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 rsdaugherty
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger fizzy creamed coffee colored head dissipated quickly to nearly nothing, no lacing, opaque black with chestnut brown edges when held to light 3.5
S – Aromatic on the pour, roasted malts dominate, milder coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, fig notes 4
T – Coffee, roasted malts with milder dark fruits and bitter-sweet chocolate in the background, a moderately bitter crisp finish 3.5
M – Medium body, zippy (excessive?) carbonation danced on the tongue to improve a surprisingly watery thin mouth feel 3.5
O – An easy drinking crisp stout, the bomber was an easy finish for me solo. I won’t be buying this again: thin structure and just nothing really drawing me in here. 3.5

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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 tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: soft milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: nice mix of roasted malt and tobacco with a bit of sucrose at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness, medium bodied for the style

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one, yet for the style it falls as just about a solid B. I like the tobacco taste and it looks divine, yet taste wise I have other favorites in the style. That said, I would have no problem downing a couple of these.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Beermasons subscription and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a jet black colour, no light penetration whatsoever. Tan coloured head of foam that is a finger and a half in size and turns into a ring on the outside of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with some burnt smell as well. Straight up what you smell is what you get.

Taste backs up what you smell, this is pretty one dimensional but good at it. Nice roasted and burnt malt character. Consistent, smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth early, backed with some burnt bitterness late. Pretty good for the style.

Overall a one-dimensional irish dry stout that delivers pretty well on the premise. No surprises with this one. Decent go-to beer for the style, but don't go into this expecting something amazing.

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

22 oz bomber into a giant snifter...pours a rich deep black with a decent head. Good retention too. Smell is malty and dry...pretty good there too. Taste is appropriate for the style, but not a standout. It is malty, dry, crisp, not too bitter. Mouthfeel is decent but should be more dry. Overall, nothing to rave home about, but a drinkable and sessionable stout.

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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 MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" mocha colored head which eventually totally dissipated. Color is clear dark burnt umber brown. Smell is coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste is more of the same and also has a slight hint of cocoa. If I were using Guinness as a benchmark for stouts and compared the two I'd say Guinness has the better body and mouthfeel BUT Moylan's has more flavor. So all in all a quality stout which holds its own.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a thick brown, 1 finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Roasty malt, chocolate, a little coffee.

Taste. Slightly sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. A little bit of grassy hops in there too.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation.

Overall. Good stout. Not as dry as I was expecting, but tasted good.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Extraordinarily dark brown in color, the head on this was ridiculous, I'm not sure if its because it was at room temp at the store than cooled at my house in around 3 hours or what, the head literally took up the whole glass even trying to pour gingerly, but once it settled it looks really nice

S: Has that slightly sweet, slightly acidic note I was looking for, roasted malts dominate, they don't seem heavy, very much to style

T: More complex than aroma, has that same slightly sweet and hint of acidity, but the roasted flavor comes through more, touches of coffee and chocolate enhanced by the pleasant bitter finish, the lingering taste is definitely of coffee as the hops kick in, and they sure do kick in

M: I wish I could try this beer on nitro-tap, for me that is what a dry stout is all about, in this case, the carbonation is too high for me, I know its not as creamy as it could be, but it doesn't need this much, other than that it is good, dry but not parching, body is just right too, once the bubbles subside a bit in is fairly smooth

O: Overall I would rank this beer above average. It fits the style well. It is a little more bitter than I would like, and I wish it was less carbonated. The drinkability suffers a little because of this, after all thats what a dry stout is for.

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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 619BeerLuvr
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very drinkable beer, and like the name says, a dry stout. I am used to bigger stouts, but I liked the change of pace with the dry.

I actually had it with a baked potato, which brought out the bacon flavor from the bits that I topped the spud with. quality beer for an inexpensive bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A nice smell of chocolate, malt, and a touch of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a good amount of chocolate, and some coffee. This beer has a much bigger and more complex flavor than most Irish Dry Stouts. A well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable examples of the style.

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Photo of dizknee24
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark dark stout pouring motor oil black. a nice finger of head but not very strong.

S chocolate and roasted coffee

T dry coffee beans with a punch of chocolate smacking u in the face.

M thin not thick in the least

O not bad i would try again. there are better stouts out there tho

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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 megahurts4
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: rich coffee, slight cocoa, and faint hop.

