Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
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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 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

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcscientist
4.19/5  rDev +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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Photo of lic217
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 8/14/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 9.7% ABV 60 IBU. The beer pours dense black with a fizzy, cola like, chocolate brown head. The head fades quickly to a thin ring and paper thin island. Aroma is faint with raisins and smoke (barely). The taste follows the nose with dark dried fruit and a bit of roast tailing off to a slightly smokey & moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and a bit sharp to the tongue. The finish is dry and reveals just a glimpse of the ABV. Overall, very good and unique take on the style. Thicker mouthfeel and less carbonation might make this world class. They offer a best before date 2 years out from bottling. I'm not sure where this would be then, but I would be interested to try.

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Photo of micropale
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kurtncall
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in the glass, but a dark brown at the edges. a wonderfully soft and thick brown head on top.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, fig and dark fruit. Finish is light chocolate, and berry.

T: Roasty and malty up front, followed by dark fruits and a touch of earth. Finish is a touch of booze, a hint of Belgian yeast character, and a smoke finish.

M: Medium feel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall pretty tasty. I don't know if the brew is served by the Belgian yeast though. It seems like it isn't stouty enough to be an imperial stout, but not Belgian enough to be a Belgian Impy. It lies somewhere between. It is tasty though.

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Photo of glf60
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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