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Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

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690 Reviews

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,398
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 112
Gots: 431 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010

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
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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 ratedz
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Batch 2010-1. Pours pitch black with a 2-3 finger tall tan colored head. The head is very slow to dissipate, which works out since I want the beer to warm up a little bit anyway.

Smell is over roasted malts and yeast. Some dark fruits and chocolates are mixed in there too.

The taste backs up the nose...dark fruits mixed in with roasted malts. The flavor profile reminds me of a Belgian stout more than an American imperial stout. Very tasty, just not was I was expecting from the style.

Mouth feel is smooth and lightly carbonated, but a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout.

Even at just under 10%, this beer is very drinkable. Because it is a tad on the thin side, it is easier to drink quickly than some of the thicker beers of the style. Another fantastic beer in the Smokestack series from Boulevard!

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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 leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Fluffy khaki colored head receded quickly. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, smoke and some earthy/peaty hops. Some black cherry and ripe plum.

Taste is identical to the aroma. Roasted(almost burnt) malt and espresso to start. Some dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Smoke and salt reminiscent of an Islay whisky.

Rich, full bodied mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Very dry on the tongue. Bitterness lingers.

Another excellent beer from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. Rich aroma and flavor. Some notes that brought a smoky/peaty scotch to mind. Perhaps a touch too bitter.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 31, 2014
Misc.: Best by Sept. 3, 2015

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy dark tan head. Above average-to-good lacing along the sides. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant whiff of dark sour fruits, sour cherry, plum, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, toffee and some roastiness. But really the sour fruits dominate.

Tasted not really much like the smell. First was buttery dark malts. Also toffee, caramel, dark sour fruits, cocoa, smoky woodfire, plum, black cherry and chocolate.

Medium-to-full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Just a fantastic beer. Loved every part of this.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via Brodie.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and lighter amounts of light yeastiness - mildly bready aromas with hints of dried bananas. As the beer warms moderate amounts of plum and date aromas make brief appearances.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. The roasted malts share equal billing with dark chocolate flavors up front and are joined quickly by good amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and figs as with the aroma. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors are joined by lighter banana flavors that quickly fade to let the roasted malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be a fairly complex and well done big stout. The yeast was a nice addition to a solid beer - be sure to give this one a shot.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really falling in love with Boulevard Brewery. Some amazing stuff coming out of this creative force in Kansas City Missouri- especially the Smokestack Series. Has yet to disappoint me.

Poured into my dfh Snifter, a midnight black completely opaque pour, that immediately rushes out a dark tan frothy head that fills the glass before I can get the whole beer out of the bottle (12 oz bottle). Smell- dark fruits, belgian yeast, currants, chocolate. Taste- big dark sweet fruits first, chocolate, currants, big belgian flavors, with a bittersweet chocolate finish. I have a hard time classifying this as an Imperial Stout, I would actually like to categorize it in the Belgian Stout category. The Belgian fruit flavors are very obvious here, and it is almost completely void of the hoppy flavors you would expect from an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: this is a chewy beast- appropriate and enjoyable for the style, with good carbonation.

Drinability: my only knock on this beer- you get some big alcohol heat that makes this one a one-and-done. it will probably take me over an hour to finish this beer (and thats not a bad thing- it has already improved with a little warmth on it.

Yet another masterpiece from Boulevard- one of the most under-rated breweries out there in my opinion, and they are bringing some creativity to the craft beer scene.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip; Best by date:04.07.13 ; served at cellar temp.

A: A slow pour, develops a foamy two and a half finger khaki head. The retention is very good and holds a monster head the whole glass through. The body is a typical stout jet black. Carbonation is low, but present, very well represented for style. The lacing is left in full sheets on the side of the glass.

S: The aroma shows a majority of roasted character, with high levels of bitterness. The hops seem to be used for the high alpha acid content, while leaving the aroma with a bitter tone. The hints at smokey chocolate, with notes of a damp forest.

T/M: the initial taste is high in Russian Imperial Stout character, with high bitter profile and rich malt undertones. A very warm and welcoming alcohol note, that shows the ABV, but still adds a good balance of flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a wonderful spicy note of esters, in a typical roasted dominated style. The complexity of all flavors are balanced, while still being robust in the specific character. The mouthfeel is medium thickness for style, and low levels of carbonation are well played on all aspects of this brew.

