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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,728 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,728
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 77
Gots: 223 | 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:
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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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a 1” frothy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee aromas are noticed first with some chocolate underneath.

Taste: Rich roasted malt flavor dominates, more coffee than chocolate, maybe a few hints of dark fruit. Very nice balance between bitter and sweet with a nod toward the former. The rich coffee flavor makes this a tasty example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and clean finish.

Overall: Very good example of the style and maybe my favorite beer of the “Smokestack Series” to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:18:05 | More by BobZ
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sendsilk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-30-2012 05:00:42 | More by sendsilk
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2012 21:11:14 | More by Gagnonsux
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Prestonlegal

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-28-2012 20:36:37 | More by Prestonlegal
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-27-2012 02:19:49 | More by mikeradebaugh
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-26-2012 00:08:42 | More by SPRichard
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garyford

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-24-2012 13:53:28 | More by garyford
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Shads42

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-24-2012 10:09:36 | More by Shads42
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-24-2012 05:22:04 | More by bigred89
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Love imperial stouts. But I'm not a fan of belgian beers, and the spice that it tends to add.

Bottle label is very cool. And the description is wonderful:
Belgian yeast provides a plum like fruitiness. with layers of espresso, roasted fig, reme brules, and spicy, herbal notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 14:57:26 | More by KarlosT
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AaronBurr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-23-2012 03:27:02 | More by AaronBurr
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vcoggins

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-23-2012 02:24:54 | More by vcoggins
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is almost black in color, with a one and a half finger high, tan creamy head. Little lacing after dissipating.
The smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit.
The taste is Coffee and roasted malts up front, followed by dark chocolate and some dark fruit. The finish is some hop bitterness, combined with sweetness of toffee.
Very nice Stout, would definitely recommend., and I will try more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:00:01 | More by Hopfenpeter
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bottlequeststeve

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of my Portsmouth tulip. Poured out of a 12oz bottle I picked up while vacationing in the Cape Cod area.

This stout pours super dark like oil or molasses. Pours a thin tan head composed of thousands of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing or stickiness here, gradually reduces to a thin tan ring around the circumference of the glass.

On the nose I'm picking up burnt chocolate, French roast coffee, some faint dark fruit and a bit of pepper. Nice nose, not overtly powerful but definitely delicate.

First sip is a blend of deep roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of spicy herbaceousness from the hops. I'm left with black coffee and a touch of toffee. Really really nice, the coffee taste definitely lingers on my palate and begs me to take another sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and definitely enjoyable. I do wish it was a bit thicker. I would love to try this on cask or nitro.

Overall I'm really happy I picked up a few bottles of this. The ABV is masked very well and the Belgian yeast makes this a tasty treat. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 05:57:57 | More by bottlequeststeve
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-17-2012 21:24:23 | More by WoodburyMN
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

09-17-2012 01:07:38 | More by ILiveOffHops
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

09-14-2012 02:21:00 | More by grumpygerman
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received from volunteering at this year's Belgian Beer Fest. It's got a "best by" date of 5/18/14 an after warming up a bit was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dark Truth stout pours a solid black, with two fingers or so of khaki colored foam sitting atop the beer. Head retention is alright, an a respectable amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass. The nose is on the subtle side, but there are some solid aromas of chocolate and plums present. The flavor is starts off very nicely, calling back to what was present in the aroma. The front half of each sip tastes like plums and raisins covered in dark chocolate. A bit of roasty smoke comes in on the back end. It provides a nice contrast with what came before it, but the almost ashy quality cuts off the chocolate and esters a bit too early for my taste. Were there a style for Belgian stouts, his beer would probably be a textbook example. As is though, the mouthfeel has a bit too much of a Belgian lean t it. The body is a little too dried out and the carbonation a little too bubbly for a near 10% imperial stout. I really enjoyed Boulevard's Dark Truth, one of the finer examples I've had of trying to fuse together a stout and a Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 04:29:41 | More by axeman9182
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verset

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-13-2012 02:11:00 | More by verset
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-12-2012 13:05:14 | More by yossarian14
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-11-2012 21:13:54 | More by OriolesFan1008
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-10-2012 02:51:29 | More by bluerabbit
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 4pk. Best by 5/17/14 (I assume bottled 5/17/12). Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours black with a frothy two fingers of tan head. A little lacing. 

Smells of roasty malt, cocoa, caramel, creamed coffee and a bit of pitted fruit with faint traces of booze. 

Taste blends dark chocolate, charred malts, bitter coffee, leather, molasses and earthy. A pleasant blend that hides the booze quite well. 

Creamy and tingly- medium to full bodied with moderately high carbonation. 

This is a solid brew with an interesting and unique flavor profile. Nothing earth shattering but certainly worth a try for fans of the style. Boulevard is two for two with me so far. I'm looking forward to trying more from them now that it's available in Georgia.  

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:33:49 | More by ThickNStout
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mweso2000

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-08-2012 22:44:03 | More by mweso2000
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-08-2012 21:38:44 | More by OldTime
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.