Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 02-02-2005

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Photo of AAG
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a cold bottle into a pint glass...not sure what to expect here...first time trying the Moylan brewing company...

Appearance - Extremely dark after the pour; opaque; black; head was initially about two fingers but dissipated very quickly...did not retain a head throughout...decent lacing on the side of the pint glass.

Smell - Grainy; not remarkable; detect a faint smell of coffee or espresso.

Taste - Coffee, dry, roasty, malted barley.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; not too carbonated; average; nothing too impressive here.

Overall - A decent dry stout; I wouldn't seek this one out again; average at best.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep roasted chesnut brown with a 1/2 finger beige colored head atop.Dry and earthy aromas with a bit of char,dark roast coffee and a a hint of caramel sweentess in there as well.Seemed to be a bit thin and sharp in the mouth,not liking the sharpness to much in a dry stout.Flavors are roasted and earthy with coffee playing a large role in the profile,mild caramel sweetness in the finish.I have alot better dry stouts but this isnt horrible,just average.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep black that doesn't let any light through with a inch of creamy tan foam on top. Easy flowing, light pour. Aromas begin with big roasted dark malts upfront bringing touches of chocolate and light coffee. Toasty with a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a rush of dark roasted malts mixing up notes of chocolate, caramel and mild coffee. Flows down with a touch of creaminess and a little burnt bitterness. Finishes good and dry on the back of the palate. A darn tasty, easy drinking dry Irish stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good steady carbonation, pretty much spot on for the style. I think this makes a great everyday drinking brew with its low abv and nice big dry, roasted flavor. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: soft milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: nice mix of roasted malt and tobacco with a bit of sucrose at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness, medium bodied for the style

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one, yet for the style it falls as just about a solid B. I like the tobacco taste and it looks divine, yet taste wise I have other favorites in the style. That said, I would have no problem downing a couple of these.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Dry Irish Stouts I've ever had. Pours black with a very short tan head. Mild aroma of roasted chocolate malt and cereal. Delicious taste that is balanced well. Coffee, chocolate, cream, smoke, and vanilla are all there and compliment each other without drowning out the flavor. The hops balance the sweetness and give it the dry bite and finish. Excellent.

Photo of mj001jk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a slight hazel-brown creamy foam that disappears quickly leaving a slight foam film on surface.

Aromas are nutty with chocolate, like liquid nutella with softly astringent coffee. It has a creamy and musky character that adds complexity but lacks a little on freshness. Hops are subtle and the finish has hints of caramel/toffee.

Over-all a nice stout, hearty and rich with a dark, espresso chocolate character and a few dust bunnies thrown in for good measure. Would drink again but with chocolate dessert.

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with two fingers of light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with underlying unsweetened cocoa and just a hint of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Solid and almost charred roasted malt flavors up front that manage to not be too astringent. Smooth dark chocolate flavors enter in midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side in general but nice for the style with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I drank this bomber way too quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I can't think of another beer in the style that I've enjoyed more, even though it could be considered an American Stout/Dry Irish Stout hybrid. Well worth a shot and I look forward to having this again.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap@Moylans Brewpub. Pretty nice, soft and dry, some licorice, subtle roasted maltyness, nutty, pretty easy going. Good flavour, and decent length, and whats more its not too sweet, nice dry finish, i could have drunk a pint or 2 more of this, but we had to head off.

Photo of JMS1512
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a detailed review. Nice and drinkable. This is for when you want 22 oz. but don't want to jump off the cliff without a parachute.

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragoons is a heavy black beer that only barely lets any light in at the edges when I hold it up directly to a light source. The brown head starts off large and recedes to one finger before turning to foam. Ultimately, very little of it remains and lacks the strength to leave very good lacing, though decent.
The aroma is primarily roasty with a good coffee edge backed by barley grains. It is dry, though the aroma gives up a hint of creamy sweetness.
While many (perhaps most) appreciate the sweetness found in many stouts, I believe what proves a brewer understands this style is dryness coupled by the ability to avoid the caustic or astringent edge.that are its typical flaws. In this, Moylan's has proven skill. This beer is, again, roasty, and the hint of sweetness in the aroma is not found in the flavor. It is sturdy but not harsh, with an excellent dryness that goes to the point of a woody taste that just works for the style.
I have to remind myself after so much brewed in American fashion (which is a good thing) that while this is a stout, it's not a mind-blowingly massive RIS. It's got a fullish body but teeters on the edge of it and is smooth but not especially robust without lacking richness. The feel is dry, stopping just short of chalky. It's on par for an Irish dry, not sn American or bigger.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, a pleasant reminder of Belmont Station in Portland a few years ago, where I first encountered this brewery's wares. Now available way up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very thin cola perimeter highlights, and two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and fairly creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a low-lying profile of iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of roasted, faintly meaty caramel malt, sweet bar nuts, a hint of bittersweet cocoa, mild day-old coffee and the cream that it demands, with some timid earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, and a tad less toasted, bready caramel malt, creamed nuts (I know), milk chocolate, and lactic coffee - a theme is developing, eh? Yeah, the milkiness really comes through, providing a strong richness, as a bit of diabetes-at-risk earthy hops swirl about the edges.

