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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,601 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1601
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%


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:
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

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010)
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Big walls of lacing.

Big roast, char, chocolate

Semi sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits.

Very smooth and creamy. Nice imperial Stout with chocolate and roast.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:10:57 | More by kawilliams81
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It was jet black in color with a brown thick head. The aroma gave off some coffee but not much to get worked up on. As the beer warmed up, the aroma was instantly black licorice. Maybe some faint tobacco as well.

After drinking, it sort of made me think of a tripel or a quad - must be because of the notable dark fruits in this beer. I also detected black coffee and little chocolate. It became more boozy as it warmed up. Even the aroma was boozy. The aftertaste of the beer hung around quite a while - tasted mostly dark chocolate and black coffee.

Overall the I really enjoyed three quarters of the drink. But as it warmed up, it just became a bit too boozy and the flavor just seemed to mellow out. I'd prefer drinking this just slightly chilled, not room temp. Very glad to try. It's definitely has some differences than other stouts in comparison. I liked the aroma of black licorice and the subtle flavor of dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:43:14 | More by Benish
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - near black with a half finger of dark chocolate mahogany head. Decent lacing

S - sweet plums, rosary coffee and sugary Belgian yeast

T - sweet and roasty chocolate with lots of plum and fig sweetness. Aftertaste is rather bitter

M - medium boded and smooth. Little carbonation

O - heavy on the dark fruit sweetness. Not bad but my least favorite smokestack to date

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:47:06 | More by MacQ32
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with big thick three finger head. Nice big bubbles and the head lasts for a while.

Smell is rich, roasty, and robust. Lot’s of coffee on the head. Bits of coco.

Very sweet and inviting.

Mouthfeel a bit ashy.

Robust coffee flavors, as well as chocolate. Hard to pick out the alcohol. Great stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:52:00 | More by Smurf2055
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KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky jet black with a large (2-3 finger) tan rocky head that slowly receded, down to a large puddle and collar of residue that lasted throughout, creating excellent thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, dark fruit (plum and black cherry), a bit of ash and a bold alcohol tinge.

The taste was rich, roasty and malty sweet with a hint of chocolate from the beginning, becoming slightly bitterer with a strong coffee presence. It then progressed further with mildly tart and fruity taste and a bold smoky alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a good long time after the swallow with a light chocolate fruitiness giving way to the smoky roasty taste that lingered on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was quite full in body and a somewhat dry texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be bold, tasty, enticing and vastly complex. There is not much more to be said except this is a superb brew with a fantastic drinkability. This is just another example of how good this brewer is…

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Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 13:51:58 | More by KajII
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Kendo

New York

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with best-by date of 1/9/14; consumed on 7/1/13.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a smallish (half-finger) tan head that settles quickly. A couple splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Some roasty malt and fruit - think plums or red grapes.

T: Licorice, dark fruits (plums again come to mind), a hint of molasses all on top of a decently roasted malt foundation. Touch of chocolate malt on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Heat from ABV is noted on the back of the palate and on the way down. Finish reminds me of the bitterness you'd get from slightly unripe plum skins. As it warms, more chocolate - think dark chocolate or cocoa powder - is noted.

M: Belgian feel to it, no doubt - quite active carbonation that's real fizzy in feel. Unusual for a stout. Interesting; makes it drink "lighter" than your standard Double Stout, that's for sure, which given the 9.7% ABV, could be dangerous. . . . It does seem to feel a bit thin, however.

O: Interesting "Belgian-style" American Double/Imperial Stout (if that makes sense). I prefer my stouts to be more roasty and chocolatey (i.e., less fruity) and more creamy than fizzy in feel. But. . . this one is well made and good, in a different kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:34:11 | More by Kendo
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, three finger deep tan head. Black in the glass.

S-Roasted malt, plums, tad bit of coffee and chocolate.

T-Very interesting combination of roasted malt and plums. Coffee is present. Dark chocolate is mild. In the finish slight bitterness.

M-Creamy to medium bodied, nicely carbonation.

O-One of the few beers that pulls off the plums/belgian notes in a stout. Still not top notch but better than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 17:45:44 | More by rlee1390
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lighthabit

Oregon

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

a treat from my bro in portland
label reminds me of darth vader for some reason. dark, deep blood red, almost black. foamy at first, dies down to very thin layer, spotty lacing. smell of smoke, leather, raisin, malt. taste is the same, with a smoke that i've never tasted before, mature , malty, a gentleman's stout. mouth feel is a bit off, oddly a bit foamy, but still has good chewy backbone behind it and an impressive finish, dry just like the label said (didn't expect it to be so). quite solid, would try again

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 07:43:36 | More by lighthabit
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oberon

