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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Ratings: 2,624 |  Reviews: 761
Photo of jkblr
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 8/14/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 9.7% ABV 60 IBU. The beer pours dense black with a fizzy, cola like, chocolate brown head. The head fades quickly to a thin ring and paper thin island. Aroma is faint with raisins and smoke (barely). The taste follows the nose with dark dried fruit and a bit of roast tailing off to a slightly smokey & moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and a bit sharp to the tongue. The finish is dry and reveals just a glimpse of the ABV. Overall, very good and unique take on the style. Thicker mouthfeel and less carbonation might make this world class. They offer a best before date 2 years out from bottling. I'm not sure where this would be then, but I would be interested to try.

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurtncall
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Black in the glass, but a dark brown at the edges. a wonderfully soft and thick brown head on top.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, fig and dark fruit. Finish is light chocolate, and berry.

T: Roasty and malty up front, followed by dark fruits and a touch of earth. Finish is a touch of booze, a hint of Belgian yeast character, and a smoke finish.

M: Medium feel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall pretty tasty. I don't know if the brew is served by the Belgian yeast though. It seems like it isn't stouty enough to be an imperial stout, but not Belgian enough to be a Belgian Impy. It lies somewhere between. It is tasty though.

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Photo of glf60
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shortbox81
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat understated aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a lot of roasted malt, a decent shot of dark fruit (figs, plums), a bit of espresso (not quite enough), light chocolate notes, lactose, hops, and a grainy quality. A fair flavor that seems to favor some ingredients over others, namely grains over coffee. Not a bad taste, but not as powerful as it could be.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of an uneven beer, but it's still likable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours jet black like motor oil with a tan head and a lot of lacing. The smell is sweet fruit, dates and brown sugar. The flavor is strong alcohol, oatmeal and bitter coffee. Nice and smooth overall a really good beer.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - nice that these come in singles up here, instead of those insanely pricey 4-packs.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with scant amber basal edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent complex random splattered lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of well-roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, a dry oily nuttiness, and some understated earthy, leafy, and spicy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range char, day-old coffee, medium dark chocolate, a hint of anise spice, some tame black fruitiness, tobacco smoke, and more weak leafy, musty, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a dense medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of ashiness maybe not playing nice with the other children here. It finishes trending dry, but not absolutely so.

Overall - this is a serviceable and enjoyable enough version of the style, with lots of robust flavours. Not yet mentioned, of course, is the nigh 10 points of the ol' boozy-booze, and why is that, one might ask? Because I can find zero trace of it, that's why. For now.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at brewery 8/22/17 and taken good care of since. Poured into belgian ale glass and allowed to warm. Bottle says good until 7/14/19.

L: 2F head with good retention. Leaves some nice tan lacing and a fluffy tan cap and ring. Beer is dark brown and you can see a more regular brown on the edges.

S: I'm getting roasted grains and dark fruits.

T: Lots of roasted grains and citrus character from the hops. Some dark fruits. A tad bitter on the finish. Kind of old school, which is not bad.

F: Medium to full-bodied, not much carbonation. Construction is quite good, balance pretty good. Doesnt quite deliver on that dry smoky finish, but one can't have everything. Reminds me of a slight frillier Carton Unjunct.

O: It's good. Not as complex as it thinks it is.

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Photo of Khaack
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: Dark brown to the extreme - essentially black - and opaque. A thick creamy tan head with great retention. Streams of visible carbonation bubbles up the sides of the glass.

S: Mocha, pipe tobacco, and dry roasted malts. Overall fairly low.

T: Sweet chocolate, medium-roasted malts that have less bitter than the nose suggested. Some tobacco and green coffee. A touch of dark fruit and cacao at the end. Roasty and hop bitterness with some citrus fruit character in the hang. The dark fruit and cocoa aspects increase as this warms through the drink.

M: Nice full, rich creamy body and carbonation. The alcohol presence is quite restrained.

O: Well, this sure looked great in the glass, and has a solid mouthfeel. The taste leaves something to be desired to me. The hop profile doesn't mesh well with the other flavors. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of Mdaniel723
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdwhitney
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianstrong2
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrauTotenkinder
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour dark. Smells and tastes like chocolate without being overly sweet, more bittersweet. Medium bitterness. Head about half inch slowly dissipates. Mouth feel slightly heavy appropriate for style.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a take on imperial stout! By adding Belgian yeast, such a great layer of complex dark fruit was added to this beer. The mouthfeel could have been a tad more silky but overall, an incredible stout to partake.

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Photo of clm9
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sohearn
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,624 ratings