The carbonation is rather sedate, and near inert, the body a decently solid medium weight, smooth, and strangely possessing only a low-key creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the inherent stout dryness not really a match for the now overbearing milkiness.

A bit too one-dimensional, and not really all that Irish Dry Stout seeming - the variable milkiness, again, is ill-applied. That aside, this is drinkable, as an after dinner dessert accompaniment, or the like.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dull ebony color, and the toasted brown head is peculiar -- it begins fluffy and minimizes very quickly, but what remains is a skim across the entire surface which crackles and dances with new bubbles as old ones pop away. It's an audible beer too, you can actually hear this! It's like looking at super active microbes in a petri dish. This isn't a dirty glass and there are no foreign bodies in the glass. It's one of the most interesting displays I've seen from a beer head, and I don't know what to make of it other than "?"

Smells nearly as intriguing as it looks. Moments of fig and plum fly by under a veil of light smoke/grilled meat, some coffee character, and a dash of mineral/creek stone.

The appearance and smell inevitably create an expectation, and I got what I expected, for the most part. That crackly, vibrant head is felt as well as seen -- it tickles the tongue with a liveliness and buoyancy, busy carbonation but nothing harsh. Body itself is on the lighter side, especially for a stout. Taste-wise I get everything the aroma gives (dark fruit, smoke/char, coffee, mineral/stone), with an added dose of cola, and an acrid, burnt coffee bitterness in the finish. And yes, it's quite dry.

I wondered how this usually hop-heavy brewery was going to handle a beer like this, and it is certainly less "west coast" than all the other beers I've had by them. It's not my favorite style, and not my favorite Moylan's beer, but I'm glad for the experience all the same.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at Cole's cask fest. Black with Caesar, with a white bubby head. Stout aroma, but above average mouthfeel. A bit sourness in it. Drinkable but still not that great a stout.What can I do, I'm not a great fan of the style, and I do not get it on tap.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, binny's south loop in chicago...consumed in south bend hotel room

appearance: pours a near opaque black with foamy tan-cream head

smell: dry cocoa aromas as expected from the style, light roasty notes, a touch of cream

taste: a pretty nice irish dry stout, which is a style that you dont hear much from these days...unfortunately i get a little wet cardboard in addition to the dry malts and cocoa power. this one is just ok to me

mouthfeel: a little fizzy and high carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of PirateUlf73
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, poured into a large mug.

A: Pitch black with a massive tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of roasted barley and chocolate out of the gate. Nice depth of aroma, especially from the roast standpoint. I could sniff it all night.

T: Pretty decent blending of raosted and chocolate flavors, but not quite as deep as the nose suggested. A subtle, earthy hop spiciness lends some balance and helps make this a delicious drink.

M: Deceptively palatable medium body with just enough carbonation to keep things moving. Feels almost oily slick, but finishes pretty clean and neutral.

D: I would label this a sessionable Irish stout. Some might prefer theirs with a slightly lighter body, but this does me just fine.

A very pleasant Irish stout. Flavorful, yet still simple and unpretentious. I came in expecting a decent, flavorful stout and that's exactly what I got. If it's not the most memorable beer in the world, it makes up for it with it's solid construction and tasty profile. I will surely buy this again. Recommended.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Beermasons subscription and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a jet black colour, no light penetration whatsoever. Tan coloured head of foam that is a finger and a half in size and turns into a ring on the outside of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with some burnt smell as well. Straight up what you smell is what you get.

Taste backs up what you smell, this is pretty one dimensional but good at it. Nice roasted and burnt malt character. Consistent, smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth early, backed with some burnt bitterness late. Pretty good for the style.

Overall a one-dimensional irish dry stout that delivers pretty well on the premise. No surprises with this one. Decent go-to beer for the style, but don't go into this expecting something amazing.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of bottle into tulip glass. Black as night with 1 inch of brown head.

S - Faint smell overall. Dry malt, coffee.

T - Very subtle. No outstanding flavors, just a good balance for a dry stout. Slight dark chocolate at the end.

M - Nice. More carbonated than I expected. Fairly light for a stout.

D - Very drinkable. This is a stout I could drink regularly and not tire of because of its balanced flavor. Its one drawback is its faint smell. I want a little more on the nose.

