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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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671 Reviews

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 2,324
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 394 | 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: 671 | Hads: 2,324
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 08/27/2016 printed on the bottle. Finally getting around to reviewing this year-round stout offering from Boulevard. These guys generally impress me, so we'll see how this one fares.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a deep dark mahogany / ruby; opaque black in the glass with two big fluffy fingers of dense mocha foam that stays for a while and leaves behind some attractive fat lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A strange aroma. An overly prominent Belgian yeast presence with I suppose invokes notes of fruit, but comes off more bready to me. Dry chalky chocolate / cocoa, and some strong liquid smoke coming in on the finish. An alright aroma, but it doesn't exactly meld. Very mild alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose - roasty English malts, crisp earthy Belgian yeast, notes of chocolate, cocoa, and mild smokiness. Well-constructed, and unique in the realm of American stouts.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation, and slight alcohol phenols / liquid smoke on the finish.

Overall, an interesting & unique take on the American imperial stout, although I'm not personally a huge fan at utilizing Belgian yeast strands in American stouts. Still, it drinks nicely, with big flavor, but not a stout I would actively seek out again.

Boulevard Dark Truth Stout -----4/5.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle to goblet.
This is one fine beer. Yummy slightly cocoa-ish darkness, but crisp in the mouth, not syrupy - with a bracing stouty aftertaste. This could be an everyday stout if I lived in KC, excellent pleasing specimen.

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Photo of aleigator
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown head, with completely black color.

Malt, toffee, burned malts, chocolate, raisins, cream.

Lots of ripe fruits in this, plum, raisins, pear, breadish malts, sweet toffee and a sharp espresso note, preventing the beer from being too sweet. Warm, coffeeish bitterness stays very long on the palate. Very smooth mouthfeel, more creamy than oily, great complexity. Fantastic balance, the beer goes from sweet to bitter to earthy, without letting one impression become too present. Even hints of smoke and alcohol, as the beer warms up, adding to the earthy, warm character.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a good stout that unfortunately just didn't speak to me on any great level. I felt it was a little thin, and though it has some great roast coffee chocolaty flavors, it just didn't have anything too complex or different about it. Glad to have tried it, it's a great beer, but just not worth seeking out again. There are better options on the shelf IMO.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thin and cola colored. A tall mocha head is produced but fades quickly.
I get tin the aroma dark stewed fruits, sweetness and some roast.
Sweet to the taste with a moderate booze taste.
Some fruity notes like plum fig and raisins.
Feels tannin dry and gritty on the palate.
I didn't much like this one. It does't really taste like a stout.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a goblet. BB date stamp of 27 Aug. 2016,

Pours near black and opaque with a short but very durable, thick head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, dark toast, dark malts with some alcohol esters. Hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Flavor: Rich and complex, with a high load of dark roasted grains and light notes of char and smoke. Some hops kick in for the finish and aftertaste as the smoke and char build. Both medium and dark malts with some burnt toast notes. Some hints of sherry and the like from the alcohol esters, yet the high ABV is partially hidden. An unfortunate, but not very unusual tocuh of sourness mid-taste.

Feel: very full body with medium-light carbonation The high ABV is mostly hidden. Thick and creamy smooth. Approaches 5.

O: a rich, dark imperial stout that is a bit more bitter than average.

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Photo of bborche
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a complex beer, but this is a nice belgian stout. The belgian yeast is very light. The booze is fairly hidden. This is very easy to drink for a 9.7% abv beer.

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

A - Pours pitch black with a thick, sticky, ring of toffee colored lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, mild char, some dark fruit, light spiciness, and cream.

T - Dark fruit, cream, dark chocolate, some char, and very light spice.

M - Creamy, silky, velvety, heavy medium body, and coats the mouth with dark fruit and dark malt.

