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Dry Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Vancer

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 14:15:12 | More by Vancer
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz short brown bottle with twist off cap. Bottle conditioned.

This stout poured an opaque black color with tall, creamy, light brown foam that persisted a while but then settled, clinging a bit. The smell was roasted-malty with a light yeasty aroma. The taste was full or roasted malt and barley with a hint of sweetness and a hint of fruitiness. The hoppiness seemed light compared to the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and dry overall with medium body and moderate carbonation. It was relatively clean. This was a very nice and easy to drink dry Irish stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 04:05:50 | More by UncleJimbo
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swamiswamu

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 01:29:32 | More by swamiswamu
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mentor

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screw-top bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed the next evening. Pours a finger-and-a-half brown head over a pitch black beer. Smells are of chocolate and coffee with some sweet caramel, too. Combined, they make molasses, I guess. Smells very sweet and creamy, almost oatmeal stoutish. If there are hops in the aroma, I’m guessing Fuggles. Tastes coffee to start which fades gently to a late chocolate. Sour cherries in the end, too. That’s about it. Not much to say, as there’s not much here. If there’s any hop bitter, it’s blended into or hidden by the medium-heavy carbonation (more than I want in a stout). Medium bodied with a dry finish and a roasted roughness left on my tongue after the swallow. This bottle offering is much better than I expected, as I’ve had it on tap and found it to be watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 07:24:07 | More by mentor
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 05:15:45 | More by Bighuge
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BeerBob

Nebraska

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 02:52:58 | More by BeerBob
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 02:29:27 | More by KroMagnon
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of BuckeyeNation. Pours a slightly translucent dark brown color with a medium thin beige head that disappeared pretty quickly. Very little lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty with coffee and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied and sort of watery at times. Coffee and hops in the flavor but not with much authority. The finish is dry and roasty. Overall this Stout is a bit of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 18:12:54 | More by Dogbrick
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a midnight black with no head present.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and heavly roasted barley.
Flavor has some dark chocolate notes along with roasted nuttiness and a lightly bittered coffee hint in the background.
Mouthfeel is very thin, very pedestrian attempt in my opinion these guys are better than this.
Drinkability was at best average, relatively weak effort from a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 16:44:08 | More by CRJMellor
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 17:29:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the chance to try this.

Pours nice, as it should, black color with a nice tan head maybe a finger and a half high. Head dissapates rather quickly though. Not a ton going on in aroma, slight roasty aroma. Flavor is, well, kinda bland, some sharp roasty bitterness in the end, but not a ton going on. A slight tartness ala guiness also. Has a slightly thin mouthfeel, but not bad for the style. I could drink these, but I'd probably look for something else.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 21:02:34 | More by deejaydan
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black crayon hue with a light tan head, considerable lacing noted. Some chocolate malts and sweetness detected in the aroma, yes, it just smells somewhat sweet. Up front, yes it is dry, a near cotton-mouth effect. Some chocolate/roasted malts, some coffee bean tastings are also present. Medium based body, just a slight offering of bitter hops. Boy, the name dry stands out, not sure what clears the palate, but after two of these, a pitcher of water could be handy. Still, not a bad stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 02:56:29 | More by GeoffRizzo
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maxpower

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black color, decent size light brown head that doesn't last with no lacing, has light chocolate and coffee aromas. Dark roasted malty chocolate and dark fruity flavors, light to medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel maybe a little thin, finishes with a very dry bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 13:44:12 | More by maxpower
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DPMomutant

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The body is the proper stout opaque black. The head is kind of small but creamy. Not long lasting and a little bit does try to stick around on the glass.

The smell is a combination of a very toasty malt and some coffee. The smell is toasty but not very strong.

The taste is mostly of dark coffee as well, and that sticks around for the aftertaste. It's noticeable but not terribly strong. After having a Shakespeare a couple days ago this is kind of boring.

As advertised, this has a very dry finish. Drink it and it's gone. A little thinner and more carbonated than most stouts. Don't like that part as much.

This isn't a horrible beer but not great either. It's plenty drinkable if that's all you've got but there are better choices out there.

