Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
750mL batch 2010-1 bottle served into a snifter.
Pours into the snifter a succulent deep brown. Fine, its black. Inky, Imperial Stouty black. This is a Smokestack Series beer, so one expects a lot of head. Last year's limited-release Imperial Stout has a humongous head. Dark Truth (being nearly the same beer) follows suit with its three fingers worth of thick, creamy bright tan foam. It looks like a damn souffle on top of coffee! The viscosity seems to be respectable; the lacing just grips the sides of the snifter and chokes it into submission. You can't get a better looking stout than this; I hate to give so many Boulevard Smokestack Series beers a 4.5 or 5.0 in appearance but in truth they absolutely earn those scores.
"Holy fuggg...mmm" That is a quote from me, said audibly upon first whiff of Dark Truth Stout. It seems that I was taken aback by the surprise of the fruit aromas up front, began to curse, and then slipped into a reverie as the chocolate caught up with the fig, black cherry and grassy hop scents. That was one tremendous first sniff. Going back to the snifter I can pick out honest-to-goodness grapefruit from the lupulin. What kind of hoppy beast is this? As my hands warm the beer a bit the spicy quality of the rye opens up. Roasted barley malt differentiates itself from the rye and provides a stabilizing, familiar background. This is unreal.
On the tongue, Dark Truth first presents itself with traditional Impy Stout flavors. Light espresso and, not milk chocolate exactly, but more like Hershey's chocolate syrup combine effortlessly. In their wake the hops give some grassy, spicy, noble-hopped brightness on the top of the palate. This stout has a Belgian yeast strain and damn can you ever tell. Black currant, fig, maybe some star anise all provide a substantial fruit character to this stout. It already tastes like you are pairing it with dessert! On the finish the chocolate rears back and melds with the noble hops and the distinct taste of rye to make this ashy, leathery bitterness that finishes dry. This beer is fucking great.
The mouthfeel, while perfectly competent, is the closest thing that Dark Truth has to a setback. The beer looks, smells and tastes like it should be really thick in the mouth but this is much thinner than I expected. The relatively light body helps to carry the fruit flavors and its enjoyable on its merits but I do wish that the body was more substantial. Despite my qualms you can tell that oats were part of the grain bill from the creamy quality the beer has on your tongue. The drinkability is truly insane. It sits at just a shade under 10% ABV (9.7%) and the alcohol has been Houdini'd straight out of the bottle. No fusel alcohol smell or heat at all. The flavors and finish command subsequent sips which you are more than eager to oblige.
I had massive expectations for this beer, perhaps unfairly so. See, I LOVED last January's limited-release Imperial Stout from Boulevard. This is nearly the same beer; the major differences being that spelt is no long part of the multigrain grain bill and Imperial Stout had blended into it bourbon barrel aged version of the beer (Dark Truth contains no such bourbon barrel aging). I don't miss either aspect. Dark Truth absolutely meets my expectations. I bought ten bottles and I'm going to seek out more. People -- trade for this beer, I'm telling you! It isn't going to out-flavor the barrel-aged big'uns like Black Tuesday or Dark Lord but this is a refined, surprising, off-the-charts good imperial stout that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2010 02:13:46 | More by Reaper16
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4.06/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.
Appearance: Deep, very dark brown. Large frothy head of brown foam with good lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted malt, sweet fruit (plum) and spice. Very slight savory hints - soy sauce?
Taste: Dark roasted malt up front, followed by complex fruit (tugs between sweet and sour) and a bitter coffee finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium, velvety smooth body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable stout to sip, with interesting aromas and flavors from the use of Belgian yeast.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:40:12 | More by HipCzech
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours jet-black with no traces of highlights. Two-finger light brown head of mixed size bubbles. Rings of sticky lacing.
S - Powerful aroma of black coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. Smells good.
T - More prominent espresso coffee taste than in the nose; additional flavors of baker's chocolate, plum, blackberry, and charcoal. A good balance between sweet and bitter stout flavors. Hides the 9.7 ABV very well.
M - Medium bodied. Higher carbonation than expected (higher side of medium). Creamy at the start with a good amount of citrus acidity in the finish which sounds weird, but it works. Mouth feel seems to shift and flow during the course of the sip. One of the more unique and complex I have had.
O - A complex and flavorful stout with a unique mouth feel. Enjoyed it and would buy again.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 01:56:58 | More by TempeBeerMan
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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