Dark Truth Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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 bayougutter
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did a medium pour into a 8 oz souvineer glass and the big khaki head almost got away from me. Nice opaque black in color.

Smell is roasted to burnt grains and coffee, some chocolate, and some smoke as well. Could also smell the alcohol.

Taste followed the aroma except that the smoke came thru more for me.

Mouthfeel is about what you would want from a stout, nuff said.

Overall I enjoyed, and loved the smoke in it. Bought a sixer and glad I did, I think I will age three of them and enjoy the others soon.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into New Belgium snifter. The beer poured a rich black color with a 3 finger thick foamy head with a caramel and almost orange tint to it for color. Smells of fruits and roast coffee and dark malts - different from any other stout I've tried. The taste follows the nose but fruit flavor fades quickly leaving smoky and rich coffee on the palate. Super boozy and a burning sensation for the mouthfeel but relatively smooth given those qualities. Overall I found tnis stout delicious....much more so after giving it a year to hang out.


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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark rich black color. Have a very sweet and caramel aroma, with a medium and creamy head. Has an even more rich and flavor then Guinness without the heaviness. the ABV doesn't stick out right away takes awhile for it to creep up. This is one great stout!

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Photo of genitempo
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, the design work is run of the mill. However, the type face chosen for the bottle etching gives it strength. Poured from bottle to pint glass. Thick, hitting hard with a darkest brown body and khaki-colored head (approx. 2 inches). The lace rings the glass multiple (the amount depends on how fast your drink).

S: Initially, I caught banana and raisin from the pour. But after letting the beverage sit for a bit, I caught scents of fruit mixed with alcohol (wine).

T: You really can't base the taste off the initial sip. This is a beer that gets better towards the base. The initial sip was loaded upfront with carbonation and alcohol, it basically kills the attempt of a stout-like taste. But later, the stout pushes through without too much hops or spice. The aftertaste doesn't resonate at all.

MF: Decent. Sits on tongue like a stout should, but without too much weight (I guess that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you like your beer).

O: Just above the "middle-of-the-line" stout beers. My first from Boulevard. Looking forward to seeing what else this microbrewery from Kansas City has to offer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending me this one.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy beige head that fades to a small cap. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter cocoa nibs, and dark fruits. Slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a slightly bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout from Boulevard and I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a trade from StLThrash. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a very thick 2 finger brown head. Some pretty nice lacing as the head fades.

S - Dark roasted malts, and some bittering hops. Some dark fruits, and warm alcohol too.

T & M - Dry, dark and roasty. Almost burnt flavor on the aftertaste. A little thin, and the alcohol is definately present.

O - I like this one, I don't love it. It has some great flavor characteristics that I look for in a stout, but it was a little light on the pallete for me.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is near black with two fingers of tan head to it. The smell has licorice, coffee and molasses. Not as impressive in the nose as some imperial stouts, but still pleasant. Taste has some more coffee, along with some roasted malts, ash, bitter chocolate. MF is medium-full. It was a nice beer to try while in Texas.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

slow poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Had about 1 finger of of dark tan foamy head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. Smells of cofffee, chocolate, and hints of vanilla come through. The taste is creamy and smooth, sweet chocolate and molasses with some bitterness on the back end as it moves down my throat. The carbonation level is good and mouthfeel is full. It's very easy to drink and hides the nearly 10% ABV very well.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip; Best by date:04.07.13 ; served at cellar temp.

A: A slow pour, develops a foamy two and a half finger khaki head. The retention is very good and holds a monster head the whole glass through. The body is a typical stout jet black. Carbonation is low, but present, very well represented for style. The lacing is left in full sheets on the side of the glass.

S: The aroma shows a majority of roasted character, with high levels of bitterness. The hops seem to be used for the high alpha acid content, while leaving the aroma with a bitter tone. The hints at smokey chocolate, with notes of a damp forest.

T/M: the initial taste is high in Russian Imperial Stout character, with high bitter profile and rich malt undertones. A very warm and welcoming alcohol note, that shows the ABV, but still adds a good balance of flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a wonderful spicy note of esters, in a typical roasted dominated style. The complexity of all flavors are balanced, while still being robust in the specific character. The mouthfeel is medium thickness for style, and low levels of carbonation are well played on all aspects of this brew.

O: Overall this is a very unique Stout and I have been very impressed with it. The blend of American stout, with German hops and Belgian yeast is a very creative idea and the beer represents that.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with no light penetration at all. Dark mocha 3 finger thick fluffy creamy head that just sits around forever! Sticky patches of lacing.

S- Mmmmm....major milk chocolate, roasted espresso, and vanilla notes. Little hint of dark fruits like prunes.

T&M- Medium body. Milk chocolate and charred wood hit the tongue. A slight bit of hops in the middle with bits of vanilla and again with the dark fruits. Caramel and brown sugars. Excellent creamy mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. Great bitter finish.

