Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
2,574 Ratings
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,574 |  Reviews: 745
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ezperkins2
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BourbonDork
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kthomz34
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of FliryVorru
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of iamdw
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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

Wow, I am a snob. Or at least very demanding. I love this outstanding stout, yet I am disappointed.

It opens wonderfully, all black with a medium dark tan head. The aroma shows a little of the funky that is to come. The yeast shows in the smell in a strange but appealing way. On top of the roasty hoppy smells are the fruity yeasts. Or rather underneath is where they are sneaking.

The taste is a bitter, hoppy, roasty malty yeasty blend, all over the top, that totally conceals the booziness. But that booze comes back to haunt in the aftertaste and burp, and in the feeling. Not bad at all.

I expected more and wanted a smoother taste. I think this ale would benefit greatly from sitting for a full year. I will see if I can obtain another bottle or two and do that. Mine was labeled best by 2-24-2017 and it's 9-11-2015 - it should have sat a while longer for best enjoyment. I think.

This series (in 12 ounce versions) made me appreciate Boulevard as a great brewer. Highly recommended.

 997 characters

Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dsigmon
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JLeet
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cursive7
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- the beer pours out a dark brown (nearly black) colored body with a really large coffee colored head that just wont quit. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind large spots of lacing.

S- besides the usual roasted malts, i pick up one a larger than expected amount of dark fruits.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i pick up on some belgian yeast which provides a decently strong fruitiness. plums, cherries, and dates. milk and dark chocolate stand out against the alcohol.

Overall one of the better stouts ive had, a lot lighter in the mouthful which is a nice change for a stout

 644 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BY 05/18/14

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap after a few minutes

S: Fruity Belgian yeast, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a hint of spicy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with dark fruits, roasted malts, and molasses and moves into chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, and a very light hint of spicy hops. Finishes with a light smokiness from the roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy

O: A very good imperial stout with lots of complexity. From the Belgian yeast to the roasted malts, there is just about anything you could want in a non-BBA imperial stout. Great value as well, at $10.99 for a 4-pack

 716 characters

Photo of Farinag16447
4/5  rDev +1%

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,574 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.