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 rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked when they put these into 4 packs, made little sense (from the consumer's perspective) to have these in 750ml bottles.

Anyways, standard stuff, pours a very pretty jet black and 1/2" tan head, good small bubbles and retention. Aroma was pretty much all roast.

The taste is a little bit different as you have a mild Belgian yeast strain going on here. Now don't get scared, it isn't like they dumped a whole spice rack's worth of clove in this one. In fact, I didn't pick up on any of it, but I did get more dryness in the body, which the yeast could be the source there. It comes off a little more of a Russian Imperial Stout than a hybrid American/Belgian one. There's plenty of dark fruit to meet the roasted body. Slightly bitter and smoky as well.

Gave it a slight bump in the overall score because of the affordability of the 4 packs.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown on the pour, black in the glass. Tons of frothy tan head. Smells of tobacco, sandalwood, and molasses. Taste is an interesting mix of peppery and chocolatey, with the molasses dimension holding over from the smell. Put all together, it's almost a steak sauce flavor. Definitely a grower with a distinct taste.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly snifter. Pours pitch black (no light getting through) with a 1 inch thick dark tan head. Leaves nice cascading tan lace down the glass. Smells of chocolate and tastes of chocolate, smoky, Belgian and coffee - a really great mix. Medium-full bodied and very smooth. Bought as a single and can't wait to buy another bottle.

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Photo of hydrate
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and dry but clean. Some maybe burnt & coffee type flavors but clean aftertaste. No overpowering flavors. Not sweet and the ABV is well hidden. So overall for an imperial stout I would say it's a good, clean, dry, dark stout.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently, they have begun downsizing in that they put this bad boy in a 12-fl. oz. format! Hey, I know that I already have a Bottle Backlog that could sink a ship, but between the price point & my curiosity, how could I resist? BTW, that is a non sequitur.

From the bottle: "60 IBUs".

I Pop!ped the cap & began to assess my state of mind. It has been a long week & I have to go back in tomorrow (now, later today, in the afternoon), so why go crazy? Another non sequitur, BTW. I still managed to raise a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with limited retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing light only penetrate at the edges to give off garnet tones. Nose had an interesting, odd citrusiness, like a chocolate orange, but liquefied. I attended a private school as a young man & I remember one of my classmates bringing several as a birthday treat. I came from an upper-middle class family where these kids were scions of the upper crust (read 1%), so they brought things for others on their birthday. I was generally given a pass, but occasionally, I had to provide. Still, that orange-shaped candy made of chocolate that tasted of both sticks with me to this day. I generally abhor chocolate, but it was so citrusy and tasty that I have never forgotten it. This beer had the same citrus-chocolate flavor(s) & I was suddenly in love. I have a new pursuit whom I hope will allow me the benefit of the chase. I dislike when my paramours give in too easily. I think that this would make a nice beer with which to entice her. It straddles the line between not-too-sweet and not-too-tart/bitter nicely plus it evokes an expensive candy, so it should be just the ticket. Finish was semi-dry, but more due to the underlying citrus flavor than anything else. I am very impressed.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a brown head. Molasses aroma. Taste matches, along with notes of brown sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol. All balanced on a strong malt backbone. Warming feeling.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doesn't really feel like a stout. I like the hoppiness and smokey aromas. It's very dry, so maybe that's what throws me off. It's a medium body which leaves a bit lacking to the mouth feel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 11/25/16"; drank 7/10/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

Dark tan head; decent lace.

Plum, black coffee, mild smoke & faint booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & candle wax flavors up front; fresh earth & a hint of smoke on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. Sturdy RIS vibes here; complex yet drinkable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this bottle at Total Wine & More in February 2015 so the beer has been resting for more than two years in the bottle.

I didn’t give this beer a high score when I tasted it at #Porterfestivalen in Gothenburg in November 2013.
We’ll se what aging in the bottle has done to this beer!

It pours black with a two finger, brown head tha sinks down to a thin, creamy, brown head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Soy sauce, plum, raisin, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and dried fruit.
Taste: Dark chocolat, plum, brown sugar, roasted malt, coffee, red fruits, some sour taste... I really cant get it... perhaps it’s the Belgian yeast?
Mouth: Full, complex body. Dry an bitter. Medium to high carbonation.

I’m glad I saved a bottle to 2017. A few years (more than 24 months) in the bottle has made wonders to this beer!
It is deeper, more complex and with a great smooth character now. I’m definitely going to raise the rating!

