Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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Reviews: 654
Hads: 2,260
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 107
Gots: 375 | FT: 10
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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Photo of belgiumania
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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 (395 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Feller87
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

While certainly unconventional in its fruity quad like presentation, it still scored points for its excellent textures and heavy malty flavor that balanced the abv very well

go for it if your looking for a changeup stout (221 characters)

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different than a regular imperial stout. It's more like a "Black Quad" or a Belgian Stout or a regular Imperial Russian or American Stout that has been spiked with a little bit of prune juice and red wine. Still, a nice, unique offering; but if you're looking for your strong dark chocolate and coffee notes--typical to stouts--you're probably better off looking elsewhere. (375 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bottle, pouring into our St. Bernardus goblets. It shows a deep, nearly chocolate brown coloring. The head stands a quarter finger tall and dissipates quickly. Its bubbles are tight and shimmering, comprised of hues of burnt golden and molasses. Spotted lacing is left around the glass, sitting in wet globs. No haze or sediment is appreciable, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is wrought with soy sauce saltiness, rich buttery diacetyls, smoked chicory, caramel and roasted chocolate maltiness, light bubblegum esters, red apple, raisin, and plum sugars, lotion emollients, brandy booziness, fruity and dank Belgian yeastiness, nickel, rubber cement, aloe, and milk chocolate syrups. The taste gives biscuity honey breadiness, slick buttery diacetyls, rich toffee, brightly fruity Belgian yeastiness giving dried figs and raisins, tinny metallics, smoked caramel maltiness, plastic phenols, vinyl, black cherry flesh, black pepper spiciness, light cured-meat smokiness, brown sugar and molasses sweetness, plum tomato vegetals, sour acidic vinegar tartness, and balsa wood. The body is full and bready, and the carbonation is on the higher end. Each sip gives heady slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with wet finishing pop. The mouth is coated with slickness, boiling down into a cooling and tight prickle of booziness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips accordingly.

Overall, the nose, once settled into the glass, came freakishly close to that of Chimay Red, but with a touch more sweetness. Not surprisingly, the taste followed suit, but again, with a much richer and smokier finish. We think the real “dark truth” here is that this is a starkly Belgian beer masquerading as an American imperial stout. The yeast is just so characteristic of your hearty Belgian dubbels or strong dark ales. Those fruity components are so pervasive that they even act to lighten up the malts rather significantly, despite all the soy sauce and smoke they can throw at it. All of this makes for a surprising beer when you’re expecting something stouty. They do, however, do a great job of describing the beer on the label, so you aren’t broadsided. This review marks our last one completed in Missouri for this trip. It’ll be a few weeks until we’re back in the state, and we’ll continue to look forward to trying many more unconventional beers such as this one. (2,413 characters)

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

A - Pours motor oil black with a two-finger sturdy tan head. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Flavor starts off sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruits. Mid palate has a nice amount of roasted malts, coffee, and a light smokiness. The finish has more bitter coffee.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Finish is dry.

O - This was better than I expected. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. (488 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Boozy, with hints of figs and dates. Sweet yet a little tartness in the aftertaste. Im getting some kind of berry or plum flavors. It's interesting to my palate. I would drink this again! (191 characters)

Photo of KingTide
2/5  rDev -49.1%

I'm not gonna say too much about this. I drank all 4 in the pack hoping it'd warm up to me, it didn't. Way, way, way too sweet. I don't find it very deep either, though as stated on the label it does finish with a slight smokey feel and flavor. To me, it hits me with so much VERY sweet raisin/black currant that I can't enjoy this. It's very sugary and rich and I feel like if I dropped a bit on my computer desk it'd be sticky within 20 minutes. Something about this beer is very viscous. It's incredibly rich like a good stout, but somehow doesn't taste like one. Anyway, just my opinion. I'm glad everyone else enjoyed it enough. (633 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance: black. Thick, super foamy, tan head. Lacing that covers glass throughout the drink.
Smell: chocolate.
Taste: chocolate. Roasted barley. Raisins. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: good imperial stout. Balanced well....even though it's boozy. (303 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, almost black with a thick dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, plum, fig, sour cherry

T: chocolate, dark fruit, bitter coffee, sour fruits, bitter hops, smoke on finish

M: thick and heavy

O: Solid imperial stout. Sweet and sour fruit flavors (334 characters)

