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 champ103
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby around the edges. A small beige head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Plenty of roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee are dominate. There is some sweetness as well. This is well balanced.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A nice sweetness balances out the roasted character.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, dry, and smooth all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can finish the bomber without a problem.

A simple roasted character is dominate. Which is very enjoyable. Not overly astringent or oxidized like I have found with many Moylan's Stouts. Just enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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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 kwjd
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black colour with thin head and minimal lacing. Smells of coffee, mild chocolate, with some mild fruit and roasted malt. I notice some hop bitterness in the flavour with the sweet malt. A bit thin in the body, but nice carbonation. I enjoyed this stout.

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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 Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: solid black (no duh, a stout); decent head
S: very aromatic; charcoal smell, with a hint of licorice
T: slightly smoked character; wonderful, distinct flavor, although it disappears rather quickly; sweet, somewhat hoppy; not as intense as I would like, but overall quite pleasant
M: thinner than expected

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nearly pitch black with a billowy tan head.

S-Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smells good.

T-Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt dominate with a dry lingering aftertaste. Some cream flavor comes through as it warms. Tastes good for the style.

M-Pretty thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable Irish Dry Stout, which for the record is not my favorite style by any means.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours all-black with a thin, creamy light-brown head on top. Nice retention.

Nose is smooth and very roasty, earthy, just a bit ashy, very dry, a bit woody even, with a smooth underlying cocoa note providing a nice richness.

Taste is heavily roasty, truly dry, just a bit smoky, earthy and (again) woody - not oak-aged woody, but fresh-tree-bark-and-dirt-on-a-camping-trip woody. Rich cocoa comes back to provide a nice counter-balanced richness, which should in no way be confused for sweetness, which is (true to style) almost completely absent. Finish leaves with notes of roast and of coffee, still very earthy, and a last, lingering bit of cocoa. Very satisfying and well put together.

Mouthfeel is beautifully creamy, smooth, exactly how this style should be presented. Light in body, rich in texture. Forget nitro, this is rich, creamy, fulfilling, and yet maintains every bit of its complexity of flavor without being muted at all.

Drinkability is quite nice as well. Flavorful without ever wearing on the palate, had this one been packed into a beer with a slightly lower abv (say, 4%) it would have been a perfect 5. Very nice beer from Moylan's, very impressive.

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

This is a promising interpretation of by far, one of my favorite styles. A: Deep ebony with hues consistent with creme brulee in the head and lacing. S: Just as it should be: Cocoa, carob, a hint of licorice, earthy blackened maltiness. T: Strong character of smoky peat and slightly acrid grains and a medicinal composition up front with an incredibly dry, clean disappearing finish. MF: Excellent, coats the palate without being overpowering, allows for lingering transition between the assertive first punch and the phantom finish. D: Very high for a dry stout. More complexity that many dry Irish stouts without affecting the drinkability. Each sip begs to be followed by another as the evaporative character leaves the drinker wanting yet another imbibition. Very good stuff, I would love to sample this on draft or dare I say it, on cask. Not nearly as sessionable as a Guinness, Murphy's or Beamish, nor should it be. Solid as the military unit whose name it bears.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Levitation glass. What?

A: Menacingly black with but the slightest ring of burnt copper underneath a dense, soda-like head that fades to a creamy collar surrounding a sprinkling of bubbles on the surface. Cascading is fleeting, possibly due to the serving method.

S: Lightly smoked redwood, caramel malt, and the slightest hint of anise. A whiff of soggy wood drops the score by half a point.

T/M: Most of the flavor is stored in the finish, as a very prickly carbonation up front obscures what could be nutty, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Upon dissipation of the carbonation wave, there is a moment of creaminess followed by a pleasant smokiness, rounded off by a touch of chocolate and a kiss of dark fruit.

D: Comparing beers is a necessary evil when reviewing, so I have to contrast the sharpness of Dragoons with the rich creaminess of Murphy's. Though the former is certainly drinkable, I'd rather session with the latter. And while we're on the topic of comparing beers, one sniff of a UK-born and bred Dry Irish Stout transports me right to London; Dragoons gets me on the plane, serves me a beer from the beverage cart, and then drops me off back in my living room.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured black with a tan head, poor retention and spotty lacing. Smelled of coffee, toffee, and caramel. Same in the taste; nicely blended with a semi-sweet finish. On the thin side, with little carbonation. A little too sweet of a finish for an 'Irish Stout' for me, but still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of klikger
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Very dark shade of brown, but visibly thin. A decent head disappears more quickly than any beer that I can recall drinking. No lacing.

S - Roasted malts, cola, and hints of molasses

T - Not too much up front - a bit watery, really. Some malt, coffee, and smoke appear in the middle. The end is nicely dry, with notes of espresso coming through.

