Dark Truth Stout - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 105
Gots: 372 | FT: 11
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:
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 zeledonia
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of lancecenter
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Mikus
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of andylipp
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

Poured the 12 oz bottle into a stemless goblet and the result was a beautiful head of mocha colored froth about 2 inches high. Not a bit of light passes through it.

The aroma is rich like dark coffee and toffee and caramel with over ripe bananas. It concentrates nicely in the glass and keeps coming through sip after sip.

The taste abounds and is so complex i am not close to qualified to describe it. My attempt goes something like this: Lots of dark chocolate in a little coffee, raisin, prune. Then there is more coffee with some alcohol warmth. The fade holds these all together and the chocolate bitterness remains on the tongue.

There is a thick, warm velvety and silky smooth mouthfeel, but it's not too heavy.

This stout was my dessert tonight and I would love it to be my dessert again. This fall I have a date to sit and sip one out on the deck in a crisp, clear night.

Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The Dark Truth pours pitch black with 2.5 fingers of tan head. It reduces very slowly and the resulting lacing is chunky and fluffy.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate all intermingle about evenly in category to provide the bulk of the smells. I also get some plum/fig-like dark fruits as well.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. Roasted malts right up front, expresso and chocolate following right behind that. Dark fruits really show up on the back end, plum and fig, with a bit of hops and booze on the back end. Complex and nice from top to bottom.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is a bit light with quite a bit of carbonation. It certainly isn't as smooth as a lot of other imperial stouts I've tried. However, leaning towards medium bodied really does make it very drinkable for the style. I could put down a few of these with no problem.

Photo of Mongrel
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet and a little roasty/toasty at the same time, like freshly made toffee or caramel. Big in flavor and body with sleek, subtle roastiness and notes of licorice, espresso and dark fruit. Has the 'inky' qualities I look for in an impy stout. It's still a little bright and boozy right now though and I could see this one doing well with some age on it.

Really nice body - big, but still dry enough to leave some lingering roast notes.

Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a creamy brown head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Dark chocolate, fruity notes, dark malt, hint of coffee, and a little alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate, some stone fruit notes, peach and plumb, roasted malt, a hint of coffee comes out as it warms, a little spicy, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, silky smooth, and a little warmth on the finish.

O: Different, but really quite good. I've had it before where the Belgian yeast stands out a bit more, but I think a little age mellows it out nicely.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet-black with no traces of highlights. Two-finger light brown head of mixed size bubbles. Rings of sticky lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of black coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. Smells good.

T - More prominent espresso coffee taste than in the nose; additional flavors of baker's chocolate, plum, blackberry, and charcoal. A good balance between sweet and bitter stout flavors. Hides the 9.7 ABV very well.

M - Medium bodied. Higher carbonation than expected (higher side of medium). Creamy at the start with a good amount of citrus acidity in the finish which sounds weird, but it works. Mouth feel seems to shift and flow during the course of the sip. One of the more unique and complex I have had.

O - A complex and flavorful stout with a unique mouth feel. Enjoyed it and would buy again.

Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Black body and a sticky, towering tan head.

s: A nice combination of deeply roasted chocolatey malts and hint of dark, jammy fruits.

t: Huge roast flavor, mostly dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Awesome. The finish falls off just a bit. Lingering char, a fair amount of heat, and some fruity Belgian yeast chracter.

m: Very substantial with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: Not my favorite Belgian stout, but this doesn't miss by much. Dark ir not, this stout is the truth.

Photo of maedhros09
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nose is a mix of roastiness and belgian yeast. Thick smooth body that readily carbonates fine bubbles in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by belgian yeasts with an enjoyable maltiness that is sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is expertly cloaked. Slightly astringent hops nicely round out the finish. Only the absence of a greater roastiness or the advertised "smokiness" on the palate keeps this very enjoyable ale from a higher rating, as it is very distinctive and otherwise nicely balanced.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Truth opens with a rich, malty nose that is not entirely what I normally expect from a stout. Still present here are the typical stout aromas--coffee, ash, chocolate malt--but these are comparatively light, and joined by a large sugary swirl that brings in heavy brown sugars and molasses, coffee cream, dark caramels, and some vanilla and fig. The result is enticing, reminding me of some of the more exotic flavored black coffees.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a fast jolt of tobacco ash and coffee grinds, very much in contradiction to the sugars present in the nose. These initial bitter, black flavors are not tempered by time, continuing to grow on the tongue and joined by chocolate and black malt flavors, as well as touches of anise and pepper. Some brown sugars do provide relief from the char, and a good hop-brought bitterness (60 IBUs) and grapefruit citrus zest also help temper the brew. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal a fuller fruit base, with figs and port wine flavors joining, somewhat oddly, white grape. A medium-strong alcohol bite growls at the edges, thanks to the 9.7% ABV, but is largely held in check. The aftertaste is a mouthful of delicious char, with some sugars remaining, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is good stout, and the dark fruit flavors revealed in later mouthfuls provide nice counterpoint to the initial coffee and tobacco ash bitterness. The mouthfeel is oddly light, given the strength of the flavors, and the ashy aftertaste can be a bit much, but this is still worth trying for stout-lovers.

