Dark Truth
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,874
Ranked #5,592
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 774 | Ratings: 2,675
Photo of the_awesometeer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jjamadorphd
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -1.7%
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 Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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 Dodo2step
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve 12 oz. bottle

Appearance--Pours a classic opaque nearly-black with a two-fingered rocky head, that quickly dissipates, but with excellent residual lacing. A nice-looking start.

Smell--Aromas of chocolate and smoke. But the aroma is fairly muted and not terribly complex. Still, a pleasing smell.

Taste--Belgian malt notes very pronounced at the fore, with a pleasing smokiness; followed immediately with fruity plum notes; and just enough hop finish to balance the sweet and smoky start. The 9.7% ABV is definitely "there" and noticeable, but the other elements are all sufficiently strong and pronounced that the "booziness" is another pleasing and warming note, rather than an overwhelming "burn" that some imperials will impart. Not as complex as the best of the best of the style, in that it lacks some of the chocolate/coffee notes that one might be looking for, but awfully close.

Mouthfeel--I don't know how they do it, but this aspect of every Boulevard offering I drink is always excellent. The carbonation, alcohol, and German hops provide "lift" and a touch of "bite" to balance the Belgian malts in a fine balanced feel, in much the same way that those same characteristics shine in other Boulevard offerings, such as Sixth Glass (quad). If one wanted to nitpick here, the "body" is somewhat light compared to the expectation of an imperial stout, but I personally found that "light" deviation to be a positive one.

Overall--An eminently drinkable, well balanced presentation of the style.

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Photo of Calvinistic
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb imperial stout. Period.

L - very dark with a one-finger kakhi head.
S - not a lot here. Smells kinda boozy with some dark chocolate/coffee/roasty smoke/hazelnut. Okay, perhaps there's more here than I first thought ...
T - wonderful and complex, with lots of dark fruit (Bing cherry if I had to guess) and some dark roasted coffee. There is a touch of sweetness that is not overpowering. Finish is dry. Flavor profile is strong and intense.
F - thicker than most beers with crisp, snappy (yet moderate and not overly intense) carbonation
O - as a dark beer/stout/porter guy, to me this is just a magnificent beer. Excellent example of the style and very enjoyable to drink. Like most imperial stouts, this one is a sipper. Highly recommended for those who like this style of beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little confused by this beer but mostly I like it. The body is a little thin. The impact is a little boozy. It's a bit like a drink mixed with vodka, Kahlua and seltzer. There's no roasted, chocolate or coffee flavors here; mostly dark sugar. Candy flavors, but little fruitiness.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pour is black... slight hints of mahogany if you put it up to the light and strain your vision a bit. Thick tannish head leaves great lacing.

S: Roasted malts and sugars... coffee and black cherry.

T/F: Rich and malty with strong roasted character. Espresso and dark fruits... creamy and smooth. Medium in carbonation. Finish has faint notes of hops. Alcoholic warmth tingles the tongue.

O: A big semi-sweet and rich Imperial Stout. This one can hang with the big boys... would probably be fantastic bourbon aged.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this 2014 bottle chilled in a glass.

The color is very dark brown with medium tan head and 2 finger cream head with fine bead and waves of lace stick with retention that is very good. The smell is so rich in malt with roast scents of cocoa and coffee with mocha aroma that has an earthy yet sweet mix with light tobacco and a subtle alcohol odor with dark cherry-like stone fruit accent in the yeast ester with toffee and toast from the malt. The feel is rich,full bodied with medium carbonation and moderate sweetness with slight roasted middle and low bitterness with an element of spice in the semi-dry finish with alcohol that is mild in the back.

