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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 239 | 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:
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 Fenris244


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours black with a thick 2 finger tan head, great retention and lacing.

Spicy belgian yeast, that's an odd smell from what I'm used to from a stout but it works well with the big coffee and caramel aromas. Smaller chocolate notes and a bit of a fruit aroma from the yeast.

Chocolate comes through a lot stronger than I would have expected, the yeast imparts a slightly fruity flavor. Coffee flavor comes through on the finish, licorice comes in on the finish as well. 

Stupid smooth, the alcohol was present and warmed the palate, heavy in body but not syrupy

Overall more solid beer from boulevard, great sipping beer and an even better stout

04-11-2011 02:06:44 | More by Fenris244
Photo of AgentZero


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

A - Black stout with a finger of nice brown head that had fine bubbles. Nice retention.

S - Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, booze, and some belgian fruit notes. This is just never a style I've been able to appreciate. It smells okay, but isn't necessarily something I feel like drinking a ton of.

T - Earthy, cocoa, burnt malts, alcohol, belgian notes and fruit. It's a decent example of the style, but it's just not a style I like. Taste is solid, but gets a little hard to drink as it is pretty loaded with a lot of flavors.

M - Creamy, full bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

O - A solid beer, maybe this is just one of those styles that shouldn't be made or just isn't particularly enjoyable.

04-06-2011 04:15:30 | More by AgentZero
Photo of DoctorDog


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "BEST BY 07/09/11" printed on the neck of the bottle. Thanks to beveritt for providing his human beer mule services.

A- Dark mahogany/black and opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of brown head, which gradually dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasty, earthy, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit to go along with the belgian notes.

T- Extremely earthy bitterness right off, with a bit of roastiness / smokiness. Dark fruits with a bit of sourness. Some light booziness on the finish.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

O- Decent. Nothing to get excited about, but a fairly interesting, decent beer that comes off almost more like a strong dark ale than a stout to me.

Future outlook: Happy to have tried and not one I'd reject, but not available here, and not one to seek out.

04-06-2011 03:02:04 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of Boto


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz. bottle: This one pours a dark, inky opaque brown color. There was a finger of a dense, dark beige head on it. It lingered and left some lacing. Good aroma of mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe some espresso too. The taste is very good. Only a little bit of sweetness to it. A nice blend of roast, chocolate and bitterness are the main flavors. I'm picking up some faint fruits, but they are hard to discern exactly what they are. Alcohol is well hidden. Touch of dryness to the finish. Nice.

04-03-2011 01:23:21 | More by Boto
Photo of billab914


3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

Batch number 2010-1. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth glass. It poured black in color with a thick, rocky, frothy, tan head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of sweeter, chocolaty and malty flavors to it. I get a bit of a brown sugar and molasses flavor to it along with some milky chocolate. Just a hint of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors to it.

The taste starts out with a lot of the sweeter, malty, brown sugar and chocolate notes that I was picking up in the aroma. it has an almost sugary flavor at first. Midway I start to get some of the roasty, bitter, slightly burnt flavors coming through. It finishes with a bit of a sweeter, dark fruit character to it, with a little bit of a yeasty spice as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style, as is carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not one of the better Imperial stouts in my opinion. It leaned a little too much on the sweet, sugary notes and didn't have enough roasty, bitter ones to support it. The finish was interesting with some of the fruity, spicy notes to it. It was an enjoyable beer overall but not an outstanding one of the style.

04-02-2011 01:39:17 | More by billab914
Photo of grittybrews


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a near-black into a tulip with two fingers of quick-receding dark mocha head. Busy aroma with sweet caramel and roasty chocolate, hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and a slight boozy warmth.

Somewhat high carbonation and a surprisingly light, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and dark fruits up front with lots of caramel malt, some gentle Belgian spice, and a roasty/bitter hop bite to the finish.

This stout has a nice if somewhat jumbled complexity. Love the Belgian yeast element -- kind of like a quad crossed with an imperial stout. Glad it's now available in the 12 oz bottles, as the sweetness limits the drinkability somewhat (although the higher ABV is well-masked).

04-01-2011 04:34:01 | More by grittybrews
Photo of lawlerj


3.85/5  rDev -3%

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

Appearance: pour dark, viscous, three finger dark brown/tan head, lingers, opaque

Smell: dark, strong alcohol smell, coffee, hint of chocolate

Taste: coffee & chocolate, slight bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, grows as it get closer to room temperature

Drinkability: easy drinking to start, struggled to finish by the end of the bottle. Still very good and enjoyable - wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.

03-30-2011 18:20:30 | More by lawlerj
Photo of alpinebryant


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a heavy dark tan head that lasts for a long while.