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a creamy one finger beige head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas are a mix of plum and raisin along with chocolate and some nuttiness.Flavors are roasted with alot of fruity tones,the raisin flavors are really magnified with a hint of char in the finish,the alcohol comes into play more as it warms.This is one of the fruitier impy stouts I have come across,it's not a big roasted dry earthy bomb,a nice change of pace for an American version of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 21:12:11 | More by oberon
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night. Thick creamy two finger mocha-colored head. Great retention. A healthy amount of lacing. Looks like a stout all right and a damn good one at that

Smell: Heavy molasses and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Traces of fig, coffee, dried dark fruits. Hint of alcohol. Smells very appetizing

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose. Initially very sweet molasses. Roasted malts up the yin-yang. Rich chocolate throughout. Some figs and maybe plums. Finishes a little bitter like coffee or dark chocolate. Slightly boozy on the finish but pretty well hidden overall. Really nicely rounded out. As I continue to drink it becomes very acidic. I now have heartburn.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Really coats the palate. Creamy. This beer feels big

Overall: Haven't been disappointed by Boulevard yet. This is a nice imperial stout but a little too astringent. Fairly easy to drink. Good for cold nights. Balanced with lots of flavor but points off for my indigestion

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:55:01 | More by MistahBeah
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flayedandskinned

California

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/12/2014 date.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a pitch black that is impenetrable. An absolutely massive, 4 fingers tall, light cocoa head spurts out of the abyss like beer rather and sticks around forever, leaving plenty of lacing behind in its wake.

Aroma: (4.25)
Huge, smoke tinged Belgian yeast phenols shoot out of the glass immediately; a big plum note, raisins, light fig. There is strong, creamy, dark chocolate tucked nicely underneath the yeast with some roasted coffee impression in tow. On the outside edges of the nose, there is a leafy, herbal hoppiness. The alcohol is masked very well.

Taste: (4.25)
Herbal, grassy hops upfront with more those Belgian yeast tones that were present in the nose; Plums, fig, raisins. On the yeast's heels is a very smooth and creamy, dark baker's chocolate note which coats your palate quite nicely. The stout finishes dry and slightly bitter with lingering notes of chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, light nuttiness, smoked malt and more of those stone fruits from the yeast. Very low alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Robust and full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4)
A very unique take on a classic style. The Belgian yeast that is used in conjunction with the dark, roast malts, really kicks out a lot of sweet, juicy plum and fig characteristics, but the roasted malts really help balanced everything out. Really interesting stuff, but I am left wishing that there was a bit more of that classic stout roasted character in the back end of the beer. I'd definitely recommend this for some one who digs both stouts and Trappist style Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:50:01 | More by flayedandskinned
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StroppyMare

California

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark, and thick, just the way I like it. Nice tan head that left copious lacing.

Smell: Curious. Summer fruit. Not what I expected for an imperial stout, but tempting.

Taste: Wow. This is an immensely complex beer. Tastes range from fruity hops to tobacco. Finish is dry and roasty with a bit of warming. Alcohol is well-hidden under layers of flavor. There is simply so much going on it's difficult to record it all. Quite the experience.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy with medium carbonation. Turns syrupy as it warms.

Overall: I'd definitely drink again for the fullness of the experience. You won't be knocking these back, that's for sure. Drink when you want to nurse a lovely brew over conversation and a card game.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:44:19 | More by StroppyMare
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: deep opaque black, brown edges, nice medium sized sticky khaki head.

Nose: Green apple, but more like green apple flavored tobacco than fresh fruit. Balanced with bitter roasted coffee beans, and some sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. There's a bit of earthy dirt, a whisp of smoke, and a touch of milky sweetness. The bitterness overpowers a bit.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, slightly sticky, but a bit too thin.

Overall: Really interesting beer. The Belgian yeast gives it a unique quality that makes it stand apart from other big American stouts. A bit one dimensional in flavor, but solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:36:31 | More by fdig23
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small 12oz bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a deep black, browning at the edges with a fine mild brown head that sticks around as a decent fine ring. Minimal lacing, looking a little like it's too heavy to stick. Carbonation is fine but the body looks surprisingly light when tilted. Overall, it's a beer of contrasts, thankyou.

Nose is dark, but mild, without a big boozy quality, a true sharpness, or a really sweet richness. There's toasty characters, a little dried fruit, a touch of spice, and perhaps a suggestion of whisky and a darker, roastier note. But no more: this is a particularly mellow now for an Imperial stout. I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Taste is also mellow, but here that's quite a boon: it mingles with a very pleasantly done smoothness on the palate, to create a supple and seductive body. There is indeed roastiness here, especially on the back: it develops from an almond nuttiness mid-palate into a true stout richness on the finish. It's dark, but sweet and full. Otherwise, there's a dancing spice above everything, but it's quite separate from the main event, which is that richness, morphing into that oh-so-subtle roast on the finish. Good stuff.

