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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 bismarksays
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark black, pours thick, nice rich tan head that shows lacing

S- Fruity with dark malt presence. Not roasty, not earthy per se. Kind of..smoked fruit? Not as rich as the appearance, but still inviting.

T/M It is rich and smooth in the mouth, almost velvety. It is sweety, a touch fruit for my taste when it comes to a stout (and yes, I have had actual belgian stouts which I enjoyed), lacking enough roast to make me want to continue. The body and the flavor within it seem almost at a disconnect. Finishes bitter, like baker's chocolate.

Overall, this beer has a lot going for it. It looks impressive and feels impressive. However, the nose and the taste are just above average. That being said, for its price, its a very solid beer.

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

Got this beer as part of a series thanks to lnashsig, thanks Lee.

A: Pours pitch black, opaque, with nice mocha head and decent lacing. Slight swirl reconstitutes.

S: Uh oh, not getting much here. Smoke, in a good way, not the smell I'm used to for a big stout.

T: Ah, here we are. Molasses, chalky dark malt, dark fruits, smoke, bitter chocolate at the end.
Flavors meld a bit more with each sip gives way to Belgian influence and dark fruit, smooth creamy feel as sips combine with lacing.

M: Slight heat, carbonation, bitterness, smoke, dark fruit accumulate and stick to the palate, in a good way, taste grows with each sip. Very smooth.

Complexity starts to come through as it warms and you have more of it.

D: Definitely higher than the other big stouts, the thin character adds to this, some ppl would consider that a negative, but as weather gets warm, a thinner stout is quite nice.

Solid offering, definitely worth a few pints.


After having more of this one over past few months, I really "GET" the fruit infused taste in the stout, its odd at first, but I definitely rated this one a bit too low. Definitely an A offering.

I'm rating this overall 4.5 as I consider it the type of beer that if I saw it at the store I would need extenuating circumstances (i.e. budget) not to at least get a bottle or two.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter.

Appearance: Black body with a mocha head. 2 fingers head and sticky lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Strong plum smell. Roasty malts and Belgian yeast smell.

Taste: Bitterness and roasty malts. Mild dark fruits especially plums and raisins. As the beer warms, plum and Belgian yeast flavors become prominent. Slight astringency noted as well. Smokey flavors permeate throughout the beer, it is a small player, but its still there from beginning, to middle and into aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: medium boded beer and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty stout that is in a class all its own. Never really had a beer like this before. The plum was distracting to me and could have had less of that, but other than the plum its a well made beer.

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Photo of Sebowski
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 7/20/11" Looks like I'm just in time!
Like the looks of this. Full thick head. Dissapates to a nice patern of big golden bubbles in the center surrounded by smaller bubbles as it gets to the glass.
Smells good. A little smoke. Some sweetness. Obviously, roast.
Tastes alright. Mostly a bitter roast. Some dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is too thin for an IS for me. Pretty long finish. Sticks to the pallet.
Overall: not bad/not great. If it was a local I would try it again. Good job hiding the abv

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Photo of hopluva1
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a snifter @ 50*

Pours very dark brown/black with a nice 2 finger tan head that sticks around.
Aroma is roasted malt first, then the dark fruits. It reminds me of a Belgian dubbel.

Flavor is prominent Belgian fruitiness with a good roasted backbone. It is a fairly simple stout that relies on the Belgian yeast for its complexity.
I was looking forward to trying this beer. I love a good stout, but am not a huge fan of Belgians. I am disappointed in this beer, but allot of that is personal preference.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my stone IRS snifter. best before late october, 2011.

A- the beer pours out a dark brown (nearly black) colored body with a really large coffee colored head that just wont quit. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind large spots of lacing.

S- besides the usual roasted malts, i pick up one a larger than expected amount of dark fruits. thats probably because its brewed with a belgian yeast strain. plums and cherries. some milk chocolate is detected also. some coffee comes in towards the end. i can sense a pretty heavy amount of booze in this one.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i pick up on some belgian yeast which provides a decently strong fruitiness. plums, cherries, and dates. milk and dark chocolate stand out against the alcohol. coffee and a touch of earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is on the upper side of medium, and i think the carbonation is also. moderate warming form the alcohol.

