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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

1,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,759
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 234 | 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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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-01-2014 01:59:26 | More by jshusc
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-30-2013 23:05:26 | More by flyersfan900
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-12-2014 00:31:01 | More by tgatort
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-05-2014 22:37:55 | More by target88
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-28-2013 23:32:09 | More by ahbithwabm
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-12-2012 16:35:59 | More by Coopersbeer
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA - 2012 edition - $3.50

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and faint coffee. There is also some fruity notes, smoke, and some anise.

Overall - Interesting blend of flavours. The smokey/fruity notes make this one a little different from your typical RIS. A good beer but I think I prefer the stereotypical flavours.

04-18-2014 01:23:39 | More by spinrsx
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a Boulevard tulip
Best by: 09/13/15

A - It is pretty much black. A normal pour yielded half a glass of mocha head.

S - I get some coffee and dark chocolate aromas. I also notice some smokiness. As it warms some dark fruit becomes apparent.

T - I tasted the dark fruit right away. Some cocoa comes through. It finishes with a bitter coffee flavor. A little bitter for my liking.

M - Full

O - I loved the smell. The bitter finish was not for me. I think I would have preferred this beer with some age.

04-23-2014 23:56:49 | More by buschbeer
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

After wrestling the top off this pours deep brown/black and is dominated with a nice big brown head of nearly 2 inches that all but disintegrates and remains the whole way down. Nice dark fruit smell with a hint of roastiness that borders on ash. The dark fruit and roasted malts really come out in the taste, bit of marshmellow as well but it has a rather average mouthfeel and the ash flavor i detected in the smell just lingers a bit too much. Hides the alcohol well for a big stout but in a crowded class of stouts on the market I'm not sure I'll revisit

06-05-2010 01:47:39 | More by wilwfu
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Black with a thick brown head that dissipates to a thin layer, good amount of lacing. Very nice looking.
S - Smells of roasted malts, hints of coffee, some sort of darker spice but can't quite pick it out, caramel and toffee. Heavy on the toasted sugar smell. Some pruny fruity smell accompanied by some light solvent-like characteristics.
T - When cold, surprisingly bitter and not very pleasant. After warming, however it is much nicer. Raisins and prunes, followed by a roastiness and capped with a mild bitterness. Not super complex but still nice. Alcohol definitely present.
MF - I'm not sure why but I found this to "go down" very harshly - not a fan. Almost a burning sensation down the throat but it didn't feel like an alcohol burn. Some alcohol warmth in the mouth, which was nice.
DB - 1 is good.

02-24-2011 04:46:48 | More by mountsnow1010
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. Poured out nice and dark as expected with a small tan-ish head to it that stuck around pretty well with some good lacing. (In all fairness, it was a "gentle" pour and I am sure I could've gotten a bigger head by upending the bottle but I saw no need.)
First sniff....deep hearty roasted malts that one expects from a stout, and the first sip followed up by delivering the check written by the aroma. Nice, deep malty, roasty flavors...hint of coffee (more of the grounds not the liquid) and deep roasted malts. Very nice. Mouthfeel leaves a very nice aftertaste and, for lack of the technical term, "coating" on the inside of ones mouth, allowing one to properly savor this beer.
Moment of truth...Would I willingly drink this again? Definitely. And recommend it.

08-01-2011 07:33:31 | More by FrankenBeerStein
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque brown, almost brown with a two finger of light, foamy, brown. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is dark fruits, chocolate and some booze.

T: Taste is coffee notes upfront before it tails off to some chocolate flavoring. Middle has an undercurrent of roasted malts nad dark fruit. Finish is where the dark fruits really take over- raisin, date and a good dose of caramel comes through.

M: Medium to slightly heavier bodied, medium carbonation, for a stout rather crisp and dry.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, good kick that is ok blended, decent representation of style.

11-05-2011 04:37:38 | More by Jayli
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Whoah, poured 3 fingers of rich mocha head, color of the beer is an opaque brown black. The ehad comes down to a thick cap in 2 minutes, and there is some lacing, but not very significant or noteworthy.

Smell - Molasses, dark ripe fruits, sweet smokiness, pumpernickel crust, soy sauce, and just a whiff of alcohol.

Taste - Starts rich thick smokey molasses, then dark fruits - plum and fig, sweet toasted breadcrust, rich roasty black coffee, then bitter toasted grains and peppery hops. The belgian yeast flavors become a bit more prominent in between sips.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium to full mouthfeel beer until mid-sip, where some pretty stron carb foams across your entire tongue. I would really like less carb here, but at least it is foamy and smooth, not harsh and scraping at all.