Smell of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a bit of smoke

Taste of sweet cocoa, some sweet herby spice flavor going on with dark roasted malts, a bit of smoked malts and a slightly ashy aftertaste along with a sweet lingering sugar presence. There is a nice finish to this and I would even say it has a bit of a belgian yeast finishing taste to it. Overall pretty good stuff

Medium body, not fully attenuated with tons of cocoa and a light carbonation.

03-26-2011 18:51:54 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of jlindros


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to all three of these traders, duff247, AttitudeBrew, Optimator13. THis was one of the recent batches in the 12-ish oz bottles.

Darker creamy head 1 finger with lacing, pitch black color.

Nose of stout like black patent, roasty, earthy bitter roast, light roast light chocolate, roasty malts and light ethers and woody ethers, light caramel,

Taste light smoke, earthy charred malts, black patent, roasty, bitter earthy malts and hops, chewy malts, light minerality gets a bit salty, light caramel, light creamy, light earthy hops. Finish is drier with lingering malts, bitter stout and bitter hops. A touch of warming booze.

Mouth is med to little heavier bodied decent carb.

Overall decent, nice dark stout flavors, nothing crazy but a good tasting stout.

03-26-2011 18:49:41 | More by jlindros
Photo of WoodBrew


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

OOOHHH SH%T! What an awesome STOUT! I love chocloate stouts that have a creamy smooth body...kinda like the way I like my women! But I digress....The color is dark...like dark chocolate, the head is tan and creamy which yield a nice lace. The aroma is a mix of sweet chocolate and booze! The high ABV detracts from teh mouthfeel, but it is a very good beer. No way to session this bad boy unless you want a huge hang-over. Try this beer with some chocolate, brownie or cookie....BOOOYA!

03-26-2011 01:27:44 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of isualum12


2.73/5  rDev -31.2%

Picked up the 750 with caged cork. Really cool looking bottle. I have been decently impressed with Boulvard up to this point so I grabbed this bottle for a good price.

Batch 2010-1, Best by of January, 2013.

A: Really dark. A 3 finger head. Couldn't pour a 16 with out some crazy overflow with out being really careful. This was a.OK. with me.

S: It is rich with a medical alchol smell almost. I can smell the bourbon in it as well.

T: First impression was gross. I was really surprised. It is accually the carbonization and aftertaste that gets me. I really was not to excited after first taste. Their is a strong smoke flavor coming through on the ring of flavor. Caramel comes in light.

F: massively over-carbonated.

D: wouldn't go out of my way for another bottle, just not for me.

03-26-2011 00:56:53 | More by isualum12
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.73/5  rDev -6%

"Deep is the well of truth and long does it take to know what has fallen into its depths."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Batch 2010-1. Closer to mahogany than ebony, with a frothy crown of mocha colored foam that filled well more than half the glass on the pour. The lid looks good as it melts and is deserving of some (small amount of) praise in the lace deposition department.

The aroma is classic American double stout, with a mixture of both dark chocolate and coffee, born of chocolate and roasted malts. Malted rye and chocolate rye aren't yet appreciated, but may be on the palate. Hallertau Tradition hops are buried as well.

Even though Dark Truth Stout can't hold a candle to Boulevard Imperial Stout, it's still a pretty good example of the style. It's a shame that the bigger beer is a Limited Release, while DTS is year-round. Oh well, at least this offering comes in 4-packs now.

The flavor profile doesn't have the depth of roasted maltiness and the intensity that is expected of this style. On the other hand, the rye adds an interesting earthiness that almost makes up for it. This brew is most reminiscent of an Imperial Irish dry stout that features a heavy dose of rye and an intriguing spiciness from... somewhere.

The mouthfeel could use more ballast and the bubbles don't inject enough creaminess. Neither is a deal-breaker, but both could be improved. More barley would be a great place to start.

The dark truth is that Dark Truth Stout is disappointing relative to expectations. That's what Boulevard gets for creating Imperial Stout, one of the best Imperial stouts in the Midwest. This is pretty good beer, but there are too many better choices for it to be a repeat purchase.

03-24-2011 12:53:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Oneeighthcuban


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

A: Dark, rich color with a tannish head that dissipated quickly. Looks inviting!

S: Complex smell, coffee smell with a hint of smoke coming through. Pretty appetizing smell.

T: Something is lacking. Finishes with a hint of smoke. Roasted coffee type flavors, very strong. Aftertaste is enjoyable. I think the taste is not quite as smoky or complex as the smell seemed to indicate.

M: Dry, I think the mouthfeel takes something away from the beer.

Overall, I like the complexity and smell but the mouthfeel totally ruins this beer for me.