O- its an interesting take on the style. certainly more fruits than i would expect from a double stout. the alcohol could be a little better hidden. im curious to see how this one ages, but the bottle tells me its best before it gets to be a year old.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Dogfish shaped-pint glass

A - Beer poured with a good amount of head; solid amount of lacing formed on the side of the glass; the color of the body was a solid dark brown/black; creamy in consistency

S - Bourbon; some coffee and chocolate; licorice; some roasted malt but mostly very low and subtle in traditional stout flavors

T - Great stout; hints of milk chocolate taste; lactose notes; coffee and chocolate flavors, mediocre and subtle, but good be more prevalent

M - Frothy feel; slightly filling; great because it is very smooth; packed with flavor from sip after sip; lightly effervescent

D - Good drink; I love it; explosive Dark Lord flavors and texture; one of a kind; I'll have another

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

Snifter Night! Purchased 12oz bottle (only one available here) of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Poured from the 12oz bottle in my Schlafly Snifter glass. Has a BEST BY 07/30/11 engraved on the top of the glass.

Appearance- Has a darkest brown color body with a 3 finger of micro bubbles and tan head that keeps around 1 finger for almost the whole drink. Nice dark lacing that covers almost every part of the glass!

Aroma- Very roasty with a chocolate/cherry smell and then sour cherries on the back end.

Taste- Starts off roasty (like the smell) and has a deep cherry stout flavor! Coffee takes over in mid-drink and can taste a smoke characteristic that keeps it very interesting. At the end, a prune taste is present. Nice layers of attributes!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Good Carbonation, and leaves a roasted coffee flavor on the palate (no cherry though!).

Overall- Nice stout by Boulevard! Part of the Smokestack Series, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Could have another as well! Very strange attributes with the sour aroma and cherry taste. Will like to have again.

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Photo of zrab11
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice dark brownish black with a 1 finger tan head

S- Has chocolate and roasted malts, also smells of earthyness

T- Has a nice toasted coffee taste followed by some chocolate and creamy sweetness. Finishes with a nice smokey flavor that i didn't initially smell

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i loved this stout. Especially for the price. Would get this again. Maybe alittle on the lighter side of stouts but def. one to try.

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Photo of sneakybird
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours espresso dark with a finger of dark brown head that clings to the glass. Aroma is subdued at first, but strengthens as the glass empties and warms. Smells like dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some roasted malt is also present.

Taste is also intensly roasted and toasted with semi-sweet chocolate. A touch smokey. Maybe some dried dark fruit. The chocolate turns milky by the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is very creamy, light in carbonation. A nice, heavy body. There's no burn of alcohol in the taste, but a noticeable, pleasent warmth in the chest and stomach.

This is a great entry from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. A definite sipper with a pleasent warmth to remind you of what you're drinking. I drizzled a few teaspoons of this over a slice of chocolate cake that had gone a little dry, and it did wonders for it.

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

Poured 8oz sample from 750ml bottle, dated 01/13/2010, into snifter on 04/27/2011.
Pours black with a huge, creamy, mocha head. Good retention and decent lacing. This one has a nose of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of caramel malt. As I take a few sips I detect more chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Full body and medium carbonation. Another great offering- I loved it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of pitasoup, thanks again!

Pours black, sludge like, with a pretty good tan head. Looks like a very nice stout

Aromas are of chocolate, cream, cherry, earthy, and a little bit vegetal.

Taste is super toasty, one of the most highly roasted beers I have ever tasted. A bit burnt, smoky, toasted, with some creamy sweetness. There are some bakers chocolate flavors, and bitter coffee. Finish is warm and earthy with a definite alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, feels full enough, and with enough body for my liking,

Overall, I'm happy, this is a nice beer. It might be a bit too roasted tasting, but other than that, this is very solid.

This is a stout of some sort, thinking on the stronger side, thinking 7+% ABV, let's check it out...

Reveal shows a Boulevard Beer, this one is Dark Truth Stout, actually clocks in at 9.7%. Whoa, this is good, and goes down easier than the ABV suggests, thanks pitasoup, this is a keeper.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into bordeaux glass.
Best by 7/20/11

Aroma: Surprising fresh-cut green grass hop aroma appears first. Then powdered hot cocoa, dark chocolate, and vinous cabernet sauvignon. A deep, complex aroma that quickly evolves.

