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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

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Photo of Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 of 2010; Best by 1/13.

I split this bomber tonight with my wife because... I had the calories left in my diet to do it. :(

A: Inky, but doesn't look too thick after close inspection. The mocha head was ridiculous and stuck around for a good bit.

S: Totally figs on the nose.... and without a trace of coffee. Spicy and fruity and without a chocolate candy bar quality on the horizon.

T: Very spicy yeast... sort of like a small, non-barrel aged version of Black Ops. Plums, figs, wheat, and TONS of rye. No soy sauce of any kind, which was a pleasant surprise in this setting. Dry, smokey finish.

M: Sort of like a liquified "Larabar" in terms of sugar lingering. In other words, very organic fruitiness. Pretty well carbonated, and the lacing left on the glass was car wash stuff!

O: Despite some of the things I mentioned describing smell and taste, this doesn't really taste like anything. However, since it was pleasant and wasn't particularly expensive, I would have this again if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours clear darkest brown with red highlights and a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is boozy with dark chocolate and some smokey molasses. A touch of dark fruits too. Flavor has notes of dark chocolate, acidic red fruits, mild prune, and black coffee. Also some chocolate cake and dark caramel as well as a bit of burnt, roasted character. Palate is soft and moussey for such a big stout. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of BearablePhoto
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This Dark Truth Stout poured very oily and by the time the glass was filled up only black could be seen. A finger size head laid on top, caramel in color. As the head (and beer) began to disappear from the glass a very nice lining remained.
S: A little bit of a fruit smell meets the nose, perhaps coming from the type of yeast used, with hints of spicy components coming into play.
T: It tasted like a log cabin in a glass. It started off a little spicy and then a strong smoky flavor took over that ended very dry.

Overall a very good beer to accent a cigar or smoked sausage, or just accent it with the other three bottles in the pack.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate coming together nicely, but missing that little bit of push to really throw it over the top for me. Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. Bitter, dark German chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe but probably not. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it and last tastes of cookie dough and coffee.

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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 10/19/11) poured into a snifter.

Pitch black brew, nice 1-finger tan head. This beer looks gorgeous.

Smell is some vanilla, dark roasty malts, maybe a little toffee, chocolate, oak, dark cherries, pipe tobacco, black earthy loam. Nice and complex.

Taste is bitter, smoky, woody. More dark fruit as it warms, maybe a little brandy. Mostly bitter with just a hint of rich sweetness.

This is a unique, complex stout. Maybe almost too much going on here, but certainly worth investigating a few more times to make up my mind. I could see myself enjoying this a lot, especially in winter.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crazy powerful flavors mixed with dragster fuel. Sweet on the lips with a long bitter finish. More than a touch of the burnt malt taste. Slight sour, woodiness to go with the big malt. Raisiny sweetness, yeast, nose of toasted fruit bread. More astringent than most big stouts. Flavors just don't quit. Not just a sipping beer, but one that demands small sips. Aroma is more of alcohol than anything beery. smoke seems to creep in after some tasting.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Says drink by 10/19/11

Poured into a Snifter. Went right down the middle, looked like it was under control. Then I turned around, looked back at it and was overflowing, probably lost an ounce of two.

Appearance-3 Finger light brown head. Looks kinda like a cupcake rising in the oven. Almost looks like theres glitter inside of the head, kinda sparkling. Body is a Dark Black, not quite opaque, but definitely an Imperial

Smell-At first I got a nice bitter roasted coffe aroma, but then started picking out something weird, kind of like very burnt coffee beans. Not sure if the bottle is bad or they are looking for this.

Taste-Boozy and sweet up front with some tobacco and slightly bitter and drying in the back. Still get some of that burnt cocoa and coffee but it's not bad. The b Opens up a little more as it gets closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel-Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Not as viscous as I would like it to be. Still smooth.

Overall-Average Imperial Stout. Much better ones out there. Probably won't ever go out of my way to revisit this beer.

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

appearance - small head that lingers really well, does a little honeycomb business. certainly a dark truth, black as night.

smell - bubblegum comes first off pour. alcohol and brown sugar follow. some caramel. reminding me of a barleywine now thats its been out for 2 minutes or so and warming a bit. a bit of hops.

taste - alcohol and chocolate up front. alcohol is not too intense but a bit offputting for the summer. this will probably be a stand by for me in the winter. bittering hops, very light however. a very nice note.

mouthfeel - thickens my saliva way too much, smooth going down and then bitterness lingers on the tongue unpleasantly

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Photo of bayougutter
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +6.6%
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 -2.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -12.1%
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 -9.6%
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 +11.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +9.1%
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%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.5%
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 -26.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -5.1%
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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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,511 ratings.
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