Dry Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dry StoutDry Stout
321 Ratings
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 Oxymoron
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hoffman
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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 neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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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 GCBrewingCo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 clvand0
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of swid
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Dry Stout pours an ink-black, opaque color. When held up to the light, you can find just the slighest bit of a ruby tinge along the sides of the glass. The head is a dark cream color, and is quite small and disappears quickly, except for around the edge of the glass. Moderate carbonation. The smell of this beer is surprisingly weak, but nicely balanced; the roasted aroma and the malty sweetness are stonger than the aroma from the hops.

The roasted flavor of this beer is evident immediately, but it is not an overpowering taste. This roasted taste isn't very coffeelike (which is kinda unusual for a stout); it's quite enjoyable, nonetheless. After a little bit, the flavor from the malt and the hops becomes more evident...this beer manages to be both sweet and dry, somehow. The bitterness from the hops is muted. The stout has a surprisingly large body for its ABV, and it finishes sweet and dry, with a mild bitterness.

Boulevard Dry Stout doesn't taste like the Big Three dry stouts, but in this case, it works out well. It's an enjoyable beer on its own merits, and being a little different makes this a good session stout. Check it out.

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Photo of walleye
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. shared this one with bieristgut. poured darak brown, with a tan head. aromamalts, cocoa, molasses, black cherries, sugar. flavor, smoke, wood, roasted malts, I wish the flavor was a little more robust.all flavors were weak. chalky and dry mouth feel.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls slightly to coat the beer. The nose is slightly coffee and slight chocolate. The flavor is nice and rich roasted coffee with a more chocolatey finish. The coffee bitter fades nicely into a sweet aftertaste. The feel is moderate and drying on the finish. Very nice. This is definately well worth looking into. I like the flavor and feel a lot. I could easily sit and drink this one all night. A very nice stout.

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Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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 BeerBob
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
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.

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