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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

1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 219 | FT: 9
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 champ103


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly opaque black. A tightly packed tan head rises to over tow fingers with excellent retention. As the rocky foam finally recedes, sticky lace clings to the side of the glass.
S: A big roasted aroma. Some astringent coffee up front. Plenty of hops linger that does not mesh well with the roasted character.
T: Again, big roasted malt up front. Coffee that is not nearly as astringent and acrid as the nose. Sweet toffee and chocolate. Plenty of hops linger as well. This come together much better than the nose.
M/D: A medium to full body. Fairly crisp carbonation, though creamy and smooth at the same time. Not a huge thick syrupy mess like many other Impy Stouts can be. A good beer to sip on throughout the night.

A very enjoyable stout. Another hit from the Smokestack Series. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:57:40 | More by champ103
Photo of DefenCorps


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

scoobydank was kind enough to send this as an extra. Thank you, Bill! This is batch 1, bottled 13 Jan

If there's a more perfect looking stout, I can't claim to have seen it. Very dark brown with dark reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped by the densest, creamiest head I've seen in a while. Retention is exceptional, and there's intricate lacing too. Fabulous stuff.

The nose is solid. There's some creamy, roasty character with licorice, a pleasing chocolate, some coffee. Hop character is low, this is actually quite fruity, I'm getting some of the fig character that the label refers to. Delicately hoppy, as it warms up, though, it grows increasingly acrid with some fusels. Decent. The hop character is really interesting, the use of German hops is an unexpected twist. I'm used to English and American hops in my stouts, but the mildly herbal, minty German hop character makes this beer stand out.

Opening with a big bitterness, the burnt malt character has just a touch of acridity, lending a level of bitterness that I like. Hop bitterness is also present more German/Czech in persuasion. That's rather novel, but I'm not sure it quite comes together. There's also a solid cocoa bitterness. Burnt caramel and a little smoke are present, there's also a distinct spiciness - is there rye in there? Finishing a touch sweet with a distinct bitterness, this beer is medium-full in body and has a delicious, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a touch high as well, but the palate is excellent. This beer is interesting, unique and nuanced, but unfortunately, also disjointed. In any case, I'm very thankful for having had the chance to try this!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:55:14 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Dark Brown color; almost black with no light coming through. Poured a 3 finger fluffy chocolate head with excellent retention. Laced in thick sheets. Truly exceptional.

S: Bitter dark chocolate; deep almost smokey. Burnt caramel and earth/peat. Alcohol.

T: Bitter cholcolate, earth, espresso. Lots of alcohol. Warm and dry though the bitter, smokey finish.

M: Medium body. Fair amount of carbonation gives it a sharp bite and makes it feel a little thinner than it actually is...that and the alcohol. The beer is creamy and smooth ahead of that.

D: Interesting and enjoyable. Its balanced, but not real complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 13:48:10 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of jamie2dope


3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as an extra from mar, thanks very much for the opportunity. This stout pours out completely black with a hell of a large tan head show, almost three fingers worth. The smell is very spicy and earthy...bitter in places too. Roasted malt is what I mainly get from the taste, along with some bitter dark chocolate, and a slight metallic twang. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. It certainly does not feel like a big beer when considering its strength. Drinkability is about average for me....not hating it, but not loving it either. Overall this is one of the more disappointing brews from the Smokestack Series that Boulevard makes IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 06:04:45 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of BMoney575


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-14-10
Batch 2010-1
Bottled on 1-13-10

Pours completely pitch black, with an immense brown head that leaves chunks of lacing on the sides. Awesome.

Smell is very fresh, super sweet malt and pungent alcohol. Strong notes of anise and smoke, with a molasses backbone.

Taste is super sweet malt, lots of molasses and smoke. The booze comes in next, with a sweet smoky finish. Good, but very young.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just right for a hardcore stout.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness and alcohol really are extreme.

Overall, I wish I bought another one to keep in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:14:21 | More by BMoney575
Photo of david131


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

Bottled 1-13-10

A- A deep, deep dark black with a thick brown head that has excellent retention. You can't beat this.

S- Dark chocolate, smoke, and a little earthy. A little mild and a little young. Not a lot of complexity, but I can tell that with some age this will be great.

T- Smoke, dark chocolate, anise, alcohol... a very strong roasty presence. A little young, but very enjoyable. This has a lot of aging potential.

