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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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1,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 239 | 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 FosterJM


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

106th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12oz bottle

App- Almost black, very viscous pour but just didnt have that large head or any swirl marks on it. Lacing was almost non existant as well.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, sugars and some light malt.

Taste- Some chocolate, with a sort of a bitter roast quality that was nice.

Mouth- Full bodied that was a bit on the slicker side. Wasn't a thick full body but could tell it was a massive stout all the same.

Drink- Pretty good. I think I'm spoiled on the west coast though. It was a 12oz bottle. Ill have to try for the 750ML when I go back to visit KS.

12-13-2010 04:25:57 | More by FosterJM
Photo of kylejohnson03


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from a 750 bottle into a tulip, batch number is 2010-1 (best by 01/13).

Pours pitch black, with a big tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere. Leaves big whisps of lacing on the glass as I drink. This beer looks about as close to perfect as it gets. Aroma is dark chocolate, a little smoky, fruity. Flavors are dark fruit, roasted malts, mocha, and touch of oak. Medium bodied, smooth smokey finish. Overall, a really pleasant, drinkable stout from Boulevard!

12-13-2010 03:18:23 | More by kylejohnson03
Photo of ccrida


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

750ml bottle I picked up a few months ago (batch # 2010-1/best by date 01/13) poured into my Delirium snifter, Dark Truth is dark brown with a dark tan head that leaves thick, heavy lacy foam, with impressive last.

Smell is loads of plastic phenols and milk chocolate, some herbal hops as well, but distant.

Taste is massive, huge chocolate and charred malts. As my palate matriculates, the corners rounds out, and it gets more and more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is soft, slick, a bit dry, and not too heavy, stylistically.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice strong stout. That said, it''s nothing particularly special, regionally, that I'd buy it or age it again, especially for the cost of the upscale packaging. Good enough for the midwest I guess, but not standing up here...

12-12-2010 08:59:46 | More by ccrida
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: Pours an opaque black with a creamy head with a color similar to the foam on a french roast coffee. seems to last forever and leaves thick creamy lacing

S: roasted coffee, milk chocolate, hints of anise, and burnt sugar. Aromas not as rich as one would expect

T: rich coffee and hints of dark fruit, unsweetened cocoa, and hoppy bitterness up front. fades to a smokey roasted bitterness, more anise, and burnt cocoa.

M: a full bodied beer that is slick with a dry finish

Overall, tis tasty but not quite up to par with the others in the smokestack lineup. The aromas weren't in your face, and the flavor was going in too many directions. Probably wouldn't try this again as it is quite costly.

12-10-2010 02:52:42 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of zhanson88


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: The Dark Truth pours pitch black with 2.5 fingers of tan head. It reduces very slowly and the resulting lacing is chunky and fluffy.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate all intermingle about evenly in category to provide the bulk of the smells. I also get some plum/fig-like dark fruits as well.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. Roasted malts right up front, expresso and chocolate following right behind that. Dark fruits really show up on the back end, plum and fig, with a bit of hops and booze on the back end. Complex and nice from top to bottom.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is a bit light with quite a bit of carbonation. It certainly isn't as smooth as a lot of other imperial stouts I've tried. However, leaning towards medium bodied really does make it very drinkable for the style. I could put down a few of these with no problem.

12-08-2010 15:18:29 | More by zhanson88
Photo of pmccallum86


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours an awesome dark black with a huge mocha colored head.

Smell is of huge roasted malts and dark chocolates.

Taste is smooth and creamy with roasted malts and dark chocolates going on. Lots of dark malts, very good.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation.

Good drinkablility, medium body, slightly hot.

12-08-2010 05:16:22 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of AleWatcher


3.93/5  rDev -1%

750 ML bottle into snifter... One glass at a time.

Pretty impressive looks-- dark, inky, creamy 3 finger tan head, excellent lacing. Really solid looking stout.

Smells sweet.... Dark fruits... Decent coffee/cocoa toasty notes.

Taste has a sweet caramel malt note. Cocoa bitterness hits before dark fruits and then a dry roasty finish.

Feels full-- little oily. Good carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink. I'll finish the bottle solo... Tasty enough to enjoy, and sippable enough to drink several glasses of. Pretty nice.

12-08-2010 03:55:47 | More by AleWatcher
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

I have the 750 ml version in my cellar but saw these 12oz versions, dubbed 'little smokies' (i.e. part of the smokestack series but the other versions are all the big format size).

