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Dark Truth Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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 BWood
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent stout. Nothing that I think I would but again. Alesmith speedway is much better as a year a round. I found this beer drinkable but missing something .

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. L: Pours deep bright black under a ½” dense light tan foam collar that quickly dissipates but produces excellent lace. S: Chocolate and a hint of smoke aromas and some dark dried fruit and a dry finish. T: rich malt flavors suggesting chocolate with a dry slightly smoky finish. F: full body and very creamy, luscious carbonation. O: A very nice imperial stout with an interesting smoke aspect and a luscious body.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, burnt molasses smoke with a more traditional mouthfeel and belgian yeast twist. Kind of incredible that this is a 9.7% alcohol beer! Especially when available at an average priced craft beer 4 pack

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deep black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is of dark fruit, like currants, and charcoal with grain. Jumbled a little, rather than clean, but nice. The taste is strong with bitterness, roasted scents, and booze. Full and engaging.

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Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. According to the label, this is best before November 25, 2016. I’ve been sitting on this a good six months.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a brown so dark, to all intents and purposes it’s black, including when held up to light. Good-sized tan head, with decent lace.

Dark fruits and molasses in the nose. When I noticed the “Smokestack Series” designation on the label, I thought there was a chance this was a smoked beer. Glad it’s not, as the nose is glorious enough as is.

Rich, velvety flavor. Dark malts and dark fruits, a little bit of sweetness but balanced expertly by the plummy, figgy flavors. Mild dryness at the swallow.

A little bit thin in the body for the style, despite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This was like a Quad/Impy Stout hybrid. I don’t know the hop bill for this, but I suspect it was lighter than many others of the style. I don’t hate a hoppy big stout at all, but I think the restraint in that department plus the Belgian yeast makes for a really interesting version of the style. The more I drank this, the more complex it got and the more I liked it.

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

Look: beautiful dark black body with tan head.
Smell: roasted coffee chocolate and malt
Taste: roasted coffee bitter dark chocolate and smoke
Overall: very well put together beer.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look black with two finger head.
Smell some roast with a lot of Belgian yeast character coming through.
Taste drinks like a quad with a little bit of roast. Great Belgian stout.
Feel medium body, finishes really smooth.
Overall blend between a quad and a stout. If you like both styles pick it up.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived tan head "hat leaves no lace.
Smell is rich with toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits. Great balance.
Taste is roasted malt, molasses, soy sauce, rum, and smoke. Phenomenally well balance.
Lighter body than expected, maybe medium. Effervescence is a bit fizzy but very good. Warming with a dry finish.

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Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark brown with no visible carbonation. Thick espresso foam colored head sticks around for the whole drink. Thick streaks of foam line the glass.

S: Prune with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and sweeter notes of banana and burnt sugar.

T: Dried fruit with hints of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Smokey on the finish with a touch of dry, bitter, citrus pith.

M: Smooth, light and very dry. A lingering dryness and spicy feel.

D: Highly drinkable stout. Nothing spectacular, though the dry, smokey elements allow this beer to stand apart from your ordinary, everyday stout. This drinking experience is further confirmation for me as I try more Boulevard beers that they are a great brewery.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge 3 finger whipped creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, yeast, dark fruit, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf and smoky or burnt wood notes. There are some medicinal and metallic notes that keep coming back to interfere with the nice roasted malt and chocolate aromas, so overall it’s above average smelling.

Tastes has more burnt coffee grinds in it as well as toffee, light vanilla, cocoa powder, floral hops, espresso, and then like the nose it has dark chocolate, roasted grains, chocolate malts, yeast, dark fruit like a plum or cherry dipped in chocolate, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf, currants, white pepper, faint burnt wood and earthy or barrel/woody notes. This seems spicy for a stout, which I assume is from the Belgian yeast and hops since the roasted malts give off sweet chocolate notes that remind me of a cold coffee or a soup, like a meal in a glass. The ABV is very well hidden and the roasted aspects add nice complexities to the brew. I really like the coffee accents, but the metallic yeast part negates and tames the enjoyable chocolate and coffee malts that should have been the stars of this show.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth like a milkshake with coffee and vanilla beans ground up and added, mochachino-like that has a medium to chewy body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet, yet full of char and chocolate flavors as it trails off on the dry side.

Overall a tasty brew, and the bottle states it perfectly: Roasted English malts provide a deep, rich texture, Belgian yeast bestows plum-like fruitiness, and German hops add spicy aromas as Dark Truth Stout mellows to a smooth, dry, smoky finish.

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

Look - Dark oil body. Thin tin head. Little lacing.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Smoke. Belgian. Alcohol.

Taste - Belgian sweetness on tongue. Chocolate and coffee. Almost fruity. Fades to dry, smoky alcohol on tongue.

Feel - Heavy. Dry.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always like what Boulevard has to offer, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the cap I get a waft of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt and some black licorice. Pours into a pint like motor oil with a huge cascading light brown head that is creamy on top and stands like a champ. On the taste this brew has a roasted black licorice taste up front followed by roasted malt and transitioning to a sweet dry finish. Some bitterness is evident up front but it transitions out then gives in to the sweet finish. Great mouthfeel. Serious masking of a 9.7% ABV. This one is a keeper, will seek out.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours pitch black with a lasting light brown head

S-molasses, dark chocolate, fruity/sweet malts,

T-dried red fruit up front leading into malty sweetness with coffee undertones, hops are present but accentuate other flavors instead of overwhelm them, leaves a pleasant smoky tobacco taste in the mouth

M-full bodied, creamy, medium carbonation,

Overall: a damn good brew. The beer starts sweet and fades into dark coffee/smoky malts. This would be great for a crisp fall evening or accompanying some hearty beef stew.

