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Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dry StoutDry Stout

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a coal black with a small tan head that fades away. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts and with mild hints of coffee and cocoa.

Taste is all roasted malt upfront that washes into some light coffee and cocoa flavors. A slight bitterness appears at the end as it finshes rather dry.

Thin body, good carbonation.

A nice Irish stout and quite easy to drink.

07-06-2006 01:14:48 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of sulldaddy


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

I am sampling a room temp bottle in an english pint glass courtesy of bort11.
The beer pours a rich chocolate brown with fluffy tan head foaming up 1 cm easily and resting on the surface. The aroma is rich with chocolate malt, some roasted coffee and a hint of herbal hops in the background. The first sip reveals an average body with very fine yet tingly carbonation. The texture is smooth and silky.
The beer starts off with a bit of brown sugar and sweet chocolate then moves to roasted malt and a bit of coffee and finishes coffee bitter and very dry. The drying finish makes me want to take another sip.
The beer is very smooth and easy to drink and I would enjoy having another. Once again Boulevard produces a solid brew!

06-08-2006 03:54:30 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of bort11


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

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

05-02-2006 02:23:55 | More by bort11
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-22-2006 22:00:08 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

04-01-2006 20:48:33 | More by zeff80
Photo of karst


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

From the Osage Beach, Mo HyVee best by 06 04 06

Preparing for brew day and an oatmeal stout. My first impression was too little. I have been favoring other styles of Stouts like Schafly's Coffee Stout, and several others.

As I sought the definition of a Dry Stout - I think that this only falls short in the bitterness. I found it very mild and drinkable and am having problems rating it - maybe some high gravity predijuce left from a trip to Rich O's Gravity Head.

Pours dark brown/black with 1 finger cream quick falling head.
Aroma was mild roasted malts and hints of chocolate malt.

Flavors suitable for Irish Dry Stout dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and almost no hop bitterering. The initial sweetness followed by a thin body helped by the mild carbonation finishes just dry enough to let the dark roasted malts have the aftertaste.

Not the best Irish Stout I've tasted so far but certainly a drinkable example of the style.

04-01-2006 15:20:37 | More by karst
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


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
Photo of sevineyes


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a lable with a star in the center.

A: Brownish side of black. Poured with a thin tan head and leaves no lacing.

S: Nice and roasty. Smoky. Cappucino and sugar.

T: Big and instantly roasty with ample smoke. Finishes with some hop flavor.

M: Wish this was thicker. Comes off as being fairly watery.

D: Really drinkable. Certainly matches others in the style.

Overall: More impressed by the aroma than the flavor. The flavor actually seemed like somewhat of a letdown.

03-09-2006 04:43:05 | More by sevineyes
Photo of marcobrau


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

I have fond memories of Boulevard beer, dating back to the time I was in college. I used to drink a lot of the Irish Ale and Bully! Porter, but sadly I don't drink these beers much anymore, because they aren't available in my neck of the woods. That is why I was inclined to pick up a six-pack of the Boulevard Dry Stout while working in Minnesota this week.
This is an opaque stout that pours into my glass with a flourish of foam that settles rather quickly. The roasted coffee bean aroma is rather pleasant, with hints of milk chocolate present, too. I detect the flavors of chocolate and bitter hops before a lightly bitter-chocolate finish full of prickly carbonation. This beer does pretty well for a light bodied stout and comes across as a pretty tasty session beer. I would like a touch more coffee flavor, maybe a little more hop bitterness and a less prickly carbonation, but this otherwise a tasty dry stout. I'm don't think Boulevard does this, but a cask-conditioned example could be divine.

03-08-2006 04:31:42 | More by marcobrau
Photo of bucko


2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

02-04-2006 20:38:19 | More by bucko
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

01-30-2006 02:41:05 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of 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
Photo of whynot44


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Medium/full bodied, opaque purplish black color with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is mild - slightly fruity, roasted malts, with hints of strong coffee and chocolate.

Taste is also somewhat mild for a stout. Primarily espresso with a bit of bitter chocolate, only a trace of caramel. Starts slightly sweet but finishes dry.

Smooth and very drinkable. Less filling than Guinness but still satisfying. Slightly milder flavor could make it more acceptable to non-stout drinkers.

01-03-2006 05:33:37 | More by whynot44
Photo of Oxymoron


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

Green Day is all over the charts with their new song Boulevard of Broken Songs. Please don’t deter you from trying something good, like Boulevard Dry Stout.

