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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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669 Reviews

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Reviews: 669
Hads: 2,314
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 392 | 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:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010

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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Reviews: 669 | Hads: 2,314
Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some dark fruits. Taste is smokey, roasted malts, hops, light coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of AlexR
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a good stout, one of the most complex beers from Boulevard for sure.

A: Very dark, as the marketing says ("inky") with a thin, caramel-ish head.
S: Mostly espresso, with some hops, unlike most stouts I've tried.
T: This is where it shines. You would never know it's 9.7% because the delicately balanced flavors of roasted coffee, fruitiness, and hops take over. Smooth, but with just enough of a bite.
F: Goes down fairly easy, but it's substantial. Full bodied on the entry, a bit dry on the finish.

O: Fantastic beer. I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of stouts or porters, since it takes the best things about that style of beer and amplifies them.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. All of the beers that I've had from Boulevard have impressed me and this was no exception to that adage, as the complexity of it really came out once this warmed up. A few on here have mentioned that this was the marriage of a Stout and a Quad and that would be a perfect way to sum this up. The body and booze of the former were present along with the yeast and fruit notes of the latter and combined with the recessed alcohol, made for a beer that was worth savoring from start to finish.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark chocolate hue, amazingly frothy head, and nice web of lacing to it as I took my first sips. Not a strong aroma here but there was lots of currant and plum and some booze that cut through those. The barley and oats come out in the taste as the body really balanced out the strength of this beer quite nicely while the alcohol slowly came in after each sip went down. Dark bread and baker's chocolate round out the flavor profile while the lively carbonation was just an extent of the yeast that was underneath all of this, giving this beer a nice pop.

While not feeling as strong as I thought, this is not something to chug down as it took quite a while to sit back and enjoy. Creamy, lively, and deep, this was unlike any Stout that I've ever had, let alone a Double or an Imperial. Slightly roasted like a Coffee Stout and with some spice like a foreign tea, there's so much going on here that this should be in a new category since it seems to be a hybrid of a few other styles. Another winner fro Boulevard that I enjoyed immensely even if I didn't quite pinpoint it. A must-try for any dark beer lover!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" Date of December 22nd, 2016
Reviewed on May 15th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A generous light brown head formed, a little over an inch in depth, collapsed, and left a decent amount of lacing. A bubbly foam cap followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Belgian yeast really stood out in the nose. Rich notes of roasted malts added depth to the aroma. Faint hit of spicy hops.

Sweet notes of plum hit the tongue first. Big presence of roasted malts: Espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle trace of nut. Spicy hops flared, leading to a semi-dry finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Definitely a Belgian-inspired stout! Many similarities to Quads. Dangerously drinkable. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a winner! Have been tasting a lot of stouts/porters of late and this one delivers. Deep, rich, complex flavors: Almost comes across as having multiple layers in fact, so seems to more or less delivers on the brewer's desc. Some nice sweetness buried in the roasty espresso notes, with surprisingly little bitterness in the finish. Great head, lacing, color, aroma, great thickness and very smooth. It definitely kicks back though. I was woozy for a bit afterwards.

2nd experience: Found this perhaps a bit too boozy the 2nd time around. Would Probably downgrade this one to the high 3's - 4.0 range based on this most recent experience. Clearly, there can be bottle-to-bottle-differences, particularly if purchased at different times, place, etc.

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Photo of dleigh
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let this one warm up for a minute. Nice notes of creamy plum and chocolate in the nose, and a great bitter-charred chocolate taste with some nice plum. A really nice beer--I agree with whichever other reviewer said (in so many words) that this was like the beautiful lovechild of a stout and a Belgian quad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: pitch black and dark motor color. Thick body but average tan colored head unlike the dark tan some imperial stouts like to brandish. Head originally rose to maybe 1/3" above the body.

Smell: Heavy smoked coffee scent but not too potent. Might be the temperature of the beer being a bit too cold.

