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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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1,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 80
Gots: 242 | 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

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010)
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Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of rye726
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.

rye726, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of rrski198
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.

rrski198, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
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.

GabrielM, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of beer2day
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.

beer2day, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Poured out of at 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured pitch black, tan 2 inch head. Looks amazing.

S - Burnt malt, a fruit... fig? smell. I like it.

T - Toasted/burnt malt and espresso. The maltiness stays on the back of the tongue nicely. The bitter comes in at the end at the perfect moment.

M - The great head on the lips, like a cappuccino and then the smooth liquid. Barely any carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D - Excellent. A great tasting stout and very drinkable. And just noticing that it is 9.7% ABV... never would have guessed by the smoothness.

Fatehunter, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
2.6/5  rDev -34.5%

Cork and Caged 750mL Bomber into a Chalice. Batch 2010-1, Best by of January, 2013.

Was on sale for $6, and I LOVE Boulevard Smokestack bottles, so I picked it up, first major let-down in the series.

A: Pretty dark, as things go. An absurd amount of head. Took 5 attempts at pouring to fill my 16oz snifter without overflow. Absurd.

S: Crisp with a ton of booze. Lots of licorice and something else ... nailpolish remover? Very odd smelling stout, and I'm pretty sure I don't like it.

T: Yup, I don't like it. The front and the back are smokey caramel and are quite salvageable. The central vein (which ultimately destroys the finish as well) is naked booze with a touch of cough-syrup, licorice and acetone.

F: Hella-thick, but massively over-carbonated.

D: Not for me. A rare fail for Boulevard. This was such a huge miss that I wasn't even sure what they set out to achieve.

codewarrior, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.38/5  rDev -40.1%

One of 3 smokestacks sent to me by BedetheVenerable.

A- I literally said out loud "these smokestack beers always have a huge, huge head". At just that very moment a massive head comprised of fairly large bubbles rushed up. In many cases I find this sort of thing to be desirable, but with an imperial stout thats a different story. In this case it screams over carbonated and thin body.

S- Uh, wait... what? I havent washed this glass with soap, ever. So why does this smell like a used pan half washed out with dish soap? Burnt food, soap and some grape soda.

T- The taste is some what of a redeeming quality, but the beer advocate scale only has half points. Grape soda, roasted malts, some hops, I think, and glue. The flavors of some sort of "charcoal tea" linger and build on the palate.

M- Back to that huge head. I was right to think that it was a harbinger of over carbonation to come.

D- Bleck. This is like an amalgam of grape soda, burnt food and dish soap. It reminds me of concocting things in the kitchen as a kid and daring my friends to eat it.

B+ in the Imperial Stout category actually converts to about a D, so I think Im being generous.

MbpBugeye, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of ratedz
4.13/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Batch 2010-1. Pours pitch black with a 2-3 finger tall tan colored head. The head is very slow to dissipate, which works out since I want the beer to warm up a little bit anyway.

Smell is over roasted malts and yeast. Some dark fruits and chocolates are mixed in there too.

The taste backs up the nose...dark fruits mixed in with roasted malts. The flavor profile reminds me of a Belgian stout more than an American imperial stout. Very tasty, just not was I was expecting from the style.

Mouth feel is smooth and lightly carbonated, but a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout.

Even at just under 10%, this beer is very drinkable. Because it is a tad on the thin side, it is easier to drink quickly than some of the thicker beers of the style. Another fantastic beer in the Smokestack series from Boulevard!

ratedz, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A - It pours a deep and oily obsidian hue and is capped with a prodigious column of mocha froth, receding into large webs of collapsed lace. It really combines the elements of billowy Belgian head and the sinister black hue of Double Stout very well.

S - The first thing that is apparent is a vinous and deep dark-fruity character of the malt, similar in contribution to the common richness found in the malt of Quads and English Barleywines. On top of that, there is definitely a smoky-roasty, chicory-like impression. And there is also some estery yeast sweetness that fuses with the alcohol. The smoke becomes more prominent as it airs out, and gives way to a tanned leather nuance.

T - The taste is pretty much exactly as the nose would suggest. The dark fruitiness is about even with the roast-char-smoke element in terms of the malt profile. Notes of cherry, date and raisin seem to have been hit with a blowtorch. The brew could use some notes of clove, nutmeg and mulled spice, if it were to be tweaked. There is not really any hop impact, and if hops are discernible at all, it is perhaps as a tea-like bitterness mid-sip. Flavor-wise, this is credibly Belgian, though it is not actually Belgian.

M - Expansively creamy, though not as viscous as I expected. The creaminess and near-perfect carbonation is very enhancing overall.

D - Quite nice. I could drink this often. Boulevard is such a good brewery.

ktrillionaire, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks to whoever sent me this! Don't remember but i appreciate it!

