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Dark Truth Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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704 Reviews
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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

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

Added by BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though considered a Double/Imperial Stout, I acknowledge the Belgian characteristics in this trying to make it unique but still poured it into t a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light foamy lacing sticks to the glass and then slides at a nice pace.
The smell started off with some dark fruit with a sugary booziness over top of a light roasty quality to it. Belgian spices slightly grace the underneath.
The taste was moderately sweet through the fruits and booze. Belgian spices slide in for the balance and then the roast treads right on in.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality. As already mentioned, the booze is strong in this one and also hits decently on my tongue. Carbonation felt right.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good Belgian stout, but lack of hops in the aroma makes me think that this could play off better as a Russian Imperial Stout with Belgian qualities in it than an American Double/Imperial Stout. Well, if anything, it is good for what it is and that's what matters the most.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a two finger fluffy mocha color head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is dark fruit, plum, spice, and roast malt with some booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy smooth. Overall, a very interesting take on a stout, with the German and belgian components showing themselves in different ways.

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Photo of weaponexpo
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a golden goblet.

A: lol, black. Very black

S:Figs, dark fruit, raisins, slight yeast, weak espresso, creamy and sweet.

T: like the smell with a quick dry finish

M: Creamy with a slight fizz.

O: solid beer and easy to drink. Didn't really balance fruit/coffee for my personal taste for me to stock up on but a great beer.

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Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, the best thing about the beer was its appearance. Still not a bad brew, though. Here goes:

A: Pitch black body, massive slow-to-build head, very thick and creamy. Also leaves plenty of lacing. Head is a beautiful dark black. You can't ask for a better appearance. This beer is everything you want an imperial stout to appear like.

S: Very winey. Retains a fig-like characteristic interspersed with raspberries and grape. Some espresso, but I was surprised by the fruity characteristics. Not my cup of tea, but I can understand why many would like this.

T: Follows the nose, with extra breadiness from the yeast. Can detect wine grapes, figs, licorice, and dark spices. This tastes more like and Belgian stout than an American Imperial Stout (and, lo' and behold, the beer was brewed with Belgian yeast).

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: A good beer. Just not my style, really.

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black in body with a root beer float head. Aroma of pennies and cola. Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa, cola, little bit of vegetation. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thin but pretty good otherwise.

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Truth is a best all-time imperial stout in a class and category that is difficult to match. Must try.
I'm not shy about rating it high.

A: Massive fist of dark tan head with lots of retention and lace over on an opaque, jet black body.

S: Massive core of dark fruit, akin to a Belgian dark strong. Charred wood, cedar, tobacco box. Church.

T: Big follow on the smell with up front dark fruit then transitioning to yeast, grass, char, roasted malts and some plum bread, and then finishing with long smokey, mesquite flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation and mid bodied. Woody but clean finish.

Overall: Totally original beer. The aroma is particularly surprising. Overall a favorite in a favored category and a must try beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good stout. Nothing special that stands out. It is drinkable and no alcohol presence. It drinks real smooth but I would like to see this in a barrel someday.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated "best by 12/22/16" into pint glass. Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Initial impression is raisins, chocolate and coffee, with some roasted malt notes in the background. Too much dark fruit and not enough sweetness for my taste. Very smooth. Medium mouthfeel - a little on the light side for a stout. Slightly dry finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Very enjoyable, although not the top of the class for the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paid $3.19 for this very reasonable. Into a goblet.

A - Very deep dark looking stout with a 1/2 inch of mocha tinted head. Not as viscous as I expected.
S - As others have stated this stout is very dark fruit forward some raisin and fig smells, coffee and bakers chocolate. Smells sweet.
T - Semi chalky like a Belgium stout with a lot of roast and chocolate malts. Not as sweet as I thought but still quite good.
M - As stated its not a heavy stout medium bodied and dry finish.

Overall it does get a bit better once it warms up but nothing really stood out for me. A very drink able stout regardless.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a pitch no light is allowed through black, mocha colored head that did not last, some spotty lacing, very little carbonation, just how I like my stouts to look.

A: Lots of dark fruit, figs, plums, raisins, slight Belgian yeast, hint of roasted coffee and malts, more on the sweet side than the roasted side.

