Barrel Aged Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout racked into a fresh barrel from Heaven Hill.

Added by womencantsail on 06-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.44%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joeperl47
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 version smells and tastes of an infected bottle. Was a gift from manager of my regular bottle shop. Smell of sour butter followed by an equally unpleasant taste.

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Photo of largadeer
2.17/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Diacetyl city.

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4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brown120
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skabiski
1/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2014 Infected. Should have checked BA before purchasing

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood bbq Seal Beach poured into snifter. Appearance is nearly opaque black with a finger of tan head and patchy lacing. Aroma is booze, chocolate, vanilla, oak. Flavors are similar with lots of sweetness and a touch of roasty malt. Medium-full bodied, thick, chewy, slick texture; long sweet, hot finish, low carbonation.

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Photo of tclipse
1/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Totally and utterly infected. Step up the quality control.....

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.89/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I'd like to add the fact that I managed to contact Brendan Moylan (the owner) himself via e-mail about this beer, and he admitted that the 2014 batch of this brew had excessive amounts of diacetyl - ergo, he asked all distributors carrying this product to pull it off the shelves ASAP. I feel bad for all those who bought this beforehand, but this is still a nice way of showing some signs of accountability. You live and you learn...

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22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and khaki in shade. It has the texture and duration of a good saison, rather than a BA imperial stout. This fact is slightly worrying me because that usually means infection. Having said that, and also in spite of the lack of lacing left on the glass, this is a good looking brew. (4)

Smell: Huh. It seems like there's something wrong with this brew. I do pick up some notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar - I also get lots of butter (not from oak barrels, but from diacetyl), paint thinner, shoe polish, and good ol' fashioned lactic sourness. This is definitely not what the brewers intended, and I'll leave it at that... (1.75)

Taste: Sadly, the taste follows the nose. Initial pleasant notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits last for a second, and is the best part of this brew. After that, it turns into shit, finishing with metal shavings, paint thinner, and plenty of diacetyl. No significant tartness - to me, that would have improved this some. It's not irredeemably bad, but it is still pretty damn bad. (1.75)

Mouthfeel: Overly fizzy and thin. This actually makes it somewhat drinkable, when I can get past the lousy taste that is. Even worse, it's turning my stomach some. :( (1.75)

Overall: The sad thing is, I can taste a decent imperial stout behind the infected mess. Maybe lacking in barrel notes, but nothing to complain about either. As it stands, though, it's very worthy of complaint - I normally don't review infected beer, but seeing as this cost me around $13, I'm definitely going to put out a caveat emptor for this. Avoid the 2014 batch at all costs. (1.75)

1.86/5: Infected beer makes me really sad

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap today at the source.

Light and thin Barrel Aged Stout. No body or real complexity to speak of other than roast coffe, some vanilla and cherries. Where's the bourbon? Where's the sticky Barrel? I'm a fan of Moylan's for the most part but this is a huge miss. The least interesting barrel aged stout I've had.

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Photo of Codycusey
1.38/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2014 was recalled by moylans because of high levels of diacetyl

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Zhenya
3.52/5  rDev 0%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ldhughes3
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.84/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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