Photo of DESTRO
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours almost black, with a decent tan head that dies down but keeps a small presence. smells smokey and burnt (some will say roasted). taste is very much like the nose, roasty and "stouty", not much else, the usual suspects like dark chocolate and some coffee. a little lacking and a tad thin in the mouthfeel department. easy drinking and pretty damn solid. a nice break from the nitro stouts and super intense imperials.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I thought I reviewed... Picked up at macadoodles in Jane, MO,

Pours a super effervescent Mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee, faint dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, slight sourness/woodyness is noticeable up front. Dryness & woody hop notes are noticeable as this warms, along with coffee grounds & herbal hops. Finsihes dry, slightly fruitty, & with just a touch of carob

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, thins out a bit as it warms

Drinks easy, a serviceable enough dry stout, nothing to get too excited about

Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark black with some ruby highlights and 2 inch thick creamy head that lasted forever.

Had a nice and roasty nose with just a touch of chocolate.

Flavor is very smooth and mild with a lightly burnt roasted malt flavor and hints of chocolate and a mild sweet creamyness, some lightly bitter malts round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lightly dry finish.

Very easy to drink, a very solid Irish Stout.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Did a blind taste test with this beer and FFF Black Sun Stout, both were 22oz bombers poured into pint glasses.

This sort of isn't even fair. I tried to do it as blind as I could, I had someone else pour two glasses from each bottle when I wasn't looking. Both looked pretty much the same. Almost opaque black with deep brown highlights near the top and bottom of each glass. The heads were both rather fluffy, not that thick sheet of creamy beige that Guiness puts out. Both had one and a half inch heads that faded into caps. I found out later that the FFF version had a stickier amount of lacing while the Moylan's was a bit lacking and rather wispy.

Aromas were completely different worlds. Again not really fair considering the prior knowledge of how FFF hops their beers. Moylans was very roasty, almost charred with very little in the way of hop bitterness. Black Sun was a dark pale ale with a bit of roastiness and a rather large amount of licorice, but really , fruity hops dominate the aroma for Black Sun. I have to give the edge here to Moylan's as it sticks closer to the style guidelines and Black Sun was a bit too sweet and fruity for an Irish Stout for my tastes.

Taste is also a big different. Moylan's retains that deep roasted bitterness of mild coffee and slightly phenolic spiciness and virtually no hop profile to speak of. The mouthfeel is lacking though, rather watery and feels undercarbonated feel where there should be a thicker, more substantial body. Black Sun has a fuller, more substantial and chewy mouthfeel which places it a step above Moylan's, but the flavor profile is again off from the style. Licorice and a slight chocolatly sweetness mixes with an undercurrent of estery fruitiness. I am going to have to give the edge to Moylan's on this taste test that wasn't even that blind thanks to the huge amount of hops in Black Sun. Moylan's tastes more like an Irish Stout should while the Black Sun tastes a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Almost black pour, tanish head. Roasted coffee and malt nose. Roasted/burnt malt, espresso like flavors with a little bitterness. As it warmed just slight hints of cocoa. Rather dry, somewhat chalky finish. A dry stout, I think this is how it's supposed to be. To make it simple, I thought this was an better version of Guiness. Excellent drinking beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark plum from the bottle, in the glass appeared near black with a 1+ finger medium cinnamon colored head which was only moderately lasting.

S: yielded fresh grounded coffee beans with a soft astringency and a rich dark roasted nature.

T: rich grounded coffee beans that were dominant from the get go. Dark roasted malting with a bitter hopping. Some soil and a light charred malting with dried creamer notes round things out here. Overall was dark, rich, and dry, well suited per style but falls just short of being a good representation.

M: light, silky smooth and very easy on the tongue. A soft, flat carbonation adds some body while an earthy bitterness captures the tongue.

D: slightly above average, was dry, well suited per style, but didn't find myself jonesing for the next sip. Moderatly good overall.

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a thick brown, 1 finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Roasty malt, chocolate, a little coffee.

Taste. Slightly sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. A little bit of grassy hops in there too.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation.

Overall. Good stout. Not as dry as I was expecting, but tasted good.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black, with not even a hint of ruby showing up when held up to the light. The head is dense, about one finger high, and settles to a thin even cap.

Very light roasty malts, giving off a little bit of coffee flavors, and just a hint of chocolate.

As expected, somewhat dry burnt malts. A little bit of coffee, but less sweet flavors in the flavor compared to the aroma. Full bodied. The burnt malts linger for a while after each sip.

A rather smooth and enjoyable Irish dry stout. Not a bad choice after drinking harsh DIPAs or a huge RIS. Recommended.

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
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