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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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690 Reviews

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,398
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 113
Gots: 432 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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: 690 | Hads: 2,398
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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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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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.