750ml Bottle into a snifter glass. Batch 2010 -1

A- Pours a real dark brown pretty much black with a humongous 3 finger khaki head that come out of no where. Lots of carbonation.

S- Roasted malts with a good amount of booze. Kind of smells like a Saltine Cracker = X Dark fruits and yeast create a decent sweetness in the aroma as well as maybe some coffee or chocolate.

T- Dark roasted malts with a good amount of coffee and bitter chocolate. Also some slight sweet fruits and definitely a Belgian yeast feel and flavor in there.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a decent bitter yet wet finish.


Arenbeer, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours dark black with raisin colored highlights and 3+ fingers of a medium to dark tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast.

This beer tastes much like I expected it to taste. Dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, plums, Belgian Yeast, and there is a light amount of sweetness, and a good deal of bitterness to balance it out. I'm not used to having Belgian yeast in stouts, but it seems to be okay.

Medium plus bodied, sticky, chewy, and properly carbonated. Not as smooth or creamy as I would like, but a nice beer all the same.

hardy008, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from 750ml bottle into Orval chalice.

A. 2 finger bubbly off white colored head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is dark brown almost black.

S. Chocolate, yeast, candi sugar, coffee, dark fruit. Nice cross between a traditional stout aroma and a belgian strong dark ale. Smell is overall pretty sweet with some faint alochol aroma.

T. Flavor is more consitent with a stout. More reoasted malt flavor than chocolate. Taste is somewhat bitter. Has a smokey finish to it. Just a hint of the dark fruit came through in the flavor.

M. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D. Extremely drinkable. This goes down very smooth and easy. Interesting Imperial Stout. There are some smells and flavors that you don't normally find in other Imperial Stouts.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.73/5  rDev -6%

Pours very dark with a huge head that shrinks to a constant 1/4" throughout the drinking. Smells kind of sour but with lots of coffee and chocolate like you'de expect in a big stout like this. Don't know if I necessarily care for the smell. The first sip is all dark chocolate (think bakers chocolate) with a bit of dark, dark coffee. Once the palate gets used to it a bit (and it warms a bit) more some of the sour notes poke through but in a good way, but still with a late light finish of dark chocolate. I don't know if it's the marketing but I can almost taste a dubble or quad trying to fight it's way out of the dense chocolate and coffee notes. Some might not like the slightly sour note but this is very interesting and very tasty. I don't taste a bit of alcohol but I can feel it. The mouthfeel is nice, not too light. I could drink this fast, too fast for the 9% alcohol.

plumcrazyfx, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml bottle pours darkest brown in color with a huuuuge tan head. Great lacing.

The aroma is, well, a little bretty and lactic. A little infected it seems. Maybe this was intentional. A little roast and some Belgian yeast.

Flavor isn't that bad. It's a little like Cuvee Delphine. Not quite as good though. Very Belgian with maybe a little lacto/brett. Berries, roast, chocolate, and espresso as well.

Medium-full body with some smooth silkiness despite the low carbonation. Dry on the finish.

I have mixed feelings on this beer. For one, it's probably infected. But besides that, it's not bad!

nickd717, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Dark brown, cola colored body with an aggressive head for a stout. The head is not the thick and creamy type that you'd normally see in a stout, but a tall and thin one.

Nose is chocolate and burnt coffee with a little bit of earthy spices.

The chocolate that was picked up in the scent is more of a dry baker's chocolate in the taste. Aside from that, this is all dark roast to the point of tasting like coffee that's sat on the burner too long, leaving an acidic-like taste. The back end is smokey.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Despite the thin(ner) mouthfeel, this beer drinks rather heavy. The abv is not detectable. The deep roast on this one is just way to much for me. It was easy to enjoy one glass, but a chore to finish a 750ml.

Vonerichs, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I never knew that a Mariners fan would provide a ChiSox fan like me with so much joy. This brew pours a solid onyx topped by over a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, toasted oats, chocolate powder, and what seems like a bit of figs. The taste follows pretty closely, with some late additions to the squad: bitter dark chocolate, burnt biscuits, coffee, rye spice, plums, and a dash of floral hops. The body is a very light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry feel and finish. Overall, this stout is all over the dark-beer map, but still manages to maintain its composure, allowing for an enjoyable drinking experience.

TMoney2591, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

pours an opaque black with a very large khaki head, and nice lacing.

smell is of powdered chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and a hint of dark fruits.

taste is of milk chocolate, some sour malt, a little coffee, some roastiness in the back, and some dark fruits, ends a little dry and a touch of bitterness.

froghop, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev +4%

750ml Picked up in South Bend IN.
Pretty much black pour with a huge frothy tan head. Stuck around forever as well.

Roast malt, light chocolate and hint of bannana or chocolate covered fruits. Some herbal spice tones as well? Belgian yeast always does strange things to the nose of stouts/porters imo.

