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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

679 Reviews

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Reviews: 679
Hads: 2,354
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 111
Gots: 414 | 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
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Reviews by nUgZ:
Photo of nUgZ
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one finger head and barely any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Maybe a hint of coffee. Alcohol as it warms.

T: Again with some dark fruits, bready malts, and surprisingly some nice bitter hops. Unlike most Imperial Stouts though, this gets worse as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: I started off enjoying this beer, but the more it warmed the less I liked it. Not one I'll be buying again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. L: Pours deep bright black under a ½” dense light tan foam collar that quickly dissipates but produces excellent lace. S: Chocolate and a hint of smoke aromas and some dark dried fruit and a dry finish. T: rich malt flavors suggesting chocolate with a dry slightly smoky finish. F: full body and very creamy, luscious carbonation. O: A very nice imperial stout with an interesting smoke aspect and a luscious body.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Dark Truth Stout"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/25/16"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

The back label pretty much sums up this beer, and I wouldn't simply defer to that unless it was completely true: "Roasted English malts provide a deep, rich texture, Belgian yeast bestows plum-like fruitiness, and German hops add spicy aromas as Dark Truth Stout mellows to a smooth, dry, smoky finish."

I think the roasted malts do far more than just "provide a deep, rich texture", and at first sip I thought they might have been overdone, but I changed my mind about that though as they don't lend too much of an acidic bite, and the range of flavors includes a good deal of chocolate and fudge as well as coffee and a touch of tobacco and charred wood.

The Belgian yeast isn't exactly clear, which is probably good because it lends character without taking center stage, and I get a touch of clove along with soft notes of dark skinned fruit (fig, plum, etc.).

Finally, the Saazer hops are clear, and very distinct. I though at first that they might be a bit too much as well, but again I rethought that and decided that they were actually perfect. I was just going based on an idea that I'd already had in my head of what the beer should be like - but it's perfect on it's own, and it's actually fairly unique.

It's not my favorite from the Smokestack Series, but at the same time there are really no flaws to it so I can hardly complain. If they have any left, for $1.92 I'll buy at least a six-pack of these and age them - I think it'll turn out nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a two finger fluffy mocha color head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is dark fruit, plum, spice, and roast malt with some booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy smooth. Overall, a very interesting take on a stout, with the German and belgian components showing themselves in different ways.

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Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paid $3.19 for this very reasonable. Into a goblet.

A - Very deep dark looking stout with a 1/2 inch of mocha tinted head. Not as viscous as I expected.
S - As others have stated this stout is very dark fruit forward some raisin and fig smells, coffee and bakers chocolate. Smells sweet.
T - Semi chalky like a Belgium stout with a lot of roast and chocolate malts. Not as sweet as I thought but still quite good.
M - As stated its not a heavy stout medium bodied and dry finish.

Overall it does get a bit better once it warms up but nothing really stood out for me. A very drink able stout regardless.

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Photo of Gator_Nation
4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of dleigh
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

"Dark Truth" stout

12 oz. bottle poured into my Dark Horse tulip. Beautiful, opaque pitch-black fluid with a roch head that dissipates to an endlesly persistent quarter-inch or so. Smell is straight-up barbecued chicken, with sauce, and charcoal smoke. Possibly a hint of cigar smoke, as well. Smells delicious; no lighter fluid, thankfully. Taste is much more balanced, with big chocolate-malt and smoke flavors first, followed by some dark prune and dried-cherry notes, as well as that barbecued-chicken skin flavor, as well as Worcestershire sauce, pepper, soy sauce, and a hint of lemony citrus. Essentially, my dad's barbecue sauce (which included beer, by the way). Fruity Belgian-yeast, more smoke, hints of oak, and pepper round out the finish. Medium mouthfeel, with fairly strong carbonation, akin to a Belgian strong dark ale ("Trois Pistoles" comes to mind); could stand to be a bit richer, but very drinkable. Very good, complex and smoky, but balanced. Thanks, Nordbier!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Feller87
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Truth is a best all-time imperial stout in a class and category that is difficult to match. Must try.
I'm not shy about rating it high.

A: Massive fist of dark tan head with lots of retention and lace over on an opaque, jet black body.

S: Massive core of dark fruit, akin to a Belgian dark strong. Charred wood, cedar, tobacco box. Church.

T: Big follow on the smell with up front dark fruit then transitioning to yeast, grass, char, roasted malts and some plum bread, and then finishing with long smokey, mesquite flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation and mid bodied. Woody but clean finish.

Overall: Totally original beer. The aroma is particularly surprising. Overall a favorite in a favored category and a must try beer.

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Photo of Jstonerock24
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way too much Belgian yest flavor for my liking.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of brownbeer
4.41/5  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.

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Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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