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

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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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Photo of marieli
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured. Started at 55 degrees. Pretty straight forward clean flavor. I prefer something bolder to sip: Bomb! or Breakfast Stout. But I also enjoy the mellowness of Miles Davis. This is a decent beer somewhere in between.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My good friend Passow sent me a bottle of this from California a few months back, and I've had this one sitting in my cellar until tonight. Poured into my snifter out of a 12 oz bottle, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice brown head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice, silky layer of foam on the beer's surface along with pretty good lacing here too. Aromas of dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee notes that gives way to some plum and nut. The taste is pretty much the same, with dark, roasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some chocolate and coffee notes. This is followed nu some roasted nut brown goodness and plum and fig notes and a slight hop presence. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth, somewhat try, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for a beer with 9% ABV. has a clean finish. A very nice take on this style and a very good beer all around. Worth a try indeed.


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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Took awhile to get going on this beer, but once it warmed up a bit of was smooth sailing. More of a dark fruit slightly sweet stout. Very rich and nuanced and definitely loving the belgian yeast.

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Photo of derrickbeard
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well balanced for big stout. No issue with the alcohol overtaking the espresso and other flavors (dangerous for my tap). I honestly think the mouth-feel is helping with this - would be interested in trying this on Nitro. Lacing could be better, but aroma was good, but definitely a stout to come back to if I had the opportunity -- nice!

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Photo of AndrewCalebRay
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very nice stout with a deep dark color and a caramel color head when poured. It's taste is above average with coffee, hazelnut, and caramel notes with a thick mouth feel. It has a slight spice at points as well. This would probably be considered a dry stout. As a fan of Boulevard Brewing Co. I could not be happier with this stout beer.

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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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