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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,043 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 95
Gots: 304 | 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 micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thin and cola colored. A tall mocha head is produced but fades quickly.
I get tin the aroma dark stewed fruits, sweetness and some roast.
Sweet to the taste with a moderate booze taste.
Some fruity notes like plum fig and raisins.
Feels tannin dry and gritty on the palate.
I didn't much like this one. It does't really taste like a stout.

Photo of mrp2323
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a goblet. BB date stamp of 27 Aug. 2016,

Pours near black and opaque with a short but very durable, thick head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, dark toast, dark malts with some alcohol esters. Hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Flavor: Rich and complex, with a high load of dark roasted grains and light notes of char and smoke. Some hops kick in for the finish and aftertaste as the smoke and char build. Both medium and dark malts with some burnt toast notes. Some hints of sherry and the like from the alcohol esters, yet the high ABV is partially hidden. An unfortunate, but not very unusual tocuh of sourness mid-taste.

Feel: very full body with medium-light carbonation The high ABV is mostly hidden. Thick and creamy smooth. Approaches 5.

O: a rich, dark imperial stout that is a bit more bitter than average.

Photo of bborche
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a complex beer, but this is a nice belgian stout. The belgian yeast is very light. The booze is fairly hidden. This is very easy to drink for a 9.7% abv beer.

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

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The belgian yeast should be replaced and it would be outstanding.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a thick, sticky, ring of toffee colored lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, mild char, some dark fruit, light spiciness, and cream.

T - Dark fruit, cream, dark chocolate, some char, and very light spice.

M - Creamy, silky, velvety, heavy medium body, and coats the mouth with dark fruit and dark malt.

O - A nicely done beer and for 9.7%, the ABV is deceptive and well hidden.

Photo of BigMike
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedvr
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajanjigian
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best By 11/25/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with some light getting through; fluffy creamy tan that fades very slowly leaving great lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas are very faint. Subtle fruity esters. Sweet yeast. Hints of anise/black licorice. Some cocoa malts. It barely smells like a stout. But the aromas aren't strong or pungent anyways. Now the flavors are bold. Lots of coffee and roasted chocolate notes. Subtle vanilla notes. Raisins and figs. There's a solid bitterness to this one. The yeasty ester notes aren't as strong in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied and extremely fluffy. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a unique stout. Fits the bill of being a "Belgian Stout". Besides the faint aromas, this beer has alot going on. The craftsmanship is extremely impressive. Well done.

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

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

Photo of kwa357
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.