Poured into a tulip. From notes. It is a pitch black with a nice mocha head. Minor retention and lacing. Strong roast coffee and chocolate characteristics. Surprisingly, a strong bitter hop smell was present, not surprising that it was there, just surprised about how strong it was. Taste was good, roastiness, sweet malts, a touch of dark fruit and that hop bitterness found in the nose. This is a mid to heavy mouthfeel but was thinner than expected, a little let down. Decent drinkability. I was a little let down on this one as I love most of the other smokestacks as it was just okay.

12-06-2010 19:09:23 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of bbkd3b


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pouring this into my Boulevard pint glass. Always something I look forward to. To my surprise, I found this in 12 oz. bottle form, so I'll be going off of that for my review.

A - Looks like liquid coal on the pour, with a great 1-finger caramel-colored head with good retention. Easily one of the darkest looking pours I've seen in a while. Nice lacing down the glass as I drank it, too.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, rasted malts... yeast, dark fruits... good lord, great depth here. Very warm and inviting, with a trace of alcohol just to let you know that yes, this is in fact a strong beer. I can't really fault the nose on this at all, it just begged to be drank.

T - Thick blast of espresso and traces of sugar, kind of a pure dark chocolate flavor. There's some dark fruit, plum, in there, and the toffee is a nice twist. If I try really hard, I think I can get a touch of floral flavors, but not really enough to call it a main detractor from the maltiness.

M - Slick and smooth body with a fizzy, happy kind of carbonation. Alcohol warms every part of the digestive system it goes through. Worked pretty well with the beer.

D - It's an imperial stout, so by default, it's a strong, slow drinking beer. That being said, this beer doesn't have the extreme characters of others in its style, which makes for a decently easy-drink beer.

Overall/notes - The Smokestack series have all been real treats so far, this one included. I'm glad I finally got to appreciate the imperial stouts of the world. It was a style I locked myself out of before, but once I realized that in spite of my hatred for coffee, it tastes delicious in beer. Good stuff, and definitely worth a taste or two.

12-03-2010 00:09:15 | More by bbkd3b
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours jet black with a beautiful mocha colored head, about an inch worth, that reduces after a bit but is easily revived. Looked very viscous while pouring.

Very fruity esters in the smell like a dark cherry, definitely that belgian yeast at work. Sweet, candied sugar aromas, dark roasted malts, and a hint of coffee, and just a touch of alcohol starts to work its way through in the end.

There is a lot going on in this beer. I've never had a stout to my knowledge brewed with Belgian yeast, and i've got to say i love the contrast of the fruitiness and the dark roasted quality. I can see where it gets its name. I don't find this to be all that bitter as other reviewers have mentioned but the hops and toasti bitterness do come through just enough to balance out the sweetness of this candied goodness. The alcohol is hidden really well in the taste. As it warms, i'm starting to taste some coffee flavors permeating through in the end after each sip.

Definitely full bodied, with an ample amount of carbonation, a bit on the higher side, the kind that bites at your tongue on first sip, which i'm unaccustomed to in a stout.

Big and delicious, i'd say this drinks dangerously smooth. I have a 4 pack, so i will probably hold on to one of the bottles to see what a few months does to this beer. Will buy again, and highly recommended for any lover of stouts.

12-02-2010 04:32:53 | More by wolfinthemirror
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Deep black color with a large, foamy, fluffy, billowy, cafe colored head. Very good retention with a nice foamy lace left.

S - Interesting aroma. Earthy, spicy hops and a rye like aroma. Nutty, cocoa, hints of tobacco. Also some dark fruit, especially plum. Roasted malt and chocolate as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and spicy and earthy hops and a touch of grassiness (German hoppiness). Some dark fruit, plum and fig. Hints of coffee. A nice stout bitterness.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bit of a sticky finish.

D - Very drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. Very tasty with a great mix of malt and hops.

Notes: Really enjoyable stout. Great balance of malt and hops with a nice bitterness. The label says there is English malt, Belgian yeast, and German hops which mix well and are quite tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer.

12-01-2010 03:07:26 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of beerwolf77


3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

Bottle shared by Sweemzander with the tickerazzi. Split and poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black hue with a huge three fingers of mocha head. Nice cascade action, solid retention yet only spotty lace.

S: There's a lot going on in this one. First I get a boozy molasses kick. Then a touch of hops along with cinnamon, barrel wood, tobacco and smoky BBQ. Just a hint of chocolate in there as well. There is however an underlying characteristic I simply cannot indentify. Sadly it's bringing the aroma down not helping it.

T: The flavors of a stout are present but seem sort of lifeless. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, barrel, smoke and hints of booze. Just not digging this one.

