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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

679 Reviews

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Reviews: 679
Hads: 2,354
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 111
Gots: 414 | 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: 679 | Hads: 2,354
Photo of texasclimber
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a Darkside Fermentation snifter.

Appearance- Almost completely Black. Lightly toasted head (about 1/4 inch) that starts dense and dissipates quickly.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on. Probably just a little chocolate, slightly roasty aroma. Also i agree with some others that theres a musk there that i just cant quite put my finger on (not bad/not good just there).

Taste- A dark roasty lightly chocolaty taste with some very light dark fruit note. Still pretty "hot" with a very distinct boozy note.

Mouthfeel- Decent mouthfeel. For the most part it is smooth however i think i was expecting it to be a little more decadent than it turned out to be.

Overall- This isn't quite as good as I anticipated. I was hoping for a little more chocolaty tinge. This doesn't mean that i didn't enjoy it, however i think i was just a little more disappointed than i thought i would be.

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Photo of sweethome
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Spiegelau tulip from 12 oz. bottle. These beer glasses are the best! Wow what a head is delivered - pilow of dark tan on top of black beer. Beautiful in this glass. Truly, a sight to behold.

Ok - on to the beer...opaque - dark as night - the darkest night. Nice mix of yeast and complex malts. Licorice, roast, and a hint of smoke.

Entry is crisp and carbonated - hit of alcohol and complex roast. Dried figs, choclate and a bit of yeast. Some slight smokiness too. Crisp carbonation. This is a beer to savor. Long roasty finish with hints of dried fruits and nutty, sherry flavor.

By far, the best Boulevard beer I have had. Glad they entered the Chicago market - looking forward to trying more of the Smokestack series.

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

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip.
Batch #2010-1 Best by date 01-13.

Appearance- Black. No highlights whatsoever. Big caramel colored head. I will have to wait a minute till is dissipates. Be careful when pour this. Nice lacing.

Smell- Not a big aroma. Chocolate, roasty aroma. There is a little funk to it that I assume is coming from the Belgian yeast.

Taste-Smooth dark chocolate taste with some roasty malts and a little date note. Some alcohol right at the end.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. For some reason I expected this to be thinner. Maybe I thought the Belgian yeast would do that, but no. The feel is smooth and velvety.

Overall- This is better than I anticipated. I thought the yeast would impart a bigger flavor that I may not have liked, but it didn't.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from birchstick.

Pours dark, murky chocolate brown out of the bottle but settles in an opaque black with a small mocha head that recedes slowly to a thin cap.

The aroma is big and roasty with baker's chocolate and espresso but has an interesting dark fruit note that I would attribute to the Belgian yeast.

The taste has a light roasted character with the coffee and chocolate coming through as well as the rye, which I didn't get as much in the nose. It leads to a light spiciness in the finish that you don't normally find in an impy stout.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but comes across a tad lighter than you'd expect in the style.

This is not quite the beer that the Boulevard Impy Stout is but it's still tasty.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to france44.com, the online site where I purchased this; great sales staff and reasonable shipping (they ship by weigh, not bottle which is great), anyway...
Aromas are initially quite roasty and dark. Begins smoky but soon transitions into dark fruits, mainly figs and plums. Fruitier than I expected. Dark bitter chocolate in the background but definitely a background smell compared to the dark fruit and roast/smoke.
The taste begins with the typical roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, very pleasant. When you dig deeper you get a slight spicy/bitter quality from either the rye malt or the hops. As it warms you detect more of the dark fruit that I detected in the aroma; raisins, figs and ripe plums again. I assume the fruity flavors are from a Belgian yeast but I can't be certain.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy and delicious. Carbonation is more than adequate for a close to 10% beer, which I believe is absolutely necessary. Overall this is a big win for me. I love the unique flavors for the style. The Imperial stout category is so saturated nowadays with average run-of-the-mill flavored beers so when a stout is brewed that tastes great and is memorable it is an accomplishment; case in point.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the only Smokestack series that I haven't tried and the only one that is only available here in 12oz bottles. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty dark black color with no light visible through it. There was a light tan head of creamy looking mixed size bubbles that was about 1/2" after the pour and then started fading , but was only about 1/2 of the original height over a minute after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty healthy dose of Chocolate along with a bit of toffee and some evident American hops. The hops are well blended with some floral, and some mild citrus (Cascades?). The beer is getting more roasty as it warms up some and the hops are coming out more. As the beer warms up a bit, there is a bready character that is reminiscent of Belgian Yeast, but it plays a supporting role to the dark malts and alcohol.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma quite a bit. The Chocolate is more reserved here, but the hops are still a big player. There is quite a bit more roast and acidity to the flavor than I thought would be there from the aroma. There is also a bit of coffee in here that wasn't in the aroma. The flavor has a solid alcoholic foundation with it giving you warmth very quickly into the sip, and then it sits with the acidity on the back of the palate to linger long after the sip, which is actually a bit unpleasant. The beer is medium bodied with ample to a tad high carbonation, but the carbonation makes the alcohol seem less solventy.

