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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

2,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 100
Gots: 349 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 2,133 | Reviews: 644
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a darn good stout, but this is my least favorite of the smokestack series beers so far. pours a heavy looking chocolate syrup color, with some shine and a smallish tan head. the smell is burn malt and oak, not a lot else really happening, some coffee back there somewhere. flavor is a bit more bold than the nose, plenty of earthy malt, sweet cocoa, and espresso beans. its big but not undrinkably big. mouthfeel is quite heavy, thick liquid without much carbonation makes it kind of a slow sipper. the alcohol is well hidden, but the buzz is not. to be fair to this it was not anywhere near my first beer of the day, but its not nearly as good as the other smokestack beers in my opinion. worth a try, but not before the sixth glass or double-wide, thats for sure.

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
best before stamp 04/28/13

pours a dark, cola-brown; sits a solid black. aggressive pour yields a creamy, fluffy 2" head; very good retention and lacing. nose is decent; not especially bold and fairly standard for the style. dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. maybe a hint of dark fruits.

taste is an improvement: more full of flavor and, frankly, tastier than i suspected judging from the aroma. the chocolate, coffee, and roastiness are all there, along with molasses, dark fruits, a hint of spice and a little char. creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

overall a really good stout. with so many worthy competitors in the style that line the shelves, it's not one i'll be bending over backward to try again. but i'd certainly be up for it.

(originally reviewed: 09-13-2011)

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Final bottle from gift set that includes glass. Been a good deal so far and I expect the same for this one.
Best buy date still a couple of years out.
Very dark with no light showing through. Rather large dense head.
Dark somewhat heavy roast with a slight tartness, slight vinous and a bit of fruit. In time a bit of smoke appears. A touch of alcohol
RIS in flavor profile. Rich dark malts, definitely, and they fill the palate. Extremely long finish with soft malt bitterness and dark grains lingering. Hop flavor of German type as noted on bottle - soft spicy quality. Nice roast and dark fruit flavors. Towards the end a little shot of alcohol appears - previously not noted so much.
More carbonated than expected or generally desire for style, yet somehow not distracting or bothersome in any manner tonight. Solid moderate feel enhance some by the bubbles.
Not quite an easy drinker for an RIS, but on the easier side of the spectrum. Good solid, interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of ao125
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, almost exactly like the one pictured on the label.

Appearance: Really dark, almost black. Poured about four fingers of head that finally sank to about one, after 5min.

Smell: Funk (presumably from the Belgian yeast), chocolate, coffee

Taste: Sour? But not like brett sour... I'm guessing from the rye in the grain bill? Bitter black chocolate. Not pleasant, but not altogether unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: About what I'd expect from a good beer. Not too thick, but not too thin.

Overall: This beer drinks like a robust porter... but it's not what I expected when I read the description from the brewery. The rye and Belgian yeast underscore the chocolate overtones and make the beer taste like you're drinking a really dark chocolate bar... which is great, unless you're like me and you're a milk chocolate person.

I've heard this beer called "A poor man's Black Metal" but I'm not sure where the "poor" part comes in, since this is $11 for a 4-pack.

This is another one of those beers I can tell is a well made beer - but it's just not a beer that's made for me... and that's okay. I can live with that. I just don't think I'll be buying any more of it. I'd like to try some of their other beers though.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a almost pitch black completely opaque with a light brown creamy head. 2 finger head lasted around 10 minutes, before leaving a thin layer that clung extremely well to the sides. Aroma at times was a sugary sweet lactose sugar, a creamy milk chocolate, and a smokey smell as well. Taste started off a burnt bitter, and changed to a slightly sticky sweet, akin to a thick barleywine. Felt dead on. Coated very well with just a touch of carbonation. Pretty much how I look for a stout to feel. Over all, a good beer. Flavor was a bit off compared to the rest of it, that kept it down a smidge.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of KZE80
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, a beautiful black. Tan head, one finger.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, spice, smokiness, and some fruit. Smells like a big, majestic stout.

T - Not a big majestic stout, but not a bad beer. The nose is better than the taste. Roasty malt and fruit dominate. Hops on the early finish.

M - Has the creaminess you'd expect from an Imperial Stout. Wonderful.

Overall: Not a disappointment, not overwhelming. But a good stout. If you enjoy stouts it can be appreciated.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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