Appearance: Dark dark brown opaque espresso body. Two-fingered dark tan head settles to a persistent layer of hot cocoa-like foam. Light lacing remains on the inside of the glass

Flavor: Dark chocolate roast and fudge brownie sweetness balance more to the malt, but there's enough hoppy bitterness to keep the beer from being cloying and one-dimensional. The label mentions plum flavor, and I definitely caught this. (although, it's more of a dried plum flavor) Dark chocolate bitterness on the back of the tongue, and a welcomed subtle smokiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full body with rich, creamy carbonation, and an enjoyable flash of peppery heat at the finish.

Overall: This was a great one! I loved the complexity of the aroma and flavor, the balance between the malt and hops, and the brewer's ability to create a >9% ABV brew where the beer dominates the alcohol profile and not the other way around. Excellent job, Boulevard!

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Photo of rundocrun
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, motor oil black. Has a rich 2 fingers of mocha colored head that leaves light lacing on the glass as it fades.

S - Raisins, burnt grains, and some caramely notes.

T - Again, burnt grains and an accompanying bitterness. Also some slightly tart sweetness reminiscent of figs. Some clove-like spiciness from the belgian yeast present too. Slightly fruity booziness toward the finish.

M - Syrupy, thick and chewy. Mid-to-mild carbonation. Drying finish.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite tulip. Best by 7/9/11.

A: Pours thickly in a super deep brownish black that's quite opaque. A small, creamy chocolate milk-colored head slowly disappears into thin, spotty film that clings to the edges of the glass. Elegant lacing. Looks like a stout, and a good-lookin' stout at that.

S: Sweet plums and raisins, toasty charred chocolate, slightly phenolic yeasties, and a little sting of alcohol (though it's very well-incorporated.) Not really getting any hop character here, but wasn't really expecting any either, considering.

T: Wow this is tasty. Huge smoky, charred, chocolaty malt character with a hefty caramel & milk chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits and an almost tangy character (which I'm sure is a gift from the yeast) flash in and out between dense waves of the incredible malts. A solid bitterness from the char component helps keep the sweetness in check, but the sweetness lingers. I can barely detect any alcohol in the taste, but I can definitely feel it toward the bottom of the glass.

M: Thick, creamy, chewy, and luscious. Nice, light carbonation keeps this from becoming a sticky mess. Coats every inch of your mouth and lingers. Lip-smacking good.

Overall this is an incredibly solid Belgian-style imperial stout. It hits everything out of the park and is still familiar enough that it won't likely alienate those who aren't so familiar with or crazy about Belgian beers. The only negative is that its incredibly rich flavor, intense sweetness and high ABV rule out a second serving - make no mistake that this is a sipper! Boulevard has once again outdone itself with Dark Truth.

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Photo of bnes09
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ink black ale. Whole wheat colored head is bubbly and soda like. Decent retention and not much lacing.

Nothing special in the smell department. Mild roasted character and some bread grains. Slight alcohol aroma.

Good roasted character of coffee, dark chocolate and almonds. Hops are fairly weak under the malt with a mild earthy tone. Mild alcohol spice. Not too much sweet flavor, just a touch of molasses. Not bad, just needs a little more depth.

Full-bodied but not thick and syrupy. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A descent double stout. Could use a bit more complexity in the smell and flavor departments. Tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my bruery tulip. Pours dark black with a three finger head, good lacing and a head that stays. The aroma on this is crazy good. Malts, coffee and an Irish cream aroma, smells even better than it tastes. Taste is similar to the nose yet less dynamic. Not as complex as aroma, malts and coffee. A decent mouthfeel but not spectacular. Very good but not great.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Truth Stout

12oz bottle into Maudite snifter.

Pours a thick & dark hazelnut color and then settles solid black with zero light passing through the edging. A massive 3 fingers pile of creamy tan head sits very patiently. Sicky webs of lacing reside as the head slowly dissipates.

The nose is a bit unusual for such a stout. Im picking up a lot of dark dominating fruits like figs and plum. A bit of spiced up Belgian yeast is also detected.

The taste just as unusual as the nose but offers a bit of stout characteristics. The dark fruits and Belgian yeasts are picked up and are loaded with the funky spices. Immediately following lies a smokey espresso taste. There is a bit of chocolate noticed and some hop bitterness finishes it off.

The mouthfeel is rich a creamy, creating a chewy feel. Good amount of carbonation leaves the palate stimulated.

Overall, very untraditional take on an imperial stout but it seems to work out alright. I was wanting some more roasty flavors when I was drinking it.