Opinion: Well, this is probably my least favorite out of this series of beers. I would take a Tank 7 over this any day. I mean, this is a tough style to make anything that really stands out, and this one really doesn't blend on my palate like I feel that it should. I guess that has to do with the roast being a bit high compared to the alcohol, so the residual mouthfeel is where it is lacking IMO. If you really love Imperial Stouts, by all means give this a shot as it may be YOUR beer. There are no fermentation flaws or anything, but the blend just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of beeragent
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Large creamy mocha head. Light spots of lace slide down the glass as the beer is emptied.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts and light dark fruit aroma from the Belgian yeast.

T - The roasted malts coat the palate, creating a nice coffee and bitter cocoa base. The dark fruit flavors are noticeable at the beginning and in the finish, but are covered over in the middle by the intensity of the roasted malts. Light spiciness throughout from the hops.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, slightly chewy. Very low carbonation in the mouth feel and the flavor lingers long after the swallow.

D - I have to admit I'm having to get used to these stouts being brewed with Belgian yeast. It definitely adds a new and unexpected twist to the taste. I had the first one out of the four pack and decided I didn't like it, but kept trying them as time went by. Now on the last one I'm starting to appreciate the unique flavor they are bringing to the beer world. Its a style I will have to continue trying (and I look forward to it). Good flavor, body and aroma.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick 2 finger tan head, great retention and lacing.

Spicy belgian yeast, that's an odd smell from what I'm used to from a stout but it works well with the big coffee and caramel aromas. Smaller chocolate notes and a bit of a fruit aroma from the yeast.

Chocolate comes through a lot stronger than I would have expected, the yeast imparts a slightly fruity flavor. Coffee flavor comes through on the finish, licorice comes in on the finish as well. 

Stupid smooth, the alcohol was present and warmed the palate, heavy in body but not syrupy

Overall more solid beer from boulevard, great sipping beer and an even better stout

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Photo of AgentZero
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black stout with a finger of nice brown head that had fine bubbles. Nice retention.

S - Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, booze, and some belgian fruit notes. This is just never a style I've been able to appreciate. It smells okay, but isn't necessarily something I feel like drinking a ton of.

T - Earthy, cocoa, burnt malts, alcohol, belgian notes and fruit. It's a decent example of the style, but it's just not a style I like. Taste is solid, but gets a little hard to drink as it is pretty loaded with a lot of flavors.

M - Creamy, full bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

O - A solid beer, maybe this is just one of those styles that shouldn't be made or just isn't particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "BEST BY 07/09/11" printed on the neck of the bottle. Thanks to beveritt for providing his human beer mule services.

A- Dark mahogany/black and opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of brown head, which gradually dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasty, earthy, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit to go along with the belgian notes.

T- Extremely earthy bitterness right off, with a bit of roastiness / smokiness. Dark fruits with a bit of sourness. Some light booziness on the finish.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

O- Decent. Nothing to get excited about, but a fairly interesting, decent beer that comes off almost more like a strong dark ale than a stout to me.

Future outlook: Happy to have tried and not one I'd reject, but not available here, and not one to seek out.

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Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a dark, inky opaque brown color. There was a finger of a dense, dark beige head on it. It lingered and left some lacing. Good aroma of mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe some espresso too. The taste is very good. Only a little bit of sweetness to it. A nice blend of roast, chocolate and bitterness are the main flavors. I'm picking up some faint fruits, but they are hard to discern exactly what they are. Alcohol is well hidden. Touch of dryness to the finish. Nice.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch number 2010-1. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth glass. It poured black in color with a thick, rocky, frothy, tan head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of sweeter, chocolaty and malty flavors to it. I get a bit of a brown sugar and molasses flavor to it along with some milky chocolate. Just a hint of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors to it.

