Dry Stout
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #256
Ranked #43,463
3.58 | pDev: 13.69%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Dry StoutDry Stout
Notes: 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
Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 322 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Westside Local in Kansas City where it was poured into a standard pint tumbler. It's been a long time since I had it last, so I figured I better do it before it goes the way of the Dodo. Boulevard discontinued the bottled version awhile ago and sent out the final kegs of the draft version back in March 2013 if I have heard correctly.

Appearance - The body is dark walnut brown bordering on pitch black. No light is passing through whatsoever. Atop the body sits a surprisingly unimpressive three-quarters finger, and the bubbling gives me the impression that this was not served on nitro tap, as is standard of this beer. Head is a light brown cocoa and the bubbles are similar to what you might see on a soft drink.

Smell - Faint roasted malt characteristic, some tree bark and earthiness, as well as faint undertones of roasted cacao nibs. While all those elements are detectible, the entire smell is a bit polite for my taste. Of course, I think that's fairly typical of the style.

Taste - Similar to the smell, with notes of walnut, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and freshly damp soil. And like the smell, the taste isn't terribly robust or in your face. The roasted characteristics give way to an ultimately dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and carbonation on the light side of moderate. The overall feel isn't nearly as creamy as it's supposed to be, but I can't penalize them too much because I again think this is not on the standard nitro tap.

Overall, this is a beer I really like, but I can understand why Boulevard might be discontinuing it. I see it as a better version of Guinness, but I also don't drink the style terribly often, so I'm not a reliable consumer. And I have a feeling most regular Guinness drinkers would just assume stick with their favorite. It's a tough spot for Boulevard to be in, hence the discontinuation. I'll miss Dry Stout, but there are so many other Boulevard beers that I'd be much sadder to see disappear.

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Photo of tito42
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at the Boulevard Brewery tasting room on 7/5/2013. Wish they still bottled this beer, they have gone to keg-only on this brew. So any recent bottle reviews have been aged (send some my way!). Very aggressive settling. Faint nose of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of a quality but uncomplicated dry stout. Light-bodied and crisp, with a dry finish. In the vein of Guinness, but a bit dryer. Like I said, wish it was more available outside of local bars and restaurants.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Obsidian in color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well. Thick, fine-beaded, and unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Presents an abundance of roasted dark malt with a little cold coffee.

Taste: The taste begins with lots of roasted barley, soon followed by charcoal. There is a hint of coffee, but the roasted barley and charcoal dominate throughout. There is a slightly chalky or mineral aspect to the taste as well. Finishes with mild, lingering burnt flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, with no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A rather abstract or "bare metal" stout, with little to distract from the roasted barley.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass short bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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 darkstar12
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on nitrogen tap at Mellow Mushroom in southeast Huntsville, AL

A: Nice dark color. One-finger light tan head that held up for a very long time
S: Some mild bitter smells, but very little overall
T: Very good, a bit of milkiness with some caramel flavor
M: Very smooth and pleasant chewy feel to it
O: Enjoyable beer, nitrogen helps out quite a bit. Would definitely order it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Agold
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a minimal off white short head which leaves no lacing. It is also not quite as dark as I would like. Aroma is on the roasty side. More patent malt like than anything else. Almost smokey aroma. Nice. Flavor falls a bit flat, but is nice nonetheless. Kind of light, very roasty, light coffee flavor. Kind of nice. Mouthfeel is definitely too light. It is not dry, it just feels watery. Could use more carbonation to bring out some of the dryness. Overall this beer is fine. Its ok, and could use a few different things to improve it, but definitely a nice beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap into a pint glass at Jack Stack BBQ, Kansas City, MO

*reviewed from notes taken in July 2011*

Pours a nice, roasty-looking black color. It's a prototypical Irish stout: it looks denser than it is and is capped by a generous sand colored head. Looks like a typical nitro-tapped stout.

I seem to remember the bottled version having a stronger aroma, but it's been a long time since I had a bottle of this beer. Heck, Boulevard doesn't even bottle it anymore; it's draft only (and pretty much Kansas City only at this point; Jack Stack and O'Dowd's are the only places that reliable keep kegs on-tap). This glass has a husky grain aroma (in a good way) with traces of baker's chocolate and roast in the mix. It isn't sweet or bitter; it manages to be nearly neutral instead of falling on one side of that stout continuum.

This beer fares much better on the palate. It's very similar to Guinness by design, but this beer isn't muted and muddy (as in like mud) like Guinness is. It has a very pleasant brown malt base, with a soft roast character. Bittersweet chocolate is present in just enough amount to liven things up but never dominate.

This pour straddles a medium boundary line between undercarbonated and overcarbonated. No, I don't mean perfectly carbonated. It's somehow appropriate for a nitro-tap feel but also too bubbly to fully achieve it. It's not bad -- the bubbles feel fine -- but it does draw attention to itself if you're familiar with the style.

Overall, this is a very fine Irish Dry Stout to have with a meal. It's light and versatile and tasty. Nothing world-beating, but a solid option for a classic style.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a virtual black color with a tan head that fades slowly to a fine film of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate.

T: Taste of chocolate and coffee with a bit of dark fruit. There is a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Well balanced.