By the end, this was a very decent beer. It still didn't excite me so much as to make me effusive in my praise, but it had won me over by the end. I'm impressed that a beer that didn't start off looking or smelling particularly dark ended up being fully impressive on that score.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:25:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured into tulip; pours pitch black with an enormous foamy tan head that retains well after the pour, leaving permanent thick patches if lace

S- dark fruity notes of plum and fig from the Belgian yeast, spicy hop notes, dry roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and coffee

T- dark fruit flavors follow the aroma, fig and plum. Chocolate espresso leads to a dry and smoky malt profile, almost a bit of smoked meet. The dry malt is balanced nicely by a spicy-yet-herbal hop profile. The finish is dry, lightly smoky & chocolaty with an herbal hop bite

M- medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, foamy and chewy mouthfeel with a creamy finish. There's a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but its very drinkable fir nearly 10%

O- the herbal hop notes add another dimension to the dry-roasty malt. The Belgian yeast also adds an interesting layer as well. Very complex and one I would gladly try again

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:41:19 | More by Treyliff
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Archeron666

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found in 4 pack at World Market for 8.99 on sale, I drank it out of Hangar 24 chalice, with all stouts, I hold them up to the light to get a true sensse of it's color..this one ..one word..Inky..So, I pour, nice head retention and lacing, medium carbonation...The nose is heavy, with molasses and malt making it a very nicce smell..so, the beer, roasty, dark, chocolately, malty, a very well rounded Imperial, not to crazy, not so everyday either.. stout, thick and nice, perfect for a dark night, or a chilly morning to get you going..would I buy it again..hmmm..I already did. Enjoy the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 08:22:31 | More by Archeron666
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JayReq

North Carolina

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

I actually had this recommended by someone very cool, so I went out to Whole Foods and found it! I am glad I did. I drank from a small tasting glass (basically a miniature pint glass), and man, what an easy pour!

Appearance: Poured out almost silky smooth, it looks very thick and has a really nice deep pitch color. The pour produced a nice head, somewhat creamy in its texture, but the foam is a light-tan brown, like the color of wet sand.

Smell: Banana bread and nuts, believe it not, but I can't really place what kind. I can't really pick anything else up in the nose.

Taste: This is a rather complex stout. For a 9.7% Imperial Stout the alcohol is barely there, and it tastes a bit like darker rum. The banana bread is definitely under the rum, and there is a hint of burnt oat and hops, almost an ale-like quality in the latter. A little bit of a bite on the finish, which reminds the drinker that there is indeed alcohol in there. Very smooth and drinkable for stout fans, but I don't know if I would suggest this to first-timers.

Mouthfeel: Barely-there carbonation, which I like in my stouts. Very smooth, velvety on the tongue. Very nice. "Warming" is a good word, and warming usually means a good stout. Settles very nicely.

Overall: I really quite enjoyed this. It isn't a pinnacle beer, but it is a masterful expression of the style. Boulevard really made this a pleasure to drink. This is probably one of the best stouts I have had, period, and I will most likely pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:58:03 | More by JayReq
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Lledd

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into Hill Farmstead snifter ;) I let this beer sit out for about 20 minute to warm. That's how I like stouts.

A: Pitch black, looks thick. Big head even with a gentle pour. I couldn't fit the whole bottle in the glass.

S: Banana bread up front big time. Nutty, walnuts. It sounds weird, but if I really focus on the aroma, it almost smells like a dairy freezer, like in a super market. Maybe a bit of dark rum.

T: The banana bread from the aroma is in the taste too. The nutty aroma comes through in the taste as a must, not wonderful, but not the dominant flavor. Slightly boozy on the backend. Bitter, hoppy finish, burnt oats.

M: Carbonation is fine. Body is thick. It's a little less smooth than other stouts.

O: I'm not crazy about this stout. The aftertaste is funky, the booze isn't masked well, and the mouthfeel is a little harsh for the style. The aroma was definitely the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:27:00 | More by Lledd
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a “best before” date of 11/9/14, into a goblet. Like to try another one in a little year to see how the flavors develop.

Appearance: Pitch Black, like tar. The beer had a finger of chocolate colored/tan head, that quickly faded to a thin lacing on top of the beer.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, chocolate, dark bread like pumpernickel and raisons or dried cherries.

Taste: Nice roasted malts on the front end, much less coffee than I was expecting from the aroma. Heavy alcohol finish which I liked, and at 9.7% it should have that. As the beer warmed, the more the hops came to the forefront, but not too much, which nicely balanced the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: This stout is very, very smooth, like silk, with a very pleasant warming alcohol finish that lasts for several long minutes.

