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 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 biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 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 kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.


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Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nice enough, very dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 3.5 percent very drinkable. Not sure I would go here again though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness 250th Anniversary tulip pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black-brown, with a nice finger of khaki head that unfortunately dies away fairly quickly and leaves little lacing behind. The smell is primarily coffee, with a dash of cream and some plums and figs squatting in there as well. The taste generally follows, with those coffee nots dominating and the dark fruits pushed all the way back to the finish (and there joined by some red berries as well). The heavily medium body leaves a baseline chalkiness behind, and the carbonation feels overly up-ratcheted, forcing down the drinkability from what would/could have been decently tall heights.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with rubyish brown hues at the bottom. It has a thin light brown head that leaves lacing in its descent.

The smell is roasty with mild coffee and a hint of toffee.

The taste is roasty with cocoa and mild coffee. There is some acidity in the dry finish.

The carbonation is a bit forward. Not quite as creamy as I would have hoped, but it does hit medium-bodied, as per the style.

There's a bit of an acrid acidity and quite a bit of carbonation that is slightly abrasive. Overall though - a nice representation of the style, with soft cocoa sweetness and mild coffee with plenty of roast, leading to a dry finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, under a thin ring of cocoa-tan head. Nice.

Aroma: Cocoa, cream, coffee, a whiff of anise and a glimmer of vanilla.

In the mouth: much chocolatey goodness. Beefy malt, then smooth and super drinking. Moderate, if not mild, bitterness. Sweet, then dry. Great balance. Great drinking. Plenty of flavor, but not too complicated.

Medium bodied, medium finish. A nice stout that delivers flavor, but doesn't stick around too long, or make any kind of fuss. Still, keep you reaching for another sip. Then another bottle.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/06/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Super black in color with a both half and half large bubbled and tight knit bubbled head that is easily a good inch and a half on the pour. Really has good staying power at about a 1/2 inch for the entire pint. Lacing is minor at best though.

Smell- Deep super roasted caramel malt. Early as in dirt and a good whiff of chocolate and minor coffee grounds. Even a touch of butterscotch noted...

Taste- Extreme dark chocolate flavor with a lightly burnt malt base. Mild coffee notes and a decent hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Slightly drying mouthfeel and a lasting hop bitterness. Carbonation is rather hefty at first, but calms down a bit after the first few ounces. Still remains over carbonated though.

Drinkability- Minus the carbonation, it's pretty well right on style. I would recommend it to fans of this style.

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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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice dry stout. Fairly roasty and chocolatey with quite a bit of flavor for a 5% stout. Pours very dark brown, near black with a creamy head that fades to a ring. Smells roasty, creamy, and a touch nutty, but all in balance and not too assertively roasted, but enough to create a nice toasty note. Taste is similar- especially creamy and a bit nutty with just enough roastiness to give it some flavor. A bit of light, lingering bitterness as well. Extremely creamy in the mouth, this is a very pleasant session beer, and quite a nice dry stout.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does pass just a hint of light through it if held up directly to the light. The aroma smells quite dry and full of roasted, dark malt notes; reminiscent of well, almost blackened, grain, charcoal, dry espresso, burnt soda crackers and perhaps a hint of a dark grain sweetness. That last may just be my imagination though as this beer is clearly roast dominated and it is hard to get a sense of anything else in the nose.

Dry with a fizzy, carbonic acidity that sort of adds to the overall dryness. Ample flavors of well deeply toasted grain move to more of burnt and even bitter finish that lingers on just a bit after the beer has left my mouth. There is some burnt grain acidity here, though not quite as much as one might expect (the mash PH seems to have been held well enough in check). This actually does get fairly bitter and slightly astringent in the finish from the burnt grain focus. Despite being so dry, this does have a touch of body to it, though the fizziness of the carbonation tends to get in the way of the texture despite being fairly light (in carbonation). A couple of vigorous swirls of my glass release most of the carbonation and greatly reduces the harsh carbonic bit and makes this beer more creamy and less astringently burnt. As the beer warms up a bit it even picks up a slight burnt fruitiness that helps to further add a bit of balance.

I am a bit surprised to say it, but this is actually probably better on Nitro, or preferably from the hand pump; the reduced carbonation and carbonic acidity would really help to keep this beer more balanced. And the beer does actually smooth out, become more integrated and not as overtly roasted if I vigorously swirl out the carbonation; serving this on the warm side certainly helps too. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking out of the bottle, if you work at it you can turn this into a nicely drinking beer though. I would love to have this served via hand pump from a cask at about 59°F / 15°C.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Basically a light proof black beer with a tall brown head.

Smell is malty and strongly bitter chocolate scented. Lots of patent malt scent this is also slightly smoky. Just a trace of English style hops can be detected, a roasted malt beer mostly.

The taste starts out mild, malty and deeply of Chocolate. Very slightly sweet it isn't as dry as Guinness. Extremely mild mannered it is about a half step in the direction of Milk Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Hyper easy to drink this stuff basically sneaks down your throat when you aren't looking. Nothing bad at all about this beer, one of the bests of the type.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a thick creamy brown head with very good retention, nice lace.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit.

T: Heavy roasted malt and dark chocolate, but not over the top. Some milk chocolate as well, no charcoal or burnt flavours which I liked.

M: Smooth and creamy, not thin which was nice for a nitro beer. Medium-bodied.

D: A nice pint on St. Patrick's Day. One of the best Irish Dry Stouts out there, and it's made in CA.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thickish black with minor tan head that died quickly. A great smell that covers a lot of sweetness such as vanilla, caramel, molasses, syrup, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and roasted malts. Medium-bodied and smooth, this is a simple beer with chocolate sweetness, even stickiness mixing with some roasted malt for a sweet beer (more than chocolate, to note) that finishes a tad dry. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for with enjoyability - open a bottle and just down this b/c it is REAL goo.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark plum from the bottle, in the glass appeared near black with a 1+ finger medium cinnamon colored head which was only moderately lasting.

S: yielded fresh grounded coffee beans with a soft astringency and a rich dark roasted nature.

T: rich grounded coffee beans that were dominant from the get go. Dark roasted malting with a bitter hopping. Some soil and a light charred malting with dried creamer notes round things out here. Overall was dark, rich, and dry, well suited per style but falls just short of being a good representation.

M: light, silky smooth and very easy on the tongue. A soft, flat carbonation adds some body while an earthy bitterness captures the tongue.

D: slightly above average, was dry, well suited per style, but didn't find myself jonesing for the next sip. Moderatly good overall.

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