O: Goes down easy. Nothing fancy just and enjoyable stout. Good for a few.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

916th Review on BA
Bottle to Handle less mug
12 oz

Best by: 02/25/11
Purchased from: Mass Bev, Lawrence, KS

App- A very dark brown pour with two fingers of a medium receding head that falls to a sliding pond layer. A good amount of cling.

Smell- Smells a bit sweet like an oreo cookie. A bit malty and crumbly. More roast and dry. A bit of yeast due to the bottle conditioning me thinks.

Taste- A small yeasty stout with a good backing roast note and a bit bitter. With a small hint of dryness and grain.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation with some dry roast. A touch of bitter.

Drink- Not too shabby. I like how my parents live in KS. I get all the Boulevard offerings. Probably wouldnt have this one again with the smokestack series in small bottles. Dark truth just stomps on the other stouts.

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Photo of colt45n
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid dark black, on nitro the whole glass is comes out a nice creamy chocolate looking color which slowy fades to the solid black.

S: Mostly coffee in the nose with a little dark chocolate backing

T: By far the best part of the nitro, such a wonderful creamy mouthful, its almost like a creamy ice coffee. Flavor is dominated by the coffee but not overpowering by any means, getting a little chocolate as well.

Overall I thought it was a pretty good offering I think the nitro makes all the difference with the creaminess and such, I'm sure what effect bottling would have.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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 northaustin
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
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 midwestbrewers
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had 14oz pint on tap at KCI Airport.

A: The appearance has all the quality Guinness.
Thick creamy head and black color. Amazing lacing.

S: Roasted smell with a bit of caramel.

T: The taste is very good. Almost exactly like a Guinness but with a bit more carbonation. Roasted nutty flavor with a smooth finish.

Overall this is a great beer. I an not a fan of he stouts that are flat and this has enough bite to satisfy me. Great beer Boulevard Brewing!!!!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by date of 4/9/11. Thin lacing, soapy and off-white. Body is thin and dark, dark brown. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt dominates. Taste has some caramel malt sweetness and of course coffee and roasted malt flavors. Very pleasing and easy to drink, quite sessionable, I would imagine.

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Photo of rrski198
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
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 mikereaser
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam

S - slight roasted malts and toffee and slight amount of hops

T - sharp roasted malts, some coffee and some bitter hop finish

M/D - slightly dry mouthfeel, not bad, nothing noteworthy, just a nice plain stout

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Photo of Baraka
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a local restaurant.

A: Very dark black with a creamy white head that sticks around

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate notes

T/M: Roasted malt flavors, chocolaty. Super thick and creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish

D: very sessionable, this is very Guinness-like when on draft. Not really my favorite style, but a very drinkable, solid brew.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: black with hints of mahogany around the edges. pours a 2 finger, fizzy, light brown head, almost like coca-cola. dissipates rather quickly, leaving just a thin silky cap.

S: toffee aromas, with a good amount of roasted malts, with a spicy hop aroma

T: hint of chocolate upfront, then sharp roasted malts, followed by bittering, spicy hops that finish out with some coffee flavor

M: medium full body with a lively carbonation. the "dry" aspect of this beer becomes apparent soon after, with a nice mixture of roasted malt and hops.

Overall, a very good representation of the style as far as flavor and aroma. would've like the head to stick around longer, and the mouthfeel to be creamier. however, I could drink this everyday. Great beer!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as black as used motor oil, with a foamy brown head which quickly disappears. Aromas of black licorice, semi-sweet chocolate, a little burnt sugar and dark malts. Very malty on the palate, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted espresso. A very nice example of the style.

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Photo of bump8628
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Totally black with a dense, creamy, tan head.

Not as astringent and acrid as most in the style. More cocoa and creamed coffee with a solid dose of hop bitterness but low to none hop flavor. Finish is nice and dry as it should be.

A nice Dry Stout. Not over the top, or underwhelming, as most of the style seems to be, just solid.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a bottle into a standard stout glass.

A: Thinly laced, thick tan head that lingers and is slow to dissipate. Almost jet black in color with no light shining through.

S: Rich roasted malts right up front with a hint of burnt chocolate. There is also some overtones of burnt sugars and some dark fruits that I can't quite place.

T: Starts off with a slightly watered down dark maltiness which fades to a lingering burnt malty bitterness.In my opinion its lacking some body.

M: Lightly carbonated and definitely dry in the finish.

D: Very easy to drink since it so light but its lacking too much character in my opinion...needed more going on in the flavor department.

Not a terrible beer but its just not that terribly exciting.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark dark black with ruby tinges at the edges with a one finger tan head that leaves much lacing.

Smell is comprised of hops and malt - slightly roasted

Tastes of roasty, slightly burnt malt up front. A little bit of coffee bitterness toward the end.

Feels a little watery in the mouth. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of Duxx
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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 brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance-rich coco brown, very opaque, when held to the light the edges just allow a rich carmelly brown. Not much head, just a ring of light khaki.

Smell-oily roast and applewood smoked beef jerky, or very american campfire roast. oiled leather, but in a good way, like it was brewed in a saddle bag. almost coco powder, like for baking, also metallic hops. This all comes together in a good way though.

taste-smoke smoke smoke...and a beatiful guinness like roast where they decided to use hops as well. wet earth, like it just rained and my face was rubbed in it...mmm.

mouth feel-a little over carbonated for a stout; also light and dry, in a good way baby. nice.

drinkability-as much as one can buy at a time, i could drink it all.

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Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 322 ratings