Dark Truth
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,948
Ranked #6,012
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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Notes: 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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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with rich tan head and thick lacing.
N: Malt, chocolate, coffee, and some nuttiness.
T: Follows the nose, getting a barrel flavor up from with some bitter chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, and a mild malt flavor. A solid roast/smoke finish.
M: Medium feel with mild ABV.
O: A really nice Imperial Stout, decent flavors and feel.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with nice head and lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate. Dark berries and a bit of coffee. Good, but prefer Narwhal.

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Photo of JasonQKing
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like dark chocolate. Pours very smooth, chocolatey foam that settles quickly.

Has a nice smooth flavor. Not too strong at 9.7%abv. Also not as rich or flavorful as other Imperial Stouts.

Not at all worth the $14.50 price.

I love Boulevard but this is not a good stout by any standard.

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Photo of Allegedly
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is outstanding. Good, nice body, smooth mouthfeel, good foamy head. I'm a traditional Guinness drinker, but this one has me second guessing myself. The ABV is high, but I specifically don't detect any overt liquor flavors. The flavor is wonderful. Some chocolate, light wood notes, ehhh whatever. It's freaking awesome, go try it. One of my new go tos!

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Allegedly from Kansas, Dec 02, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Chocolate, Oak, Burnt Coffee, Booze

Taste: Chocolate, Toffee, Dark fruit/Figs, Charred oak and some roasted coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied, Good Carbonation, Smooth mouthfeel nothing eye opening but decently enjoyable. And fairly drinkable for the ABV

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StoutshoreBeersnob from Massachusetts, Jun 19, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ebony color with a half inch head of frothy foam. Dark, bitter chocolate notes with a noticeable hoppiness that follows on the back end. Creamy texture that coats the tongue. This is an excellent stout and one of the best ones I've tried in a while. I would prefer this over Founder's Breakfast Stout, it has a lot more body and flavor.

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LarryV from Massachusetts, Apr 29, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost pitch black with an amazing, creamy tan head that lasts for quite a while. Smell is kind of subdued. I guess there is a hint of dark fruit and a bit of funkiness. Flavor is good, though with a slight aftertaste that I'm not too fond of. It's nice and creamy, though, with adequate carbonation.

It's nothing spectacular, but it's decent and solid.

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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania, Apr 22, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a best by date of 27 Aug 2020. Sampled on March 9, 2019.

Deep dark brown to near jet black pour with a moderate and lingering mocha colored head. Light lacing.

It is over 9% ABV but I do not pick up any booze in the aroma. What I get are dark roasted sweet malts, molasses, cocoa or chocolate, and an earthy hop profile that is behind it all.

Bold body and smooth.

The taste is like semi-sweet chocolate and a firm bitterness at the finish. No alcohol once again. A wonderful beer but I love this style anyway.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Mar 09, 2019
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Tulip

Dark black with nice dark tan head
Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and pine
Taste of dark chocolate almost like 'hot' chocolate, with a drying bitterness
Fullish bodied with a dry fell to it.
Overall this is a nice take on Imperial Stout, that has a nice drinkability due to the 'dryness'

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Samlover55 from New York, Feb 17, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start off by saying that this beer is delicious! Sometimes I think Boulevard is underrated as a brewery. The smell is all fruits and almost a earthy herb with some roast quality to encompass it all. The taste is roasted earthy chocolate. I am really digging this beer. This is one of the better beers I have had in a few months.

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beerN3RD from Colorado, Jan 22, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great, straightforward Imperial. Dark with nut brown head, not too thick. Good carbonation and a slight caramel and raisin aroma. Nice toasty and fruity flavor with some back end sweetness. 60 IBUs, but we’ll distributed; never bitter at any point of the sip. Very well-balanced and crafted beer, as you’d expect from Boulevard.

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RockHop from Massachusetts, Jan 17, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to stout. It is so nice to taste (and feel) 60ibu with the body & flavors of an elegant stout. This brew is a complex one, yet very apt for being a default/failsafe kinda beer.
A seriously well-balanced stout with significant depth of flavor. It's a beer that goes to show you don't need to buy a $20 bomber to experience a truly complex-yet-drinkable brew. In fact, you can buy a 6-pack for around $13 and experience remarkable drinkability, sophistication, and complexity, as the Dark Truth Imperial Stout clearly proves.

