Dragoon's Irish Dry Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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Dragoon's Irish Dry StoutDragoon's Irish Dry Stout

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 02-02-2005

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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 175
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large three plus finger head of loose, larger foam, heavily whipped, dark tan to outright brown in color, the lacing is haphazard but sticks fully where it lands. Just about pure black liquid, no color to be hither or yon, appears trim and clean. Taut and wiry nose, hits you with it, but it is indeed a punch, cocoa to malted milk balls, lighter caramel, orange peels, the hops have a subtle aggressiveness and pine and grass appear in uncommon percentage, plum, black grape, cherry fruit scents thick enough to anchor things, doe snot appear fashioned to gently soak in, no love handles. Full-bodied with a muscular enough structure to keep things limber and nimble with the added weight. Cocoa, dark chocolate nibs, coffee, hard toffee, the orange citrus a very dry zest, leads swiftly into pine sap and tea leaf accents. The carbonation has a finely granular character while still bringing a fair degree of fluff. Smokiness builds sip after sip, with it a semi-bitter nuttiness. Lots of elements, not so much harmony. As a result, does not deliver high scores on general drinkability.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FBarber
1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep roasted chesnut brown with a 1/2 finger beige colored head atop.Dry and earthy aromas with a bit of char,dark roast coffee and a a hint of caramel sweentess in there as well.Seemed to be a bit thin and sharp in the mouth,not liking the sharpness to much in a dry stout.Flavors are roasted and earthy with coffee playing a large role in the profile,mild caramel sweetness in the finish.I have alot better dry stouts but this isnt horrible,just average.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: soft milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: nice mix of roasted malt and tobacco with a bit of sucrose at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness, medium bodied for the style

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one, yet for the style it falls as just about a solid B. I like the tobacco taste and it looks divine, yet taste wise I have other favorites in the style. That said, I would have no problem downing a couple of these.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with two fingers of light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with underlying unsweetened cocoa and just a hint of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Solid and almost charred roasted malt flavors up front that manage to not be too astringent. Smooth dark chocolate flavors enter in midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side in general but nice for the style with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I drank this bomber way too quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I can't think of another beer in the style that I've enjoyed more, even though it could be considered an American Stout/Dry Irish Stout hybrid. Well worth a shot and I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of Lakers-24
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of dhopkins82009
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%

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

[email protected] Brewpub. Pretty nice, soft and dry, some licorice, subtle roasted maltyness, nutty, pretty easy going. Good flavour, and decent length, and whats more its not too sweet, nice dry finish, i could have drunk a pint or 2 more of this, but we had to head off.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dankabier1
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dull ebony color, and the toasted brown head is peculiar -- it begins fluffy and minimizes very quickly, but what remains is a skim across the entire surface which crackles and dances with new bubbles as old ones pop away. It's an audible beer too, you can actually hear this! It's like looking at super active microbes in a petri dish. This isn't a dirty glass and there are no foreign bodies in the glass. It's one of the most interesting displays I've seen from a beer head, and I don't know what to make of it other than "?"

Smells nearly as intriguing as it looks. Moments of fig and plum fly by under a veil of light smoke/grilled meat, some coffee character, and a dash of mineral/creek stone.

The appearance and smell inevitably create an expectation, and I got what I expected, for the most part. That crackly, vibrant head is felt as well as seen -- it tickles the tongue with a liveliness and buoyancy, busy carbonation but nothing harsh. Body itself is on the lighter side, especially for a stout. Taste-wise I get everything the aroma gives (dark fruit, smoke/char, coffee, mineral/stone), with an added dose of cola, and an acrid, burnt coffee bitterness in the finish. And yes, it's quite dry.

I wondered how this usually hop-heavy brewery was going to handle a beer like this, and it is certainly less "west coast" than all the other beers I've had by them. It's not my favorite style, and not my favorite Moylan's beer, but I'm glad for the experience all the same.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at Cole's cask fest. Black with Caesar, with a white bubby head. Stout aroma, but above average mouthfeel. A bit sourness in it. Drinkable but still not that great a stout.What can I do, I'm not a great fan of the style, and I do not get it on tap.

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