Taste: Bitter, like a espresso feel that is ultra sticky. Almost the the point you feel like your drinking roasted coffee bean. Lacks the molasses feel which I crave but not all stouts are created to be equal.

Mouth: Meddium to heavy carbonation. Toasty finish with a dark cocoa feel.

Overall: Good brew, the cashier slightly over hyped it but worth picking up. Would I search the world for it, nah...but I would buy it again just because. Salud.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass: color is black, solid; head is tan and presents very thick, overflowing the glass rim, then some lacing and a 1/8 inch speckled top.

Smell is subtle in the complexity, starting fruity, mostly raisins/plum like notes, then some sweeter chocolate and finishing with light bitter espresso and earthy hop notes.

Taste is also complex, but more straightforward than the aroma the earthy/sweeter flavors present first, followed by the complex raisin/fruit and lighter spice notes that create a lingering flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is sweet forward then drying on the middle of the tongue, with softer presence on the sides of the tongue.

Overall, a nicely complex stout, subtle unique flavors and full mouthfeel create great balance with nice combination of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light can be seen thought it. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

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Photo of Jackolope
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Roasty flavors that mellow into a slightly spicy sweetness. Nice belly warmer. Would prefer a little sweeter finish. Looks great. I have one bottle left that I'll probably keep in the cellar until next winter so I can see how it ages. This bottle says it'll be good until the fall of 2016 so I'd like to see if a little bit of age will mellow some of those roast and spice notes.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful tan head, opaque black body. Full lacing, a tan curtain around the glass at each beer line after I take a drink.

S - Strong hit of roasted malt, a hint of blackened toast, a soy note, and a element of cocoa.

T - Big, full malt notes, combining strongly with a hit of dark chocolate, with a strong bitter close that is both hops and roasted malts.

M - A big beer that does not wave its big ABV around in your face. The downside is that the close, which is spiky and slick simultaneously. Not off-putting, but a slight shift away from what expect from a top notch stout.

O - Very good stout - powerful, varied, and avoids being a sipper. The bite in the close is a bit harsher than I prefer, but still delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, almost jet black. Head is small and fluffy.

S - Mostly toasted malt with a very slight fruitiness.

T - The malt hits right up front with intense roasty and chocolatey notes, which give way to a berrylike fruitiness, which all combines into a very interesting residual sweetness.

M - Not as crushing as I'd like a stout like this to be, but nonetheless smooth and very subdued fizz.

O - Could definitely benefit from being a little heavier, but the yeast choice took this interesting brew to an entirely new level.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with some ruby highlights. The brown head is puffy and dense.

The aroma is of dark fruits, plum and candied cherries. There is a light milk chocolate scent. Not a very powerful aroma.

The taste is a different story. A moderate roast base malt provides the beer with some ash, coffee, and dark chocolate notes. Not overly roasty. Subtle dark fruit flavors mix with the spicy Belgian yeast to give the beer a noticeable BSDA twist. Dark cherries and raisin. A bit of a metallic twang in the finish.

Moderate to full body with prickly carbonation. Doesn't really sit like a stout but that is ok. Sweet and roasty bitter on the palate. A tad sticky in the finish with slight belly burn from the ABV.

A really good Belgian stout. A real nice mix between a stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a creamy brown head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Dark chocolate, fruity notes, dark malt, hint of coffee, and a little alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate, some stone fruit notes, peach and plumb, roasted malt, a hint of coffee comes out as it warms, a little spicy, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, silky smooth, and a little warmth on the finish.

O: Different, but really quite good. I've had it before where the Belgian yeast stands out a bit more, but I think a little age mellows it out nicely.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at approx. 56-58 degrees.

Ink black color. Semi-moderate khaki tan colored head. Smells roasted, toasted, slightly bitter, and a bit sweet if I keep on puffing it.

