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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 294 | Reviews: 170
Photo of Brewsmith
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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.

Photo of kmeves
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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.

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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

Very dark, just short of black, with mahogany edges that showed a bit of a ruby tint. A one finger mocha cap was generated by a very hard pour, a mixture of fine and soapy bubbles that left considerable clumpy lacing stuck to the glass. Good head retention. Very roasty aroma, some coffee and burnt notes, with faint toffee and dry cocoa. Mild bitterness stayed beneath the malt and roast flavours, but remained solid throughout. It started out with sweet malts, some caramel and roast. Light grassy hops appeared mid-sip and grew into a finish that was balanced with lingering roast and toffee with a hint of vanilla and sour cherry thrown in as well. A bit dry with controlled astringency from the dark malts. The body was on the lighter side, firmly entrenched between medium and light. Carbonation was certainly on the low side, but remained lively enough to keep it from feeling dull. Nice texture overall. Quite a good stout, easy drinking with a little added malt and hop complexity plus a little more body than you normally see with the style. Good stuff.

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 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 jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with rubyish brown hues at the bottom. It has a thin light brown head that leaves lacing in its descent.

The smell is roasty with mild coffee and a hint of toffee.

The taste is roasty with cocoa and mild coffee. There is some acidity in the dry finish.

The carbonation is a bit forward. Not quite as creamy as I would have hoped, but it does hit medium-bodied, as per the style.

There's a bit of an acrid acidity and quite a bit of carbonation that is slightly abrasive. Overall though - a nice representation of the style, with soft cocoa sweetness and mild coffee with plenty of roast, leading to a dry finish.

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Basically a light proof black beer with a tall brown head.

Smell is malty and strongly bitter chocolate scented. Lots of patent malt scent this is also slightly smoky. Just a trace of English style hops can be detected, a roasted malt beer mostly.

The taste starts out mild, malty and deeply of Chocolate. Very slightly sweet it isn't as dry as Guinness. Extremely mild mannered it is about a half step in the direction of Milk Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Hyper easy to drink this stuff basically sneaks down your throat when you aren't looking. Nothing bad at all about this beer, one of the bests of the type.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, under a thin ring of cocoa-tan head. Nice.

Aroma: Cocoa, cream, coffee, a whiff of anise and a glimmer of vanilla.

In the mouth: much chocolatey goodness. Beefy malt, then smooth and super drinking. Moderate, if not mild, bitterness. Sweet, then dry. Great balance. Great drinking. Plenty of flavor, but not too complicated.

Medium bodied, medium finish. A nice stout that delivers flavor, but doesn't stick around too long, or make any kind of fuss. Still, keep you reaching for another sip. Then another bottle.

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 ATPete
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, ABV 5%

Deep brown, almost black in color with a huge cascading brown head that leaves some sticking. Fruity, sweet malts and a citrus hop bitterness. Fluffy body, a bit of cherry funk and lemon skin bitterness, roasted caramel malt but there is subtle hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Almost tart cherry, vanilla flavor, a bit thin on the body, no chew. It honestly more sweet than anything, there's no drying alcohol heat or intense tongue numbing bitterness. Its thin, sour and borderline cloying. This is just off.

Photo of brantadid
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black with some dark brown highlights passing through. A one fingers white head. No real lacing to speak of.

Smelled of roasted malt and burnt barley. Nice hints of chocolate also.

It is a dry stout. Malty with a burnt barley flavor. Very rich. Lots of chocolate notes in this beer. Slight bittering on the far palate.

Very nice mouthfeel. Lower carbonation give to a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is on drinkable beer. I could, and would love to, drink a bunch of these.

Photo of Crosling
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored beer. A light hint of espresso, roast and dried dark chocolate are present in the very light nose. Flavor is lacking depth. While it does have some nice elements (like a lingering finish,) it's very timid in the front and mid-palate and lacks richness. Had high hopes for this one, but it failed me.

Photo of opwog
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Dio - Last In Line

A- The nitro made this a long, visual cascade. Literally this was part of the first tap of this keg, so it would be unfair to describe the slow surfacing of beer to head, etc. and say that it was representative of how anybody else might have this on nitro. Body: deep, dark black/brown. Head builds to tan white.
S- roasted malt and mysterious burnt qualities, but not much else.
T- chocolate toated malt, with a sour backbone. Unusual in a good way. I didn't catch the "dry"ness of the style.
M- Really amazing nitro mouthfeel. velvety rich.
D- Tough to say, as we were testing such a fresh keg. But I can gaurantee that I will be back for more!

Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a opaque with a medium size khaki head, very good lacing.

smell of powered cocoa, weak coffee, licorice, and just a touch of vanilla.

taste is dry, milk and bakers chocolate, some coffee, sour malt, some bitter hops, ends dry and just a little bitter.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it from the bottle straight into a glass mug. Lots of creamy thick dark tan head that sits on the top like a cookie.

Not much on the smell side of things.

The taste was thick, deep, and creamy with noticeable amounts of carmel, coffee, and roast.

Very smooth to drink and swallow and then finished by the desire another drink.

Dry feeling was left on the palate.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Black body, thin tan head.

s: The aroma is semi-sweet and chocolaty.

t: Roasted malt, chocolate and just a tad sweet with hints of smoke and a dry finish.

m: medium with ample carbonation. doesn't leave too much on the palate.

d: A great example of the style. good roasted malt backbone. very sessionable. You'll want to let this one warm a bit to capture its full glory.

Photo of davedahl
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This jet-black stout pours a massive uncontrollable head with a medium pour. Despite that it's a nice rocky head and with amazing retention.

It's a properly-dry stout with a sweet caramel taste and very nice full mouthfeel - appropriate for the style.

Terrific representation of the style. I could drink these all day.

Photo of Bighuge
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black body. Brown head. Thin lace patterns. Nose is excellent. Roasted coffee bean, baker's chocolate, roasted malts. Great roasted malt aroma. Perfect for the style. Flavorwise, this is about as good as it gets for a Dry Irish Stout. Great roasted malt character. A little smoke. Some powdered cocoa accents nicely. Dry chalky mouthfeel. And coffee grounds come to mind as well. Lingering roasted malt bitterness is enjoyable as well. Been a while since I've had a great Irish style stout. Good to see they're still being made.

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
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