M - Thin for a stout, which makes it great for summer drinking.

D - Very drinkable.

This beer isn't overly flavorful, but it's got enough to keep one's attention. It succeeds, in terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, due to the ABV and low viscosity. Nice beer to try, and again, a great stout for this time of year.

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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 philbertk
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 28 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin tan thin lace head. No sediment. Clear dark ruby black pour turns opaque dark black. Rich roasted burnt mild floral hop front. Dry sweet cloying crusty burnt mild coffee cocoa earthy Stout body. Refreshing tangy mild hop bitter black malt citrus hint end. Sampled 5/30/2010. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Lagunitas beer circus. Beige head atop an opaque body. Nice chocolaty coffee like aroma. Taste is a touch bitter, roasted malts come thru nicely and the feel is very smooth and easy to drink. Nice to enjoy a great beer surrounded by a bunch of lunatics at this Lagunitas event. :-) Tasty, nice cask.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's one I've been meaning to try for a quite a while - now that I have, I wish I hadn't waited. This Dry-Irish-Stout-by-way-of-California is the real deal.

Initial pour produces surprisingly little head - I was expecting something more like the explosive head you get with Guinness. Even an agressive pour produces only about a finger-thick layer of the silky tan head. Color is very dark but not impenetrable by any means, with pleanty of deep amber visible around the edges.

Smell is rather subdued but pleasant - the expected roasted coffee and chocolate notes are present and accounted for.

From the first sip you can tell this is the work of an accomplished brewer: wonderful dark baker's chocolate set beside roasted coffee and a hint of chariness. Tastes richly roasted rather than burnt - Guinness has this the other way around, not always in a good way. Finishes dry with a hint of coconut - nice!

Very drinkable, would drink this as a session beer if it were available in sixers.

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Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Brownish black with a creamy tan head. Solid roasty aroma with some vanilla bean influence, maybe a little peat and caramel. Flavor is nice and roasty with light caramel sweetness and some dark chocolate as it warms. Minor acidity and a dry finish make this nicely drinkable. Another rock solid example of a classic style from the Moylans/Marin braintrust.

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

Bomber poured into a 16-ounce glass.

Almost black body with a frothy 3-finger light tan head that slowly reduces, becoming increasingly lumpy and dense along the way. Nice retention all the way down, but little lacing is left.

Nice dry and crisp nose. Not quite burnt, but plenty of dark roasted and toasted malts. A bit of tanginess. Some hops linger in there.

Tastes pretty much as the aromas led me to believe, although the the citrusy hop presence is certainly more than expected and rather out of place. Sharp burnt malt flavors manage to keep it from running wild. Prickly carbonation seems to bring out a raisinish quality in the finish, keeping it from finishing completely cleanly.

Overall impression- While definitely a step up from the ubiquitous nitro Irish stouts, this could use a little cleaning up. Quite enjoyable as is, though.

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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 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 SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with dark red highlights around the edges when held up to a lamp; two finger sand coloured head drops to about a half inch in about 45 seconds. Smell is sweet, dry roasted, dark malts and little else. This smells pretty nice.
Wow! Taste is nearly a milk stout and less a Irish-style stout. Pretty sweet and malty all the way through. Lots of dark malty flavours with a touch of chocolate deep down and indeed, a bit of milkiness like Mackeson's. Not as assertive in the sugar department as Mackeson, but it *does* taste similar. Mouthfeel has a great weight to it to only be 5,0%. I was unsure what to expect with this one, but it certainly did not fail to please. Even though this did not drink like the style in which it is supposed to be (Irish Dry), it's still a very well crafted stout. Good job, Moylan's.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date. Pours very very dark brown/black with a small one finger brown head. Doesn't leave much lacing or retains only a ring and light wispy covering.

Aroma is roasted, almost burnt malts, some smoke, chocolate and coffee.

Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of lingering coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, starts to become flat.

While this isn't terribly complex, it is tasty and very drinkable. If it didn't flatten out so much as it warmed it would rate a lot higher.

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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 bort11
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz mug. Creamy looking mocha colored head starts off at two fingers width and recedes to a tight foam cap on the surface. Color is dense black/brown, no light comes through.

Smell has a sweetened coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Chocolate comes out more in the taste. Still mildly sweet with a roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a slick creamy texture. Guinness is the standard for a Dry Irish Stout. This version has more body and flavor than Guinness. Solid stout and enjoyable.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of white head. Chocolate malt in the aroma. Light to medium bodied. More toward the chocolate malt than roasted barley in the flavor. The roasty flavor came out more as it warmed. Not a lot of hop bitterness, just some to round out the malt. Dry malty finish. Pretty sessionable. Decent Dry Stout.

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Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout from Moylan's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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