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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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very good

1,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 255 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

AxesandAnchors, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rfunk, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

oldedog, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Steamer, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

cmoody91, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 2012 poured into a snifter.

A: Motor Oil, black as night with no head. A caramel/deep brown 3 finger head that slowly dissipated looks mouthwatering. Some alcohol legs showing on the glass as well.

S: Chocolate, very rich, roasted coffee, and dark malts. I wish I had given myself more time to allow this beer to warm up, perhaps I'll edit my review on my next one.

T: Smooth milk chocolate right away. Strong bitterness thrown in there as well. Some muted dark fruits are present. Some of the traditional Belgian yeast characteristics come through as well. Esp on the sweetness after taste. As it warmed up, became very sweet, almost too sweet for me.

M: Full bodied, sticky and thick. Leaving it on the palate reveals strong bitter dry finish with Belgian fruit after taste.

O: A very nice addition to Blvd's line up. The chocolate is strong initially with hops coming in and finishing it off. Belgian yeast leaves a strong after taste that's quite nice. Overall solid beer that comes in a 4 pack and priced to move. Nothing to complain about here.

CommanderOfAwesome, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

gshak, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black near lightproof beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells sweet and fruity with berry, chocolate and brown sugar all in there. Over ripe fruit and pepper in the ethanol fumes. Slight coconut and caramel scents.

Starts out sweet and yeasty with a charred grain after taste but no harshness. Smooth flavor, mostly chocolate and a little boozy in the mouth. Little bit of berry but this is very much a chocolate biased stout. Not bad but a little lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a good stout. There are better ones but I can say I would not hesitate to try again.

Zorro, Dec 12, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as norwegian metal. no light shines through even when held up to a light bulb. The small head that formed when poured into a tulip glass was a milk chocolate brown color.

S: Sweetness hits me first in the aroma, maybe the belgian yeast?. A slight bit of roast and alchohol is aparent also. As it warmed up the roastyness was combined with some coffee and the sweetness edged off.

T: The dark chocolate malty flavor combined with the belgian yeast charecter makes for a unique experience. It's like a dark chocolate candy at first but then as it lingers on your pallet it becomes slightly fruity (plums?) Let this beer warm up and it gets much better. Not much of the alcohol warmth I'd expect from a beer nearing 10% abv.

M: I'd expect a stout this dark to be very smooth and with lots of body, however i get a chalky like texture. yeast again?

O: While I like the idea of a belgian stout, Dark Truth doesn't really do it for me.

guityler83, Dec 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

AApparel, Dec 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

rkcrozier, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Cbrazbox, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

mikeborglum, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Bernerdawg
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours obsidian with a colossal tan head

Chocolate, molasses, cake batter, fruity yeast, alcohol

Pretty complex. Starts off bittersweet chocolate, moves to roasted coffee, licorice and spiced fruit. Boozy finish

Smooth and creamy. Excellent.

First product from Boulevard and didn't know what to expect. Complexity is finely tuned, as no one element overpowers another; malt and coffee are duly represented and know how to share the couch with licorice and hops. A dank, interesting stout I plan to buy again.

Bernerdawg, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

DukeX13, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

booyahachieved3, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black, oily pour. Creamy tan head, three fingers high. Lacing is very good.

Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, black licorice, black strap molasses, brown sugar with a slight hop profile. Chocolate syrup with a touch of alcohol in the back.

Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, definite peat smoke, black licorice and molasses.

Medium body, decent carbonation and slightly sticky on the lips.

korguy123, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jbak, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Winston_Smith
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Serving type: Bottle with "Best by May 18, 2014." It was cold, but I let it warm a bit.

Appearance: Black. Deep space black. A finger of tan head follows a standard pour. Thick lacing in layers.

Smell: This is a super complex beer, and my nose isn't yet educated enough to do it justice. See the Bros.' opinion for that one. Rich, rich, rich.

Taste: Shit's earthy as hell! "Taste explosion" comes to mind. Bitter, but not overly, and boozy enough. Obvious bit of smoke too. The high ABV doesn't overpower this one. This is probably my second imperial stout ever, and the first one, I was too drunk to remember. Again, I've had lots of beer, and know what I like and don't, what's good and what isn't, but I'm still working on flavor education. Hell of a stout flavor...

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, as it should be.

Overall: I am very happy I picked up this four pack at the grocery today. I'd been eyeing them every time I came in, and no one in my little town drinks the craft stuff, so there's dust all over that section. Stout fans should absolutely give this one a try. Very nice, warming winter beer.

Winston_Smith, Nov 28, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Four pack from Total Wine in NOVA was 10 or 12 bucks.

Appearance: Black as hell. Like, really black and opaque with no highlights. Dark brown head with good retention and sheets of lace.

Smell: Pretty incredible combination of Belgian dark fruits and rich, roasted dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Smells heavy, cakelike, but doesn't reek of alcohol. Very well done.

Taste: While its quite good, the flavors don't mesh nearly as well as the aromas do. Plum and date flavors seem to sit in a pool of alcohol on top of a very roasty, slightly smoky stout base, and the flavors don't seem to integrate. The alcohol burn is nice, but the bitterness it imparts accentuates the roasted bitterness, and that doesn't complement the Belgian flavors well.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy in the mouth, but finishes with an almost astringent roast flavor that makes it seem too dry.

Overall: I think this is a really great Belgian stout. My comments seem negative, but its mostly nitpicking. I do think that a Belgian stout has to carefully balance bitterness, especially roasty flavors, or it doesn't taste right with the Belgian yeast and dark fruit. I think they overshoot that a little.

rapidsequence, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

LiquorsInc, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Labeorphile, Nov 23, 2012
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.