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Photo of BigE90
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a good deep black with a 1 finger dense head that was slow to dissappate.

S: A roasted smell with a hint of chocolate, overall very faint because of the dense foam

T: Wow,first taste burnt chocolate, very carbonated, flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue. Has a sharp bitter bite that fades over time but is very present upon every sip. The toasted barley really comes forward along with a hint of smokeness.

M: It starts out strong on the tip of the tongue, bypasses the middle and hits the back with strong dark beer taste. A lingering burnt taste in the mouth does not let you forget that you are drinking a dark beer.

0: Started at 38 degrees finished at 55. Definitely a more refined taste/finish on the warmer side. Would drink again. Also would love to try this on Nitro!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep opaque black with a 1 finger dense tan head. Very good head retention with significant lacing.

S: Belgian yeast plays a big role on the nose which brings candied grapes and spice to an otherwise chocolatey and roasty stout. A touch of smoke and leather in the back.

T: sweetness comes through in the front with dark fruit and grapes, this quickly turns to a heavy cocoa and coffee character. This is met by a final dash of sweetness in the form of molasses. The Belgian yeast plays a much smaller role in the taste which I must say I am happy with. I don't like when the Belgian influence takes over an imperial stout.

MF: big thick body, low carbonation, right on par for a big stout.

O: This is a well integrated Belgian style imperial stout. I think I would prefer it with an American yeast, but for what it is, I think its pretty darn good.

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Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy, 2-finger cafe au lait head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, roasty malts, and coffee. The taste is slightly sour of malts, some dark fruits, spices and caramel. Mouthfeel is carbonated, slightly acidic, and oily.

This is a drinkable beer. The ABV is well-covered. However, I think it was a bit too acidic and sour for a double stout.

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Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StLThrash for this one. 12oz brown bottle; best by 07/30/11. Served in a snifter

Appearance is dark black, with no light able to pierce the darkness. Head is creamy, tan and 2 fingers high, with good retention and lacing.

Dark, roasty malt aromas, with big chocolate, alcohol and sweetness notes in the smell. Dark fruits are also in the nose from the Belgian yeast.

Taste is of the roasted/burnt malt flavors, with a bitterness like strong coffee. Malty sweetness is there to tame the bitterness and round it out. Has kind of an aged taste, maybe from the yeast strain. Also tastes of smoke.

Nice alcohol warming effect. Full bodied beer, with medium-high carbonation. The finish is dry with toasted malt flavors.

Very good beer overall.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog Tulip.

A- Deep dark brown with a huge lively dark-tan head. Strong retention and lacing

S- Chocolate and a slight coffee aroma, also some sweet fruit.

T- Plum, then chocolate, then the coffee hits you.

D- Strong carbonation. Oliy and mouth coating. A nice stout.

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

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 4/24/2011 and poured from the bottle (11.2 oz.) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark coffee brown/near black (go figure) and it starts with a big 2 finger creamy tan head with decent retention; body is dark and entirely opaque; head eventually fades to a full and thin cap with a big foamy island right in the center; big washes of lacing hold behind for some time.

Smell: Very interesting -- big cherry and dark fruit (like raisins, plums or fig) right up front from a Belgian style yeast; definite alcoholic vapor; some sweet chocolate and just a touch of roasty maltiness; if I had to guess on a blind smell, I would probably actually guess this to be a Quad as opposed to a stout. Smell is nice and robust.

Taste: Really good, and it really matches the smell almost to a "T." The big dark fruitiness is right up front, and it is a bit of tart cherry and the plum/fig flavor; next in line would actually be the dark espresso-like maltiness and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder; definite presence of alcohol and after it's warming, vaporous presence subsides, there is a slight touch of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty thick and lush -- smooth and creamy; body is medium-heavy in terms of weight, and the carbonation is soft and smooth; a thick, semi-dry chewy stickiness is left all over the mouth; the ABV, being near 10%, creates a strong tingling sensation in the gums and a definite warming sensation the whole way down the throat to the belly.

Overall: This is a great beer. I'm glad to have received this smaller bottle to sample as I've had a 750 sitting in the closet for nearly a year now. I would think that with another year, the big burning alcohol will mellow a bit more; great nose, excellent flavors and a big filling mouthfeel, it's definitely worth drinking. If only Boulevard's beers were available to me on a regular basis. The only thing really slowing this down is the ABV.

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