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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 244 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending me this one.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy beige head that fades to a small cap. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter cocoa nibs, and dark fruits. Slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a slightly bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout from Boulevard and I am glad I got to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and Belgian yeast are present in the smell.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has added notes of smoked malts, the latter of which stand out in the finish. There are also some hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The smoky finish lends some dryness.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because it hides any traces of alcohol. There is an interesting complexity between the roasted and smoked malts, Belgian yeast and spicy hops.

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2010-1 (corked and caged)

Appearance: It's got that Belgian Stout appearance, for sure, with a huge tan head that sits atop the fudge brown liquid, and sits and sits, leaving patches of foam around the side of the chalice

Smell: Roasty chocolate, smoke, fig and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: The complexity of the grain bill is quite apparent, up front, with layers of bready flavors making their contribution (wheat and rye, in particular); by mid-palate, the chocolate, coffee and smoke flavors compete with the fig, resulting in a rather vinous character; after the swallow, the hops add yet another dimension, with a grassy, bitter edge; in the finish, however, it is the chocolate that lingers on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with the expected high degree of carbonation that one would expect from the Belgian yeast strain

Drinkability: Boulevard has knocked it out of the park with their version of a Belgian Stout; let's call a spade a spade - it is time to set up Belgian Stouts as a seperate category as this beer has little in common with American Double/Imperial Stouts

brentk56, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Deep is the well of truth and long does it take to know what has fallen into its depths."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Batch 2010-1. Closer to mahogany than ebony, with a frothy crown of mocha colored foam that filled well more than half the glass on the pour. The lid looks good as it melts and is deserving of some (small amount of) praise in the lace deposition department.

The aroma is classic American double stout, with a mixture of both dark chocolate and coffee, born of chocolate and roasted malts. Malted rye and chocolate rye aren't yet appreciated, but may be on the palate. Hallertau Tradition hops are buried as well.

Even though Dark Truth Stout can't hold a candle to Boulevard Imperial Stout, it's still a pretty good example of the style. It's a shame that the bigger beer is a Limited Release, while DTS is year-round. Oh well, at least this offering comes in 4-packs now.

The flavor profile doesn't have the depth of roasted maltiness and the intensity that is expected of this style. On the other hand, the rye adds an interesting earthiness that almost makes up for it. This brew is most reminiscent of an Imperial Irish dry stout that features a heavy dose of rye and an intriguing spiciness from... somewhere.

The mouthfeel could use more ballast and the bubbles don't inject enough creaminess. Neither is a deal-breaker, but both could be improved. More barley would be a great place to start.

The dark truth is that Dark Truth Stout is disappointing relative to expectations. That's what Boulevard gets for creating Imperial Stout, one of the best Imperial stouts in the Midwest. This is pretty good beer, but there are too many better choices for it to be a repeat purchase.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.

Phyl21ca, Jun 06, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A boldly flavored Stout that favors sweetness and fruitiness over roasted or dry flavors. Because of the Belgian yeast, the vinous character can shine.

Dark Truth pours a dark brown color with complete opaqueness. A lightly tanned head billows towards the top of the glass and laces very well in its retraction and with great retention.

Roasted malts set the stage while aromas of dates, figs, grapes, and plumbs come in closely behind. The vinous character makes me think barrel aging. Burnt cocoa and currants come in as the beer warms and the roasted coffee notes subside. Woven into it all, a plastic or medicinal aroma rises from the yeasty matrix.

The beer takes a Belgiany turn in taste, showcasing the flavors of charred cherries, berries, lumbs, grapes and currants. The roast settles in nicely but never garneshes the attention that English or Amercian Stouts do. Peppery and alcoholic going towards the finish, allowing the beer to balance and vary in the subdued presence of hop bitterness or flavor.

Full, rich, and sweet feeling early on. Although the carbonation keeps the beer creamy and a bit lighter, the beer still has a sugary feel that keeps it from properly drying in the finish. Warming alcohols hinge on fusals but never fall on the side of harshness.

