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 VikingBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

"Dark Truth" stout

12 oz. bottle poured into my Dark Horse tulip. Beautiful, opaque pitch-black fluid with a roch head that dissipates to an endlesly persistent quarter-inch or so. Smell is straight-up barbecued chicken, with sauce, and charcoal smoke. Possibly a hint of cigar smoke, as well. Smells delicious; no lighter fluid, thankfully. Taste is much more balanced, with big chocolate-malt and smoke flavors first, followed by some dark prune and dried-cherry notes, as well as that barbecued-chicken skin flavor, as well as Worcestershire sauce, pepper, soy sauce, and a hint of lemony citrus. Essentially, my dad's barbecue sauce (which included beer, by the way). Fruity Belgian-yeast, more smoke, hints of oak, and pepper round out the finish. Medium mouthfeel, with fairly strong carbonation, akin to a Belgian strong dark ale ("Trois Pistoles" comes to mind); could stand to be a bit richer, but very drinkable. Very good, complex and smoky, but balanced. Thanks, Nordbier!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by date of 2/27/16. Pours black with a large brown head which recedes quickly. Smells of chocolate, earthy hops, and some espresso. Taste follows closely with an stronger roasted malt presence, some grainy flavors, and some lingering smoke. Carbonation is medium (despite the large head) and body is slightly above average for the style. Overall, pretty complex stout and worth trying.

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Photo of Murphious
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

OMG! This pours out into a tulip glass darker than a mine shaft during new moon. If that mine shaft had about a 2ft layer of tan mud floating on top for the foam. Then add the aroma of dark fruits, molasses and smoke. Now take a drink of this "mud puddle" and it has a hint of Belgian sour ale with maybe a bit of burnt peat like a good scotch. First tip of tongue taste was chocolaty but not again after that first sip. Dark Truth is close to an over-hyped bourbon barrel aged stout in flavor BUT without all that expense of aging in a barrel....amazing!

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

Wow, I am a snob. Or at least very demanding. I love this outstanding stout, yet I am disappointed.

It opens wonderfully, all black with a medium dark tan head. The aroma shows a little of the funky that is to come. The yeast shows in the smell in a strange but appealing way. On top of the roasty hoppy smells are the fruity yeasts. Or rather underneath is where they are sneaking.

The taste is a bitter, hoppy, roasty malty yeasty blend, all over the top, that totally conceals the booziness. But that booze comes back to haunt in the aftertaste and burp, and in the feeling. Not bad at all.

I expected more and wanted a smoother taste. I think this ale would benefit greatly from sitting for a full year. I will see if I can obtain another bottle or two and do that. Mine was labeled best by 2-24-2017 and it's 9-11-2015 - it should have sat a while longer for best enjoyment. I think.

This series (in 12 ounce versions) made me appreciate Boulevard as a great brewer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a perfectly good coffe/chocolaty stout for those who go for very strong beers, and JK particularly liked it; DL not so much; would be a good gift for JC of Baltimore who loves these. Not one we would go for - our fav is still Left Hand Milk Stout.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aptly named, as this one is about as black as black can be. The room seemed to get darker as it filled an Offero glass. The head reached one quarter of an inch of creamy dark chestnut foam that settled to a thin blanket after leaving a fine coating of lace. Each sip left a dense viscous film and legs.

Rich malt and deep roasted barley accentuate bittersweet chocolate and coffee, while sweet fruit and molasses punctuate. Warming further brings out the roasted character.

Flavor has a nice interplay between sweet and bitter with slight sourness in the background. Chocolate and coffee are dominant. Cookie dough and sweet lactose give way to fig and peat. The lingering finish is bitter and less complex than had been hoped for. Candy sugar and smoke are discernible late in the session.

Full bodied and palate coating, though not dense. Modest carbonation and alcohol are both less than had been expected. The mouth-feel is smooth with a cotton texture.

This is a fine, rainy day beer that could easily hold up to a cigar or pipe while relaxing or reading.

Aged about one year.

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Photo of BWood
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent stout. Nothing that I think I would but again. Alesmith speedway is much better as a year a round. I found this beer drinkable but missing something .

