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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

1,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,940
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 86
Gots: 279 | 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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Photo of bottlequeststeve
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of my Portsmouth tulip. Poured out of a 12oz bottle I picked up while vacationing in the Cape Cod area.

This stout pours super dark like oil or molasses. Pours a thin tan head composed of thousands of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing or stickiness here, gradually reduces to a thin tan ring around the circumference of the glass.

On the nose I'm picking up burnt chocolate, French roast coffee, some faint dark fruit and a bit of pepper. Nice nose, not overtly powerful but definitely delicate.

First sip is a blend of deep roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of spicy herbaceousness from the hops. I'm left with black coffee and a touch of toffee. Really really nice, the coffee taste definitely lingers on my palate and begs me to take another sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and definitely enjoyable. I do wish it was a bit thicker. I would love to try this on cask or nitro.

Overall I'm really happy I picked up a few bottles of this. The ABV is masked very well and the Belgian yeast makes this a tasty treat. Bravo.

bottlequeststeve, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of WoodburyMN
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

WoodburyMN, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ILiveOffHops, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received from volunteering at this year's Belgian Beer Fest. It's got a "best by" date of 5/18/14 an after warming up a bit was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dark Truth stout pours a solid black, with two fingers or so of khaki colored foam sitting atop the beer. Head retention is alright, an a respectable amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass. The nose is on the subtle side, but there are some solid aromas of chocolate and plums present. The flavor is starts off very nicely, calling back to what was present in the aroma. The front half of each sip tastes like plums and raisins covered in dark chocolate. A bit of roasty smoke comes in on the back end. It provides a nice contrast with what came before it, but the almost ashy quality cuts off the chocolate and esters a bit too early for my taste. Were there a style for Belgian stouts, his beer would probably be a textbook example. As is though, the mouthfeel has a bit too much of a Belgian lean t it. The body is a little too dried out and the carbonation a little too bubbly for a near 10% imperial stout. I really enjoyed Boulevard's Dark Truth, one of the finer examples I've had of trying to fuse together a stout and a Belgian ale.

axeman9182, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of verset
5/5  rDev +25.9%

verset, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

OriolesFan1008, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +0.8%

bluerabbit, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 4pk. Best by 5/17/14 (I assume bottled 5/17/12). Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours black with a frothy two fingers of tan head. A little lacing. 

Smells of roasty malt, cocoa, caramel, creamed coffee and a bit of pitted fruit with faint traces of booze. 

Taste blends dark chocolate, charred malts, bitter coffee, leather, molasses and earthy. A pleasant blend that hides the booze quite well. 

Creamy and tingly- medium to full bodied with moderately high carbonation. 

This is a solid brew with an interesting and unique flavor profile. Nothing earth shattering but certainly worth a try for fans of the style. Boulevard is two for two with me so far. I'm looking forward to trying more from them now that it's available in Georgia.  

ThickNStout, Sep 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

mweso2000, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

OldTime, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rumorsofsurf, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BillyTWilliams, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

benfairbank, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Mealhouse, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TStout, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jjcote, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

koes0024, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bonkers, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with cola highlights. Creamy khaki head with nice retention and great lace.

S - Molasses, light booze, brown sugar, and a touch of smoke.

T - Smooth with a deep caramel, molasses, and date sweetness. Nice birch-wood smoke. Bright booze and woody hops accent a dry roast finish.

M - Full body. Great smoothness. Bright carbonation.

O - Smooth and smokey for the style. Nice drinkability for 10%.

vfgccp, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before 03/16/14 poured in to tulip glass.

A - Pitch black with two fingers of light brown head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge roast and char aromas up front with rich dark chocolate, dark fruit and sweet molasses.

T - Starts off with a robust roast and char profile that gives way to rich semi-sweet cocoa, plum, fig, cherry, molasses and a touch of coffee. Very complex. The flavours come together.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 31, 2012
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,940 ratings.