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

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Photo of bargerking
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage 12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pitch black body. Dark brown color reflects into stem of glass. Dark tan head. Slight lacing.

Roasted malt w/ hint of hops. Slight coffee notes.

Taste of Bitter chocolate. Roasted grains.

Medium body. Somewhat thin. Dry but not too crazy. Gets a little sweeter as it warms. Aftertaste leaves a hint of roasted malt.

Great brew but not the best.

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Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark, opaque brown with a thin tan head, good carbonation and a bit of lacing.

S-Mild roasted malt and some bitter hops.

T-Nicely roasty throughout with some moderate coffee bitterness in the finish. Pleasant.

M-Medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated.

D-A pleasant, sessionable dry stout.


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Photo of simmons
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black, cascades quickly then stops. Light tan creamy head lasting awhile.
Aroma: The only thing that sticks out is mild roast malt.
Flavor: Mild malt profile with slight roasted malt flavor prodominant. Mild hop bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer, rich & creamy with no after taste. Balance is just perfect.
Overall: This is an amazing Irish stout. Balance is great, the amount of roasted barley is just enough to make this a stout. I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint

Nice dark brown with a big fluffy head that lingers around 2 finger.

Nose is bittersweet malt with some bready notes as well also some sweet chocolate notes as well

Flavor is just as the name describes, dry malt with some bittersweet chocolate notes and a nice dry bitter, almost hoppy finish.

Nice and bold medium body feel very smooth on the palate. Brew is very complex and the flavors mix well.

Oh so very easy to drink just another great offering from boulevard.

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

A: Pours a black ink with a twinge of red ochre. A small head that laces ok.

S: Roasted malt, licorice, burnt sugars, and slight hop citrus.

T: Bitter baker's chocolate and roasted grains. Coal essence to the brew. A good blend once the brown sugar wakes up.

M: Dry stouts are not as thick as the traditional stouts and that certainly applies here. A bit bitter on the aftertaste and the carbonation is very nice.

D: With this being a bit lighter, it does allow for easier consumption.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this extra in our trade.

Best By 08/13/19

A: Pours black with some reddening at the bottom and sides of the glass. The khaki-colored head was creamy and about a finger thick, but evaporated almost instantly and left not a single speck of lace behind.

S: Nice aromas of lightly roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, lemon-y hops, and a slight rye-esque tang.

T: Once again, the roasted malt is kept on the lighter side and it shares the stage with some tangy grains, charcoal, lemon-y hops, some brown sugar, and bitter chocolate.

M: Right out of the fridge, it was thin and dry...pretty typical for the style. As it warmed it gained a bit of thickness and sweetness while never losing a lick of its' dry prickle.

D: Nice how the heavy dry roasting was kept to a minimum. Certainly not my favorite style of stout, but this was an easy drinker and I'd re-visit this in the future.

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

Poured from the bottle a very dark brown with ruby highlights. The tan head was small-bubbled and creamy but thin. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of roasted malts, brown sugar, and molasses.

The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Bitter roasted malts, coffee, and a dab of cocoa.

Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel, and lightly carbonated.

This is an easy-drinking dry stout from Boulevard. And very easy to drink.

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Photo of bfields4
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark motor oil with a glow of amber brown. A small head laces this beer.

Has a coffee malty smell with a little dark chocolate at the end.

Roasted malts dominate this guy. A little bitterness to boot. Not a whole lot going on, but what is is very nice.

I love the flavor and really think boulevard nailed this guy. One of if not my favorite of boulevard's year round offerings.

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Photo of badmandy
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours very dark with a creamy tan head which settled down and left some lacing. Smell is not not impressive, but the taste is very decent. Light in the mouth with medium carbonation. Not too bitter with nice aftertaste. Very easy drinking. Not an outstanding stout, but easy to drink a couple or more at a session.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Me and the Russian (Igor) enjoyed a little green then popped this sucker open with almighty force. And it was written...

this brew pours up black with a big bubbly tan head. the nose is chocolate, big malts, grainy. the taste is clean dark malts with a very dry and slight bitter finish finish. nice. full bodied, medium carbo. A very nice brew...

