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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 02-02-2005)
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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights. Two fingers of creamy level beige foam. Nice lacing.

Big roasty coffee aroma. Bit of chocolate toward the back.

Taste has big roast coffee, with a bit of milk. Chocolate rises and falls. Earthy hops at the swallow.

Smooth mouthfeel. Semi slick and oily.

Could enjoy a couple of these at a sitting.

A very nice Irish style stout. Nice to find in an increasingly imperial world.

RonfromJersey, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of rwrk42
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Roasted malts with chocolate sweetness
Taste: Initial taste of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. Finishes bitter with almost a fruit like twang.
A good stout but not at the top of my list

rwrk42, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is right for the style with coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and earth. The appearance is dark brown with a very but head. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of licorice. The palate is thin. Overall not bad but it is not exactly to my liking.

nick76, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of chaz410
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle with the Charlotte Beer Club.
Great solid dark body with thin caramel colored head.
Very dry, roasted smell, nice dry hoppy smells melded in some dark malts
Sweet roasted chocolate taste that turns smokey mid way through the mouthflow. Dry slightly hopped finish which is very smooth and easy to drink. Great example of an irish dry stout with enough sweet character to make it more acceptable to others. Well balanced stout!

chaz410, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of NCBeernut
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and opaque. Resistant to head formation but a one-finger cap of coffee brown head sits on top at the end, quickly thinning out into a spotty sheet.

Aroma is some sweet roasted malt with scents of coffee with cream. Oddly, hints of wintergreen mint.

Taste is just a touch more dry that the nose suggested but definitely plenty of sweetness. An almost lactose quality in the sweetness reminds me of a milk stout. The roasted qualities of the malt drys things out from the middle to finish while adding an almost burnt aftertaste. Coffee still persists into the taste. Not too complex, but definitely satisfying. Smooth but not creamy. Decent level of carbonation.

NCBeernut, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into 22+ oz heffe glass.

A: 2 finger, caramelly head that soon turned into just a film. Some good active carbonation is apparent. Very good lacing the whole way down. Black obsidian through and through.

S: A malty sweet, with some hops and a light caramel.

T: Dry, with an almost tart malt. More roast than in the nose. Not a terribly strong or complex taste though. Not overly bitter. I didn't notice any coffee, but the fiance did in her taste of mine.

M: Smooth, and much lighter than I expected for such a good dark beer.

D: Good, a beer I could drink more of than I would expect for something so dark. A good session stout.

mdwalsh, Mar 01, 2009
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.

Bung, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo at the end of October for $3.99.

Beer poured black with a one finger tan head that did not last long. Nose is malty with hints of mocha. Taste is roasted dark malts with chocolate. Finish is light coffee with a hint of dry hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is moderately smooth. Drinkability is good. This is not overly complex but because of the average abv and with interesting enough qualities this is a beer that will have one reaching for more. Another nice brew from the folks at Moylan's!

arizcards, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a jet black hue with a thick, cream colored head. There is very nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with notes of toast. The flavor is more than I expected. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty maltiness dominate. It finishes dry with a nice light hop edge. The beer is very smooth, and it's medium body makes it very easy to drink. Another session stout in my book.

WYVYRN527, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of matty
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored beer with a rapidly fading creamy head.Aroma is cocoa and coffee.Taste is irish cream,coffee and chocolate.Exceptionally smooth and very easy to drink.You could put down a dangerous amount of these on a hot day.Overall an excellent stout!!

matty, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of jdklks
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours black through the middle with amber/dark brown edges. light brown head with little retention that leaves minimal lacing.

S- The smell is the best aspect of the beer. Coffee and dark fruits. smells of the best cherries i can think of.

T- dry, malty coffee with a hint of dark fruits. really nothing special, but definitely better than "average."

M- in my estimation, this beer is medium bodied. maybe because i enjoy imperial stouts much more than regulars. it is very smooth on the palate, goes down easy, but leaves only a little bitterness that doesn't linger for more than a second or two.

D- 1. it is a stout. 2. when the flavors of stouts dont linger, and thus dont have me constantly reaching for more (as they should), then they lose major points on drikability.

overall, this is definitely a beer worth drinking, but not something i would go back to often.

jdklks, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a large foamy dark brown head, well carbonated. Opaque jet black color. Smells like coffee, chocolate, molasses, sweet toasted almonds. Surprisingly light body. Starts roasty and sweet, coffeeish, moving to a sweet burnt smokiness, finishes quite dry, almost burnt. Moderate alcohol.

htomsirveaux, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very black. Tall, thick, dark tanned topping sits briefly. A skim remains always present and a thin crusty layer of lacing is placed like a paint splatter across the glass.

Pleasing aroma of clean, dry roasty malts with hints to burntness, cocoa, and coffee.

Flavors institute a favorably clean, dry roastyness that has a nice rounded meld of milk chocolate in the middle. Gets to the finish quickly with burntness of grains, some coffee, and blackened bread dryness. Secondary finish welcomes back a lovely balance of chocolate late in a creamy delightful fluffy dryness. Mild notes of nuttyness and tamed dark fruit ascent the chocolate tones which all become more richly apparent as it sits.

