“Dry, roasty and incredibly rich in flavor, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is made with a unique blend of imported hops and malted barley from the United Kingdom. This award winning stout is brewed in the Irish tradition to commemorate General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War.” 5.0% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic glass. The color is black, with some ruby-red coming through around the edge. The head begins big and frothy, and brown in color. No carbonation is visible, and light lacing is left on the glass throughout.
Roasted sweet malts, with light chocolate/lactose undertones.
Thin-bodied and finishes very dry, right in line with the style. Very mild flavors present; some light roasty malts/barley, a bit of smokiness, and traces of the chocolate/lactose combination from the nose. The is also a metallic taste that comes through from the head, which adds some off-putting bitterness.
The smell of this beer really got me excited, as it smells of ample roasty malts and chocolate. It really smelled like the perfect Irish Stout. Unfortunately, the taste really doesn’t follow through. The flavors are very light, and don’t mesh particularly well. The roastiness is nearly non-existent on the palate. I couldn’t find any discernible freshness code on the bottle, so I don’t know if the bottle was old or expired. That being said, its low ABV and dry finish would probably make a good entry for those wanting to expand their beer horizons to the darker side. 5/10
Moylan’s Brewing Company – Novato, California