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Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
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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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Ratings: 2,590 |  Reviews: 751
Photo of Smurf2055
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with big thick three finger head. Nice big bubbles and the head lasts for a while.

Smell is rich, roasty, and robust. Lot’s of coffee on the head. Bits of coco.

Very sweet and inviting.

Mouthfeel a bit ashy.

Robust coffee flavors, as well as chocolate. Hard to pick out the alcohol. Great stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky jet black with a large (2-3 finger) tan rocky head that slowly receded, down to a large puddle and collar of residue that lasted throughout, creating excellent thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, dark fruit (plum and black cherry), a bit of ash and a bold alcohol tinge.

The taste was rich, roasty and malty sweet with a hint of chocolate from the beginning, becoming slightly bitterer with a strong coffee presence. It then progressed further with mildly tart and fruity taste and a bold smoky alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a good long time after the swallow with a light chocolate fruitiness giving way to the smoky roasty taste that lingered on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was quite full in body and a somewhat dry texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be bold, tasty, enticing and vastly complex. There is not much more to be said except this is a superb brew with a fantastic drinkability. This is just another example of how good this brewer is…


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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with best-by date of 1/9/14; consumed on 7/1/13.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a smallish (half-finger) tan head that settles quickly. A couple splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Some roasty malt and fruit - think plums or red grapes.

T: Licorice, dark fruits (plums again come to mind), a hint of molasses all on top of a decently roasted malt foundation. Touch of chocolate malt on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Heat from ABV is noted on the back of the palate and on the way down. Finish reminds me of the bitterness you'd get from slightly unripe plum skins. As it warms, more chocolate - think dark chocolate or cocoa powder - is noted.

M: Belgian feel to it, no doubt - quite active carbonation that's real fizzy in feel. Unusual for a stout. Interesting; makes it drink "lighter" than your standard Double Stout, that's for sure, which given the 9.7% ABV, could be dangerous. . . . It does seem to feel a bit thin, however.

O: Interesting "Belgian-style" American Double/Imperial Stout (if that makes sense). I prefer my stouts to be more roasty and chocolatey (i.e., less fruity) and more creamy than fizzy in feel. But. . . this one is well made and good, in a different kind of way.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, three finger deep tan head. Black in the glass.

S-Roasted malt, plums, tad bit of coffee and chocolate.

T-Very interesting combination of roasted malt and plums. Coffee is present. Dark chocolate is mild. In the finish slight bitterness.

M-Creamy to medium bodied, nicely carbonation.

O-One of the few beers that pulls off the plums/belgian notes in a stout. Still not top notch but better than most.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of lighthabit
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a treat from my bro in portland
label reminds me of darth vader for some reason. dark, deep blood red, almost black. foamy at first, dies down to very thin layer, spotty lacing. smell of smoke, leather, raisin, malt. taste is the same, with a smoke that i've never tasted before, mature , malty, a gentleman's stout. mouth feel is a bit off, oddly a bit foamy, but still has good chewy backbone behind it and an impressive finish, dry just like the label said (didn't expect it to be so). quite solid, would try again

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,590 ratings
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