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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,855 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 255 | 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 JohnQVegas
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into The Bruery tulip, dated 2010-1, 01-13. Grabbed this one before Boulevard pulled out of Tennessee several months ago.

Pours deep black, with a big, towering, rocky light brown head on top. Takes awhile to finish the pour, letting the head settle in between; nice retention, very good lacing. Head settles into a dense, one finger cap after a bit, with solid walls of lacing.

Nose is a bit of char, a bit of burnt sugar, hinting towards espresso and dark fruit. Alcohol comes through clearly; the Belgian yeast strain does a great job of this one, adding a hefty dose of fruitiness to the mix that mixes quite well. Very nice.

Taste is... pleasant, quite enjoyable. Dark fruits are clear, a bit of brown sugar, along with a lightly roasted malt character underneath that blends nicely. Alcohol never gets boozy, and isn't felt till it's on its way down while still adding just a bit of complexity. Finish is a bit more earthy roasted malt, more fruits on the exhale, hinting at molasses. Belgian yeast tends to simplify things down a bit, very fruity, but just roasty enough to balance. well done.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected thanks to the Belgian yeast strain, but with a bit of elevated carbonation to make up for things. Quite nice, and ridiculously drinkable - the fruitiness goes a long ways towards hiding the alcohol.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of scubasteve04
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I consumed this lovely brew from Boulevard's Smokestack Series out of my Smokestack Series tulip glass. It was pretty cool.

A: Very dark (shocking), almost black liquid that bubbled up very quickly to form a massive, frothy, mocha head. The foam held up very well over time, and left an abundance of tan foam on the walls of the glass after every sip.

S: Very warm, and welcoming. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma, and a very faint but present dose of hop freshness mixed with...I'm gonna go with prunes. Don't smell all 9.7% abv, but you can tell that water is not the only liquid at the party.

T: There's a bunch of bitter dark chocolate and coffee-like flavors right away, then those dark prune and raisin notes produced by those crafty little Belgian yeasties start to show up. The finish is a slightly bitter, hop flavor that sort of blends in with the dark roasts.

M: This is some viscous stuff. It is gonna coat the entire inside of your mouth whether you want it to or not, and stay there. The may sound undesirable for say, motor oil, but in the case of Dark Truth is a good thing, because it tastes way better than motor oil.

D: I was going to give this a 3, but I had just eaten some food, and might have been slightly full, so 3.5 it is. In any case, this is a very hearty brew, and drinks like a large piece of delicious, but dense chocolate cake. You want more, but it isn't always easy to finish all of it. I've had some 10% abv or higher brews that drink a little easier, but it isn't too bad.

scubasteve04, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Ponies
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of 12oz bottles, freshness date 7/30/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A pitch black body, with a beautiful 3 finger tan/mocha head. I can't ask for much more in the appearance of a stout. Looks great, can't wait to taste it.

S- Smell is a lot of chocolate, but it's subtle. There is almost a sour smell (like a sour fruit) with a deep inhale. Not at all off-putting, just difficult to detect. The smell is not as robust as I would have hoped, cold or warm.

T- The initial taste is initially a sting of yeast, but follows with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Thankfully, the coffee is not overwhelming and makes for a nice mid-palate flavor. Malt and a slight alcohol burn (but not unpleasant at all) finish off this beer. Outside of the initial spike, this beer has a deep, robust flavor that I enjoyed, even after swallowing.

MF- Not too thick, but not exactly thin either. Honestly, I would have enjoyed it more had it been a touch more substantial. The carbonation is just right though, and it sticks with you.

D- the four pack I bought was well split between my friend and I. I could have easily drank more than two, but it wasn't necessary at all. The ABV is a little sneaky in this beer, you can taste the slight burn, but it's not overwhelming enough to let you know what is coming. I could easily drink 4 or more of these in a session as a stout fan.

While it isn't the best stout, I have a special place in my heart for Boulevard beers, and this is one of their best efforts. I was not disappointed at all, and as long as you go into this with realistic expectations (above average stout, but not the best) you will enjoy this beer thoroughly.

