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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
88
very good

660 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 660
Hads: 2,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 110
Gots: 384 | 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:
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid imperial stout, doing just about everything well, but nothing superlative. The beer pours almost perfect black stout, tan head, and good lacing.

It falls off in the smell. The scents I get seem to be the right ones, dark coffee, molasses, a hint of alcohol; however, I had to make an effort to pick these out.

My initial impression of this beer was of molasses. This flavor waned as the beer warmed, being replaced with a coffee and woody hops. There is also a light hazelnut taste, it seems. The body is just a bit light, maybe thinned a bit by the alcohol (which adds a little bite at the end).

Will definitely look for this again. It's a more bitter (I feel the IBUs in the beer), but very straightforward winner for the style. (754 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark brown with no visible carbonation. Thick espresso foam colored head sticks around for the whole drink. Thick streaks of foam line the glass.

S: Prune with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and sweeter notes of banana and burnt sugar.

T: Dried fruit with hints of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Smokey on the finish with a touch of dry, bitter, citrus pith.

M: Smooth, light and very dry. A lingering dryness and spicy feel.

D: Highly drinkable stout. Nothing spectacular, though the dry, smokey elements allow this beer to stand apart from your ordinary, everyday stout. This drinking experience is further confirmation for me as I try more Boulevard beers that they are a great brewery. (718 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (658 characters)

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different than a regular imperial stout. It's more like a "Black Quad" or a Belgian Stout or a regular Imperial Russian or American Stout that has been spiked with a little bit of prune juice and red wine. Still, a nice, unique offering; but if you're looking for your strong dark chocolate and coffee notes--typical to stouts--you're probably better off looking elsewhere. (375 characters)

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great stout. I enjoyed this one immensely. My first Boulevard. (62 characters)

Photo of dleigh
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let this one warm up for a minute. Nice notes of creamy plum and chocolate in the nose, and a great bitter-charred chocolate taste with some nice plum. A really nice beer--I agree with whichever other reviewer said (in so many words) that this was like the beautiful lovechild of a stout and a Belgian quad. (307 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. All of the beers that I've had from Boulevard have impressed me and this was no exception to that adage, as the complexity of it really came out once this warmed up. A few on here have mentioned that this was the marriage of a Stout and a Quad and that would be a perfect way to sum this up. The body and booze of the former were present along with the yeast and fruit notes of the latter and combined with the recessed alcohol, made for a beer that was worth savoring from start to finish.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark chocolate hue, amazingly frothy head, and nice web of lacing to it as I took my first sips. Not a strong aroma here but there was lots of currant and plum and some booze that cut through those. The barley and oats come out in the taste as the body really balanced out the strength of this beer quite nicely while the alcohol slowly came in after each sip went down. Dark bread and baker's chocolate round out the flavor profile while the lively carbonation was just an extent of the yeast that was underneath all of this, giving this beer a nice pop.

While not feeling as strong as I thought, this is not something to chug down as it took quite a while to sit back and enjoy. Creamy, lively, and deep, this was unlike any Stout that I've ever had, let alone a Double or an Imperial. Slightly roasted like a Coffee Stout and with some spice like a foreign tea, there's so much going on here that this should be in a new category since it seems to be a hybrid of a few other styles. Another winner fro Boulevard that I enjoyed immensely even if I didn't quite pinpoint it. A must-try for any dark beer lover! (1,727 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived tan head "hat leaves no lace.
Smell is rich with toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits. Great balance.
Taste is roasted malt, molasses, soy sauce, rum, and smoke. Phenomenally well balance.
Lighter body than expected, maybe medium. Effervescence is a bit fizzy but very good. Warming with a dry finish. (333 characters)

Photo of Feller87
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

While certainly unconventional in its fruity quad like presentation, it still scored points for its excellent textures and heavy malty flavor that balanced the abv very well

go for it if your looking for a changeup stout (221 characters)

Photo of Jstonerock24
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way too much Belgian yest flavor for my liking. (47 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of DuckDodgers
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barhoc11
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (284 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.