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Photo of Shane_Zuniga
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sort of a beginner when it comes to beer, so I'll give it my best shot. I love most Boulevard beer and this one is no exception. The beer when poured has a very smooth finish to it and I had a really good head on my glass. The color is very, very dark being red, but closer to black and opaque. The taste, to me, was pretty dry but with a nice finish. The after taste is very similar to IPA's that I have tried. The smell is nothing spectacular, but it's enjoyable. The beer felt as smooth as a normal lager would. If you're a fan of IPA's, then this beer is probably your speed. I'm not a big fan of IPA's, but this. beer is definitely a good stepping stone to adjusting to that kind of flavor. I rate a 4/5. I'd likely have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate black with a frothy, muddy beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is faint and kind of strange...roasted malts, smoked pork, light fig.

Tastes like a Belgian Quad made with spoiled figs and smoked meats dipped in soy sauce. It doesn't particularly remind me of a stout, much less an imperial one.

Feel is super carbonated, which really helps its case here. Semi-dry roast on the finish.

Overall, Dark Truth is one of the worst Imperial Stouts I've tried. It just doesn't taste like a good stout should and imparts way too much Belgian influence here to make it drink like a smoky Quad. Not a fan, probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a viscous black color with a foamy tan mocha head. It soon dissapates but leaves a nice frothy film and collar that retains well.
There is a lot going on in the nose. At first there is the smell of roasted coffee malts. This is followed by a creamy aroma that has a minty almost menthol like freshness while still cold. As the drink warms, some nutty and woody aromas come out. Also, towards the end it begins to take on a dark Belgian Ale like aroma with an emphasis on dark fruit.
There are several elements of the taste that are aligned with the aroma. Drinking this beer is like a tale of two palates. When cold, the taste is initially sweet, with a creamy coating that never disappears. There is a cocoa like sweetness as well as some mint and coffee/espresso that is not too bitter. Soon however, some spiciness from the hops balances out the sweetness. It provides a slight bitterness in the finish, which is also characterized by a woody and smoky feel. As with the aroma, the flavor takes on a new life once the drink warms. It really begins to feel like a Belgian Ale due to the prevalence of dark fruit and yeast characteristics.
The body is on the full side of medium but very drinkable. It is creamy, smooth and velvety. The carbonation is a bit tight at first but eventually settles into a calm and gentle mouthfeel. The alcohol is barely detectable.
An interesting, complex and dynamic stout. Another great job by Boulevard.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (best by AUG 11 2011) ,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Pours a deep brown,leading to a thin khaki colored head that dissolves relatively fast.Jet black in color,with not much light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

I don't get much on the nose aside from dark roasted malts,some sweet chocolate,and light roasted coffee.The overall notes are all pretty hard to detect.

On the palate I get lots of roasted coffee beans,and dark roasted malts.I also get some sweet milk chocolate.Trace amounts of dark fruit and alcohol on the back end,but not prominent.

The body is medium / heavy with the slightest hint of alcohol warming.

As far as imperial stouts go,this one is good but nothing special.The look is pretty average,the nose is lacking,the taste definitely steals the show.I probably won't pick this one up again,and not because it is bad,but because there are so many more on the market that are a better experience.Still a solid Imperial Stout though.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-dark, dense bottle pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is boozy and toffee-like. Flavors include licorice, and toasted malts, even a tinge of burnt notes. The sweetness is similar to Belgian-styled stouts. The finish is dry. This has a complex flavor profile and I enjoyed it a slow pace.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to goblet. ,,,appearance: Dark black color. Thick. Above avg. Tan head.....Aroma is whiskey, rye, toasted barley. ..... Taste is plum , BlackBerry, oolong tea? Some chocolate. Something a little funky and overly sour at the finish, but it doesn't ruin it. Feel is silky smooth, with lasting carbonation. The head seems to reform every time I put the beer down with a slight drop.Glad I picked this 4 pack up in VA, since I've not seen it in NJ. Aging one of the bottles.Good stout."

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer is black with a tan foamy head. The beer smells of roasted malts, coffee, and has a smokiness to it. The beer tastes of strong roasted malts with a hint of coffee, smoke, and dark fruits, has slight bitterness on the end. The beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated best by 3/03/18

Black, thick tan colored head that sticks around. Nice aroma of dry bitter cocoa and a touch of smoke. Taste is on the drier side, do get some of the herbal Belgian yeast flavor. Roasty. Medium to thick bodied.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the "dark arts" when it comes to beer, and this offering from Boulevard Brewing is "artfully dark"...

