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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1595
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

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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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by date of 07/27/2013 picked up as part of a sampler pack in late 2012. Cool Boulevard etching on the actual bottle. I pulled it out of the fridge and let it warm up for about 20 minutes to get it to a preferred temperature.

Appearance: Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter this beer pours two fingers of brown, fluffy head. The kind you could set a bottle cap on. The head lasted for a few minutes and eventually faded to a nice cap, leaving thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Black body as expected. Looks awesome for an imperial stout.

Smell: Slight coffee, chocolate frosting, sweet cream, chocolate pudding, faint cardboard, cherries, plums, and roasted barley. Smells awesome.

Taste: Spicy plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar and dry cardboard up front. Follows with sweet chocolate and dates, a lingering hop bitterness and a drying heat. The finish is nice and bready like a slice of spicy, crusty sandwich bread. Awesome chocolate notes but the creeping heat and bitterness kind of detract from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouth covering with a low carbonation. It feels sticky and dry. Very nice.

Overall: I’ll admit I shouldn’t have aged this one as long as it’s developing some cardboard like, fusel type notes. That aside it’s an amazing look imperial stout with a sweet, delicious nose. As for the taste I’d like to get more of the chocolate notes instead of the lingering hop bite and heat. Spot on mouthfeel for an aged imperial stout. Overall, it’s worth picking up a single for your mix six. Though where it’s at now I’d say drink this one fresh over aged. Much more enjoyable with some aged cheddar and raspberry bars I had in the kitchen.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:33:20 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that died quick with minor lace. Mostly a roasted, coffee malt aroma although the chocolate is pretty noticeable and hints of dark fruits (mostly figs). Taste is the same as a good balance between chocolate and roasted, coffee-esque malts come into play and there are some figs/toffee tastes that come through as well (other dark fruits that people notice like raisins/plums/black cherries I am not getting). Can't say anything spectacular about this beer but it's slightly sticky, smooth, fuller bodied and just really hit the spot for me and had a nice little sweetness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:11:06 | More by clayrock81
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3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

beefy, viscous stout with belgian characteristics from boulevard. poured an impenetrable black with a light tan head into the pint glass. considerably clinging lacing on the sides. nose is the weakest part of this brew, though. definite notes of plum/prune, some candied apple, and hints of chocolate but not as potent as i would have hoped for a beer described as an amalgamation of roasted english malt, belgian yeast, and german hops. in fact, i barely got any roastiness until the beer was across the palate. as it goes down, i get fruitiness at the front, dark chocolate on the mid palate, and a bittersweet, roasted malt/coffee finish. the rich, filling, mouthfeel is probably the best aspect of the ale; a pleasingly robust, american stout profile to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 06:19:35 | More by dannydetox
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Black. This beer is black as night. The only thing I can possibly see is carbonation rising rapidly to the surface along the sides of the snifter. The head is mocha brown, intensely silky, and dense. The head never settles below a finger in height and completely paints the glass with thick lacing. There's is no section of glass that isn't covered in silky lace. Dark Truth is an exceptional looking stout.

Belgian stouts. I can't really get behind the idea and as good as this beer looks the nose throws me for a loop. Roast and easy alcohol combine with Belgian esters of overripe banana and metallic copper (I always get this in Belgian style stouts). Toasted marshmallows and soft berries tiptoe around the periphery.

The flavor steps stride for stride with the aroma but does show a bolder, richer roastiness. Roastiness hits upfront and follows through to the finish. Belgian esters again kick in but are softer on the palate; bananas mostly. I sill get a touch of that metallic copper. The dark berries have more of a place in the flavor than aroma and lightly toasted marshmallow brings up the rear. The roast lingers nicely.

I'm at a crossroads here. The body has some density but the carbonation is so aggressive and appropriately dialed in, Belgian style, that it's incredibly airy, frothy, and luxurious. With that said, it's strange to me that a roasty stout has that sort of feel. The finish is dry. They nailed Belgian style carbonation. Seems strange on a stout though.