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +27.2%

A. Aggressive poor Awesome reverse waterfall of brown bubbles. 2 inch of tan/brown head. No carbonation. Color is brow/black, looks delicious. 5
S. Instant wall of cocoa then roasted malt. Smell of alcohol is slightly over powering. 4.75
T. Stout, roasted malt, liquorish, cocoa, very light espresso, alcohol. 4.75
M. Thick creamy syrup, borderline chewy. 5
O. Very good. I’m going to cellar the rest of the 4 pack, I hope it keeps. One of the top IS I’ve had but then again RIS are my favorite style of beer. Very weak buzz for 9.7% ABV. The alcohol stays in the chest but in a good way.5 (593 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz into a pint glass. Big, dark khaki head on black. The aromas were of some coffee, some chocolate, some caramel with the dominant being the chocolate. The taste delivered the same as the aroma, only the caramel/dried fruit was the dominant, with a nice roasty malt finish. Good stickiness at the back. Held the flavor. My personal preference is for stouts with less sweet, more coffee bitter; I love coffee, not chocolate. However, the Belgian yeast on an English stout profile yielded a very nice drink. A sipper for a lightweight like me. (545 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two plus fingers worth of late to develop ultra rich ultra lush creamy inviting dark brown colored frothy goodness... Some large chunky bubbles mixed within... Rock star world class head retention... Loads of carbonation cling tot he sides of the glass with some stray bubble rising randomly and quickly throughout... The color is a flat opaque black... Gobs of sticky lacing cling to the sides of the glass... A big rich aroma or cocoa and lightly roasted coffee... Some roasted malt is mixed in as well... The flavors that materialize on the palate or spot on with the aromas... Smooth... Sophisticated... There is a very refined charred character throughout... World class Imperial Stout... I love the beers that Boulevard turns out and this is no exception... Actually, this may be one of their best... (821 characters)

Photo of jburris64
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

I found this at my local beer haven and I love it! The company called it Black Liquid Gold and they would be correct.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted pint it left a beautifully thick brownish/ amber head that slowly receded. Smoky and dry this is a wonderful beer I'll go back for again and again.
My only wish would be obtaining it in a growler! (356 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Very pleasant dark roast aroma brings notes of dark chocolate, caramel and some char. Moderate booze smell.

T- The mouthfeel leads me to believe I'm going to get a lot of creamy chocolate in the flavor but there's more bitter dark roast and char than sweetness or chocolate. There's even a solid dose of hop bitterness in there. Alcohol is not nearly as noticeable as in the aroma.

M- Creamy and slick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This is a drier double stout but still very enjoyable. Wins points for uniqueness and complexity. (841 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

In my short experience cellaring, this was the best experiment. I did not care too much for the fresh beer and left it in the back of my basement avoiding it. The beer was cellared for about 12 months, it was remarkable. One of the best beers I had in 2014. The Belgian yeast shows off, creating a complex layer of flavors, quite a treat. The ratings for the older version is 4.75 and 3.9 fresh. (396 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Deep, very dark brown. Large frothy head of brown foam with good lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malt, sweet fruit (plum) and spice. Very slight savory hints - soy sauce?

Taste: Dark roasted malt up front, followed by complex fruit (tugs between sweet and sour) and a bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, velvety smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable stout to sip, with interesting aromas and flavors from the use of Belgian yeast. (548 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet-black with no traces of highlights. Two-finger light brown head of mixed size bubbles. Rings of sticky lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of black coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. Smells good.

T - More prominent espresso coffee taste than in the nose; additional flavors of baker's chocolate, plum, blackberry, and charcoal. A good balance between sweet and bitter stout flavors. Hides the 9.7 ABV very well.

M - Medium bodied. Higher carbonation than expected (higher side of medium). Creamy at the start with a good amount of citrus acidity in the finish which sounds weird, but it works. Mouth feel seems to shift and flow during the course of the sip. One of the more unique and complex I have had.

O - A complex and flavorful stout with a unique mouth feel. Enjoyed it and would buy again. (874 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night with a nice head. Scents are roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Somewhat burnt, which brings the score down. Taste is similar to smell but with a good deal of hops. Not excessive but more than I'd like. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel yet more carbonated than most in the style. A solid imperial stout. (318 characters)

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.