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Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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204 Reviews
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 319
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 06-02-2002

Velvety black and perfectly opaque, this surprisingly smooth, drinkable beer is a delightful harmony of smoky roasted flavors and tangy, coffee-like notes. Available only on tap at fine establishments throughout our distribution region.

28 IBU
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Reviews: 204 | Hads: 319
Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of texascarl
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Dry Stout,dark/opaque stout. Tastes of dark chocolate & coffee from the roasted barley, creamy mouthfeel. Aroma of coffee, long lasting creamy head.

Very tasty, very drinkable, doesn't fill me up like some other draught stouts. Available locally only on tap, worth the trouble of getting cleaned up and going out. Counting calories, this offers relatively low alcohol and carbs, I'd much rather drink a good draught stout than a 'light' beer, 3 extra carbs are nothing compared to the vast difference in taste compared to a light beer.

Boulevard Dry Stout, perfect for nights out when you're counting carbs but want more than 1 beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown bordering on black, ample fizzy head fades to a nice film.

Chocolate, expresso...thats it, no unnecessary fruits or other unpleasentries.

Super dry roastiness, perfectly carbonated. This beer is unbelievably tasty. Damn, it's almost half gone already. If ever there was a thirst quenching stout, this is it. Very crisp finish.

Boulevard is just starting to distribute here in tx, and unfortunately they are starting with only the wheat and pale ale and the sampler pack, which you can find the stout along with the Bully porter, their finest offerings (except for the smokestack series).

In the non-imperial stout catagory, this one is a winner.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls slightly to coat the beer. The nose is slightly coffee and slight chocolate. The flavor is nice and rich roasted coffee with a more chocolatey finish. The coffee bitter fades nicely into a sweet aftertaste. The feel is moderate and drying on the finish. Very nice. This is definately well worth looking into. I like the flavor and feel a lot. I could easily sit and drink this one all night. A very nice stout.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I felt this beer needed a re-review now that I am actually a big fan of stouts, and since I just recently picked up a 6 pack after having been out of stock for quite a while.

The beer pours to a dark, completely opaque black color with a nice chocolatey head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasty malts. Very rich, but not too rich.

The taste is also rich, but subtle. The roastiness and coffee play very nicely with the chocolate. Excellent example of the style, and quite quaffable at that. I highly recommend it to anybody.

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Photo of bort11
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up an extra bottle to fill out a mix and match sixer at HyVee.

A- 12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. Rich dark color with aabout a finger's worth of tan head. Leaves a chunky lace. Reactivates easily.

S- Not very strong smell. Roasted coffee, with some floral notes.

T- Delicious coffee flavor, some caramel maltiness. Not very sweet, well balanced.

M- Very light for a stout, and a little bit more carbonation than to be expected. It's not creamy, it's almost fizzy. It finishes very clean and crisp.

D- Due to the lightness, this is very drinkable. In fact I could drink these easily all night. The flavor is well balanced and very enjoyable. It's not a "perfect" example of a stout, but still very good. One of Boulevard's best

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Photo of bfields4
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark motor oil with a glow of amber brown. A small head laces this beer.

Has a coffee malty smell with a little dark chocolate at the end.

Roasted malts dominate this guy. A little bitterness to boot. Not a whole lot going on, but what is is very nice.

I love the flavor and really think boulevard nailed this guy. One of if not my favorite of boulevard's year round offerings.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is dark - black with a thin bubbly head. Smell is enjoyable; slightly roasted coffee along with a touch of chocolate and hints of vanilla. The initial taste is similar to the nose with the roasted malt flavor being dominant and a decently bitter finish, not quite as enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a dry (really?!) finish. Overall this is a very sessionable stout. The bottle I have has a best by date of three months ago but it still tastes good. I would however like to try a bottle in its prime.

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Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-- huge nice fluffy cappuccino-colored, lots of foamy bubbles, stays fluffy long enough to have a few pleasureable slurps. Forms a nice lace and residual head afterwards.

Aroma-- very nice, strong yet flowery and filling the area immediately upon pouring. Smoky coffee-chocolate-milk.