03-23-2011 04:22:31 | More by Oneeighthcuban
Photo of Sweasty


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Boulevard has done some great and interesting things with their smokestack series. This brings us to their entry into the world of Belgian stouts, Dark Truth Stout. This beer pours a nice shade of black. Dark Truth clocks in at a shade just above black hole. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers of dark khaki head. Head settles to a ring somewhat quickly. A fair amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is packed with complexities. Roast characters pop first. Coffee and coco notes standout. Some Belgian yeast hits next. Spice and phenols dominate. A light bubblegum note is present as well. More complexities still pop. Plenty of caramel and toffee notes present. Some light floral notes from the noble hops round things out.

The taste is no less complex. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Plenty of dark bready notes. Some medicinal notes hit next. That's followed by some dark rum and fig qualities. Caramel and toffee present as well. This is quite the sweet stout. Hints of spicy rye show up as well. A creaminess comes through from the oats. Floral and grassy hop notes round things out. The finish is semi drying, with a lingering charred coffee quality and a kiss of alcohol in the breath.

Dark truth is full bodied, smooth, and creamy on the palate.

Still not quite sure what to make of the Belgian Stout. This particular stout is quite sweet. It's sweeter than most imperial stouts, or Belgian ales. Boulevard has done an amazing job at hiding the alcohol of this brew. The 9.7% abv is almost nonexistent. This one dangerously drinkable brew. I am not sure I am fully on board with the Belgian Stout. Nonetheless Boulevard has crafted another tasty and highly drinkable brew. Another worthy addition to the Smokestack series.

03-23-2011 02:49:48 | More by Sweasty
Photo of seeswo


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours black with a tan head. Looks almost oily. Bump for the nice looking bottle and for it being 12 oz's. Smells of roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is similar, but the Belgian Yeast jumps in as well. Ends with some hops and a touch of smoke. Both the taste and the smell are decent, but unspectacular. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and rich with aggressive carbonation (a burping beer - should be toned down, imho). In general, this beer is somewhat interesting, but nothing special.

03-21-2011 03:50:21 | More by seeswo
Photo of bump8628


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pitch black with a thick mat of airy foam that holds steady.

Lots of roast, burnt sugar, fig with fruitiness added from the Belgian yeast. Plenty thick with some booziness boasting its strength. Hops go spicy at first but are ultimately washed away in the onslaught of other flavors.

Well done Belgo-imperial stout. If the flavors could harmonize a bit more this one would be even better.

03-17-2011 21:39:25 | More by bump8628
Photo of mgbickel


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a really cool 12 ounce bottle...a miniature version of the big boy...into a Duck Rabbit snifter. The aggressive pour yielded a massive 2 fingers of thick, sandy head. The body is black as night; absolutely no light getting through this.

The nose has a lot more dark fruits than I expected...they combined with roasted malts and coffee. Something almost medicinal is hiding in the background.

Wow...the flavor is really similar to the nose...roasted malts give way to the belgian yeast, which creates an odd (electrical tape) taste. You can also pick up coffee and something spicy...maybe even clove-like.

Medium mouth feel, a little oily and well carbonated.

Pretty darn drinkable that's for sure...the odd combination of the belgian yeast & roasted malts give this a unique, yet complex flavor.

03-17-2011 16:52:43 | More by mgbickel
Photo of THECPJ


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, caramel, rich

taste: coffee, roast, black licorice, chocolate

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: I enjoyed this one a lot. A very rich beer glad it was shared otherwise it would of been one beer and one.


03-17-2011 16:30:37 | More by THECPJ
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Thanks to AlCaponeJR for this one.

Poured into my trusty Duvel glass. Nice thick head, almost brown mustard in color on top of pure darkness. So far it's met a very important criteria for me.

Nose of light coffee, a little malt/caramel sweetness and some chocolate bitterness with the hops.

A sip has a really great smooth boozy viscosity I demand from Imperial stouts. Dark lightly roasty caramel and chocolate sweetness, dark fruit and some of that 9.7% sticking it's head in.

Pleasant very light bitter finish and oh there's the 9.7 again with lingering carbonation tingle. This is right on. I had a few sips trying to get all the points, now it's time to let it warm up.

Glad I got two in my trade!

03-17-2011 00:26:41 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Dark Truth Stout is a solid blob of black that conceals all clarity and colour, except on the surface where mocha-tinted froth floats in abundance. This giant mop-like head looks like something you'd buy if you were building a car wash.

Belgian yeast seems an unlikely pairing for rich, smoky stouts but it proves consistently to be a wonderful companion, here again in this example. This overtly earthy, zestful strain, along with a notable pungent hoppiness, is as rousing as smelling salts and opens the sinuses better than any nose spray I've used. But the base needs more chocolaty richness.

