Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,574 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
Ratings:
2,574
Reviews:
745
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
510
For Trade:
7
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 4-16-14.

A- Pours a deep brown to black with a thick, chocolate-brown head. Head is medium, with about 2 fingers in the snifter. Lacing is good, but retention is pretty terrific.

S- Deep malts with prominent chocolate sweet tones. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Hints of brown sugar in the background. Not much else; it's fairly complex with just a few flavors.

T- Starts with a somewhat bitter bang of coffee and dark chocolate. These flavors persist throughout the drink, but more in the background. After the initial flavor, it moves toward a dark fruit flavor, most likely brought on by the Belgian yeast. The fruit fades toward the end after being prominent, and the roasty malt flavors return. Ends with a slight bite of dark roasts and a bit of smoky flavor.

M- Fairly highly carbonated for the style, but still pretty smooth. Creamy, dense head promotes an overall creamy quality in the drink. Slight alcohol burn is detectable, and when combined with the dark fruit and heavy roast flavors, this beer is definitely a sipper.

Overall, a very good beer. A slightly different take on an impy stout that brings some new, dark fruit flavors to the table. Definitely one to try, especially since it is always readily available.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks adrock7309 for adding this one as an extra in a trade!

Served into a snifter from a bottle at room temperature.

A: Big fluffy crown, worthy a noble ale! The colour of the head reminds me of the kind of black/brown you see in salmiak and it holds it's fluffiness. The body of the beer is pitch black as gazing into the void. No apparent bubbles and with some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. This is good lookers that's for sure!

S: The first thing that hits my nose is roasted notes with coffee and some faint smoke. The classic smells are also here, raisins, soy sauce and chocalate allthough they are more subtle.

T: Again it's the hard roasted darks malts that dance upon my taste buds. With this also comes some smoky flavour. The other big taste in this one is the hops witch are bitter and spicy. I also get salt liquorice and chocolates. The aftertaste is a bit sweeter and leaves you with the taste of dark chocolate.

M: Medium body, a bit more carbonation than I would prefer. Dry on the palate and leaves with a warming sensation.

O: This is by no doubt a quality brew, allthough in my opinion it could gain some complexity with a little more sweetness. I believe it could benefit form aging and become even more interesting over the years.

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

A: opaque black, I can't see any light though it. has a beautiful tan fluffy head. everything I want a stout to look like.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee

T: Roasted malt, dark Chocolate , coffee, maybe a little smokie on the finish, coats the mouth very well.

O: Very good brew. well balanced , good aroma, I wouldnt guess this is a 9% ABV. leaves beautiful lacing on the glass as well. This will become a regular in my fridge.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,574 ratings.
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