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Shlar from Minnesota, Dec 28, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance is an inky black with a short but very thick and creamy tan head. leaves excellent lacing. the head sticks around throughout the drink.

smell: very roasty. notes of anise, oak, and vanilla come through. has a slightly smokey aroma. chocolatey undertones.

taste: as this beer enters the mouth, strong tones of chocolate and espresso show up, as well as a very slight hoppy bitterness. as it sits and warms, the chocolate becomes almost syrupy and molasses-like. towards the end, the flavors mellow out and blend together nicely for a somewhat sweet and smokey finish.

feel: very silky and soft. stays true to the commercial description.

overall: a very good imperial stout. this is very close to a russian imperial, moreso than an american as described. it has numerous complex layers of flavor and a fairly thick body to complement it. definitely in my top 3 favorite stouts (the other 2 being old rasputin and samuel smith's imperial stout.)

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pizzabutt from Maryland, Dec 07, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - Best by 24 May 2020:

Pours very dark brown to black. A tan head has nice retention. Lacing sticks.

The smell is chocolate/coffee, licorice/anise, dark fruit (plum/prune), brown sugar/molasses.

The taste is of chocolate, anise, molasses - with roasted earthy notes, dark fruit and some dark bread. A spicy, roasted finish.

Full-bodied, silky despite alcohol.

A rich, bold, enjoyable sipper!

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jwc215 from Arizona, Nov 20, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: The initial aroma has some sweetness to it. It has some roasted malt and coffee notes. There are faint dark fruit notes, slight plum.

Taste: The flavor has dark fruits in moderate strength with moderate roast and low coffee. The dark fruits are mostly plums.

Feel: It has a moderately full body with a bit of harshness in the finish. This is mixed with a sweetness as well.

Overall, the malts with a bitterness that is somewhat harsh si counterbalanced with a sweetness from the esters.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Sep 01, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, dark, dark. Smell is chocolate, coffee, figs. Taste is an explosion of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, figs, and plums all at once. Chocolate lingers. Bitter aftertaste.

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GratefulFC from Arizona, Jul 29, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer cap pops when I open it and foams up a dense creamy head of 5 cm even with a gentle pour. The foam almost overtops the glass. A little worried by the amount of foam on the pour.
The aroma is dark sweet malt with roasted malt and some brown sugar and some plums with a good dose of burnt espresso too. Not any hint of booze on the nose and the hops dont show up either.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with an average body and very fine and gentle carbonation. There is flavor of dark chocolate and again espresso and dark fruit with plums making a strong push.
the hops are absent and I only get a little bit of black pepper to give me any hint of the booze. A lingering charred note coats my palate after each swallow.
I find the beer very drinkable and enjoyable, for some reason Im not wowed by it but it is good.
Glad to have had a chance to try it.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, May 12, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Tiny tan head, with no lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt and molasses.
More to the taste. Chocolate, black coffee, molasses. Some dark fruit.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, May 11, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with brown edges, good head that leaves trails of lace but eventually fades to nothing.

Roasted malt, caramel, molasses in the nose

Caramel, malt, molasses, dark chocolate, pine, the primary notes. A mild blend.

Suitably smooth, decently thick

Nothing extreme, a nice sipper solidly done.

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Strix from Wisconsin, Apr 09, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Best by 25Oct2018. Consumed 15Mar2018.

A: Dark walnut head has a firm cake texture and structure with an amazing retention rate. The coloring is equally as dark, juicy plum like darkness with a lacing that provides a thick and spongey covering engulfing the vessel walls.

S: Sweet chocolate milk and dark roasted finely crushed coffee beans. Roasted nuttiness, almonds, walnuts, with some dark chocolate syrup like sweetness.

