Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish StoutMoylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

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Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown nearly black pour with a decent sized dark brown head. Has a smoky and peppery coffee aroma and has a dense taste that is mainly coffee but also some pepper and is layered with a very dry finish at the end. A surprsingly smooth and tasty brew that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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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Photo of utah44
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Discovered this brew at the balcony bar of the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. A fabulous beer and a great old neighborhood bar in the most fascinating city in America.

A - black with a huge head, a nitro effect?
S - like night-blooming jasmine with hints of mirlitons
T - heavenly sweetish chocolate and toasty malt
M - smooth but highly carbonated
D - great, beer doesn't any better

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a 1-2 inch head. No light comes through, even when held up to the sun. Aroma is nice and roasty without being smoky. Carbonation is just enough to tell you it's there, but low- as an Irish stout should be. There is a little bit of sweetness at the end. This is freaking good- mouthfeel and drinkability are off the charts. Not that we here at BA encouraging chugging contests, but if you were to find yourself in that situation, this would be a perfect beer for the occasion. This blows Guinness, Beamish, etc. out of the water.

As an aside, I used this as a steak marinade (along with some garlic, onion and spices) and it was fantastic.

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Photo of gabe23
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours jet black with a nice cascading effect. A dense, light brown head forms a thick cap and lingers for several minutes. Scattered lacing.

S - Burnt toast, black coffee, and a slightly sweet touch of dark fruit.

T - Smoky, bitter goodness. The roasted malt carries the day as you would expect, but the finish has a nice dark chocolate & expresso bitterness that lingers until the next sip.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice creaminess.

D - Great flavor and low ABV make this one an all night drinker. I enjoy Beamish and the other 'macro' Irish dry stouts, and Moylan's is just more of a good thing. Take everything you know about Guinness and crank it up to 11, and you'll know what this beer is about. Great stuff.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours all-black with a thin, creamy light-brown head on top. Nice retention.

Nose is smooth and very roasty, earthy, just a bit ashy, very dry, a bit woody even, with a smooth underlying cocoa note providing a nice richness.

Taste is heavily roasty, truly dry, just a bit smoky, earthy and (again) woody - not oak-aged woody, but fresh-tree-bark-and-dirt-on-a-camping-trip woody. Rich cocoa comes back to provide a nice counter-balanced richness, which should in no way be confused for sweetness, which is (true to style) almost completely absent. Finish leaves with notes of roast and of coffee, still very earthy, and a last, lingering bit of cocoa. Very satisfying and well put together.

Mouthfeel is beautifully creamy, smooth, exactly how this style should be presented. Light in body, rich in texture. Forget nitro, this is rich, creamy, fulfilling, and yet maintains every bit of its complexity of flavor without being muted at all.

Drinkability is quite nice as well. Flavorful without ever wearing on the palate, had this one been packed into a beer with a slightly lower abv (say, 4%) it would have been a perfect 5. Very nice beer from Moylan's, very impressive.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's one I've been meaning to try for a quite a while - now that I have, I wish I hadn't waited. This Dry-Irish-Stout-by-way-of-California is the real deal.

Initial pour produces surprisingly little head - I was expecting something more like the explosive head you get with Guinness. Even an agressive pour produces only about a finger-thick layer of the silky tan head. Color is very dark but not impenetrable by any means, with pleanty of deep amber visible around the edges.

Smell is rather subdued but pleasant - the expected roasted coffee and chocolate notes are present and accounted for.

From the first sip you can tell this is the work of an accomplished brewer: wonderful dark baker's chocolate set beside roasted coffee and a hint of chariness. Tastes richly roasted rather than burnt - Guinness has this the other way around, not always in a good way. Finishes dry with a hint of coconut - nice!

Very drinkable, would drink this as a session beer if it were available in sixers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 superspak
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours pitch black color with a small 1 finger fairly dense tan head with nice retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some coffee. Some damn nice aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big roasted malt, milk chocolate, and caramel; with light coffee and vanilla. Some noticeable bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and vanilla on the finish for a short period of time. Still quite dry as would be expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice smooth mouthfeel with tons of creaminess. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, this is the best dry stout I have ever had. For 5%, this has tons of flavor with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had one of these on cask at the ginger man, it arrived in time for the last few bites of of my exotic hot dog - thick and black with a minimal head - aroma of roasted malts and coffee - taste followed the nose with a crisp and clean finish - nice clean mouthfeel that asked for another sip - i could have gone for a few more.

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Photo of goschool
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours pitch black with raisin, cola colored edges. 1 inch tan colored heads, that is tight bubbled. Fades down to a thin cap.

S- Roasty malts, light roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Mollasses, dark fruit...raisins. Nothing too strong here, but good.

T- Bakers chocolate, roasted coffee blend upfront. Slight smokey wood. There is a pleasant burnt character here. Ends with an acidic bitter snap.

M- Light bodied, with tight crisp prickly carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

D- I think that I can count the number of dry stouts I've had on 1 hand. This one is top notch and very easy to drink. I would definetly recommend this.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown, nearly black. Light mocha head. All in all, looks nice.

Smells wonderful: Rich coffee, sweet chocolate, and roasted malts.

Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malts, slight astringency, and some ending bitterness.

Nice, creamy texture, medium in body, low carbonation.

Low ABV, great tasting, very aromatic...drinkability doesnt get any better. If only Hopsickle were this good...

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Photo of davedahl
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Mark
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Lagunitas beer circus. Beige head atop an opaque body. Nice chocolaty coffee like aroma. Taste is a touch bitter, roasted malts come thru nicely and the feel is very smooth and easy to drink. Nice to enjoy a great beer surrounded by a bunch of lunatics at this Lagunitas event. :-) Tasty, nice cask.

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Photo of tyanow
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with the tiniest bit of amber on the thin edges at the bottom of the pint glass. Perfect fat pillowy light tan head, with big generous lacing.

S- Toasty with a little bit of burnt mocha.

T- Roasty, toasty, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight coffee aftertatse. Very dry.

M- This ought to be on nitro. I'll bet with tiny light nitro effervescence this is an A+ stout. Out of the bottle it is creamy, dry and light bodied, but not watery as some have found.

D- This stuff goes down fast and the dryness makes you crave more, so I'd say very drinkable.

If you are in Ireland get a Guiness or Beamish, but if you are in the USA if you can get this stuff, do yourself a favor and grab a few of these.

Along with Mad River's Steelhead Extra Stout, this is one of my very favorite west coast version of dry stout. (Shakespeare from Rogue is not a dry stout in my book)

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at BevMo! Brea. Labeled Dragoons Dry Irish Stout.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours black with a chocolate milk head that dissipates to a thin layer leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

S- Rich roasted coffee bitterness and chocolate. Very nice.

T- Same as the aroma. A nice roasty coffee flavor with a chocolaty backing. The finish is very clean and dry, which is to be expected.

M- Light with lively carbonation. Seems appropriate for this beer.

D- Very high. At 5% ABV, this is a highly sessionable and easy drinking stout.

A very nice way to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Cheers!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights. Two fingers of creamy level beige foam. Nice lacing.

Big roasty coffee aroma. Bit of chocolate toward the back.

Taste has big roast coffee, with a bit of milk. Chocolate rises and falls. Earthy hops at the swallow.

Smooth mouthfeel. Semi slick and oily.

Could enjoy a couple of these at a sitting.

A very nice Irish style stout. Nice to find in an increasingly imperial world.

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