Again, I can't really get behind Belgian style stouts. I'm not a big fan of the esters thrown into a nice roasty beer. With that said, Boulevard nailed the mouthfeel and this beer is much better than I expected. Worth a try I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:12:24 | More by joe1510
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark as night (as if I couldn't guess). Kaki colored head. Very sudsy head. Tight bubbles. Very inviting!

S- Dark fruits. Dark roasted iced coffee scents. Malty. Ethyl alcohol. Funky from the belgian yeast. Really inviting.

T- First was a hit of a clean water. Then came iced coffee, roasted malts, and ethyl alcohol. Same as in the smell, there is a nice Belgian yeast character that comes out. Earthy, barnyard type taste. Some dark fruits and a earthy kind of hop spice from the German hops. Very smooth. Not too much burn at all here.
*When warmer, the fruits and the alcohol flavor is more pronounced.

M- Full mouthfeel. Not hard to drink really. Warms the bones nicely. Not real sure what else to write here.

*-This is awesome stuff. Has a nice malty, coffee-ish/dark fruit flavor from the British malts, with a slight undertone of German hoppy spice. Not a huge fan of this when warm, so I'd recommend it cool. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:14:40 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

The beer is pitch black and hold a mocha colored head with great retention. Perfectly foamy lacing coats the glass in almost symmetrical patterns.

The aroma is oily black licorice, rich dark chocolate, and coffee from dark roasted malts.

The taste is silky and smooth with roasted malts, rich chocolate, and a faint black licorice. The finish is dry and maybe even chalky.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, silky and dry.

Overall, very rich and bitter, bringing all if the good flavors with it. Good dessert beer to take your time with because of the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 15:51:17 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a teku; there’s some bottling and freshness dating here, I believe, but it’s mostly spread around / wiped off. Regardless, I believe this is from this year, so it’s moderately fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Three good, thick fingers of cappuccino-colored, very fine foam easily rise off of the pour, capping a jet-black body that appears to be more or less opaque. The head dies down slowly, leaving some frothy collars and a wavy cap in the center of the glass. This is a fantastic-looking stout, that’s for sure.

Smell (3.75): Lots of dark fruit and molasses aroma, like dates, blackstrap molasses, a little cocoa powder, and some cold-brewed coffee underneath it. It smells like dark pit fruits stuffed inside a dark, molasses-y fruitcake dusted with cocoa powder, which I realize is not a thing, but hey—it is what it is. It’s intriguing. Smells rich, interesting, different, and appetizing, but it’s more Belgian than Stout.

Taste (4.0): In contrast, this is more Stout than Belgian (but still a mixture of both). Rich, smooth, and warming, with a flavor like concentrated cold-brewed coffee (like espresso thickness and richness but without the bitterness), some more of the dates/prunes/raisins mixture but not nearly as strong as in the nose, a lightly tangy fruit character, a little dark chocolate, molasses cookie, and a dense, coffee-flavored cake. While it’s got all these nice estery, yeasty tones from the Belgian side of things that add a new dimension to the malt body, the darkness and roastiness of the malt is what really comes out on top. Some spicy hop character melds well with a bit of alcohol burn. Kind of a mish-mash of different components, but it’s well-integrated.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Definitely a but on the full-side of medium-weight, with a smooth, somewhat velvety feel propelled by a very fine-grained, moderately tingly carbonation; the finish is almost dry, in spite of the richness of this beer. Excellent feel, overall.

Overall (4.0): This is an interesting stout, that’s for sure. It’s quite good, but a bit of an oddball, what with the roasted malt character colliding with the estery Belgian yeast and subtle, spicy hops character. But, as mentioned above, it’s all blended surprisingly well. In the end, its strength lies in the subtlety of its layered character: it’s easy to miss some of what’s going on here if you don’t pay attention, because at first it just seems like an oddly fruity imperial stout, but eventually it all melds quite well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:48:12 | More by fmccormi
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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Black body and a sticky, towering tan head.

s: A nice combination of deeply roasted chocolatey malts and hint of dark, jammy fruits.

t: Huge roast flavor, mostly dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Awesome. The finish falls off just a bit. Lingering char, a fair amount of heat, and some fruity Belgian yeast chracter.

m: Very substantial with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: Not my favorite Belgian stout, but this doesn't miss by much. Dark ir not, this stout is the truth.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:27:08 | More by DIM
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass...

