Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
2,563 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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Photo of Bernerdawg
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours obsidian with a colossal tan head

Chocolate, molasses, cake batter, fruity yeast, alcohol

Pretty complex. Starts off bittersweet chocolate, moves to roasted coffee, licorice and spiced fruit. Boozy finish

Smooth and creamy. Excellent.

First product from Boulevard and didn't know what to expect. Complexity is finely tuned, as no one element overpowers another; malt and coffee are duly represented and know how to share the couch with licorice and hops. A dank, interesting stout I plan to buy again.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DukeX13
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black, oily pour. Creamy tan head, three fingers high. Lacing is very good.

Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, black licorice, black strap molasses, brown sugar with a slight hop profile. Chocolate syrup with a touch of alcohol in the back.

Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, definite peat smoke, black licorice and molasses.

Medium body, decent carbonation and slightly sticky on the lips.

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Photo of jbak
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Winston_Smith
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Serving type: Bottle with "Best by May 18, 2014." It was cold, but I let it warm a bit.

Appearance: Black. Deep space black. A finger of tan head follows a standard pour. Thick lacing in layers.

Smell: This is a super complex beer, and my nose isn't yet educated enough to do it justice. See the Bros.' opinion for that one. Rich, rich, rich.

Taste: Shit's earthy as hell! "Taste explosion" comes to mind. Bitter, but not overly, and boozy enough. Obvious bit of smoke too. The high ABV doesn't overpower this one. This is probably my second imperial stout ever, and the first one, I was too drunk to remember. Again, I've had lots of beer, and know what I like and don't, what's good and what isn't, but I'm still working on flavor education. Hell of a stout flavor...

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, as it should be.

Overall: I am very happy I picked up this four pack at the grocery today. I'd been eyeing them every time I came in, and no one in my little town drinks the craft stuff, so there's dust all over that section. Stout fans should absolutely give this one a try. Very nice, warming winter beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Four pack from Total Wine in NOVA was 10 or 12 bucks.

Appearance: Black as hell. Like, really black and opaque with no highlights. Dark brown head with good retention and sheets of lace.

Smell: Pretty incredible combination of Belgian dark fruits and rich, roasted dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Smells heavy, cakelike, but doesn't reek of alcohol. Very well done.

Taste: While its quite good, the flavors don't mesh nearly as well as the aromas do. Plum and date flavors seem to sit in a pool of alcohol on top of a very roasty, slightly smoky stout base, and the flavors don't seem to integrate. The alcohol burn is nice, but the bitterness it imparts accentuates the roasted bitterness, and that doesn't complement the Belgian flavors well.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy in the mouth, but finishes with an almost astringent roast flavor that makes it seem too dry.

Overall: I think this is a really great Belgian stout. My comments seem negative, but its mostly nitpicking. I do think that a Belgian stout has to carefully balance bitterness, especially roasty flavors, or it doesn't taste right with the Belgian yeast and dark fruit. I think they overshoot that a little.

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Photo of LiquorsInc
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Labeorphile
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head made of lots of tiny bubbles. Lots of fruit in the nose, not much cocoa, but it comes on full in the front of the taste, with the fruit following.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of dcbike
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single w/ Nonic style taster glass

A: The Dark Truth pours midnight with a shade lighter edge and thin persistent layer of mocha cream head. Micro bubbles in tight formation finally settle out to a sheen. Some quick receding oily lace.

S: Aromas are faint at first and benefitted from a temperature change. Smells of dark roast malts, dark fruits, licorice, and a light Belgian yeast spicing. A bit of roast coffee emerges as well.

T: Taste has a real deep roast character with anise noted and a mild influence of Belgian yeast character. Milk and dark chocolates meet dark fruits of plum and cherry with a bit of acrid roast coffee underneath. Has a burnt toffee sweetness that gives a slight tangy bite to the drink. Banana esters develop mid to late palate and combine with some clovey spiced phenols. Subtle however in combination with the dark roast flavors. There is a modest amount of mineral like bitterness and some warming alcohol that is to be expected. Of all the different flavors about they do come together in a somewhat decent manner.

M: Moderate to heavy body that is a little dense at first but with a nice silky texture. Plenty of carbonation to carry this one through with a drying towards the finish. Overall feel is very clean and dry leaving little to no lingering effects.

D: A very unique specialty stout and not something I would typically go for. I do think Boulevard did a fair job of bringing the rich dark roasty flavors together with that distinct Belgian yeast twist. A nice sipper that I recommend you allow to warm up a bit to develop some of the complexities of this brew.

Good beer to try but not something I am going to be stocking up on.

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Photo of Thumper
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a sinfter to a beer black as night with a large tan head that is slow to fade to a small mat and large collar around the edge of the glass, moderate lacing
S: smells of dark chocolate and roast malt with a bit of charred wood
T: oily hop up front along with some oak char and chocolate. there's a bit of coffee but the bitter hops are quite a standout. swallow brings a nice huge bit of roasted malt, burnt sugar and more charred wood. alcohol in the finish as well
M: very smooth and full bodied with soft but adequate carbonation
O: a very tasty imperial stout with good flavors and a surprising amount of hop flavor. High marks all around on this one.

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Photo of DCav
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, cookie like head. A beauty.
S: complex. I get whiffs of dark fruit, roasted barley a tad of coffee as well. A nice blend of earthiness and vinous-fruits.
T: This packs a punch. Big time notes of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. The Belgian influence really comes through here. The hops peek through at the end and provide a bittnerness that pulls everything together. A nice, hot, spicy and boozy finish.
M: fantastically smooth and velvety. A slightly bitter and smoky hang that warms as it goes down. Nice carbonation at the start but it mellows nicely. A nice body, but drinks well.
O: This is an interesting and damn tasty stout. I love the Belgian overtones and the fact that this brew doesn't try to hide its 9.7%. Let this warm a bit and its complexities really show.

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Photo of ChrisH1024
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass. Pours a beautiful black with a full creamy yet that retains carbonation. The smell left a little to be desired, but tasted of roasted malt and coffee. To me the mouthfeel was fantastic. First drink retained enough carbonation to leave me coming back and mellowed out after the subsequent drinks. Finished creamy and delicious. Overall a great Stout that is easily drinkable, especially on those cold fall nights.

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Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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