Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve 12 oz. bottle

Appearance--Pours a classic opaque nearly-black with a two-fingered rocky head, that quickly dissipates, but with excellent residual lacing. A nice-looking start.

Smell--Aromas of chocolate and smoke. But the aroma is fairly muted and not terribly complex. Still, a pleasing smell.

Taste--Belgian malt notes very pronounced at the fore, with a pleasing smokiness; followed immediately with fruity plum notes; and just enough hop finish to balance the sweet and smoky start. The 9.7% ABV is definitely "there" and noticeable, but the other elements are all sufficiently strong and pronounced that the "booziness" is another pleasing and warming note, rather than an overwhelming "burn" that some imperials will impart. Not as complex as the best of the best of the style, in that it lacks some of the chocolate/coffee notes that one might be looking for, but awfully close.

Mouthfeel--I don't know how they do it, but this aspect of every Boulevard offering I drink is always excellent. The carbonation, alcohol, and German hops provide "lift" and a touch of "bite" to balance the Belgian malts in a fine balanced feel, in much the same way that those same characteristics shine in other Boulevard offerings, such as Sixth Glass (quad). If one wanted to nitpick here, the "body" is somewhat light compared to the expectation of an imperial stout, but I personally found that "light" deviation to be a positive one.

Overall--An eminently drinkable, well balanced presentation of the style.

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Photo of Calvinistic
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb imperial stout. Period.

L - very dark with a one-finger kakhi head.
S - not a lot here. Smells kinda boozy with some dark chocolate/coffee/roasty smoke/hazelnut. Okay, perhaps there's more here than I first thought ...
T - wonderful and complex, with lots of dark fruit (Bing cherry if I had to guess) and some dark roasted coffee. There is a touch of sweetness that is not overpowering. Finish is dry. Flavor profile is strong and intense.
F - thicker than most beers with crisp, snappy (yet moderate and not overly intense) carbonation
O - as a dark beer/stout/porter guy, to me this is just a magnificent beer. Excellent example of the style and very enjoyable to drink. Like most imperial stouts, this one is a sipper. Highly recommended for those who like this style of beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little confused by this beer but mostly I like it. The body is a little thin. The impact is a little boozy. It's a bit like a drink mixed with vodka, Kahlua and seltzer. There's no roasted, chocolate or coffee flavors here; mostly dark sugar. Candy flavors, but little fruitiness.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pour is black... slight hints of mahogany if you put it up to the light and strain your vision a bit. Thick tannish head leaves great lacing.

S: Roasted malts and sugars... coffee and black cherry.

T/F: Rich and malty with strong roasted character. Espresso and dark fruits... creamy and smooth. Medium in carbonation. Finish has faint notes of hops. Alcoholic warmth tingles the tongue.

O: A big semi-sweet and rich Imperial Stout. This one can hang with the big boys... would probably be fantastic bourbon aged.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this 2014 bottle chilled in a glass.

The color is very dark brown with medium tan head and 2 finger cream head with fine bead and waves of lace stick with retention that is very good. The smell is so rich in malt with roast scents of cocoa and coffee with mocha aroma that has an earthy yet sweet mix with light tobacco and a subtle alcohol odor with dark cherry-like stone fruit accent in the yeast ester with toffee and toast from the malt. The feel is rich,full bodied with medium carbonation and moderate sweetness with slight roasted middle and low bitterness with an element of spice in the semi-dry finish with alcohol that is mild in the back.