On the pour, deep black with an hyper head buildup. Easy to get over 2 fingers head with the most gentle pour. Not to worry, things settle down to some real nice lacing, a light cap and lots of stick foam on the sides of the glass.

On the nose, coffee, roasty grains, plums. As it warms these notes get a little stronger and add maybe a little yeast and vanilla.

First taste is rich coffee, dark chocolate, plums, lots of toasted/roasted grain. Boozy, vanilla, smoke and spice come in right behind all that.

Lighter mouthfeel than I expected, what I guess others would consider thin for the style. Dryiong finish with a chocolate/coffee/plum/ finish that improved as it warmed up.

Overall, a pretty decent stout from someone who is a fan of stouts but not an expert. I can recommend it though and you wouldn't be sorry for trying it. Kudos to Boulevard for this particular "version", another good one to add to my list.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:17:37 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter at cellar temperature.

I poured it really slowly, but couldn't stop this stout from accumulating a fantastically frothy three-finger mocha-brown head that's so thick it even formed a mound rising a bit above the rim of the glass. Few beers other than Duvel can accomplish such a feat. It's pretty dang black and thick-looking, too.

Molasses, rich chocolate of both the milk and dark varieties, roasty coffee, raisins, and some sweet berry fruitiness waft up seductively as I take a whiff of this brew. The aroma definitely has strong elements of both imperial stouts AND Belgian strong dark ales, which isn't surprising considering the Belgian yeast mentioned on the label. There might also be a bit of rye in the scent, or rather the dough of a dark bread made with said type of flour. I haven't even taken a sip yet, and this stuff is already intoxicating me.

Whoa. The flavor delivers the goods. More molasses and raisins, along with other dark fruits like figs, all cloaked in luscious dark chocolate and a delightfully smoky finish of earthy coffee. It's got the most excellent combination of everything I love about imperial stouts and Belgian strong dark ales. Chocolaty, fruity, spicy, bready, roasty, and just delectable.

The feel matches the flavors wonderfully. Carbonation is pretty lax, and the viscosity is thick, like the molasses I was mentioning.

An outstanding stout, without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:14:44 | More by Kuaff
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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best by 2015.

Poured a thick oily black with a generous 2 finger thick & frothy oatmeal head. Some big bubbles there. Head slowly dissipated, leaving a covering about halfway through. Lacing was thick.

Nose was very nice. Getting a hint of coffee, then dried fruit

Wow, certainly going to enjoy this. Deep roasted malts, but not that burnt taste you somtimes get. Fruity tones very evident. Getting some spiciness as well

Mouth was slightly below full, the roasted malt left a brief toasted flavor on the sides of the tongue, mixing nicely with some slight spiciness. Dried fruit, plums apparently, from the belgian yeast?

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable beer from a brewery that sadly doesn't distribute to PA. Glad to have a relative close to the Mason-Dixon line. Looking forward to the 4 left in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 12:29:22 | More by MikeWard
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours and absolutely pitch black with a light brown head that fades rather abruptly. Admirable lacing. Not the most viscous looking stout, but appealing still.

S- Lots of plums, cherries, and dark fruits. The Belgium yeast is really put on a pedestal. Oats and coffee beans detected in the background.

T- Flavor follows nose quite well. A sweeter take on the style. Rich fruity esters, astringent hops and English style malts. A robust complexity. Finishes warm in the back of the throat.

M- Quite impressed with the feel. Creamy, yet drinkable. Fair amount of alcohol adds to the already intense complexity. Full body and appropriate, soft carbonation.

