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Dark Truth Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth 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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Reviews: 721 | Ratings: 2,502
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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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With a near-black ruby color, it boasts a thick, munchy combination of dark, roasty malts and some plum marshmallow booze with dried fruits and some bitter hops. While it does have a semi dry and bitter aftertaste, it finishes surprisingly sweet for the style. For a beer that has 60 IBUs, it really meshed itself together really well. It reminds me of the Labyrinth Black Ale from Unita Brewing Company. Overall, a good sipper for the style.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is dark brown with a big foamy mocha head with good retention. Smell is dark fruit, caramel, and herbal hops - very different than most stouts. Flavor is dark fruit - figs and raisins - with a very surprisingly bitter finish with some light char. Mouthfeel is creamy with a very dry finish - too dry in my opinion. Overall, a very different kind of stout. Probably not my favorite, but I appreciate the uniqueness.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the earthy oak roastyness. The mouthfeel is thin w a crisp carbonation. I would call it a dry stout. The roast reminds me of a french or dark roast coffee.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled this one from the cellar, best by date of 12/26/14. Poured almost black with a big three finger bubbly brown head. Good head retention with so-so lacing. Seems like the aging has mellowed the aromas a bit, but I got a bit of chocolate, dark fruit and some raisin notes.The flavor had some espresso, figs and a winey, grape flavor. It's still a little boozy though. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but a bit creamy and smooth. Overall, quite a tasty stout, the couple years in the cellar has taken some of the heat from the alcohol away. Nice brew!

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Photo of mawelge
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me, this beer tastes like the unexpected love child of a Belgian quad and an English stout.

Aroma - Lots of fruity esters, raisins, and caramel in the nose (very quadrupel-like).

Look - The beer is completely opaque with only a small, caramel head resting atop.

Flavor - Estery fruitiness followed by caramel. Flavor starts off like a quad (similar mouthfeel too) and ends with roasty, chocolately stout characteristics. A surprise, subtle hint of cloves/nutmeg on the very tail end.

Really cool beer!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though considered a Double/Imperial Stout, I acknowledge the Belgian characteristics in this trying to make it unique but still poured it into t a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light foamy lacing sticks to the glass and then slides at a nice pace.
The smell started off with some dark fruit with a sugary booziness over top of a light roasty quality to it. Belgian spices slightly grace the underneath.
The taste was moderately sweet through the fruits and booze. Belgian spices slide in for the balance and then the roast treads right on in.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality. As already mentioned, the booze is strong in this one and also hits decently on my tongue. Carbonation felt right.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good Belgian stout, but lack of hops in the aroma makes me think that this could play off better as a Russian Imperial Stout with Belgian qualities in it than an American Double/Imperial Stout. Well, if anything, it is good for what it is and that's what matters the most.

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

Pours a deep black with a two finger fluffy mocha color head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is dark fruit, plum, spice, and roast malt with some booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy smooth. Overall, a very interesting take on a stout, with the German and belgian components showing themselves in different ways.

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Photo of weaponexpo
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a golden goblet.

A: lol, black. Very black

S:Figs, dark fruit, raisins, slight yeast, weak espresso, creamy and sweet.

T: like the smell with a quick dry finish

M: Creamy with a slight fizz.

O: solid beer and easy to drink. Didn't really balance fruit/coffee for my personal taste for me to stock up on but a great beer.

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Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, the best thing about the beer was its appearance. Still not a bad brew, though. Here goes:

A: Pitch black body, massive slow-to-build head, very thick and creamy. Also leaves plenty of lacing. Head is a beautiful dark black. You can't ask for a better appearance. This beer is everything you want an imperial stout to appear like.

S: Very winey. Retains a fig-like characteristic interspersed with raspberries and grape. Some espresso, but I was surprised by the fruity characteristics. Not my cup of tea, but I can understand why many would like this.

T: Follows the nose, with extra breadiness from the yeast. Can detect wine grapes, figs, licorice, and dark spices. This tastes more like and Belgian stout than an American Imperial Stout (and, lo' and behold, the beer was brewed with Belgian yeast).

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: A good beer. Just not my style, really.

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black in body with a root beer float head. Aroma of pennies and cola. Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa, cola, little bit of vegetation. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thin but pretty good otherwise.

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Truth is a best all-time imperial stout in a class and category that is difficult to match. Must try.
I'm not shy about rating it high.

A: Massive fist of dark tan head with lots of retention and lace over on an opaque, jet black body.

S: Massive core of dark fruit, akin to a Belgian dark strong. Charred wood, cedar, tobacco box. Church.

T: Big follow on the smell with up front dark fruit then transitioning to yeast, grass, char, roasted malts and some plum bread, and then finishing with long smokey, mesquite flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation and mid bodied. Woody but clean finish.

Overall: Totally original beer. The aroma is particularly surprising. Overall a favorite in a favored category and a must try beer.

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

Pretty good stout. Nothing special that stands out. It is drinkable and no alcohol presence. It drinks real smooth but I would like to see this in a barrel someday.

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

Bottle dated "best by 12/22/16" into pint glass. Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Initial impression is raisins, chocolate and coffee, with some roasted malt notes in the background. Too much dark fruit and not enough sweetness for my taste. Very smooth. Medium mouthfeel - a little on the light side for a stout. Slightly dry finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Very enjoyable, although not the top of the class for the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paid $3.19 for this very reasonable. Into a goblet.

A - Very deep dark looking stout with a 1/2 inch of mocha tinted head. Not as viscous as I expected.
S - As others have stated this stout is very dark fruit forward some raisin and fig smells, coffee and bakers chocolate. Smells sweet.
T - Semi chalky like a Belgium stout with a lot of roast and chocolate malts. Not as sweet as I thought but still quite good.
M - As stated its not a heavy stout medium bodied and dry finish.

Overall it does get a bit better once it warms up but nothing really stood out for me. A very drink able stout regardless.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,502 ratings.
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