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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,713 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 219 | 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:
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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jlbreeden

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.8%

01-08-2012 22:16:59 | More by jlbreeden
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MortarPestle

Indiana

1/5  rDev -74.8%

06-28-2012 01:44:23 | More by MortarPestle
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grover37

District of Columbia

1.98/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Whip In of Austin in April, so this bottle is about 7 or 8 months old. I think I picked up a four pack for around $9. Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (5): Very dark brown with reddish-brown around the edges. An aggressive pour produced about three fingers of dark creme colored head. This settles to a pretty thick layer and leave a thick coating of lace all the way around the glass.

Aroma (2): Dark, dark roasted malts and a weird soy aroma. The soy mixes with ethanol and isn't very pleasant at all. The chocolate and mocha notes are there if you dig, but the booziness dominates.

Taste (1.5): Surprisingly thin and watery for its ABV and devoid of the strong, roasty flavors I expect. I drink some water to make sure it's not me, but that doesn't help. I don't remember it being like this fresh either, so perhaps this is a bad bottle (?). Dark chocolate up front which gives way quickly to an overwhelming heat (and that soy again) that leaves gasoline on my breath. The finish is nice and roasty with a touch of char, but this only kicks in several seconds after the burn subsides. A touch of pine as well makes this the most enjoyable part, but this just does not taste right.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Fairly smooth and light. Medium to heavy bodied and medium carbonation. Probably not as heavy as I would expect and definitely higher carbonation.

Overall (2): Pretty disappointing as the owner of Whip In hyped this beer to me and the first two bottles fresh weren't nearly as bad (iirc). Maybe it just doesn't age well (?) or my palatte is just off today. I'll re-visit this in a couple months with the last bottle and change my review if necessary.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:16:53 | More by grover37
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davidkennedy85

Colorado

2/5  rDev -49.6%

01-24-2013 05:02:18 | More by davidkennedy85
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anteater

Oregon

2/5  rDev -49.6%

09-30-2013 04:05:20 | More by anteater
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jkhobbs99

Texas

2/5  rDev -49.6%

07-04-2014 12:46:35 | More by jkhobbs99
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SavvyStudent

Texas

2/5  rDev -49.6%

10-29-2012 19:13:31 | More by SavvyStudent
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bashiba

Iowa

2.23/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured super, super, super foamy, took forever to settle enough even to drink. Enormous Head, actually to much.

The smell was thin and one dimensional, just a dark grain quality. Really lacking in the aroma.

The taste is very flat, a big burnt malt base with a dark green fresh hop flavor, just sort of a big burnt hop taste, not balanced, not complex, very underwhelming. The more I drink the more a light underlying sweetness comes through, buts to little to late.

The mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Very mediocre, especially for the ridiculous price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:11:24 | More by bashiba
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jsh420

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

batch 2010-1

pours dark dark ruby brown with a huge 4+ finger head that has good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smell - almost none - watery some fruity malt?

taste just slightly better then the nose - some roasted and chocolate malts along the tangy fruity malts - but overall a complete watery mess

mouthfeel is way over carbonated - it feels like i am swallowing all foam

drinkability is bad - i will never drink this again and i think they should stop making it

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:11:07 | More by jsh420
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DCav


2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

11-16-2012 02:59:15 | More by DCav
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of 3 smokestacks sent to me by BedetheVenerable.

A- I literally said out loud "these smokestack beers always have a huge, huge head". At just that very moment a massive head comprised of fairly large bubbles rushed up. In many cases I find this sort of thing to be desirable, but with an imperial stout thats a different story. In this case it screams over carbonated and thin body.

S- Uh, wait... what? I havent washed this glass with soap, ever. So why does this smell like a used pan half washed out with dish soap? Burnt food, soap and some grape soda.

T- The taste is some what of a redeeming quality, but the beer advocate scale only has half points. Grape soda, roasted malts, some hops, I think, and glue. The flavors of some sort of "charcoal tea" linger and build on the palate.

M- Back to that huge head. I was right to think that it was a harbinger of over carbonation to come.

D- Bleck. This is like an amalgam of grape soda, burnt food and dish soap. It reminds me of concocting things in the kitchen as a kid and daring my friends to eat it.

B+ in the Imperial Stout category actually converts to about a D, so I think Im being generous.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:41:45 | More by MbpBugeye
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.42/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

750ml caged and corked bottle(batch 2010-1 best by 1/13) courtesy of my pal, russpowell. Thanks Russ!

The cork was not a problem to remove so...it pours a pitch black with a 3 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is nice with lots of roasted malt and dark fruits with side notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste starts off roasty with some coffee and dark fruitiness, the latter of which comes off as really tart bordering on sour. Hmmm..I didn't expect that and I don't openly welcome it. There's some good smokiness and hop bitterness now and they kind of counteract the sourness but not enough to put a smile on my face. This is a very *weird* brew as there is no harmony at all with the flavours.

No complaints about the mouthfeel as the body and carbo are done right.

Drinkability? Setting aside the fact that this is 9.7%abv, this is by far the hardest to drink beer I've ever had from Boulevard. Now my decision is, finish drinking it or pour it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:19:51 | More by Bitterbill
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Halcyondays

California

2.48/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a small tan head, poor head retention, no lace.

S: Dark fruit and soy, the Belgian yeast influence is clear.

T: Roasted malt, some light dark chocolate. Overall a cloying, plummy raisiny soy like flavour, that in a way tastes more like a BSDA than an Imperial Stout.

M: Medium-bodied, cloying sugar, a tad boozy, crisp carbonation character that gets fizzy at the end.

O: For me a poor example of an Imperial Stout, the beer simply was never interesting and left me wanting. Even at the low price point this is a pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 20:47:23 | More by Halcyondays
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cosmonick

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -37%

03-29-2013 03:24:58 | More by cosmonick
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phattman073

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-09-2012 00:54:36 | More by phattman073
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schoun

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-07-2012 13:47:46 | More by schoun
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schnay90

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-18-2012 16:02:10 | More by schnay90
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dlello2

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37%

03-01-2012 03:43:34 | More by dlello2
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woogie359

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -37%

05-23-2014 19:34:17 | More by woogie359
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37%

10-17-2013 14:44:23 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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ab39z

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-24-2013 01:26:23 | More by ab39z
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eulerthegrape

California

2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-23-2013 23:37:01 | More by eulerthegrape
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Sunn

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -37%

11-21-2013 00:36:53 | More by Sunn
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Love imperial stouts. But I'm not a fan of belgian beers, and the spice that it tends to add.

Bottle label is very cool. And the description is wonderful:
Belgian yeast provides a plum like fruitiness. with layers of espresso, roasted fig, reme brules, and spicy, herbal notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 14:57:26 | More by KarlosT
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snilsen13

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a negative review. As a regular beer consumer, home brewer and general beer nut I know ONE THING. Two 10%ers will not give me a hangover. UNLESS those two 10%ers are were loaded with too much or really terrible sugars to ferment.

As tasty and quaffable as this beer was, it is UNJUSTLY tormenting my skull this morning and I would like to just say THAT SUCKS!!!

Why am I not surprised. I got 4 strong beers for under $10. While this is sometimes a good deal (in MA), in this case it was not.

Crap quality underscores this deceptive beer. AVOID.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 18:38:51 | More by snilsen13
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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.