There is a great flavor of roasted barley with some chocolate malt sweetness and toast with smokiness and gentle biscuit taste with yeast giving a mild currant-like fruitiness with slight woody and toffee elements in the peripheral with an earthy dry flavor as it finishes with lots of dark toast in the malt. There is a good level of sweetness in the layers of malts with yeast adding the stone fruit taste and there is some dried fruit sweetness accenting with some mild char-like taste that adds dimension with some rich concentrated sugar of figs and a mild alcohol taste in the finish. Overall I feel this is a superior double stout with some nice complexity from the yeast character and richness of malt with a deep plum-like dark cherry flavor with roast that is mellow. I enjoy the fact that this isn't cookie cutter stout, it has a decent malt flavor yet stands out with the cohesive mix of malts, yeast and has a very drinkable level of alcohol _below 10%. I would recommend this to any fan of stouts

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Photo of asmangat
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard snifter- best by 9/3/15 and consumed in the middle of 2016 (cellared). Poured dark black with beautiful caramel colored head with larger bubbles. Nose is heavy on sweet chocolate, caramel, with a hint of coffee. Taste was a little underwhelming with a boozy aftertaste. I judge imp stouts by smoothness as I take this as a good sign of balance. This tasted like 10%...
Mouthfeel is thin but pleasant.
Worth a try.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With the first taste I immediately recognized the marriage of a Belgian dark and an American stout. There were raisins, plums, sweetness, coffee, char and burnt sugar. The smell is almost like a coffee quad with dark fruits and sweet burnt sugar aromas as well. This thing has a lot of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. I like stouts and Belgian darks sp this beer spoke to me. Glad I grabbed a bottle of this.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark dark brown, lots of medium-dark beige head. Lots of little particles visible in the beer make it look kind of gross (they're only visible if you hold it up to the light).

S: Strong candied fruit flavors. Not at all what I was expecting. Smells more like a Belgian Tripel or Quad than a stout. Delicious aroma though.

T: Tastes like it smells. I don't really detect any complexity beyond the candied fruit. So it tastes like a Belgian Dubbel/Tripel/Quad. very good taste, but not at all stout-like. If you like Tripels, you'll like this, but if you're looking for a typical stout, stay away.

F: Full bodied, medium-high intensity carbonation. A little syrupy.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This high ABV American stout sits right in my sweet spot. Similar to, but not quite as overpowering as Old Rasputin. Perfectly black with a nice dark tan head. The smell is nicely balanced between the hops and roasted malt with nice chocolate notes. The taste is super complex and extremely well balanced, with just the slightest bite of the alcohol and hops in the back of your mouth on the finish. The beer is easily a new favorite!! Well done, Boulevard.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black with light brown, healthy head.
S: Wheaty yeasty smell, with some coffee
T: Coffee, molasses, some alcohol
F: A bit watery, a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Smooth, rich, semi sweet malty roasted notes.
Big complex smokey malty aroma.
Black/Brown, mostly opaque with a large dark tan head, some lace.
Medium/Full body, 60 IBU's

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dessert beer for sure. Dark and candy/fruity/sweet bread like in taste/smell. That syrup is still on my tongue after a sip. Mouth feel is much more syrup and low carbonation than the average beer. I love finishing the weekend night with a heavy or very light fruit beer but this one is the former. Heavy stout in look, smell, taste and feel. Much heavier than Guinness and slightly more than Brown Shugga or more imperial stout in the line. Best by 7-22-16 is the bottle.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours tar black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oats. Roasted malt, coffee, flavor with oats, hint of chocolate.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body under 2 fingers dark tan (lots of sediment on the second pour--not very appealing)

S - roasted malts, dark fruits (plum, etc.), notes of sweetness and alcohol; alcohol and smoke linger for a dry finish

T - burnt malt, brown sugar, fruity/plum, herbal/earthy notes

M - smooth, smooth, smooth, creamy, full body, well-carbonated

O - Dark Truth is a very nice imperial stout. Very drinkable. A nice dessert beer.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually a really good stout, with something unique - no sweet taste at all. Probably the darkest pour I've ever seen - even held up to a bright light nothing gets through. And the head on this beer is crazy. Really refreshing.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Dark Truth, 9.7% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a three finger tan head which left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is alcohol, roast malt and coffee. Taste is coffee, roast malt, some chocolate, and very bitter close. A bit over carbonated. Overall OK, but a bit too bitter for me. It did improve as it warmed, but still...

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Dark Truth from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2675 ratings