T: Dark fruits, lots of them, figs, plums, raisins, hint of roasted coffee and malts, sweet, some bitterness towards the end, finishes dry with a slight Belgian yeast coming through, like the nose the flavor leans on the sweet side.

M: Medium body with a dry finish, did not look carbonated but carbonation comes through in the mouthfeel.

O: Looks good, smells good but the taste was a little disappointing, it has more dark fruit characteristics than I like, if a stout with lots of figs and plums is your liking, then this is your beer but I would have liked to see it balanced with more roasted notes, a solid beer but just not to my liking.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 'Best By 11/25/2016' (my guess is this beer has about a year of age on it). Pours dark, like any standard stout, with a nice amount of light-caramel colored head. Dark malts, booze, perhaps caramel, and a bit of cocoa in the nose. There seems to be a lot going in in the flavor department, with a little more complexity than the standard RIS: standard dark malt flavors, a decent amount of hops, a surprising amount of booze, perhaps a hint of dark fruits, all with a bitter (or dry) finish.

I was expecting more of a fruity Belgium flavor profile here, but it seems to have taken a back seat to the hops and the dark malts (which is fine by me). This is one of the better imperial stouts I have had. I hope to buy some more to cellar for a longer period of time and see how well they hold up.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with two fingers of tan head with decent retention and good lacing. The nose is nice roasted grain, raisins and some char. The taste is sweet and roasted at first then comes bitter char, tobacco, burnt coffee, black cherries and a bit smokey. The mouthfeel is full and round with nice carbonation. This is not a stout I would drink often, but it makes for an interesting, complex sipper.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of roasted malt, booze, cocoa and faint dark fruit. The taste follows with roasted dark malt, cocoa, bitter black coffee and a hint of alcohol. Good, not great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Dark Truth Stout"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/25/16"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

The back label pretty much sums up this beer, and I wouldn't simply defer to that unless it was completely true: "Roasted English malts provide a deep, rich texture, Belgian yeast bestows plum-like fruitiness, and German hops add spicy aromas as Dark Truth Stout mellows to a smooth, dry, smoky finish."

I think the roasted malts do far more than just "provide a deep, rich texture", and at first sip I thought they might have been overdone, but I changed my mind about that though as they don't lend too much of an acidic bite, and the range of flavors includes a good deal of chocolate and fudge as well as coffee and a touch of tobacco and charred wood.

The Belgian yeast isn't exactly clear, which is probably good because it lends character without taking center stage, and I get a touch of clove along with soft notes of dark skinned fruit (fig, plum, etc.).

Finally, the Saazer hops are clear, and very distinct. I though at first that they might be a bit too much as well, but again I rethought that and decided that they were actually perfect. I was just going based on an idea that I'd already had in my head of what the beer should be like - but it's perfect on it's own, and it's actually fairly unique.

It's not my favorite from the Smokestack Series, but at the same time there are really no flaws to it so I can hardly complain. If they have any left, for $1.92 I'll buy at least a six-pack of these and age them - I think it'll turn out nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of braker649er
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Look: Beautiful dark depth. Thick tan head that thinned but never disappeared.

Smell: A bit impenetrable. Dark truths were still a mystery at the smell stage. I picked up booziness, oat grain, maybe a bit of fig and some near-earthiness, not so much chocolate.

Taste: The flavors varied more--they were great! Chocolates with dark roasty caramel, figginess, definitely some booze, a bit of coffee?

Feel: Superb. Smooth and rich on the tongue and any sting/zip came from some warming alcohol, not fizzy carbonation.

Overall: A strong showing. Highlights for me were Feel, look, taste and smell, in that order.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