There is a great flavor of roasted barley with some chocolate malt sweetness and toast with smokiness and gentle biscuit taste with yeast giving a mild currant-like fruitiness with slight woody and toffee elements in the peripheral with an earthy dry flavor as it finishes with lots of dark toast in the malt. There is a good level of sweetness in the layers of malts with yeast adding the stone fruit taste and there is some dried fruit sweetness accenting with some mild char-like taste that adds dimension with some rich concentrated sugar of figs and a mild alcohol taste in the finish. Overall I feel this is a superior double stout with some nice complexity from the yeast character and richness of malt with a deep plum-like dark cherry flavor with roast that is mellow. I enjoy the fact that this isn't cookie cutter stout, it has a decent malt flavor yet stands out with the cohesive mix of malts, yeast and has a very drinkable level of alcohol _below 10%. I would recommend this to any fan of stouts

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Photo of asmangat
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard snifter- best by 9/3/15 and consumed in the middle of 2016 (cellared). Poured dark black with beautiful caramel colored head with larger bubbles. Nose is heavy on sweet chocolate, caramel, with a hint of coffee. Taste was a little underwhelming with a boozy aftertaste. I judge imp stouts by smoothness as I take this as a good sign of balance. This tasted like 10%...
Mouthfeel is thin but pleasant.
Worth a try.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With the first taste I immediately recognized the marriage of a Belgian dark and an American stout. There were raisins, plums, sweetness, coffee, char and burnt sugar. The smell is almost like a coffee quad with dark fruits and sweet burnt sugar aromas as well. This thing has a lot of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. I like stouts and Belgian darks sp this beer spoke to me. Glad I grabbed a bottle of this.

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Photo of mchegash
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark dark brown, lots of medium-dark beige head. Lots of little particles visible in the beer make it look kind of gross (they're only visible if you hold it up to the light).

S: Strong candied fruit flavors. Not at all what I was expecting. Smells more like a Belgian Tripel or Quad than a stout. Delicious aroma though.

T: Tastes like it smells. I don't really detect any complexity beyond the candied fruit. So it tastes like a Belgian Dubbel/Tripel/Quad. very good taste, but not at all stout-like. If you like Tripels, you'll like this, but if you're looking for a typical stout, stay away.

F: Full bodied, medium-high intensity carbonation. A little syrupy.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This high ABV American stout sits right in my sweet spot. Similar to, but not quite as overpowering as Old Rasputin. Perfectly black with a nice dark tan head. The smell is nicely balanced between the hops and roasted malt with nice chocolate notes. The taste is super complex and extremely well balanced, with just the slightest bite of the alcohol and hops in the back of your mouth on the finish. The beer is easily a new favorite!! Well done, Boulevard.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black with light brown, healthy head.
S: Wheaty yeasty smell, with some coffee
T: Coffee, molasses, some alcohol
F: A bit watery, a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Smooth, rich, semi sweet malty roasted notes.
Big complex smokey malty aroma.
Black/Brown, mostly opaque with a large dark tan head, some lace.
Medium/Full body, 60 IBU's

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dessert beer for sure. Dark and candy/fruity/sweet bread like in taste/smell. That syrup is still on my tongue after a sip. Mouth feel is much more syrup and low carbonation than the average beer. I love finishing the weekend night with a heavy or very light fruit beer but this one is the former. Heavy stout in look, smell, taste and feel. Much heavier than Guinness and slightly more than Brown Shugga or more imperial stout in the line. Best by 7-22-16 is the bottle.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours tar black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oats. Roasted malt, coffee, flavor with oats, hint of chocolate.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body under 2 fingers dark tan (lots of sediment on the second pour--not very appealing)

S - roasted malts, dark fruits (plum, etc.), notes of sweetness and alcohol; alcohol and smoke linger for a dry finish

T - burnt malt, brown sugar, fruity/plum, herbal/earthy notes

M - smooth, smooth, smooth, creamy, full body, well-carbonated

O - Dark Truth is a very nice imperial stout. Very drinkable. A nice dessert beer.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually a really good stout, with something unique - no sweet taste at all. Probably the darkest pour I've ever seen - even held up to a bright light nothing gets through. And the head on this beer is crazy. Really refreshing.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Dark Truth, 9.7% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a three finger tan head which left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is alcohol, roast malt and coffee. Taste is coffee, roast malt, some chocolate, and very bitter close. A bit over carbonated. Overall OK, but a bit too bitter for me. It did improve as it warmed, but still...

