Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,982 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,982
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 292 | 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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Photo of danmcg62
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep black color with an enormous (possibly due to the way I poured it) tan head. Excellent looking beer right here.

S-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mild coffee are right there with first whiff. Pretty much what you'd expect from this kind of stout.

T-Real sweet, chocolately flavor at first taste. Mild bitterness, spiciness from the hops come through in the after taste. Again, pretty much what you'd expect from this kind of stout.

M-Bitter, smokey, a bit chewy. Solid mouthfeel.

O-Overall I enjoyed this one. Nothing spectacular, but solid nonetheless. Solid drinkability and good flavor.

Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a silky almost black color with deep brown highlights, has a small layer of caramel colored head

S-roasted malts, bitter coffee, and a hint of molasses. Smell is good but could do with an extra oomph to make it great

T-taste is of deep roasted malt, heavy bitter coffee, and a burnt malt taste. A very slight smoky spiciness towards the end and a sweeter chocolate taste as the beer warms.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, leaves a dry roasted feeling in the mouth

Overall it is a good beer, very easy to drink as ABV is not over the top. Smell could be a bit more powerful but overall is a good beer that I am glad I tried.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 10/19/11. Pours thick black color with a nice 2-3 fingers of dense dark tan head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Fair amount of thick lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, molasses, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Some very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt malts, and licorice. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, burnt malt, coffee, caramel, smoke and some spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavor and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a decent sized warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. A little over the top on roasted flavors but I enjoyed this.

Photo of scratch69
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of coffee and dark roasted malt.

Taste- Coffee and dark malts dominate with hints of raisin toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with a crisp finish. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- A very enjoyable stout. I like the fact that you can't taste the alcohol despite the high content(almost 10%).

Photo of drtacks37
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap - DARK! Damn near black. Strong dark tan head. Good amount of lacing.

Ar - Smells heavy and chocolaty. Sweet. Smells like hookah tobacco.

T - FULL BODIED! Sweet, Sour, smokey, unique stout flavors.

A bit sour for my taste, but a good full-bodied stout. I would drink this again.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious looking 12 oz bottle caught my eye and made the ride home with me. Pours a deep brown color bordering on black with a huge fluffy tan head that shows moderate retention and mad lace. Smells roasty, chocolatey and dark fruity. Slight caramel and licorice and hints of yeasty esters round out the aroma. Taste is roasty, fruity, and Belgian like. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate mixed with a quad like fruity and yeasty Belgian character. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I normally don't enjoy "Belgian Stouts" but wow this one is very well done and very tasty. It seems to have just the right mix of stout and quad character to help me really enjoy it.

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

Dark Truth opens with a rich, malty nose that is not entirely what I normally expect from a stout. Still present here are the typical stout aromas--coffee, ash, chocolate malt--but these are comparatively light, and joined by a large sugary swirl that brings in heavy brown sugars and molasses, coffee cream, dark caramels, and some vanilla and fig. The result is enticing, reminding me of some of the more exotic flavored black coffees.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a fast jolt of tobacco ash and coffee grinds, very much in contradiction to the sugars present in the nose. These initial bitter, black flavors are not tempered by time, continuing to grow on the tongue and joined by chocolate and black malt flavors, as well as touches of anise and pepper. Some brown sugars do provide relief from the char, and a good hop-brought bitterness (60 IBUs) and grapefruit citrus zest also help temper the brew. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal a fuller fruit base, with figs and port wine flavors joining, somewhat oddly, white grape. A medium-strong alcohol bite growls at the edges, thanks to the 9.7% ABV, but is largely held in check. The aftertaste is a mouthful of delicious char, with some sugars remaining, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is good stout, and the dark fruit flavors revealed in later mouthfuls provide nice counterpoint to the initial coffee and tobacco ash bitterness. The mouthfeel is oddly light, given the strength of the flavors, and the ashy aftertaste can be a bit much, but this is still worth trying for stout-lovers.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours as black as you would expect with a nice frothy head. the aroma is great, coffee is the most overwhelming scent but also has some chocolate in the mix. The taste is good, but one thing about higher alcoholic content stouts is that you normally dont get the alcohol bite but with this one it is very powerful. It is almost too strong and takes away from the other flavors of the beer. Mouthfeel is nice and full, not watery at all. Overall i think it could have been a better if they had a less pronounce alcohol presence.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a dry coffee roast and a small sweetness. In the taste, a nice coffee roast and a sweet to dry small alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee like aftertaste. Nice stout, big coffee and hides the ABV well.

