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Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dry StoutDry Stout

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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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Photo of bucko
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours jet black with a tiny, tiny tan head. Par for the course, just nothing special. The aroma is barely there... a deep whiff brings just a touch of roastiness, but just a touch. Why? The taste brings some of the roastiness forward, but again not much and if it weren't for the aftertaste, I'd have to question whether or not I was drinking a macro's attempt at a stout. The mouthfeel is that of a lighter-bodied stout. Again, average, but nothing remarkable. Drinkable? Yes. this is more of a session beer than anything. Really, if they remarketed this beer as a "mild" I'd be more happy with this brew. Overall, this is a weak example of a dry stout, akin to something you might expect from a macro. Not remarkable, not memorable.

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Photo of Realale
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black. Typical nitro faux head.

Not much on the nose. Touch of coffee, bit of malt.

Nasty nitro mouthfeel makes tasting much of anything difficult, as there's not a lot of raw materials to work with here. Quite light, with only the slightest hint of malt, and a bit of finishing bitterness.

Creamy, drying nitro mouthfeel. Seems really artificial and confected. Not a fan. Drinkable, but barely.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good initial head. Filled up the empty space in the snifter.

The smell, wild mid, is nice. Trouble is, there just isn't much of it.

Taste also is lacking a bit. Not overtly bad in anyway, just not... For such a dark beer, there is much roasted flavor. Beer is thick in the mouth, but lacking in flavor.

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Photo of walleye
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. shared this one with bieristgut. poured darak brown, with a tan head. aromamalts, cocoa, molasses, black cherries, sugar. flavor, smoke, wood, roasted malts, I wish the flavor was a little more robust.all flavors were weak. chalky and dry mouth feel.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Too a trip down to Peoria for my Dad's birthday, and figured I should try some beers from this brewery, seems like everyone I know from Central Illinois talks about it... In to the Two Bros. Pint...

A - About a finger of head that sticks around on top of a dark body. No problems here...

S - Pretty straight forward here, sweet chocolate, roasted malts and sweet smoke, with some slight sweet fruit (apricot?) mixed in. Nice balence, again, no complaints.

T - This doesn't strike me as a dry stout at all. Starts out quite tart, with lots of cherry with some roasted malts in the backgroud. The cherry notes build, and mix with metalic and apricot flavors at midpalate, leaving me wondering exactly what I'm drinking. The finish featured the smokeyness and dryness I expect from a dry stout, along with a nice hint of vanilla. If the whole beer was more like the finish, I probally would not have poured most of this beer out...

M - Mouthfeel leaves nothing to complain about. Full for 5.2%, abd slightly silky.

D - So many nice things going for this beer, everything except for the entry and middle of the brew... which is kind of a big deal. Maybe on draft, real fresh it would be better, but this just tasted like it had fallen apart.

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Photo of JDV
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of ketcherpillar
Pours fairly dark black with a small beige head. Smell is faint dark fruit and roasted malts. Not too strong, and almost a cherry note. Taste is thin and watery dark malt with a hint of tartness again. A bit of a drying character, but too thin and unremarkable to recommend. Not very good.

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Photo of northaustin
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served nitro tap with more than two fingers of thick creamy off white head which lasts forever and leaves completely solid lacing. pitch black.

smell is super metallic. kinda oaty with a burnt roast characteristic.

taste is very bitter. minimal roast and creamy vanilla shows up on the way down.

mouthfeel: way too dry. i understand thats the style, but this literally deprives your mouth of moisture to a whole new extreme.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I thought I might be one of the first to review this since recently being released in the bottle, but indeed I am slow to the punch.

I regret to write a bad review of anything from Boulevard (wanna stay loyal to the local brew), but this is a piss-poor offering. There was a good reason they never released this in bottles until recently--it's not good. On tap, now, that's a different story...I like the Dry Stout on tap. It's a thinner, easier drinking "session" stout compared to thicker, chewier stouts like {insert any stout name here}, but I like that. On tap, Dry Stout at least has SOME toasty stout-like flavors. In the bottle, none. To me, this is the flattest, most tasteless stout I've ever had. I guess if you normally drink macro brew and prefer very little flavor in your beer, this may be a choice for you so you can look cool drinking a dark beer. I'm not saying this is an outright BAD beer, but it lacks anything good, especially for a stout.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Boulevard “Dry” Stout pours an almost opaque obsidian red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. A dark tan head went to over 2 fingers before settling down to an inch thick afghan of dense foam.

The nose does not give up any secrets, save but for a hint of mission fig.

Palate is dry... citrus... light coffee.. and bitter chocolate, in very restrained amounts.

