Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,195 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 103
Gots: 366 | 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: 2,195 | Reviews: 663
Reviews by hckyfn9999:
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into a Smokestack Series goblet with a sticky, tan colored head. The head leaves sheets of lace as it slowly disappears. Aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malt, booze, and belgian yeast.

Taste is slightly sweet with some nice chocolate flavors. There is also some fig and raisin-like fruitiness. The finish is of roasted, espresso-like malt and spicy rye. Mouthfeel is full, fairly smooth, and creamy. This is a very unique and enjoyable imperial stout. Another good effort from Boulevard in the Smokestack Series.

More User Reviews:
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 Nietzsches_Horse
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great stout. I enjoyed this one immensely. My first Boulevard.

Photo of Feller87
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  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.

Photo of barhoc11
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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 CAC329
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this stout. Very flavorful. Full body.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of BigE90
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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!

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of gibgink
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a not your normal stout. Brewed with belgian yeast, it doesn't have the typical roasted notes that usually accompanies an imperial stout. It is extremely well carbonated. With a swirl of the glass, a 1 1/2 finger head was created. The 9.5% is not noticed at all. Overall a decent outing.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Very black, thick dark and a equally a brown head. Nose is very belgian and sweet. Raisins and nuttiness dominate.

Taste is also Belgian for a Stout. It's really crisp and smooth. Mouthfeel is very full and super easy to drink.

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

Dark Truth opens with a rich, malty nose that is not entirely what I normally expect from a stout. Still present here are the typical stout aromas--coffee, ash, chocolate malt--but these are comparatively light, and joined by a large sugary swirl that brings in heavy brown sugars and molasses, coffee cream, dark caramels, and some vanilla and fig. The result is enticing, reminding me of some of the more exotic flavored black coffees.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a fast jolt of tobacco ash and coffee grinds, very much in contradiction to the sugars present in the nose. These initial bitter, black flavors are not tempered by time, continuing to grow on the tongue and joined by chocolate and black malt flavors, as well as touches of anise and pepper. Some brown sugars do provide relief from the char, and a good hop-brought bitterness (60 IBUs) and grapefruit citrus zest also help temper the brew. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal a fuller fruit base, with figs and port wine flavors joining, somewhat oddly, white grape. A medium-strong alcohol bite growls at the edges, thanks to the 9.7% ABV, but is largely held in check. The aftertaste is a mouthful of delicious char, with some sugars remaining, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is good stout, and the dark fruit flavors revealed in later mouthfuls provide nice counterpoint to the initial coffee and tobacco ash bitterness. The mouthfeel is oddly light, given the strength of the flavors, and the ashy aftertaste can be a bit much, but this is still worth trying for stout-lovers.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as night with a quarter inch thick tawny brown head. Brussels lacing. The aroma is subtle but in it I detect a bit of fig and black licorice. The flavor is initially bitter with roasted barley and then you get a quick follow up of sweetness along the lines of plum and fig. The mouth is somewhat tongue prickling bitter from the barley and then you get a rush of warmth from the alcohol.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 11/09/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big sweet dark roasty aroma with a big fruity yeast profile. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, cream, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoked malt. Sweet molasses and brown sugar. Light hint of anise spice. The yeast presence is very noticeable adding some spice and a big scent of dark fruits. Hints of fig, tart cherry, plum, prune, and raisin. Some earthy and herbal hops in the background. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a rich taste of roasted malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hops. Dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoke. Molasses and brown sugar add to the sweetness. Lively presence of Belgian yeast with some black pepper and dark fruits. Notes of plum, dark cherry, fig, prune, and raisin. Some anise spice in the mix as well. Solid backing of herbal, earthy hop bitterness. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high for the style but expected with the yeast. Very creamy. Somewhat slick. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A unique and very good imperial stout. Big roasted malt taste with a nice fruity kick from the Belgian yeast.

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 far333
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany colored, nearly black, but ruby highlights show through the edges were light gets through. Half finger head of finely bubbled and dimpled foam that lingers long.

Aroma of dark chocolate and figs, slight winey and coffee note.

Rich and complex flavor of coffee, toffee, leather, smoke, very faint Belgian yeasty note, dark ripe fruits, ashy charred bark and licorice. Lots of interesting flavors swirling around. Rich and full and creamy mouth feel. Really nice beer.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.