T: The flavor is deep roasted with an oily bitterness. Oaty and chewy palate feel with some espresso, burnt hop flowers, and some silty campfire minerality. Dark fruit of plums while some burnt marshmellow adds sweetness on the fade. Included is a light fare of smoky barrel woodiness.

M: Firm and silty oats compose the mouthful with an oily texture. Chewy on the hold, bubbly around the tongues edges. Roasted warmth on the tip of the tongue.

O: A very nice feel with the highlight definitely being the oily bitterness factor. Very good per style, decent range and depth of bitterness. Very good, does not feel 9.7%, a sturdy stout, but doesn't quite feel like a massive offering like BCBS or Big Bad Baptist, then again no light weight either. Falls somewhere in between. The truth is out there.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Mar 22, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black color with about 3/4 inch of light brown head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was mostly dark malts, some roast, and a hint of licorice.

Very similar on the tongue, along with a slight coffee note.

The body was notably thinner than I expect in a big stout, but still solid.

Drinkability was good, the beer drank smooth and easy, with no alcohol bite. Overall, a very nice example of the style, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Mar 08, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No pyrotechnics here, and the hops are muted compared to some others in this style, but this is totally solid and well constructed, with some nice smoky notes that go well with the bitter chocolate and the dried fruit. Hides the alcohol quite well, and finishes dry, though also a little more smooth and less lively than I think ideal.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Jan 27, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: This stout pours an inky black color that's reminiscent of dark roasted coffee, fitting for an occult themed brew, with a strikingly dark tan, almost brown, head that lingers a while.

Smell: The smell of this brew is chocolate and toffee up front with a slight boozy crispness at the back end, like sniffing the inside of a bourbon or whiskey barrel.

Taste: Noticeable dark chocolate and plum intermingled with a slight bourbon bite on the end that lingers, that's far from overpowering. This stout is rich, dry, smokey and chocolaty, mixed with dried fruit, boozy, but smooth all the way down. This American Double may pair best with meats and robust tobacco flavors.

Feel: Good mouth feel, nice and heavy, but not like chewing peanut butter with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: Not for the light weight. At approximately 9% ABV this beer is better left for after work, and may not be the best introduction to the stout world with such a big flavor. Overall, a decent intermediate brew, very smooth with very little, almost imperceptible, sting one would expect from a hard liquor. Boulevard certainly knocked it out of the park.

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Alright, this one pours with an aggressive, caramel toned head that is two fingers thick initially, and it contains a pink tone on the outside edge of the rim. The brew itself is dark brown, murky and appears to be oily in terms of consistency. Of course I cannot see what the carbonation looks like but the lacing is not overly impressive, as there are big bubbled pictures trying to stick to the side of the glass but it cannot hold and slips quickly back into the abyss.

S- Boozy chocolate is the initial dominant aromas, along with biscuity yeast, dry grains such as unmalted barley, oats, and an underlying dark fruit smell....slightly smoked, sweeter toffee/caramel/black molassess and an overall toasted/charred quality.

T- Plenty of heavily toasted/charred malts that go back and forth between sweet and bittering throughout the body. Dark cocoa, coffee, cooked dark raisined fruits, exotic mellow spice and a marshmallow like creaminess round everything out. The oats and rye grain provide an Earthy and/or dry quality that lingers well beyond the finish. I don't mind this one bit really....tastes like a straight up Stout should!

M/O- Medium-Full body and comes with smooth robust carbonation, as this style should have. The alcohol, while not overpowering is noticeable throughout the taste and I don't know if I'd classify this as anything that is highly drinkable. This isn't a knock but I am good after one bottle, and fortunately I am sharing! Could make a nice addition to a stew or lamb dish....I'd buy again as I do like it but it's a powerful stout. Recommended.

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ChrisCage from Alberta (Canada), Jan 01, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what an imperial stout should be - just enough booze to get the point across, but not so much that it overwhelms the flavors of the beer itself. It smells and tastes like a stout should, with a slight lean to the drier side. I didn't really notice the IBUs, which are a bit higher than in most stouts, so I was happy to not have that bitter aftertaste. Very, very solid offering from Boulevard here.

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dcscientist from Colorado, Dec 27, 2017
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