And as someone else reviewed earlier, the draught version of this is much better on it's own and also makes a good black & tan with their Pale or a "Thundercloud" with their Wheat. Most above average bars around KC will have all three available for mixing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 05:36:16 | More by DPMomutant
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish, opaque black, a tall, voluminous heap of dun colored froth rising up with a vigorous pour. The head settles into a thin, even coating. Great head retention, keeping a patchy film, but no lace is to be had.
The aroma is very pleasantly roasty and chocolatey, with a slight hint of nuttiness similar to Guinness Extra Stout, but much fresher and a bit milder. Soft prune and fig esters, with the barest trace of english hops. Pleasant coffee and cocoa softness. A hint of woodsmoke as the beer warms, like smelling your clothes after a camping trip. A very comforting scent.
The flavor starts with an immediate....nothing. Soft cocoa and coffee bean roastiness creeps in timidly, with a whisp of cherry and lima bean. The finish is a bit simplistic, mostly a powdery cocoa, or perhaps more like carob. Good bitterness, with a pleasantly dry finish. A bit of residual caramel sweetness in the aftertaste, along with powdery cocoa. A lightish medium body, supported by sturdy, blunt carbonation. A powdery, dryish mouthfeel all the way through.
I was definitely in the mood for a brew like this. Something tasty and flavorful, but not overly complex or overwrought. I could stand for some charred black patent malt, to add some harshness in the finish, but it's smooth drinking stuff that I could easily drink instead of those other dry irish stouts.
Thanks to Bditty for the bottle!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 02:10:44 | More by UnionMade
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 23:01:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Trentonator

Kansas

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry is definitely the operative term for this beer. Very dry, indeed. Pours out a dark rich brown, almost black. Head is very nice, some lacing, and the aroma is, well, stout. Smoky, almost ashy in taste, it goes down easy with a little bitter aftertaste-a nice bite, very complex. It changes it's taste as it goes down, but has a thick, chalky mouthfeel. Overall, a solid offering from my hometown brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 19:57:34 | More by Trentonator
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 19:24:22 | More by Gruntlumber
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer, previously only available on tap, is now available in Boulevard's signature stubby, colorfully labeled bottles. Color is almost completely black... only faint brownish glimmers can be seen at the sides when held up to the light. Bubbly tan head quickly fell back to a ring around the edges of the glass. Smell is mild aroma of roasted malts. Taste is also roasted malt and coffee, but is more subdued than expected. Finish is very dry. Mouthfeel a little thin. Very drinkable for a stout. Not much aftertaste.

This beer tastes good, but I expected something more... ummm... stout! For flavor, I'll take a Boulevard Bully! Porter over this any time!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 07:49:47 | More by jimdkc
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 05:34:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a fluffy tan head and nearly opaque black-ruby color. I had a very hard time seeing through this stout. Head dissipated to a thin film with "hurricane swirl" in the middle of the glass. Roasted Barley dominates the nose with hints of burnt popcorn. Flavor is DRY and roasty with bitterness coming mainly from the roasted grain. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Finishes roasty and coffeelike. A very pleasing bottled stout. I bet this tastes 10x better on nitro draught.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 01:06:17 | More by EagleTalon
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems to me like this beer was exclusively on tap, but tonight i found it in bottles for the first time.

This beer is completly black, and even held to light you would be hard pressed to find a hint of red. Fairly small brown head topping it off. Scent is totally roasted malts, no room for debate on that one. The taste of this beer is more subdued than i would have guessed from the scent. Its roasted malt, i think the name dry stout sums this beer up quite well. What you'd expect, not a bad drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 06:04:06 | More by Tballz420
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brewQ

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 22:37:04 | More by brewQ
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, my quest to try this brew is complete. Being a total fan of the boulevard line, I felt like I was in for a wonderful treat. I recieved my pint glass with a smile and a nod. Beautiful cascading bubbles down the side, nice dark, dark brown color, creamy white head, lacing all over the place. Smell was roasted nuttyness, though not as strong as I was expecting. Taste? Well, not what I was expecting either. I think they went a little too far on the dryness. Very subdued flavor. Nice roasted maltiness, just not very much of it. Mouthfeel was the best part of this brew, my God man, just try this beer for that. Very creamy and velvety smooth. So very, very creamy. I could definately drink these, but, it would be nice if they could give this a little "BAM!" It could be such an awesome brew instead of being just above average.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2004 15:34:00 | More by Nytemare
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jonnylieberman

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 04:12:32 | More by jonnylieberman
Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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