Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
2,562 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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

12oz into a New Belgium globe, best before 10/19/2011

Pitch black with a huge head. Decadent lacing as it drank down.

Chocolate and coffee roast that move into fruity plum and candied fig flavors. A touch more of roast and some heat behind that. Everything is real tight and composed in the smell.

Big on the fruit. Plums, raisins, candied figs again, and hints of other stone fruits. Roasty espresso notes behind that with a little bit of baker's chocolate. A touch of dark candy sugar and some booze. Again, everything is well represented.

Moderate carbonation with a big body. A tad bit sticky and some drying.

Fruity flavors compliment roast and chocolate flavors. A real well put together Belgian stout. No flaws but nothing that is really wowing me. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big big nose on this one! I get vanilla, a little cherry, and a woody character. I would guess that this is barrel aged, but I don't think it is. Excellent smell, especially if it isn't barrel aged, very impressed.

Dark Truth is as black as you can get. Highlights are a deep deep brown, but they are few and far between. The head is a dark mocha, like the foam you would find on hot chocolate, and it laces nicely for a 9+%ABV beer.

I get big roast on the midpalate and finish. Chocolate with slight caramel, like a Resin candy. I would swear that this is barrel aged, I get an almost bourbon quality coming off of this beer in the finish. Tastes amazing.

Moderate carbonation with a full but not syrupy body. Finishes a bit sweet, but that is to be expected, and it is delicious. A sipping beer to have with cheesecake for sure.

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Photo of Jameswoody
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of osant37
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LouZ
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldedog
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Orval chalice.

A. 2 finger bubbly off white colored head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is dark brown almost black.

S. Chocolate, yeast, candi sugar, coffee, dark fruit. Nice cross between a traditional stout aroma and a belgian strong dark ale. Smell is overall pretty sweet with some faint alochol aroma.

T. Flavor is more consitent with a stout. More reoasted malt flavor than chocolate. Taste is somewhat bitter. Has a smokey finish to it. Just a hint of the dark fruit came through in the flavor.

M. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D. Extremely drinkable. This goes down very smooth and easy. Interesting Imperial Stout. There are some smells and flavors that you don't normally find in other Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Satan70
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bbeane
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized... Starts with a nice velvety brown head with good retention and lacing. Beer is black in color with no light escaping through when held up to the light

S- Some light smokiness, with coffee, and sweet malts

T- Has very perfect balance with all of it's flavor. Has a hint of belgian sweetness to go along with the more distinct notes of coffee and smoked malts. Bit dryer in the finish

M- Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body

O- I really enjoyed this. While the nose was a bit weak, the flavor was interesting and enjoyable and the body was excellent. Another great beer from Boulevard that I wish was more easily accessible

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, goblet, "2010-1 01/13" printed on the back label.

Garnet hinted stout black. An impressive pillow of rocky road bubbles top it off, and they almost have the consistency, stickiness of a beer served on nitro.

Chopped chocolate sprinkled on cherries. Roast, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, minerals, hints of herbal noble hops.

Roast, some of it metallic. Milk chocolate and dark fruits (raisin, cherry, fig). In addition to this, I have tasted Stone 09.09.09 and Smuttynose Baltic Porter today. The three are remarkably similar in their dark fruit, roasted characters. Dark Truth is the least cohesive. The caramel, dark overripe fruit, roast, and other flavors come together better in the other two beers, possibly because they were bottled in 2009. Dark Truth has more spicy hop on the back end, peppery, refreshing in a way.

Caressing carbonation in a smooth, slippery body makes the mouth quite pleasing.

This is a good Imperial Stout that isn't too sweet, too roasty, or boozy at all. I'm not sure that it will improve with age, drink it when you like.

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

Look: beautiful dark black body with tan head.
Smell: roasted coffee chocolate and malt
Taste: roasted coffee bitter dark chocolate and smoke
Overall: very well put together beer.

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Photo of Beardo
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nickhiller
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black, thick and oily, a nice slowly receding tan head, softly bubbling like a tar pit.

S: cooking Sherry, molasses, iron.

T: all the right smokey characteristics, charcoal, burnt sugar, leather pair nicely with the syrupy malt. I also get a little bit of bourbon and oak on the finish.

M: smooth, through and through. Medium to full bodied, the ease with which it goes down belies its high ABV.

D: not too shabby. I actually like this better than Boulevard's Double Wide IPA, a minority opinion it seems. There's something about Boulevard beers that remind me of homebrews. But that's not to say I didn't enjoy it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of invalid665
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbarny76
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Jlang2012
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, almost jet black. Head is small and fluffy.

S - Mostly toasted malt with a very slight fruitiness.

T - The malt hits right up front with intense roasty and chocolatey notes, which give way to a berrylike fruitiness, which all combines into a very interesting residual sweetness.

M - Not as crushing as I'd like a stout like this to be, but nonetheless smooth and very subdued fizz.

O - Could definitely benefit from being a little heavier, but the yeast choice took this interesting brew to an entirely new level.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. I wanted some head, and I got some: four fingers worth of thick, very tanned foam that dissipated slowly. The color is an opaque black.

Smell: Surprisingly faint, even after it warmed. At first the aroma is very funky. It almost smells like a cross between muskmelon and rubbing alcohol. Underneath that are aromas of Belgian yeast, roasted dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some sweet caramel.

Taste: The mouth feel is very thick and creamy. I can already feel myself getting heartburn. The flavors blend smoothly: Belgian yeast, dark fruit (mostly plum), roasted dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a woody, barrel-aged presence (like some Scotch have). Speaking of Scotch, the end of each sip is very warming with an alcohol sting, which couples nicely with the roasted malt bitterness.

Drinkability: This is the first Smokestack Series beer I have had from Boulevard, and I am very impressed. The dark truth about this one is it is a very good imperial stout.

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Photo of sobeleg
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of monty79_1997
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,562 ratings.
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