Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

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

Added by BradLikesBrew on 02-28-2010

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Photo of ananddullabh
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nobel96
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not worth the price

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of MetalheadBeerLover
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobstockwell
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of omparker
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of Declanisadog
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barrel-aged version would probably be pretty good.

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Photo of meatyard
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rdavis4
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m partial to imperial stouts . This taste great. Slightly sweet all the better. This beer I will buy again and again. Great Job Boulevard!

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Photo of Taybeh
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of TagForKeeps
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of Walnut
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisCage
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of TheHopsman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,628 ratings