Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
2,567 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%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: The body appears black in color, because it passes no light...except at the edges where there is a hint of a deep reddish brown color where a sliver of light passes if the glass is held just right. Produced a thin but dense tan head that diminished in about a minute, leaving a small collection of of bubbles on the surface, with a very thin collar around the edge of the glass.

S: Light but distinct aromas of roasted malt, infused with hint of plum fruitiness, and the slightest hint of hops. The aroma is almost understated for a beer as complex and powerful as this one is.

T: The taste exactly mirrors the smell, but the smoked malts are more pronounced, the plum flavor form the Belgian yeast is distinct (not overpowering or unbalanced) and there is a clear hint of spice. The finish brings it full circle to the smoky malts, very smooth ending. There is no hint of booziness in the taste.

M: The body is robust, but not heavy, on the palate. The carbonation is moderate, and the finish is dry from the smoky malt flavors. There is no tone of alcohol on the palate, which is surprising for an offering with an abv this high.

O: This is a totally drinkable beer, surprisingly so for a 9.7% abv offering. This may be one of the most unique stouts available mixing smoked malts with Belgian yeast and German hops. The complexity of these ingredients together is unique, in a good way. This, like all of the other Boulevard Smokestack series, is a drinkable beer, and will definitely be in my rotation of regular beers.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a black to very dark brown in color, with a brown head.

Smell - It is a nice fruity smell, with chocolate and coffee.

Taste - It is the fruity plum taste, over the dark chocolate flavor, with a nice sweet smokey finish.

Mouthfeel -It is a good-bodied stout, with a nice alcohol burn.

Overall - It is a pretty good American Imperial Stout.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-11-09
Glass: Tulip

Boulevard's Dark Truth stout is an imperial version of a stout recipe fermented with a Belgian yeast, leading to expressive ethanol and prune ester flavors, with strong remnants of bitter char and burned toast. Without a counterbalancing sweetness, the beer is a bit two-dimensional, and the ethanol a bit too strong flavor-wise, even after being aged for several months, for my enjoyment. Not a bad imperial stout, but not the right flavor combination for me and not one I'd return to.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance with average retention of about one minute, eventually fading to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with heavy honeycomb-like patterns clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out slightly lighter brown-orange-black hues along the edges of the beer. Carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass, but not through the opaque body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is surprisingly mild, with moderate cocoa followed by light prune and slight sweetness. Not bad, but timid, fairly boring.

Overall flavor palette consists of ethanol, substantial black malt leading to heavy char and burnt toast flavor, cocoa, alcohol-soaked prunes and faint sweetness. Front of palate is of light caramel-like sweetness with char and burnt toast flavors, a touch of ethanol, anise, and slight acridity from roasted malts. Mid-palate of roasted malts, including heavy use of very dark malts (English black patent?), that bring out charred toast and a bit of cocoa, mixed with prune, ethanol, anise, and light bitterness from roasted malts. Back of palate tastes ethanol, anise, charred toast, light cocoa, alcohol-soaked prunes, and light bitterness. Aftertaste is of burnt toast, char, light smoke, a bit of cacao nib and burnt coffee bean, and lingering ethanol (probably the best-tasting part of this beer).

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a fizzy, then fully foamy mouthfeel. A bit overcarbonated for the style. Ethanol felt as a slight burn on the palate and back of throat, very little warmth in nostrils, though; ethanol fairly well integrated and hidden in beer. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black, revealing a deep cordovan brown color when held against light. Tan, 2 finger head which displays good retention, then gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with poor stick.

Smell - More jammy than your typical stout, lending to strong notes of black cherry, plum, grape and even a bit of black currant. Subtle hints of roasted malt and chocolate, but they come through very faint.

Taste - Follows the nose; very fruity and jammy dominant throughout before giving way to a bitter coffee, light chocolate finish. Nondescript notes of dark fruit sweetness are the first thing to hit the tongue, followed by a light mocha character. Black cherry and plum emerge mid-taste, along with touches of black currant and faint anise. Changes in the finish, with developing flavors of coffee and dark chocolate that fade into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with fair carbonation, then a silky finish.

Overall - A very fruity, jammy stout. Red wine lovers might like this a lot. Just enough coffee / roasted malt bitterness on the back end to keep itself close to the style. Maybe a beer I'd go to once or twice a year, though if I'm being honest, there are impys for less that I'd rather go with. Great beer, all the same.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan one-finger head that settles to frothy bubbles. Thick, tan lacing.

S: Anise, leather, plums, dates. Brown sugar, molasses.

T: Sweet, robust. Smokey. Semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit. A nice, thick coffee-like finish. A terrific sipper.

M: Medium to heavy with thick carbonation.

O: Very pleased with this one. Would love to try more. Recommended.

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with purplish tinge around the edges in strong light. A moderate tan head that settles down fairly quickly but continues to produce some lacing.

The aroma is roasted coffee, dried fruit - dates, figs, plums - hints of chocolate and banana.

The taste is similar with spicy fruit up front followed by coffee notes, a bit of burnt toast, chocolate and just a pleasant alcohol note. The finish is dry and herbal with a lingering spiciness that makes you want more.

Full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and inviting.

Overall another very nice effort from Boulevard, complex enough to be interesting and very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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