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with quite the tan foam head on top-almost too much carbonation took 3 pours to get it into my imperial pint glass. Deep roasted/espresso aroma. Very india ink like. Strong roasted and grain flavors. Sulfury and yeasty tasting. Plums/dried fruit/black currants. Nice full and somewhat smooth mouthfeel-lingering acrid bite to it. enjoyable enough. Lacks the smoothness and finesse to make it a bit more enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque brown, almost brown with a two finger of light, foamy, brown. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is dark fruits, chocolate and some booze.

T: Taste is coffee notes upfront before it tails off to some chocolate flavoring. Middle has an undercurrent of roasted malts nad dark fruit. Finish is where the dark fruits really take over- raisin, date and a good dose of caramel comes through.

M: Medium to slightly heavier bodied, medium carbonation, for a stout rather crisp and dry.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, good kick that is ok blended, decent representation of style.

Photo of coldriver
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with fluffy tan head. Alcohol, caramel, toffee, with the belgian yeast aromas coming through in the background. Plum, alcohol, smokey malt are the predominant tastes. Smooth for a 9.7% beer, with a dry finish. Honestly not a fan of mixing Belgian Yeast with non-Belgian styles but this one is interesting and well balanced. Probably wouldn't do it again but worth a try.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep black coffee pour with an espresso colored head, comes up to about a finger and a half before receding to a solid half that, if I’m not mistaken, lightens up in color but doesn’t show signs of dissipating. Lacing is delicate, but solid.

S - Belgian yeasts pop over an almost leathery, plum-like body. Sweet and savory scent. Hints of ripeness, sweet cherry, touch of dark roast.

T - Sharp roast and sweet yeasty tang dominate, but that barely scratches the surface. Taste runs deep, and develops long after a sip. Plum and cherry, bedded in bitter chocolate, are easy to discern, but to name sweetness like such sells the beer short. Underneath is a complex, dry malt profile. Roasted, toasted, and full of sharp bite. Citrus and pepper tie it all together. A constantly evolving beer.

M - A rich, dry stout. Creamy body, but finishes with a snap.

Overall - This is another outstanding example of what separates the Smokestack series from Boulevard’s other staple sessions and seasonals. Boulevard Dry Stout, for instance, is a fine stout - an equally fine stout to get in a six pack. Dark Truth, however, is like an upgrade worth spending time with. It’s characteristically dry, full, sharp. But the sweetness isn’t just a hint of sugar or cream, it’s an entire separate profile of ripe fruit, chocolate, and yeast. Dark Truth is a one-and-done sort of beer, a complex imperial to sip on.

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

This beer pours pitch black and completely opaque with a gigantic three inch brown head. The retention is very imnpressive.

The aroma is fine. Dark malt provides notes of chocolate and a sweet raw grain. There is a very floral note in there as well.

The taste is nice. There's definitely a big grain bill here and it provides notes of bitter chocolate, roasty grain, and a light burnt note.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a high level of very fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall it's a solid beer. Although I've strayed from bigger stouts in recent years, I am finding myself enjoying this beer quite a bit. The appearance is almost ideal to me. The flavor profile is basically what you would come to expect in a beer of this type, but it is just becoming common place. I love that for almost 10% ABV it's not boozey. I also think there is some fantastic subtlety that is lost on many palates. Solid, but it wouldn't show up on my best of list.

Photo of KELPAK
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Was the first i've tried from the Boulevard Brewary and i'm very impressed. Nice mocha finish to it and pours nearly black. Was extremely shocked by the alcohol content after first tasting the beer, certainly does not taste like a stout that contains 9.7% alcohol.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip; best by 7/27/13 - wow, I know stouts age well but this one must be pretty fresh. Deep, black body with no light getting through. BIG, four-finger mocha head, that, is much bigger in a stout than I expected. But, it does have good retention and lacing.

Excellent aroma: rich, dark malt and dark fruit dominate. But, accompanied by hints of chocolate and toffee and has the quality that I like to qualify as very inviting.

The flavor is a very good copy of the aroma with the dark malt, raisin, chocolate, and toffee flavors as well. A light smoky flavor blends in and a touch of bitterness from either the roasted malt or a bit of hops finishes the taste profile.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with a touch of the alcohol present. Solid stout that would very likely do well with age.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

4-packer from somewhere up north(or was it Philly?). Best By 10/19/11.

DFH rounded pint glass. Heavyhanded pour results in lots of sandy, dark tan-colored insulation foam on top of a black(on black) body. Sticky, archipelago-like lace.

