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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,713 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 219 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-24-2012 13:53:28 | More by garyford
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travy82

Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-16-2014 22:14:27 | More by travy82
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-19-2011 05:03:32 | More by DoctorB2B
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-14-2011 21:33:24 | More by jophish17
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-07-2013 02:29:55 | More by alysmith4
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-14-2013 00:04:06 | More by MNBeer1017
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Rgalvin

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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BMart

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falloutsnow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-11-09
Glass: Tulip

Boulevard's Dark Truth stout is an imperial version of a stout recipe fermented with a Belgian yeast, leading to expressive ethanol and prune ester flavors, with strong remnants of bitter char and burned toast. Without a counterbalancing sweetness, the beer is a bit two-dimensional, and the ethanol a bit too strong flavor-wise, even after being aged for several months, for my enjoyment. Not a bad imperial stout, but not the right flavor combination for me and not one I'd return to.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance with average retention of about one minute, eventually fading to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with heavy honeycomb-like patterns clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out slightly lighter brown-orange-black hues along the edges of the beer. Carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass, but not through the opaque body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is surprisingly mild, with moderate cocoa followed by light prune and slight sweetness. Not bad, but timid, fairly boring.

Overall flavor palette consists of ethanol, substantial black malt leading to heavy char and burnt toast flavor, cocoa, alcohol-soaked prunes and faint sweetness. Front of palate is of light caramel-like sweetness with char and burnt toast flavors, a touch of ethanol, anise, and slight acridity from roasted malts. Mid-palate of roasted malts, including heavy use of very dark malts (English black patent?), that bring out charred toast and a bit of cocoa, mixed with prune, ethanol, anise, and light bitterness from roasted malts. Back of palate tastes ethanol, anise, charred toast, light cocoa, alcohol-soaked prunes, and light bitterness. Aftertaste is of burnt toast, char, light smoke, a bit of cacao nib and burnt coffee bean, and lingering ethanol (probably the best-tasting part of this beer).

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a fizzy, then fully foamy mouthfeel. A bit overcarbonated for the style. Ethanol felt as a slight burn on the palate and back of throat, very little warmth in nostrils, though; ethanol fairly well integrated and hidden in beer. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 06:27:10 | More by falloutsnow
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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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hopluva1

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a snifter @ 50*

Pours very dark brown/black with a nice 2 finger tan head that sticks around.
Aroma is roasted malt first, then the dark fruits. It reminds me of a Belgian dubbel.

Flavor is prominent Belgian fruitiness with a good roasted backbone. It is a fairly simple stout that relies on the Belgian yeast for its complexity.
I was looking forward to trying this beer. I love a good stout, but am not a huge fan of Belgians. I am disappointed in this beer, but allot of that is personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:51:50 | More by hopluva1
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harrymel

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 2010-1, Best by 01/13
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a deep black stout with single finger head which retires leaving half as much in a latte color. The beer retains the head throughout the life. Thick, resounding lacing.

S: Dark, cocoa, malts, coffee. Moderate hints of copper smell which is a hare offsetting. Hint of lacto smell. Cautious about tasting this one...

T: Dark, dry, malty beer. Hints of licorice, anise, malts, cocoa, espresso. Okay, the perception earlier of lacto (I believe) was the belgian yeast showing through. It's a good flavor, but not the best as far as IS's. Rye adds a woody flavor here.

M: Thick, viscous, sticky beer. Nice, moderate carbonation. Heavy body.

D: I would rather have shared this with others. Not great. I think the I am disappointed in the yeast addition to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 23:31:27 | More by harrymel
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - just a bit of red around the edges with an amazing looking tall dark tan creamy head. A lot of lacing as the head falls.

S - bitter creamy fruit with something like toasted hops.

T - smokey malts with some coffee and dark chocolate. Some fruit comes through the after taste. A bit bitter though.

M - very thick with a lot of coating. Only a mild tingle under tongue.

D - a bit too bitter for more than one glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:02:40 | More by biglite351
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.