Boulevard provides a very thorough account of the flavour profile on their wonderful website. Their descriptions of roasted malt, elements of dark fruit, coffee and sweet chocolate don't leave me with much else to say, except that the espresso and plum-like fruitiness seem to stick the longest and that the yeast contributes more than anticipated.

The 60 IBUs - a considerable but not monstrous amount, all things considered - is much more perceptible than in many higher gravity stouts, in part because of the spice and herbal pungency of the Noble hops, in part because of a shortage of sweetness to round it out and also in part to a very drying yeast whose abruptness accentuates the bitter finish.

This beer sat 14 months in the bottle before being emptied out. The brewery figured it could wait another 22, a generous assessment in my opinion, but who knows. At present it is no worse for wear, drinking with a silky mouthfeel and well disguised alcohol content. The bitterness in its hops and the fiery zest of its yeast are both alive and well.

A high gravity stout fermented with Belgian yeast is an oddly tangled web which is often difficult to navigate. Unlike, say, a plain stout or Belgian ale, nothing about it is standard or straightforward. Kudos to Boulevard for transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. And kudos to Sam for sending it my way! Much enjoyed.

03-13-2011 20:03:20 | More by biegaman
Photo of nasty31


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

A- Pours a solid black. Two finger creamy brown head with great lacing.

S- Strong smoked malt smell with scents of sweet chocolate and coffee in the background. Also has a slight smell of some sort of fruity hop smell.

T- Very sweet up front with a chocolate taste, ending with a very strong coffee after taste mixed with some fruit.

M- Medium body and smooth going down with a mild alcohol burn.

D- Very well bodied smoked stout. The Belgium yeast really brings out the fruitiness in this which im not sure i am to fond of. Overall its a good one to have ever now and then. Wouldn't drink more then one a year

03-11-2011 06:53:10 | More by nasty31
Photo of mdaschaf


3.93/5  rDev -1%

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to lnashsig for this bottle!

A: Poured a dark black, cannot see through it at all. A very nice mocha colored head formed, about two fingers in size and very thick.

S: Coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, and belgian yeast.

T: Heavy coffee flavor, dark chocolate which is very intense. Some dark fruits in the middle with coffee on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Pretty drinkable, love that it comes in the 12oz bottle, as a 750ml would be a tough task.

03-10-2011 17:43:13 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of readbaron


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a fairly viscous deep and murky black with a generous (3 finger) dark mocha head that fades.

S - Initially there's a whiff of banana and belgian yeast - but that goes away and is replaced with some coffee, burnt malt, and alcohol.

T - It's too carbonated for my taste - the carbonation hides a lot of flavor. Underneath it there's quite a bit of alcohol burn and a bit of coffee, malts, and banana/dark fruit. Unusual. Not unpleasant, but not great either.

M - tons of carbonation. Too much for my tastes. Otherwise, quite nice - creamy - thick and dry.

03-07-2011 01:22:37 | More by readbaron
Photo of gatornation


3.93/5  rDev -1%

from 120z bottle best by 101911

A- pours a pitch black color with an ever so slight cherry tweak in it..the head was big and tan with chunky lacing as i sipped it it just clinged to the glass... it looks great

S- roasted malts,chocolate,cocoa some citrus and an almond(cherry fruit) smell

T- roasted malts are blended with chocolate,then some floral/citrus hops ,with some nice belgian yeast,..this seems to offset some bitterness and really smooths this out..

M- is smooth and creamy ,just a touch of bitterness a little wood/oak and just the right amount of heat/warmth

D- good drinkability from the yeast makes for a velvet smmoth stout

03-06-2011 01:10:05 | More by gatornation
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Super huge thanks to rschne13 for the amazing extra.

a - Poured the 12oz bottle into my darkness snifter. The pour was a stunning deep rich brown that turned deep oily black in the glass and generous 2+ finger head built in the glass. Inviting is a word that I use a lot, but this one is downright standing there with the open door wagging a piece of meat to get you in the door. Gorgeous lacing once I started drinking it.

s - Roasted malts with a touch of sweetness and pepper. Soft subtle charred smoke in the background. Really clean and nice.

t - The smoke it certainly bigger in the flavor, but the roasted malts are just as present. I'm not really getting the plum-like fruitiness mentioned on the bottle too much, but I definitely do not mind...the smokey roasted malts are really tasty. The dark fruits come out a bit more in a creamy quad-like way as the brew warms.

m/d - Leaves a bit of a charcoalish smokey aftertaste. Very nice cooling tingle. This is a big beer though. I'm a fan of smoked beers and this one is fairly subtle in the smokiness. The roasted malts are pretty heavy. This is a beer to drink in front of a fire on a cold winters day. It's bold and beautiful and a MUST try for fans of big stouts.

03-05-2011 01:17:37 | More by cosmicevan
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.