Sniff. Lots of cocoa, raisins, & soft citrus upfront. Coffee, hazelnuts, lactose, & lots of heat on the back.

Roasty, charred sweetness. Ash. Earthy/minerally hops. Dry, bittergreen/rindy finish.

Constantly frothy. Average body. Moderate carbonation, but pretty acidic. A bit too hot for being under 10%.

A little tough.

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/19/11

A - Pours pitch black with two and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Still one finger of head more than five minutes after pouring. Outstanding retention. Also leaves some nice lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and a bit of char. Also quite a prominent fruit presence (fig, raisin and a faint tartness) and a bit of anise. Has many of the aroma components found in other stouts, but I have never smelled anything quite like this, which is mostly a compliment. Maybe a bit too much char.

T - Similar to smell, though there is more of a sweet milk chocolate component to the taste than the smell. Every sip finishes very roasty with a touch of char.

M - Very nice smooth, creamy medium/full mouthfeel. Definitely not heavy, but substantial.

O - A very nice stout. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this based on the smell, which had nice components, but seemed slightly off somehow. But the taste came together well, and having a bit of sweet chocolate, which I am normally not a big fan of, helped to counteract the heavy roasted character. I would have this again, but wouldn't stock up on it.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With temperatures approaching below freezing recently, it's officially stout season.

12oz pours into a snifter pitch black, nice tan sand dune head retains easily as a full cap leaving some nice lace behind.

Some faint dark fruits in the smell...figs and maybe red grape, dark malts, tartness. Reminiscent of a red wine somewhat, nice, but not much stout-ness.

Taste also brings on the dark fruit. Plum, raisin and some tart cherry there too. Starts to taste more like a stout with some warmth, big roast, coffee, caramel. Really ashy, smoky finish. Seems a bit one-sided with the fruit at first but it melds pretty well after some time.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel. A bit high on the carbonation and foaminess which I've noticed in most Boulevard beers, but it's not bad here. A bit of alcohol heat but also not a bother.

Takes some time to balance out but when it does you get a pretty nice Belgian stout, interesting stuff. It will be cool to see how this ages in a year or two.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. 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. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note as a dessert itself.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date 10/19/2011 drank on 10/17/2011 Thanks SalukiAlum for the awesome extra had been wanting to try this beer for awhile now

Look: Pitch black with a red ring on the bottom of the glass with 1/4 inch dark tan head and no real retention

Smell: HInts of dark fruits and licorice. Has some sweet chocolate on the backend

Taste: The front end has a chocolate covered prune note while the backend carries a roasted coffee note that is followed up by a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Full body and way to much carbonation for the style

Overall: This beer is not bad but it is nothing special. Definitely worth a try however

Photo of Keithstone44
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6-month old bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pitch black with a 1-inch deep tan head that leaves behind great lacing.

S: Sweet-malt, chocolate and fruit (cherries, and plum)

T: Intense roasted barley in the beginning, followed by hints of caramel and fruitiness

M: Lightly carbonated, very full-bodied. Silky smooth texture

O: Great stout from Boulevard. A little too much roasted barley getting through, but that could be because of the age on the bottle

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 4/27/13

A: Black with a good sized tan head that sticks around.

S: Dark, roasty chocolate and a hint of dark fruits.

T: Dark chocolate with some coffee and roastiness. Has a bit of dark fruits and alcohol warming in the finish.

M: A bit thin and too carbonated for me.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of iceburger97
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- black with good carbonation

smell- chocolate, coffee liquor and the faint aroma of menthol cough drops , cola

taste- black licorice, burnt coffee, the flavor of cured sweet sausage was noted, although I don't think sausage is in the beer but that flavor did pop into my head as I tasted this beer, and the flavor of burnt cola or cocoa.

mouthfeel- rather extraordinary, went down smooth, quite refreshing, can be held in mouth and tasted with little bitterness

overall good. I would suggest trying this stout. I would suggest serving cold

Photo of jman892
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Great looking beer, pours black with a very big, fluffy, mocha colored head. The head shrinks but is retained throughout. As a result, nice intricate lacing remains

S - Mild coffee aroma, some roasted malts, somewhat smoky aroma.

T - Taste is bitter cocoa, very burnt toast, the alcohol is not too hidden in this, somewhat chalky and smoky, reminds me of a fireplace log.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, smooth and full bodied

O - Great looking beer, but the bitterness in the taste combined with the alcohol burn was a little overwhelming.

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,982 ratings.