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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout - Moylan's Brewery

Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish StoutMoylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 02-02-2005)
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Photo of m1ked


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours pitch black with raisin, cola colored edges. 1 inch tan colored heads, that is tight bubbled. Fades down to a thin cap.

S- Roasty malts, light roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Mollasses, dark fruit...raisins. Nothing too strong here, but good.

T- Bakers chocolate, roasted coffee blend upfront. Slight smokey wood. There is a pleasant burnt character here. Ends with an acidic bitter snap.

M- Light bodied, with tight crisp prickly carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

D- I think that I can count the number of dry stouts I've had on 1 hand. This one is top notch and very easy to drink. I would definetly recommend this.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2009 02:08:25 | More by m1ked
Photo of hopsputin


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: dark black with a two finger off white solid head. kind of looks like a less-thin motor oil

s: roasted malts and bakers chocolate. toffee and roasted coffee beans. smells simple yet pleasant

t: follows the nose almost exactly. roasted and toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, oak, some generic berries, a little bitterness from the roasted malt and a very subtle smokiness

m: typical Irish dry stout - light mouthfeel with small amount of carbonation and a little watery. its good

o: my first Moylan's beer, wasn't sure what to expect. for the style, this is good. easy to drink and has real nice roasted qualities. worth trying, just don't pay too much for it

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 05:19:23 | More by hopsputin
Photo of MECove

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! First awesome aspect--connection to history. "This award-winning stout is brewed in the Irish tradition to commemorate General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War."

Secondly, it feels as light as water on a summer day!

Third, the flavor is an explosion on the tongue, I'll read other reviews to identify it because I can't describe it other than fun, sweet, spunky, and awake!


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:18:36 | More by MECove
Photo of SmashPants


3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a big, solid 650mL brown bottle, old-school label.

Appearance: pours an incredibly dark chestnut brown tending toward black. Looks quite thin, but with a properly solid creamy one-finger head. Plenty of lacing too.

Aroma: mostly roasted coffee malts with cocoa chocolate, some burnt grains and caramels.

Taste: follows the nose - strong roast coffee and chocolate up front with a touch of caramel and some spices behind.

Aftertaste: some hop and grain bitterness comes through on the finish, metering out the roast malts.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a smooth feel. Enough carbonation to bring the flavours to the fore. Quite nice.

Overall: quite a decent dry stout, plenty of roast coffee and chocolate.. At around AU$12 a bottle (an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL being around $130) this is cheaper than other top-end brews from Moylan's, Heretic etc, but it is also not the best top-end beer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 09:49:49 | More by SmashPants
Photo of AAG


2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:06:25 | More by AAG
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout has a thick, creamy tan head and a dark brown, almost black appearance, with lots of bubbles clinging to the sides and a fairly thick lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of bitter coffee, dark malts, acidity, and some burnt properties. Flavor is of dark-roasted, somewhat burnt malt, acidity, black bread, and maybe cocoa powder. There really isn’t much bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is light and prickly, and Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout finishes dry, astringent, sweet, and easy drinking. Overall, this is most excellent, and I recommend it!


Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:21:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:01:11 | More by biboergosum
Photo of homebrew311


3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pitch black with creamy nitro head. Nose is mild and dry with heavy roast. Taste is smooth and creamy with chocolate, roasted barley and a dry finish. Not a whole lot of flavor, but still nice and drinkable. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Overall, a nice smooth drinkable dry stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-03-2013 23:53:59 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Jblovesbeeria

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Pour is pitch black. Does not leave a very impressive head.

Smell: A little grainy, but not much of a smell

Taste: Not a very rich taste. Very weak very a stout. A little grainy with not much of an after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body not too impressive.

Overall: Needed a thicker and creamier taste and mouthful. An average beer and not really worth a second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 16:47:46 | More by Jblovesbeeria
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color but the head is not particularly impressive; leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Grainy, with a little bit of char

Taste: Opens rather grainy, with some char developing and an odd, phenolic flavor that arrives after the swallow; a bit of black bread flavoring underpins throughout

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; really thin for a stout

Overall: With a bit thicker and creamier mouthfeel, this would be slightly above average; as it is, however, it is not worth a second look

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:01:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Black color with a one and a half finger foamy tan head that is stable for a few minutes, with medium amounts of lacing. Smells and tastes of lightly roasted malt, a bit of dark coffee and chocolate, all the usual suspects, but doesn't really promote any of them as aggressively as it could to make it more memorable amongst other Irish Dry Stouts. Although the body is light, crisp and clean in execution, it also seems at time to be as thin as the flavor within. I'd call it a good beginner's introduction to their first Dry Stouts, it's just not quite as complex as others, but that makes it accessible.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:42:53 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of TheRealBigC


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

Pours a black body with thick tan head. Smell is pronounced roasted malt with a touch of something sugary. There is definitely something sweet and fruity in there but I can't put my finger on it. Otherwise, it's very dry indeed. Kind of thin despite the creamy head. I guess that's how the style goes. I liked it, but probably wouldn't reach for it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 08:51:21 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of scratch69


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

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Jet black color with a thick, creamy 4 finger head that lingers a very long time. Nice amount of clingy lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of char.

Taste- Roasted malt and toffee with a hint of chocolate. Slightly bitter char aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall- Not bad flavor but too thin for a stout. If this was a little thicker and creamier this would be great.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:26:21 | More by scratch69
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with just a hint of red showing through. Medium cream head, about 1-finger's worth. No retention and no lace.

Sweet milk sugar nose with hints of chocolate. Light coffee underneath that.

Taste is slightly stale coffee, sweetness from chocolate and that milk sugar, and light caramel. Light caramel in the finish.

Feel is about right for the style. Thick enough, but not too much to get in the way.

