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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night. Thick creamy two finger mocha-colored head. Great retention. A healthy amount of lacing. Looks like a stout all right and a damn good one at that

Smell: Heavy molasses and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Traces of fig, coffee, dried dark fruits. Hint of alcohol. Smells very appetizing

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose. Initially very sweet molasses. Roasted malts up the yin-yang. Rich chocolate throughout. Some figs and maybe plums. Finishes a little bitter like coffee or dark chocolate. Slightly boozy on the finish but pretty well hidden overall. Really nicely rounded out. As I continue to drink it becomes very acidic. I now have heartburn.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Really coats the palate. Creamy. This beer feels big

Overall: Haven't been disappointed by Boulevard yet. This is a nice imperial stout but a little too astringent. Fairly easy to drink. Good for cold nights. Balanced with lots of flavor but points off for my indigestion

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

Best before 5/12/2014 date.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a pitch black that is impenetrable. An absolutely massive, 4 fingers tall, light cocoa head spurts out of the abyss like beer rather and sticks around forever, leaving plenty of lacing behind in its wake.

Aroma: (4.25)
Huge, smoke tinged Belgian yeast phenols shoot out of the glass immediately; a big plum note, raisins, light fig. There is strong, creamy, dark chocolate tucked nicely underneath the yeast with some roasted coffee impression in tow. On the outside edges of the nose, there is a leafy, herbal hoppiness. The alcohol is masked very well.

Taste: (4.25)
Herbal, grassy hops upfront with more those Belgian yeast tones that were present in the nose; Plums, fig, raisins. On the yeast's heels is a very smooth and creamy, dark baker's chocolate note which coats your palate quite nicely. The stout finishes dry and slightly bitter with lingering notes of chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, light nuttiness, smoked malt and more of those stone fruits from the yeast. Very low alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Robust and full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4)
A very unique take on a classic style. The Belgian yeast that is used in conjunction with the dark, roast malts, really kicks out a lot of sweet, juicy plum and fig characteristics, but the roasted malts really help balanced everything out. Really interesting stuff, but I am left wishing that there was a bit more of that classic stout roasted character in the back end of the beer. I'd definitely recommend this for some one who digs both stouts and Trappist style Belgian beers.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,608 ratings
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