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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 2,320
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 393 | 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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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 Catracho5
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a pitch no light is allowed through black, mocha colored head that did not last, some spotty lacing, very little carbonation, just how I like my stouts to look.

A: Lots of dark fruit, figs, plums, raisins, slight Belgian yeast, hint of roasted coffee and malts, more on the sweet side than the roasted side.

T: Dark fruits, lots of them, figs, plums, raisins, hint of roasted coffee and malts, sweet, some bitterness towards the end, finishes dry with a slight Belgian yeast coming through, like the nose the flavor leans on the sweet side.

M: Medium body with a dry finish, did not look carbonated but carbonation comes through in the mouthfeel.

O: Looks good, smells good but the taste was a little disappointing, it has more dark fruit characteristics than I like, if a stout with lots of figs and plums is your liking, then this is your beer but I would have liked to see it balanced with more roasted notes, a solid beer but just not to my liking.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 'Best By 11/25/2016' (my guess is this beer has about a year of age on it). Pours dark, like any standard stout, with a nice amount of light-caramel colored head. Dark malts, booze, perhaps caramel, and a bit of cocoa in the nose. There seems to be a lot going in in the flavor department, with a little more complexity than the standard RIS: standard dark malt flavors, a decent amount of hops, a surprising amount of booze, perhaps a hint of dark fruits, all with a bitter (or dry) finish.

I was expecting more of a fruity Belgium flavor profile here, but it seems to have taken a back seat to the hops and the dark malts (which is fine by me). This is one of the better imperial stouts I have had. I hope to buy some more to cellar for a longer period of time and see how well they hold up.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with two fingers of tan head with decent retention and good lacing. The nose is nice roasted grain, raisins and some char. The taste is sweet and roasted at first then comes bitter char, tobacco, burnt coffee, black cherries and a bit smokey. The mouthfeel is full and round with nice carbonation. This is not a stout I would drink often, but it makes for an interesting, complex sipper.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of roasted malt, booze, cocoa and faint dark fruit. The taste follows with roasted dark malt, cocoa, bitter black coffee and a hint of alcohol. Good, not great.

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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 braker649er
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Look: Beautiful dark depth. Thick tan head that thinned but never disappeared.

Smell: A bit impenetrable. Dark truths were still a mystery at the smell stage. I picked up booziness, oat grain, maybe a bit of fig and some near-earthiness, not so much chocolate.

Taste: The flavors varied more--they were great! Chocolates with dark roasty caramel, figginess, definitely some booze, a bit of coffee?

Feel: Superb. Smooth and rich on the tongue and any sting/zip came from some warming alcohol, not fizzy carbonation.

Overall: A strong showing. Highlights for me were Feel, look, taste and smell, in that order.

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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 alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date, best by 2/27/16. Pours black with a large brown head which recedes quickly. Smells of chocolate, earthy hops, and some espresso. Taste follows closely with an stronger roasted malt presence, some grainy flavors, and some lingering smoke. Carbonation is medium (despite the large head) and body is slightly above average for the style. Overall, pretty complex stout and worth trying.

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Photo of Murphious
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

OMG! This pours out into a tulip glass darker than a mine shaft during new moon. If that mine shaft had about a 2ft layer of tan mud floating on top for the foam. Then add the aroma of dark fruits, molasses and smoke. Now take a drink of this "mud puddle" and it has a hint of Belgian sour ale with maybe a bit of burnt peat like a good scotch. First tip of tongue taste was chocolaty but not again after that first sip. Dark Truth is close to an over-hyped bourbon barrel aged stout in flavor BUT without all that expense of aging in a barrel....amazing!

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am a snob. Or at least very demanding. I love this outstanding stout, yet I am disappointed.

It opens wonderfully, all black with a medium dark tan head. The aroma shows a little of the funky that is to come. The yeast shows in the smell in a strange but appealing way. On top of the roasty hoppy smells are the fruity yeasts. Or rather underneath is where they are sneaking.

The taste is a bitter, hoppy, roasty malty yeasty blend, all over the top, that totally conceals the booziness. But that booze comes back to haunt in the aftertaste and burp, and in the feeling. Not bad at all.

I expected more and wanted a smoother taste. I think this ale would benefit greatly from sitting for a full year. I will see if I can obtain another bottle or two and do that. Mine was labeled best by 2-24-2017 and it's 9-11-2015 - it should have sat a while longer for best enjoyment. I think.

This series (in 12 ounce versions) made me appreciate Boulevard as a great brewer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a perfectly good coffe/chocolaty stout for those who go for very strong beers, and JK particularly liked it; DL not so much; would be a good gift for JC of Baltimore who loves these. Not one we would go for - our fav is still Left Hand Milk Stout.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aptly named, as this one is about as black as black can be. The room seemed to get darker as it filled an Offero glass. The head reached one quarter of an inch of creamy dark chestnut foam that settled to a thin blanket after leaving a fine coating of lace. Each sip left a dense viscous film and legs.