M- Has a bit of bite from the carbonation and alcohol. the liquid itself is creamy. A nice balance.

D- Overall I found this beer to be very enjoyable and drinkable. It is a bit young, but should age magnificently for another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:13:02 | More by david131
Photo of dbossman


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

A: Completely opaque and black; dark brown frothy head with great retention; minimal lacing

S: Sweet up front with brown sugar and molasses dominating; a burning alcohol aroma pierces through; a seemingly strong hop presence--pine, citrus, and oily; chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts make up the back end of the aroma

T: Very dry up front with a strong coffee and dark chocolate flavor; a roasted burnt malt backbone; a touch of vanilla; the sweetness from the aroma doesn't quite translate but it's still quite good

F: Great up front but it does get a bit thin on the back end

D: Its dryness and boldness of flavors makes this a sipper but it's definitely a beer you can drink slowly throughout a long evening

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:32:25 | More by dbossman
Photo of Tilley4


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2010-1...

Took quite a while to get the cork out of this one.... I had to recover after before I could enjoy this, I didn't think I was going to succeed.. But I eventually did and poured it slowly into a Duvel tulip where it immediately began forming a huge billowy 4 inch head atop a vile looking black liquid.. Well, it certainly looks tremendous sitting here... Completely black and huge mocha head...

Rather Belgian-like aromas are what I get first... The yeastiness and fruitiness bring a Strong Dark to mind, not necessarily a Double Stout... This does have all of the roasty elements as well but the Belgian aspects seem to dominate.

Very Belgian like yeastiness accompanied by a dark roasted maltiness with hints of fruit and sweetness. This doesn't really strike me as a Double Imperial in the taste or mouthfeel category either... Its much too carbonated and simply isn't thick enough for me... Its a good Strong Dark but really doesn't stack up for the style...

Sort of a letdown... Good but not really good as I was hoping...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 13:48:25 | More by Tilley4
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Batch Number/ 2010-1
Best By Date: 01/13

A: Intense black coffee pour. Dark khaki head. Very pillowy. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Heavily roasted malt, coffee, oats, milk sugar, bakers chocolate and dark overripe fruit.

T: See above with roasty malt, rich dark fruit, oats/milk sugar, and a slight Belgian yeastiness.

M: Very smooth. Coats well with a slight dryness during the long roasty finish.

D: Fantastic! No trace of ABV. Very nice, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:07:26 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Bitterbill


2.42/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

750ml caged and corked bottle(batch 2010-1 best by 1/13) courtesy of my pal, russpowell. Thanks Russ!

The cork was not a problem to remove so...it pours a pitch black with a 3 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is nice with lots of roasted malt and dark fruits with side notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste starts off roasty with some coffee and dark fruitiness, the latter of which comes off as really tart bordering on sour. Hmmm..I didn't expect that and I don't openly welcome it. There's some good smokiness and hop bitterness now and they kind of counteract the sourness but not enough to put a smile on my face. This is a very *weird* brew as there is no harmony at all with the flavours.

No complaints about the mouthfeel as the body and carbo are done right.

Drinkability? Setting aside the fact that this is 9.7%abv, this is by far the hardest to drink beer I've ever had from Boulevard. Now my decision is, finish drinking it or pour it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:19:51 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, goblet, "2010-1 01/13" printed on the back label.

Garnet hinted stout black. An impressive pillow of rocky road bubbles top it off, and they almost have the consistency, stickiness of a beer served on nitro.

Chopped chocolate sprinkled on cherries. Roast, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, minerals, hints of herbal noble hops.

Roast, some of it metallic. Milk chocolate and dark fruits (raisin, cherry, fig). In addition to this, I have tasted Stone 09.09.09 and Smuttynose Baltic Porter today. The three are remarkably similar in their dark fruit, roasted characters. Dark Truth is the least cohesive. The caramel, dark overripe fruit, roast, and other flavors come together better in the other two beers, possibly because they were bottled in 2009. Dark Truth has more spicy hop on the back end, peppery, refreshing in a way.

Caressing carbonation in a smooth, slippery body makes the mouth quite pleasing.