Ponies, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shaped like a mini version of the 750ml they also bottle the Smokestack brews in. I drank this from a Brooklyn tulip glass.
Pours very dark and opaque, topped with a lingering, tan froth.
Smells immediately roasty and fruity. Sweet notes of toffee and molasses, with a definite belgian yeast presence. Very fruity, floral and complex.
The flavor opens with a burst of roasty, bittersweet chocolate molasses and toffee flavors. Prune fruitiness. Well integrated flavors, blending seamlessly from start to finish. Heavy body, with strong, surging carbonation. I could do with a little less bubbles, but it's fine. It would be so soft and silky with a bit less carbonation. Mild hops. Lingering molasses aftertaste. Not a standard imperial stout, more like Hercule from Ellezelloise.

UnionMade, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 15 Aug 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Large long lasting lacy dark brown head. Moderate carbonation. Black in color. Aroma is bittersweet cocoa with lots of dark dried fruit, particularly fig. Starts with bittersweet chocolate, lots of chocolate. Like melting chocolate over a double boiler chocolate. Well, maybe not quite that much. More dried fruit, again mostly fig. Almost has a fudgy quality. Chocolate, figs and warming ethanol in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

Would be nice with some vanilla ice cream.

htomsirveaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of midworken
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black/brown with a toffee colored head that seemed to last forever. Left lacing that lasted throughout the tasting.
Aromas were quite fantastic. Spiciness hits you up front with the smell of herbs and earthy flavorings. Some astringency is present, but it is mild and not overpowering. Mild chocolate aromas come to life that lead into faint coffee. I decided this was the smell I want my house to have. I smelled this stout for a while enjoying it's aromas until I decided to take the first sip...
The taste mirrored the flavors found in the aromas. There was an earthy base with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. I'm not a big fan of big coffee stouts, and this one seems to be just right. It's not overly sweet either, with the hop bitterness balancing well. The creaminess of this stout is superb as the complexity of this beer continues to present itself. In my mind there are truly very few stouts that are of this caliber. My ONLY complaint, if there is anything to complain about, is the slight stringency that comes about a second after it hits your tongue. It dissipates quickly and allows the wonderful flavors to come through.
The creaminess of this stout really entices you. You do notice the alcohol, and that is what holds you back. Really a wonderful beer for great sipping.

midworken, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black dark brown black color. Did I mention black? One finger of tan head that leaves very impressive lacing.

Smell is earthy hops grass, fresh ground herbs. Hops seem out of place in aroma for a stout to me.

Ok well taste is a big improvement from the smell. Big rich roasty flavor. Less sweet than most big stouts. I'm really digging the singed bread, bonfire dry but rich in flavor thing going on here. Well thats kind of a muddled thought, hope you understand. Slight earthy hop presence blends well with dryness. Works well.

Mouthfeel is dry and rich at the same time. Moderate carbonation. Well done here.

Nicely drinkable but flavors are a bit sharp. Really loving this roasty stout. Cheers to Boulevard on putting it in 12oz. bottles!

pdoran10, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black into my goblet with about one finger of tan head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S - Pretty mild aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and molasses and a bit of alcohol.

T - Deep roasted malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, plums and raisins, with a bit of alcohol burn and warmth.

M - As most Boulevard brews, over carbonated... decent balance though.

D - Very drinkable, not overwhelming and pretty tasty, well done.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in an elevated tulip

A - pours with over an inch of frothy and fluffy, dark tan colored foam. looks like its just not going to go away. the beer is just about pitch black. insane amount of thick lacing left behind. almost getting to the point of being annoying is this head JUST WONT DIE.

S - ummm...where's the beer? detecting some minerals, dark roasted malt, lightly fruity phenols. lame.

T - a bit more going on here. starts off moderately sweet, wit some lightly fruity yeast, chocolate, and vanilla. roast slowly creeps in and takes over, with a hefty earthy hop kick near the end.

