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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,945 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
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 mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Best by 01/15/2014.

A: Nearly opaque with a monster thick and foamy cocoa head.

S: Plum, floral hops, roasted malt, and charred oak.

T: Quite a bit going on. Plum, roasted coffee, earthy hops, charred oak a hint of vanilla. Very nice.

M: Very creamy and smooth with quite a bit of alcohol warmth from the 9.7% ABV. The carbonation is perhaps a bit too noticeable at times, pairing with the plum to give a sparkling cider sensation with some sips. The sweetness clings a bit too long as well.

O: Very enjoyable stout. I don't like it quite as much as some of its barrel-aged brethren, but it is a strong entry to the field (and readily available here in Kansas City, thankfully).

tito42, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of MikeTurgeon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

MikeTurgeon, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A huge mocha colored cap rises to fill the glass, threatening to spill over, but retreats slowly to a thick layer of foam. Sip lines are prominent. The body is a deep brown with reddish edges.

Dark roast, plums, and a little bit of peaty smoke. Pretty straightforward aroma, not a ton of depth. Clean.

The flavor profile is a little more robust. Dark roasted malt comes in layers while the Belgian yeast strain adds some fruity notes of plums and cherry. There is a sneaky peat/smoke flavor that I really like. Alcohol is well hidden.

Once this hit room temp, the feel really filled up. Full, creamy body. A lingering bitter roast and peat flavor last for quite a awhile.

This is a nice stout, but it lacks some depth I would expect in an imperial/double. The Belgian yeast strain is a nice accent. Good beer.

This is an enjoyable stout

ColForbinBC, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev +0.8%

SHCC, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Crimsontider22, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

neckbracesub, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Brewers Haven Boise ID poured into my CBS snifter. Best before date of 4/28/13 is clearly labeled on the longneck.

A: Opaque black, dark and fairly oily, viscous with a good fingers worth of dark khaki head with decent retention.

S: Unique stout...burnt caramel, Belgian notes, lots of dark fruit and candi sugar, some plum fades and gives way to cherry and...Brett? There is a tartness here as it warms that reminds me of the wild yeast, faint lemon-citrus quality.

T: Roasty notes and that Belgian component (I;m not imagining it...there is definitely some kind of funk here)...finishes with a coffee bitterness. Flavors of milk chocolate, light fruitiness, candi sugar, dark fruits, and hints of alcohol. This is one busy beer.

MF: The tartness (perceived or not) cuts the mouthfeel a bit, other than that its textbook stout, good body, roasty dryness and bitterness.

O: Can't say for sure (as I'm not a Brett expert) but this was funky for a stout. Definitely still drinkable though, and surprisingly I liked the way the flavors worked together.

Scotchboy, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 09/08/13.

Poured into a tulip glass, and got tons of thick, khaki head, even from a pretty gentle pour. Pitch black body. Awesome crystaline lacing.

Very interesting smell. My first impression was that this beer's aroma almost has elements of plum brandy in it. Then, call me crazy, there was the smell of oily black olives. Under that, alcohol, and dark, roasty malt. A tad funky, I'd say.

A lot going on in the taste... my initial reaction: oh my. The bulk of the taste is made up of stone fruit, caramel, and rich, sweet dark roasted malt. The alcohol peaks through all the while, making this a great sipper. The finish is suddenly smoky, bitter, dry roastiness, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and definitely compliments the flavor profile. One downside to all these flavors is that you might get a little desensitized to it all. Also, the sweetness gets to be a bit much.

Otherwise, wow, maybe there really is something good about Missouri. I wish I could get ahold of more of this, but there's not much distribution on the East Coast. Darn.

troysoy2, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Donsmitty, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of LeoEnergy
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid black, thick, and smooth. A scattered, irregular and circular lacing.

S- Smokey aromas, fruity linger, bitter finish with some alcohol.

T- Starts with roasted malts, then a raisin and toffee balance and fruit follows: apple and fig; Finally an incredibly dry and savory finish. Some sugar sweetness seeps through at the end -attached to light alcohol (hard to notice).