This is a good Imperial Stout that isn't too sweet, too roasty, or boozy at all. I'm not sure that it will improve with age, drink it when you like.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:11:18 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Truth- love the name: could be the titls of my biography?
Deep mahogany brown pour to emerse itself into a blackness capped tall with a beautifully whipped smooth tan top that lifts to an inch tall with ease and massively thickens as it sits. Eventually it foams down to a thick skim and a huge curtain of pin holed lace grabs the glass.

Aroma is dry and semi smokey with a husky blackenedness, dark chocolate sweetness lightly lifted with some dark cherry and spicy fig tea fused espresso and a moderate tone of heat.

Complex leveled taster with lots going for it as it starts soft and dark with subtle sweet chocolate tones swiftly being noted with fig, cherry, and citrus. More subtleness underlies its sweetness as a breath of blackened husked dryness comes in and builds into the finish with smokey espresso and spicy, herbal, earthy, German-like hoppy bitterness mixing with dark chocolate bitterness. Warmth escapes late thru the mouth and nose as it has a very lovely complex drying finish.

Feel is about medium, perhaps a bit more porter/stout then Imperial girthed and heavy with thickness. Soft, smooth, dry, smokey, spicy, and subtle. Perhaps a notch more creamyness in malt would really boost this to a thicker, sinking, palate soaking experience. But as is, it's favorably easy to handle as its complex character and flavor tones make for a nice display of sweet, dry, and spicy. Another Smokestack series winner by Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:18:44 | More by tavernjef
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

Shared this with inflatablechair on Friday night... Poured into MNFG.... thick 3 finger dark brown foam... expected black brew.

Batch 1 bottle.. nose is ripe with dark chocolate... some mild Belgian phenols and plenty of roasty malts that are brought out of the glass by the malty sweetess.. smokey jerky qualities on the end that I really don't appreciate and it really detracts for me.

chocolate sauce and lite espresso mid palate again with the smokey elements though.... I just don't really like smoke in my stouts.. especially sorta sweet ones like this... and the smoke distracts even more when I try to really pick out the "Belgian Stout notes" that I am growing to love.... I'm not sure if it is too much charred malt, or if it smoked, but either way.... I am not down. I want to see this dialed in more on the Belgian side while still keeping the nice body and carbonation....

And while I'm on a rant... there should be a Belgian Big Stout category so brewers have a direction to go in.... Belgian brewers are making the bigger black brews, yet unfortunately, most are like charred remnants of only okay BSDA's... American Brewers are already doing it.. it only follows.

despite all my above negatives, this is a pretty nice beer for a descent price.... I will buy again for sure and I am very happy that we still have Boulevard in Boise.


Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 07:51:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip (like the picture shows).

An almost pure black body pours out like a thin ink. An ungodly amount of head comes with it, but it pours a real nice rootbeer float color. It's foamy and leaves some lacing.

A very interesting and unique auroma. It's very hopsy for a stout. This is offset by a velvety espresso smell. On top of all that, the smell includes cloves and spices and just a slight hint of fruitiness.

Once again, very hopsy for a stout. The beer is given a very light taste because of this and the light mouthfeel. Also very earthy for a stout. The yeast gives it that earthy flavor as well as the fruity characterisitics. This is all balanced out by an espresso/coffee flavor that's fresh. Very well done.

Very thin and carbonated, but considering the the hopsiness of the stout, it's more appropriate than it would be for other stouts.

Very unique and well done, but somehow less than the sum of its parts. Something just isn't clicking or it's just slightly off. The hops, cloves and spices are perhaps a little overdone or maybe it's all too light and thin. So good, but off just by that much.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:49:34 | More by mmva321
Photo of wagenvolks


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

750 ml corked & caged bottle (Batch 2010-1) into a Duvel tulip. Built some serious muscle working the cork out of this bottle.

As always, Boulevard has built a beautiful beer. Dark Truth pours with a creamy consistency and near-black darkness. The head rises to a sizable three-finger's width before slowly settling. Part rocky, part creamy, dark cookie dough color, the foam leaves sticky lacing along the inside of the tulip. The aroma is unique, to say the least, and the more I smell it, the more I like it. Complex, too. Dark notes of sweetbread and honey biscuits layer on top of soil, vanilla bean, and crumbled cocoa nibs. Semi-sour dark fruits in the background (under-ripened blackberry, raspberry, and fig) compete with a musty herbal presence of heather and lavender.