M - medium bodied, with somewhat bright and fizzy carbonation - very Belgian-esque. a bit chewy at the finish with some minor alcohol burn.

D - unique to say the least. almost more of a robust Americanized Belgian Dark Strong than an Imp Stout. has its moments yet seems a bit misguided and confused at times.

Stigs, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. I wanted some head, and I got some: four fingers worth of thick, very tanned foam that dissipated slowly. The color is an opaque black.

Smell: Surprisingly faint, even after it warmed. At first the aroma is very funky. It almost smells like a cross between muskmelon and rubbing alcohol. Underneath that are aromas of Belgian yeast, roasted dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some sweet caramel.

Taste: The mouth feel is very thick and creamy. I can already feel myself getting heartburn. The flavors blend smoothly: Belgian yeast, dark fruit (mostly plum), roasted dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a woody, barrel-aged presence (like some Scotch have). Speaking of Scotch, the end of each sip is very warming with an alcohol sting, which couples nicely with the roasted malt bitterness.

Drinkability: This is the first Smokestack Series beer I have had from Boulevard, and I am very impressed. The dark truth about this one is it is a very good imperial stout.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of herman77
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a big dark tan head. Killer, thick bands of lace. A very good looking Imp stout.

S: Kind of an odd nose. Not much roasted malt, more fruity notes to it. Melon? This has gotta be from the Belgium yeast. Some carmel sweetness. Different nose for this style.

T: You get that fruity, slightly spicy belgium yeast taste right away. Then the more traditional stout flavors take over. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. In the finish, the fruity, plum and slightly spicy belgium taste comes back.

M: Medium to fuller body. Smooth and a little creamy. Nice soft carbonation.

D: Doesn't taste like its 9.7%. Its good, but I don't think the belgium yeast works that well in this, its a little odd.

herman77, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of shir0043
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner Glass. Beers pours a solid black with a good 2" tan foam head. It looks great.

At the time of the poor the beer was cold (~34F) which led to a minimal smell of floral hops, burnt and sweet malts, some kind of fermented fruit (plum?) and alcohol. Once the beer warmed up, smells intensified like a good imperial should.

Up front taste is sharp and seems almost metallic followed by sweet dark chocolate, hop bitterness, and alcohol. The taste finishes with bitter roasted dark malts which lingers in the mouth for a good 15-20 seconds. The taste is good and is what should be expected for the style .... with the exception of the strange metallic taste.

My biggest complaint with the beer is the mouthfeel which seems too thin for this style and ABV. Overall a fine imperial stout but there are better beers for the money. I'll cellar the remaining four beers and update this review if the beer changes very much over time.

shir0043, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Very heady, dark and inviting. Ripe plum and faint phenols show the Belgian yeast off in the nose, even through the dark malt aromas. Insanely smooth and creamy, lush, full body. A bit of clean alcohol, tart plum, burnt sugar, taffy, grilled bread and a faint herbal hop are the more forward flavors in this complex brew. On the sweeter side, but there is a whole lot of char activity to keep things exciting from sip to sip. Too drinkable for the strength; an amazing beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2010 - 1
Best Before 1-2013
No 14 in Smokestack series

A - Solid black with a thick 3 finger soapy looking head.

S - Smells a little clean for what I was expecting. Molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of smoke, a touch of rye and a woody cedar like aroma. Aroma is more noticeable as the carbonation settles and it warms a bit.

T - Malty with roasted malt, almost burnt tasting, dark chocolate, slightly woody, molasses , plums and dates.

M - Medium to full body and on the high side for carbonation. Lingering sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Different from your normal stout and I noticed the bottle mentions rye and a Belgian yeast. Not sure I would have been able to pick those out but they do create a noticeable difference.

brewcrew76, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown alomst black color. There is some light red hues on the sides of the glass when I hold it up to the glass. One finger dark tan head that shows medium retention. This dies down to just whisps of foam on the top layer. Lots of ringy and streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in this one. There is some light toffee and hints of coffee as well. Darker fruits include plums, figs, and dates. Some light bittersweet chocoalte in the middle along with a hint of medicinal alcohol aroma. Ending is roasted malts with more of a smokey note to them than roasted.