Overall: I really, really enjoyed this stout, and will certainly be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:07:32 | More by Jeffreysan
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farrago

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice two finger head of dense, dark brown microfoam, even surface with minimal dimpling, retention is above average, leaves quite thick streaks of lacing behind as well. Obligatory pitch black liquid, opaque yet near the surface you can just make out a strong presence of bubble beads, little to no hue change to orange or yellow. Powerful nose of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, flowers, licorice and plum to cherry fruit, there’s cereal grains and oats in there plus some pine sap and more leafy herbaceousness, has a good deal of discernible hops for the category and in no way overly sweet. Full-bodied, while generally creamy in texture it is on the dry side and can stiffen up on you. Again lots of chocolate, here the licorice to anise almost outmatches the coffee, molasses, caramel, certainly plays into enlivening the flowers and white citrus. Fewer grains but more pine and garden herb notes. At times smoky, does a great job of shifting on you so you can’t really peg it down. Takes awhile for you to more consistently register the plum, date, golden raisin, cherry fruit. Long lasting without being pushy, you taste it some time after you have swallowed. An achievement of complexity without excessive makeup.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:48:27 | More by farrago
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BY 05/18/14

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap after a few minutes

S: Fruity Belgian yeast, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a hint of spicy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with dark fruits, roasted malts, and molasses and moves into chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, and a very light hint of spicy hops. Finishes with a light smokiness from the roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy

O: A very good imperial stout with lots of complexity. From the Belgian yeast to the roasted malts, there is just about anything you could want in a non-BBA imperial stout. Great value as well, at $10.99 for a 4-pack

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 21:11:26 | More by BEERMILER12
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 12/26/14. Poured into a DFH chalice.

A - Black, opaque, slightly viscous. 3-finger brown rocky head. Great lacing.

A - Roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits.

T - Coffee (not strong), faint licorice and a little sweetness.

MF - Smooth

O - Nice finish without the bite of a dark roast coffee. I do not taste the smoky finish the brewer extoles on the bottle. It has a bit of that raisin/dark fruit finish I personally don't like from Belgian yeasts.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:28:19 | More by Sludgeman
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 11/09/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big sweet dark roasty aroma with a big fruity yeast profile. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, cream, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoked malt. Sweet molasses and brown sugar. Light hint of anise spice. The yeast presence is very noticeable adding some spice and a big scent of dark fruits. Hints of fig, tart cherry, plum, prune, and raisin. Some earthy and herbal hops in the background. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a rich taste of roasted malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hops. Dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoke. Molasses and brown sugar add to the sweetness. Lively presence of Belgian yeast with some black pepper and dark fruits. Notes of plum, dark cherry, fig, prune, and raisin. Some anise spice in the mix as well. Solid backing of herbal, earthy hop bitterness. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high for the style but expected with the yeast. Very creamy. Somewhat slick. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A unique and very good imperial stout. Big roasted malt taste with a nice fruity kick from the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 06:58:46 | More by MattyG85
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jpro

South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single from Sam's in Durham, NC. Poured into a Boulevard tulip...

A: 8-ball black; opaque; 2-finger, cappuccino head - it's milkshake-like; great staying power... the retention leaves thick rings of sudsy lace.

S: Belgian yeast is definitely noticeable - it's pretty bright and fruity; black patent malt; char / roast; chocolate cake; the fruity / spicy yeast aroma is a bit off-putting for the style (for me, at least), but otherwise - the aroma is great.

T: The yeast is far less pronounced than what's in the aroma - which is a good thing; roasted malt / coffee; dark chocolate; a touch of chicory / smoke on the the end.

M: Near full feel with high carbonation; nice, velvety feel... very smooth, too; the Belgian yeast works well here; sticky.

O: This is an interesting American double stout, with the Belgian yeast and German hops; it works as something different, but it's not something I'd have the urge to have more than one of - it's definitely an interesting twist to this style, though; great mouthfeel and very smooth - 9.7% is hidden very well. (Best By Date: 5/18/14)

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:38:04 | More by jpro
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Samuel906

California

3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nice, dark and rich, huge brown tinged fluffy head with great retention. Smell is pretty mild, even as the beer got warmer, mostly chocolate and brown sugar. At first I felt this beer was way too sweet; it was kind of overwhelming at first. It is very sweet, but it does help the balance of some of the very potent flavors. Chocolate, molasses and apple up front, roasted malt, smoke, charred wood, and coffee at the end. No booze in the flavor but you can feel it in the warmth. Feels very thin considering the type; I would prefer a creamier, heavier stout. Overall, not too bad; huge flavor, a little too sweet,

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:14:39 | More by Samuel906
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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