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 mothman
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

It's strange, I've been having a lot of Irish Dry Stout's lately. However, this is the first in quite some time that I've had that wasn't a nitro-can/nitro-bottle. This could be interesting.

Poured black with a large tan head with impressive lacing. Not as creamy of a head that you would get from a nitro-can (from the widget) but still impressive.

Roasted malts as well as subtle chocolate and coffee tones on the aroma.

Starts out with a strong bakers chocolate, then I'm hit with an unexpected hop bitterness. It quickly mellows out and balances with the malts and the other tones such as chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

Medium body but a little thin and watery. At any rate, this is a very drinkable brew. It's no Beamish, but hey I'll gladly have another of these.

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

A- Black with brownish red tint when looked at with light. Small off-white tannish head that dissipates to a small covering.

A- Wonderful roasted malt, some slight chocolate and burnt smells.

T- Very slight bittersweet chocolate flavor with a sharp roasted malt flavor giving more bitterness.

M- Medium-light body with low carbonation.

D- Quite a drinkable stout.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a little cold. Would have liked to warm it a bit, but not the best place or time for that.
Extremely tight aroma. Seems like some coffee aroma and dark malt, but hard to detect much.
Very dark cola color and minimal head. Highlights are deep garnet.
Full flavor makes up for the aroma, but even that had an watery bit to it. Nonetheless, pleasant coffee flavors mixed with the semi-dry roast. Moderate length in finish with a slight dryness.
Feel is light and somewhat thin. Fullness comes from the carbonation which is generally fine, but there is plenty of it.
Nice, drinkable beer. Light enough body to have several and pleasing on the palate.
Thanks Linda for the sample.

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Photo of tempest
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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 hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

This one poured a dark black color (with red at the edges) and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and light dark fruits. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and a little earthy.

Notes from 09/23/05.

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Photo of champ103
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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 colts9016
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with a thin tan head.
Smell: A roasted malt and molasses, has a nice nutty aroma.
Taste: A roasted malt hints of molasses, nutty, esters, citrus, and some smoke.
Overall: The body is light to medium and the finish is quick with a tainting of sweetness there is an alkaline dusty mouthfeel.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this beer was ok and i would buy it again eventually i'm sure. the appearance and smell were ok. nice black color, the head didn't hang around long at all though. Had a bit of roasted smell to it. The taste was pretty good i thought. A nice metallic ring and a good roasted taste with a nice hint of alcohol at the end. I didn't like the mouthfeel for a stout. it was basically just a watery mouthfeel which is a quality i don't care for in a stout. The drinkability was for sure there in this one. i guess you could say it had its good and bad qualities.

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Photo of Greggy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a tan head, 1 finger in height. As it recedes, it leaves some clinging lace. After while the head recedes into a thin tan cap.

S- Roasted grain, chocolate, twangy barley (in a good way)

T- Starts out with an almost chocolate then I get a big bitterness and barley twang then it mellows out to touches of chocolate, coffee, some earthiness, cream/vanilla and some hop dryness.

M- Appropriately low carbonation, nice finish.

D- This is a very nice alternative to guinness extra stout in my book. It's very flavorful, has some complexity and is sessionable. Yes,yes and yes.


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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown/black in color. No head forming on the pour. Smell is roasted black malts and some slight coffee.
Taste is a bit more astringent coffee. Some more roasted malt, but not much else going on.
A little bitter and astringent on the mouthfeel. Smooth and a bit thin. Decent, but I much prefer their Bully Porter over all the others.

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

One of the thinnest Stouts I have ever encountered. However, don't let this fool you. Great taste. Very Dry. Light. Not Filling. Therefore, you can drink many many many of these little bad boys.

I like that Boulevard conditions almost every one of their beers. It definitely adds to the complex taste of this fantastic Brewery. I very nice added touch.

A - Thin but black. Reminds me of my daughters watercoloring and after an hour of painting, the water that is left has the same consistancy as this beer. Thin. Very tiny light bubbles are always present. If there was a head, it goes away almost immediately.

S - Ok. Smells like a stout that has yeast added to it.

T - Yep....good taste. Dark. Dry. Stout. But not your typical stout. If spoon is inserted, it won't stand up by itself like some other stouts. I would drink this over a Guiness any day, especially their lower quality draught stout.

M - This is what gets the lowest marks. Since it is so thin compared to other stouts, I do have to rate it accordingly. Sorry but it could be thicker.

D - Yes Yep I agree with this statement. This beer can be drank and many of them in one sitting, standing, afternoon, evening, day, fish outing, deer hunting evening at camp....I think you get the picture.

Thats about it.

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Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out an opaque black colour with a thin cream tinged head. little lace and residual head left over. nice dark malt aroma...a bit bit burnt with anise and black liquorice overtones. some hoppiness present in the nose as well. flavours on the tongue are the standard and typical stout fare. blackened malts with a washed out smokiness that gives way to a back end residual sweetness. a hint of coffee; a ghost like chocolate/toffee note. some estery fruitiness appears too...almost lactic in nature. not really inspiring or interesting in the least. some piney hoppiness peeks through and adds something to the overall flavour profile. it's weekly complex, if that makes any sense, and the yeasty chalkiness only teases the senses. body thinnish with an unoffending mouthfeel which falls in line with the rest beer. finishes "dry"....imagine that. oh well.

a stout for the uneducated and curious. extremely drinkable and sessionable. i could see washing down some spicy smoked sausage and some pepperjack cheese with this brew. perfect for a late fall, windy, cold november eve. some college hockey and an early season fire in the fireplace is where this evening is headed...

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Photo of demcorhip
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An OK looking brew. Black, half finger loose tan head formed on the pour and quickly vanished to leave a very thin collar. Looks quite mildly carbonated. Leaves essentially no lacings.

