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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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass.

The color is dark black with no highlights.Light is not penetrating any part of this beer that I can detect. The head is three and a half fingers of brownish/tan foam with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a little coffee aroma and has just a hint of dark chocolate. There are some black malt aroma here that has a brown bread-like aroma.

The taste is has a nice roasty flavor that presents itself with some volume. There is a bold malty push on the tongue that seems at first like it could be unpleasant but then settles into a nice smokey flavor that lets some of the plum and other dark fruit flavor come out.

This beer has a big feel to it at first and then eases up some toward the middle. The aftertaste lingers some with some but is not off-putting.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by date of 07/27/2013 picked up as part of a sampler pack in late 2012. Cool Boulevard etching on the actual bottle. I pulled it out of the fridge and let it warm up for about 20 minutes to get it to a preferred temperature.

Appearance: Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter this beer pours two fingers of brown, fluffy head. The kind you could set a bottle cap on. The head lasted for a few minutes and eventually faded to a nice cap, leaving thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Black body as expected. Looks awesome for an imperial stout.

Smell: Slight coffee, chocolate frosting, sweet cream, chocolate pudding, faint cardboard, cherries, plums, and roasted barley. Smells awesome.

Taste: Spicy plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar and dry cardboard up front. Follows with sweet chocolate and dates, a lingering hop bitterness and a drying heat. The finish is nice and bready like a slice of spicy, crusty sandwich bread. Awesome chocolate notes but the creeping heat and bitterness kind of detract from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouth covering with a low carbonation. It feels sticky and dry. Very nice.

Overall: I’ll admit I shouldn’t have aged this one as long as it’s developing some cardboard like, fusel type notes. That aside it’s an amazing look imperial stout with a sweet, delicious nose. As for the taste I’d like to get more of the chocolate notes instead of the lingering hop bite and heat. Spot on mouthfeel for an aged imperial stout. Overall, it’s worth picking up a single for your mix six. Though where it’s at now I’d say drink this one fresh over aged. Much more enjoyable with some aged cheddar and raspberry bars I had in the kitchen.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Best by: 09/03/15
This beer was aged for 1 year 4 months.
9.7% ABV

Look: Pitch black, no visible light through the glass when held up to the light. Muddy brown head. An aggressive pour yielded a finger and a half of head. Lovely appearance.

Smell: It smells like a stout with a strong Belgian influence. I'm getting the rich coffee smell with some bitter cocoa, but also the dark fruit characteristics of a Belgian Quad.

Taste: Smooth and chocolaty up front, slightly bitter finish. Still getting the dark fruits in the taste. Not boozy at all, possibly due to the aging.

Feel: Creamy, luscious, this is a sexy beer!

Overall: I love the way this beer incorporates the Belgian yeast into a heavy stout. This an outstanding brew, and very underrated in my opinion. Well done Boulevard!

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

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that died quick with minor lace. Mostly a roasted, coffee malt aroma although the chocolate is pretty noticeable and hints of dark fruits (mostly figs). Taste is the same as a good balance between chocolate and roasted, coffee-esque malts come into play and there are some figs/toffee tastes that come through as well (other dark fruits that people notice like raisins/plums/black cherries I am not getting). Can't say anything spectacular about this beer but it's slightly sticky, smooth, fuller bodied and just really hit the spot for me and had a nice little sweetness in the aftertaste.

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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

beefy, viscous stout with belgian characteristics from boulevard. poured an impenetrable black with a light tan head into the pint glass. considerably clinging lacing on the sides. nose is the weakest part of this brew, though. definite notes of plum/prune, some candied apple, and hints of chocolate but not as potent as i would have hoped for a beer described as an amalgamation of roasted english malt, belgian yeast, and german hops. in fact, i barely got any roastiness until the beer was across the palate. as it goes down, i get fruitiness at the front, dark chocolate on the mid palate, and a bittersweet, roasted malt/coffee finish. the rich, filling, mouthfeel is probably the best aspect of the ale; a pleasingly robust, american stout profile to be sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,567 ratings.
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