Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 86
Gots: 286 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of grover37
1.98/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Whip In of Austin in April, so this bottle is about 7 or 8 months old. I think I picked up a four pack for around $9. Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (5): Very dark brown with reddish-brown around the edges. An aggressive pour produced about three fingers of dark creme colored head. This settles to a pretty thick layer and leave a thick coating of lace all the way around the glass.

Aroma (2): Dark, dark roasted malts and a weird soy aroma. The soy mixes with ethanol and isn't very pleasant at all. The chocolate and mocha notes are there if you dig, but the booziness dominates.

Taste (1.5): Surprisingly thin and watery for its ABV and devoid of the strong, roasty flavors I expect. I drink some water to make sure it's not me, but that doesn't help. I don't remember it being like this fresh either, so perhaps this is a bad bottle (?). Dark chocolate up front which gives way quickly to an overwhelming heat (and that soy again) that leaves gasoline on my breath. The finish is nice and roasty with a touch of char, but this only kicks in several seconds after the burn subsides. A touch of pine as well makes this the most enjoyable part, but this just does not taste right.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Fairly smooth and light. Medium to heavy bodied and medium carbonation. Probably not as heavy as I would expect and definitely higher carbonation.

Overall (2): Pretty disappointing as the owner of Whip In hyped this beer to me and the first two bottles fresh weren't nearly as bad (iirc). Maybe it just doesn't age well (?) or my palatte is just off today. I'll re-visit this in a couple months with the last bottle and change my review if necessary.

Photo of CrookedStill
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Dogfish signature glass.

Pours black with a 1 finger thick mocha head that slowly falls.

Aroma is lots of roasted malts and chocolate upfront. Dark fruit and a bit of coffee in the background.

Lots of caramel/toffee with dark fruit. Coffee also present but lots of sweetness. Slight warming trace of alcohol towards the end but finishes sweet.

On the thin side and with med/high amount of carbonation.

The aroma and appearance is really where this one shines and I really enjoyed the dark fruit aspect of this one. That being said I remember it being better. While not a "bad" brew the sweetness and mouthfeel are really too much to overlook. Too sweet with a thin mouthfeel that has way to much carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black, dark brown when held to the light. Decent head, not much lacing.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, wood char.

T: Definitely a Belgian style stout. Chocolate with lots of dark fruits: Plums, raisins, figs. A little licorice sweetness. Cherry and grape skin in the middle with astringent wood coming in the finish. Very dry. Reminds me a lot of Odin's triple, just without the depth and not as astringent.

M: Fairly thin body and heavily carbonated. Seems more appropriate for a soured stout/BSDA, even so, just too thin and bubbly.

O: Not bad, though it really isn't all that memorable.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beagle75
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of diminishing beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark vinous fruit and fermented grain are clean. Roasted qualities are neutral, suggesting neither chocolate nor coffee. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with sharp acidity standing out early and suppressing other flavors. Earthy roasted malt is heavy on the palate as acidity fades into the middle where mild shoyu is dark and comforting. Strong dark minerality continues to carry earthy qualities into the bitter finish, where trace amounts of dried plum fruit are found at the edges of the palate. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, biting acidity and some astringency are felt on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This dark and roasty imperial stout is derailed early by unruly acidity that depletes the best of its other qualities. Textures are also undermined by the presence of acidity, although the heavy viscosity shows potential. It is saved from being categorized as unappealing by the pure roasted qualities that linger favorably on the palate after acidity has run its course.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sweet glass bottle that says boulevard brewing. Pours black and similar to a Guinness. Super nice brown head and lacing. Smells like roasted malt and dark fruits. Tastes the same but with some sweetness. Dark fruits and lotsa roasted malt dominate with Belgian spices and yeast. The hint of smoke is just perfect. More than that makes me sick. The only thing wrong with this beer is the feel. Too thin. Tasty tho! Very drinkable.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a motor oil black with a nice thick dark tan head.

S: The beer has a nice coffee and chocolate scent. I also get a little alcohol burn on the nose.

T: The beer is actually very weak at first and then over time, the flavors start to kick in. It has a lot of roasted malt and coffee flavors. I get a bit of alcohol too. I am also getting a weird hoppy taste that is masked by the roasted taste.

O: I was expecting a little more from this beer. It is a very solid Imperial Stout and I am not bashing it, but it just needs a little more work to be perfected. Other than that, it is a very good beer and I enjoyed it a lot.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a cellar temperature, capped, 750ml-looking 12oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter (probably my favorite impy stout glass). Emerges pitch black without a trickle of light and is topped by a massive dense, rocky, foamy, cappucino colored head. Looks as if I could rest a silver dollar on top of the froth!

Aroma is full of dark roasted grains, raisins, tobacco, plums, figs, and a little bit of chalky alkalinity. Hints of coffee.

Flavor was much less impressive than the look and aroma of this one. Quite fruity with most of that roastiness gone and replaced by sweet figs, brown sugar, molasses, minimal coffee. Salty and slightly tobacco like. The beer is not sweet but is balanced very well with hop bitterness. Oily yet dry.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, almost watery. Was hoping for more juice and substance. Slightly chalky, which is fine.

I would say this one is kind of middle of the road for the style. I have had much better and have had far worse. I wouldnt necessarily seek this one out but it was nice little treat on this warm, 65F Thanksgiving afternoon.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing : Dark Truth Stout

Appearance: The deepest of ambers bordering black with a large off white foam that leaves some lace and has excellent staying power.

Smell: Roasted malts, coconut, vanilla, and very enticing. Familiar, yet hard to pinpoint aromas of chocolate, coffee and alittle alcohol as it approaches room temperature.

Taste: Rich flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits (raisen, date, fig) and earthy wood notes. Belgian yeast is employed to yield the subtle fruityness accompanying the roasted English malts. Hop bitterness is modest but present.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and somewhat creamy. The Belgian yeast could be a leading factor to the dryness of this stout.

Overall: A very impressive, complex stout from Boulevard Brewing Company located in Kansas City Missouri. Some may consider this a Belgian Stout, as it has many hallmarks of the style.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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