A beer so black it almost has no highlights to it with a head so tan it had a burnt look to it, at least to me. Though the head had little staying power, it did have some lacing down most of the glass. The odor was truly special - roasty, fruity, and boozy, to go along with a mouthfeel that was dry and boozy as well - just about as close to exceptional, in my opinion, the only thing holding it back was the biting carbonation distracting me enough to wrinkle my nose. The taste was everything I smelled and then some - I noted some caramel and coffee notes that worked so well with the smoky base of the beer. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I bought it on a whim, actually put it back on the shelf before finally settling on it. I'm so glad I did.

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Photo of kitch
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 24th February 2017, and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a pitch black colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly but left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasty coffee, chocolate, crème brûlée, caramel, some dark fruits like plum and fig and a touch of smokiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma except the dark fruits and char smokiness are more prominent whereas the roasty coffee and chocolate notes are more in the background. There is also some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was an interesting Imperial Stout. Body was a lighter than I prefer and carbonation perhaps a tad too high. But still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle best by 12/21/17 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black with a two finger tan head . Decent head and lace retention. Aroma is of chocolate, anise, dark fruit, and cocoa, The taste is full and layered, with no noticeable heat, and maybe some hop notes. The feel is full and creamy, the carbonation is low but still present. Not entirely sure how old this is, but it is a tasty stout as is, and wondering how it would be with more time on it.

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola dark brew, topped with a fizzy dark head. Decent retention.

Dark roast on the aroma; a touch of char, some toffee and caramel, and the Belgian yeast just barely sneaks through.

Flavor follows: very dark roast, yet smooth. A touch of tangy sweetness from the yeast, and bitter char on the finish.

Full bodied but slightly fizzy.

This is a really good stout. It doesn't scream "Belgian" like Allagash Black, but the yeast adds a level of subtle complexity.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours pitch black with bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates, smells like cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, mild roasted coffee grounds, and Nutella toast, the back end has a candied fig and slight boozy warmth, taste is rich plum juice, smoky, woody earthiness, finishes with a roasty bitterness that lingers, feel is light with little to no carbonation. A complex, smoky, earthy treat.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black with 2 finger tan head that is foamy and a decent lacing.

S- figs, plums and dark malts.

F- taste is same as the nose. The figs come out nicely with a background note of herbal hops.

M- creamy and medium bodied with booze overlaying it all.

O- great beer and worth the cost.

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Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark black color, with only a touch of brown visible at the edges of the glass, that allows no light to pass through it. The 2” dark tan head soon begins to recede, leaving some lacing, a thin layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are fairly complex with coffee, dark fruit (e.g., figs or plums) along with some herbal notes in the background.

The flavors are similar to the nose in that there is some dark fruit, mostly fig, some dark roast coffee, In addition there is a touch of sweetness from the grains and some spicy, herbal bitter character from the noble hops and a bit of char from the dark roasted malt.

The mouth feel is full bodied and almost creamy with the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit and hops recede into the background leaving behind some smoky character as things dry and fade to a roasty almost burnt bitter end.

Glad I got a chance to try this beer before it is discontinued and I'd be happy to get a few more bottles to have in the basement. (In fact I may just go buy a 4 pack. :-)) Overall this is a very well made beer with a great deal of subtle but strong complexity going for it instead of the simple intensity one finds in some Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve 12 oz. bottle

Appearance--Pours a classic opaque nearly-black with a two-fingered rocky head, that quickly dissipates, but with excellent residual lacing. A nice-looking start.

Smell--Aromas of chocolate and smoke. But the aroma is fairly muted and not terribly complex. Still, a pleasing smell.

Taste--Belgian malt notes very pronounced at the fore, with a pleasing smokiness; followed immediately with fruity plum notes; and just enough hop finish to balance the sweet and smoky start. The 9.7% ABV is definitely "there" and noticeable, but the other elements are all sufficiently strong and pronounced that the "booziness" is another pleasing and warming note, rather than an overwhelming "burn" that some imperials will impart. Not as complex as the best of the best of the style, in that it lacks some of the chocolate/coffee notes that one might be looking for, but awfully close.

Mouthfeel--I don't know how they do it, but this aspect of every Boulevard offering I drink is always excellent. The carbonation, alcohol, and German hops provide "lift" and a touch of "bite" to balance the Belgian malts in a fine balanced feel, in much the same way that those same characteristics shine in other Boulevard offerings, such as Sixth Glass (quad). If one wanted to nitpick here, the "body" is somewhat light compared to the expectation of an imperial stout, but I personally found that "light" deviation to be a positive one.

Overall--An eminently drinkable, well balanced presentation of the style.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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