Body is a solid medium body with a slender creamyness to it. All the while adding its dryness in all the right places. The balance is remarkable between the two and how the dryness meets its smooth creamyness with a comfort and ease. Making for a wonderfully easy, clean & creamy, dryish drinkin' Irish Stout.

tavernjef, Jan 08, 2009
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.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown nearly black pour with a decent sized dark brown head. Has a smoky and peppery coffee aroma and has a dense taste that is mainly coffee but also some pepper and is layered with a very dry finish at the end. A surprsingly smooth and tasty brew that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into an imperial pint willi glass reveals a lightsucking ebony body capped with two fingers of doughy beige foam. The fine-bubbled head relaxes in short order, resting at a broken sheet that still manages to leave quite a few drippy rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell features a generous dose of fruity hops atop a dark burnt roastiness, the pleasing aroma laden with caramel-infused mocha and a drizzle of molasses.

The taste is crisply toasty with dilute caramel and a dusting of cocoa. A tangy grainy element seizes a foothold in the flavor profile early on, gaining greater purchase as the drink progresses. A dusty-dry smokiness lingers deep into the aftertaste.

The drink is on the light side of medium bodied but is somewhat overly carbonated. A distracting wave of stinging bubbles greets the palate at each swig, but the net effect is that the drink is quite refreshing.

cvstrickland, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle purchased locally. Jet black with a good tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate with a little fruity fig in there. Flavor is dry, with more chocolate in there. Roast flavor is restrained and bitterness balances. Carbonation is not to high, although it could be less. Smooth, creamy dry and balanced. This is a great example of an Irish Dry Stout made in the US. More micros need to make these.

Brewsmith, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black in the barlight, although plenty of highlighting hints at a lighter color. Not much lacing resulting from a soapy bubbled mess of a head.

Roasted malt, featuring some coffee bean, although it comes off as just a really weak coffee. Yikes.

I was very underwhelmed in general by the Dragoon. I thought they could have packed a little more punch into this one without sacrificing market share for their other stouts. Some hops add a bit of citric bitterness, but otherwise this is a cardboard cut-out stout.

Slightly charred, dry finish. Light body is acceptable but seems a little too carbonated and not quite smooth. Maybe it was my frame of mind, but I was not impressed with the Dragoons and I don't think I'll even try the bottle.

BretSikkink, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with ruby accents and a light brown diminishing head. Aroma is lightly sweet with roast, coffee and herbal. Flavor is cocoa, herbal, roasty and nutty. Long fry finish. Smooth texture, medium carbonation. Overall a very nice medium bodied stout.

kmeves, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured coal black with a dense tan head that grew as the nitro cascaded through the beer.

The aroma was full of inviting roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and mild fruits.

The flavor of the beer was rich with roasty goodness and chocolately accents. The maltiness of the beer was relatively mild and along with the firm bitterness, helped balance out the roasted end of things. Some mild fruitiness was there, which was nice. Thankfully, there was no diacetyl, which I often get in Irish dry stouts. Very flavorful overall, but with a softened edge that's absent in some of the more prevalent versions, such as Guinness and Murphy's - Dragoon's was of course much, much better.

The body was medium and the mouthfeel was incredibly creamy, due to the nitro and high percentage of flaked barley that was surely used. The beer was gassed with a nitro/CO2 blend, which gave the beer a nice loft, while providing a soft effervescence.

This is an amazingly flavorful and drinkable session beer. It hit all the right notes and was true to style. I have trouble really finding points to criticize. Outstanding.

SacoDeToro, Dec 11, 2008
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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted pecan brown with slivers of reddish bronze at the margins. When 5.0% stouts are opaque, it usually means a substantial amount of malt. Let's hope so. The mocha colored crown looks decent enough, although it isn't oozing with character and it isn't laying down much lace. In the end, a half-point foam penalty has been assessed.

The nose gets things back on-track. It's nicely roasted and features slightly more coffee bean than cocoa bean. Best of all, it needs very little coaxing to come rushing out of the glass. If the brewers have added enough barley, this should be a pretty good stout.

It's a close call with respect to malt content. Since Moylan's already has a kick ass RIS called Ryan O'Sullivan's, they can't be faulted too much for wanting to brew something roughly half that big. That said, they could have packed a little more flavor and depth into this offering.

Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is a pretty typical version that doesn't stray even a millimeter outside the style boundaries. There may be a fraction more hop flavor and bitterness, but that's all to the good. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee are the stars of the show and complement one another as well as they always do.

This would be a better stout if it punched a little harder. Not necessarily with respect to ABV, but to flavor. More of the roasted, faintly smoky char that appears on the back end might have made my buds happy enough for the next highest taste score to be granted.

Drinkability is solid, so good thing it comes in bombers. On second thought, Moylans beer is all in bombers, right? The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium and almost earns the next highest score. Unfortunately, the bubbles tend to wander away by the bottom half of the bottle.

Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is a worthy addition to the Moylan's lineup. The fact that it doesn't score as high as Ryan O'Sullivan's say more about my love for big beer than it does about this beer's worthiness. Slap down your $5.29 and make up your own mind.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA on 11/08/08.

Black/brown beer with a thin skin of a head, composed of fine tan bubbles.

Almost no aroma; what is there is a roasted malt note.

Flavor can be compared to Guinness. Roasted malt, though mild. A touch of sourness. Smooth, but not velvety. No notable bitterness at any point. Simple, tasty but not crave-inducing.

Superior to many iterations of Dry Irish stout I have had, but nothing special.

charlzm, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/20/08.

Poured into pint glass. Thick, creamy medium brown head. Body is pitch black and couldn't see through the glass. Head fades to about 1/2 finger.

Smell is roasty and coffeelike.

Taste is good. Nice and crisp and dry. Very slight bitterness with good coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Mouth is light and drying.

Drinkability is very good in my opinion. Nice and light with no flavors that are overpowering.

Overall its a good stout. Easily drinkable and might be great on nitro.

riored4v, Oct 30, 2008
Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.