activated foam fire extinguisher, with a huge rush the head builds up into a foaming nitrogenous mass, deep brown as the bubbles fight deep in the fluid, fading to a deep tan light brown head at the surface. The head was silky smooth and laced well.

Aromas are astounding. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Did I mention choco… yeah OK!! Overwhelming smell is of Cadburys Milk Chocolate from England. Some coffee roast malts are also evident.

Initial mouthful is incredibly smooth and very silky; a deep tasting rich coffee chocolate milkiness coats the mouth. A 10% ABV beer that drinks likes fresh Milk. A cracker of a beer. Like sucking on fresh coffee beans and eating roasted currants, port soaked sponge cake, barbequed raisins, deep soaked sherry figs fried in molasses all mixed in with dark chocolate covered roasted chestnuts. Finish is dry - but never goes away - ever, this clever beer connects to the taste control area of your brain. You *will* remember this beer.

Forget Chocolate Rice Crispies – buy the normal ones, save the extra money, and poor this beer all over them for a laugh at Breakfast – its just as good, if not better – I know I just tried it. You will really enjoy the rest of your day, believe me!

Holy Shit!!! – I like this beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now this, this my friend is a kick ass beer. In the 20+ bottles I lugged back to the hotel in a cab, this and Stone's 6th Anniversary Porter will be hard to beat. Pours a lovely black color with mahogany around the edges. Thin and bubbly tan head. Espresso and charred chocolate aroma. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, raisins, sweet liqueur, and surprisingly little alcohol. Perfect warming finish as far as I am concerned, as I had absolutely no problem polishing off this bomber in no time.
Also worth noting that this beer has about the busiest label I have ever seen. Among the description, awards, etc., there is even a map to the brewery! This beer is underrated in my opinion.

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Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout from Moylan's Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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