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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,165 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,165
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 103
Gots: 356 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010

Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated by the quest for hidden knowledge, the search for the secret to transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. Ladies and gentlemen, we present for your consideration this exotic, inky concoction, the almost magical creation of our modern day alchemists who have turned humble grains—barley, wheat, rye, and oats—into black, liquid gold. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 2,165 | Reviews: 654
Photo of MartyMaltose
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional taste. Hides robust ABV brilliantly. Not what I'd call creamy, but IMO top 10 American stout here.

Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light can be seen thought it. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

Photo of Smelly
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Stout from Boulevard. Love this brewery...Smokestack series is solid. Wish it had a just a bit more depth. A winner for sure.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a very nice head, but the flavoor is just not balanced.

Photo of Jackolope
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Roasty flavors that mellow into a slightly spicy sweetness. Nice belly warmer. Would prefer a little sweeter finish. Looks great. I have one bottle left that I'll probably keep in the cellar until next winter so I can see how it ages. This bottle says it'll be good until the fall of 2016 so I'd like to see if a little bit of age will mellow some of those roast and spice notes.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful tan head, opaque black body. Full lacing, a tan curtain around the glass at each beer line after I take a drink.

S - Strong hit of roasted malt, a hint of blackened toast, a soy note, and a element of cocoa.

T - Big, full malt notes, combining strongly with a hit of dark chocolate, with a strong bitter close that is both hops and roasted malts.

M - A big beer that does not wave its big ABV around in your face. The downside is that the close, which is spiky and slick simultaneously. Not off-putting, but a slight shift away from what expect from a top notch stout.

O - Very good stout - powerful, varied, and avoids being a sipper. The bite in the close is a bit harsher than I prefer, but still delicious and enjoyable.

Photo of stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, almost jet black. Head is small and fluffy.

S - Mostly toasted malt with a very slight fruitiness.

T - The malt hits right up front with intense roasty and chocolatey notes, which give way to a berrylike fruitiness, which all combines into a very interesting residual sweetness.

M - Not as crushing as I'd like a stout like this to be, but nonetheless smooth and very subdued fizz.

O - Could definitely benefit from being a little heavier, but the yeast choice took this interesting brew to an entirely new level.

Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with some ruby highlights. The brown head is puffy and dense.

The aroma is of dark fruits, plum and candied cherries. There is a light milk chocolate scent. Not a very powerful aroma.

The taste is a different story. A moderate roast base malt provides the beer with some ash, coffee, and dark chocolate notes. Not overly roasty. Subtle dark fruit flavors mix with the spicy Belgian yeast to give the beer a noticeable BSDA twist. Dark cherries and raisin. A bit of a metallic twang in the finish.

Moderate to full body with prickly carbonation. Doesn't really sit like a stout but that is ok. Sweet and roasty bitter on the palate. A tad sticky in the finish with slight belly burn from the ABV.

A really good Belgian stout. A real nice mix between a stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Photo of Matty-McBier
4.98/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A Truly Great brew. The plum and smokey tastes that are proclaimed are also delivered!

Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a creamy brown head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Dark chocolate, fruity notes, dark malt, hint of coffee, and a little alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate, some stone fruit notes, peach and plumb, roasted malt, a hint of coffee comes out as it warms, a little spicy, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, silky smooth, and a little warmth on the finish.

O: Different, but really quite good. I've had it before where the Belgian yeast stands out a bit more, but I think a little age mellows it out nicely.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at approx. 56-58 degrees.

Ink black color. Semi-moderate khaki tan colored head. Smells roasted, toasted, slightly bitter, and a bit sweet if I keep on puffing it.

Tastes big and complex. Its definitely dominated by a huge roasted malt profile. Smooth and silky taste upfront leads the way to a more abrupt, hard-water or blood/iron-like taste which quickly gives away to a smokey, peaty (grassy), malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Possibly a bit thinner than this beer's appearance leads on, which is probably a good thing. This thing is INKY black.

