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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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 Buebie
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a very nice birthday gift.

Poured from a bomber into a pub glass. Off a semi rigerous pour 1 iches of tan foam builds. Slow to recede, leaving a solid cap of retention and even coatings of lace all around.
Black in appearance with no light penetration, but some very small amounts of glowing crimson at the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of charred roasty grains, bitter chocolate, malted milk balls and just a little bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is actually surprising to me, here I expected something thin and over carbonated. This one is semi thick with plenty of full bodied creaminess and mild carbonation. Excellent feel, I've had so many dry stouts that were like water and way over carbonated. But this one, this one is special.

Taste is also great, plenty of charred grain flavors, dark unsweetened chocolate and more malted milk balls with a very mild black licorice molasses flavor in the background. This is not overwhelming though, no nagging off flavors, no over abundance of charred burnt flavors. This is spot on for the style. I guess its because I've had so many terrible dry stouts in the past, I have been turned off to the style as a whole. But now the tables have turned. I really enjoyed this beer.

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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 Dogbrick
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. This brew pours an opaque dark brown/black color with ruby around the edges. Thin beige head that recedes steadily, and stringy lacing. Mellow roasted aroma of malt and coffee. Medium, smooth body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Mildly hoppy at times too. The finish is sweet and roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Good session Stout all around.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my shaker glass. Dragoons appears a translucent dark brown color with two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, mocha coffee notes, mildly roasted grain, sweet malt, very light bitter char. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Finish is smooth and a tad bitter.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black, with not even a hint of ruby showing up when held up to the light. The head is dense, about one finger high, and settles to a thin even cap.

Very light roasty malts, giving off a little bit of coffee flavors, and just a hint of chocolate.

As expected, somewhat dry burnt malts. A little bit of coffee, but less sweet flavors in the flavor compared to the aroma. Full bodied. The burnt malts linger for a while after each sip.

A rather smooth and enjoyable Irish dry stout. Not a bad choice after drinking harsh DIPAs or a huge RIS. Recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black/brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil. Left spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt with mild notes of chocolate and coffee. A bit of spicy/earthy hops in the background.

T-Dark roasted malts with touches of coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing crazy here but it all works together very nicely. Dry, earthy bitter, finish.

M-Medium body, not overly rich, but the dry finish and earthy bitterness makes this one works.

D-Solid, easy to drink, flavourful and true to style dry stout. Nothing off the wall, simply a well made, tasty brew.

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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 therealmcclurg
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't a big fan of this beer. The strong, oak taste was a little much for me. Looked and smelled great however. Almost black with a milk-chocolate head. This seems to be a slow drinker...might be good with a cigar or cured meats and strong cheese. Also, seems a bit weak on the alcohol side. Unique stout and worth a try.

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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 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 Richardberg
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark brown/black, turns translucent red tilted in the light. Tan head is not large but very dense and retains well.

S: very interesting, especially as the beer warmed up into the 50F range. Lots & lots of malts, sweet toffee. Bits of anise and Cabernet grape. Not much direct hops aroma but you can sense an extra floral character permeating things.

T: crisp malts are dominant. Like an English Porter, but richer in flavor and body. Has more sweetness than I expected, giving the malts at times a caramel or chocolate profile that wasn't in the smell. Mild aftertaste for the most part, finishes as crisp as it began.

Note! Don't drink too slowly -- I was distracted by a movie and it nearly reached room temperature. The sweetness up front is mostly lost, the aftertaste turns bitter, and the body thins out. Now it really is like an English porter, only the best flavors are lost and the rest are harsher than most porters.

M: has enough body to be a called a proper stout. Nice crisp carbonation to fit with the every Irishman's style. Would like a more creamy feel with better coating, though.

D: no feature knocks it out of the park (except maybe the smell, once warm but not too warm!). Can't dwell on that though. Main takeaway: regardless whether you love it, it's impossible not to at least /like/ this beer. Utterly drinkable, but never boring. I'd have no problem giving some to my Coors-swilling friends looking to branch out into craft brews, yet I'd also recommend it to my alcohol-shy mom. Worth revisiting if the price is right.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness brand Imperial pint glass.

From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a tan 1.25 in head. Very dense with medium to small sized bubbles. Retention is very good, but it recedes and leaves little lacing. It recedes to a nice frothy mat.

S - Some hints of alcohol and very sweet roasted malts. Some hints of toffee and caramel plus milk chocolate. Hop character is minimal.

T - Initial sweetness, with some roasted malt very much present as well as some chocolate notes, minimal coffee notes except with the aftertaste. Very clean tasting with a nice bitter and dry aftertaste from the hops. Reminds me a lot of an English Porter, but I can't recall which one. There is a very dry and crisp aftertaste that seems to clean the palette. Personally IDS aren't my fave kind of stout but I think this fares well amongst the style.

M - It seems a little light for my liking. Not as creamy as I expected but still good.

D - Low ABV as expected with these stouts and taste isn't exceedingly overwhelming.

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Photo of efhart
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragoons dry irish stout on first taste was a little different, but as I drank more it settled in to be a good beer. I find many stouts that I just don't like, but this was not one of them

The beer poured a nice dark and clear liquid into the glass. I chilled the beer a bit more than I would normally as it was a hot day. The only real downside is that the beer is just a bit sweet, something I typically don't care for in a beer. Better than most stouts, except for a few chocolate stouts I've had. This stout had a bit of choc itself.

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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 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 drpimento
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

super friendly beer. hafta be an idjit to not like this. Poured with a nice tan head that lasts forever with lotsa lace. Aroma is just good fresh balanced stout. easty beer. Good beer. friendly beer. I want more. dark, good body. Alcohol isn't an issue. would be good with --- just about any got damn thang.

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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 DESTRO
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours almost black, with a decent tan head that dies down but keeps a small presence. smells smokey and burnt (some will say roasted). taste is very much like the nose, roasty and "stouty", not much else, the usual suspects like dark chocolate and some coffee. a little lacking and a tad thin in the mouthfeel department. easy drinking and pretty damn solid. a nice break from the nitro stouts and super intense imperials.

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

5.00% bottling here (not the 4.5% that is listed in addition to this one).

Pours deep ruby to almost black with thin, light tan colored head. Nose is somewhat weak with faint coffee grounds in the distance. On the palate it is light bodied, with some dark chocolate and roasty flavors. This is more of an easy drinking Irish stout than an in your face stout, and I like it for that.

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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 PirateUlf73
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, poured into a large mug.

A: Pitch black with a massive tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of roasted barley and chocolate out of the gate. Nice depth of aroma, especially from the roast standpoint. I could sniff it all night.

T: Pretty decent blending of raosted and chocolate flavors, but not quite as deep as the nose suggested. A subtle, earthy hop spiciness lends some balance and helps make this a delicious drink.

M: Deceptively palatable medium body with just enough carbonation to keep things moving. Feels almost oily slick, but finishes pretty clean and neutral.

D: I would label this a sessionable Irish stout. Some might prefer theirs with a slightly lighter body, but this does me just fine.

A very pleasant Irish stout. Flavorful, yet still simple and unpretentious. I came in expecting a decent, flavorful stout and that's exactly what I got. If it's not the most memorable beer in the world, it makes up for it with it's solid construction and tasty profile. I will surely buy this again. Recommended.

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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 canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, Huge head and nice roasty nose. This is a really well made dry stout . Nice smoothness to the taste but still delivers the burnt malty goodness. Not huge but complex enough to enjoy in sips. Much better than Guiness due to the fact the finish stays with you after a few sips

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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