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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

2,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 99
Gots: 328 | FT: 10
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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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black, nice tan head. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, hoppy, malty aroma. Taste is about the same but not as bitter as I was expecting (+.5) with a nice bit of coffee for a very nice tasting treat. This is a solid stout I will most definitely drink again.

Photo of thomismydad
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, Best by date 7/27/13. Poured this into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep dark black color. Bottle conditioned? Nice tight bubbled light tan head. You could definitely, "float a bottle cap on it". Lots of lacing sheets after the swirl. Definitely getting some alcohol feet.

S: Rich dark malts. Some dark chocolate. But mostly I am getting dark fruits: raisins and plums and prunes. It's almost like I smell Brett, strange. There is also some booze.

T: Delicious. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee and bitterness. This tastes much better than the nose would lead on. It's got a nice balance of flavors, centering on that dark chocolate note. I do get that booze though. This might stand to smooth out a touch with some age.

M: Full bodied for sure. Sipper, even at the lower ABV

O: This is a really solid RIS. Boulevard makes some delicious beers and this one doesn't disappoint at all. Can't wait to sample their RIS in the larger caged and corked bottle.

Photo of jhimstedt
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: black in color with 1/3 inch head, opaque, medium-high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and Bosco

Taste: creamy start, burnt malt and dark coffee middle with black licorice, dark fruit, and small alcohol burn at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter with slight sweetness

Overall: This one was a bit of a disappointment. It is my least favorite from Boulevard and probably the only one I would not buy again. This is not a bad beer, but not on the same level as the others in the Smokestack series. I do not think the flavors jump as much here as some of their other beers. Those who like stouts, this is worth a try, but is not my cup of tea.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of blackcompg
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Whoah, poured 3 fingers of rich mocha head, color of the beer is an opaque brown black. The ehad comes down to a thick cap in 2 minutes, and there is some lacing, but not very significant or noteworthy.

Smell - Molasses, dark ripe fruits, sweet smokiness, pumpernickel crust, soy sauce, and just a whiff of alcohol.

Taste - Starts rich thick smokey molasses, then dark fruits - plum and fig, sweet toasted breadcrust, rich roasty black coffee, then bitter toasted grains and peppery hops. The belgian yeast flavors become a bit more prominent in between sips.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium to full mouthfeel beer until mid-sip, where some pretty stron carb foams across your entire tongue. I would really like less carb here, but at least it is foamy and smooth, not harsh and scraping at all.

Overall - There are some nice flavors here for sure, but the higher carb is a bit off-putting, and doesn't seem to match very well for the style. Probly worth a try, but I won't seek this one out again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 7/27/13, into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Chrispoint for throwing this one my way.

A: Gorgeous: black body beneath a towering 2" head of dense, creamy dark tan foam. Terrific retention, tons of lace. The carbonation might be just a bit too much for the style, but who doesn't love such a dramatic-looking beer?

S: Chocolate-covered raisins up front, with deeper coffee and char notes following close behind; substantial smoke. Very nice indeed.

T: Much more dark fruit here than on the nose, with the Belgian yeast delivering plum and even grape along with the prominent raisin. Dark chocolate plays a major role midway through, with alcohol and pure roastiness closing things out intensely - almost harshly. It's enjoyable, but not terribly impressive.

M: Frothy, highly carbonated medium body. Nice and lively, although a bit more body would have been welcome.

O: Good, not great. I like the fruit and chocolate notes, but the booze is definitely over the top for a sub-10% stout. There's certainly some potential for improvement with age, though. Well worth a try.


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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not quite pitch black, big brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. No complaints here.

S - Belgian yeasty funk. Nots of plums, figs, apricots, black cherries. A slight aroma of milk chocolate. Slightly sweet. Smells even better as beer warms. Beautiful nose.

T - A cauldron of seemingly contrasting but in reality very complimentary flavor combinations. Bitter dark chocolate and roasty notes mesh very well with dark fruit, cherries, figs and plums. The barnyard mustiness from the belgian yeast comes through at the end. Some smoked woodiness. Finishes dry.

M - Some velvety smoothness here people, never a bad thing. Expands to pleasant froth as its swirled around my mouth. Moderate carbonation feel and medium bodied. Wonderfully crafted.

O - Excellent belgian style stout, and with the hardly noticeable high alcohol presence potentially dangerous.

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of mgroothuis
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid black pour and deep khaki head, 1.25" in depth. Aroma of heavy, deep roast. Doesn't lean chocolate or coffee, a light smokiness to the aroma.

The light smokiness is there on the palate as well, extremely dry stout here, one of the only dry double stouts I can think of. Quite well done frankly, and the fact I can score this for $10/4pk all the way in Oregon? Nice, very nice. This is probably the best Boulevard beer I've had. The alcohol is a little pronounced, but not really for just being a hair under 10%. Its just that the beer is so dry, that you can easily feel the alcohol, but it isn't the type that saddles you with it during the drinking experience.

Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an inky jet-black with an enormous mocha head that lasts a while and laces well.

lots of dark roasted malts with some fruity esters and coffee/bitter chocolate aromas.

typical roasty stout flavors that bring in a bit a belgian yeast character (fruity esters, banana, spice). At times it drinks like a Belgain Strond Dark Ale, at others it tastes like a roasty Imperial Stout. Lots of flavors, though they never quite mesh into an exceptional singular flavored beer. great? yah. exceptional? almost, but not quite.

almost full-bodied with a touch too much prickly carbonation, but a smooth finish.

mmm. A wonderful brew, and a great value when bought in 4-packs. very flavorful, a slight bit boozy, but it stays well in the background to the plethora of flavors in this beer.

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Koufax21
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Falls black with a mocha brown head. A nice 1 1/2" head sits and mellows nicely. Sweet roast. Brown sugar, molasses. Awesome. Silky smooth. What a great beer. I love how they decided to go with the 12 oz. Great offering.

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.