Thankfully, they don't seem to do strange things to the taste. Roast malt, molasses and dark chocolate. Faintest red fruits and bannana in there. Finishes a little dry with cocoa and coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid mid bodied and creamy. Goes down easy, no alcohol presence. Not as good as the other Imerial Stout I had from Boulevard, but still worth trying.

Bung, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +0.8%

This bottle was given as a generous gift on what was already quite a pleasant evening. There aren't many ways in which a night can get better! A big thanks again to Rebecca and PJ for bringing it back to me!

A: Incredible head... it poured almost like an effervescent Belgian, yielding about half beer / half head. As far as style goes, it's a bit much, but I gotta admit, I was a bit taken back by it. Rolling tan, taking a while to recede. Off to a good start...

S: Roasted malts, notes of chocolate and a dark fruit sweetness, all rolled together with some smokiness that works well with it.

T: Big roasted malt and a sweetness of dark fruits that is overlapped with smoky notes and a soft, hoppy bitterness to round it out. The Belgian yeast has an interesting quality that stands out a little differently than others using the same. Has a vinous quality to it in some sense... there's something else I'm detecting in this beer that I know but can't place a finger on at all.

M + D: Head was big, and body has a sparkling, assertive carbonation to go with it. Body is medium, quite smooth and slick with just a bit of hop bitterness left behind. Soft warming follows up, but it's almost like it's delayed... at least at first, and then it starts to pick up a little more as the glass goes on. An interesting brew, and one that I'd be happy to have another run-in with.

Proteus93, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml bottle served in Duvel tulip. Sent to me as an xtra by a generous BA...but I can't quite recall whom. I really need to start labeling the bottles I receive via trade.

A: Huge fluffy head is dark mocha in color. Body of the beer is very close to black. Head dissipates slowly. Nice lacing throughout the life of the beer. Ominous, intimidating look to this one :)

S: Restrained aromas of roasted malts. Some dark fruity scents are hiding in there as well. Overripe black cherry and red grape, and maybe some raisin. Subdued overall.

T: Sweet fruit up front that mirrors the dark fruits found in the aroma. Slightly tannic. A little woodiness. Toasted malt. Bitter chocolate and coffee with a semi-dry finish. As the beer warms some vanilla becomes apparent, as well as carmelized sugar. The belgian yeast provides a subtle, but unique flavor.

M: Well carbonated as are all of the bottle conditioned Smokestack beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is full, yet soft with a creamy texture. Oats lend a slightly chewy feel.

D: I found this to be quite drinkable. As the beer warms, layers of complexity come to the fore. This one held my interest from start to finish. Near 10% abv is nowhere to be found.

I continue to be impressed by the Smokestack Series. If Boulevard were available in my area I would have it on hand at all times. Dark Truth isn't in the stratosphere of the elite RIS's, but it is damn close. This is a beer that flies under the radar, and IMHO, it is better than it's rating would suggest. Give this a try.

AdamGarcia, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle via Brodie.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and lighter amounts of light yeastiness - mildly bready aromas with hints of dried bananas. As the beer warms moderate amounts of plum and date aromas make brief appearances.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. The roasted malts share equal billing with dark chocolate flavors up front and are joined quickly by good amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and figs as with the aroma. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors are joined by lighter banana flavors that quickly fade to let the roasted malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be a fairly complex and well done big stout. The yeast was a nice addition to a solid beer - be sure to give this one a shot.

glid02, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.73/5  rDev -6%

Thanks jconrick1
A: Pours a wonderful pitch. Thick tanish head, that laces
S:smoked plumbs. sweet alcohol
T: pretty sweet upfront. then the roast takes overs. hints of coffee, licorice, and hints of plumb. chocolate finish, and pretty dry at the end
M: appropriate to a stout, but not over bearing
D: solid

PSUDREW, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle unearthed from behind the two other Boulevard bombers that we haven't tried yet. Happy to be getting all these good bombers from a good brewery here in Minnesota.

Pours very dark...very bubbly...man overboard! Swallowed part of my lip (a scab, actually) sucking all the massive foaming power off the top of the gentle pour. Nice roast coming off the pint, along with lots of roasted malts. Roast is twice as nice.

The Dark Truth is stunningly roasted. Roast on top of roast flows across your teeth & gums & is recommended by 4 of 5 dentists. Beneath the roast that doesn't quite reach coffee levels is shots of chocolate, tingles of the Belgian yeast that are just apparent enough to be identified. The back end heralds a nice hop bite that plays perfectly with the malts, along with the faintest smoke from a distant fire.

Despite the thundering head, there's no overcarbonation here. Really easy to swill for a big, almost double-digit stout. Dangerous beer if you're planning on driving anywhere (I'm not!).

Very, very good brew. Another winner in bomber form from Boulevard.

maximum12, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2010
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.