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to goatgoat

Not much for green beer, I avoided them post parade scene, collected on my kisses & gropes, & went home to see what was in the fridge.

BB 04/26/09

Poured into my small Irish Spring coffee canister.

Big frothy cola-like head. Minimal ruby highlight, looking just a bit denser then I was expecting.

Whole wheat bread, soggy croutons, caramel & plastic, sweaty pocket change, decent amount of char. Not the most pleasing of scents.

Taste is much better. A minimalist approach. Very, very little roast overall. Carbonation is perfect, just under irritating. Opening is a rye-ish sort of tang & feel, with a sprinkling of uncaramelized sugar. Some more bready notes, followed with just a twinge of smoke. Somewhat earthy. Mostly clean though, if just a touch of extra roast on the finish. In between a dry & sweet stout honestly. I really enjoyed it. I loved the lack of coffee & heavy roast flavors.

Very unexpected. Thank you.

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Photo of toby2010
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks dark and velvety in the bottle, dark brown-red-purple in the glass with a generous, persistent head. Just about how an Irish-style stout ought to look.

S - A number of complex aromas and flavors here, although you need to pour it from the bottle really to appreciate it.

T - Again, complex flavors. Some hints of chocolaty flavors, earthy flavors as well. Almost tastes like a dark wine more than a beer, which isn't bad for this style. Only complaint - do not let it get even a bit warm, or the flavors muddle together into sludgy dregs.

M - very smooth, minimal fizzing, this stout feels like a real beer, not a soda.

D - Very drinkable beer as long as it is optimally cold. If the bottle isn't quite cold enough, stick it in the freezer just a bit and enjoy.

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Photo of Strand
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Dry Stout is a typical Irish dry stout. I'm still new to stout, but from my experience this is one of the better stouts I've tasted. One of the things I've discovered with dry stouts is that they leave you thirsty for more stout. That's not always a bad thing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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 GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with bone white head covering a very dark brown ale. The small amount of light passing though the edges shows hints of red and good clarity. The head settles leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is roasty and rich in dark malts.

Taste is full of dark roasted malts lending coffee and smoke flavors. It has a nice bitterness and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is low on body but higher than I'd like in carbonation. Dry on the palate. Drinkability is good except but the smoky dryness gets in the way for me.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 1/2" tan head with good retention on top of a dark, dark brown almost black stout. Patches of lace. Chalky, roasted malt nose with a faint hop aroma. Roasted malt dominates flavor, bitter malt and hop 1-2 combination. Coffee bean bitterness in finish and some dark chocolate flavors. Grassy hops seem to come through as the beer warms up a little. Lighter bodied but not thin, decent amount of carbonation for the style. Good beer - on par for a dry stout.
Re-reviewed on 6-20-09 -- raised the taste score from 3.5 to 4 -- damn good stout.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Nice color to this Irish Dry, with a deep, jet-black hue that lets in a hint of mahogany in the light. The light tan head isn't the most massive in the world, but it does retain nicely. Aroma is full of dark roasted barley, peat, a hint of coffee grounds, and a pinch of hops. Very subtle and aromatic.

The flavor starts out with a nice roasted chocolate and coffee malt presence, but turns a bit watery in the middle before giving way to a finish of earthy hops, cracked pepper, and peat. The medium-thin body is well-carbonated, lending a bubbly bite to the experience. Finishes clean and crisp. Overall, a forgettable beer, but a well-crafted Irish Dry nonetheless. I can't see myself buying this again, but I'd never turn away a pint of it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/22/2009 (bottle BB 02/13/09):

Pours a very inky black colored body, a little brown around the edges of the glass. Big foamy tan brown head, lasting, with decent lacing. Dry coffee aroma, some slight bittersweet chocolate too. Roasted aromas, some ash. Watery body, ash taste, roasted and coffee flavors, some toffee too. Roasted aftertaste. Some slightly burnt coffee taste too. Pretty tasty. Light for a stout, almost porter-like.