Taste-- very nice burnt-chocolate-coffee, moderately complex but not overdone or excessive in any qualities. Maybe a slight hint of what reminds me almost of watermelon undertones, and some smoky cedar-oak like you smell in old cabins and hiking trails etc. Mild burnt-malt taste but not overdone. Very light on the hops bitters. Carbonation rather moderate, in my experience.

Nice mouthfeel during and afterwards-- some fond memories without any unpleasant or excessive aftertaste.

Drinkability-- I could drink a few until either I got too bloated or tired of the moderate dryness. I wouldn't follow it with any lighter beer or ale, however.

=== FOLLOW-UP NOTE === 11 July 2009
I just found a stray bottle from this same batch that I reviewed, 3 years ago and cranked it open-- STILL FANTASTIC!

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Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, very thin tan head that faded to a thin ring

S- Roasted coffee beans, cocoa, dark malts, grains

T- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, creamy, semi-sweet chocolate, slightly bready

M- Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, crisp flavor w/ a dry finish

D- Great dry stout

I truely enjoy this beer. Great flavors but not too overpowering. Good full feel and good dry stout finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came with a very thick, deep-tan head. It was a deep, dark brown color with reddish highlights. It gave off a pleasant cocoa/chocolate nose. The mouthfeel was creamy and full as a direct result of the pour. I got a good chocolate taste in the mouth. The finish had both cocoa and a light smokiness. This would be good with fish or dessert, IMHO.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to goatgoat

Not much for green beer, I avoided them post parade scene, collected on my kisses & gropes, & went home to see what was in the fridge.

BB 04/26/09

Poured into my small Irish Spring coffee canister.

Big frothy cola-like head. Minimal ruby highlight, looking just a bit denser then I was expecting.

Whole wheat bread, soggy croutons, caramel & plastic, sweaty pocket change, decent amount of char. Not the most pleasing of scents.

Taste is much better. A minimalist approach. Very, very little roast overall. Carbonation is perfect, just under irritating. Opening is a rye-ish sort of tang & feel, with a sprinkling of uncaramelized sugar. Some more bready notes, followed with just a twinge of smoke. Somewhat earthy. Mostly clean though, if just a touch of extra roast on the finish. In between a dry & sweet stout honestly. I really enjoyed it. I loved the lack of coffee & heavy roast flavors.

Very unexpected. Thank you.

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Photo of Duxx
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: An opaque midnight black that did not let light penetrate when held up to my desk lamp. There was a 1 finger mocha colored head that left good lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt smell but not much hop aroma. Some smokiness in the mix.

T: Aggressive carbonation mixed with smoke and a mild roasted coffee taste. I'm not a coffee drinker so I apprecited that this stout was not over the top "roasty" or burnt. I enjoyed the dry hoppy feel in the back of my throat.

M: A little too carbonated for my expectation of a stout or maybe I'm just expecting that creamy taste of nitrogen?

D: Not too heavy. I could drink these all evening. I would give them an agressive pour to bleed off some of the extra CO2 other wise a good session beer. It's great to have a this brewery in our area.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of simmons
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black, cascades quickly then stops. Light tan creamy head lasting awhile.
Aroma: The only thing that sticks out is mild roast malt.
Flavor: Mild malt profile with slight roasted malt flavor prodominant. Mild hop bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer, rich & creamy with no after taste. Balance is just perfect.
Overall: This is an amazing Irish stout. Balance is great, the amount of roasted barley is just enough to make this a stout. I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep almost black, brown with deep garnet highlights. Good, sturdy head and thick foam with sticky lacing. The aroma was even dry. But a good coffee bean dry with some hints of cotton balls. Plenty of tootsie roll-like chocolate mixed with some deep roasted and surprisingly smoked malts. By surprisingly I mean that I wasn't expecting that much smokey flavor. Of a dry palate at the finish. But if I would let the taste linger for about five minutes, the feeling is one of great refreshment.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the opportunity to try this out. The color was very dark, not completely opaque though. The head was nice full and fluffy but dissipated somewhat quickly as large bubbles formed and burst. But I greatly prefer this real type of head over the fake nitrogen one you get from some beers; this beer is bottle conditioned and it shows in the complexity of the aroma and flavor. The aroma features a bit of roasted malt and then hits you with a nice malty, grainy note. The flavor is very well balanced with a good blend of malt, roasty sharp bitterness, and back-of-the-tongue hop notes as well. It may have been a little less dry than I expected, although this is hardly a dig on the beer. The body was nice and full. Overall an excellent drinkable beer.

