Dragoon's Irish Dry Stout
Moylan's Brewery

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #60
Ranked #27,859
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 06/12/17:

Dark brown with deep red hues, just barely clear in direct light. Foamy, fine, uniform head of moderate retention, a creamy brown in color, perfect contrast with the body. Aromas of coffee roast, freshly mixed cement, faint second-hand smoke. Palate is even more tobacco, some soil, a tart smokiness, and a metallic character which could be the hops, which are otherwise more earthy in the finish. Less complex but more balanced and robust than the Guinness equivalent, eschewing the good but arguably overwrought molasses and vanilla qualities for something that better lives up to the name of a Dry Stout. I don’t generally rate by style guidelines, so that is not the issue in that comparison. I just prefer something like this. Sweeter beers with strange notes are great when the alcohol is extra high, but otherwise they are just alright. Has nothing to do with hops, which can be hit or miss regardless of the amount. Barely full-bodied, with a soda-like prickly spritziness, albeit softening and smoothening much faster, to lighten it.

Apr 14, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

1.78/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drank (some of) a bottle that seems to be infected - at least that the most charitable thing to think.

Appearance was dark brown, nice velvety head with good retention.

Aroma was tart cherry cola with wet grass and straight up vinegar.

Taste followed the nose with that tart cherry cola flavor only further enforced by the presence of an incredibly high carbonation. Some chocolate and roasted malts still come through the nose but there is also a strong acidic character to the flavor.

Feel was incredibly carbonated - clearly overly so. Very dry finish.

Overall this beer clearly has something wrong with it. If I can land another bottle, I'll happily give it another shot.

Mar 25, 2018
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brew is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of spiderweb lacing behind. The aroma overall is rather light with some hints of roast, coffee, and cocoa. The taste is fantastic. It starts nice and roasty and remains so throughout the taste. Along with the roast, is a good deal of coffee, which starts out very strong, with it fading just a little bit as the flavor profile moves on. Other flavors of a light earth and herb hop meet the tongue at the end of the flavor profile, leaving a nice roasty taste to linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is quite nice as it is slightly thicker and chewier, which for the dark, dry, and roasty flavors is very nice. Overall this is a well done dry Irish stout. It's deep and roasty, all while maintaining a great drinkability.

Feb 22, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brown approaching black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with lighter aromas of coffee, dark fruits (plum + fig), and just a hint of milk sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with light flavors of freshly brewed coffee. That is followed by some very light hints of dark fruits (plum + fig), chocolate, and milk sweetness. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of chalkiness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Would definitely get it again. Alcohol is well hidden.

May 04, 2015
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice and drinkable. This is for when you want 22 oz. but don't want to jump off the cliff without a parachute. Roasty, dry malt, creamy body. Lower abv so you could easy do two or three of these over the course of a darts game. Better tasting than Guinness, but not the original Irish Dry Stout.

Apr 19, 2015
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Mar 23, 2014
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MECove from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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!


Mar 14, 2014
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SmashPants from Australia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jan 20, 2014
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AAG from New York

2.97/5  rDev -22%
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.

Sep 02, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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!


Sep 01, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jul 20, 2013
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

May 04, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Oct 22, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Oct 06, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Aug 19, 2012
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Aug 18, 2012
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scratch69 from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jun 25, 2012
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beer2day from North Carolina

3.74/5  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.

Apr 14, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Mar 21, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.


Feb 25, 2012
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xylophonica from Australia

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Feb 16, 2012
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BurpingtonDC from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Feb 04, 2012
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Brenden from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Jan 27, 2012
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JamesS from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jan 22, 2012
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Murrhey from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Dec 25, 2011
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