Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
82.8%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 2,580 ratings
Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,701
Reviews:
747
Ratings:
2,580
Liked:
2,137
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.78%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
517
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 2,580 |  Reviews: 747
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger dark tan head with poor retention on a near jet black body.

S: tons of dark fruit on the level of a Belgian dark strong. Little else.

T: up front the dark fruit of the nose is present however this quickly fades to roasted malts and some coffee finishing with a long smokey and mesquite flavor.

M: moderate carbonation and full bodied.

Overall: very interesting beer. The aroma is particularly surprising. Overall a must try beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending me this one.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy beige head that fades to a small cap. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter cocoa nibs, and dark fruits. Slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a slightly bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout from Boulevard and I am glad I got to try this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a darn good stout, but this is my least favorite of the smokestack series beers so far. pours a heavy looking chocolate syrup color, with some shine and a smallish tan head. the smell is burn malt and oak, not a lot else really happening, some coffee back there somewhere. flavor is a bit more bold than the nose, plenty of earthy malt, sweet cocoa, and espresso beans. its big but not undrinkably big. mouthfeel is quite heavy, thick liquid without much carbonation makes it kind of a slow sipper. the alcohol is well hidden, but the buzz is not. to be fair to this it was not anywhere near my first beer of the day, but its not nearly as good as the other smokestack beers in my opinion. worth a try, but not before the sixth glass or double-wide, thats for sure.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and Belgian yeast are present in the smell.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has added notes of smoked malts, the latter of which stand out in the finish. There are also some hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The smoky finish lends some dryness.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because it hides any traces of alcohol. There is an interesting complexity between the roasted and smoked malts, Belgian yeast and spicy hops.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A boldly flavored Stout that favors sweetness and fruitiness over roasted or dry flavors. Because of the Belgian yeast, the vinous character can shine.

Dark Truth pours a dark brown color with complete opaqueness. A lightly tanned head billows towards the top of the glass and laces very well in its retraction and with great retention.

Roasted malts set the stage while aromas of dates, figs, grapes, and plumbs come in closely behind. The vinous character makes me think barrel aging. Burnt cocoa and currants come in as the beer warms and the roasted coffee notes subside. Woven into it all, a plastic or medicinal aroma rises from the yeasty matrix.

The beer takes a Belgiany turn in taste, showcasing the flavors of charred cherries, berries, lumbs, grapes and currants. The roast settles in nicely but never garneshes the attention that English or Amercian Stouts do. Peppery and alcoholic going towards the finish, allowing the beer to balance and vary in the subdued presence of hop bitterness or flavor.

Full, rich, and sweet feeling early on. Although the carbonation keeps the beer creamy and a bit lighter, the beer still has a sugary feel that keeps it from properly drying in the finish. Warming alcohols hinge on fusals but never fall on the side of harshness.

Obviously a delicious beer, but these Belgian Stouts often seem to be a contradiction of styles rather than a seamless balance of either. It's a bit too sweet for both the Belgian Strong Ales and for Imperial Stouts.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Sunday...

In a Duvel tulip this has a gargantuan head of latte foam. Sticky meringue foam adheres a puffy ring of lacing to the glass. It seems to deflate in slow motion.

Aroma of dark fruits like fig, plum, and raisin. A little dry and roasty also. Coffee grinds.

Flavors of charred black malts, robust dark roast coffee, trace bitterness of bakers chocolate. Some green hops in there buried under the roast. Chocolate note becomes more noticeable as it warms. Medium bodied, a trace of alcohol, sort of astringent. I'll do my best to finish the 750, but it's probably best shared, and served on the warmer side of cool.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2010-1 (corked and caged)

Appearance: It's got that Belgian Stout appearance, for sure, with a huge tan head that sits atop the fudge brown liquid, and sits and sits, leaving patches of foam around the side of the chalice

Smell: Roasty chocolate, smoke, fig and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: The complexity of the grain bill is quite apparent, up front, with layers of bready flavors making their contribution (wheat and rye, in particular); by mid-palate, the chocolate, coffee and smoke flavors compete with the fig, resulting in a rather vinous character; after the swallow, the hops add yet another dimension, with a grassy, bitter edge; in the finish, however, it is the chocolate that lingers on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with the expected high degree of carbonation that one would expect from the Belgian yeast strain

Drinkability: Boulevard has knocked it out of the park with their version of a Belgian Stout; let's call a spade a spade - it is time to set up Belgian Stouts as a seperate category as this beer has little in common with American Double/Imperial Stouts

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours almost black with a half finger of creamy tan head that sticks around nicely. The nose of just a little sweet with some roast and dark fruit. The flavor is a bit more interesting. I'm getting mildly bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. There is enough sweetness to balance things out, but the sweetness doesn't dominate by any means. The body is just on the thick side of medium and the beer coats the mouth for a while after finishing the sip.

This bottle had some age on it and the beer was quite smooth. Everything worked well together.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a opaque, jet black color with a large, ruby/brown colored head of thick, long-lasting foam. When the head eventually receded it left soapy rings of lace.

S - It had a very strong chocolate aroma with hints of plum, raisin and mild floral notes.

T - A very good blend of sweet chocolate and dried fruit flavors (plum & raisin) with a bitter hop kick. Really great balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium bodied stout with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty easy drinking imperial stout. It hides the high ABV very well and it quite delicious.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.8% out of 100 with 2,580 ratings
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