Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,573 Ratings
Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,573
Reviews:
745
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
509
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,573 |  Reviews: 745
Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a viscous black color with a foamy tan mocha head. It soon dissapates but leaves a nice frothy film and collar that retains well.
There is a lot going on in the nose. At first there is the smell of roasted coffee malts. This is followed by a creamy aroma that has a minty almost menthol like freshness while still cold. As the drink warms, some nutty and woody aromas come out. Also, towards the end it begins to take on a dark Belgian Ale like aroma with an emphasis on dark fruit.
There are several elements of the taste that are aligned with the aroma. Drinking this beer is like a tale of two palates. When cold, the taste is initially sweet, with a creamy coating that never disappears. There is a cocoa like sweetness as well as some mint and coffee/espresso that is not too bitter. Soon however, some spiciness from the hops balances out the sweetness. It provides a slight bitterness in the finish, which is also characterized by a woody and smoky feel. As with the aroma, the flavor takes on a new life once the drink warms. It really begins to feel like a Belgian Ale due to the prevalence of dark fruit and yeast characteristics.
The body is on the full side of medium but very drinkable. It is creamy, smooth and velvety. The carbonation is a bit tight at first but eventually settles into a calm and gentle mouthfeel. The alcohol is barely detectable.
An interesting, complex and dynamic stout. Another great job by Boulevard.

 1,467 characters

Photo of Deltoro
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (best by AUG 11 2011) ,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Pours a deep brown,leading to a thin khaki colored head that dissolves relatively fast.Jet black in color,with not much light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

I don't get much on the nose aside from dark roasted malts,some sweet chocolate,and light roasted coffee.The overall notes are all pretty hard to detect.

On the palate I get lots of roasted coffee beans,and dark roasted malts.I also get some sweet milk chocolate.Trace amounts of dark fruit and alcohol on the back end,but not prominent.

The body is medium / heavy with the slightest hint of alcohol warming.

As far as imperial stouts go,this one is good but nothing special.The look is pretty average,the nose is lacking,the taste definitely steals the show.I probably won't pick this one up again,and not because it is bad,but because there are so many more on the market that are a better experience.Still a solid Imperial Stout though.

 994 characters

Photo of DBeal
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Personally one of my favorites. Better when not too cold.

58 characters

Photo of robebo44
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miles_Nilges
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Dromines78
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-dark, dense bottle pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is boozy and toffee-like. Flavors include licorice, and toasted malts, even a tinge of burnt notes. The sweetness is similar to Belgian-styled stouts. The finish is dry. This has a complex flavor profile and I enjoyed it a slow pace.

 288 characters

Photo of CKL
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
04/24/15
Bottle to goblet. ,,,appearance: Dark black color. Thick. Above avg. Tan head.....Aroma is whiskey, rye, toasted barley. ..... Taste is plum , BlackBerry, oolong tea? Some chocolate. Something a little funky and overly sour at the finish, but it doesn't ruin it. Feel is silky smooth, with lasting carbonation. The head seems to reform every time I put the beer down with a slight drop.Glad I picked this 4 pack up in VA, since I've not seen it in NJ. Aging one of the bottles.Good stout."
**
07/20/17

One of my aged 2o14's did not age well at about 18 months. This one is from 10/16 and still tasty.

**

 620 characters

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.

 306 characters

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.

 250 characters

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.

 872 characters

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.

 782 characters

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,573 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.