The taste starts out with a lot of the sweeter, malty, brown sugar and chocolate notes that I was picking up in the aroma. it has an almost sugary flavor at first. Midway I start to get some of the roasty, bitter, slightly burnt flavors coming through. It finishes with a bit of a sweeter, dark fruit character to it, with a little bit of a yeasty spice as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style, as is carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not one of the better Imperial stouts in my opinion. It leaned a little too much on the sweet, sugary notes and didn't have enough roasty, bitter ones to support it. The finish was interesting with some of the fruity, spicy notes to it. It was an enjoyable beer overall but not an outstanding one of the style.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a near-black into a tulip with two fingers of quick-receding dark mocha head. Busy aroma with sweet caramel and roasty chocolate, hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and a slight boozy warmth.

Somewhat high carbonation and a surprisingly light, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and dark fruits up front with lots of caramel malt, some gentle Belgian spice, and a roasty/bitter hop bite to the finish.

This stout has a nice if somewhat jumbled complexity. Love the Belgian yeast element -- kind of like a quad crossed with an imperial stout. Glad it's now available in the 12 oz bottles, as the sweetness limits the drinkability somewhat (although the higher ABV is well-masked).

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

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

Appearance: pour dark, viscous, three finger dark brown/tan head, lingers, opaque

Smell: dark, strong alcohol smell, coffee, hint of chocolate

Taste: coffee & chocolate, slight bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, grows as it get closer to room temperature

Drinkability: easy drinking to start, struggled to finish by the end of the bottle. Still very good and enjoyable - wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy dark tan head that lasts for a long while.

Smell of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a bit of smoke

Taste of sweet cocoa, some sweet herby spice flavor going on with dark roasted malts, a bit of smoked malts and a slightly ashy aftertaste along with a sweet lingering sugar presence. There is a nice finish to this and I would even say it has a bit of a belgian yeast finishing taste to it. Overall pretty good stuff

Medium body, not fully attenuated with tons of cocoa and a light carbonation.

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

Thanks to all three of these traders, duff247, AttitudeBrew, Optimator13. THis was one of the recent batches in the 12-ish oz bottles.

Darker creamy head 1 finger with lacing, pitch black color.

Nose of stout like black patent, roasty, earthy bitter roast, light roast light chocolate, roasty malts and light ethers and woody ethers, light caramel,

Taste light smoke, earthy charred malts, black patent, roasty, bitter earthy malts and hops, chewy malts, light minerality gets a bit salty, light caramel, light creamy, light earthy hops. Finish is drier with lingering malts, bitter stout and bitter hops. A touch of warming booze.

Mouth is med to little heavier bodied decent carb.

Overall decent, nice dark stout flavors, nothing crazy but a good tasting stout.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OOOHHH SH%T! What an awesome STOUT! I love chocloate stouts that have a creamy smooth body...kinda like the way I like my women! But I digress....The color is dark...like dark chocolate, the head is tan and creamy which yield a nice lace. The aroma is a mix of sweet chocolate and booze! The high ABV detracts from teh mouthfeel, but it is a very good beer. No way to session this bad boy unless you want a huge hang-over. Try this beer with some chocolate, brownie or cookie....BOOOYA!

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Photo of isualum12
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up the 750 with caged cork. Really cool looking bottle. I have been decently impressed with Boulvard up to this point so I grabbed this bottle for a good price.

Batch 2010-1, Best by of January, 2013.

A: Really dark. A 3 finger head. Couldn't pour a 16 with out some crazy overflow with out being really careful. This was a.OK. with me.

S: It is rich with a medical alchol smell almost. I can smell the bourbon in it as well.

T: First impression was gross. I was really surprised. It is accually the carbonization and aftertaste that gets me. I really was not to excited after first taste. Their is a strong smoke flavor coming through on the ring of flavor. Caramel comes in light.

F: massively over-carbonated.

D: wouldn't go out of my way for another bottle, just not for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Deep is the well of truth and long does it take to know what has fallen into its depths."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Batch 2010-1. Closer to mahogany than ebony, with a frothy crown of mocha colored foam that filled well more than half the glass on the pour. The lid looks good as it melts and is deserving of some (small amount of) praise in the lace deposition department.

The aroma is classic American double stout, with a mixture of both dark chocolate and coffee, born of chocolate and roasted malts. Malted rye and chocolate rye aren't yet appreciated, but may be on the palate. Hallertau Tradition hops are buried as well.