T- Roasted malts in the front end blend with a bitter chocolate flavor. This gives it more of a smoked chocolate feel to it. Middle of the beer shows a darker fruit presence mixing with light caramel malt backbone. Interesting to say the least in the middle. Roasted malts come back for the ending along with a lot of warming alcohol flavor.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and darker fruits left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol, roasted malts, and hints of caramel and darker fruits. Flavor was balanced in the RIS style. Clean throughout with no off flavors. Medium-high drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good don't get me wrong. The alcohol was a constant which limited the drinkability as a whole for me. ABV was high but you could taste it. A nice drinker from Boulevard.

alleykatking, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, muddy reddish-brown head. Settles very very slowly. Substantial beer ring. Head never fully leaves you.

S: Dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, with a bit of a woody tone, and just a touch of peat.

T: Rich syrupy roasted malt flavor. Really nutty and woody; slightly sweet and peaty.

M: Thick, robust, and hearty syrupy body. A touch of sweet in the front, and a subtle peaty, dry finish.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is great. Dark intimidating appearance. Great ruddy head, and a nice sticky beer ring. Nose is a great roasted malt with sweet and woody components. Flavor is hearty and robust. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thinner body that is black in color. A massive cocoa colored head on top that leaves some lacing.

Quite fruity nose with some roasted malts behind.

Very fruity from the belgian yeast. Very, very floral hop presence. Quite spicy and toasty with some noticeable alcohol. Toasty aftertaste. There is a lot going on here, but I'm not sure I can see they are working in harmony.

A bit thin for the style, but the carbonation seems adequate. Dry finishing on the palate.

Has some real unique qualities for the style. As mentioned before, I'm just not sure how well they work together. I can't say that I would seek this one out again, but that's just me. Love that it does come in 12 oz. bottles though.

jera1350, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black (no light sifts through with backlighting) with 1 inch chocolately brown head. Good retention and lacing. Very nice.
S: Astringent herbal hops, melon, chocolate malt, sweet caramel and molasses. Hmmmm...interesting.
T: The herbal and fruity hops and roasted chocolate malt all hit at once up front...a bit jumbled. Once things settle down, melon, semisweet chocolate, and medium-roast coffee notes emerge. A hint of a sweetly floral note in the finish.
M: Medium body. Dry and bitter. Hints of sticky sweetness.
D: Big fan of the smokestack series, but this one isn't quite up to snuff. The balance of hops and malt is off. It is still a decent brew and certainly drinkable (esp for ABV).

mwilbur, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of birchstick
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A -pours as dark as the truth it claims to be with a nice chocolaty head that lingers around for a while.

S - deep, dark chocolates and toffee are most dominant with support from spicy dark fruits. Awesome nose, can't wait to try it!

T - whoa, a lot different than I had anticipated from the nose. It starts off very sweet and citrusy. Following this are tart green apples and pears. Is this an imperial stout? Wait for it...burnt chocolate malts arrive on the scene to rescue this beer from its identity crises. It finishes with spritzy and spicy hops and a lot of luxurious dark chocolates with a nice undertone of coffee. I wasn't expecting this at all - not bad, but certainly different.

M - tons of carbonation with a medium body. Not what I would expect from an imperial stout.

D - I really don't know how I feel about this beer. I feel like it had nice complexity, but the flavors didn't seem to mesh well for me. If the citrus flavors were toned down and the chocolates turned up this would be an awesome stout. Not that this was bad, but I think I'll grab something else from the smokestack series next time.

birchstick, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black. Annoyingly huge, loose beige head (in a good way). Over flows for about 30 seconds (strong pour on my part, I guess). Amazing lace.

S: Syrup, malt, chocolate, dark fruit.

T: Smoke, dark chocolate. Dark fruit sweetness. Nice bitter. Coffee.

M: Thick like a Guinness but with more syrup and alot more bitter twinge.