Boulevard “Dry” Stout is a stout, a dry one as well, there is just not a lot of hoopla here.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark espresso brown with a big 3 inch beige head that slowly melts into just a center ring. The aroma of this beer is flat. Definite notes of dark malts and a bit of chocolate, but not a whole lot and definitely no notes of dark fruits or coffee that is so typical to the style. The flavor is also just pretty bland. A bit of roasted grains, mixed with some coco powder. That's really all that comes to mind. The mouthfeel is the worst attribute of the beer. This beer is dry. Probably the driest stout I have ever had and it completely lacks the creaminess that makes the style so enjoyable. This is, in my opinion, the worst of the year round beers that Boulevard does. Give me a Bully! Porter.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is large, firm, creamy, and light tan in color. It recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a hint of milk chocolate and vanilla. The taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, with a funky aftertaste. It is almost astringent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Overall, this beer has a nice appearance and aroma, but the taste is too much for me to deal with. I will not drink this one again.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of marc77
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tan, creamy, dense & sticky head after the nitro casacde effect. A hint of chocolate malt malt in aroma, but other malt notes are absent. Hop bitterness is fairly low for style & gives way to malt sweetness unusual for a dry stout. The chocolate malt flavor is mellow and pleasant, but sharp black patent and/or roasted barley notes are absent in this brew. Richer in body than draught Guinness, but roasted barley contributions are lacking. Roasted grain bitterness manages to eek its way into the finish. A decent stout, but it's a bit too "soft" on the palette. More bitterness both from roasted barley and hops would've made this a better dry stout.

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Best by: 5/18/07. Dark brown body with a khaki head that faded quickly.

Smell was of cocoa powder and light of molasses. Hay-like characteristics came later.

Taste was mildly sweet. Toasty malts and light acidity. Not as complete as it could have been.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin in the body. Zesty carbonation was a bit too much.

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Photo of hoffman
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I will start by saying that I had expected more from this one. I typically like the offerings from boulevard and expected this one to be strong as well....I really wanted to like it....sadly I found the pour unimpressive with a 1 1/2 finger head that dwindled quickly. Very dark color looks tough and inviting with a full body smell that would bring promise of heavy malts and some bite from a floral whiff. The taste was disappointing burnt and almost stale. The drink date on the beer is thanksgiving day which should be safe not to say that it is the freshest that BB has on the shelf. The mouthfeel is watery more than anything....overall this beer had some things going for it but it didn't hit where it counted. I think I may try it again to check for freshness.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head that fades quickly. Slightly dark beer with lots of ruby shining through around the edges. Appearance leaves something to be desired.

Not much to the smell. Slight coffee. Not much else.

Ground coffee taste. A little bit of chocolate. The finish is definitely dry as promised and expected. Some maltiness in the palate but certainly lacking.

Thanks to bditty187 for this beer.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was going in with high hopes on this one and the flavor just feel a little flat for me. Really great and viscus dark pour with a small tan head. Great lacing on my glass. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but the flavor was just missing. Was hoping for more; still very drinkable though.

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Photo of rrski198
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Almost black with light red hues. Very little mocha head with no lacing.

S: This is the best part of this beer. However, its still pretty simple. Milk Chocolate, deep roasted malt.

T: Just not very good. NOt much going on. Flavor disapears to nothing quickly.

M: Yea, whatever.

D: Um, whatever. Average to below average, AT BEST. Would not purchase again

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Photo of CU570M
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A pitch black dark beer with medium off white head. Like a lot of other dark beers I've smelled. Kind of like molasses. Taste is a crisp dark beer with a mild after taste of coffee. The mouthfeel was a high carbonation in this beer. A little too much dry feeling in my mouth as well. drinkability is average. I might drink again if someone gave me one.

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Photo of orfeu
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a nitro tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE. Chill-hazed dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights around the edges; standard densely-packed creamy nitro-infused head. Nothing out of the ordinary so far. Only the faintest of sourish roasted malt aromas are detectable. Overall, a very meager nose. The taste is more or less a reflection of the bouquet, such as it is, with very modest roasted grain flavors mingling with a sour, earthy hop character. Somewhat funky nitrogen aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth enough, but not quite creamy. Light body, definitely to style. In all, this will hardly knock any socks off, but I suppose it's a step up from Guinness draft.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown/black in color. No head forming on the pour. Smell is roasted black malts and some slight coffee.
Taste is a bit more astringent coffee. Some more roasted malt, but not much else going on.
A little bitter and astringent on the mouthfeel. Smooth and a bit thin. Decent, but I much prefer their Bully Porter over all the others.

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Photo of ectomorph
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the sampler 12 pack.

A - Pours a dark chocolate with small head and no lace.

S - Some coffee and malty notes, middle of the road.

T - Just like it smells, some coffee and maybe a little chocolate, malty.

M - watery and thin for a Stout IMO.

D - I probably wont be picking this one up again.

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Photo of malcontent
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not-quite-opaque black body topped by a massive tan-ish, rocky head. Lacing is sticky and copious.

Somewhat sour, slightly fruity, hefe-like aroma. Not right for the style.

About the right level of softly acrid bitterness with a strong roast finish and a lingering sour/bitterness. It's average.

A bit on the thin side although moderate carbonation is a plus. I'm not hating this beer but it does absolutely nothing to separate itself from the bigger brewers of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears black with a faint white head that stays for a moment. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of black patent malt with slight sweet fruitiness.
Taste is of the same smell with not a whole lot going on to make me want more.
Mouthfeel is semi dry and slightly sweet.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark opaque brown with mahogany highlights. Thin cinnamon colored head. Smells lightly of sweet roasted malt, light sweet spice?

The first thing you notice is that the mouth is very carbonated, overly so. Masks the flavor. Some lightly roasty dark malt. Kind of limp and watery, no creaminess or driness in this dry stout. Lackluster overall.

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