O- Classic. First stout I ever loved and still love it. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

best by 07/30/11
A- This beer has a jet black body with a tiny bubbles sliding up the side of the glass and a thick creamy tan head that last a good bit.

S- The roasted black malt has a touch of bitterness and a soft inky quality to it with some plum fruitiness and a prune and graham aroma at the finish.

T- This beer has a nice black malt flavor with a soft roasted grain flavor and a creamy taste to follow. There is a monastery yeast that finishes this beer with a light roasted bitterness and inky note that lingers.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat and a finish that gets thicker as the beer opens up.

O- The nice flavor has smooth rich depth and is very easy to drink with some interesting fruity ester yeast character for support.

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Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- the beer pours out a dark brown (nearly black) colored body with a really large coffee colored head that just wont quit. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind large spots of lacing.

S- besides the usual roasted malts, i pick up one a larger than expected amount of dark fruits.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i pick up on some belgian yeast which provides a decently strong fruitiness. plums, cherries, and dates. milk and dark chocolate stand out against the alcohol.

Overall one of the better stouts ive had, a lot lighter in the mouthful which is a nice change for a stout

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "Best By 10/19/11"

Pours near black, under a dense dark tan/mocha head, that stays at the 3/4 inch level forever, slooowly dropping to a thicker film, low sheeting and quality looking lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, dark caramel, ripe fruits in the nose.

Velvety on the tongue, loaded with more chocolate, earthy/herbal hops, nutty dark malts. Moderate fruity alcohol bite well hidden in the rear. Complex and flavorful stout. More high quality brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks fantastic, the head is not only massive, but crafted of such fine bubbles that are packed tight and barely move, dense, gravity well, black hole. Not a beer with legs but one with a head of perfection.

This is a dark bitter stout, so if you are a sweet or milky chocolate guy go elsewhere, this one is roasty, with dark chocolate 80% cacao powder type bitter, excellent if you are looking for a dry roasty deep stout, maybe a kiss of smoke, and some tree sap molasses.

$10 a 4/pack, this is a great deal. I will likely be getting a few more packs when i see it, this beer hits a flavor aspect i dig.

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Photo of drewba
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep dark brownish black with a giant fluffy tan head with a ton of retention. The lacing is fluffy as well. It really does look exceptional.

S - Roast and nail polish remover. That's it. Disappointing.

T - Huge amount of roast, ash and peat. Like, huge. Those flavor combos hit immediately, hang on the tongue and go long into the finish. This There is a fair amount of chocolate (most dark chocolate, which is adding some bitterness), honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon spice and leather.

M - viscous, great carbonation, a touch chalky but overall very satisfying.

O - This is a bold and beefy beer, but ultimately not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the elusive Dark Truth Stout...I have had this in my fridge at least 3 or 4 times with the intention of reviewing and somehow they have all 'disappeared'. 12 oz bottle pours a lighter shade of black with a massive cap of brown head. Dense and creamy, excellent retention and lacing. One of the best looking stouts I have seen in some time.

Nose has just about everything but the kitchen sink. Fruity yeast, dark chocolate, roast, floral hops and tropical alcohol. Not mind-blowingly good, but just has a ton of shit going on.

Taste mellows out on the palate nicely as some of the alcohol and roast drop away to reveal a deeper chocolate and yeasty fruit flavor. Interesting combo and one of the better, if not the best Belgian stouts I have had. Yeast esters range from blackberry to strawberry to bubble gum. I admit I usually like the cleaner, sweeter stouts, but this one I find to be mighty tasty. I think the rye actually is pretty noticeable, but the oats not so much and they fail to deliver and ultra-creamy mouthfeel. This would make a very interesting candidate for aging, I will be sure to pick up a few for the cellar...if I can keep them from 'disappearing'.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark black, pours thick, nice rich tan head that shows lacing

S- Fruity with dark malt presence. Not roasty, not earthy per se. Kind of..smoked fruit? Not as rich as the appearance, but still inviting.

T/M It is rich and smooth in the mouth, almost velvety. It is sweety, a touch fruit for my taste when it comes to a stout (and yes, I have had actual belgian stouts which I enjoyed), lacking enough roast to make me want to continue. The body and the flavor within it seem almost at a disconnect. Finishes bitter, like baker's chocolate.

Overall, this beer has a lot going for it. It looks impressive and feels impressive. However, the nose and the taste are just above average. That being said, for its price, its a very solid beer.

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Photo of beenitty
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer as part of a series thanks to lnashsig, thanks Lee.

A: Pours pitch black, opaque, with nice mocha head and decent lacing. Slight swirl reconstitutes.

S: Uh oh, not getting much here. Smoke, in a good way, not the smell I'm used to for a big stout.

T: Ah, here we are. Molasses, chalky dark malt, dark fruits, smoke, bitter chocolate at the end.
Flavors meld a bit more with each sip gives way to Belgian influence and dark fruit, smooth creamy feel as sips combine with lacing.

