Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.99/5
2,584 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
Ranking:
#3,746
Reviews:
748
Ratings:
2,584
pDev:
10.78%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
518
Trade:
7
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,584 |  Reviews: 748
Photo of sjrider
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doesn't really feel like a stout. I like the hoppiness and smokey aromas. It's very dry, so maybe that's what throws me off. It's a medium body which leaves a bit lacking to the mouth feel.

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

"Best by 11/25/16"; drank 7/10/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

Dark tan head; decent lace.

Plum, black coffee, mild smoke & faint booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & candle wax flavors up front; fresh earth & a hint of smoke on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. Sturdy RIS vibes here; complex yet drinkable.

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

Photo of jibrahim414
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this bottle at Total Wine & More in February 2015 so the beer has been resting for more than two years in the bottle.

I didn’t give this beer a high score when I tasted it at #Porterfestivalen in Gothenburg in November 2013.
We’ll se what aging in the bottle has done to this beer!

It pours black with a two finger, brown head tha sinks down to a thin, creamy, brown head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Soy sauce, plum, raisin, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and dried fruit.
Taste: Dark chocolat, plum, brown sugar, roasted malt, coffee, red fruits, some sour taste... I really cant get it... perhaps it’s the Belgian yeast?
Mouth: Full, complex body. Dry an bitter. Medium to high carbonation.

I’m glad I saved a bottle to 2017. A few years (more than 24 months) in the bottle has made wonders to this beer!
It is deeper, more complex and with a great smooth character now. I’m definitely going to raise the rating!

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Viscous coffee bitter - good but thick endeavor! Oak, feb, 2017

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Photo of kkazemi
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shane_Zuniga
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sort of a beginner when it comes to beer, so I'll give it my best shot. I love most Boulevard beer and this one is no exception. The beer when poured has a very smooth finish to it and I had a really good head on my glass. The color is very, very dark being red, but closer to black and opaque. The taste, to me, was pretty dry but with a nice finish. The after taste is very similar to IPA's that I have tried. The smell is nothing spectacular, but it's enjoyable. The beer felt as smooth as a normal lager would. If you're a fan of IPA's, then this beer is probably your speed. I'm not a big fan of IPA's, but this. beer is definitely a good stepping stone to adjusting to that kind of flavor. I rate a 4/5. I'd likely have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate black with a frothy, muddy beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is faint and kind of strange...roasted malts, smoked pork, light fig.

Tastes like a Belgian Quad made with spoiled figs and smoked meats dipped in soy sauce. It doesn't particularly remind me of a stout, much less an imperial one.

Feel is super carbonated, which really helps its case here. Semi-dry roast on the finish.

Overall, Dark Truth is one of the worst Imperial Stouts I've tried. It just doesn't taste like a good stout should and imparts way too much Belgian influence here to make it drink like a smoky Quad. Not a fan, probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Deltoro
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of DBeal
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of robebo44
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miles_Nilges
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dromines78
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of CKL
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 2014's did not age well at about 18 months. This one is from 10/16 and still tasty.

**

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,584 ratings
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