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. L: Pours deep bright black under a ½” dense light tan foam collar that quickly dissipates but produces excellent lace. S: Chocolate and a hint of smoke aromas and some dark dried fruit and a dry finish. T: rich malt flavors suggesting chocolate with a dry slightly smoky finish. F: full body and very creamy, luscious carbonation. O: A very nice imperial stout with an interesting smoke aspect and a luscious body.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, burnt molasses smoke with a more traditional mouthfeel and belgian yeast twist. Kind of incredible that this is a 9.7% alcohol beer! Especially when available at an average priced craft beer 4 pack

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deep black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is of dark fruit, like currants, and charcoal with grain. Jumbled a little, rather than clean, but nice. The taste is strong with bitterness, roasted scents, and booze. Full and engaging.

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Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. According to the label, this is best before November 25, 2016. I’ve been sitting on this a good six months.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a brown so dark, to all intents and purposes it’s black, including when held up to light. Good-sized tan head, with decent lace.

Dark fruits and molasses in the nose. When I noticed the “Smokestack Series” designation on the label, I thought there was a chance this was a smoked beer. Glad it’s not, as the nose is glorious enough as is.

Rich, velvety flavor. Dark malts and dark fruits, a little bit of sweetness but balanced expertly by the plummy, figgy flavors. Mild dryness at the swallow.

A little bit thin in the body for the style, despite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This was like a Quad/Impy Stout hybrid. I don’t know the hop bill for this, but I suspect it was lighter than many others of the style. I don’t hate a hoppy big stout at all, but I think the restraint in that department plus the Belgian yeast makes for a really interesting version of the style. The more I drank this, the more complex it got and the more I liked it.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: beautiful dark black body with tan head.
Smell: roasted coffee chocolate and malt
Taste: roasted coffee bitter dark chocolate and smoke
Overall: very well put together beer.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look black with two finger head.
Smell some roast with a lot of Belgian yeast character coming through.
Taste drinks like a quad with a little bit of roast. Great Belgian stout.
Feel medium body, finishes really smooth.
Overall blend between a quad and a stout. If you like both styles pick it up.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived tan head "hat leaves no lace.
Smell is rich with toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits. Great balance.
Taste is roasted malt, molasses, soy sauce, rum, and smoke. Phenomenally well balance.
Lighter body than expected, maybe medium. Effervescence is a bit fizzy but very good. Warming with a dry finish.

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Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark brown with no visible carbonation. Thick espresso foam colored head sticks around for the whole drink. Thick streaks of foam line the glass.

S: Prune with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and sweeter notes of banana and burnt sugar.

T: Dried fruit with hints of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Smokey on the finish with a touch of dry, bitter, citrus pith.

M: Smooth, light and very dry. A lingering dryness and spicy feel.

D: Highly drinkable stout. Nothing spectacular, though the dry, smokey elements allow this beer to stand apart from your ordinary, everyday stout. This drinking experience is further confirmation for me as I try more Boulevard beers that they are a great brewery.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge 3 finger whipped creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, yeast, dark fruit, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf and smoky or burnt wood notes. There are some medicinal and metallic notes that keep coming back to interfere with the nice roasted malt and chocolate aromas, so overall it’s above average smelling.

Tastes has more burnt coffee grinds in it as well as toffee, light vanilla, cocoa powder, floral hops, espresso, and then like the nose it has dark chocolate, roasted grains, chocolate malts, yeast, dark fruit like a plum or cherry dipped in chocolate, metallic/penny notes, herbs, tea leaf, currants, white pepper, faint burnt wood and earthy or barrel/woody notes. This seems spicy for a stout, which I assume is from the Belgian yeast and hops since the roasted malts give off sweet chocolate notes that remind me of a cold coffee or a soup, like a meal in a glass. The ABV is very well hidden and the roasted aspects add nice complexities to the brew. I really like the coffee accents, but the metallic yeast part negates and tames the enjoyable chocolate and coffee malts that should have been the stars of this show.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth like a milkshake with coffee and vanilla beans ground up and added, mochachino-like that has a medium to chewy body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet, yet full of char and chocolate flavors as it trails off on the dry side.

Overall a tasty brew, and the bottle states it perfectly: Roasted English malts provide a deep, rich texture, Belgian yeast bestows plum-like fruitiness, and German hops add spicy aromas as Dark Truth Stout mellows to a smooth, dry, smoky finish.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark oil body. Thin tin head. Little lacing.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Smoke. Belgian. Alcohol.

Taste - Belgian sweetness on tongue. Chocolate and coffee. Almost fruity. Fades to dry, smoky alcohol on tongue.