M: Full body with light carbonation. Typical stout.

D: Overall my first beer from the smokestack series that didn't wow me. I have bottle in my cellar and hopefully some age will improve this one.

11-30-2010 14:49:34 | More by beerwolf77
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Batch 2010-1, Best by 1-2013.

750ml bottle served cellar temp into a goblet.

A very dark brown with thick tan head. Good retention and spotty lacing left behind.

Aroma is all roasty goodness with a solid underlying sweetness.

Flavor is very big but also surprisingly bitter. It has a richness that seems closely related to the thick mouthfeel. Roasty coffee is there but not that dominant compared to other stouts. The bitterness goes from beginning to end - lots of dark malts and plenty of hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied, low in carbonation.

Overall a pretty good imperial stout but not one of the best. Still probably worth a try if you love the style.

11-29-2010 00:52:50 | More by GilGarp
Photo of cmannes


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Dark oily color, with a chocolatey head.

Aroma: Very clean/crisp, slight bit of banana. I think it's the esters, faint chocolate & coffee undertones.

Taste: Plums, chocolate, coffee, and a very firm bitter finish. It lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel: About right, a little thin, a little syrupy, but still fits for a stout.

Overall: Not sure about the finish, it's a bit of a kick, otherwise, very interesting.

11-28-2010 23:24:58 | More by cmannes
Photo of mrgnwlkr


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz bottle. Large, creamy, rather dark head. Somewhat lasting. Very dark brown, almost entirely opaque.

Burnt aromas, with a strong impression of hoppy spruce or cedar.

The marketing materials refer to a "plum-like fruitiness", so the esters are definitely intentional, but I smell banana or bubble gum more than dark fruit. Hints of smoke/charcoal.

Average finish length, moderate sweetness. Quite bitter.

Full, sticky, alcoholic body, rather astringent as well.

This is rather unique, kind of an odd confluence of bitterness, esters, sweetness, and smoke-- I enjoyed it.

11-23-2010 05:22:44 | More by mrgnwlkr
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2.63/5  rDev -33.8%

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to kstrickler for this one! Best by 01/2013.

(A)- Pours a thick and pitch black color that produced a great tan colored fluffy head that stuck around for awhile. Plenty of lacing here and there.

(S)- Some light dry roasted characters. Woody. Raisin and molasses/cocoa. Hints of a peanut-like nuttiness.

(T)- It has a malty rich backbone. Bits of raisin, molasses, and cocoa with that same peanut-like aspect from the smell that is becoming a bit overpowering.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A good malty background with a mellow sweetness. That peanut-like nutty character is really annoying in this.

(D)- A good stout, but that peanut butter like creamy nut thing really throws off the flavor in my opinion.

11-22-2010 18:49:28 | More by sweemzander
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

This is an 09 bottle from my cellar

a. It's as pitch black as you'd expect from a big imperial stout. Nice carbination after a year and a good 3 inches of tanned head from a medium poor.

s. Booze, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits.

t. Coffee and roasted malt up front with dark chocolate and dark fruits and good bittering from the hops in the middle. Finishes with the booze warmth, coffee, and fruits.

m. This beer has a solid medium body and finishes slightly dry from the coffee.

d. This is a big beer and while you can taste the heat from the 9% abv, it's not overpowering in any way and actually comes together in a easy to drink beer.

I would highly recommend this beer for pairings with deserts especially something sweet and chocolaty.

11-22-2010 07:25:23 | More by ENIGma
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Big thanks to ILikeBrew for this bottle. Cheers, pal!

Batch: 2010-1

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown, jet black in the glass, with three fingers of stiff tan head. Great head retention. Wide bands of craggy lacing. Not bad.

Smell -- Molasses and figs, roast malt, baker's chocolate, black pepper, spice (rye, spices, or esters TBD), faint smoke, and some earthy yeast. Some vinous character also.

Taste -- Well-roasted malt, burnt bread crust, molasses, prune, mission fig, dark cherry, rye spice, dark chocolate, spicy yeast esters. Earthy hops toward the finish. Lingering flavors of burnt bread crust and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, a bit viscous, with ample foamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Interesting stuff, reminiscent of a lot of Belgian Export Stouts/RIS's: highly roasted malt, lots of fruity/spicy esters from the yeast. The malt bill is interesting: barley, wheat, rye, and oat. While the wheat isn't as apparent to me, but the mouthfeel from the oats and the spiciness from the rye is apaprent, and welcome additions. While not necessarily the beer I would reach for, I like this a lot, more than many of the Belgian RIS's that this most resembles.

