Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Dark Truth Imperial StoutDark Truth Imperial Stout
2,584 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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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It seems rare when I kick back with a stout that defines the adjective "stout" (as I imagine it to be)...I keep looking for that brass ring of a thick molassy mouthfeel with a bitter impact of rich espresso followed by an everlasting wool coating that lingers just like any good espresso does. One so powerful in 'presence' that EVEN a harsh $2.00 cigar 'bends the knee' in submission.

If there were such a category - let me submit this one as a candidate:

Dark Truth Stout / Boulevard Brewing Co.

Appearance: Deeply black; I think here of the 'dark matter' that plagues cosmological physicists.

Smell: Malty coffee char - thankfully not overtly pronounced in the smoked style; the smokiness of this stout lies back in a large CEO'd leather chair laughing at your puzzlement.

Taste: Deep Espresso. The deep smoke presence is not forefront but a concert hall fuzz-tone reminiscent of The Moody Blues: a definingly full, large and lingering distortion of reverb. I think this beer is speaking to me. - - - OH! and need I even mention the tardy kick of spice, stinging like cayenne; a juvenile Whoopee Cushion.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Very nice. Coating my mouth like velvet - the way a premium espresso does. This beer waxes philosophical. Keep a bottle of this handy for nights in desperate need of inspiration!

This one is going on my Top Ten List.

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4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: like every other imperial stout

S: smells awesome, just sweet enough

T: Smokey and sweet at the same time, very good blend of the two

M: Very smooth

O: I had this in KC at Pierpont in Union Station. I had to order a second bottle, even after some other solid options. Very good

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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout, from their Smokestack series. 9.7% ABV.

A: Black, with dark brown in the dimple. Looks to be sediment, but it's hard to see. Plenty of lacing. Lots of tan head! About 3+ fingers of it (probably more if I hadn't ran out of room in the glass)!

S: Wow! The nose is very light for a stout. Seems to be more in the powdered cocoa/chocolate range. Some slight caramel and sea salt notes. With just the faintest hint of liquorice in the background.

T/MF: It's actually pretty smooth. Very dark chocolate, with some char notes. Some softer malt notes. Almost malt ball like, but not quite.

After the complexity of the Sixth Glass, this ones slightly underwhelming, but a good solid stout for everyday drinking.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a delicious brew! Pours a blacker then black color with a nice thick tan head. Lots of lacing left on the glass after sipping. Couldn't ask for a nicer looking beer. The smell is also very good with a lovely smell of roasted malts. This beer is very complex on the flavor for me it tastes similar to chocolate malts but they aren't listed in the description. I do pick the slight sweetness up with nice toasty malt finish. Leaves kind of a sweet dark after taste on the palate. Not to heavy but super complex on the flavor and a really neat bottle to boot. :) For sure will buy this one again!

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