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 beeragent
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark brown/black, forming a 1 inch mocha head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma for this beer was very light, actually having to search for it. What was detectable was a light hint of roasted malts. The taste follows closely with the aroma, being a little on the weak side. The taste was also dominated by a light roasted malt flavor, with very little coffee/chocolate flavor as expected. This being in the dry Irish stout style, I expect it to be lighter in flavor, but not quite this light. Clean smooth mouthfeel and finish. Definitely a sessionable beer. I actually did enjoy this beer. I was just let down a bit by expecting one thing and then getting another. That aside, this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear black, that is to say that it is not thick so it seems clearer than it actually is. Pours a one inch muddy sand colored head that leaves a nice streak of lacing on the bubble down that fades into a cap.

S: Smell is decent enough, not really all that exciting, everything that is supposed to be there is there, roasted malts greets the nose with just a hint of floral hoppiness.

T/MF: Good solid roasted malt character, light bodied mouthfeel but still has a good biting malt and hop bitterness that leaves me wanting more and more.

D: Good good and more good, not a demanding beer but it tastes good and is a solidly sessionable beer.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with a bit of brown around the edges. Thin creamy head.

Roasty malt smell with a bit of a woody element to it. Toasted nuts too.

Great roasty smoky taste with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty.

Too thin in the body for my liking, but still a tasty beer that I am happy I was able to try.

Tasted on 4/11/08.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

126 reviews as of this writing. another neat brew from boulevard. I'll give them props for doing a bottle conditioned dry stout. In a side by side with guiness I felt I enjoyed the guiness a bit more as it's a touch dryer and balanced. If I was in KC or a restaurant had this on tap and I was to choose I'd probably go with the boulevard for a change of pace. It made a nice session / dinner beer for me.

5-29 Had this on tap at a steakhouse in KC. Better than the bottle and a nice substitute for guinness.

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Photo of JDV
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of ketcherpillar
Pours fairly dark black with a small beige head. Smell is faint dark fruit and roasted malts. Not too strong, and almost a cherry note. Taste is thin and watery dark malt with a hint of tartness again. A bit of a drying character, but too thin and unremarkable to recommend. Not very good.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Too a trip down to Peoria for my Dad's birthday, and figured I should try some beers from this brewery, seems like everyone I know from Central Illinois talks about it... In to the Two Bros. Pint...

A - About a finger of head that sticks around on top of a dark body. No problems here...

S - Pretty straight forward here, sweet chocolate, roasted malts and sweet smoke, with some slight sweet fruit (apricot?) mixed in. Nice balence, again, no complaints.

T - This doesn't strike me as a dry stout at all. Starts out quite tart, with lots of cherry with some roasted malts in the backgroud. The cherry notes build, and mix with metalic and apricot flavors at midpalate, leaving me wondering exactly what I'm drinking. The finish featured the smokeyness and dryness I expect from a dry stout, along with a nice hint of vanilla. If the whole beer was more like the finish, I probally would not have poured most of this beer out...

M - Mouthfeel leaves nothing to complain about. Full for 5.2%, abd slightly silky.

D - So many nice things going for this beer, everything except for the entry and middle of the brew... which is kind of a big deal. Maybe on draft, real fresh it would be better, but this just tasted like it had fallen apart.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark black color,pretty much pitch black. has a small brown head on it, but not much, and no carbonation really. smell is really good, has that "guinness" smell to it, thats how i can relate to it, like a chocolately, hazelnut aroma. taste is pretty good, has a slight bitterness to it, with a more profound chocolate malt flavor. mouthfeel is decent, its a pretty drinkable beer, depending on the weather.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dry, luscious malt with deep roast characteristics like coffee, and chocolate. Lighter fruit notes.

Almost opaque, deep mahogany brown color, minimal-to-no head.

Watery mouthfeel leaves me disappointed. Then the flavor kicks in with deep, dark roast. Intensely sweet caramel/molasses flavors with a dry, woody edge and more of that coffee/chocolate from the aroma sluggishly set in and last long through the finish and beyond. The attack adopts a light fruit sweetness that suggest grape, partly due to a nice tartness (from the hops? I guess, I can't tell). The roasted malt relaxes to allow more fruit through, as well as a newfound bitterness in the finish. The flavor oscillates from malt to fruit for a while before finally settling on a mix of bitterness, light fruit, and roast. Occasional hop bitter/astringent flashes in the finish. Right near the bottom of the glass the malt flavor swells up again and takes out the bitterness.

This brew has a very peculiar, ever-changing flavor profile. One sip it's all malt, the next it's sweet fruit. Sometimes very bitter, sometimes sweet and creamy. It is quite interesting, but it never arrives at something very likeable or balanced. The mouthfeel was never quite there.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown head. Mellow aromas of milk chocolate and creamy coffee, not as intense or complex as other stouts, but still a pleasing aroma.

Flavor has more chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. Swallow is smooth with a subtle dry and earthy aftertaste.

Not the greatest stout ever made, but I would easily pick it over a Guinness. I could easily drink several pints and be perfectly happy with my choice.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Dark with thick tan head. Nice carbonation.
S: Honey and roasted malt. Hint of coffee too.
T: Loads of roasted malt and as advertised...dry. Decent taste, but tends to be one note only. No variance or complexity.
M: Medium body. Smooth at first then finishes dry.
D: Decently drinkable, but nothing special. I can't knock it for being dry...it is what it is...but I prefer other stout types.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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 merlin48
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a sampler pack, bottle pours a dark mahogany body with a small, but lasting, khaki head. Some good lacing is left on the glass. Not much of an aroma for a stout. Some roasty notes of burnt coffee is about it. Thin in the mouth, overcarbonated for style. Taste has a roasty bitterness like strong coffee and a pleasant nuttiness. Very mundane overall.