Tastes big and complex. Its definitely dominated by a huge roasted malt profile. Smooth and silky taste upfront leads the way to a more abrupt, hard-water or blood/iron-like taste which quickly gives away to a smokey, peaty (grassy), malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Possibly a bit thinner than this beer's appearance leads on, which is probably a good thing. This thing is INKY black.

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Photo of ordybill
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma.
Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head.
Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didn't care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick.
Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty cool Mashup of western European inspired ingredients. Hopefully it doesn't end up like a scrambled mess of a transporter accident. Beam me up Scotty.

A: Poured into a spieglau stout goblet. Charcoal black and a lofty mocha cream head. Dense and long lasting.

S: I'm getting wafts of strong ethanol combined with the grassy spice of saazesque hops. Intermittently the cocoa and dark fruit character come thru.

M: Has a slick feel, cream like body. Semi viscous. A tad high carb level. Plenty of astringency.

T: Has quite a bite. Bitter, dark chocolate. Lots of herbal character. Plums, raisins and char. Needs some time to warm. Otherwise the fruit belgian yeast sweetness works perfectly with the bitter char. Pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Mikus
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the tulip. This isn't the prettiest stout... lots of floaters, darkest brown with a ring of mocha bubbles and a hint of lacing. Aromas of dark malt, delicious dark fruits (raisins, figs) and spicy yeast. Definitely opens up as the glass warms. Unique flavors (like all Boulevard I have tried), and wasn't expecting the Belgian influence. Had to do a double take at the bottle label. Roasty goodness, bitter chocolate notes, and a nice hint of smokiness. More chocolate/smokiness on the end of the taste. Dark fruits and spicy yeast emerged as the experience continued. Chewy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Definitely hearty. Nice lingering, with hints of the last sip carrying over to the next. Smokestack series is amazing.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: inky black, dark brown foam head slimmed into a flimsy film

S: roasted espresso beans, burnt wood, spice, cocoa, molasses

T: very complex - flavors of spice and dark fruit woven amid the chocolate and espresso and char - hops of earth and spice of rye and funk of yeast all pop up as it works its way across the tongue

M: smooth but with some spiced tingle; medium-weight, modest carbonation, creamy at times, tight at others - drying finish with a wisp of wood and char

O: very impressed - was expecting a run-of-the-mill stout, instead stumbled upon a massive brew that brings a lot of potentially disparate elements together into a harmonious whole

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle $ 3.19 at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
BB 11/25/16 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of light smoke and plum
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 3 mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with light smokiness which last the entire session. A slight hint of plum mingled with roasted malt shines through.
Palate full, dry, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was going to wait till 2016 to open this but decided to have it tonight. Not quite what I was hoping for. A bit too boozy and not a lot of flavor to back it up. Definitely something off about it.

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Photo of wasso67
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy earthy black with a nice brown head. Aroma is of fruity ester with alcohol and some coffee notes. Nice bitter beginning with lots of earthy flavor and good mouthfeel...like a stout should have. Alcohol is very noticeable with a bit of an astringent finish. Good beer

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Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/25/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger mocha-colored heat that lingers
S: Burnt malt, cocoa, espresso, a hint of hops
T: Matches the nowe with malt/cococa/coffee but also adds a nice toffee/caramel/molasses note as well
M: Big but balanced, a touch viscous but not hot
O: A solid Imperial Stout. The only thing that could make it better is if the hops were a bit more pronounced; the dark/malt notes are great

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Photo of Chris33
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as a present for Valentine's Day from my fiancé.
Poured into a pint glass

1-2 finger head that lingered with partial lacing
Dark black in color

Burnt chocolate and coffee notes to the nose, very malty.

Taste is delicious! Very smooth chocolatey flavor filled in with coffee and currant notes. Very mild bitterness aftertaste.

Overall this is a great pick-up! Thankful for the gift. Smooth but filing with full flavor.
I will definitely purchase again now that Boulevard is selling in Ohio

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.