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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 sjccmd:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Batch 1, best by 01/13....I'm happy Boulevard started providing best by dates.

Pours rich black with dark amber highlights. Really enormous head, very fine bubbles, varying degrees of tan. Recedes very slowly leaving ribbons of lacing behind. The second pour was more cautious and yielded a more appropriate head, but still pretty large.

I immediately smelled dark fruits as I popped the cork off, but the smell in the glass was pretty mellow until it warmed up. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dates and raisins. Charred oak comes out as well. Mild alcohol warmth towards the bottom of the bottle.

The flavor begins with rich dark chocolate and coffee followed by slightly sweet dark fruits finishing with roasty bitterness and that charred oaky flavor. The multi-grain base provides a complex spicy background. Mild citrus flavors from the hops appear briefly. By the end of the beer, smoky and roasty flavors dominate.

Maybe the mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, but it fits the beer for me. There's a lot of flavor going on so it didn't really bother me. This beer still has a nice body and is not overly carbonated.

Decent drinkability, the hop presence, roasty bitterness, and carbonation clean out the palate even though it's a sweet and sticky beer.

Another exciting beer from Boulevard. This might be my favorite of the seasonal, non limited release, smokestacks. I can't wait to see what Boulevard does next!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 01:53:21 | More by sjccmd
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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.

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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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