11-22-2010 03:43:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked up a small bottle from Princeton's for $3.25. Poured pitch black with a short tan head. There's a rich chocolate aroma with hints of rum and creme brulee.The flavor opens with chocolate liquor, cherries, toast and bitter baker's chocolate and citrus finish. I couldn't tell there was Belgian yeast at first, but the beer is fairly fruity for the style and has a little extra spice. It's appropriately thick and a great dessert beer. Check it out.

11-22-2010 02:57:35 | More by tempest
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Meantime tulip. 9.7% ABV, "store upright, serve in the proper glass", Batch Number 2010-1 Best By date: 01/13.

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this one with us!

A - Pours out immensely dark with a billowing tan head. Great retention and thick lace coats the glass in fat collars as the beer lowers. Very solid looking.

S - Dark, heavily roasted malts with a little burnt aroma of toast going on. Some dark maduro tobacco and bittersweet chocolate give it a nice nuance to it. Dark cherry and dry fig. Something seems a little bit off in the nose.

T - Dark roasted chocolate malt and molasses hints with a big cocoa dryness accompanying a light metallic note on the finish. A hint of smoke comes out as well.

M - Full-bodied and smooth starting out with an incredibly dry finish that's a little off-putting. Acrid bitterness.

D - Thankfully this bottle is shared three ways. This is an ok brew but doesn't stand up to the other beers I've had from the Smokestack series.

11-21-2010 20:47:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

Nice dark brown to black color with a bubbly light brown head that retains pretty well.

When you put your nose over the beer, you can feel the carbonation of this stout. Not common in my experience with this style of beer, but I like it. The aroma is bitter dark chocolate with a splash of baileys cream and almost burnt bread crust.

The taste starts with rich roasted coffee. The middle has some dark cocoa nibs with a little creamy boozey liquer heat. The carbonation adds a nice pop to the middle and back of the palate and also cuts some of the heat from the alcohol. This leaves your palate with a tingle creamy finish of coffee mixed with a spoon covered in dark chocolate.

I really like the carbonation and the feeling it gives the palate. Creamy and bubbly really make this a super drinkable, sippable beer.

11-21-2010 17:57:25 | More by scruffwhor
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3.13/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours near black with a thin tan head. Nose is roasty with black malts, rye and hops. Taste is dry with a bit if bitterness. Lacks complexity. Medium body over carbonated. Intersting stout, but not worth $10 a 750. I think this would be much better if they turned it into a coffee stout. Right now it lacks direction.

11-20-2010 01:11:19 | More by rye726
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4.13/5  rDev +4%

A: Jet black, huge mocha colored head. Good lacing. Head hangs around quite a while.

S: Dark chocolate, burnt grain, carmalized sugar, anise, alcohol.

T: Burnt chocolate. Deeply roasted and spent coffee grounds. Burned brown sugar.

M: Big time flavor, thick in the mouth. Syrupy, high carbonation. Bitterness kicks and lingers at the end.

D: Very nice beer. A little to sweet for my Imperial Stout taste, as I prefer the drier Russian Imperial Stouts, however, this is a very quality brew that I will by again.

11-19-2010 03:40:36 | More by rrski198
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New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Shared in a trade by very generous BA COBeerBuff. Thanks again! Poured into a snifter.

A - pitch black with great lacing and a 1-inch thick dark brown head on top. Impressive!

S - coffee, malt sweetness, alcohol, maybe some dark fruit in there as well.

T - bitter coffee and hot alcohol are strong up front, followed by a bit of chocolate and some oak flavors. Smooths out a little bit on the back, but still goes down pretty hot.

M - a bit harsh on the palate due to the heat and intense espresso flavors.

D - it's a tasty beer, but definitely needs to cool off. This was my first time trying the beer so, as always, I like to drink a bottle before aging one. Anymore that I receive will go into the cellar to sleep for a year or so before being enjoyed.

11-18-2010 00:38:00 | More by GabrielM
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Jet black pour with impressive 2-finger thick deep cream head. Very nice retention and thick strands of lace all around the glass.

Nose is deep roast mocha and cream. Roasted malt underneath for a nice backbone. Dry stout comes to mind.

Bittersweet chocolate greets you on the first sip. Nice creamy follow through with roast and bitters in the finish. Not as dry as expected. Definitely a sweetness to the finish. Hides the abv scarily well.

Body is significantly lighter than expected, especially against the dark roast flavors.

Very easy to drink impy stout. ABV not apparent at all, at least in this bottle.

11-16-2010 02:15:09 | More by beer2day
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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