Rich malt and deep roasted barley accentuate bittersweet chocolate and coffee, while sweet fruit and molasses punctuate. Warming further brings out the roasted character.

Flavor has a nice interplay between sweet and bitter with slight sourness in the background. Chocolate and coffee are dominant. Cookie dough and sweet lactose give way to fig and peat. The lingering finish is bitter and less complex than had been hoped for. Candy sugar and smoke are discernible late in the session.

Full bodied and palate coating, though not dense. Modest carbonation and alcohol are both less than had been expected. The mouth-feel is smooth with a cotton texture.

This is a fine, rainy day beer that could easily hold up to a cigar or pipe while relaxing or reading.

Aged about one year.

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Photo of BWood
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent stout. Nothing that I think I would but again. Alesmith speedway is much better as a year a round. I found this beer drinkable but missing something .

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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 BenHesk12
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, burnt molasses smoke with a more traditional mouthfeel and belgian yeast twist. Kind of incredible that this is a 9.7% alcohol beer! Especially when available at an average priced craft beer 4 pack

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deep black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is of dark fruit, like currants, and charcoal with grain. Jumbled a little, rather than clean, but nice. The taste is strong with bitterness, roasted scents, and booze. Full and engaging.

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Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. According to the label, this is best before November 25, 2016. I’ve been sitting on this a good six months.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a brown so dark, to all intents and purposes it’s black, including when held up to light. Good-sized tan head, with decent lace.

Dark fruits and molasses in the nose. When I noticed the “Smokestack Series” designation on the label, I thought there was a chance this was a smoked beer. Glad it’s not, as the nose is glorious enough as is.

Rich, velvety flavor. Dark malts and dark fruits, a little bit of sweetness but balanced expertly by the plummy, figgy flavors. Mild dryness at the swallow.

A little bit thin in the body for the style, despite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This was like a Quad/Impy Stout hybrid. I don’t know the hop bill for this, but I suspect it was lighter than many others of the style. I don’t hate a hoppy big stout at all, but I think the restraint in that department plus the Belgian yeast makes for a really interesting version of the style. The more I drank this, the more complex it got and the more I liked it.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: beautiful dark black body with tan head.
Smell: roasted coffee chocolate and malt
Taste: roasted coffee bitter dark chocolate and smoke
Overall: very well put together beer.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look black with two finger head.
Smell some roast with a lot of Belgian yeast character coming through.
Taste drinks like a quad with a little bit of roast. Great Belgian stout.
Feel medium body, finishes really smooth.
Overall blend between a quad and a stout. If you like both styles pick it up.

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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 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 CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge 3 finger whipped creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, yeast, dark fruit, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf and smoky or burnt wood notes. There are some medicinal and metallic notes that keep coming back to interfere with the nice roasted malt and chocolate aromas, so overall it’s above average smelling.

Tastes has more burnt coffee grinds in it as well as toffee, light vanilla, cocoa powder, floral hops, espresso, and then like the nose it has dark chocolate, roasted grains, chocolate malts, yeast, dark fruit like a plum or cherry dipped in chocolate, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf, currants, white pepper, faint burnt wood and earthy or barrel/woody notes. This seems spicy for a stout, which I assume is from the Belgian yeast and hops since the roasted malts give off sweet chocolate notes that remind me of a cold coffee or a soup, like a meal in a glass. The ABV is very well hidden and the roasted aspects add nice complexities to the brew. I really like the coffee accents, but the metallic yeast part negates and tames the enjoyable chocolate and coffee malts that should have been the stars of this show.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth like a milkshake with coffee and vanilla beans ground up and added, mochachino-like that has a medium to chewy body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet, yet full of char and chocolate flavors as it trails off on the dry side.

Overall a tasty brew, and the bottle states it perfectly: 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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark oil body. Thin tin head. Little lacing.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Smoke. Belgian. Alcohol.

Taste - Belgian sweetness on tongue. Chocolate and coffee. Almost fruity. Fades to dry, smoky alcohol on tongue.

Feel - Heavy. Dry.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always like what Boulevard has to offer, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the cap I get a waft of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt and some black licorice. Pours into a pint like motor oil with a huge cascading light brown head that is creamy on top and stands like a champ. On the taste this brew has a roasted black licorice taste up front followed by roasted malt and transitioning to a sweet dry finish. Some bitterness is evident up front but it transitions out then gives in to the sweet finish. Great mouthfeel. Serious masking of a 9.7% ABV. This one is a keeper, will seek out.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.