Boulevard is a dark brew with little color disparaging with tipped at the glass. Good color with a strong head and tan but little to no lacing. The smell is a stronger malt specifically with roasted and chocolate. There also is a slight floral aroma.

The taste is a stronger coffee flavor. The roasted malt mixes with smoky like qualities giving it a dry sense to the beer. Mostly roasted but definite chocolate and hints of toffee tastes are noticeable. It’s almost a musty taste to it. The coffee essence is not overpowering but that may be due to the sweet or citrus ping to the beer. This does add more of a dry flavor but in my opinion, it also cuts the body of the beer down. It also limits that flavor and mouthful of the beer.

So punk bands that go pop are a dime a dozen now a days. A good coffee-esk Stout are not. Lucky me I have access to try Boulevard’s Dry Stout again.

10-27-2005 22:21:58 | More by Oxymoron


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Jet black body with fizzy fading deep tan head. I do like black beers.

Woodsy malt feel on the nose. Penetrating cola like smell. I get a hint of leather also.

Enters the mouth slightly watered down, but clean at first. As it develops you get a soured bitter but not much bite. A bit of dark malt as it finishes. Does Leave you wanting another sip but just to get more flavor on your tongue. Mouthfeel leaves a sour bitter tingle.

The sour does fade a bit as it warms.

10-15-2005 03:59:05 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of hoffman


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

10-11-2005 05:01:24 | More by hoffman
Photo of weeare138


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

09-23-2005 17:55:00 | More by weeare138
Photo of neonbrown82


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

08-30-2005 18:56:34 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

I have always liked this brew. I used to love it on tap and was pleased to see that it was now available in bottles.

Pours deep opaque brown with a short lived tan head.

Aroma is caramel and coffee. Some hardwood charcoal.

Taste is pretty smooth coffee and some hints of caramel but overall a very dry and smooth brew.

Mouthfeel was a little thin.

Very drinkable. will seek this out next time I am in the midwest.

08-29-2005 00:31:19 | More by Citadel82
Photo of Fugazme


3.63/5  rDev +2%

Pours out of the bottle an opaque blackness that fits a good stout. Decent head, if not a tad over-carbonized. Caramel in color... I like it a bit more creamy but this was pretty good.

Smell is chocolately and, well, dry. It has a dusty aroma that is kind of nice. A touch of coffee, as well.

Taste is right up there. Good roasted malts and good gosh a bit of cola... even though it is a "dry" stout... a little bit sweet. Just a little bit.

I went straight for another one after the first. Would totally drink again.

08-16-2005 04:52:53 | More by Fugazme
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

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...

08-11-2005 02:07:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer arrived on the bar pitch black with a large brown head that lasted well and coated the glass.

The aroma was smoky with slight coffee and a nice chocolate presence. The aroma also contained a nice caramel presence.

The flavor was fruity. Very fruity with pineapple flavors that were somehow tasty. Also present was a slight sweetness and most notably chocolate and a slight coffee followed by a nice caramel flavor.

The finish was fruity and just dry with lasting chocolate and caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium or just a bit less. An enjoyable pint.

On tap at Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. The bartended kept removing the foam from the pint till the glass poured near full, quite a site.

05-11-2005 02:38:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of ZAP


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Much better than their Porter...dark brownish black...decent coffee/burrnt malts/cocoa nose....decent flavor load...much tastier than say guiness...decent burnt malt flavor and some sweeter cocoa..a hint of java on the taste to..body is pretty creamy...medium...

All in all not a bad stout....worth drinking

04-15-2005 05:47:13 | More by ZAP
Photo of RBorsato


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Tasted on Nitro-Tap on 04/07/05 at the Overland Park Marriott bar in Overland Park, Kansas.

Almost pure black with a full creamy tan nitro head which leaves some decent lace. Roasty dry aroma and flavor; certainly a standard for the style but other American dry stouts are usually more robust; light coffee character. Thin/light bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Not one I'd have another of - too thin.

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale, Aromatic and Special B malts. Roasted and flaked barleys. Magnum and Fuggles hops.
Starting Gravity: 11.5 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 4.2% by weight, 5.2% by volume.
Calories: 149 per 12 ounces

04-14-2005 16:18:33 | More by RBorsato
Photo of clvand0


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

This one pours a very dark color with a small head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, but has some roasted malts and some coffee in there. Pleasant. The flavor is mostly comprised of the roasted malt. Pretty boring, actually. Tasty, don't get me wrong, but it lacks a bit in body and there's no 'catch' here. Drinkability is good.

04-04-2005 18:58:14 | More by clvand0
Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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