Obviously a delicious beer, but these Belgian Stouts often seem to be a contradiction of styles rather than a seamless balance of either. It's a bit too sweet for both the Belgian Strong Ales and for Imperial Stouts.

Thanks BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, May 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate coming together nicely, but missing that little bit of push to really throw it over the top for me. Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. Bitter, dark German chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe but probably not. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it and last tastes of cookie dough and coffee.

mikesgroove, Jul 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

GRG1313, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour on this beer is really fantastic. The beer is almost black with a huge, sturdy tan head on it.

S: Where is the aroma? Really bland in terms of the nose. Even as the beer starts to warm up in the glass, all I really get is a bit of roast and a slight acidity.

T: The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of roast, licorice, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A bit of an alcohol note at times, but not surprising at nearly 10%. Fairly bitter with a slight char note from time to time, too.

M: The body is nice, a fairly high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.

D: I was expecting more from Boulevard on this beer. I didn't think it was bad, but sort of bland and uninteresting for a big, bad, imperial stout.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger dark tan head with poor retention on a near jet black body.

S: tons of dark fruit on the level of a Belgian dark strong. Little else.

T: up front the dark fruit of the nose is present however this quickly fades to roasted malts and some coffee finishing with a long smokey and mesquite flavor.

M: moderate carbonation and full bodied.

Overall: very interesting beer. The aroma is particularly surprising. Overall a must try beer.

kylehay2004, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with thin slivers of garnet at the far edges and capped by a tall, light tan head.

Smell: Moderately chocolaty with a corresponding roastiness ahead of lesser, lighter notes smelling of fruit, spice, and toast.

Taste: A start of dark chocolate, soundly roasted coffee, and with some soft, sweetish caramel included. Small pinch of aniseed. Dark fruitiness of plums and smoked dates. Very slight chalkiness. Particularly subtle German hop character and bitterness. Late-breaking alcohol presence. Dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's nice. No, really, it's nice. But, can I have the BIS instead??

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a creamy one finger beige head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas are a mix of plum and raisin along with chocolate and some nuttiness.Flavors are roasted with alot of fruity tones,the raisin flavors are really magnified with a hint of char in the finish,the alcohol comes into play more as it warms.This is one of the fruitier impy stouts I have come across,it's not a big roasted dry earthy bomb,a nice change of pace for an American version of the style in my opinion.

oberon, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I never knew that a Mariners fan would provide a ChiSox fan like me with so much joy. This brew pours a solid onyx topped by over a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, toasted oats, chocolate powder, and what seems like a bit of figs. The taste follows pretty closely, with some late additions to the squad: bitter dark chocolate, burnt biscuits, coffee, rye spice, plums, and a dash of floral hops. The body is a very light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry feel and finish. Overall, this stout is all over the dark-beer map, but still manages to maintain its composure, allowing for an enjoyable drinking experience.

TMoney2591, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Sunday...

In a Duvel tulip this has a gargantuan head of latte foam. Sticky meringue foam adheres a puffy ring of lacing to the glass. It seems to deflate in slow motion.

Aroma of dark fruits like fig, plum, and raisin. A little dry and roasty also. Coffee grinds.

Flavors of charred black malts, robust dark roast coffee, trace bitterness of bakers chocolate. Some green hops in there buried under the roast. Chocolate note becomes more noticeable as it warms. Medium bodied, a trace of alcohol, sort of astringent. I'll do my best to finish the 750, but it's probably best shared, and served on the warmer side of cool.

emerge077, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a opaque, jet black color with a large, ruby/brown colored head of thick, long-lasting foam. When the head eventually receded it left soapy rings of lace.

S - It had a very strong chocolate aroma with hints of plum, raisin and mild floral notes.

T - A very good blend of sweet chocolate and dried fruit flavors (plum & raisin) with a bitter hop kick. Really great balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium bodied stout with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty easy drinking imperial stout. It hides the high ABV very well and it quite delicious.

zeff80, Mar 13, 2010
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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.