Im not getting much aroma from the base malts, perhaps some doughy hazelnut. But there is a nice fruity touch of esters hinting at cherry and plum, as well as chocolate and some more acrid roasted aromas before the decaying leafiness from the hops appears.

Not much in terms of flavour, its all pretty washed out, but what there is can be well described as above regarding the aroma. The fruity esters are almost the most dominant flavour here, the roastiness is quite subdued, and the base malts are also quite bland.

Light and watery bodied, it is dry, but not much of a stout. Its quite lacking in terms of flavour and and is quite one dimensional.

A very drinkable brew, although not much more interesting than a glass of water. Sessionable? Yes. Interesting? No. This would make for an interesting crossover beer, or session beer if there are no other options. Probably a good stout to give to the macro drinker to open their eyes without being too challenging to their palates, but there is not much here to hold the interest of a craft beer aficionado.

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

A - Pours up an opaque black with a thin tan head.

S - Smells of roasted malts; smells like coffee

T - Initial flavor is subtle, finishes very roasty, with a coffee-like finish.

M - Feels a little thin, and a little too carbonated

D- Too roasty for me, but a good beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a chocolaty brown head
S - there is a bit of chocolate malts and coffee, as well as some burnt malts
T - hit the style well...some coffee tones with a burnt malt finish. The flavors were subtle but noticeable
M - thin and highly carbonated
D - easy to drink and have multiple at a time...this was a good take on a dry stout...

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Photo of Goliath
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a thin creamy light tan head due to the nitro-tap. Looks just like a Guinness.

The aroma is fine, but not incredibly fragrant. Notes of coffee and chocolate are available.

The taste is nice. Coffee and chocolate roastiness mostly with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Good flavor and low alcohol makes for an easy drinking.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown allowing only a glimmer of light around the edges,the head is a medium cream,a bit thin and no sticky shit. The nose is soft and mostly made up of chocolate powder and roasted coffee beans. This Stout is a little nuttier than usual,with lots of coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Subtle caramel flavors mix with almond to create a flavored coffee affect that helps pull off a just above average flavor score. The body seems much too thin,and could really use some more dryness as well. Maybe a good intro Stout for those without an acquired palate,for me a let down from a overall good brewery.

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Photo of dwpiercetx
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice darkness to this stout. Darker tan head. Good stout coloring

Decent smell. Roasty aroma that permeates into the taste.

The taste is mostly of dark coffee as well, and that sticks around for the aftertaste. It's noticeable but not strong. After having a Rogue Chocolate a couple days ago this is kind of bland.

Mouthfeel is just about right for a stout but the taste takes away from enjoying it too much.

I would buy this if this was the only thing with ML, BL, CL, MGD, Bud, etc. But I am sure glad I got this one for free because I would have been upset buying a sixer. Decent, but there are much better ones out there and not hard to find.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Opaque dark brown with an ample cap of tan head with a few thin lines of lace.

S: Metallic, earthy aromas with toasted malt that is slightly nutty.

T: The flavor is largely nutty in the start with mostly roasted malt and coffee flavors in the finish. Hops are very light but the finish is very dry and quite metallic.

M: Not robust enough in body for the style with an unpleasant thinness. Carbonation is slight.

D: Nothing very special in the dry stout department -- go for the Boulevard Bully Porter or (even better) the Bob's Munich Lager from their line-up.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. twist-capped bottle, dated: 02/13/09. Another from the mixed-pack collection, courtesy mnwags.

A: Dark, but not quite black, edges show some auburn-mahogany. Tall head crests at about 3-fingers, making a mushroom cap that nearly tops the rim. When it settles, the result is a tan 1/4" of dense cream. Jagged lace.

S: Can't say I'm getting much from this one. It's cool, not cold and yet little aroma rises. A tad of an ashy dry malt with hints of smoke; more of a sweet, mineral grain. But I really had to work at it...

T: Nice flavor: a sweet malt with hints of spice and licorice. A little toasted nut. Dry toast, not quite 'burnt' leads to a good, dry finish. A bit of a chalky, mineral-like aftertaste. Compare this to a 'standard' like Guinness and I say it's better, at least flavor-wise.

M: Smooth and fairly light. Slightly watery (which isn't out of sorts with the style), but a toasted malt/dry finish makes up for that a bit.

D: Non-offensive and easy to drink. A light, sessionable ABV means I could have another; alas, this is my only bottle.

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Photo of beersheppard
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head and some residual lacing.

Smell: malts with a hint of root beer.

Taste: malty, coffee, chocolate, sasparilla, dry as advertised.

Mouthfeel: not overly heavy, but substantial, could be heavier on the palate.

Drinkabiliity: this is a very good dry stout. I would buy it again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a 12pack sampler with basically 2 of every Boulevard.

Good black body, darker than their porter. Roasty irish dry stout malt and a sharp coffee twang in the aroma

Snight nutty bitteress and a kind of weak mouthfeel. The alcohol in there just ain't right, kind of astringent and unbalanced. This was my least favorite of the boulevard pack that I bought. The malt is a bit sugar sweet, kind of a second though or addon.

Overall, this beer gets a 'meh'.

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

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black, with a creamy tan head that settled to a layer leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

S - light, roasted malt aroma.

T - roasty taste, some chocolate and coffee flavors.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Happy St. Patty's Day!*

*Note: The drinkability goes up .5 if you have this brew on March 17th.

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Photo of naterock
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
I decided to review the bottled version as the draft version tends to lose complexity.

Pours black and opaque, thick head at first but dissapates with time and is gone eventually.

Smells bready with a lot of malt.

Tastes velvety and bready, like a unspiced focochia loaf. cark roasted malt is very rich and smooth

Smooth, delightful and very drinkable.

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