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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,727 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,727
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 77
Gots: 222 | 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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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour on this beer is really fantastic. The beer is almost black with a huge, sturdy tan head on it.

S: Where is the aroma? Really bland in terms of the nose. Even as the beer starts to warm up in the glass, all I really get is a bit of roast and a slight acidity.

T: The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of roast, licorice, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A bit of an alcohol note at times, but not surprising at nearly 10%. Fairly bitter with a slight char note from time to time, too.

M: The body is nice, a fairly high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.

D: I was expecting more from Boulevard on this beer. I didn't think it was bad, but sort of bland and uninteresting for a big, bad, imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 18:07:12 | More by womencantsail
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Rbald42

Kansas

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

Thanks to Springdogg for the bottle.

A- Pours almost black with a 1 finger head. Dark ruby when held up to the light. Almost no light getting through this one. Seems a bit thin when poured.

S- Sweet chocolate malt and belgian candy sugar. Mild hops coming through with hints of dark fruits and roasted grain

T- Upfront chocolate sweetness that turns into a bready belgian-esque flavor. Lots of chocolate with plum and raisin. Dry aftertaste that seems a bit astringent.

M- Decent. Too much carbonation for me on this one. It's a slight distraction. Still creamy nonetheless and more and more enjoyable as it warms.

D- I drank the whole bottle myself. It's better if you share this hefty one w/ a friend, as the abv shows up as it warms. Still was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 06:40:22 | More by Rbald42
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass. The beer was chilled and allowed to warm up.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black as expected. The head is the color of lightly creamed coffee. The head had great retention. Pancake batter lacing lined my glass.

Smell: Roasted malt combines well with dark fruit and cocoa. The aroma is on the sweeter fruity side as opposed to the roasted toasted and chared aromas.

Taste: Sweet roasted cafe mocha flavors combine with figs, prunes and raisins. The beer goes fruity in flavor over roasted tones. Very vinous in character.

Mouthfeel ? Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side. The carbonation is light. This was a very easy to drink beer. No alcohol present in the smell, taste or mouth. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 13:14:55 | More by nlmartin
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briman

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, but not quite opaque letting just a hint of a ruby hue through when held up to the light. Huge dark tan head retains very well, leaving some lace down the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits tease the nose, but don't stand up and make you take notice.

Fairly mild flavors of dark roasted malts, dark fruits reminiscent of plums, and coffee upfront settling into a finish that is best described as a combination of a roasted malt bitterness and some astringency coupled with a fair dose of alcohol. In fact the alcohol subtley lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium body bordering on medium-full, with moderate chew, and medium-high carbonation. Alcohol apparent in the finish, as well as an obvious warming effect. Interesting brew, but has quite a few small detractors. For an Imperial Stout, although there is some complexity evident in the flavor and aroma, I certainly would not describe either as intense, or particularly rich. In addition, I get virtually no hop presence in this beer at all, and what bitterness there is seems to have more of a dark roasted malt character. Add to that this beer is a bit hot. It's not harsh, but there is enough of it there to mask some of the finish...which may contribute to the seemingly absent hop bitterness.

Overall, I feel like this has potential, especially since it seems to hit many of the key elements in the guidelines, but needs work. Would certainly be willing to try it again next year to see if some of the kinks get worked out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:28:47 | More by briman
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch Number: 2010-1
Best By Date: 01/13

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, with some big oil slicks and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, some dark fruits. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolaty, nice touch of toffee, and some dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a fine AD/IS.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:18:26 | More by Wasatch
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark as hell obviously but what surprised me was how aggressive the head was. I poured fairly gently and almost overflowed after 2 inches. It is the brownest head I have ever seen. Really does look like milk chocolate. Tilt the glass and the head doesn't even move! It is like cement. Anyways not too many beer overly impress me here.

S: I get the hint of chocolate covered raisins. This isn't a coffee forward stout at all. Very fruity notes that reminds me of a Quad. It is quite different in a good way.

T: Burnt roasty chocolate coffee malts. It is packing some IBU's. A mild fruitiness carries through. But man is this thing bitter! But there is a lot of sweetness behind it too. I really like it..

M: Has to be the thickest Stout to ever touch my lips. Very chewy and creamy at the same time. I do have to bump it down a notch for the alcohol. This thing is HOT! I feel like I took a shot of liquor.

D: Great beer and good sipper. The alcohol burn really plays the role on this score.

This is a great stout. If it weren't for the alcohol burn it would be stellar. Nice change up from the typical "tastes like coffee and chocolate stouts"

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:15:36 | More by generalnotsew
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Tone

Missouri

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

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dark citrus, cork, slight hop, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight coffee, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. There is a noticeable dryness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight hop, dark citrus, and cork. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, and good body.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 21:34:00 | More by Tone
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wilwfu

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After wrestling the top off this pours deep brown/black and is dominated with a nice big brown head of nearly 2 inches that all but disintegrates and remains the whole way down. Nice dark fruit smell with a hint of roastiness that borders on ash. The dark fruit and roasted malts really come out in the taste, bit of marshmellow as well but it has a rather average mouthfeel and the ash flavor i detected in the smell just lingers a bit too much. Hides the alcohol well for a big stout but in a crowded class of stouts on the market I'm not sure I'll revisit

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:47:39 | More by wilwfu
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emmasdad

Colorado

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

After another tremendous struggle with a Boulevard cork, I managed to prevail, and prepared to enjoy the spoils of my labor. Pours a very deep, dense black color, with a nice cocoa colored head. Aromas of espresso beans, cocoa powder and Skor bars. On the palate, I get rich, chocolate fudge, more freshly ground espresso, tobacco and dark brown sugar. Alcohol here is well-hidden, especially compared to some of the alcohol bomb imperial stouts being released these days. Another good one from the smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:32:55 | More by emmasdad
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rwf08

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Dark dark black. No light can get through. Dense fluffy espresso head. This head will not go away. It has been sitting 5 minutes and still is about an inch thick. Awesome lacing too. So is that because of over carb or just good brewing? Lets dig deeper to find out.