M- A bit soft for a stout. Doesn't quite have a that powerful mouth-feel, but is well balanced between fruit, malt, bitterness and alcohol. Carbonation is perfect. Small bubbles fill the quota for a fruity and dry stout.

O- This beer is rich and yet soft. It has the right amount of roasted malts and yeasty/fruity character to balance a malty and bitter-dry finish.

LeoEnergy, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Twelve ounce bottle best by 10/27/13. Pours black with three fingers of creamy tan head. Real good retention on this one for it shows no signs of settling down.

Roasted malts on the nose with bitter chocolate and hints of grassy hops. Hints of leather and earthy aromas are very prominent. Roasted malts and leather on the pallet. Really a little more on the robust side on this one with some hints of bitter chocolate and grassy hops rounding it out.

The body is full and smooth with soft carbonation.

Overall really well done. Glad to see this guys in Mass.

Bendurgin, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black. There is a very large creamy tan head.

The aroma has some bitter chocolate, some tree bark/anise, lots of bitter malt. There is a hint of hoppiness noted also.

The taste emphasizes bitter chocolate, with some warming alcohol. This is pretty dry, with lots of roasted malt flavor.

This is full bodied, with a soft creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty decent. I would drink again.

andrewinski1, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. A very dark chocolate color with a two fingered head. The smell is a light chocolate with a hint of lemon.

The mouth feel is too pronounced- it's a bit overdone, and is the weak character of the beer. The finish is too alcoholic- the strong presence of additional flavors are needed to balance the alcohol. There seems to be a missing element to the beer- in general it's imbalanced. Too much alcohol from the start, no characteristic flavor and an overdone mouth feel.

The Boulevard Chocolate Ale( one of my favorites from the brewery) has the right balance of flavor and alcohol, which doesn't overpower the finish.

The beer does mellow with warming. A cold serving will bring out the alcohol.

Overall, a bit disappointing,- but it's a Boulevard beer, so it was worth sampling.

brureview, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

cheefdaddy1, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -24.4%

IdrinkGas, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of mookiam
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mookiam, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Thick and bubbly light tan two finger head. The body is solidly black.

S: Some roasted malt and a very light fruitiness. Frankly, much less aroma than I was expecting.

T: Opens with sweet, roasted malts, transitons to a smooth lightly sweet light malt, finishes with a bit of roast malt, slight sweetness and fruit, and finally dry hoppy bitterness.

M: A very high level of carbonation, and a much lighter body than I'd expect for an double/imperial stout. Alcohol is not distinguishable. Smooth but lacking in several areas.

O: To be honest this stout was somewhat disappointing. For a double/imperial stout, its a bit too sweet without enough bitterness to balance it, and lacks body. However, enjoyed it's wonderfully dry finish.

chanokokoro, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of thestranger99
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

thestranger99, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light shade of black and settled black. No light penetrating this at all. Dark mocha colored head. Nearly three fingers in height. Excellent body to the head as there is very slow fading to this. Great shape and retention to this. Just a bit of ABV legs on the sides of the glass. No lacing with amount of head with this.

S-- Smoke, oak, dark fruits, dark baking chocolate and a dry, earthy nose. ABV is very muted.

T-- Oak, dark fruits (stewed plumbs), smoke, dark, dry chocolate and coco powder. Slight bits of tobacco and leather. Very wine like.

M-- Dry is an understatement. Bone dry beer. Slight bits of dark chocolate covered cherry in the mid and back. Velvety in the front but chewy in the back. Some soft tannins in this as well. Solid stuff. Note score slightly adjusted as getting a bit of sour cherry.

O-- Fresh I bet this is quite sweet and probably a bit undrinkable. This bottle is 6 months past expiration and it is very well balanced. Gives the feel of an shiraz barrel aged beer. Very well melded with time. Must get more of this

mulder1010, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dragomni, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Icehalo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Icehalo, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Reed
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Reed, Mar 04, 2012
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.