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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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very good

1,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 292 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheStove
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an aged (roughly 2 years) bomber into a tulip for a couple of servings. Pours an excellent inky black with a light mocha colored foam. Smells of deep and diverse malt flavors with hints of dark fruit and a slight bit of coffee

Drinks a diverse and somewhat bitter yet slightly thin (could be a temperature thing) malty beginning which gives way to a hop snap and finishes with some rich malt and light coffee flavor. Some lingering bitterness helps enforce the coffee taste.

think I let this one mellow but it is still a delicious stout

Photo of TSJ4000
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a huge Stout fan and I was eagerly awaiting my Dark Truth Stout experience. The color and the head poured marvelously but the taste was lacking something. A great beer, but to be picky I think it was lacking that "it" factor so many other stouts have. I don't think it is terribly different from the Boulevard Stout, just a little higher malt content and, therefore alcohol content.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Naugros
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout has amazing head retention! Mocha in color with darker edges, rising a good inch above the dark body, reducing and holding at half an inch and, if poured carefully you get the head over the lip of the glass.

Piny hops and mildly roasted malts share the spotlight with dark fruit esters and spicy phenols...exceptional balance but smells more like a Belgian dark than an America stout.

The first sip is an attack of bitter roast and it harshly lingers, but abates some as the beer warms. No sweetness here, even in the chocolate flavor, and the coffee flavor is like hash Greek coffee. A touch of smoke.

Silky smooth with a touch of ash in the finish. The mutli-layered flavor hides any hint of alcohol.

A complex brew to be sure and one to peak your interest, but the bitterness overshadows the other flavors, pushing them down into the darker recesses. Get past that and it's a really well-crafted beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black body with a thick off-white head.

Nose is a mix of dark malts, some cocoa, chocolate, sort of a brick and even ashy smokey smell.

Dark chocolate, very high cacoa level dark chocolate. Almost tastes like you’re drinking like a 95% dark chocolate milk or something. There’s a really strong, I’m not sure if I’d call it hop taste, it’s almost like this powdery grassy dark chocolate bitterness. But it’s not bitterness, it’s just very strong dark chocolate aftertaste. Like when you’re trying to get the taste of baker’s chocolate out of your mouth after regretting eating it. It’s not bad, it’s just that’s what it tastes like. A very strong aftertaste. It’s slightly woody and earthy. Actually a bit of tobacco taste, like munching on a cigar and eating dark chocolate at the same time. That’s what it is. I’m trying to get fruit flavors out of it, but even with some faint dark fruits, it’s overshadowed by the chocolate. Alcohol is completely hidden in this beer. Despite the big body which tells you it’s big, there’s no burn at all.

After the absolutely breathtaking Rye on Rye from Boulevard I was eagerly awaiting trying something else to see if it was on the same level. The Dark Truth Stout is solid, but honestly it doesn’t blow me away. Seems a little unbalanced.

Photo of siege06nd
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British pint...

A. Pours a dark black with a nice, thick, uniform head that effervesces between deep cream and dark brown. About a three finger head that settles to a half finger but has spectacular retention. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a big, bold, hearty looking stout, the kind I would expect to be served at the most rustic pub in Ireland. Top notch looking brew.

S. Really nice nose with milk chocolate, semi-sweet crumbles, dark fruit, coffee, some light brown sugar, and even some subtle hops.

T. Chocolate, coffee, dark cherry, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of peppery hop character. Some alcohol burn on the back end, but this is rich and assertive. A nice roasted chocolate and coffee finish. I don't want to play up the coffee too much, this won't be confused with FBS or WnB, but it's definitely in the background and augments the overall flavor very well. For a non-BA stout, this is great.

M. Only weak point of the beer for me and that is that it's just a bit too highly carbed which leaves it with a slightly lighter mouthfeel than I'd like. Would like this to be a little more cloying which would allow for more complexity to come through.

O. I would love to see what a barrel treatment on this would come out like. This is one of the best imperial stouts I have had. It packs a lot of flavor (and ABV) while still retaining a relatively light mouthfeel. While I think a thicker mouthfeel would improve the beer, I have to say I'm impressed at how smoothly this drinks at 9.7% and with this much flavor. Every now and then, a beer reminds of how powerful simplicity can be, when the trappings of bourbon barrel this and brett-fermented that are shunned for just doing it the old-fashioned way. Dark Truth Stout is one of those beers for me. Thanks, Boulevard!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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  rDev +0.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours pitch black with a huge tan head that bubbled over the glass. Great retention, clumpy lacing sticks everywhere.

S: Wood, char, smoke, chocolate, and esters of cherry and plum. slight tartness. The nose is a bit harsh, and doesn't make the beer seem very approachable or appetizing.

T: Estery up front with plum, currant, and cherry tastes. Deep roasted and burnt malt tastes dominate from there. Wood, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, char, and some acrid smoke. Fairly acidic with a slight tartness. Chocolate covered cherries. Leafy hop bitterness. Tobacco and herbs. Phenols. Bone dry finish of dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

M: Thick, chewy, and syrupy, but creamy and velvety at the same time. Ample carbonation lightens the body just enough to keep it from being oppressive. Astringent. Warming alcohol.

O: This was a one-and-done for me. The flavors at work here don't mesh very well. I find the burnt malt tastes and estery Belgian yeast to be at odds. The thick body makes this one a sipper, and it sits in the stomach like a rock. Might be good in or with a hearty stew.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,983 ratings.