Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
2,584 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BY 05/18/14

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap after a few minutes

S: Fruity Belgian yeast, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a hint of spicy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with dark fruits, roasted malts, and molasses and moves into chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, and a very light hint of spicy hops. Finishes with a light smokiness from the roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy

O: A very good imperial stout with lots of complexity. From the Belgian yeast to the roasted malts, there is just about anything you could want in a non-BBA imperial stout. Great value as well, at $10.99 for a 4-pack

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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 12/26/14. Poured into a DFH chalice.

A - Black, opaque, slightly viscous. 3-finger brown rocky head. Great lacing.

A - Roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits.

T - Coffee (not strong), faint licorice and a little sweetness.

MF - Smooth

O - Nice finish without the bite of a dark roast coffee. I do not taste the smoky finish the brewer extoles on the bottle. It has a bit of that raisin/dark fruit finish I personally don't like from Belgian yeasts.

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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 11/09/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big sweet dark roasty aroma with a big fruity yeast profile. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, cream, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoked malt. Sweet molasses and brown sugar. Light hint of anise spice. The yeast presence is very noticeable adding some spice and a big scent of dark fruits. Hints of fig, tart cherry, plum, prune, and raisin. Some earthy and herbal hops in the background. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a rich taste of roasted malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hops. Dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, oats, nut, and smoke. Molasses and brown sugar add to the sweetness. Lively presence of Belgian yeast with some black pepper and dark fruits. Notes of plum, dark cherry, fig, prune, and raisin. Some anise spice in the mix as well. Solid backing of herbal, earthy hop bitterness. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high for the style but expected with the yeast. Very creamy. Somewhat slick. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A unique and very good imperial stout. Big roasted malt taste with a nice fruity kick from the Belgian yeast.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single from Sam's in Durham, NC. Poured into a Boulevard tulip...

A: 8-ball black; opaque; 2-finger, cappuccino head - it's milkshake-like; great staying power... the retention leaves thick rings of sudsy lace.

S: Belgian yeast is definitely noticeable - it's pretty bright and fruity; black patent malt; char / roast; chocolate cake; the fruity / spicy yeast aroma is a bit off-putting for the style (for me, at least), but otherwise - the aroma is great.

T: The yeast is far less pronounced than what's in the aroma - which is a good thing; roasted malt / coffee; dark chocolate; a touch of chicory / smoke on the the end.

M: Near full feel with high carbonation; nice, velvety feel... very smooth, too; the Belgian yeast works well here; sticky.

O: This is an interesting American double stout, with the Belgian yeast and German hops; it works as something different, but it's not something I'd have the urge to have more than one of - it's definitely an interesting twist to this style, though; great mouthfeel and very smooth - 9.7% is hidden very well. (Best By Date: 5/18/14)

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nice, dark and rich, huge brown tinged fluffy head with great retention. Smell is pretty mild, even as the beer got warmer, mostly chocolate and brown sugar. At first I felt this beer was way too sweet; it was kind of overwhelming at first. It is very sweet, but it does help the balance of some of the very potent flavors. Chocolate, molasses and apple up front, roasted malt, smoke, charred wood, and coffee at the end. No booze in the flavor but you can feel it in the warmth. Feels very thin considering the type; I would prefer a creamier, heavier stout. Overall, not too bad; huge flavor, a little too sweet,

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

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: Black as night with tiny bubbles floating up the sides of the glass. Fine yeast at the bottom, tiny little bubbles form a thick but small head. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: Dark roasted nutty and slight coffee smell.

Taste: Dark roasted caramel with nutty overtones.

Mouth feel: medium to heavy body with pronounced nut after I swirled it around in my mouth.

Overall: This is a great tasting interpretation of this style. I love it, roasted coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Brilliant!

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

First Boulevard beer!!

Pours out a pitch black with a nice, roasted/dark tan head.

The aroma is full of roasty notes, chocolate, coffee, big dark fruit notes as well as some smokiness.

The taste is also full of flavor. Tons of roasted malt notes, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits; plums, figs and raisins followed by a light smokiness that blends in very well. It's a bitter beer, but not overwhelming and there are some light earthy/grassy hop notes too.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but there is a decent amount of carbonation. No alcohol in the taste or smell, but there is a definite heat as it goes down.

This is a great non barrel-aged Imperial Stout! The dark fruit really helps add some complexity, but the high carbonation is a definite turn off. It's not so much to impact the beer too much, but a much lower carbonation and creamier mouthfeel would have been nice. Great beer to try though and pretty cheap!

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,584 ratings
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