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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 95
Gots: 305 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle that I found left from last winter with a best by date of 7-5-11 into pint glass

A-Almost pitch black no light getting through has a 2 finger dark tan head that left lacing until I finished it off

S-Roasted malt and dark fruit and raisins but a little alcohol smell as well

T-Nice roast and plum flavors but right at the finish the 9.7% shows, not enough to ruin any taste but you can fell the heat

M-nice creamy texture

O-one of the best that I have had from Boulevard and I will be getting more this to keep around because aging in the fridge didn't hurt this one bit

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Appearance: Black as night. Thick creamy two finger mocha-colored head. Great retention. A healthy amount of lacing. Looks like a stout all right and a damn good one at that

Smell: Heavy molasses and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Traces of fig, coffee, dried dark fruits. Hint of alcohol. Smells very appetizing

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose. Initially very sweet molasses. Roasted malts up the yin-yang. Rich chocolate throughout. Some figs and maybe plums. Finishes a little bitter like coffee or dark chocolate. Slightly boozy on the finish but pretty well hidden overall. Really nicely rounded out. As I continue to drink it becomes very acidic. I now have heartburn.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Really coats the palate. Creamy. This beer feels big

Overall: Haven't been disappointed by Boulevard yet. This is a nice imperial stout but a little too astringent. Fairly easy to drink. Good for cold nights. Balanced with lots of flavor but points off for my indigestion

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.87/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick thick black. There’s no seeing anything on the other side of this glass. It’s completely opaque. The head is miniscule and a chocolate brown with the consistency of a cappucino.
The smell is out of this world. I smell chocolate, old fruit, and a sweetness.
Now for the best part. The taste is astounding. Better than I expected from the smell, even. As anyone who’s read most of my ratings knows, I’m not a fan of hops. I think that in many beers, they’re overused. Now, the hops in this beer hit first. They play a noticeable role and they are definitely astringent, however they are present in jus the right amount. It is the perfect mix of hops, malt, and sweetness. It provides some astringency that allows the beer to be thick and dark without becoming cloyingly sweet. These are hops used right. As for the rest of it, it’s thick, malty and sweet just like a stout should be. It’s a bit thicker, stickier and sweeter than many stouts, almost like a cream stout, but it’s also pretty high in alcohol for a stout, so that’s not surprising. Man, what a great beer. I always thought that a stout high in alcohol would be a good idea. I was right. This stuff is absolutely delicious. Plus, I can’t even taste the high alcohol content. I almost find that disappointing, but this brew tastes so good, I can’t complain. Good job, Boulevard. You are a good brewing company, even if your irish reds aren’t quite up to par.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jmerloni
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark walnut brown/black with one of the most mammoth heads I've ever seen on a beer. Brown head that lasts forever and laces thickly, though unevenly. This one gets a 5 from me by just how monstrous this beer's head is. Unreal.

S - Very earthy smelling, alcohol, smells a lot like dark rum. Dark chocolate malts. Infusing.

T - Very interesting flavors. Roasted chocolates, milky dark fruits, tree bark. One of the most unique flavor profiles I've ever encountered; it literally tastes like it was brewed in a smokehouse, in the presence of beef and pork. This one is interesting to the max.

M - Full-bodied, alcohol really comes through here. A little too carbonated for my sake but still TREMENDOUSLY SILKY.

D - This is a BOLD beer. This is the first brew I've tried from Boulevard and I'm very impressed by the risks they've taken here. There's a lot going on that differs from your regular imperial stout. It almost tastes like meat. I will definitely be getting this one again - phenomenal for fall and winter! - and I look forward to trying other beers from Boulevard! Spectacular introduction here.

PS: I imagine Tom Waits drinking this one!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. Two-finger bubbly mocha colored head with decent retention.

S: Big aromas of molasses, toffee, espresso beans, smoke and caramel. Lighter notes of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and cherry follow.

T/M: Strong molasses flavor on the initial sip. Deep roasted espresso and dark chocolates follow with tones of vanilla and dark fruits, such as raspberries and cherries. Oak, wood and smokey flavors emerge quickly. Alcohol bite along with the heavy tone of molasses is heavy. Sweet, milky and boozy. Mildly bubbly mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: A bit overly sweet for my personal taste, but a well executed American stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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