O- Certainly a different, yet welcomed, take on the style. Non-traditional. A belgium style stout of sorts. I enjoyed the twist and respect the effort here.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:34:59 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of DoubleJ


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

English malt. German hops. Belgian yeast. Isn't it ironic to see it called an American Stout? There's 12 ounces to drink, so time to dig in and slowly sip away. On to the beer:

Beer is ink black and topped with an inch of mocha colored head. The retention on top is good and it yields a show of settled lace. With one whiff of the aroma, you can get the Belgian accent. Of course, there is the standard note of faint chocolate from the malt. There's also the note of yeasty prunes, some roast, and...is that a kiss of rubber? Or some oddball aspect of the yeast?

First taste, a pleasant smokiness. It's yeasty too, though not quite Belgian Dark Ale yeasty. Quite fruity, with plums and red grapes, which compliment the smoky flavor. A slight astringency from the malt. The warmer it gets, the less astringent the beer becomes. It's full bodied, thick, with modest carbonation. For its size, the alcohol is hidden well too.

Boulevard Brewing isn't afraid to take some inspiration from across the Atlantic. Keep it up guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:10:02 | More by DoubleJ
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack after a meet and greet with one of the brewers at Boston Wine Exchange.

Pours a dark black with a thick mocha head.

Smells is spicy Belgian yeast, coffee and dark roasted malts, with a bit of vanilla.

I get some nice Belgian spice up front that fades into vanilla, then a subtle roasted character that sticks with you until your next sip.

My only problem with this beer is the mouthfeel. Its a bit thin and watery for an imperial stout. I'd like a bit more body on it.

Overall a solid imperial stout from a brewery that never disappoints. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:56:08 | More by GotWad629
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my nonic pint glass
BBD: 12/12/15

A - pretty much an opaque black pour with a monstrous, frothy caramel-brown colored head. Really tightly-packed bubbles. Great looking beer!

S - roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight vanilla and a little woodiness. A whiff of coffee grounds as well as a hint of some dark fruit (maybe plum). A little piney hop aroma comes through after the settle.

T - dark chocolate, some nuttiness but don't really get the dark fruits from the nose. Nice mild bitterness follows throughout. Booze is hidden rather well.

M - light-to-medium carbonation with a medium-sized mouthfeel. Somewhat of a dry finish with a "smoky campfire" taste.

O - nice job by Boulevard (as always imo). This stout is good! Comparable to Brooklyn's Black Choc Stout. Definitely a must try for stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:43:42 | More by JamesStreet
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark no light shinning through this one. Nice big coco colored head that falls of so slow and laces very well.

Aroma is nice chocolate, roasted notes, sweet malts and dark fruits plums/prunes. Soft sweet smelling very soothing light herbal hints underneath it all.

Taste is sweet to start very briefly, then chocolate roasted notes kick in. Nice chocolate that linger through out, some smokey roasted notes pop up. Finish is lingering roasted notes with good fruity notes and some spice and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is good big medium with nice smooth carbonation. Good feel for a big stout.

Overall very enjoyable the Belgian yeast make a good addition. The added fruitiness seems to go very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:30:43 | More by mntlover
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Specs in Austin, TX. Poured in to a Smokestack tulip. No born on date.

A - Pitch black color with a thick, and I do mean THICK, tan head that settles to a centemeter or two layer. The lacing is absurd.

S - This is not a typical stout. A strange mixture of coffee and dark fruits due to the Belgian yeast. Phenols and esters on the end.

T - Follows the nose with a lot of tartness and a dry finish. Dark fruits, alcohol, and coffee.

O - Interesting take on the style. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:25:50 | More by lancecenter
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, NC.

A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head.

S - Dark chocolate, dark fruits and boozy with hints of coffee and vanilla. Some roasted malts come through more as it warms.

T - Dark fruits and nuts. Lacks the malty depth of a big IS. A firm bitterness throughout. Tasty but not what I expected.

M - Light and airy from a fine carbonation. Seems a little thin underneath that.