M: Slight heat, carbonation, bitterness, smoke, dark fruit accumulate and stick to the palate, in a good way, taste grows with each sip. Very smooth.

Complexity starts to come through as it warms and you have more of it.

D: Definitely higher than the other big stouts, the thin character adds to this, some ppl would consider that a negative, but as weather gets warm, a thinner stout is quite nice.

Solid offering, definitely worth a few pints.


After having more of this one over past few months, I really "GET" the fruit infused taste in the stout, its odd at first, but I definitely rated this one a bit too low. Definitely an A offering.

I'm rating this overall 4.5 as I consider it the type of beer that if I saw it at the store I would need extenuating circumstances (i.e. budget) not to at least get a bottle or two.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter.

Appearance: Black body with a mocha head. 2 fingers head and sticky lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Strong plum smell. Roasty malts and Belgian yeast smell.

Taste: Bitterness and roasty malts. Mild dark fruits especially plums and raisins. As the beer warms, plum and Belgian yeast flavors become prominent. Slight astringency noted as well. Smokey flavors permeate throughout the beer, it is a small player, but its still there from beginning, to middle and into aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: medium boded beer and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty stout that is in a class all its own. Never really had a beer like this before. The plum was distracting to me and could have had less of that, but other than the plum its a well made beer.

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Photo of Sebowski
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 7/20/11" Looks like I'm just in time!
Like the looks of this. Full thick head. Dissapates to a nice patern of big golden bubbles in the center surrounded by smaller bubbles as it gets to the glass.
Smells good. A little smoke. Some sweetness. Obviously, roast.
Tastes alright. Mostly a bitter roast. Some dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is too thin for an IS for me. Pretty long finish. Sticks to the pallet.
Overall: not bad/not great. If it was a local I would try it again. Good job hiding the abv

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Photo of hopluva1
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a snifter @ 50*

Pours very dark brown/black with a nice 2 finger tan head that sticks around.
Aroma is roasted malt first, then the dark fruits. It reminds me of a Belgian dubbel.

Flavor is prominent Belgian fruitiness with a good roasted backbone. It is a fairly simple stout that relies on the Belgian yeast for its complexity.
I was looking forward to trying this beer. I love a good stout, but am not a huge fan of Belgians. I am disappointed in this beer, but allot of that is personal preference.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my stone IRS snifter. best before late october, 2011.

A- the beer pours out a dark brown (nearly black) colored body with a really large coffee colored head that just wont quit. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind large spots of lacing.

S- besides the usual roasted malts, i pick up one a larger than expected amount of dark fruits. thats probably because its brewed with a belgian yeast strain. plums and cherries. some milk chocolate is detected also. some coffee comes in towards the end. i can sense a pretty heavy amount of booze in this one.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i pick up on some belgian yeast which provides a decently strong fruitiness. plums, cherries, and dates. milk and dark chocolate stand out against the alcohol. coffee and a touch of earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is on the upper side of medium, and i think the carbonation is also. moderate warming form the alcohol.

O- its an interesting take on the style. certainly more fruits than i would expect from a double stout. the alcohol could be a little better hidden. im curious to see how this one ages, but the bottle tells me its best before it gets to be a year old.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Dogfish shaped-pint glass

A - Beer poured with a good amount of head; solid amount of lacing formed on the side of the glass; the color of the body was a solid dark brown/black; creamy in consistency

S - Bourbon; some coffee and chocolate; licorice; some roasted malt but mostly very low and subtle in traditional stout flavors

T - Great stout; hints of milk chocolate taste; lactose notes; coffee and chocolate flavors, mediocre and subtle, but good be more prevalent

M - Frothy feel; slightly filling; great because it is very smooth; packed with flavor from sip after sip; lightly effervescent

D - Good drink; I love it; explosive Dark Lord flavors and texture; one of a kind; I'll have another

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Photo of DCon
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter Night! Purchased 12oz bottle (only one available here) of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Poured from the 12oz bottle in my Schlafly Snifter glass. Has a BEST BY 07/30/11 engraved on the top of the glass.

Appearance- Has a darkest brown color body with a 3 finger of micro bubbles and tan head that keeps around 1 finger for almost the whole drink. Nice dark lacing that covers almost every part of the glass!

Aroma- Very roasty with a chocolate/cherry smell and then sour cherries on the back end.

Taste- Starts off roasty (like the smell) and has a deep cherry stout flavor! Coffee takes over in mid-drink and can taste a smoke characteristic that keeps it very interesting. At the end, a prune taste is present. Nice layers of attributes!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Good Carbonation, and leaves a roasted coffee flavor on the palate (no cherry though!).

Overall- Nice stout by Boulevard! Part of the Smokestack Series, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Could have another as well! Very strange attributes with the sour aroma and cherry taste. Will like to have again.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,488 ratings.
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