Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LordChesterfield:
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
Almost no head or head retention. Slight smokey sweet smell and quite dark appearance. A little roasted flavor, no coffee, slight malt sweetness with equally slight hop bitterness. The flavor becomes a little more pronounced if you wait for it to warm up and swish it around in your mouth. The coffee flavor finally comes into play as well as a hop bitterness that wasn't there before, but still no real aftertaste. This beer is lacking in character and body. I like the idea of a bottle conditioned dry stout and the extra carbonation it gives compared to the nitro can/bottle. This one needs a little work.
01-16-2006 06:39:42 | More by LordChesterfield
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2.7/5 rDev -24.2%
This stout can only muster a thin, brittle, tan head that disappears quickly. It has a light roasted chocolate aroma. The flavor is water roasted coffee with light coacoa and earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel is watery and overcarbonated for the style. This is very mediocre beer. Hard to believe that this and that killer porter can come from the same brewer.
03-21-2006 21:32:37 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
From a sampler pack, bottle pours a dark mahogany body with a small, but lasting, khaki head. Some good lacing is left on the glass. Not much of an aroma for a stout. Some roasty notes of burnt coffee is about it. Thin in the mouth, overcarbonated for style. Taste has a roasty bitterness like strong coffee and a pleasant nuttiness. Very mundane overall.
02-01-2008 13:44:30 | More by merlin48
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Near black in color with thick, creamy, tan head that lasted until the end. The aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate, with very slight malt. The flavor was very roasty with little chocolate in the taste and the malty sweetness appeared towards the end of the aftertaste. It was smooth, but a bit too thin (ie. watery). It is more flavorful than the Guiness, but if you like a full-flavored stout (kind of the definition of stout) there are better ones out there. Since I am not a stout person, I thought it had a good flavor. Hard to drink more than one or two though.
08-07-2002 13:32:27 | More by ryanocerus
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby deep brown practically black forms with a nice sized tan head, good overall appearance the head seems the carbonation is a bit too high or fizzy. Dwindles quickly leaving sporadic lacing down the glass not bad. Aroma: Dark roasts consume most of the aromatics but there is a great herbal hop profile that must be noted seems very fresh with almost a hint of chocolate mint. Not a lot of mint just leaves that impression on me in a good way. Taste: Perfect example of a dry Irish stout creeps on the palate with decently robust dark roasts leaving a lingering dryness on the palate, however this one contains a nice splash of hop character bringing out some mildly earthy and herbal notes very nice. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew carbonation settles nicely not overbearing in anyway a very smooth brew in my opinion. Drinkability: Wow, I could definitely spend an afternoon imbibing on a few of these, very nice overall flavorful Dry Irish Stout. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the sample, I really enjoyed this one.
08-02-2004 17:29:22 | More by WVbeergeek
4.45/5 rDev +25%
This beer pours an inky black, with a decent sized tan head. the head fade sslowly, leaving a decent lacing.
This beer has a roasted malty aroma. It smells mildly of chocolate. Some caramel aroma is present also.
This beer tastes much like it smells. A strong roasted malt flavor. Some coffee and chocolate flavor are present also.
This veer hs quite smooth. It may be just a little too carbonated for my taste.
This beer would probably make a good session beer. It has a nice mild flavor, and it is low in alcohol.
Overall: A big thanks go to Vancer for sending this beer my way. It is probably one of the best Dry Stouts I have ever had. Most are thin and lacking flavor. This one was great.
02-14-2009 01:06:03 | More by OStrungT
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a jet black opaque body with a thick creamy tan head that last and then turns rocky. This beer has no sign of carbonation in that dense body.
S- This beer has a soft dry yeast creamy note to the black roasted malt and a very slight smell of water or iron in water.
T- The dry roasted black malt has a note of iced tea in it with a very light tangy note in the finish. The finish has a light green note and bitterness from malt but it fades very quickly.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a thick head that helps the texture.
D- There is not much depth in this beer but it is pretty drinkable and definitely taste like a stout.
05-01-2007 21:22:13 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
Fine cascading light brown head and an ebony body.
Not much aroma- I wonder if the bar serves it too cold.
Taste is good, chewy. Though I'd like to pick up some more hops.
A full mouth feel, regardless.
Dinkable- YES, but I'd trade for some more balance.
A solid if not stellar stout.
03-02-2004 22:37:04 | More by brewQ
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours into a pint glass with bone white head covering a very dark brown ale. The small amount of light passing though the edges shows hints of red and good clarity. The head settles leaving nice lace behind.
Aroma is roasty and rich in dark malts.
Taste is full of dark roasted malts lending coffee and smoke flavors. It has a nice bitterness and dry finish.
Mouthfeel is low on body but higher than I'd like in carbonation. Dry on the palate. Drinkability is good except but the smoky dryness gets in the way for me.
03-07-2009 02:26:42 | More by GilGarp
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
A - Brownish black with a big fluffy light brown head. Nice tiered lacing as I drain my pint glass.
S - Roasted, almost burnt grains. Freshly ground espresso beans. A very dark and roasty or charred aroma.
T - Coffee, dark bitter cooking cocoa. Pretty basic, but nice. Not very complex. A bit too charred for my tastes.
M - A little bit creamy and fairly light bodied. High carbonation, and this could be a bit less watery.
D - Good session brew, albeit a bit boring.
