Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish StoutMoylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 311
Photo of speter
2.22/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a thick tan head that quickly fades. Beautiful jet-black color.

S: Very estery aroma, slightly soy-like.

T: The taste is overall quite burnt and dry. More ester flavors than I would expect from a dry stout. A sour, ash-like taste, perhaps with a hint of banana, is followed by a harsh kick upon swallowing. The burnt aftertaste lingers.

M: Very astringent, almost like an oatmeal stout. Medium body.

D: Overall, this didn't seem like a balanced beer. One flavor dominated: burnt.

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Photo of rkinsella
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a nonic pint glass...jet black, practically no highlights around the edges at all, dense tan fluffy/rocky head...looks great!
A bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Bottle read "Live Ale, Keep Refrigerated." The store where I bought it from had it on the shelf at room temp :(

The smell was earthy roasted smell, mixed with day old coffee. Also some weird "off" licorice notes.

Taste was dry at the start, and very dry on the finish. Bitter roast notes with a sort of chalkiness.

Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

I was very excited to try this beer, and I was pretty disappointed. This bottle could be old, or the flavors could be "off" from the room temp storage.

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Photo of Crosling
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown to black with light head and light lacing. Opacity is good.

Smell: Dry roasted malt flavor, more brown malt. Vanilla and milk chocolate. Very yeasty, almost too sour. Smells like a porter. I know there is a strong historical connection between porters and stouts.

Taste: Bread and dough. Brown malts, nut, chocolates. slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery with some syrup qualities. Finishes easy and dry.

Overall: I'm let-down by this ale. Not dark roast malted enough for my taste. More like a porter. I've had more flavorful dry stouts.

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Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of trecker
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 into an American pint glass...

A: dark black with tan head.

S: definite chocolate nose

T: a little bitter, overly carbonated for sure.

M: medium

D: I definitely didn't find it as drinkable as other reviewers did.

I love stouts and I've had some good stuff from Moylan's but this one was disappointing.

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Photo of AAG
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark hue with ruby highlights. Fizzy dark tan head dissipates very quickly.

Flavor is very average. Not a whole lot to say really. Not sweet, with a moderate roast character that finishes peaty. Could use more malt to give the beer some body and combat the blandness. Watery mouthfeel and hard carbonation aren't dealbreakers, but they don't help the situation either.

A pretty underwhelming beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of BeachBumC
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this while down in California.

Pouring into a pint glass results in a black-dark brown colored beer with almost three fingers of thick chocolate tinged head. Head slowly evaporated, with about half a finger remaining for an extended period of time.

The smell is very faint. I was able to pick up some minor chocolate and coffee scents, but not very much.

Taste started with a sweet mocha flavor, with a slight touch of hoppiness at the end. Very dry finish, with a touch of the mocha flavor remaining after you finish.

All and all a good stout. Not as thick, and thus a bit easier to drink than some others I have tried.

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Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of bottle into tulip glass. Black as night with 1 inch of brown head.

S - Faint smell overall. Dry malt, coffee.

T - Very subtle. No outstanding flavors, just a good balance for a dry stout. Slight dark chocolate at the end.

M - Nice. More carbonated than I expected. Fairly light for a stout.

D - Very drinkable. This is a stout I could drink regularly and not tire of because of its balanced flavor. Its one drawback is its faint smell. I want a little more on the nose.

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Photo of kmeves
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with ruby accents and a light brown diminishing head. Aroma is lightly sweet with roast, coffee and herbal. Flavor is cocoa, herbal, roasty and nutty. Long fry finish. Smooth texture, medium carbonation. Overall a very nice medium bodied stout.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is right for the style with coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and earth. The appearance is dark brown with a very but head. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of licorice. The palate is thin. Overall not bad but it is not exactly to my liking.

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Photo of hangh
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a very thick creamy head. Pretty thick lacing on the glass, looks like a stout and looks good. Smell is somewhat subtle but has a very malty sweet character. Vanilla and chocolate are pretty obvious but I can't pick out the rest. Taste is kind of subdued. Very creamy and definitely vanilla is the main taste. Not much bitter flavor or hops though. Pretty low for a stout. It was somewhat medium to light bodied and not very carbonated. It's alright but there are much better stouts out there.

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Photo of biglite351
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a tall tight head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Heavy malts with mild chocolate and some hops. Possibly some mild coffee in the mix.

T - Roasted malts and mild coffee with coffee in the after taste. Slight hop in the mix.

M - Very mild coating and only a slight tingle on the front of the tongue.

D - The general mildness but rich flavor make this quite drinkable.

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Photo of Jblovesbeeria
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: As far as I can tell in this light, this beer is almost completely black with the slightest ruby around the edges. Pours with one finger of dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Swirling produces it again, but it quickly resides. Little lacing.

S: Smells like a Dry Irish Stout should; roasted barley (nearly burnt), chocolate, the bitter aspects of black coffee grounds, and something else that seems to me to be unique to this style- something bitter-sweet that can sometimes be tasted in a fine black tea; it is sweet but only in the presence of bitterness, but not sweet like sugar. I still can not quite put my finger on this smell... but I have always tasted and smelled it in Guinness, and have never been quite able to describe it.

T: The overall taste is smaller and more one-dimensional than the nose and look suggest. Bitter cold coffee and a hint of bittersweet chocolate provide the undertones supporting the primary flavor of burnt and roasted barley. A very slight bit of honey can be detected on the side.

M: Extra carbonation here does not make up for an overall lack of body. This is not a particularly smooth beer, but is not enough of anything else to be truly satisfying.

D: Moderate drinkability.

Overall: Not as big, subtle, smooth or rich as Guinness Extra Stout, which not even being brewed in Ireland anymore isn't a good indication of this beer's quality. Not a bad beer in any way, but not nearly close enough to the leaders of this style to be worth spending much time or money on.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA on 11/08/08.

Black/brown beer with a thin skin of a head, composed of fine tan bubbles.

Almost no aroma; what is there is a roasted malt note.

Flavor can be compared to Guinness. Roasted malt, though mild. A touch of sourness. Smooth, but not velvety. No notable bitterness at any point. Simple, tasty but not crave-inducing.

Superior to many iterations of Dry Irish stout I have had, but nothing special.

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