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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,029 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 92
Gots: 301 | FT: 8
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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Photo of kwa357
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This imperial pours a thick black with a light brown head that dissipates to a thin ring and pooling light foam with soapy clinging lacing. Nose of chocolate, dark plums, heavy roasted malts, booze, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with heavy roasted malts and chocolate up front, herbal hops to the sides and back, and dark molasses and hops coming in on the aftertaste blending nicely with chocolate. A light plum flavor comes through with warmth and hops are more pronounced as it warms as well giving a nice balance to the sweetness. Moderate carbonation gives this slick oily brew a highly quaffable quality with a good kick of warming alcohol. A solid and delicious stout.

Would love to have this on tap.

Another winner from Boulevard.

Cheers!

Photo of tt_andy
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a Boulevard fan for quite a while especially the unfiltered wheat. I enjoy exploring their various offerings

Photo of shiverstar
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a stout fan I did not enjoy the level of hop flavor and I wasn't expecting it. This is a high quality drink but it's definitely an outlier in the stout world.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that holds on quite well. Nice lacing left behind. The aroma is complex roasted notes, fruity, sweet, burnt, with earthy hops. The taste is equally robust, if not more-so. The body is lighter, but with nice oily slickness to it.

Photo of Flip_Smash
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to Ohio enjoyed this beer it's a solid drinkable stout for any stout guy out there

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours a brown-highlighted black, and pools into the glass very dark, forming a short-lived thin head of pale tan. iPhone flashlight reveals some scattered ruby highlights getting through the body of the beer around the edges.

S: Dark stone fruit and chocolate well out of the glass, amid a backdrop of deeply roasted grain. There's more than a little sweetness to the scent.

T: My first take on the taste is that of sour plums, as a wave of dark fruit mixed with an floral bitter washes over my tongue. There's definitely more than a little hop edge to that bitterness, which is tough for me to discern anything beneath, though some very faint hints of chocolate and burned malt lurk far off in the distance, caged off by the bitterness.

M: Creamy, smooth, thick, and lively, this stout is well carbonated and prickly sharp.

O: While I enjoy the dark fruit aspects that the yeast esters introduce, this is on the hop-forward side for me, as many of Boulevard's offerings have been. That unfortunately means that I inevitably miss out on much of the flavor that underlies those hops. While this was drinkable to me, the hop presence ensures that I will not repeat this beer.

Photo of thetimhortonsman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Demi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnye1981
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of bpkrippner
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wando52
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful Stout! Very smooth surprising flavors. I enjoyed this very much.

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.96/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Johncnh
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MetalMistress
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesBoehm
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of changdulla
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maedhros09
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose is a mix of roastiness and belgian yeast. Thick smooth body that readily carbonates fine bubbles in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by belgian yeasts with an enjoyable maltiness that is sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is expertly cloaked. Slightly astringent hops nicely round out the finish. Only the absence of a greater roastiness or the advertised "smokiness" on the palate keeps this very enjoyable ale from a higher rating, as it is very distinctive and otherwise nicely balanced.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.