Fresh, sweet & sour berries hit the front of the palate; again I'm getting a blackberry/raspberry combo. The middle is where Dark Truth falls apart slightly, as it tastes a bit thin and watery before giving in to a long, lingering finish of smoky malts and Baker's chocolate. Grainy with a big mineral presence. Mouthfeel is dry, bubbly, and of medium consistency. Not your typical Imperial Stout...more of a Quad/Impy Stout/Old Ale hybrid in my opinion. Another quality release from Boulevard, but not my favorite of the Smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:44:07 | More by wagenvolks
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a happy little brown head.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy with a ncie core sweetness to balance.

Lots of sweet with even mroe floral and a citrus finish upon sipping. This is a great tasting beer.

This felt much lighter in the mouth than I thought it should. Nice, but light.

I thought this was a very drinkable brew. Nice finish and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 19:41:33 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

After a fight to uncork the nicely packaged bottle, a frothy brew spilled out. Pure midnight. I gave it a couple of minutes to settle, though the head never disappeared entirely.

The stout lacked the nose, yielding something yeasty and sour. The flavors - mostly brownie and fudge - came through on the initial sip. French roast coffee toward the finish. Amazingly smooth and drinkable for a stout, but needs to either take a step toward thickness in the consistency or a more aggressive move toward dryness, even a louder pop in the spice category.

The high alcohol content didn't prevent something easy drinking. The bubbles were too big, too much. Worth the $8-9?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 17:57:47 | More by unclenate
Photo of Cresant


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

Poured this 750 mL bottle into a Duvel glass. Batch: 2010-1. Best by: 01/13. The body was opaque and brown/black in color. The dark tan head was huge and sustained a cap throughout.

Smell was coffee grounds and tobacco leaves. Smoked notes appeared as it warmed. Black pepper, general spiciness.

Taste was creamy espresso with a nice building and lingering bitterness. Milk chocolate and a bright spiciness from the hops or rye? Caramel sweetness and roasted grains bitterness. Some Belgian yeast flavors arrived late giving it a damp basement character. Multidimensional, interesting. Pretty well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied, it seemed to thin out a bit as it sat. Adequately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 14:36:48 | More by Cresant
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of thehand - thanks! Had particular trouble getting the cork out of this one. They're never gushers (except, of course, Saison Brett, but that's sort of to be expected), but seem to be getting tougher and tougher to decork. Finally removed it with a mighty heave and poured the contents in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, viscous black, entirely opaque or at least nearly so, a deep fudgy charcoal that rolls gently in to the snifter. A rocky, light cocoa head head about one and a half fingers tall rises fairly quickly out of the blackness, suggesting high carbonation and a thinner body, but it fades fairly quickly as well, leaving a thick cocoa frosting on the surface, some dashes of lacing that are initially somewhat clingy but ultimately disappear pretty readily. It's not terribly standout and definitely has its minuses, but it's a good beginning.

Aroma: Big, dry, dark baker's chocolate, toast, dark toffee, faint char. Some sweet plummy notes and slight banana overtones suggest a Belgian yeast strain, as well as faint spiciness.

Taste: Complex but a little dull, if that makes sense. I get tons of fudge and brownies, mostly baker's chocolate, darker, accompanied by tons of toast. There are a slew of faint dirty coffee notes, dark toffee, caramel, slight hints of vanilla, along with prunes, plums, hints of raisin, and cinnamon and nutmeg. The overall feeling is relatively dry, though there's enough residual sugar that you get that slight kiss of stickyness. The alcohol is well hidden, with any burn buried under fruit sugars and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Even, but decidedly large bubbled. The dryness mentioned above results in a large but completely "distinct" and "un-sticky" mouth that allows a fair amount of embedded carbonation to fluff up uniformly, resulting in a moderately prickly and bright mouth that I don't think works terribly well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A pretty good imperial stout, earthy and toasty, with just a nice amount of Belgian yeastiness. This wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, and perhaps the score doesn't do it justice. I just think it was a little dull in places, and had a few too many "procedural" faults to elevate it above the rest, particularly above the rest of what I've had from Boulevard, a very fine brewery with by and large excellent beers. This one could be sharpened up a little and could become a Belgian-ified version of their RIS, which was absolutely phenomenal. As it stands the, 9.7% was not too noticeable but I felt it after 60% of the bottle, so beware. Worth seeking out, though I don't know if it I'd grab it over, say, a Saison Brett or a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 04:19:58 | More by CrellMoset
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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Thick black in color with an almost rose colored hue, this opaque beer had a dense tan head that did not settle quickly. When I finished the glass there was still a small amount of foam.