Feel - Heavy. Dry.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always like what Boulevard has to offer, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the cap I get a waft of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt and some black licorice. Pours into a pint like motor oil with a huge cascading light brown head that is creamy on top and stands like a champ. On the taste this brew has a roasted black licorice taste up front followed by roasted malt and transitioning to a sweet dry finish. Some bitterness is evident up front but it transitions out then gives in to the sweet finish. Great mouthfeel. Serious masking of a 9.7% ABV. This one is a keeper, will seek out.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours pitch black with a lasting light brown head

S-molasses, dark chocolate, fruity/sweet malts,

T-dried red fruit up front leading into malty sweetness with coffee undertones, hops are present but accentuate other flavors instead of overwhelm them, leaves a pleasant smoky tobacco taste in the mouth

M-full bodied, creamy, medium carbonation,

Overall: a damn good brew. The beer starts sweet and fades into dark coffee/smoky malts. This would be great for a crisp fall evening or accompanying some hearty beef stew.

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Photo of tweke
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - dark dark brown almost black in color with a thin head.
S - smells like a Belgian but added smokiness
T - smokey and malty with the finish of a Belgian
F - crisp and dry finish, doesn't cost your mouth like some of the heavier stouts. Smokey but refreshing.
O - a great stout if you are looking for smokey and Belgian notes. Finishes crisp and dry. Overall really enjoyed this after dinner.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some dark fruits. Taste is smokey, roasted malts, hops, light coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of AlexR
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a good stout, one of the most complex beers from Boulevard for sure.

A: Very dark, as the marketing says ("inky") with a thin, caramel-ish head.
S: Mostly espresso, with some hops, unlike most stouts I've tried.
T: This is where it shines. You would never know it's 9.7% because the delicately balanced flavors of roasted coffee, fruitiness, and hops take over. Smooth, but with just enough of a bite.
F: Goes down fairly easy, but it's substantial. Full bodied on the entry, a bit dry on the finish.

O: Fantastic beer. I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of stouts or porters, since it takes the best things about that style of beer and amplifies them.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. All of the beers that I've had from Boulevard have impressed me and this was no exception to that adage, as the complexity of it really came out once this warmed up. A few on here have mentioned that this was the marriage of a Stout and a Quad and that would be a perfect way to sum this up. The body and booze of the former were present along with the yeast and fruit notes of the latter and combined with the recessed alcohol, made for a beer that was worth savoring from start to finish.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark chocolate hue, amazingly frothy head, and nice web of lacing to it as I took my first sips. Not a strong aroma here but there was lots of currant and plum and some booze that cut through those. The barley and oats come out in the taste as the body really balanced out the strength of this beer quite nicely while the alcohol slowly came in after each sip went down. Dark bread and baker's chocolate round out the flavor profile while the lively carbonation was just an extent of the yeast that was underneath all of this, giving this beer a nice pop.

While not feeling as strong as I thought, this is not something to chug down as it took quite a while to sit back and enjoy. Creamy, lively, and deep, this was unlike any Stout that I've ever had, let alone a Double or an Imperial. Slightly roasted like a Coffee Stout and with some spice like a foreign tea, there's so much going on here that this should be in a new category since it seems to be a hybrid of a few other styles. Another winner fro Boulevard that I enjoyed immensely even if I didn't quite pinpoint it. A must-try for any dark beer lover!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" Date of December 22nd, 2016
Reviewed on May 15th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A generous light brown head formed, a little over an inch in depth, collapsed, and left a decent amount of lacing. A bubbly foam cap followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Belgian yeast really stood out in the nose. Rich notes of roasted malts added depth to the aroma. Faint hit of spicy hops.

Sweet notes of plum hit the tongue first. Big presence of roasted malts: Espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle trace of nut. Spicy hops flared, leading to a semi-dry finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Definitely a Belgian-inspired stout! Many similarities to Quads. Dangerously drinkable. Excellent brew.

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

Finally a winner! Have been tasting a lot of stouts/porters of late and this one delivers. Deep, rich, complex flavors: Almost comes across as having multiple layers in fact, so seems to more or less delivers on the brewer's desc. Some nice sweetness buried in the roasty espresso notes, with surprisingly little bitterness in the finish. Great head, lacing, color, aroma, great thickness and very smooth. It definitely kicks back though. I was woozy for a bit afterwards.

2nd experience: Found this perhaps a bit too boozy the 2nd time around. Would Probably downgrade this one to the high 3's - 4.0 range based on this most recent experience. Clearly, there can be bottle-to-bottle-differences, particularly if purchased at different times, place, etc.

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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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