O - A nicely done beer and for 9.7%, the ABV is deceptive and well hidden.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best By 11/25/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with some light getting through; fluffy creamy tan that fades very slowly leaving great lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas are very faint. Subtle fruity esters. Sweet yeast. Hints of anise/black licorice. Some cocoa malts. It barely smells like a stout. But the aromas aren't strong or pungent anyways. Now the flavors are bold. Lots of coffee and roasted chocolate notes. Subtle vanilla notes. Raisins and figs. There's a solid bitterness to this one. The yeasty ester notes aren't as strong in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied and extremely fluffy. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a unique stout. Fits the bill of being a "Belgian Stout". Besides the faint aromas, this beer has alot going on. The craftsmanship is extremely impressive. Well done.

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This imperial pours a thick black with a light brown head that dissipates to a thin ring and pooling light foam with soapy clinging lacing. Nose of chocolate, dark plums, heavy roasted malts, booze, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with heavy roasted malts and chocolate up front, herbal hops to the sides and back, and dark molasses and hops coming in on the aftertaste blending nicely with chocolate. A light plum flavor comes through with warmth and hops are more pronounced as it warms as well giving a nice balance to the sweetness. Moderate carbonation gives this slick oily brew a highly quaffable quality with a good kick of warming alcohol. A solid and delicious stout.

Would love to have this on tap.

Another winner from Boulevard.


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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that holds on quite well. Nice lacing left behind. The aroma is complex roasted notes, fruity, sweet, burnt, with earthy hops. The taste is equally robust, if not more-so. The body is lighter, but with nice oily slickness to it.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours a brown-highlighted black, and pools into the glass very dark, forming a short-lived thin head of pale tan. iPhone flashlight reveals some scattered ruby highlights getting through the body of the beer around the edges.

S: Dark stone fruit and chocolate well out of the glass, amid a backdrop of deeply roasted grain. There's more than a little sweetness to the scent.

T: My first take on the taste is that of sour plums, as a wave of dark fruit mixed with a floral bitter washes over my tongue. There's definitely more than a little hop edge to that bitterness, which is tough for me to discern anything beneath, though some very faint hints of chocolate and burned malt lurk far off in the distance, caged off by the bitterness.

M: Creamy, smooth, thick, and lively, this stout is well carbonated and prickly sharp.

O: While I enjoy the dark fruit aspects that the yeast esters introduce, this is on the hop-forward side for me, as many of Boulevard's offerings have been. That unfortunately means that I inevitably miss out on much of the flavor that underlies those hops. While this was drinkable to me, the hop presence ensures that I will not repeat this beer.

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Photo of far333
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany colored, nearly black, but ruby highlights show through the edges were light gets through. Half finger head of finely bubbled and dimpled foam that lingers long.

Aroma of dark chocolate and figs, slight winey and coffee note.

Rich and complex flavor of coffee, toffee, leather, smoke, very faint Belgian yeasty note, dark ripe fruits, ashy charred bark and licorice. Lots of interesting flavors swirling around. Rich and full and creamy mouth feel. Really nice beer.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nose is a mix of roastiness and belgian yeast. Thick smooth body that readily carbonates fine bubbles in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by belgian yeasts with an enjoyable maltiness that is sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is expertly cloaked. Slightly astringent hops nicely round out the finish. Only the absence of a greater roastiness or the advertised "smokiness" on the palate keeps this very enjoyable ale from a higher rating, as it is very distinctive and otherwise nicely balanced.

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Photo of gibgink
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a not your normal stout. Brewed with belgian yeast, it doesn't have the typical roasted notes that usually accompanies an imperial stout. It is extremely well carbonated. With a swirl of the glass, a 1 1/2 finger head was created. The 9.5% is not noticed at all. Overall a decent outing.

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Photo of belgiumania
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottles (many of them)

Exceptional beer. A perfect example of the imperial stout category; perfectly balanced roasted malts, well masked alcohol content but just enough to let you know it earns it's 9.7% labelling, not too sweet and not too bitter, the Belgian yeast provides a unique and winning flavor. This is an everyday drinker that is incredibly consistent from batch to batch.

