Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout | Moylan's Brewery

Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish StoutMoylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
BA SCORE
3.8/5
313 Ratings
Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish StoutMoylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
moylans.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 02-02-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,380
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
313
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 172
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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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, two-finger head of foam. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee and roasted malt. Very strong overall roasted nose.

T - It tasted of coffee and dark roasted malt. It had strong chocolate flavors with touches of sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Not creamy like others of the style. A light to medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a really good dry stout. Nice roasty flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mocha brown, nearly opaque in the glass with two fingers of tan head that descends quickly. Dry and roasty aroma; light fruitiness, cream and toasted grain. Clean. Dark roasted coffee on the palate, subtle blackberry and bittersweet chocolate. Medium-light body, crisp and dry mouthfeel. Firm bitterness in the finish, an even mix of roast and hops. Pretty nice stuff, not spectacular but definitely solid and drinkable. This would be great on cask.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Gagnonsux
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I thought I reviewed... Picked up at macadoodles in Jane, MO,

Pours a super effervescent Mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee, faint dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, slight sourness/woodyness is noticeable up front. Dryness & woody hop notes are noticeable as this warms, along with coffee grounds & herbal hops. Finsihes dry, slightly fruitty, & with just a touch of carob

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, thins out a bit as it warms

Drinks easy, a serviceable enough dry stout, nothing to get too excited about

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full inch of tan-hued foam.

Smell: Roasty, earthy nose with notes of chocolate, cold coffee, burnt grains, smoked aniseed, and dark caramel.

Taste: Toasted, roasted maltiness with tastes of bittersweet chocolate, charred barley, and mild coffee in the foreground and tastes of spicy anise, smoke, and dark caramel in back. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness that joins with a slight roasted grain astringency. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering hint of roasted grain in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth with a slight chalkiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Paired well with the movie "The Quiet Man". Though I'd like to see how this fares under a nitro-tap, it's still enjoyable in bomber bottle form. I'd prefer a hair more body and creaminess, but it's acceptable as is. At least it isn't guilty of what so many self-labeled dry stouts are -- having almost no flavor. A pleasant, flavorful, well-made dry stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted pecan brown with slivers of reddish bronze at the margins. When 5.0% stouts are opaque, it usually means a substantial amount of malt. Let's hope so. The mocha colored crown looks decent enough, although it isn't oozing with character and it isn't laying down much lace. In the end, a half-point foam penalty has been assessed.

The nose gets things back on-track. It's nicely roasted and features slightly more coffee bean than cocoa bean. Best of all, it needs very little coaxing to come rushing out of the glass. If the brewers have added enough barley, this should be a pretty good stout.

It's a close call with respect to malt content. Since Moylan's already has a kick ass RIS called Ryan O'Sullivan's, they can't be faulted too much for wanting to brew something roughly half that big. That said, they could have packed a little more flavor and depth into this offering.

Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is a pretty typical version that doesn't stray even a millimeter outside the style boundaries. There may be a fraction more hop flavor and bitterness, but that's all to the good. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee are the stars of the show and complement one another as well as they always do.

This would be a better stout if it punched a little harder. Not necessarily with respect to ABV, but to flavor. More of the roasted, faintly smoky char that appears on the back end might have made my buds happy enough for the next highest taste score to be granted.

Drinkability is solid, so good thing it comes in bombers. On second thought, Moylans beer is all in bombers, right? The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium and almost earns the next highest score. Unfortunately, the bubbles tend to wander away by the bottom half of the bottle.

Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is a worthy addition to the Moylan's lineup. The fact that it doesn't score as high as Ryan O'Sullivan's say more about my love for big beer than it does about this beer's worthiness. Slap down your $5.29 and make up your own mind.

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Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 313 ratings
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