O: Overall this is a very unique Stout and I have been very impressed with it. The blend of American stout, with German hops and Belgian yeast is a very creative idea and the beer represents that.

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Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thick ring with great lacing.

S: roasted malts up front followed by lots of sweet molasses and dark chocolate aromas. Creamy coffee with some char notes bring up the finish. Smells great.

T: strong toasted malt flavors at first, with dark chocolate flavors following. There are some roasted coffee notes along with lightly bitter char flavors on the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is more carbonated than most imperial stouts, but it goes well with the bitterness of the beer.

O: a good imperial stout, overall. Nice and roasty with a great aroma.

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Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter:

Pours a near pitch black with plentiful dense mocha froth to cap things off. Perfect lacing, like a timeline of tonight's drinking.

Crazy mix of aromas - burnt wood, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, subdued hops, subtle dark fruit, brown sugar.

The flavors are equally impressive - milk chocolate, charred oak, harsh vanilla, simple syrup.

This is a great beer. Tons of complexity, tons of potential in the cellar.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with two fingers of tan head with decent retention and good lacing. The nose is nice roasted grain, raisins and some char. The taste is sweet and roasted at first then comes bitter char, tobacco, burnt coffee, black cherries and a bit smokey. The mouthfeel is full and round with nice carbonation. This is not a stout I would drink often, but it makes for an interesting, complex sipper.

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Photo of rrski198
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, huge mocha colored head. Good lacing. Head hangs around quite a while.

S: Dark chocolate, burnt grain, carmalized sugar, anise, alcohol.

T: Burnt chocolate. Deeply roasted and spent coffee grounds. Burned brown sugar.

M: Big time flavor, thick in the mouth. Syrupy, high carbonation. Bitterness kicks and lingers at the end.

D: Very nice beer. A little to sweet for my Imperial Stout taste, as I prefer the drier Russian Imperial Stouts, however, this is a very quality brew that I will by again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a deep and oily obsidian hue and is capped with a prodigious column of mocha froth, receding into large webs of collapsed lace. It really combines the elements of billowy Belgian head and the sinister black hue of Double Stout very well.

S - The first thing that is apparent is a vinous and deep dark-fruity character of the malt, similar in contribution to the common richness found in the malt of Quads and English Barleywines. On top of that, there is definitely a smoky-roasty, chicory-like impression. And there is also some estery yeast sweetness that fuses with the alcohol. The smoke becomes more prominent as it airs out, and gives way to a tanned leather nuance.

T - The taste is pretty much exactly as the nose would suggest. The dark fruitiness is about even with the roast-char-smoke element in terms of the malt profile. Notes of cherry, date and raisin seem to have been hit with a blowtorch. The brew could use some notes of clove, nutmeg and mulled spice, if it were to be tweaked. There is not really any hop impact, and if hops are discernible at all, it is perhaps as a tea-like bitterness mid-sip. Flavor-wise, this is credibly Belgian, though it is not actually Belgian.

M - Expansively creamy, though not as viscous as I expected. The creaminess and near-perfect carbonation is very enhancing overall.

D - Quite nice. I could drink this often. Boulevard is such a good brewery.

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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 10/19/11) poured into a snifter.

Pitch black brew, nice 1-finger tan head. This beer looks gorgeous.

Smell is some vanilla, dark roasty malts, maybe a little toffee, chocolate, oak, dark cherries, pipe tobacco, black earthy loam. Nice and complex.

Taste is bitter, smoky, woody. More dark fruit as it warms, maybe a little brandy. Mostly bitter with just a hint of rich sweetness.

This is a unique, complex stout. Maybe almost too much going on here, but certainly worth investigating a few more times to make up my mind. I could see myself enjoying this a lot, especially in winter.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Boozy, with hints of figs and dates. Sweet yet a little tartness in the aftertaste. Im getting some kind of berry or plum flavors. It's interesting to my palate. I would drink this again!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date, best by 2/27/16. Pours black with a large brown head which recedes quickly. Smells of chocolate, earthy hops, and some espresso. Taste follows closely with an stronger roasted malt presence, some grainy flavors, and some lingering smoke. Carbonation is medium (despite the large head) and body is slightly above average for the style. Overall, pretty complex stout and worth trying.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 3 September 2011, reviewed from notes. Bottle says best by 19 October 2011, but does a best by date on an imperial stout really matter?