"Dark Truth" stout

12 oz. bottle poured into my Dark Horse tulip. Beautiful, opaque pitch-black fluid with a roch head that dissipates to an endlesly persistent quarter-inch or so. Smell is straight-up barbecued chicken, with sauce, and charcoal smoke. Possibly a hint of cigar smoke, as well. Smells delicious; no lighter fluid, thankfully. Taste is much more balanced, with big chocolate-malt and smoke flavors first, followed by some dark prune and dried-cherry notes, as well as that barbecued-chicken skin flavor, as well as Worcestershire sauce, pepper, soy sauce, and a hint of lemony citrus. Essentially, my dad's barbecue sauce (which included beer, by the way). Fruity Belgian-yeast, more smoke, hints of oak, and pepper round out the finish. Medium mouthfeel, with fairly strong carbonation, akin to a Belgian strong dark ale ("Trois Pistoles" comes to mind); could stand to be a bit richer, but very drinkable. Very good, complex and smoky, but balanced. Thanks, Nordbier!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date, best by 2/27/16. Pours black with a large brown head which recedes quickly. Smells of chocolate, earthy hops, and some espresso. Taste follows closely with an stronger roasted malt presence, some grainy flavors, and some lingering smoke. Carbonation is medium (despite the large head) and body is slightly above average for the style. Overall, pretty complex stout and worth trying.

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Photo of Murphious
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

OMG! This pours out into a tulip glass darker than a mine shaft during new moon. If that mine shaft had about a 2ft layer of tan mud floating on top for the foam. Then add the aroma of dark fruits, molasses and smoke. Now take a drink of this "mud puddle" and it has a hint of Belgian sour ale with maybe a bit of burnt peat like a good scotch. First tip of tongue taste was chocolaty but not again after that first sip. Dark Truth is close to an over-hyped bourbon barrel aged stout in flavor BUT without all that expense of aging in a barrel....amazing!

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am a snob. Or at least very demanding. I love this outstanding stout, yet I am disappointed.

It opens wonderfully, all black with a medium dark tan head. The aroma shows a little of the funky that is to come. The yeast shows in the smell in a strange but appealing way. On top of the roasty hoppy smells are the fruity yeasts. Or rather underneath is where they are sneaking.

The taste is a bitter, hoppy, roasty malty yeasty blend, all over the top, that totally conceals the booziness. But that booze comes back to haunt in the aftertaste and burp, and in the feeling. Not bad at all.

I expected more and wanted a smoother taste. I think this ale would benefit greatly from sitting for a full year. I will see if I can obtain another bottle or two and do that. Mine was labeled best by 2-24-2017 and it's 9-11-2015 - it should have sat a while longer for best enjoyment. I think.

This series (in 12 ounce versions) made me appreciate Boulevard as a great brewer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a perfectly good coffe/chocolaty stout for those who go for very strong beers, and JK particularly liked it; DL not so much; would be a good gift for JC of Baltimore who loves these. Not one we would go for - our fav is still Left Hand Milk Stout.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aptly named, as this one is about as black as black can be. The room seemed to get darker as it filled an Offero glass. The head reached one quarter of an inch of creamy dark chestnut foam that settled to a thin blanket after leaving a fine coating of lace. Each sip left a dense viscous film and legs.

Rich malt and deep roasted barley accentuate bittersweet chocolate and coffee, while sweet fruit and molasses punctuate. Warming further brings out the roasted character.

Flavor has a nice interplay between sweet and bitter with slight sourness in the background. Chocolate and coffee are dominant. Cookie dough and sweet lactose give way to fig and peat. The lingering finish is bitter and less complex than had been hoped for. Candy sugar and smoke are discernible late in the session.

Full bodied and palate coating, though not dense. Modest carbonation and alcohol are both less than had been expected. The mouth-feel is smooth with a cotton texture.

This is a fine, rainy day beer that could easily hold up to a cigar or pipe while relaxing or reading.

Aged about one year.

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Photo of BWood
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent stout. Nothing that I think I would but again. Alesmith speedway is much better as a year a round. I found this beer drinkable but missing something .

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. L: Pours deep bright black under a ½” dense light tan foam collar that quickly dissipates but produces excellent lace. S: Chocolate and a hint of smoke aromas and some dark dried fruit and a dry finish. T: rich malt flavors suggesting chocolate with a dry slightly smoky finish. F: full body and very creamy, luscious carbonation. O: A very nice imperial stout with an interesting smoke aspect and a luscious body.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, burnt molasses smoke with a more traditional mouthfeel and belgian yeast twist. Kind of incredible that this is a 9.7% alcohol beer! Especially when available at an average priced craft beer 4 pack

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deep black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is of dark fruit, like currants, and charcoal with grain. Jumbled a little, rather than clean, but nice. The taste is strong with bitterness, roasted scents, and booze. Full and engaging.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.