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Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.99/5
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2,599 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:
#3,915
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,599
pDev:
10.78%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -11.5%
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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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Black. This beer is black as night. The only thing I can possibly see is carbonation rising rapidly to the surface along the sides of the snifter. The head is mocha brown, intensely silky, and dense. The head never settles below a finger in height and completely paints the glass with thick lacing. There's is no section of glass that isn't covered in silky lace. Dark Truth is an exceptional looking stout.

Belgian stouts. I can't really get behind the idea and as good as this beer looks the nose throws me for a loop. Roast and easy alcohol combine with Belgian esters of overripe banana and metallic copper (I always get this in Belgian style stouts). Toasted marshmallows and soft berries tiptoe around the periphery.

The flavor steps stride for stride with the aroma but does show a bolder, richer roastiness. Roastiness hits upfront and follows through to the finish. Belgian esters again kick in but are softer on the palate; bananas mostly. I sill get a touch of that metallic copper. The dark berries have more of a place in the flavor than aroma and lightly toasted marshmallow brings up the rear. The roast lingers nicely.

I'm at a crossroads here. The body has some density but the carbonation is so aggressive and appropriately dialed in, Belgian style, that it's incredibly airy, frothy, and luxurious. With that said, it's strange to me that a roasty stout has that sort of feel. The finish is dry. They nailed Belgian style carbonation. Seems strange on a stout though.

Again, I can't really get behind Belgian style stouts. I'm not a big fan of the esters thrown into a nice roasty beer. With that said, Boulevard nailed the mouthfeel and this beer is much better than I expected. Worth a try I suppose.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,599 ratings
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