Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.
A - Pours an obsidian black, completely opaque and flat at places. Exceptionally pitch black, like the moment you turn the lights off and can't adjust to it just yet. This is contrasted nicely by the mocha-colored head, which almost explodes when it touches the glass because it's so bubbly and frothy. It's easily pushing 3-fingers in height and has retention for days. I can't tell if it's done receding or if there is really almost a finger's worth of cap on this beer. The lacing, as expected due to the impressive head, is thick, generously slabbed across the glass and dripping with foam.
S - The nose on this is pretty unique in my opinion. It balances a few different characteristics, but pulls it off nicely. There is a touch of soy and smoke, but both play nicely within the larger view. Also even a dark, pitted fruit quality that even gives off an almost tart note. Then you have the big chocolate from the malts, and finally a soothing alcohol heat rounds everything out.
T - The first thing that I noticed about the taste is that it isn't very sweet at all. Given the chocolate, fruits, and soy I got in the nose, I was expecting something pretty sweet, but instead it is actually a bit bitter and acrid at times. The chocolate is still here, and actually dominates the front of the taste, but it is a much more bitter kind of cocoa. Think really dark chocolate. Luckily the soy is again very faint, so there's no worry of it overpowering, but the smoke and char does linger a bit. The second half of this beer has a decent amount of plums or raisins and figs, which gives it an earthy quality. The alcohol burn is again present, but it only serves to give a little warming sensation.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Definitely a very active mouthfeel due to the constant popping of carbonation and the silky smooth head. Quite dry in the finish due to the chocolate and bitterness.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a fairly bold stout and definitely delivers on all of the flavors. I'm liking the addition of the darker fruits and the shift to a more bitter kind of flavor compared to the overly sweet stouts that some breweries are churning out. I'd like to get a few more bottles of this to set down for a few months or years.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2011 01:57:24 | More by nhindian
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