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Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dry StoutDry Stout

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

zestar, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black color with a beige head that retains well and dots the pint glass with lace

Smell: Roasty aroma with coffee undertones

Taste: Starts with a roasty flavor that builds in bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow the bitter flavors persist but are joined by a bit of a phenolic plastic element

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a stout but medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad dry stout; easy drink but the finish leaves a little to be desired

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reasonably opaque black with lighter brown-ruby highlights. The head is tan in color, looks like softly whipped cream and eventually falls to a thin cover with very little glass coverage.

Classic stout nose of roasted dark malt; not much in the way of coffee or chocolate. The flavor is just okay, the first few mouthfuls have been solidly underwhelming. Decently malty with no discernable hop presence, although some measure of bitterness appears in the second half of the flavor arc. Still no chocolate. Coffee is now present, but is relegated to a 'behind the scenes' position.

The finish is about as clean and austere as any stout that I've ever had. It's definitely dry, yet not as dry as some versions of the style. It's also a tad flinty and mineral-like for my tastes. In addition--while I'm being critical--the body/mouthfeel is overly thin and isn't the least bit creamy.

Boulevard Dry Stout isn't really that good. It's a slightly different take on the style, but one that doesn't do much for me. Drinkable, yes, but I can't see myself buying it again.

BuckeyeNation, May 07, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle

Beer pours out nice deep brown color with a small head. It smells slightly of charcoal and chocolate. There is a little chocolate taste as well, but it also has hints of caramel flavor. It is kind of bitter as well. It drinks very smoothly. Overall, I think is a pretty solid dry stout.

zeff80, Apr 01, 2006
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...

StonedTrippin, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

russpowell, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darkness in it's fullest expression matches the look of this brew, but the head is not as impressive, slim and soon gone.

Aroma: slick, viscous, dark, molasses-like, slightly syrupy...but doesn't stand out in the right way. Lays kind of flat, after a while.

Taste: underwhelming, flinty, dark, but lacks in texture, carbonation, mouthfeel, body. Does have a fuller body, but not as full as it ought to, and lacks considerably in character. Blah. Blech. Hooey.

Dry, yes, but seriously shy in flavor. Maybe it's easy to drink, but easy to like, if you're like me and you yearn for something significant in flavor.

I wanted to like it, but there's no way around this one...sorry...

feloniousmonk, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice earthy, black malt scent that also boasts of chocolate and roasted malts. It's sweet with a dry earthy aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin black malt flavor that is dry and quite earthy. It has a dry roasted flavor, but lacks a significant body. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking stout, but it lacks body and carbonation.

WesWes, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Pours nearly pitch black with a thin tan head that becomes a lasting patch that leaves hardly any lacing.

The smell is of lightly roasted coffee and chocolate with underlying earthy notes.

The taste is of chocolate with some very lightly roasted coffee beans. Earthy, slightly dark fruity undertones. Mild acidity. Sweet, but with some dryness in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied with a bit more carbonated effervescence than expected - not quite as smooth as the style should be.

A little too sweet, a little too carbonated. It's okay, but more "sessionable" dry stouts out there, IMO.

jwc215, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

woodychandler, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
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.

weeare138, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well here is my first sampling of a dry stout, except Guinness.

Poured into a pint glass.

Very thin lay of tan head that leaves little lacing, but sticks around for the entire time I drank the beer.

Smell is mainly malty. Dark coffee with roasted malt aroma. Taste is extremely malty. There is a dark coffee and roasted almond taste. There is a slight hop taste .

Mouthfeel is a very bitter, which surprised me a lot. The hops have become so much more present now. This beer ends with a clean aftertaste. It also has a decent level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink stout. This stout isn't too think, but it is full in flavor.

mothman, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

LXIXME, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 01, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger, light tan head that fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Midnight black color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Roasted/burnt coffee nose. Starts with a burnt coffee flavor and finishes dry, bitter aftertaste that lingers. Not as dry as Guinness. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

jdhilt, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vancer and Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is sweet slightly roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is dry and malty with a nice touch of caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque. Thin light brown head. Lacing is adequate. There's a nice dry roasted aroma here. A little nutty, like roasted almonds. But also like roasted coffee bean and roasted malt. Some light roasted malt tones on the palate. A little coffee. Maybe some vanilla and caramel tones, but just not a lot of depth really. It's agreeable, but not special. Mouthfeel is just a little watery. Lightly carbonated. Decent brew but I wouldn't go quite so far as to say it's good.

Bighuge, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

harpus, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, slight hops, and slight biscuit. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts, slight hops, and slight biscuit flavors.

Tone, Mar 02, 2009
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Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.