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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a teku; there’s some bottling and freshness dating here, I believe, but it’s mostly spread around / wiped off. Regardless, I believe this is from this year, so it’s moderately fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Three good, thick fingers of cappuccino-colored, very fine foam easily rise off of the pour, capping a jet-black body that appears to be more or less opaque. The head dies down slowly, leaving some frothy collars and a wavy cap in the center of the glass. This is a fantastic-looking stout, that’s for sure.

Smell (3.75): Lots of dark fruit and molasses aroma, like dates, blackstrap molasses, a little cocoa powder, and some cold-brewed coffee underneath it. It smells like dark pit fruits stuffed inside a dark, molasses-y fruitcake dusted with cocoa powder, which I realize is not a thing, but hey—it is what it is. It’s intriguing. Smells rich, interesting, different, and appetizing, but it’s more Belgian than Stout.

Taste (4.0): In contrast, this is more Stout than Belgian (but still a mixture of both). Rich, smooth, and warming, with a flavor like concentrated cold-brewed coffee (like espresso thickness and richness but without the bitterness), some more of the dates/prunes/raisins mixture but not nearly as strong as in the nose, a lightly tangy fruit character, a little dark chocolate, molasses cookie, and a dense, coffee-flavored cake. While it’s got all these nice estery, yeasty tones from the Belgian side of things that add a new dimension to the malt body, the darkness and roastiness of the malt is what really comes out on top. Some spicy hop character melds well with a bit of alcohol burn. Kind of a mish-mash of different components, but it’s well-integrated.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Definitely a but on the full-side of medium-weight, with a smooth, somewhat velvety feel propelled by a very fine-grained, moderately tingly carbonation; the finish is almost dry, in spite of the richness of this beer. Excellent feel, overall.

Overall (4.0): This is an interesting stout, that’s for sure. It’s quite good, but a bit of an oddball, what with the roasted malt character colliding with the estery Belgian yeast and subtle, spicy hops character. But, as mentioned above, it’s all blended surprisingly well. In the end, its strength lies in the subtlety of its layered character: it’s easy to miss some of what’s going on here if you don’t pay attention, because at first it just seems like an oddly fruity imperial stout, but eventually it all melds quite well. Recommended.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Black body and a sticky, towering tan head.

s: A nice combination of deeply roasted chocolatey malts and hint of dark, jammy fruits.

t: Huge roast flavor, mostly dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Awesome. The finish falls off just a bit. Lingering char, a fair amount of heat, and some fruity Belgian yeast chracter.

m: Very substantial with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: Not my favorite Belgian stout, but this doesn't miss by much. Dark ir not, this stout is the truth.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass...

On the pour, deep black with an hyper head buildup. Easy to get over 2 fingers head with the most gentle pour. Not to worry, things settle down to some real nice lacing, a light cap and lots of stick foam on the sides of the glass.

On the nose, coffee, roasty grains, plums. As it warms these notes get a little stronger and add maybe a little yeast and vanilla.

First taste is rich coffee, dark chocolate, plums, lots of toasted/roasted grain. Boozy, vanilla, smoke and spice come in right behind all that.

Lighter mouthfeel than I expected, what I guess others would consider thin for the style. Dryiong finish with a chocolate/coffee/plum/ finish that improved as it warmed up.

Overall, a pretty decent stout from someone who is a fan of stouts but not an expert. I can recommend it though and you wouldn't be sorry for trying it. Kudos to Boulevard for this particular "version", another good one to add to my list.


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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,563 ratings.
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