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Photo of wnh
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours opaque black with the slightest hints of ruby highlights at the corners of the glass. Approximately one finger of light tan, frothy head that doesn't stick around long but leaves a light film across the surface.

Nose is roasty malt primarily, along with what I can only think to describe as a 'slick,' slightly sweet smell, reminiscent of slightly chocolately coffee.

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

Relatively light bodied, without much carbonation. Slick, but on the thin side. Really quite smooth. Pretty drinkable. There's not a lot going on flavor-wise, but it's an easy-going, sessionable style, so I can't fault anybody. I'd be more than happy quaff a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black, with a decent sized tan head. the head fade sslowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a roasted malty aroma. It smells mildly of chocolate. Some caramel aroma is present also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A strong roasted malt flavor. Some coffee and chocolate flavor are present also.

This veer hs quite smooth. It may be just a little too carbonated for my taste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It has a nice mild flavor, and it is low in alcohol.

Overall: A big thanks go to Vancer for sending this beer my way. It is probably one of the best Dry Stouts I have ever had. Most are thin and lacking flavor. This one was great.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black, though not completely opaque. Nice tan head, but retention was lacking. Good lacing however.

S: Lots of roasted malt aromas, with hints of sweet coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Rich, yet clean and crisp.

T: Flavors consist mainly of roasted malt and slightly bitter coffee. Chocolate makes an appearance in the aftertaste, which is sweet and pleasant. What's present is good, but could stand to be richer.

M: Medium bodied, yet lighter than any stout I've had, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Carbonation was quite lively. Malt presence is thinner than its appearance suggests.

D: The lighter body makes this one quite drinkable and enjoyable, if one is in the proper mindset.

I tried this in the distant past as part of Boulevard's variety pack and found it to be unpleasant, maybe due to a bad experience I recently had with a glass of Guinness, but more likely due to my still developing "beer chops." Upon further review however, I found this to be a solid, albeit somewhat unremarkable stout. I'd certainly order this over Guinness any day.

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Photo of dakid618
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours motor oilblack with an inch of fizzy tan head. Smell is very toasty but not very strong. Taste is light with hints of dark malts, cocoa, coffee, and burnt chocolate. Extremely light mouthfeel. This is an easy drinking stout. Not one of my favorites but worth checking out.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark espresso brown with a big 3 inch beige head that slowly melts into just a center ring. The aroma of this beer is flat. Definite notes of dark malts and a bit of chocolate, but not a whole lot and definitely no notes of dark fruits or coffee that is so typical to the style. The flavor is also just pretty bland. A bit of roasted grains, mixed with some coco powder. That's really all that comes to mind. The mouthfeel is the worst attribute of the beer. This beer is dry. Probably the driest stout I have ever had and it completely lacks the creaminess that makes the style so enjoyable. This is, in my opinion, the worst of the year round beers that Boulevard does. Give me a Bully! Porter.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 20oz lg mouth slightly fluted pilsner (poured from the bottle)
Almost a 2 inch slightly sticky head on initial pour (wow) and very nice lacing. Used engine oil black in color.
Smells of smokey malt, dark sugar, bitter nut? and espresso like chocolate-ness, dark fruity?.
Taste of full flavored malts is quite prevalent, nice hop kick that matches its sweetness nicely and was more than I thought it might be (nice). Aftertaste is nice with hearty smoked biscuit, hops and chocolate even a bit earthy? Full of nicely rounded flavor.
Mouth feel is lighter than I expected but I do like it. Very smooth with a bit of creaminess, not overly sticky or sugary. Carbonation was a nice match.
Dry and oh yes I will have another thank you!
Over all its better than what I expected (this brand keeps surprising me) and is light enough for a sixer to go down easily. Will use this one to introduce to my beer drinking friends in this style.

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