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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

1,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 1602
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

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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Reviews by briman:
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3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, but not quite opaque letting just a hint of a ruby hue through when held up to the light. Huge dark tan head retains very well, leaving some lace down the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits tease the nose, but don't stand up and make you take notice.

Fairly mild flavors of dark roasted malts, dark fruits reminiscent of plums, and coffee upfront settling into a finish that is best described as a combination of a roasted malt bitterness and some astringency coupled with a fair dose of alcohol. In fact the alcohol subtley lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium body bordering on medium-full, with moderate chew, and medium-high carbonation. Alcohol apparent in the finish, as well as an obvious warming effect. Interesting brew, but has quite a few small detractors. For an Imperial Stout, although there is some complexity evident in the flavor and aroma, I certainly would not describe either as intense, or particularly rich. In addition, I get virtually no hop presence in this beer at all, and what bitterness there is seems to have more of a dark roasted malt character. Add to that this beer is a bit hot. It's not harsh, but there is enough of it there to mask some of the finish...which may contribute to the seemingly absent hop bitterness.

Overall, I feel like this has potential, especially since it seems to hit many of the key elements in the guidelines, but needs work. Would certainly be willing to try it again next year to see if some of the kinks get worked out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:28:47 | More by briman
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/2/15. Me drink today.

Pours a midnight dark black ale with a big beige foamy head. Decent staying power and good lacing.

Aroma is very leathery, smokey, tree sap, molasses, light pine, cola and cocoa powder.

Initial taste was very spicy though it calms as the beer warms. Very espresso forward taste and a slight fruit swallow. Baking chocolate. There is a slight spicy bite on each sip. Slightly unusual but not totally off-putting. Different.

Carbonation is definitely not lacking.

Overall I think this is a unique experience with the spice bite on each sip. Other than that, I thought this was kinda ordinary. Maybe some age on this would change my mind. Not sure.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA - 2012 edition - $3.50

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and faint coffee. There is also some fruity notes, smoke, and some anise.

Overall - Interesting blend of flavours. The smokey/fruity notes make this one a little different from your typical RIS. A good beer but I think I prefer the stereotypical flavours.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:23:39 | More by spinrsx
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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Dark Truth serves as a proper name for a beer that poured with immense blackness and a deep brown head of dense foam.

The aroma seems simple with dry chocolate, smoke and a phenolic plastic.

The flavor is smokey and meaty, with dry chocolate malt. The meat flavor is a dried smoked beef jerky like taste with some smokey campfire ember.

The feel is exceptionally dry, with a full smokiness in the mouth.

I enjoyed this as it resembled a Rauschbier but held some stout flavor but I'd like to have had more of the stout qualities come through.

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Appearance: Deep, lush, velvety brown. Two finger tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee

Taste: Coffee, caramel, hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly on the thick side. Bubbly.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Delicious. Pleasing to all the senses. Bold and demure all at once.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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