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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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Ratings: 2,591 |  Reviews: 752
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of theboozecruise
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, it's a really dark color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is a little faint, boozy and chocolatey with a bit of vanilla flavor.

The taste is a little thin as well for such a dark beer. It has some rich chocolate notes and some wood undertones but it's just not a filled out flavor.

A little thin like before, not all that impressive on the mouthfeel.

It's still an okay beer, but Boulevard has been nothing but awesome in their smokestack series thus far. This one doesn't quite measure up.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
best before stamp 04/28/13

pours a dark, cola-brown; sits a solid black. aggressive pour yields a creamy, fluffy 2" head; very good retention and lacing.

nose is decent; not especially bold and fairly standard for the style. dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. maybe a hint of dark fruits.

taste is an improvement: more full of flavor and, frankly, tastier than i suspected judging from the aroma. the chocolate, coffee, and roastiness are all there, along with molasses, dark fruits, a hint of spice and a little char. creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

overall a really good stout. with so many worthy competitors in the style that line the shelves, it's not one i'll be bending over backward to try again. but i'd certainly be up for it.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chillin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a almost pitch black completely opaque with a light brown creamy head. 2 finger head lasted around 10 minutes, before leaving a thin layer that clung extremely well to the sides. Aroma at times was a sugary sweet lactose sugar, a creamy milk chocolate, and a smokey smell as well. Taste started off a burnt bitter, and changed to a slightly sticky sweet, akin to a thick barleywine. Felt dead on. Coated very well with just a touch of carbonation. Pretty much how I look for a stout to feel. Over all, a good beer. Flavor was a bit off compared to the rest of it, that kept it down a smidge.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip; Best by date:04.07.13 ; served at cellar temp.

A: A slow pour, develops a foamy two and a half finger khaki head. The retention is very good and holds a monster head the whole glass through. The body is a typical stout jet black. Carbonation is low, but present, very well represented for style. The lacing is left in full sheets on the side of the glass.

S: The aroma shows a majority of roasted character, with high levels of bitterness. The hops seem to be used for the high alpha acid content, while leaving the aroma with a bitter tone. The hints at smokey chocolate, with notes of a damp forest.

T/M: the initial taste is high in Russian Imperial Stout character, with high bitter profile and rich malt undertones. A very warm and welcoming alcohol note, that shows the ABV, but still adds a good balance of flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a wonderful spicy note of esters, in a typical roasted dominated style. The complexity of all flavors are balanced, while still being robust in the specific character. The mouthfeel is medium thickness for style, and low levels of carbonation are well played on all aspects of this brew.

O: Overall this is a very unique Stout and I have been very impressed with it. The blend of American stout, with German hops and Belgian yeast is a very creative idea and the beer represents that.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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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Photo of BobZ
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a 1” frothy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee aromas are noticed first with some chocolate underneath.

Taste: Rich roasted malt flavor dominates, more coffee than chocolate, maybe a few hints of dark fruit. Very nice balance between bitter and sweet with a nod toward the former. The rich coffee flavor makes this a tasty example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and clean finish.

Overall: Very good example of the style and maybe my favorite beer of the “Smokestack Series” to date.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with slight reddish brown highlights near the edges, off white head; small bubles,, lacing is nice and sticky as you swirl the glass.
S: Subtle; malts, sweet plum like fruitiness, subtle hops. Nice fruity balanced pleasant aroma.
T: Beginning is nice full malty; slightly charred toast, cocoa, slightly hot, medium the plum fruitiness takes over, ends with burnt toast, cocoa, slight smokiness & lingering booziness and slightly dry finish. Belgian fruity esters are the dominating taste overall.
M: Full bodied, high carbonation, lacing is sticks to the glass, alcohol warmness. An interesting take using a Belgian yeast in an American style hybrid stout. A lot going on & Belgian esters are too hot but overall a good ale. Does a good job of balancing the various characteristics & all are restrained but the esters.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,591 ratings
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