04-29-2007 23:35:02 | More by pmcadamis
4/5 rDev +12.4%
appearance-rich coco brown, very opaque, when held to the light the edges just allow a rich carmelly brown. Not much head, just a ring of light khaki.
Smell-oily roast and applewood smoked beef jerky, or very american campfire roast. oiled leather, but in a good way, like it was brewed in a saddle bag. almost coco powder, like for baking, also metallic hops. This all comes together in a good way though.
taste-smoke smoke smoke...and a beatiful guinness like roast where they decided to use hops as well. wet earth, like it just rained and my face was rubbed in it...mmm.
mouth feel-a little over carbonated for a stout; also light and dry, in a good way baby. nice.
drinkability-as much as one can buy at a time, i could drink it all.
12-12-2009 21:35:22 | More by brewerburgundy
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Not too bad. Nice malty arorma. Short head dissapates quickly, but there is a substantial tan lacing. It is totally opaque, nearly black as night. Oh and the taste, roasted malt with a refreshing dry finish. One of Boulevard's better offerings. Cheers.
01-20-2005 01:29:32 | More by swamiswamu
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pitch black, though not completely opaque. Nice tan head, but retention was lacking. Good lacing however.
S: Lots of roasted malt aromas, with hints of sweet coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Rich, yet clean and crisp.
T: Flavors consist mainly of roasted malt and slightly bitter coffee. Chocolate makes an appearance in the aftertaste, which is sweet and pleasant. What's present is good, but could stand to be richer.
M: Medium bodied, yet lighter than any stout I've had, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Carbonation was quite lively. Malt presence is thinner than its appearance suggests.
D: The lighter body makes this one quite drinkable and enjoyable, if one is in the proper mindset.
I tried this in the distant past as part of Boulevard's variety pack and found it to be unpleasant, maybe due to a bad experience I recently had with a glass of Guinness, but more likely due to my still developing "beer chops." Upon further review however, I found this to be a solid, albeit somewhat unremarkable stout. I'd certainly order this over Guinness any day.
02-02-2009 09:03:55 | More by PirateUlf73
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
Out of a Boulevard variety pack. Poured a pitch black with clear, ruby highlights, and a tall tan head and lacing. The aroma is a bit lacking in strength and cardboard is preasent, but there's still a pleasant milk chocolate and smoke smell. The flavor is richer with espresso, dark chocolate, and deep roasted barley. The feel is nice and roasty, but just a toast too astringent. It's a bit thicker than the traditional imported IDS's, but it's worth a try if you big dry stouts, I'm enjoying it.
12-23-2008 23:26:34 | More by tempest
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
Had 14oz pint on tap at KCI Airport.
A: The appearance has all the quality Guinness.
Thick creamy head and black color. Amazing lacing.
S: Roasted smell with a bit of caramel.
T: The taste is very good. Almost exactly like a Guinness but with a bit more carbonation. Roasted nutty flavor with a smooth finish.
Overall this is a great beer. I an not a fan of he stouts that are flat and this has enough bite to satisfy me. Great beer Boulevard Brewing!!!!
12-27-2010 19:38:51 | More by midwestbrewers
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours mahogany with purple tinges, plus 2+ fingers of bubbly sand colored head. Average lacing & below average head retention
S: Roasted malt, chocolate & coffee, none in any large amount
T: Slight roasted malt, nuttyness, grainyness & dryness up front. More roastyness, dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with roastyness & slight coffee notes. Needs more malt depth
MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight wetness
Drinks pretty good, but give me a Irish big three over this any day. Love to try this on tap or better nitro. Just run of the mill
02-04-2008 05:15:55 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
This is a most impressive beer. Also this is one of those beers that transcends the style or, maybe, more accurately, is very good without fitting exactly in to the style. Indeed this is a thin stout without a tremendous amount of roasted malt. Does that hurt this beer? Not in my mind, in fact, I think it enhanced the qualities it did have and made it rather unique.
The nose was lightly roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It has a soothing aroma to it. The flavors are light coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and (faint) bitter hops. And as the name states, it finishes dry. You want to have another. The body is black and the head is creamy, tan, and influenced by the nitro tap. This is a very good beer, a lightish stout, with enjoyable flavors. I will gladly have another.
10-21-2002 21:13:58 | More by bditty187
4.13/5 rDev +16%
Voluminous light brown head. Pours dark brown yielding an opaque black beer in the glass.
Aroma of medium roasted malt and cocoa. Earthy.
Taste shows a medium roasted malt backbone. Just a touch of roasty malt bitterness in this one. Cocoa. Solid hop balance. Neutral between sweet and bitter. Smooth. Nice, clean finish.
Good body and some creaminess to the mouthfeel. The bottle conditioning gives the beer a somewhat nitrogen like mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Not real bold, but well done. Session material.
Overall, this is a good stout. I'm impressed with the 2 beers I've had from Boulevard and look forward to the opportunity to sample more of their beers. Big thank you to bditty187 for the bottle!
03-22-2004 05:34:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
Originally reviewed May 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Pitch black pour with 2 fingers of large bubbled tan head. Dry roasted coffee and fresh linen aroma. A hint of ammonia. Pretty plain dry coffee and chocolate flavors, backed with a heavy dose of cream and finish of tangy sea salt. Aftertaste is tangy and a little oaky, pretty standard.
08-10-2006 03:57:25 | More by CharlesDarwin
Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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