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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

2,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 93
Gots: 303 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of innersanctum
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Dark Truth Stout is outstanding! After trying many stouts this season, I saved the best for last. Why, why did I leave this lone bottle in my cooler as many inferior bottles passed by, why?

DTS pours jet black into my tulip with bountiful head which does not dissipate. Rolling an ounce of this luscious liquid in the bottle produced a very creamy and frothy head. Interestingly the smell is mild compared with the big and complex taste, but there are some subtle notes of raisin and gentle smoke.

The taste is drop dead fantastic. This is big, full bodied beer, delicious malt, pine, hops, and subtle smoke greet your mouth, followed by light fruit at the front of the palate, and alcohal is present but it adds a layer of taste not like the pungency found in many beers with this level of ABV. Stronger flavors are balanced by Belgian yeast, subtle chocolate, and a touch of sour. The finish is a pleasent charchol/hop.

Overall one of the most inviting stouts out there, and a definate must on a cold winter night in front of a roaring fireplace.

Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter:

Pours a near pitch black with plentiful dense mocha froth to cap things off. Perfect lacing, like a timeline of tonight's drinking.

Crazy mix of aromas - burnt wood, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, subdued hops, subtle dark fruit, brown sugar.

The flavors are equally impressive - milk chocolate, charred oak, harsh vanilla, simple syrup.

This is a great beer. Tons of complexity, tons of potential in the cellar.

Photo of Massbmx
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Ash
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, midnight black beneath the dense, two finger mocha head that is very slow to dissolves leaving a thin, sticky lacing behind.

The aromas are amazing rich with roasted malt and Belgian yeasts as advertised with an underlying sweetness of dark fruits such as cherries.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers a hearty amount of roasted malt, just a touch smoked, and again offering Belgian yeasts with a more passive touch of dark fruits.

Medium to full in body with generous carbonation, perhaps more than I anticipated with a rich warming finish.

I am really impressed with this beer. The relationship between the rich roasted malts and generous Belgian yeasts works perfectly.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dry cocoa, dark fruit, raisins mostly, some sherry notes, burnt caramel.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, tan creamy head with ok retention.

T: Caramelized plum followed by dark chocolate leading to sweeter milk chocolate. Medium low, slightly spicy bitterness leads to additional soft dark fruits and additional chocolate. Finishes semi-sweet with just a touch of roast.

M: Medium full body, creamy as it warms. Medium low carbonation.

Quite dry and light for the style even though mouthfeel is solid. Fairly unique, better as it warms.

Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at room temperature. Pours a huge khaki head, 3 fingers, over a deep black. Head is a very frothy, cappucino-esque, head stays throughout the remainder of the beer, some lacing.

Notes of roast, strongly boozy, definitely some hops, dark fruit, figs and slight hints at chocolate.

Chocolate, cherry, red wine, subtle light roasted coffee, roast towards the finish, nice bitterness abounds throughout, finishes bittersweet, there is a smoky quality to it.

Relatively thick, smooth, nice finish.

A nice stout, good from start to finish and relatively unique.

Photo of swaghawk
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Greenleaf
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bright smoothness of a Belgian style. The malty sweet of a stout. Balanced and surprising.
In my Sam Adams glass, pours a huge head with large bubbles, quickly forms a soft pillow that almost falls down the glass leaving a lace on top. Dark black, typical looking stout.
The smell is amazing. Aromas of a barley wine, no, a tawny port, no, a strong belgian, and burnt sugar, and char-grilled fruit. I normally don't give an aroma this much attention, but this is one to remember. Very complex. If the taste is half as good...
And it is. Figs raisins and Quince at the front pull a wine like Cabernet note behind it finished by a bread like dryness, finished by a roasted smoky finish.
This beer proves, "Too much of anything is just enough." Belgian yeast. Roasted Malts. German Hops. Its a lot of flavors. And it works. The 9.7% alcohol wasn't even a consideration until the last drop was gone. And I found a bottle at my local Packy for $2.08?!? I'm going back to clear that shelf.

Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black pour with a large, dense medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving sheets of lacing everywhere. Never fully fades, a 1/4" head remains at all times.

S: A fruity stout for sure. I get plums, prunes and raisin. Some smoke. Finally the roasted malt with a little char.

T: Up front is the fruit from the nose. Raisin, prunes, plums and maybe even a little grape? Some roasted malt char followed by lots of smoke. Oddly smokey, like a big english porter.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth, creamy.

O: Unusual stout where the roasted malt isn't at the forefront. Lots of dark fruit and lots of smoke. No chocolate or coffee. It's not bad but I'm not a fan of smoked beers, and this is very smokey.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Steasy66
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Boulevard tulip

A- Jet black, huge spongy dark brown head with staying power.
S- A bit of roasted/smoked malt, but lacking in aroma overall.
T- Roasted malt, dark fruits, a little bitter and a tiny bit sour finish, alcohol is well masked.
M- Low carbonation, thin for this ABV, very drinkable.
O- Nice stout, but at this price point I would not buy this again.

Photo of jacobdensford
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,035 ratings.