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Photo of naterock
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
I decided to review the bottled version as the draft version tends to lose complexity.

Pours black and opaque, thick head at first but dissapates with time and is gone eventually.

Smells bready with a lot of malt.

Tastes velvety and bready, like a unspiced focochia loaf. cark roasted malt is very rich and smooth

Smooth, delightful and very drinkable.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, tan three finger head on top of a beer that isn't quite black enough for me. The head really looks nice, a smooth billowing cap with tight and large bubbles throughout. But the beer itself just isn't rich enough. Even in a poorly lit room way too much light comes through.

S: Solid roast to kick this one off. It smells dry, or even a bit astringent, though there is a hint of molasses. Very complex aroma, and I would say the strong point of this beer. There is a little bit of coffee and a ton of other things (chalk?) I wouldn't expect in a stout but work so well.

T: The taste fades back to...meh. Good, better than average, nowhere near great. Though as I drink more, I get more complex notes. Again, a hint of molasses, but definitely some milk chocolate.

M: Lighter, but appropriate for a dry stout.

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Photo of weylinfidler
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Nothing special, Very basic lable on bottle. Beer is as dark a Guinness

S - Smells like you would expect from an Irish Stout

T - A bit lighter than Guinness but over all not half bad

M - A bit more Carbonation than I would like. I may just be used to Nitrogen tap.

D - I could drink this all night. Almost like Guinness light with all the flavor.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, almost completely opaque; a little light in the extreme edges. Poured a 2 finger light brown head with fair retention. Sticky, thick lacing throughout.

S: Big toasted malt aromas; coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Consistent with smell; toasted malts bitter chocolate and coffee. Chocolate lingers throughout the mild bitter finish. Very pleasant aftertaste and not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Dry through a slightly sweet finish.

D: The body is delighfully smooth and rich earthy flavors with some bittering hops make this very drinkable.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Me and the Russian (Igor) enjoyed a little green then popped this sucker open with almighty force. And it was written...

this brew pours up black with a big bubbly tan head. the nose is chocolate, big malts, grainy. the taste is clean dark malts with a very dry and slight bitter finish finish. nice. full bodied, medium carbo. A very nice brew...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass at jacks smokestak bbq in kansas city. awesome place, local beer. poured a sexy black color with the frothy heavy creamy white head. smells like craft guinness, definitely dry and bitter a bit. taste is dark roasty and coffee-like, with notes of vanilla and cocoa extract. nice bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is perfect, smooth as softened butter with a nice full but drinkable body. stood up to big barbeque too, i would have had 5 of these if i didnt have to drive...

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Photo of toby2010
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks dark and velvety in the bottle, dark brown-red-purple in the glass with a generous, persistent head. Just about how an Irish-style stout ought to look.

S - A number of complex aromas and flavors here, although you need to pour it from the bottle really to appreciate it.

T - Again, complex flavors. Some hints of chocolaty flavors, earthy flavors as well. Almost tastes like a dark wine more than a beer, which isn't bad for this style. Only complaint - do not let it get even a bit warm, or the flavors muddle together into sludgy dregs.

M - very smooth, minimal fizzing, this stout feels like a real beer, not a soda.

D - Very drinkable beer as long as it is optimally cold. If the bottle isn't quite cold enough, stick it in the freezer just a bit and enjoy.

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Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle conditioned Best By 4/29/05 frosty. Poured a coal black with dark brown edges. Minimum head and lacing but a good malty / chocolate aroma, perhaps caramel overtones. Tingles on the tongue, very dry (duh) with small carbonation. Very drinkable, for me – gave the wife-zilla a sample taste and got a “whoooo” outa her. I had another.

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Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.