Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
2,562 Ratings
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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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbalintjr
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer is black with a tan foamy head. The beer smells of roasted malts, coffee, and has a smokiness to it. The beer tastes of strong roasted malts with a hint of coffee, smoke, and dark fruits, has slight bitterness on the end. The beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

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

Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated best by 3/03/18

Black, thick tan colored head that sticks around. Nice aroma of dry bitter cocoa and a touch of smoke. Taste is on the drier side, do get some of the herbal Belgian yeast flavor. Roasty. Medium to thick bodied.

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Photo of dunklevice
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gphelps70
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the "dark arts" when it comes to beer, and this offering from Boulevard Brewing is "artfully dark"...

A beer so black it almost has no highlights to it with a head so tan it had a burnt look to it, at least to me. Though the head had little staying power, it did have some lacing down most of the glass. The odor was truly special - roasty, fruity, and boozy, to go along with a mouthfeel that was dry and boozy as well - just about as close to exceptional, in my opinion, the only thing holding it back was the biting carbonation distracting me enough to wrinkle my nose. The taste was everything I smelled and then some - I noted some caramel and coffee notes that worked so well with the smoky base of the beer. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I bought it on a whim, actually put it back on the shelf before finally settling on it. I'm so glad I did.

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Photo of kitch
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 24th February 2017, and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a pitch black colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly but left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasty coffee, chocolate, crème brûlée, caramel, some dark fruits like plum and fig and a touch of smokiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma except the dark fruits and char smokiness are more prominent whereas the roasty coffee and chocolate notes are more in the background. There is also some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was an interesting Imperial Stout. Body was a lighter than I prefer and carbonation perhaps a tad too high. But still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of aufie
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ljoreilly
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle best by 12/21/17 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black with a two finger tan head . Decent head and lace retention. Aroma is of chocolate, anise, dark fruit, and cocoa, The taste is full and layered, with no noticeable heat, and maybe some hop notes. The feel is full and creamy, the carbonation is low but still present. Not entirely sure how old this is, but it is a tasty stout as is, and wondering how it would be with more time on it.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola dark brew, topped with a fizzy dark head. Decent retention.

Dark roast on the aroma; a touch of char, some toffee and caramel, and the Belgian yeast just barely sneaks through.

Flavor follows: very dark roast, yet smooth. A touch of tangy sweetness from the yeast, and bitter char on the finish.

Full bodied but slightly fizzy.

This is a really good stout. It doesn't scream "Belgian" like Allagash Black, but the yeast adds a level of subtle complexity.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours pitch black with bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates, smells like cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, mild roasted coffee grounds, and Nutella toast, the back end has a candied fig and slight boozy warmth, taste is rich plum juice, smoky, woody earthiness, finishes with a roasty bitterness that lingers, feel is light with little to no carbonation. A complex, smoky, earthy treat.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good complex. Smooth.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dodo2step
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black with 2 finger tan head that is foamy and a decent lacing.

S- figs, plums and dark malts.

F- taste is same as the nose. The figs come out nicely with a background note of herbal hops.

M- creamy and medium bodied with booze overlaying it all.

O- great beer and worth the cost.

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Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark black color, with only a touch of brown visible at the edges of the glass, that allows no light to pass through it. The 2” dark tan head soon begins to recede, leaving some lacing, a thin layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are fairly complex with coffee, dark fruit (e.g., figs or plums) along with some herbal notes in the background.

The flavors are similar to the nose in that there is some dark fruit, mostly fig, some dark roast coffee, In addition there is a touch of sweetness from the grains and some spicy, herbal bitter character from the noble hops and a bit of char from the dark roasted malt.

The mouth feel is full bodied and almost creamy with the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit and hops recede into the background leaving behind some smoky character as things dry and fade to a roasty almost burnt bitter end.

Glad I got a chance to try this beer before it is discontinued and I'd be happy to get a few more bottles to have in the basement. (In fact I may just go buy a 4 pack. :-)) Overall this is a very well made beer with a great deal of subtle but strong complexity going for it instead of the simple intensity one finds in some Imperial Stouts.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,562 ratings.
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