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Dry Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of orfeu
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a nitro tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE. Chill-hazed dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights around the edges; standard densely-packed creamy nitro-infused head. Nothing out of the ordinary so far. Only the faintest of sourish roasted malt aromas are detectable. Overall, a very meager nose. The taste is more or less a reflection of the bouquet, such as it is, with very modest roasted grain flavors mingling with a sour, earthy hop character. Somewhat funky nitrogen aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth enough, but not quite creamy. Light body, definitely to style. In all, this will hardly knock any socks off, but I suppose it's a step up from Guinness draft.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date said best consumed by February 14.

This brew is jet black with a decent amount of head, but leaves little lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

Smell is mostly coffee flavors with some dry malt mixed in as well. Ditto for the taste, as it starts off fairly mild and then goes into a fairly strong coffee flavor. Finish is kind of weak with just a faint fizziness.

In my opinion, the mouthfeel is the most dissapointing thing about this brew, as it's fairly thin and in my opinion, way too carbonated for a stout. This results in the beer lacking a smooth feel and the strong fizziness in the mouthfeel seems to just be out of place. To be fair, I have had limited tasting experience with this style, so perhaps this is true to style.

Overall, this is by no means an undrinkable beer. Fairly well balanced in the flavor, no overwhelming flavors, just a strange mouthfeel is what really doesn't do it for me. If you really like stouts and are in Missouri, give this one a shot.

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Photo of mjc410
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker at the Boulevard Brewpub - KC Airport. A long-lasting one-finger nitro-head capped off a super-dark ruby body. The head left some thick and slick lacing. The nose had a sweet light coffee aroma, with a bit of roast. The taste was good and highly roasted, with hints of smoke. It was exceptionally dry and bitter, but began with an initial quick sweetness. It also had a welcome bit of vinous acidity. The mouth was medium thick, with very light carbonation. A rich, but surprisingly quaffable stout.

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Photo of rowew
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle - retro themed label. Freshness date clearly printed on the neck.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a bit of red around the eges (actually a bit lighter than the porter). Thinnish head fades to leave a light lacing.

Smell: Light roasted flavors, a bit of coffee.

Taste: Quite a bit of coffee flavor in the taste, with a bit of roasted and caramel.

Overall impression: Nicely drinkable stout - not quite as stand-out as the porter, but still very nice.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark black with thin ruby edges. Tan colored thick creamy head with good retention.

Very light caramel and dark roast aromas. Not much there, but it's about what I expect from the style.

Coffee flavors with roasty bitterness. A smooth creamy finish with decent carbonation that gives it a little spritz. Slight lingering bitterness. Not as creamy as others, giving it more of an unsweetened coffee feel.

Not a bad beer. Similar to your bigger brand name dry stouts such as Guinness and Murphy's, but without the nitro-induced creaminess. This one is pretty good at holding its own. Recommended.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a near black, ruby hues at bottom, with good head and now a ring around the top, no lacing. Aroma is classic stout, but not anything special, with really just roasted malts and no other hints or flavors. Taste is a little more appealing, roasty and a mild hint of coffee grounds, a nice dry finish, but still lacking a bit. The mouth isn't really that full, a little too thin, and entirely too carbonated with little creaminess to balance carbonation out. For me, this started out good, but every successive bottle I drink leaves me yearning for more and more again. Bummer.

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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 BigRedN
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black, no light escaping this one. A nice brownish head (about 1 inch) forms on top. The head faded to a thin cloud and a ring around the glass with some patchy lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley malts. Rich aromas of roasted coffee and burnt chocolate.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malt side, minimal bitterness from hops is found here, just a touch as it goes down. The roasted coffee and chocolate stand out, as the scent would suggest. Unbalanced? Perhaps, but it works for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, not watery like some stouts can be. It is a nice rich black beer. Pretty decent for a non nitro'd Irish Stout.

Drinkability: Looks good, drinks good, is good. I'll pick this one up again.

Update: 3-17-08 Part of a St. Pat's Irish Stout-a-thon. Only non nitro of the bunch. I adjusted the appearance and mouthfeel. When compared to the nitro cans the head on this is weak, but it has a fuller mouthfeel. It may be apples and oranges, but when one thinks Irish Stout the ususal is a nitro can of Murphy's, Beamish or Guiness, so I used those as the guides. Still this beer is good.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Boulevard Dry Stout is black in color with a tan head. Aroma is light, mainly dark malt. The taste is of roasted barly with a hint of dark chocolate and a dry finish. It is medium bodied and moderatly carbonated. There are better Irish stouts out there, but this one is not bad.

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Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-- huge nice fluffy cappuccino-colored, lots of foamy bubbles, stays fluffy long enough to have a few pleasureable slurps. Forms a nice lace and residual head afterwards.

Aroma-- very nice, strong yet flowery and filling the area immediately upon pouring. Smoky coffee-chocolate-milk.

Taste-- very nice burnt-chocolate-coffee, moderately complex but not overdone or excessive in any qualities. Maybe a slight hint of what reminds me almost of watermelon undertones, and some smoky cedar-oak like you smell in old cabins and hiking trails etc. Mild burnt-malt taste but not overdone. Very light on the hops bitters. Carbonation rather moderate, in my experience.

Nice mouthfeel during and afterwards-- some fond memories without any unpleasant or excessive aftertaste.

Drinkability-- I could drink a few until either I got too bloated or tired of the moderate dryness. I wouldn't follow it with any lighter beer or ale, however.

=== FOLLOW-UP NOTE === 11 July 2009
I just found a stray bottle from this same batch that I reviewed, 3 years ago and cranked it open-- STILL FANTASTIC!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed May 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Pitch black pour with 2 fingers of large bubbled tan head. Dry roasted coffee and fresh linen aroma. A hint of ammonia. Pretty plain dry coffee and chocolate flavors, backed with a heavy dose of cream and finish of tangy sea salt. Aftertaste is tangy and a little oaky, pretty standard.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of bort11
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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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 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 karst
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bucko
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of whynot44
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 321 ratings
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