I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:12:46 | More by beer2day
Photo of mactrail


2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely light body. On nitro tap at the Linkery in San Diego. The nitro doesn't seem to do much for this beer-- just enhances the watery cloud of mush in the mouth. Black color in the glass. Surprisingly not all that carbonated in the mouth, and not any of the usual creamy nitro appearance.

A little roast barley with a dishwater aftertaste. No detectable smell. Some black malt but mostly a lager sort of flavor. Maybe it's tired from the St. Patrick's weekend. Could only be better in the bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-21-2012 05:52:44 | More by mactrail
Photo of kojevergas


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations are above average; this is me favourite style of beer and I lived in Ireland for quite a time.

A: Pours a two finger head of excellent cream, great thickness, wonderful tan colour, and fantastic retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Extremely appealing.

Sm: Nutty, with incredible roast, some chocolate, coffee, cream, and milk. Marvelous. Incredibly appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A roasted barley foundation. Nuts, cream, milk (a bit too much), chocolate, and toffee. It's well balanced and enjoyable, but the roast isn't as pronounced as it should be. No alcohol comes through - not that it should. Too rich. I do like it. Far more chocolate forward than Guinness, at the expense of properly executed roast.

Mf: Nowhere near as creamy as it should be. The mouthfeel in general is all wrong. Not dry or coarse enough. This is improper. A proper Irish stout is dry and coarse as hell but overcomes it with cream. That isn't the case here.

Dr: Quite drinkable. The ABV is well hidden - though it's merely average. It isn't anywhere near as good as Guinness or even Beamish, but it's still enjoyable. They butchered the mouthfeel; this isn't a porter for feck's sake. I'd happily try this on nitro, but it does need work.

Wouldn't age well. Would pair well with chocolate.


Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:14:08 | More by kojevergas
Photo of xylophonica


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark coloured with a light head on top.

S - Big hits of chocolate & rich caramel toffee. Also plenty of darker roasted malts with some port/liqueur aromas and a touch of smoke.

T - At first it's sweet toffee with an slight aftertaste of soothing vanilla-mint. Some other sweet cacao-type flavours are present but otherwise the body is a bit too light.

M - Sweet and fairly smooth but with only a light carbonation so there's not much going on.

O - An ok example of the style with some excellent aromas. Unfortunately the main body of the drink was a little too thin which let it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 09:40:39 | More by xylophonica
Photo of BurpingtonDC


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Black as used motor oil. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

S -Coffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt.

T - Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt that finishes dry

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, similar to a Porter, more than like a full-bodied stout.

O - Overall this isn't a bad tasting stout, it just isn't a special one. I would prefer it to be more robust, full-bodied, and complex. Just average.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:23:51 | More by BurpingtonDC
Photo of Brenden


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:01:34 | More by Brenden
Photo of JamesS


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an excellent black with some very nice head and good lacing throughout. Deep and dark malty scent, with good roasted grain aromas, quite a bit of coffee (maybe too much), and a nice earthy grounding. Good flavors, as well, with a huge coffee flavor, nice roastiness, and a nice earthy-neutral hop finish. Goes down extremely well, very dry and slightly bitter, nice and creamy. A very excellent dry Irish stout with perhaps just a bit too much coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:26:23 | More by JamesS
Photo of Murrhey


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger khaki head. Some minimal lacing. Dark brown and cannot see carbonation.

S- Dark roast malts, coffee.

T- Surprisingly light taste. Roast malts, coffee and chocolate.

M- Very light for the style, not necessarily to its detriment. Finishes quickly and clean.

O- Ok for the style. Not my cup-o-beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:08:30 | More by Murrhey
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours fairly handsome. A very dark color with a hefty cap of creamy tan foam above it. The aroma is light chocolate. The beer slinks across the palate with a creamy texture. The flavor is mainly a sprinkling of cocoa powder. The creamy texture along with the cocoa conjures of thoughts of milk chocolaty drinks. The palate is left a bit dry, as it should be. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:05:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Slow gusher, but when it settles down its a pleasant dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Looks delicious!

S: Rich roasted chocolate malts and coffee 'n' creme.

T: Nice mocha profile (coffee/chocolate/milk) continues and it is sweet and rich. The hops pull through in the end, however and finish this, appropriately dry.

D: Very drinkable and surprisingly complex for the style.

Overall: Well done Irish dry. This is a style that often falls off into boring and one-note brews, but a well made one is a thing of beauty. Rich and full, but still true to style. My only gripe is that this is only sold in bombers. Sixers of this would make this a regular purchase.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 18:32:09 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown to black with light head and light lacing. Opacity is good.

Smell: Dry roasted malt flavor, more brown malt. Vanilla and milk chocolate. Very yeasty, almost too sour. Smells like a porter. I know there is a strong historical connection between porters and stouts.

Taste: Bread and dough. Brown malts, nut, chocolates. slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery with some syrup qualities. Finishes easy and dry.

Overall: I'm let-down by this ale. Not dark roast malted enough for my taste. More like a porter. I've had more flavorful dry stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:39:32 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger fizzy creamed coffee colored head dissipated quickly to nearly nothing, no lacing, opaque black with chestnut brown edges when held to light 3.5
S – Aromatic on the pour, roasted malts dominate, milder coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, fig notes 4
T – Coffee, roasted malts with milder dark fruits and bitter-sweet chocolate in the background, a moderately bitter crisp finish 3.5
M – Medium body, zippy (excessive?) carbonation danced on the tongue to improve a surprisingly watery thin mouth feel 3.5
O – An easy drinking crisp stout, the bomber was an easy finish for me solo. I won’t be buying this again: thin structure and just nothing really drawing me in here. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:47:28 | More by rsdaugherty
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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.