D: Really nice. Holds a great heavy presence but I could definitely have more than a few.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a four pack.

Black as the ace of spades. Good head that lasted and turned into a thin film. Great lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee but has a slightly oddball medicinal aroma. Minimal alcohol in the nose.

Tastes very nice, typically smokestack in every way. A nice roasted malt backbone is accented by dark semi-sweet baker's chocolate and percolated coffee. Sweet dark fruits complete this delicious imperial stout.

A very nice and full bodied beer that hides the pretty alcohol well. Slightly warming. Easy going choco-fruit and coffee aftertaste lingers nicely.

Drinks very well. One of my favorite imperial stouts in the category of drinkability. Could easily drink two of these.

The thing that stands out about this beer is the fact that it's not too over the top, it's simply an excellent example of a style that's gone a little bit out of control of late. This beer shows that extremes aren't necessary and aren't automatically preferable. A solid, delicious beer that makes a profound statement in its simplicity.

Bravo to boulevard for making smokestacks in the four-12oz format. I will surely buy far more of these beers in this format than in the 750 size.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Black as space. No light shines through this midnight brew, which pours into a beautiful head leaving spongy lacing.

S -- Chocolate and dark fruit, a hint of smoke.

T -- Smoke and chocolate fading into dark fruits, a light caramel essence that is completely eclipsed by the dryness, but what one would expect from an Impy. Very nice.

M -- Silky and decadent yet a drying finish. Very complex.

D -- Very nice, worth a repeat for any Impy fan.

CPeterson, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1-23-2010, drank 12-23-2010.
I'm torn on how to review this one, because it's a very good beer, but I don't think it quites fit the style. And here's why: it's a bit sweet and fruity, with a well hidden abv. Maybe I don't get the ADIS style. Oh well, this is a great beer.

Pours dark. Black. Nice off-brown,fluffy head. Could use a bit more density...but darn fine.

Aroma is fruity, dark fruit...plums, some cocoa, raisin, molasses. Intriguing...I just wanna drink it!
And good think I did. Tastes wonderful. Bold. Dark cherries, black plums, tobacco, cocoa, leather, some roastiness. I don't get much, if any, coffee flavors. That's fine with me.
Again, it's not like the other ADIS I've had. Maybe that's a good thing...I know it is.
Very easy drinking.

Mebuzzard, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of MorningBeer
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at John's grocery in Iowa City, IA.

This is the darkest beer I've ever poured. It's nearly black as it pours from the bottle to the glass. No light is able to make it through this one!

The head emerged with a delay, which I've never seen before. It poured a thick, cocoa colored two + finger head. Settled to a 1/4 inch creamy layer, coating all surfaces of the glass with lace. Exceptional appearance!

I've smelled this three times. Very nice. I'm getting some hints of roasted coffee, a milk and dark chocolate, and carmel. They are present, none dominant, and hovering around a light booziness.

The taste is similar. Balanced and bold. Tiny bursts of carbonation hit up front. The coffee next. The chocolate on the back of the palate, more dark chocolate than milk. There's a quick touch of carmel syrup that fades to a warm alcohol.

Mouthful is medium to heavy. Nice overall.

This is not a session beer. It is drinkable, yes, but I'll enjoy this one today and save one for another day. Great in late morning or after dinner.

MorningBeer, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Black, active, thick creamy tan head with good retention and thick lacing.

Roasty, smoky, some dark fruit, and heat. Malty sweetness just barely noticeable underneath.

Roasty flavors and bitterness are prominent but balanced well by the malty base, which imparts a hint of sweetness in the background. Vague notes of dark fruit add another layer of barely discernible depth.

Warm but not quite hot, with the tiniest sting from the carbonation. Full body with roasty bitter finish.

Very tasty and bold, relatively smooth for the style. Solid. If you like the style, it's certainly worth a try.

With the exception of the raisiny dark fruit elements, I didn't get the Belgian yeast character. And I definitely didn't find any German or other hops with all the bold roast.

sprucetip, Dec 22, 2010
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.