Taste: coffee, subtle cocoa, and very faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and slightly watery.

From the aroma, I thought this would be a winner, but with the watery taste, it is only average.

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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 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 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 omnigrits
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Guinness tulip. Opaque black with a tan coloured head.

Lots of sweet malt in the nose, plenty of vanilla. I'd swear this was aged in new barrels if I didn't know better.

The taste is less sweet with some good high roasted malt bitterness and astringency. The vanilla is much less pronounced. Not as dry as I was expecting but not bad.

The mouthfeel is where this one really falls down for me. It's very thin and lacking in body. It feels more like a schwarzbier than a stout.

I'm disappointingly underwhelmed by this beer, given that Moylans is one of my favourite breweries and Irish dry stout is one of my favourite beer styles. Needs a little work, this one, Brendan.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a nearly opaque brown/black. Creamy off-white head.

Sweet roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee are the prominent scents of this stout.

The taste is an amplified reflection of the nose. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and faint hints of coffee come through in the taste.

The beer is medium-bodied with an overall dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is great.

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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 kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black brew with a foamy, lingering beige head that stays around. Roasted goodness in the aroma with a big chocolate/cocoa presence in the background. The taste is roasty with some smoke in the mix. A little hoppy on the swallow with minimal carbonation. Some coffee characteristics linger in the aftertase and leaves the mouth salivating. At only 5% this was a nice sipping beer to fully enjoy the bomber. An excellent take on the Irish Dry Stout and the label states it was brewed in the Irish tradition. I feel the Irish would be proud.

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

Holy smokes, the bottle pulled a Peter North on me; this is the second foamiest beer I have ever poured out of a bottle. I got about 4 inches of head, to 1 inch of beer. Am currently letting it rest before finishing the pour. Will be sure to pour super carefully this time... Fast forward 20 minutes and 3 pours, and I finally have a beer I can drink.. as soon as the 2.5 finger head recedes.. Light mocha head, with just a touch of grey.

So far smells great. Tons of roasted malty goodness. Perhaps a hint of hops in the background.

Oh man what a taste. Tons of roasted barley with a stellar chocolate balance. Ok, subsequent tastes have mellowed out a bit. Tastes a bit watery.

Man, carbonation killed this beer. I mean, it's a good beer, but major downfall is overcarbonation. I knew it when I poured it, but I was hoping it would be ok.

Despite the carbonation, its very drinkable. A great beer, and a pretty darn good representation of the style.

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

Pours out a dull ebony color, and the toasted brown head is peculiar -- it begins fluffy and minimizes very quickly, but what remains is a skim across the entire surface which crackles and dances with new bubbles as old ones pop away. It's an audible beer too, you can actually hear this! It's like looking at super active microbes in a petri dish. This isn't a dirty glass and there are no foreign bodies in the glass. It's one of the most interesting displays I've seen from a beer head, and I don't know what to make of it other than "?"

Smells nearly as intriguing as it looks. Moments of fig and plum fly by under a veil of light smoke/grilled meat, some coffee character, and a dash of mineral/creek stone.

The appearance and smell inevitably create an expectation, and I got what I expected, for the most part. That crackly, vibrant head is felt as well as seen -- it tickles the tongue with a liveliness and buoyancy, busy carbonation but nothing harsh. Body itself is on the lighter side, especially for a stout. Taste-wise I get everything the aroma gives (dark fruit, smoke/char, coffee, mineral/stone), with an added dose of cola, and an acrid, burnt coffee bitterness in the finish. And yes, it's quite dry.

I wondered how this usually hop-heavy brewery was going to handle a beer like this, and it is certainly less "west coast" than all the other beers I've had by them. It's not my favorite style, and not my favorite Moylan's beer, but I'm glad for the experience all the same.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic pint..

A: pours an opaque black with a big mousse head that is a light brown, cappucino cream color. settles extremely slow.

S: a burnt cocoa and roasted malt aroma with a background of those lemony, grassy english hops. nothing too out of the ordinary but dead on for style.

T: sharp roasted flavors with bittering hops. fades to milk chocolate and finishes very bitter.

M: medium body with a zippy carbonation. finishes dry

Overall, an enjoyable beer but lacked originality. Probably wouldn't be my first choice of Irish Dry Stouts.

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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