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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,860 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 258 | FT: 9
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:
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

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010)
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Ratings: 1,860 | Reviews: 587 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SavvyStudent:
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

SavvyStudent, Oct 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a creamy one finger beige head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas are a mix of plum and raisin along with chocolate and some nuttiness.Flavors are roasted with alot of fruity tones,the raisin flavors are really magnified with a hint of char in the finish,the alcohol comes into play more as it warms.This is one of the fruitier impy stouts I have come across,it's not a big roasted dry earthy bomb,a nice change of pace for an American version of the style in my opinion.

oberon, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

MadScientist, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a few weeks to try this one. Took it out of the fridge probably thirty minutes prior to opening, poured into a NB snifter.

Opens with a Champagne-like pop to find an opaque, nearly black beer with a huge, frothy, brown head that won't quit, and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma has a yeasty vibe but doesn't have any typical yeasty notes. It opens up with wood smoke, coffee, spruce, and maybe some dark, wild berry fruit.

The taste has nice roasty, smoky coffee/cigar box, and chocolaty notes that integrate nicely and linger well into the aftertaste. Rich with a very dry finish that could be packing some hop bitterness, and the creamy body beckons you to drink more. Ample carbonation, kind of belchy, but not distracting. The alcohol is sneaky, as it's not very noticeable in any aspect. This falls under the Imperial Belgian Stout category for me, with an American twist, as I would expect

Holds it own quite well, could probably use a fat sirloin steak and potatoes to really treat you right. Sign me up as a fan.

brownbeer, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Very heady, dark and inviting. Ripe plum and faint phenols show the Belgian yeast off in the nose, even through the dark malt aromas. Insanely smooth and creamy, lush, full body. A bit of clean alcohol, tart plum, burnt sugar, taffy, grilled bread and a faint herbal hop are the more forward flavors in this complex brew. On the sweeter side, but there is a whole lot of char activity to keep things exciting from sip to sip. Too drinkable for the strength; an amazing beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +0.8%

sabitu, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

SD-Alefan, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +0.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/19/11

A - Pours pitch black with two and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Still one finger of head more than five minutes after pouring. Outstanding retention. Also leaves some nice lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and a bit of char. Also quite a prominent fruit presence (fig, raisin and a faint tartness) and a bit of anise. Has many of the aroma components found in other stouts, but I have never smelled anything quite like this, which is mostly a compliment. Maybe a bit too much char.

T - Similar to smell, though there is more of a sweet milk chocolate component to the taste than the smell. Every sip finishes very roasty with a touch of char.

M - Very nice smooth, creamy medium/full mouthfeel. Definitely not heavy, but substantial.

O - A very nice stout. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this based on the smell, which had nice components, but seemed slightly off somehow. But the taste came together well, and having a bit of sweet chocolate, which I am normally not a big fan of, helped to counteract the heavy roasted character. I would have this again, but wouldn't stock up on it.

warnerry, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.

The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didn't really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.

Beaver13, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of barhoc11
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: like every other imperial stout

S: smells awesome, just sweet enough

T: Smokey and sweet at the same time, very good blend of the two

M: Very smooth

O: I had this in KC at Pierpont in Union Station. I had to order a second bottle, even after some other solid options. Very good

barhoc11, May 30, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +0.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Uriah
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Uriah, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JakerLou, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "Best By 10/19/11"

Pours near black, under a dense dark tan/mocha head, that stays at the 3/4 inch level forever, slooowly dropping to a thicker film, low sheeting and quality looking lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, dark caramel, ripe fruits in the nose.

Velvety on the tongue, loaded with more chocolate, earthy/herbal hops, nutty dark malts. Moderate fruity alcohol bite well hidden in the rear. Complex and flavorful stout. More high quality brew from Boulevard.

Billolick, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mctizzz, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: black in color with 1/3 inch head, opaque, medium-high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and Bosco

Taste: creamy start, burnt malt and dark coffee middle with black licorice, dark fruit, and small alcohol burn at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter with slight sweetness

Overall: This one was a bit of a disappointment. It is my least favorite from Boulevard and probably the only one I would not buy again. This is not a bad beer, but not on the same level as the others in the Smokestack series. I do not think the flavors jump as much here as some of their other beers. Those who like stouts, this is worth a try, but is not my cup of tea.

tigg924, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of stlkerry
3/5  rDev -24.4%

stlkerry, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a large tan head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. There is some bitterness either from the hops or the malt. Creamy, soft thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Meyers1023
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of BigE90
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a good deep black with a 1 finger dense head that was slow to dissappate.

S: A roasted smell with a hint of chocolate, overall very faint because of the dense foam

T: Wow,first taste burnt chocolate, very carbonated, flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue. Has a sharp bitter bite that fades over time but is very present upon every sip. The toasted barley really comes forward along with a hint of smokeness.

M: It starts out strong on the tip of the tongue, bypasses the middle and hits the back with strong dark beer taste. A lingering burnt taste in the mouth does not let you forget that you are drinking a dark beer.

0: Started at 38 degrees finished at 55. Definitely a more refined taste/finish on the warmer side. Would drink again. Also would love to try this on Nitro!

BigE90, May 07, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

1Adam12, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13.

Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing.

Smell: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma.

Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast.

Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.

bsp77, Aug 10, 2011
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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.