Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,980 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 289 | 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:
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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Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - perfect impy stout in every regard of appearance. Black with billowing 3 finger coffee colored head. Great retention

s - chocolaty and malty with some hop presense as well. Very pleasant

t - Some roasted notes, some chocolate, some coffee and malt. Overall the flavors are a little covered though from the hops and it seems a little out of balance on the bitter side. Crisp bitter hop finish. Seems to smooth a little as it warms.

m - full bodied

o- a decent impy stout. Would try again at a bar on tap or if offerred but I feel there are some better options out there that are easy to find.

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of tan head.
S: It smelled like dry dark chocolate and figs and pumpernickel, with some roasted coffee and clove and licorice.
T: It tasted like dry dark chocolate and sweet molasses, with some pumpernickel and raisins. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit thin for the style.
D: This was an enjoyable sweet stout with elements of a quad. The scent and taste were nice, but the body was fairly weak. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was very mellow, so it was easy to drink. Curious how it would age, but nice fresh.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger mocha color with a great texture and decent retention considering its gravity.

S: The first scent noticed is dark chocolate, before the aroma becomes more dominated by licorice and darker fruit. A slight hint of alcohol pops up, as well, along with a faint whiff of Belgian yeast. Quite good.

T: Strong initial flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice gives way to a fruitier midtaste. The finish is clean, likely from the yeast, and lightly boozy, with touches of lactose and even a slight medicinal tone. Fairly smoky throughout the flavor progression.

It shows a modicum of complexity as it progresses, and improves somewhat. I'm torn on how to score it, the first sips are quite good, but it kind of falls apart after a few sips. It improves afterward, yet it still remains hard to drink. There's something off about it, but it's hard to place.

M: Dry and astringent, with a good (if rather heavy) texture. The alcohol is palpable throughout, with a light tingle on the tongue, along with a warming sensation. Moderate carbonation.

O: Eh, not a huge fan. It's an okay sipper, but it just seems unbalanced and hard to drink. I'm glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't seek it out again, most likely.

Photo of kenmyers70
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ssjkyle
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a thick, oily black pour with a nice mocha blanket that leaves solid side lacing.

S - Very sweet malts, alcohol, light chocolate, and coffee.

T - Sweet malts, alcohol, bitter sweet chocolate, and light coffee finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too sweet and boozy for my liking.

O - Overall this was nice, but far too sweet and booze heavy for me.

Photo of Coopersbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Real great appearance on this beer. Big retention head, settling down nicely to two fingers, moch and tan and tight in appearance. Very very dark brown, nearly black body, settling nicely. Great circular lacing here also. Great looking stout.

Nose is a very balanced mix of faint fruit, faint liquer, and dark chocolate. Airy, subtle, nuanced.. very enjoyable, although buried.

Delcicious roast character when hitting the palate. Low lingering and BIG carbon char that slowly ooozes out on the finish. Fruit character non existent, but the roast ambush feels like a great meld of flavors. Dark bitter chocolate whaffs with a good mixing roast. THe beer from the nose becomes bigger than hinted on the palate. Mouthfeel is super dense and rich, no carbonation, no thick syrup, a light touch but with big body, impressed greatly.

Overall, Boulevard beers have shown up recently in my area for the first time, boy these guys are good... they are dam good.

Photo of valarking
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of coffee and lactose.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness and dark fruits. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast flavor and a bit of spices comes through along with some more dark fruits and lactose flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of lactose.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The booze is extremely well hidden and the beer is excellently balanced. The yeast character is a nice addition.

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. First pour gave me a huge frothy light brown head. A couple pours later I got my glass full. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Deep roastiness with tons of molasses. A little boozy with some astringency. Caramel with chocolate undertones.

3.0 T: Again a deep roastiness with molasses and caramel. About as boozy as the nose suggests and also as astringent. It's not bad, but it's not any better than average.

3.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Still overcarbonated despite much swirling. Lightly creamy, but could be moreso.

3.0 D: It's not bad, but the roasty astringency gets old fast.

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MortarPestle
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle to a Kate the Great snifter. Best by 10/29/2011.

Appearance - Black with a sizeable head. Good retention and even some lacing. Decent looking stout.

Smell - Chocolate and a bunch of weird aromas. Different esters, presumably from the Belgian yeast. Fruits and even a lactose aroma. The aroma has depth, but not all of it is good.

Taste - There's an acidic component to this that persists throughout the entire flavor. I'd call it a bit of lactic sour, but I'm not really sure. It's not dominant, but definitely present. Chocolate is still the most dominant, but lots of weird flavors come through again. Strong coffee flavor and bitterness throughout. Yeasty byproducts that come off as fruit and somewhat unpleasant acids.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and slightly tangy. Faint, but unpleasant nonetheless. Perhaps it's a bad bottle, I don't know. Well carbonated.

Overall - Bad bottle? No idea. It's not that off for me to think infection, but there's a lot of off flavors. Maybe they're just from the yeast. Maybe I'll have this again and change my mind.

Photo of Swigit
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big big nose on this one! I get vanilla, a little cherry, and a woody character. I would guess that this is barrel aged, but I don't think it is. Excellent smell, especially if it isn't barrel aged, very impressed.

Dark Truth is as black as you can get. Highlights are a deep deep brown, but they are few and far between. The head is a dark mocha, like the foam you would find on hot chocolate, and it laces nicely for a 9+%ABV beer.

I get big roast on the midpalate and finish. Chocolate with slight caramel, like a Resin candy. I would swear that this is barrel aged, I get an almost bourbon quality coming off of this beer in the finish. Tastes amazing.

Moderate carbonation with a full but not syrupy body. Finishes a bit sweet, but that is to be expected, and it is delicious. A sipping beer to have with cheesecake for sure.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a darn good stout, but this is my least favorite of the smokestack series beers so far. pours a heavy looking chocolate syrup color, with some shine and a smallish tan head. the smell is burn malt and oak, not a lot else really happening, some coffee back there somewhere. flavor is a bit more bold than the nose, plenty of earthy malt, sweet cocoa, and espresso beans. its big but not undrinkably big. mouthfeel is quite heavy, thick liquid without much carbonation makes it kind of a slow sipper. the alcohol is well hidden, but the buzz is not. to be fair to this it was not anywhere near my first beer of the day, but its not nearly as good as the other smokestack beers in my opinion. worth a try, but not before the sixth glass or double-wide, thats for sure.

Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
best before stamp 04/28/13

pours a dark, cola-brown; sits a solid black. aggressive pour yields a creamy, fluffy 2" head; very good retention and lacing. nose is decent; not especially bold and fairly standard for the style. dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. maybe a hint of dark fruits.

taste is an improvement: more full of flavor and, frankly, tastier than i suspected judging from the aroma. the chocolate, coffee, and roastiness are all there, along with molasses, dark fruits, a hint of spice and a little char. creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

overall a really good stout. with so many worthy competitors in the style that line the shelves, it's not one i'll be bending over backward to try again. but i'd certainly be up for it.

(originally reviewed: 09-13-2011)

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.