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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Dry, roasty and incredibly rich in flavor, Dragoon’s 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.

GABF 2015 Silver

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2008
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does pass just a hint of light through it if held up directly to the light. The aroma smells quite dry and full of roasted, dark malt notes; reminiscent of well, almost blackened, grain, charcoal, dry espresso, burnt soda crackers and perhaps a hint of a dark grain sweetness. That last may just be my imagination though as this beer is clearly roast dominated and it is hard to get a sense of anything else in the nose.

Dry with a fizzy, carbonic acidity that sort of adds to the overall dryness. Ample flavors of well deeply toasted grain move to more of burnt and even bitter finish that lingers on just a bit after the beer has left my mouth. There is some burnt grain acidity here, though not quite as much as one might expect (the mash PH seems to have been held well enough in check). This actually does get fairly bitter and slightly astringent in the finish from the burnt grain focus. Despite being so dry, this does have a touch of body to it, though the fizziness of the carbonation tends to get in the way of the texture despite being fairly light (in carbonation). A couple of vigorous swirls of my glass release most of the carbonation and greatly reduces the harsh carbonic bit and makes this beer more creamy and less astringently burnt. As the beer warms up a bit it even picks up a slight burnt fruitiness that helps to further add a bit of balance.

I am a bit surprised to say it, but this is actually probably better on Nitro, or preferably from the hand pump; the reduced carbonation and carbonic acidity would really help to keep this beer more balanced. And the beer does actually smooth out, become more integrated and not as overtly roasted if I vigorously swirl out the carbonation; serving this on the warm side certainly helps too. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking out of the bottle, if you work at it you can turn this into a nicely drinking beer though. I would love to have this served via hand pump from a cask at about 59°F / 15°C.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2924) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Courtesy MGumby10. Very dark brown pour that was slightly watery. Very nice chocolate malt roasty grain aroma. Chocolate malt, coffee, roasted grain taste, with a nice dryness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
I was actually very pleased with this. Very easy to drink with good flavors. Pitch black with thick, dark tan head. Aroma full of oatmeal, roasted barley, a small bit of chocolate, and the fresh, clean, almost piney aroma typical of dry stouts. Flavor was same, but with more roasted barley. Very clean finish with no bitter aftertaste. Such an easy drink. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours opaque black with off-white lasting head. Roasted malt aroma. Flavor is dry with roasted malt. Body is light. Nice and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2008
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (Tucson) - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel malt and a touch of smokiness. Flavor is toasted caramel, lightly smoked, and faint chocolate malt with a touch of coffee in there. Palate is slightly dry. Medium body. Quite nice to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2008
So this beer fell short of Ryan O’ Sullivan’s Imp Stout...although still enjoyable. Brown bordering black with a creamy latte colored head. The nose displays roasted coffee, toasted nuts, and semi-sweet chocolate. There is definitely a lactic quality here. Sweeter than I would have liked but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beigei head. Fantastic retention. The nose is of espresso, nuts and chocolate with a rumor of smoke. Medium to full-bodied and astringent with dancing carbonation. Moderately sweet and equally bitter. Mocha, charcoal and toasted nuts. Crisp, charred, bone-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Pours a deep, blackish-brown. Aroma is a touch muted, with the roasted notes being slightly subdued. Some hints of cocoa and even lightly roasted coffee. Flavor is solid, with a creamy flavor, redolent of cafe au lait, coming through nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Pours black, with a small light brown head. Smells of some roasty malt, light bitter chocolate, and subtle hops. Really quite an easy drinking dry stout. The mild vanilla and chocolate flavors blend icely with the hops and light roasty characters. Kindo f went down smooth as silk, with some nice flavor backing up the creamy mouthfeel. Nice drinking stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pour is a nice deep almost black dark brown. The head is small, and deep tan. The aroma is dominated by the sweet roasty malts. There are a lot of flavors in this beer. The hops are fairly quite, the flavor is very chocolate/coffee with nice nutty overtones. The roasted malts are not too strong, and give a nice splash of sweetness. The finish is not crisp, but does not linger too long. The body over all I would describe as medium bodied. A very enjoyable stout.

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