Even though Dark Truth Stout can't hold a candle to Boulevard Imperial Stout, it's still a pretty good example of the style. It's a shame that the bigger beer is a Limited Release, while DTS is year-round. Oh well, at least this offering comes in 4-packs now.

The flavor profile doesn't have the depth of roasted maltiness and the intensity that is expected of this style. On the other hand, the rye adds an interesting earthiness that almost makes up for it. This brew is most reminiscent of an Imperial Irish dry stout that features a heavy dose of rye and an intriguing spiciness from... somewhere.

The mouthfeel could use more ballast and the bubbles don't inject enough creaminess. Neither is a deal-breaker, but both could be improved. More barley would be a great place to start.

The dark truth is that Dark Truth Stout is disappointing relative to expectations. That's what Boulevard gets for creating Imperial Stout, one of the best Imperial stouts in the Midwest. This is pretty good beer, but there are too many better choices for it to be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Oneeighthcuban
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark, rich color with a tannish head that dissipated quickly. Looks inviting!

S: Complex smell, coffee smell with a hint of smoke coming through. Pretty appetizing smell.

T: Something is lacking. Finishes with a hint of smoke. Roasted coffee type flavors, very strong. Aftertaste is enjoyable. I think the taste is not quite as smoky or complex as the smell seemed to indicate.

M: Dry, I think the mouthfeel takes something away from the beer.

Overall, I like the complexity and smell but the mouthfeel totally ruins this beer for me.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard has done some great and interesting things with their smokestack series. This brings us to their entry into the world of Belgian stouts, Dark Truth Stout. This beer pours a nice shade of black. Dark Truth clocks in at a shade just above black hole. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers of dark khaki head. Head settles to a ring somewhat quickly. A fair amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is packed with complexities. Roast characters pop first. Coffee and coco notes standout. Some Belgian yeast hits next. Spice and phenols dominate. A light bubblegum note is present as well. More complexities still pop. Plenty of caramel and toffee notes present. Some light floral notes from the noble hops round things out.

The taste is no less complex. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Plenty of dark bready notes. Some medicinal notes hit next. That's followed by some dark rum and fig qualities. Caramel and toffee present as well. This is quite the sweet stout. Hints of spicy rye show up as well. A creaminess comes through from the oats. Floral and grassy hop notes round things out. The finish is semi drying, with a lingering charred coffee quality and a kiss of alcohol in the breath.

Dark truth is full bodied, smooth, and creamy on the palate.

Still not quite sure what to make of the Belgian Stout. This particular stout is quite sweet. It's sweeter than most imperial stouts, or Belgian ales. Boulevard has done an amazing job at hiding the alcohol of this brew. The 9.7% abv is almost nonexistent. This one dangerously drinkable brew. I am not sure I am fully on board with the Belgian Stout. Nonetheless Boulevard has crafted another tasty and highly drinkable brew. Another worthy addition to the Smokestack series.

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Photo of seeswo
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Looks almost oily. Bump for the nice looking bottle and for it being 12 oz's. Smells of roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is similar, but the Belgian Yeast jumps in as well. Ends with some hops and a touch of smoke. Both the taste and the smell are decent, but unspectacular. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and rich with aggressive carbonation (a burping beer - should be toned down, imho). In general, this beer is somewhat interesting, but nothing special.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thick mat of airy foam that holds steady.

Lots of roast, burnt sugar, fig with fruitiness added from the Belgian yeast. Plenty thick with some booziness boasting its strength. Hops go spicy at first but are ultimately washed away in the onslaught of other flavors.

Well done Belgo-imperial stout. If the flavors could harmonize a bit more this one would be even better.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a really cool 12 ounce bottle...a miniature version of the big boy...into a Duck Rabbit snifter. The aggressive pour yielded a massive 2 fingers of thick, sandy head. The body is black as night; absolutely no light getting through this.

The nose has a lot more dark fruits than I expected...they combined with roasted malts and coffee. Something almost medicinal is hiding in the background.

Wow...the flavor is really similar to the nose...roasted malts give way to the belgian yeast, which creates an odd (electrical tape) taste. You can also pick up coffee and something spicy...maybe even clove-like.

Medium mouth feel, a little oily and well carbonated.

Pretty darn drinkable that's for sure...the odd combination of the belgian yeast & roasted malts give this a unique, yet complex flavor.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, caramel, rich

taste: coffee, roast, black licorice, chocolate

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: I enjoyed this one a lot. A very rich beer glad it was shared otherwise it would of been one beer and one.


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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.