Overall - There are some nice flavors here for sure, but the higher carb is a bit off-putting, and doesn't seem to match very well for the style. Probly worth a try, but I won't seek this one out again.

01-30-2012 04:52:27 | More by blackcompg
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Pours a dark, motor oil black. Has a rich 2 fingers of mocha colored head that leaves light lacing on the glass as it fades.

S - Raisins, burnt grains, and some caramely notes.

T - Again, burnt grains and an accompanying bitterness. Also some slightly tart sweetness reminiscent of figs. Some clove-like spiciness from the belgian yeast present too. Slightly fruity booziness toward the finish.

M - Syrupy, thick and chewy. Mid-to-mild carbonation. Drying finish.

05-12-2011 03:12:46 | More by rundocrun
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from an aged (roughly 2 years) bomber into a tulip for a couple of servings. Pours an excellent inky black with a light mocha colored foam. Smells of deep and diverse malt flavors with hints of dark fruit and a slight bit of coffee

Drinks a diverse and somewhat bitter yet slightly thin (could be a temperature thing) malty beginning which gives way to a hop snap and finishes with some rich malt and light coffee flavor. Some lingering bitterness helps enforce the coffee taste.

think I let this one mellow but it is still a delicious stout

05-23-2012 08:32:26 | More by TheStove
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Got this in a multi-small bottle gift pack. Usually not my style of beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Poured well, nice dark coffe with cream colored head, good retention. Mounthfeel was comforting, without the bite or buzz some stouts leave. Initial taste was smooth, much more so than expected. Dark chocolate, espresso flavors were clean and clear but not overwhelming. Finished well with off flavors. Aroma was mild, maybe a little light, but nothing of concern. The glass down easy and was a little dissapointed when it was gone.

10-20-2012 03:44:55 | More by Curtis
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Batch 2010 - 1
Best Before 1-2013
No 14 in Smokestack series

A - Solid black with a thick 3 finger soapy looking head.

S - Smells a little clean for what I was expecting. Molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of smoke, a touch of rye and a woody cedar like aroma. Aroma is more noticeable as the carbonation settles and it warms a bit.

T - Malty with roasted malt, almost burnt tasting, dark chocolate, slightly woody, molasses , plums and dates.

M - Medium to full body and on the high side for carbonation. Lingering sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Different from your normal stout and I noticed the bottle mentions rye and a Belgian yeast. Not sure I would have been able to pick those out but they do create a noticeable difference.

01-10-2011 00:13:40 | More by brewcrew76
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz Bottle

Black. This beer is black as night. The only thing I can possibly see is carbonation rising rapidly to the surface along the sides of the snifter. The head is mocha brown, intensely silky, and dense. The head never settles below a finger in height and completely paints the glass with thick lacing. There's is no section of glass that isn't covered in silky lace. Dark Truth is an exceptional looking stout.

Belgian stouts. I can't really get behind the idea and as good as this beer looks the nose throws me for a loop. Roast and easy alcohol combine with Belgian esters of overripe banana and metallic copper (I always get this in Belgian style stouts). Toasted marshmallows and soft berries tiptoe around the periphery.

The flavor steps stride for stride with the aroma but does show a bolder, richer roastiness. Roastiness hits upfront and follows through to the finish. Belgian esters again kick in but are softer on the palate; bananas mostly. I sill get a touch of that metallic copper. The dark berries have more of a place in the flavor than aroma and lightly toasted marshmallow brings up the rear. The roast lingers nicely.

I'm at a crossroads here. The body has some density but the carbonation is so aggressive and appropriately dialed in, Belgian style, that it's incredibly airy, frothy, and luxurious. With that said, it's strange to me that a roasty stout has that sort of feel. The finish is dry. They nailed Belgian style carbonation. Seems strange on a stout though.

Again, I can't really get behind Belgian style stouts. I'm not a big fan of the esters thrown into a nice roasty beer. With that said, Boulevard nailed the mouthfeel and this beer is much better than I expected. Worth a try I suppose.

11-28-2013 05:12:24 | More by joe1510
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

750 ml corked & caged bottle (Batch 2010-1) into a Duvel tulip. Built some serious muscle working the cork out of this bottle.