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of MartzMimic
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a foamy brown head. It dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. There's an aroma of chocolate and dark fruits along with smoky wood. Chocolate, coffee, plum and cherries come through in the taste. A nicely bitter aftertaste. The alcohol begins to come through as it warms. Medium mouth with nice carbonation. There's a lot going on here, but it all comes together nicely. I like this a lot.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing : Dark Truth Stout

Appearance: The deepest of ambers bordering black with a large off white foam that leaves some lace and has excellent staying power.

Smell: Roasted malts, coconut, vanilla, and very enticing. Familiar, yet hard to pinpoint aromas of chocolate, coffee and alittle alcohol as it approaches room temperature.

Taste: Rich flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits (raisen, date, fig) and earthy wood notes. Belgian yeast is employed to yield the subtle fruityness accompanying the roasted English malts. Hop bitterness is modest but present.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and somewhat creamy. The Belgian yeast could be a leading factor to the dryness of this stout.

Overall: A very impressive, complex stout from Boulevard Brewing Company located in Kansas City Missouri. Some may consider this a Belgian Stout, as it has many hallmarks of the style.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not quite pitch black, big brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. No complaints here.

S - Belgian yeasty funk. Nots of plums, figs, apricots, black cherries. A slight aroma of milk chocolate. Slightly sweet. Smells even better as beer warms. Beautiful nose.

T - A cauldron of seemingly contrasting but in reality very complimentary flavor combinations. Bitter dark chocolate and roasty notes mesh very well with dark fruit, cherries, figs and plums. The barnyard mustiness from the belgian yeast comes through at the end. Some smoked woodiness. Finishes dry.

M - Some velvety smoothness here people, never a bad thing. Expands to pleasant froth as its swirled around my mouth. Moderate carbonation feel and medium bodied. Wonderfully crafted.

O - Excellent belgian style stout, and with the hardly noticeable high alcohol presence potentially dangerous.

Photo of MarioM
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Pitch black with a very creamy looking dark tan head. Lacing is minimal when swirling the glass and head dissipation was quick with a few circular patches left behind.

S: Slightly roasty on the nose when swirled, some dark fruits or dark brown sugar and a bit of molasses. Not too aromatic but perhaps I poured way too cold.

T: Wow, taste in amazing. Very nice toasty warm chocolate and coffee come off great. Dry and bitter chocolate with some dark fruit character trying to come through but definitely more roast and chocolate. A bit of alcohol is present and a tad bit of Belgian yeast character but overshadowed by its stoutness. Strangely reminds me of a bigger version of Shakespeare stout but with that Belgian yeast phenolic twang.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation and great lingering bitter chocolate and some yeast phenols as well.

O: Didn't start off too hot but once I tasted this brew I was hooked. Now I'm going to be on the search for more. The Belgian yeast with the intensely bitter roasty chocolate and dark fruit make for a delicious beer. Big fan of this.


Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of at 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured pitch black, tan 2 inch head. Looks amazing.

S - Burnt malt, a fruit... fig? smell. I like it.

T - Toasted/burnt malt and espresso. The maltiness stays on the back of the tongue nicely. The bitter comes in at the end at the perfect moment.

M - The great head on the lips, like a cappuccino and then the smooth liquid. Barely any carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D - Excellent. A great tasting stout and very drinkable. And just noticing that it is 9.7% ABV... never would have guessed by the smoothness.

Photo of sweethome
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Spiegelau tulip from 12 oz. bottle. These beer glasses are the best! Wow what a head is delivered - pilow of dark tan on top of black beer. Beautiful in this glass. Truly, a sight to behold.

Ok - on to the beer...opaque - dark as night - the darkest night. Nice mix of yeast and complex malts. Licorice, roast, and a hint of smoke.

Entry is crisp and carbonated - hit of alcohol and complex roast. Dried figs, choclate and a bit of yeast. Some slight smokiness too. Crisp carbonation. This is a beer to savor. Long roasty finish with hints of dried fruits and nutty, sherry flavor.

By far, the best Boulevard beer I have had. Glad they entered the Chicago market - looking forward to trying more of the Smokestack series.

Photo of dleigh
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let this one warm up for a minute. Nice notes of creamy plum and chocolate in the nose, and a great bitter-charred chocolate taste with some nice plum. A really nice beer--I agree with whichever other reviewer said (in so many words) that this was like the beautiful lovechild of a stout and a Belgian quad.

Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.