Photo of ordybill
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma.
Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head.
Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didn't care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick.
Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty cool Mashup of western European inspired ingredients. Hopefully it doesn't end up like a scrambled mess of a transporter accident. Beam me up Scotty.

A: Poured into a spieglau stout goblet. Charcoal black and a lofty mocha cream head. Dense and long lasting.

S: I'm getting wafts of strong ethanol combined with the grassy spice of saazesque hops. Intermittently the cocoa and dark fruit character come thru.

M: Has a slick feel, cream like body. Semi viscous. A tad high carb level. Plenty of astringency.

T: Has quite a bite. Bitter, dark chocolate. Lots of herbal character. Plums, raisins and char. Needs some time to warm. Otherwise the fruit belgian yeast sweetness works perfectly with the bitter char. Pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of Mikus
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the tulip. This isn't the prettiest stout... lots of floaters, darkest brown with a ring of mocha bubbles and a hint of lacing. Aromas of dark malt, delicious dark fruits (raisins, figs) and spicy yeast. Definitely opens up as the glass warms. Unique flavors (like all Boulevard I have tried), and wasn't expecting the Belgian influence. Had to do a double take at the bottle label. Roasty goodness, bitter chocolate notes, and a nice hint of smokiness. More chocolate/smokiness on the end of the taste. Dark fruits and spicy yeast emerged as the experience continued. Chewy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Definitely hearty. Nice lingering, with hints of the last sip carrying over to the next. Smokestack series is amazing.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black liquid, good lacings

Dark fruit and coffee aroma

Taste follows aroma. Dark fruits, coffee, nice bitter bite

Good beer

Photo of Boccu
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice missing the robust flavor. Easy to drink

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: inky black, dark brown foam head slimmed into a flimsy film

S: roasted espresso beans, burnt wood, spice, cocoa, molasses

T: very complex - flavors of spice and dark fruit woven amid the chocolate and espresso and char - hops of earth and spice of rye and funk of yeast all pop up as it works its way across the tongue

M: smooth but with some spiced tingle; medium-weight, modest carbonation, creamy at times, tight at others - drying finish with a wisp of wood and char

O: very impressed - was expecting a run-of-the-mill stout, instead stumbled upon a massive brew that brings a lot of potentially disparate elements together into a harmonious whole

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle $ 3.19 at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
BB 11/25/16 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of light smoke and plum
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 3 mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with light smokiness which last the entire session. A slight hint of plum mingled with roasted malt shines through.
Palate full, dry, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Photo of MikeP64
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer.Beautiful color and pour.Dark fruit flavor really comes on strong mid-glass.Silky smooth feel and just nicely balanced overall.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was going to wait till 2016 to open this but decided to have it tonight. Not quite what I was hoping for. A bit too boozy and not a lot of flavor to back it up. Definitely something off about it.

Photo of wasso67
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy earthy black with a nice brown head. Aroma is of fruity ester with alcohol and some coffee notes. Nice bitter beginning with lots of earthy flavor and good mouthfeel...like a stout should have. Alcohol is very noticeable with a bit of an astringent finish. Good beer

Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/25/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger mocha-colored heat that lingers
S: Burnt malt, cocoa, espresso, a hint of hops
T: Matches the nowe with malt/cococa/coffee but also adds a nice toffee/caramel/molasses note as well
M: Big but balanced, a touch viscous but not hot
O: A solid Imperial Stout. The only thing that could make it better is if the hops were a bit more pronounced; the dark/malt notes are great

Photo of funjack5150
3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not into this kind of stout......

Photo of Chris33
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as a present for Valentine's Day from my fiancé.
Poured into a pint glass

1-2 finger head that lingered with partial lacing
Dark black in color

Burnt chocolate and coffee notes to the nose, very malty.

Taste is delicious! Very smooth chocolatey flavor filled in with coffee and currant notes. Very mild bitterness aftertaste.

Overall this is a great pick-up! Thankful for the gift. Smooth but filing with full flavor.
I will definitely purchase again now that Boulevard is selling in Ohio

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,165 ratings.