As always, Boulevard has built a beautiful beer. Dark Truth pours with a creamy consistency and near-black darkness. The head rises to a sizable three-finger's width before slowly settling. Part rocky, part creamy, dark cookie dough color, the foam leaves sticky lacing along the inside of the tulip. The aroma is unique, to say the least, and the more I smell it, the more I like it. Complex, too. Dark notes of sweetbread and honey biscuits layer on top of soil, vanilla bean, and crumbled cocoa nibs. Semi-sour dark fruits in the background (under-ripened blackberry, raspberry, and fig) compete with a musty herbal presence of heather and lavender.

Fresh, sweet & sour berries hit the front of the palate; again I'm getting a blackberry/raspberry combo. The middle is where Dark Truth falls apart slightly, as it tastes a bit thin and watery before giving in to a long, lingering finish of smoky malts and Baker's chocolate. Grainy with a big mineral presence. Mouthfeel is dry, bubbly, and of medium consistency. Not your typical Imperial Stout...more of a Quad/Impy Stout/Old Ale hybrid in my opinion. Another quality release from Boulevard, but not my favorite of the Smokestack series.

05-01-2010 04:44:07 | More by wagenvolks
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

appearance: big black with more than two fingers of off white head. the head is even, long lasting and leaves stringy lacing.

smells wacky. belgian yeast mixed with intense roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of espresso. not sure if me likey or if me no likey.

taste: i just cant get past the yeastiness. heavily roasted malts, chocolate and espresso are hidden behind almost standard belgian "funkyness".

mouthfeel: ridiculously refreshing for its magnitude. it slides down easy and leaves nothing but a chocolatey feel in the back of the throat.

drinkability: try one. it may be a tad expensive but it is definately a unique beer and worth the experience. and even if you dont like the flavor, with 25 oz of a 9.7 you wont be too disappointed.

04-22-2010 06:09:35 | More by northaustin
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into snifter glass. It was jet black in color with a brown thick head. The aroma gave off some coffee but not much to get worked up on. As the beer warmed up, the aroma was instantly black licorice. Maybe some faint tobacco as well.

After drinking, it sort of made me think of a tripel or a quad - must be because of the notable dark fruits in this beer. I also detected black coffee and little chocolate. It became more boozy as it warmed up. Even the aroma was boozy. The aftertaste of the beer hung around quite a while - tasted mostly dark chocolate and black coffee.

Overall the I really enjoyed three quarters of the drink. But as it warmed up, it just became a bit too boozy and the flavor just seemed to mellow out. I'd prefer drinking this just slightly chilled, not room temp. Very glad to try. It's definitely has some differences than other stouts in comparison. I liked the aroma of black licorice and the subtle flavor of dark fruits.

07-22-2013 01:43:14 | More by Benish
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

08-16-2014 23:40:09 | More by Doomcifer
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

pours an opaque black with a very large khaki head, and nice lacing.

smell is of powdered chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and a hint of dark fruits.

taste is of milk chocolate, some sour malt, a little coffee, some roastiness in the back, and some dark fruits, ends a little dry and a touch of bitterness.

08-22-2010 16:53:04 | More by froghop
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

A- black with good carbonation

smell- chocolate, coffee liquor and the faint aroma of menthol cough drops , cola

taste- black licorice, burnt coffee, the flavor of cured sweet sausage was noted, although I don't think sausage is in the beer but that flavor did pop into my head as I tasted this beer, and the flavor of burnt cola or cocoa.

mouthfeel- rather extraordinary, went down smooth, quite refreshing, can be held in mouth and tasted with little bitterness

overall good. I would suggest trying this stout. I would suggest serving cold

10-18-2011 23:32:34 | More by iceburger97
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks to seedsofchaos for this bottle!

12oz bottle; best by: 7/9/11 printed on the side. I think this beer would age well far past that date, but no matter.

Pours a very thick, dark black. A small half-finger mocha head rest atop. Retains fair enough, and leave some nice lacy sheeting on the glass. The nose carries some tart fruity aromas, that aren't all that expected. I'd expect a bit more roasted quality, but I guess with the addition of the Belgian yeast, this takes on a more tart quality. Some light chocolate on the finish.

Hefty body for this big stout, as expected. Light spritzy quality with a moderately-high carbonation presence. The yeast-y aspect comes through in the flavor, but not as strong as I thought it would, which is good. This then gets masked by a heavily roasted coffee flavor, and finishes bittersweet, with hints of fruit and toasted sugar. Decent stout, but I will echo some of the other reviewers and say that this really needs to be called a Belgian Stout. Thanks again, Derek!

02-24-2011 17:09:30 | More by Onenote81
Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,759 ratings.