This beer should probably command a much higher price than it does as it far outclasses many special release stouts which sell for 4 times as much. I can't help but think it would have a higher rating if it were bottled as such, but I'm certainly happy Boulevard offers Dark Truth as a reasonably priced 12oz 4-pack.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with slight reddish brown highlights near the edges, off white head; small bubles,, lacing is nice and sticky as you swirl the glass.
S: Subtle; malts, sweet plum like fruitiness, subtle hops. Nice fruity balanced pleasant aroma.
T: Beginning is nice full malty; slightly charred toast, cocoa, slightly hot, medium the plum fruitiness takes over, ends with burnt toast, cocoa, slight smokiness & lingering booziness and slightly dry finish. Belgian fruity esters are the dominating taste overall.
M: Full bodied, high carbonation, lacing is sticks to the glass, alcohol warmness. An interesting take using a Belgian yeast in an American style hybrid stout. A lot going on & Belgian esters are too hot but overall a good ale. Does a good job of balancing the various characteristics & all are restrained but the esters.

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Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear very dark brown, one finger thick dense light brown colored head, spray of delicate lace. Smell: molasses, big on the roast, also big on plummy fruit, with a mild smokey note. Taste: plum and dried fig, french roast, mild earth and graininess with just a little smoke, fairly clean balancing hop bitterness. Finishing sticky with a pop of burnt sugar. The hybrid of stout and BSDA doesn't always translate for me, but this one did pretty well.

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

Smells sweet and a little roasty/toasty at the same time, like freshly made toffee or caramel. Big in flavor and body with sleek, subtle roastiness and notes of licorice, espresso and dark fruit. Has the 'inky' qualities I look for in an impy stout. It's still a little bright and boozy right now though and I could see this one doing well with some age on it.

Really nice body - big, but still dry enough to leave some lingering roast notes.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking black color with a very large, thick brown head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing. Probably the most thorough, sticky lacing I've seen.

Aroma is rather sweet. Sweet molasses, some bitterness, lightly roasted chocolate, dark fruit and licorice start it off.

The taste is interesting...a good deal of sweetness up front definitely took me off guard. Followed up by some rather heavily roasted chocolate and coffee malts. The dark coffee is very well executed and plays well with the sweetness.

Medium bodied. Very easy to take big gulps, especially for a Stout. I would never guess the ABV was nearly 10. Nice and creamy.

Overall, this is one of the better surprises I've had recently. Plenty going on tastewise, decent alcohol content, but still very easy to drink.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Deep, dark black with a finger of frothy milk chocolate head that stayed around and left a nice lacing down the glass.
S – Dark fruit with an almost Belgian yeast aroma. Light roasted malt.
T - Strong black coffee taste out of the gate with a nice bite of bitterness that comes with it. Smoky, roasty malt flavors. Heavy dark fruit/fig taste at the end. Burnt sugar like quality as well.
M – Lively on the palate. Medium bodied. Smooth.
O – Not your normal double/imperial. I get almost no chocolate notes at all which is common in this category. It is instead a mix of quad/porter flavors with a nice dose of coffee flavor. I dig it. Definitely different and unique. Nice balance of flavors. Go for it if you have a chance.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a nice black motor oil color with a 3in tan/brownish head that lasts several minutes. Good lacing and carbonation. Can smell the burn figs, prunes and coffee. Tastes outstanding for imperial stout. I generally drink light american lagers and dopplebocks. The beer is great. Can taste minor hints of coffee and prunes and a chocolate aftertaste. Watch out the high AbV will sneak up quickly

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

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, roasted coffee, and dark fruit (fig) along with some lighter aromas of burnt sugar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of darkly roasted malts with a moderate flavor of dark roasted coffee beans (espresso). There are lighter flavors of dark fruit/fig from the Belgian yeast and just a hint of burnt sugar sweetness. Finally, there is a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness from the smokiness.

O: Lots of complexity to the flavors and aromas with well hidden alcohol makes this pretty darn enjoyable - though this is definitely a slow sipping beer best enjoyed on a cold afternoon/evening in the winter.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.