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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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very good

1,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 285 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with an aggressive tan head, leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of malt and sour fruits. Light roasty malts and moderate dark fruits and malt. Dark fruit and malt middle with a mild hop finish. An unusual stout transition with more fruit than malt. Moderate body. Not as complex as some other stouts, but perhaps a more interesting flavor combination

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of abankert12
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Momar42
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - huge, thick, dense light tan head that retreats ever so slowly. Deep dark brown almost black in appearance. Fantastic lacing. Good looking indeed.

S - roasted malt, some char and a hint of smoke. I think I can detect a very mild spiciness. Less than I had anticipated.

T - a sweetness covers the other tastes. The char and malt are there but are subdued. An overwhelming creaminess prevails. Character is weak.

M - Very smooth and creamy...to a flaw. Carbonation is about right and the feel helps carry a moderate beer a little farther.

O - First off, this is a decent stout. Nothing ground breaking or even overly memorable but solid. That said, it is too one dimensional at this price point to warrant a repeat performance. Would have liked to have more body and character to help it stand out amongst a very crowded category.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bruce! Pours black with a small, light-brown head that takes some time to go down. Scent has some smoke to it with a bit of burnt malt and lots of milk chocolate. Chocolate helps balance the bunt malt...making it not overly bittering. Subtle vanilla with a hoppy finish. Taste is almost like it smells, but a bit hoppier and more bitter than expected. Not a citrusy bitter though (like the imperial stout from Victory), which is very off-putting for me. This one works well with the hoppy bitterness. A lot more dark fruit flavors than the nose implied. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is dry for an imperial stout. Overall, this is definitely different for the style, but it's great!

Photo of Kips
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with longlasting, creamy head and very good lacing. Head retention is excellent as well in this beer. On the nose, I pick up considerable coffee grounds and licorice, but with some roasty malt, tobacco and light smoke as well. This beer smells pretty good. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this modestly sweet beer, with the licorice and coffee grounds keeping the sweetness in check very nicely. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines I think. Despite the relatively high abv., there's a lightness to this beer that I appreciate, that goes well with the soft, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long with the alcohol barely noticeable in this nicely crafted beer.

While I wouldn't put this up there with the IRS royalty out there (KBS, CBS, black note, abyss, etc.), this is still a pretty tasty, well made beer by Boulevard.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : snifter

Pours near black with a creamy, light brown head.

Moderate roasty, charred wood/coffee. Some cocoa, an a light hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium-full body with prickly carbonation, light boozy warmth in the finish.

An enjoyable enough Imperial Stout, nothing too spectacular but still pleasant.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled 4/16/12.

A - Typical appearance for the style. Black with a finger or two of mocha head. Shows good retention and leaves nice lace behind.

S - Smells of roasted wood, char, and mellow vanilla. Some coffee and dark fruits sneak in as well. Good but not great aroma.

T - Big campfire smokiness covers the other flavors from the nose. Very bitter for the style. Sweetens as it warms as dark fruits and chocolate emerge. The conglomerate of flavors works very well.

M - Carbonation is light, combining with the medium body for a creamy feel. The initial bitterness of the char drys the palate, but this phenomena dwindles more with each sip.

O - Found this one on a recent beer run to State Line Liquors in MD. Not a brewer I am used to having access to, so I picked up a few of their offerings. This one was toasty and bitter, which I enjoyed. Improved considerably as it warmed and new flavors joined the party. I really enjoyed it and will get it again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown to black coloring with a thick, frothy, dense, tall, light brown colored head. The head retention is ridiculous...looks very tasty. Aromas of oak and char, with a subtle smokiness. Smells rich. Flavors are chocolate and apple sweet, with an oaky and earthy presence that keeps it balanced and avoids the cloying feels. Dark, roasted coffee is consistent throughout the palate. Rich, slick feel in the mouth with a slight smoke and nut aftertaste. The finish is crisp and bitter, with some of the coffee characteristics imparted for a while on the palate.

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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