S. Malty with a Belgian fruitiness, and almost no hop aroma, the yeast gives it an almost sour smell.

T. With a strong roasted malt taste and some residual sweetness, there is plenty to experience here. From the initial smell I thought the yeast may be too much, but the malt is strong enough to more than hold its own, and there are hops to be found as well. There is a sourness from the yeast that I liked as well.

M. Based on appearance, I thought this beer would be thicker and almost chewy, but it was actually quite smooth and the carbonation was good.

D. For what this beer was (a specialty stout with a Belgian yeast) it was quite good. It could have been maltier but that would have hidden the yeast character even more. It was well balanced enough that no one ingredient stood out above the rest and it was very easy to drink. I did not realize it was nearly 10% alcohol until I read the label on the empty bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 20:16:35 | More by hopstradamus
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into a Smokestack Series goblet with a sticky, tan colored head. The head leaves sheets of lace as it slowly disappears. Aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malt, booze, and belgian yeast.

Taste is slightly sweet with some nice chocolate flavors. There is also some fig and raisin-like fruitiness. The finish is of roasted, espresso-like malt and spicy rye. Mouthfeel is full, fairly smooth, and creamy. This is a very unique and enjoyable imperial stout. Another good effort from Boulevard in the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:45:28 | More by hckyfn9999
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Truth Stout.

Dense, fully opaque inky appearance, with a thick, clotted, creamy cocoa-toned head, leaving lots of lace. Luscious.

Aroma: nuts & toffee, cream & cocoa, nice and roasty, Good.

The label description intrigues. Wheat?Rye?Oats?German hops?Belgian yeast? A lot cooking here. A mighty mix.

Smooth.Rich, meaty, toasty/roasty... good hoppiness, nice tidy tingle, then the roasted malt... or is it oatmeal stout? Mmm. There's some dark fruit, a whisper of smoke, bit of charcoal, covered over by silky smooth deliciousness. There's the dark richness, and it's offset by the rich smooth, easy-drinking, utterly happiness.

Another winner from the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:43:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Soilworker


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Smokestack Series goblet.

A: Deep dark black with a thick two finger light brown head. Head is thinly laced and quite slow to dissipate.

S: Delicious dark chocolate and roasted coffee, a little bit more on the roasty side than normal. Very rich malts with some definite presence of hops coming through. Light hint of vanilla bean as well.

T: Creamy bittersweet chocolate accompanied almost equally by some roasted coffee beans. Some slight herbal hops are present throughout the entire tasting experience. Definite presence of alcohol that warms on the tongue and all the way down to the stomach. The finish is some chocolatey bitterness and herbal hops that is somewhat dry.

M: Nice creaminess and not watery and not chewy, its just right in the middle.

D: Strong ABV on this beauty but definitely quite delicious and I find this one to be quite drinkable.

Notes: I really enjoyed this one and found it to be very enjoyable. I was glad that they didn't overdo the roasted character in this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 05:46:56 | More by Soilworker
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the smokestack goblet from the bottle

A-Black as night. completely blocks out direct light head is 2 fingers at least if not a little bit more but suprisingly didnt lace alot

S&T-I am putting these together because they come across with near exactly the same thing. Brown sugar, coffee, molassis very dark chocolate with just a twinge of alcohol.

M&D-Very full complex mouthfeel smooth and creamy. Far from somthing I could just pick up and drink any time but I am very glad its a standard Smokestack and I'll have access when I have the craving

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 16:18:25 | More by SpecialK088
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: big black with more than two fingers of off white head. the head is even, long lasting and leaves stringy lacing.

smells wacky. belgian yeast mixed with intense roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of espresso. not sure if me likey or if me no likey.

taste: i just cant get past the yeastiness. heavily roasted malts, chocolate and espresso are hidden behind almost standard belgian "funkyness".

mouthfeel: ridiculously refreshing for its magnitude. it slides down easy and leaves nothing but a chocolatey feel in the back of the throat.

drinkability: try one. it may be a tad expensive but it is definately a unique beer and worth the experience. and even if you dont like the flavor, with 25 oz of a 9.7 you wont be too disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 06:09:35 | More by northaustin
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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