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Photo of tweke
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - dark dark brown almost black in color with a thin head.
S - smells like a Belgian but added smokiness
T - smokey and malty with the finish of a Belgian
F - crisp and dry finish, doesn't cost your mouth like some of the heavier stouts. Smokey but refreshing.
O - a great stout if you are looking for smokey and Belgian notes. Finishes crisp and dry. Overall really enjoyed this after dinner.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some dark fruits. Taste is smokey, roasted malts, hops, light coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of AlexR
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a good stout, one of the most complex beers from Boulevard for sure.

A: Very dark, as the marketing says ("inky") with a thin, caramel-ish head.
S: Mostly espresso, with some hops, unlike most stouts I've tried.
T: This is where it shines. You would never know it's 9.7% because the delicately balanced flavors of roasted coffee, fruitiness, and hops take over. Smooth, but with just enough of a bite.
F: Goes down fairly easy, but it's substantial. Full bodied on the entry, a bit dry on the finish.

O: Fantastic beer. I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of stouts or porters, since it takes the best things about that style of beer and amplifies them.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. All of the beers that I've had from Boulevard have impressed me and this was no exception to that adage, as the complexity of it really came out once this warmed up. A few on here have mentioned that this was the marriage of a Stout and a Quad and that would be a perfect way to sum this up. The body and booze of the former were present along with the yeast and fruit notes of the latter and combined with the recessed alcohol, made for a beer that was worth savoring from start to finish.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark chocolate hue, amazingly frothy head, and nice web of lacing to it as I took my first sips. Not a strong aroma here but there was lots of currant and plum and some booze that cut through those. The barley and oats come out in the taste as the body really balanced out the strength of this beer quite nicely while the alcohol slowly came in after each sip went down. Dark bread and baker's chocolate round out the flavor profile while the lively carbonation was just an extent of the yeast that was underneath all of this, giving this beer a nice pop.

While not feeling as strong as I thought, this is not something to chug down as it took quite a while to sit back and enjoy. Creamy, lively, and deep, this was unlike any Stout that I've ever had, let alone a Double or an Imperial. Slightly roasted like a Coffee Stout and with some spice like a foreign tea, there's so much going on here that this should be in a new category since it seems to be a hybrid of a few other styles. Another winner fro Boulevard that I enjoyed immensely even if I didn't quite pinpoint it. A must-try for any dark beer lover!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" Date of December 22nd, 2016
Reviewed on May 15th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A generous light brown head formed, a little over an inch in depth, collapsed, and left a decent amount of lacing. A bubbly foam cap followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Belgian yeast really stood out in the nose. Rich notes of roasted malts added depth to the aroma. Faint hit of spicy hops.

Sweet notes of plum hit the tongue first. Big presence of roasted malts: Espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle trace of nut. Spicy hops flared, leading to a semi-dry finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Definitely a Belgian-inspired stout! Many similarities to Quads. Dangerously drinkable. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a winner! Have been tasting a lot of stouts/porters of late and this one delivers. Deep, rich, complex flavors: Almost comes across as having multiple layers in fact, so seems to more or less delivers on the brewer's desc. Some nice sweetness buried in the roasty espresso notes, with surprisingly little bitterness in the finish. Great head, lacing, color, aroma, great thickness and very smooth. It definitely kicks back though. I was woozy for a bit afterwards.

2nd experience: Found this perhaps a bit too boozy the 2nd time around. Would Probably downgrade this one to the high 3's - 4.0 range based on this most recent experience. Clearly, there can be bottle-to-bottle-differences, particularly if purchased at different times, place, etc.

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

Let this one warm up for a minute. Nice notes of creamy plum and chocolate in the nose, and a great bitter-charred chocolate taste with some nice plum. A really nice beer--I agree with whichever other reviewer said (in so many words) that this was like the beautiful lovechild of a stout and a Belgian quad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: pitch black and dark motor color. Thick body but average tan colored head unlike the dark tan some imperial stouts like to brandish. Head originally rose to maybe 1/3" above the body.

Smell: Heavy smoked coffee scent but not too potent. Might be the temperature of the beer being a bit too cold.

Taste: Bitter, like a espresso feel that is ultra sticky. Almost the the point you feel like your drinking roasted coffee bean. Lacks the molasses feel which I crave but not all stouts are created to be equal.

Mouth: Meddium to heavy carbonation. Toasty finish with a dark cocoa feel.

Overall: Good brew, the cashier slightly over hyped it but worth picking up. Would I search the world for it, nah...but I would buy it again just because. Salud.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass: color is black, solid; head is tan and presents very thick, overflowing the glass rim, then some lacing and a 1/8 inch speckled top.

Smell is subtle in the complexity, starting fruity, mostly raisins/plum like notes, then some sweeter chocolate and finishing with light bitter espresso and earthy hop notes.

Taste is also complex, but more straightforward than the aroma the earthy/sweeter flavors present first, followed by the complex raisin/fruit and lighter spice notes that create a lingering flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is sweet forward then drying on the middle of the tongue, with softer presence on the sides of the tongue.

Overall, a nicely complex stout, subtle unique flavors and full mouthfeel create great balance with nice combination of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light can be seen thought it. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

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Photo of Jackolope
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Roasty flavors that mellow into a slightly spicy sweetness. Nice belly warmer. Would prefer a little sweeter finish. Looks great. I have one bottle left that I'll probably keep in the cellar until next winter so I can see how it ages. This bottle says it'll be good until the fall of 2016 so I'd like to see if a little bit of age will mellow some of those roast and spice notes.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.