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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

2,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,135
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 99
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: 2,135 | Reviews: 646
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been wanting to try this one for so long and just never gotten around to it. In fact, I have a Boulevard labeled snifter that I got as a present with a bottle of Dark Truth, but I let someone else drink the bottle because I had a wicked good IPA that night I was drinking. Anyway, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance – Nice blackness to the beer, you couldn’t see through this thing with a spotlight. Towering, intimidating dark tan four finger head which takes a while to settle down, leaving intense lacing on the entire glass. I couldn’t ask much more out of a beer’s appearance than that.

Smell – Wasn’t so wild about the smell here, but it improves as the beer warms and the head cools down a little. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, maybe some raisins or toffee.

Taste – Awesome dark fruit notes at the front of the sip can be detected once the beer warms some. This is certainly a beer that is not meant to be served very cold. After the raisin/plum taste, you get a smacking of dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee, finished off with a wallop of hop and alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Thick, highly carbonated, you will belch at some point while drinking this beer. Good thing for us it has plenty of alcohol, so a few is all that’s needed. Finishes dry, and although you can taste the alcohol, it’s not rude or overpowering. This beer is massive, big.

Overall – Impressive. The combination of flavors in this beer is just awesome. Boulevard has done it again, but I’m not shocked by that. It’s like this beer has two personalities…The first is at the pour, when you first bring it out of the cellar or fridge or whatever. The second emerges as the beer warms and the head cools off. Let this guy warm up before you serve or consume it, and it is much better than if it is too cold. When, and not if, I drink another bottle, I’m gonna let the head settle completely out before I even touch it. With a close to 10% ABV, you knock back a gang of these and end up in jail in no time. Excellent beer, kudos to Boulevard.

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

Thanks to JeepCop for this bottle...

A: Pours a completely opaque black with about one and a half fingers of dark khaki head. The foam takes awhile to settle, and leaves on a thin halo along the top of the beer.

S: This beer smells like roasted malt, burnt toast, smoke, black strap molasses, and licorice. There is a bit of sweetness that comes out as this beer warms up. I'm picking up mainly raisins.

T: I get hit right away with roasted malt and molasses. There is a definite burnt/smokiness up front that carries through to the finish. It raisins/stone fruits come in after. The combination is like drinking sweetened charcoal.

M: Full bodied beer. The flavors coat the palate, and some of them linger around for quite a bit. Some of the smoke/burnt toast flavors have to be chewed away. The finish is dry.

O: I think this is a pretty good beer, but I feel like a lot more could be done with it. Some of the stone fruit notes get lost in the intense chard nature of this beer.

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Bottle obtained from Binny's in the Chicago land area.

The first thing I notice about this bear is that the pour has such a HUGE head on it. Very foamy and tan colored, I expect good things to come...

Not too much to the smell, I sense this beer will be deceiving.

The taste is complex. Somewhat malty with a little bit of a hop kick after you swallow. The most prominent taste is probably that of a dark chocolate. This is a dark and heavy beer for sure so you do get the typical stout type flavors. As others have said this beer is not that sweet.

Overall this is a pleasant beer. Not the best I've had from this category but not bad either, I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard knocks it out of the park again with one of the driest and thickest stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. I'm a pretty huge fan of the stronger stouts (always on the lookout for a good RIS) but this is something entirely different. I'll elaborate in the breakdown:

A- "Dark Truth" is a very pretty beer. The bottle is elegantly shaped and designed, and the pour is smooth and syrupy. Almost no light (if any) gets through this stuff, and the head is massive and thick. As the level of beer lowers, a thick residue is left behind.

S- The smell is a notch below the appearance... as it only hints at the sheer massiveness of this beer as a whole. Mainly picking up dry hops and a burnt/smoky aroma. Pleasant, but not the beer's strongest point.

T- The taste here is just really big! The most unique thing about this stout is the nearly complete lack of sweetness. Unlike the cola/molasses so prominent in this style, "Dark Truth" exudes burnt chicory, salted licorice and a hint of citric acid. While I prefer a certain level of sweetness in my Imperial Stouts, there's really nothing bad I can say about the flavor here.

M- My favorite thing about this brew! The mouthfeel is amazing... Highly carbonated, but thick and syrupy. It soothes and coats as it slips down the throat, and then... it's gone, leaving only a delicious hop-bite on the back of the tongue. Delightful!

O- If you're among the legions of strong ale fans, you will adore this brew. It might not make your top 5, but it'll certainly leave an impression! At a modest yet hefty 9.7% this is a beer to sip and savor for an entire evening... Enjoy!

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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