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Dry Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dry StoutDry Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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

Added by Jason on 06-02-2002

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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...

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  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

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Monkeyknife, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held to light. Has a skimpy off white head that sticks for a bit. Aroma is faint cocoa and dried fruit. I'm missing the roasted grains that are typical in a dry stout. Taste has some chocolates, a bit of roast bitterness and some more dried fruit. Carbonation is ample, mouthfeel is creamy, body could be a little thicker for me. Overall a decent brew, I could see myself sessioning this if it were more available to me. Could use more roast flavor and aroma.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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...

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  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.

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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.

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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 jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, almost completely opaque; a little light in the extreme edges. Poured a 2 finger light brown head with fair retention. Sticky, thick lacing throughout.

S: Big toasted malt aromas; coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Consistent with smell; toasted malts bitter chocolate and coffee. Chocolate lingers throughout the mild bitter finish. Very pleasant aftertaste and not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Dry through a slightly sweet finish.

D: The body is delighfully smooth and rich earthy flavors with some bittering hops make this very drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep almost black, brown with deep garnet highlights. Good, sturdy head and thick foam with sticky lacing. The aroma was even dry. But a good coffee bean dry with some hints of cotton balls. Plenty of tootsie roll-like chocolate mixed with some deep roasted and surprisingly smoked malts. By surprisingly I mean that I wasn't expecting that much smokey flavor. Of a dry palate at the finish. But if I would let the taste linger for about five minutes, the feeling is one of great refreshment.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby around the edges. A tan head rises to over two fingers. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. A dry wood aroma.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
M/D: A medium body and dry This is thin and watery though. Not hard to drink. I could session this.

Not the best from Boulevard, but still good. Better than some of the Nitro crap Dry Stouts from across the pond.

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

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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown bordering on black, ample fizzy head fades to a nice film.

Chocolate, expresso...thats it, no unnecessary fruits or other unpleasentries.

Super dry roastiness, perfectly carbonated. This beer is unbelievably tasty. Damn, it's almost half gone already. If ever there was a thirst quenching stout, this is it. Very crisp finish.

Boulevard is just starting to distribute here in tx, and unfortunately they are starting with only the wheat and pale ale and the sampler pack, which you can find the stout along with the Bully porter, their finest offerings (except for the smokestack series).

In the non-imperial stout catagory, this one is a winner.

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