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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 DrJay
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

DrJay, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

mj001jk, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

beerthulhu, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

jwc215, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Zorro, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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

dirtylou, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

ATPete, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of brantadid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

brantadid, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Crosling
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

Crosling, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

opwog, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

froghop, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of kingothewoods
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

kingothewoods, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of davedahl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

davedahl, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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.

Bighuge, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of BeachBumC
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

Had this one on-tap at the Stone 12th Anniversary Brewfest.

App: Nice, black color with a thick tan head and medium lacing.

Sm: Very strong smoky, burnt smell. That was the dominating aroma, no coffee or chocolate, just the smoky, burnt aroma, which was a little too much.

Mouth: Nice body and leaves your mouth dry and not too much aftertaste but not exactly a clean finish either.

Taste: Very strong smoky flavor, matching the aroma. The roasted grain dominates the flavor and makes the beer taste burnt which was a little disappointing.

I usually love dry, Irish stouts but this one was a bit disappointing.

I think this is another one that was served a little colder than it should have been. I really think it would be better, both aroma and taste, at a slightly warmer temperature.

BeachBumC, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +31.6%

As an Irish American I have a soft spot in my heart for stouts and other similar beers. One of the reasons I am a craft beer lover today is because of all those pints of Guiness I had to choke down and pretend I liked to keep up apperances. Until one day I actually liked the stuff. The rest is mostly history. First off Moylans is an execellent brewery. They make top notch beer. Usually bottled versons of Irish stouts just dont work very well, but in this case it really dose. Somehow they managed to put a smooth, creamy and dry stout in a bottle without all the high tech gadgetry you may find in other examples. The colour is black. The head is thick and tan. The armoa is rich with coffee and chocolate, but subdued. The flavour is roasty, chocolaty, earthy and smooth. It has a very mild bitterness so there is some sweetness but that just adds a layer of complexity. Not nearly as dry as say Guiness, nor is the body as light. Still I would say it fits nicely into the Irish stout category. I really like this beer and highly recommend it. Oh yeah its only 5% ABV so like other dry stouts it makes an awsome session beer.

mjryan, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does pass just a hint of light through it if held up directly to the light. The aroma smells quite dry and full of roasted, dark malt notes; reminiscent of well, almost blackened, grain, charcoal, dry espresso, burnt soda crackers and perhaps a hint of a dark grain sweetness. That last may just be my imagination though as this beer is clearly roast dominated and it is hard to get a sense of anything else in the nose.

Dry with a fizzy, carbonic acidity that sort of adds to the overall dryness. Ample flavors of well deeply toasted grain move to more of burnt and even bitter finish that lingers on just a bit after the beer has left my mouth. There is some burnt grain acidity here, though not quite as much as one might expect (the mash PH seems to have been held well enough in check). This actually does get fairly bitter and slightly astringent in the finish from the burnt grain focus. Despite being so dry, this does have a touch of body to it, though the fizziness of the carbonation tends to get in the way of the texture despite being fairly light (in carbonation). A couple of vigorous swirls of my glass release most of the carbonation and greatly reduces the harsh carbonic bit and makes this beer more creamy and less astringently burnt. As the beer warms up a bit it even picks up a slight burnt fruitiness that helps to further add a bit of balance.

I am a bit surprised to say it, but this is actually probably better on Nitro, or preferably from the hand pump; the reduced carbonation and carbonic acidity would really help to keep this beer more balanced. And the beer does actually smooth out, become more integrated and not as overtly roasted if I vigorously swirl out the carbonation; serving this on the warm side certainly helps too. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking out of the bottle, if you work at it you can turn this into a nicely drinking beer though. I would love to have this served via hand pump from a cask at about 59°F / 15°C.

Gueuzedude, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Dragoon's pours a deep black with a nicely sized lid of creamy tan.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate and caramel with super darkly roasted malts, hints of dark roasted coffee, and a whiffs of fresh pine needles.

Flavor brings hints of deep, dark chocolatey sweetness with a big char roasted base. Subtle dark coffee bitterness and some light lemony-piney hops finish this one mellowly dry and crisp. Solidly medium in body with plenty of soft carbonation, but not overly impressive in smoothness or creaminess.

Dragoon's is a good beer for sure. Nicely done version of the style that I would not hesitate to drink when in the mood.

Slynger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

a: brown head that fades quickly but leaves frothy lace on the side of the glass; sits on thick black body with a tinge of ruby

s: sweet molasses; coffee w/ cream and sugar; brown sugar; light chocolate; nuts; not very fragrant but what is there is good

t: sweet molasses; syrup; brown sugar; light roasted coffee; some light dark rum

m: cask so smooth and creamy good thickness

d: a good stout that is sweet and creamy; makes a good nightcap/after dinner desert drink

hoegaardenhero, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

bashiba, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a dark brown/black with a big 2 finger cocoa looking head. Head doesn't stay around too long.

Nice toasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, and fruit aromas.

Light coffee, roasted malt with a medium hop bite.

Light body, dry, & fairly carbonated.

The lightness, dry finish, & low ABV make this sessionable.

bbothen, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a very dark brown-nearly black with a brown head that quickly disappears. Some burnt malt roast in the aroma. Taste is malt, roasted, and very chocolate? Also a subtle sweetness in the finish-mouthfeel is smooth and lush-drinkability is exceptional. Guinness-c-ya later-give me a few pints of Dragoons. Saddle up boys!

bradybeer, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +10%

22oz bomber taht says 5% abv.

Pours a pourous tan head that quickly recedes without any provocation from my lips, nose or tongue, to a medium island of foam in the middle of the beer. A little bit darker than Guinness, with just noticeable dark brown highlights. The aroma is a dru grainhouse roasted malt with notes of very light coffee and watered down chocolate. The taste has a upfront roated malt character with a bone dry hop and dark malt middle. Te finish brings out the light brownie and coffee flavors. All very subtle, but great for a very sessionable dry stout.

scruffwhor, Jun 10, 2008
Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.