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Photo of Uscjojo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark stout with good size head. The tan head disappears into a ring. The smell are hints of roasted malts, some plum, and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth and malty with some fruits and dark chocolate on the end. It's got a good mouth feel, not too thick. This is a good stout for what it is. I would buy it again. I do prefer the Barrel Aged Stouts, but this is a good tasting stout.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid January for $3.79. Best by 11/9/2017.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some good hang time due to the belgian yeast strain.

Nose is hints of roasted malts.

Taste is heavy roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth - lighter than normal for this style due to the belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a nice brew, slightly different from your normal impy stout. Definitely worthy of a shot!

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, with medium head. The smell is a little hoppy, and alcohol. The taste was strong, with the alcohol initially hitting, and then the more subtle fruitiness in the aftertaste. This is a full bodied, strong stout that is very satisfying.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, mocha head, some retention and spotty lacing. Dark fruit, molasses and dark cocoa. Flavors are much the same, loads of cocoa, hints of molasses and burnt toast, a touch of coffee and figs linger. A solid imperial stout and the Belgian yeast adds a nice fruitiness. Delish...

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with thick tan head, fades slowly to a ring, almost no lace. Chocolate and fruit in the nose, very nice. Taste is similar to the nose, chocolate malts with some plum and cherry fruit flavor. Finish is really dry with lasting grass/hemp bitterness. Mouthfeel a little thin but slick. Overall flavorful stout, finish and mouthfeel a little disappointing.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost black with a big-bubble head, which was surprising for some reason.

Snells lioe a Belgian dark ale honestly, with some chocolate.

Taste is basically the same. There's plums, Belgian yeast, dark cherry like the usual Belgian dark ale, but this time with chocolate and coffee. I like the flavors.

Mouth is lighter than I'd want it to be, but not bad. It's bubbly and on the lighter end, probably about medium, like Sam Smith's stout.

Overall, this is a good beer. I'd buy again if I were looking for something mire Belgian-y, but with stout qualities. I do appreciate the uniqueness.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, got lost in the cellar. Rating set to current average.

Aroma is very estery, with candied plums, raisins, and cocoa powder dominating. The billowing head is a bit scary. Notes of prune, sherry, apple, and cardboard emerge. There's a bit of a metallic note.

Flavor is somewhat sherry forward initially, but becomes more dark cherry dominant as it warms, with dark cocoa hitting mid palate and carrying into a very bitter finish. Cardboard surfaces in the aftertaste.

Really surprised at the bitterness on this one. I don't think the age played much of a factor, though I'll have to try it fresh sometime.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black, with a medium-thin sized creme colored head. The head disappears pretty quick and leaves behind no lasting lace. Roasted and charred malts, espresso, and a little bit of spicy yeast combine to form a complex aroma. The taste starts with a smooth, dark malt flavor, with hints of espresso and chocolate in the middle, befor finisheing a little smokey, spicy, and dry. There is a lot going on in the flavor. Mouth feel is bold and robust. Very filling. Overall, a great stout with a heck of a lot going on in each sip. It's quite an experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of mac31
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense entry of dark chocolate, smoky, chocolate maltiness. Sweet cooked caramel undertones with dark fruits (cherry) popping up from time to time. Ever so soft spiciness from the hops. Finishes pretty dry. Restrained Belgian esters. A bit boozy, 9.7% will do it. I get some ash as well, which adds a nice touch. Cereal grains in the finish. Carbonation is mild. Body is medium. After the first few sips and the palate has settles in, it's a pretty dam good beer. Very drinkable, gone before you know it. Definitely a different take on a stout, but all its parts work together harmoniously. A buddy gave me a couple bottles. I'm glad he did. I will definitely keep on my radar from now on.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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