S: So I rubbed some of the head on my upper lip and kind of in my nose to smell. Odd? Maybe, but I have a hard time smelling. But yeah kind of a chocolate milk smell, some burnt sugar.

T: A very assertive up front burnt flavor, char, burnt toast, and burnt sugar. Like someone set a bakery on fire. The finish is quit nice though. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some hoppy goodness. But damn son, why so much burnt flavors? Pretty off putting.

M: Medium body, pretty high carbonation. Not too high but does kind of diminish the mouthfeel.

D: Yeah pretty good. ABV doesn't really show itself in this. Just not something I really want to drink all that much. I can see others liking this but doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:19:52 | More by rwf08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A boldly flavored Stout that favors sweetness and fruitiness over roasted or dry flavors. Because of the Belgian yeast, the vinous character can shine.

Dark Truth pours a dark brown color with complete opaqueness. A lightly tanned head billows towards the top of the glass and laces very well in its retraction and with great retention.

Roasted malts set the stage while aromas of dates, figs, grapes, and plumbs come in closely behind. The vinous character makes me think barrel aging. Burnt cocoa and currants come in as the beer warms and the roasted coffee notes subside. Woven into it all, a plastic or medicinal aroma rises from the yeasty matrix.

The beer takes a Belgiany turn in taste, showcasing the flavors of charred cherries, berries, lumbs, grapes and currants. The roast settles in nicely but never garneshes the attention that English or Amercian Stouts do. Peppery and alcoholic going towards the finish, allowing the beer to balance and vary in the subdued presence of hop bitterness or flavor.

Full, rich, and sweet feeling early on. Although the carbonation keeps the beer creamy and a bit lighter, the beer still has a sugary feel that keeps it from properly drying in the finish. Warming alcohols hinge on fusals but never fall on the side of harshness.

Obviously a delicious beer, but these Belgian Stouts often seem to be a contradiction of styles rather than a seamless balance of either. It's a bit too sweet for both the Belgian Strong Ales and for Imperial Stouts.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:31:57 | More by BEERchitect
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance:

As typical with Boulevard this cork was a chore to pull out, I had to reach for my trusty channel locks to help me get this thing out. Once I got the cork out I gave this beer a nice tilted pour in my Unibroue tulip glass and got a hefty three finger size head that was a soft mocha color. Poured a jet back with a silky thin amount of bubbles running up the side of my glass, with absolutely no light shining through when I hold it up to the light. As I give the glass a gentle swirl being careful to not spill any out I'm getting a light amount of lacing on the walls.

Smell:

A roasty Belgian ? or a Belgian Stout ? Right off the bat it smells like fresh cocoa powder with a small amount of coffee grinds thrown in. But I keep coming back to that Belgian-Esq raisny smell which is typical in Dubbles and other classic German styles. Really interesting mesh of heat, roast, and malty sweetness; I think I could sit here for quite some time just examining the nose trying to dissect the nuances.

Taste:

The first thing that strikes me is that I was really expecting a huge typical burst of dark roasty flavors but actually I'm getting more of the Belgian notes. Actually now that I think about it more, this beer is really sweet, and not like milk stout sweet but like they used sugar to work with that yeast to really bring out more of the clovy, dark fruit flavors that come in typical Belgian dubbles. I am really having a tough time pulling out much roast at all except in the finish where it leaves your mouth really dry and wanting another sip. Maybe I can say I'm pulling some dark chocolate in there along with something (believe it or not) citrus.

Drinkability:

This beer was good, I'm working on the whole 750ml bottle myself and I don't really feel full or bloated after this much. I'm a little bit disappointed in the mouth feel of this beer, especially since they classify it as an imperial stout because its on the verge of too easy to drink. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable in the whole and I'm glad that I got the chance to give it a try but I doubt I will seek it out again. This really isn't my favorite style of beer but hell I'll never turn a beer down especially ones that I will never have a chance to try again. Drinkability is pretty high on this, nothing to complex and overpowering, and I feel like a wide variety of beer drinkers would enjoy giving this a try. So if you see it I'd say its worth the dollars and maybe a fair trade if you get a chance

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:14:40 | More by Bmoyer0301
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Poured black with good carbonation and deep tannish head

S: Smooth and bitter chocolate, roasted and booze

T: Bitter and milk chocolate, some lght dark fruits, roasted, light coffee

M: Medium body, booze feel and pretty good.

D: Pretty good overall

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:31:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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champ103

Texas

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
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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
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Haybeerman

Colorado

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
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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
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BMoney575

Texas

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
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david131

California

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
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dbossman

Nebraska

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
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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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GbVDave

Illinois

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
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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
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brewerburgundy

California

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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tavernjef

Minnesota

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
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