Pours black, with a head that would have overflowed my glass if I hadn't interrupted the pour. Mocha-colored head that stuck around forever (hurry up, I want to drink it!).

Smell is dark roasted malts, primarily chocolate. Definitely on the sweet side, not much char or bitterness apparent. A little bit of coffee, a little bit of plum. Nice.

Taste: it's all about those rich dark roasts again. Of all the things that come out of them, chocolate is the most apparent. Minimal hop presence. Clean, rich, and moderately sweet, with very little bitterness or sharpness.

Body is medium-thick; I'd call it about 3/4 thickness, where Ten-Fidy is a 1. Carbonation is medium-low, right where it should be.

A really solid, tasty imperial stout. Nothing about it is average, nothing outstanding, but really good all around.

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Photo of lancecenter
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Specs in Austin, TX. Poured in to a Smokestack tulip. No born on date.

A - Pitch black color with a thick, and I do mean THICK, tan head that settles to a centemeter or two layer. The lacing is absurd.

S - This is not a typical stout. A strange mixture of coffee and dark fruits due to the Belgian yeast. Phenols and esters on the end.

T - Follows the nose with a lot of tartness and a dry finish. Dark fruits, alcohol, and coffee.

O - Interesting take on the style. This is a must try.

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Photo of Mikus
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the tulip. This isn't the prettiest stout... lots of floaters, darkest brown with a ring of mocha bubbles and a hint of lacing. Aromas of dark malt, delicious dark fruits (raisins, figs) and spicy yeast. Definitely opens up as the glass warms. Unique flavors (like all Boulevard I have tried), and wasn't expecting the Belgian influence. Had to do a double take at the bottle label. Roasty goodness, bitter chocolate notes, and a nice hint of smokiness. More chocolate/smokiness on the end of the taste. Dark fruits and spicy yeast emerged as the experience continued. Chewy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Definitely hearty. Nice lingering, with hints of the last sip carrying over to the next. Smokestack series is amazing.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13.

Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing.

Smell: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma.

Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast.

Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.

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Photo of andylipp
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with 5/18/2014 best by date. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip (my standard taster).

A – Pours black as midnight with 2 inches of mocha-colored head that receded slowly. Moderate lacing. Beautiful!

S – Dark fruits, dark candi sugar, roasted malts, brown bread, baker’s chocolate, black coffee.

T – Strong coffee, dates, roasted grain, fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. A sweet start, a cocoa/coffee middle and a long roasty finish. The nearly 10% ABV is not apparent. Yum.

M –Medium body, with ample carbonation. Coats the palate.

O – A quality brew from Boulevard. Other reviews that say “I hate Belgian beers so I didn’t like this one” are missing the boat (and the point). I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/27/13

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a large light brown colored head, fades at a very slow rate and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mix of roasted malt and dark fruity aromas and a dash of chocolate.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt front, a dark fruit presence then works its way in, definitely picking up the plum vibe, lots of heat though, the flavors do its best to conceal the heat but it still comes through, finishes with an above normal dryness for an imperial stout.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - perfect impy stout in every regard of appearance. Black with billowing 3 finger coffee colored head. Great retention

s - chocolaty and malty with some hop presense as well. Very pleasant

t - Some roasted notes, some chocolate, some coffee and malt. Overall the flavors are a little covered though from the hops and it seems a little out of balance on the bitter side. Crisp bitter hop finish. Seems to smooth a little as it warms.

m - full bodied

o- a decent impy stout. Would try again at a bar on tap or if offerred but I feel there are some better options out there that are easy to find.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just by the appearance after pouring, I knew I was in for a treat.

Very nice head, massive lacing.

Mouthfeel is good..maybe a bit too much carbonation, so it feels a little thin.

Very nice all-around taste; the 9.75% ABV makes itself known. And you can certainly taste the hops in this one. Nice and smokey w/o being too dry.

I had no expectations when I picked these up, but found an excellent beer! Plus it's widely available and pretty inexpensive.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.