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Photo of weylinfidler
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Nothing special, Very basic lable on bottle. Beer is as dark a Guinness

S - Smells like you would expect from an Irish Stout

T - A bit lighter than Guinness but over all not half bad

M - A bit more Carbonation than I would like. I may just be used to Nitrogen tap.

D - I could drink this all night. Almost like Guinness light with all the flavor.

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Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with mahogany edges, short-lived head.

Smell has a chocolate roasted malt smell, but somewhat weak.

This is not as flavorful as I'd like. A roasted, nutty flavor with a dry finish, but doesn't really develop.

Mouthfeel a little weaker and flatter than I'd like.

This was all right, but not great. I've been happy with most of Boulevard's beers, but this one didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque in color with a thin fizzy film on top that is tan in color. I wish it had a big thick creamy head.
Kind of a nutty aroma. A bit of chocolate and roasted malts but not as much as expected.
Light roasted malts with a bit of a bitter hop finish.
The light mouthfeel I expected with a dry-stout out of a bottle. It's still not as creamy as I'd like. The dry finish is nice.
It's a drinkable beer. You could easily put a few of these back.
I don't dislike this beer but with that said I would choose the more readily available big 3 over this. Guinness, Beamish and Murphys.

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Photo of nickynick
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pour a very nice dark brown in the glass. It only lost points because while the head had a nice tan color it was small, and had very little lacing. The smell of this beer was good. Sweet chocolate malt, with a sprinkle of hops. Taste was good. Sweet chocolate...very sweet, I thought this was a dry stout. The hops hit finally but don't linger. Mouthfeel was ok, could be a little better if a it were a tad bit thinker. Overall drinkability was goood. Went down smooth. Didn't leave me to full. Nice stout even if it was a little sweet for a dry stout.

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Photo of AMo
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Dry Stout pours a dark black with a hint of amber up to the light. It has a mellow malty smell that goes along with a creamy dry malted flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth making it quite enjoyable. A nice drink, but the dryness really kicks in at the end making it a bit tough to finish the bottom.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass. It poured a dark chocolate Color with a tan head that didn't last very long. The smell of this beer is malty with a chocolate kick. It also had the chocolate and roasted malt flavor. All in all this was a decent beer, with a watery mouthfeel. I would prefer it to be a little thicker in the mouth, but in a pinch, it is better than some beers. I would drink this agian, if I couldn't find anything else to enjoy.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color. It had a decent light tan head that quickly settled into a tiny collar. The aroma was so-so with roasted and chocolate malts. Not very strong. The taste was also just average. Had some flavor but really needed more to stand out. It's better than a macro but not by much. Mouthfeel was watery. Overall it's an OK beer but with so many better beers out there I don't see me having this one again. Only recommend if you can steal from a friends fridge. (One and done)

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark color. Not a lot of carbonation. Nice, sharp roasted aroma. Good malty flavor. Nice roasted notes with a well balanced bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could see having many of these in a sitting. Bet its damn good on draft too.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark, chocolatey brown with ruby highlighted edges and a fluffy and whipped khaki head. Smell has notes of chocolate, toffee, and a mild roast. Some fruity esters pop up as well. Pretty tame in the flavor department, but I enjoy it for what it is. Starts off with some esters and a far pushed-back chocolate. The finish brings on the roast and ends dry. Welcome bitterness hangs on after each sip. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. For its dryness and easy-going flavor profile, this is really drinkable.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, this beer is dark black, with a ruby tint around the edge, and a head that fades to but a film after a few seconds. Pleasant though faint coffee, chocolate aroma. Roasted malt dominates the flavor. There's a small touch of sweet chocolate.

Completely average stout, with nothing outstanding at all.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 12/29/07"

a: Black with a thick tan head, poor retention and little lace.

s: Sweet roasted malt with notes of chocolate.

t: Sweet, smokey, some chocolate, a tad bitter in the finish.

m: Body is appropriate for the style, but carbonation is probably a bit higher than it should be.

d:Not sure if this was my first stout or if Guinness Draught deserves the distinction, but either way this works well as an introduction to the darker side of beers. The flavor and aroma are mild and inviting.
Body is on the lighter side making for a highly drinkable irish stout.

Its solid, but unremarkable, pretty average I suppose (though when I was a college Freshman I would have had words with anyone who denied its spectacularity).

This beer isn't the best of its style, but its local and the price is right, so drink up!

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Photo of Squelch
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black with Thick head that dissipates quickly

S: Smells of sweet and roasted malt. Slight english hop aroma.

T: Toffee and roasted malts dominate with a slight hop bitterness and flavor.

M: Thick and creamy. Yummy

D: Very drinkable beer. A sipping beer for sure.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.67/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is large, firm, creamy, and light tan in color. It recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a hint of milk chocolate and vanilla. The taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, with a funky aftertaste. It is almost astringent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Overall, this beer has a nice appearance and aroma, but the taste is too much for me to deal with. I will not drink this one again.

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Dry Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 321 ratings.
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