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Friday, March 18, 2011

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout:

In observance of St. Patrick's Day, we the Executive Branch of the Ferment Nation have done what many brewers have done before us: We have adopted the Irish celebration as our own.  In keeping with the spirit of the Day, let's review an American beer brewed in the Irish tradtion.

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout pours black with a handsome foamy, tan head.  The aroma isn't very prominent, but the flavors showcase the roasted barley.  Some chocolate notes, along with some coffee to prop up this flavorful stout.  Just a few herbal essences like licorice, maybe, and some pine from the hops, accent this stout that has a rich palate with a dry finish.

The body is fairly medium-ish, in keeping with the dry stout m.o.  I guess this recipe could be tweeked to go bigger, like Imperial style... more body, more alcohol... but I like it just the way it is.  At 5% abv, this dry stout is safe to drink at a pretty steady clip.  Very accessible without being boring.

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Moylan's Dragoons.  I had some foggy memories of my previous experiences with Moylan's brews, so I jumped into the Wayback Machine and found out why the memories were foggy.  They were a product of ... get this... St. Patty's Day 2009!  Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear:

St. Patty's Day 2009 Revisited

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is brewed in Novato, CA, "brewed in the Irish tradition to commemorate General  Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War."  Though it's tough to beat out a true Irish stout brewed on the Emerald Isle  

St. Patty's 2008 Revisited

Like I was saying, Though it's tough to beat out a true Irish stout brewed on the Emerald Isle, many American stouts can carry the mantle.  Moylan's Dragoons is certainly one of them.  Great version of an awesome style.

Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout:

Representation:             .99
Accessibility:                 .99
Style:                            .90
Personal Preference:     .95

Total Score:              3.83 Flags
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