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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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 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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:59:04 | More by dirtylou
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 00:40:26 | More by ATPete
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 21:17:36 | More by brantadid
Photo of Crosling


2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 14:43:34 | More by Crosling
Photo of opwog


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-06-2008 08:32:56 | More by opwog
Photo of froghop


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 22:17:32 | More by froghop
Photo of kingothewoods


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 00:56:14 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 02:05:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of davedahl


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:10:10 | More by davedahl
Photo of Bighuge


4.75/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:04:32 | More by Bighuge
Photo of BeachBumC


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 21:43:32 | More by BeachBumC
Photo of mjryan


5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 21:24:05 | More by mjryan
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2008 00:22:11 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Slynger


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:11:39 | More by Slynger
Photo of hoegaardenhero


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: cask

07-04-2008 02:56:02 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of bashiba


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 02:21:52 | More by bashiba
Photo of bbothen


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:37:11 | More by bbothen
Photo of bradybeer


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 21:15:30 | More by bradybeer
Photo of scruffwhor


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:32:36 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of GClarkage


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/06/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Super black in color with a both half and half large bubbled and tight knit bubbled head that is easily a good inch and a half on the pour. Really has good staying power at about a 1/2 inch for the entire pint. Lacing is minor at best though.

Smell- Deep super roasted caramel malt. Early as in dirt and a good whiff of chocolate and minor coffee grounds. Even a touch of butterscotch noted...

Taste- Extreme dark chocolate flavor with a lightly burnt malt base. Mild coffee notes and a decent hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Slightly drying mouthfeel and a lasting hop bitterness. Carbonation is rather hefty at first, but calms down a bit after the first few ounces. Still remains over carbonated though.

Drinkability- Minus the carbonation, it's pretty well right on style. I would recommend it to fans of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 22:05:23 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours black with a huge, belgian-like tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is roasted coffee and dark grain, with a generous dry chocolate sweetness.

Taste is similar to the nose. Mainly roasted dark grain bring a nice smokiness and dry chocolate brings sweetness. Malt aspect is surprisingly bready. Hints of dark fruit and coffee. Overall profile is mild.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a decently dry finish.

A pretty tasty, and balanced stout. Flavor is pleasant and unified. A nice easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:05:29 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of rkuhnel


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured into my Duvel glass a very dark brown that looked almost black. Rich nose of roasted chocolate malts and coffee, vanilla, and smoke. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich and the hops and malts are well balanced. Nice dry bitter finish. Most enjoyable. Shows you don't have to have some huge ABV value to make a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 17:08:09 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of goschool


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

Phew.... I narrowly averted disaster after some of the beer splashed up out of my glass, onto my shirt, onto a pillow on the couch, and into my eyes, stinging quite a bit. Fortunately, the cushions were spared.

Now that I've cleaned up and changed shirts, let's give this a try. I have an Irish Dubliner cheese to go along with it.

Appearance: This pour is black with a large tan head, that eventually fades away.

Smell: The nose has dark-roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste: The flavor profile has dry, bitter roasted malts. Minor notes of fig and very dark chocolate come in at the mid-palate. A slight burst of hops joins the mix for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Occasionally, I get in the mood for Guinness and I'm always disappointed when I drink it. From now on, I will surely drink this instead. By the way, the cheese pairing is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 06:02:53 | More by goschool
Photo of DoubleJ


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Pours like black gold into a Guinness pint glass. It's as black as midnight with a short tan head with merely adequate retention. I'm still amazed at the color of the beer though in my glass, I haven't seen anything this dark for some time. Big aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa with a little roasted edge, one I think chocoholics would die for. So far, it looks like $2.99 very well spent.

The flavor isn't as sweet as I was expecting, but more of roasted barley and dark coffee that could grow hair on your chest. Carbonation is just a little strong. Kind of bitteresweet tasting really. There is some cappuchino, coffee bean, and dark chocolate notes. A bursh-up of hops clens up the act towards the end and in the finish, which lingers roasted barley.

Notes: Who needs to go to Ireland for a good dry stout when you can go to Novato for one? Or in my case, the local beer store. I forget how much I like dry stouts, and Moylan's was there to remind me of that. Here's to the skeptics: this beer won Gold at the 2007 GABF.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 03:52:39 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Mark


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with a malted milk tan head. Little or no lacing is left though head lasts. Strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Same on the taste buds, coffee, chocolate with a tinge of hop. A good traditional style stout. Very smooth and drinkable. Moylan's makes solid beer and this one follows in the tradition of good quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 03:15:26 | More by Mark
Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.