O - A decent beer but not the IS I expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 12:17:13 | More by GJ40
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a HUGE head, medium-brown (retention no doubt helped by the glass). The body is very, very dark and opaque.

Smell: Hops and malts both evident. The malt is sweet and the hops are herbal-citrusy.

Taste: Fairly sweet but an ashy component, too. Pretty good mix. Dark fruit, light on hops. Alcohol comes out a little bit as it warms, but doesn't take over.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full and sugary, a little dry on the tongue in the back. Mild-moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite good, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:39:13 | More by fountainofyouth
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4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive double stout from Boulevard. Picked up one of the 12oz bottles from Cost Plus and am in the process of splitting it with my wife. Poured into a Bulleit Bourbon glass (oddly enough) is totally opaque black, and barely even lets any light through. Head is dark cocoa brown and takes up about half the glass. This is a good looking beer, for sure.

Nose on this is pretty rich, almost like a quad. Raisin, fig, apricot, jammy and sweet. Flavor brings an additional level of smoke, very little detectable alcohol, and just super-malt and jam. There's a tinge of bitterness to it, but otherwise a lot of sweet jam. Sticky on the lips and heavy-bodied, expectedly.

Overall, I'm not a stout guy per se, but this is friggin' amazing. I can't imagine getting an entire bomber, but I probably will get this again and split it with somebody. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:09:37 | More by BeerWizard
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South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The same guy I keep mentioning these reviews, my brother, decided to do some sort of leaning up program in order to look better naked...whatever dude...good luck- but I must say thank you- he allowed me to clear out the odd bottles of "fancy" beer from his fridge.
The highlight thus far is Boulevard Brewing's Dark Truth Stout.
Opaque black with a dark tan foam....nice smell of dark roasted barley....
The foam laces nicely as cocoa and mild fruit are moving around the palate-plum, fig, pear and maybe a touch of red apple...?
The bitterness reminds me of a strong coffee and lingers after the swallow. There is a definitive alcohol warming and flavor...but well balanced.
The body and abv mesh well...this is a very good beer.
I would love to have it on tap one day...I advise trying it if you are a fan of the stout family.
I rate this in the high 3's....maybe 3.9.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:44:22 | More by jploving
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4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

heaven in a bottle.... ...okay, here we go...

I've had several of these over the years, and consistently they are outstanding.

Pours black. Just like it should. Leaves little dark carmel colored head to just a lacing, depending on how slow I pour. little goopey things float around which, to me, is just part of a great beer.

1 hour later... I've got ADD and got distracted -um... its gone. sorry, it was great! I'll follow up with another detailed review next time I open one, it will be quite soon!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:10:41 | More by karengarys
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Truth Stout pours a black color with a nice large lacing tan head. There is a weak roasted malt aroma with a sharp bite. The taste is boozy, and has a sharp malt flavoring. Rather easy to drink, and good full body. Overall its a good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 03:08:07 | More by vette2006c5r
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Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BB February 12, 2015.

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good retention and lace.

Smell contains dark fruit, particularly raisin and plum. The Belgian yeast is really noticeable- this actually smells more like a BSDA than an imperial stout. Roasted malt is there as well, but less noticeable than the fruit and yeast.

Tasting it, I think it would be right to put this in the "Belgian Stout" category (which really should exist). The same dark fruits from the nose are upfront, along with the yeast, and the roasted malt right behind. Relatively sweet, but with an accompanying bitterness that becomes more apparent at the finish and brings a bit of a coffee flavour with it. Really a blend between a BSDA and a stout.

Full bodied, but a bit thin for the style (assuming the style is an imperial stout!). Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer, but you can't drink it expecting an imperial stout. The Belgian qualities are very strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:11:18 | More by jrenihan
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Yukon (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Big walls of lacing.

Big roast, char, chocolate

Semi sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits.

Very smooth and creamy. Nice imperial Stout with chocolate and roast.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:10:57 | More by kawilliams81
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.