Dark Truth Imperial Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Steasy66
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Boulevard tulip

A- Jet black, huge spongy dark brown head with staying power.
S- A bit of roasted/smoked malt, but lacking in aroma overall.
T- Roasted malt, dark fruits, a little bitter and a tiny bit sour finish, alcohol is well masked.
M- Low carbonation, thin for this ABV, very drinkable.
O- Nice stout, but at this price point I would not buy this again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter.

Appearance: Black body with a mocha head. 2 fingers head and sticky lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Strong plum smell. Roasty malts and Belgian yeast smell.

Taste: Bitterness and roasty malts. Mild dark fruits especially plums and raisins. As the beer warms, plum and Belgian yeast flavors become prominent. Slight astringency noted as well. Smokey flavors permeate throughout the beer, it is a small player, but its still there from beginning, to middle and into aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: medium boded beer and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty stout that is in a class all its own. Never really had a beer like this before. The plum was distracting to me and could have had less of that, but other than the plum its a well made beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as an extra from mar, thanks very much for the opportunity. This stout pours out completely black with a hell of a large tan head show, almost three fingers worth. The smell is very spicy and earthy...bitter in places too. Roasted malt is what I mainly get from the taste, along with some bitter dark chocolate, and a slight metallic twang. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. It certainly does not feel like a big beer when considering its strength. Drinkability is about average for me....not hating it, but not loving it either. Overall this is one of the more disappointing brews from the Smokestack Series that Boulevard makes IMO.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my snifter

Pours an opaque color with a very huge four inch mocha colored head. Tons of tiny bubbles can be seen on the side of the head and on top leaving to show a decent amount of carbonation. Great head retention on this beer that just does not seem to want to subside always leaving about a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer. Scattered lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, plums, raisins, oak, vanilla, some espresso, and brown sugar.

Taste was not as flavorful as the smell. I get upfront taste of slightly sweet malts, followed by a pretty sharp dry coffee bitterness, almost like tree bark?

Mouthfeel is full bodied with pretty high carbonation for a stout.

Overall I was not really impressed as I was expecting and definitely think there other RIS in the smokestack is way better then this one.

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Photo of texasclimber
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a Darkside Fermentation snifter.

Appearance- Almost completely Black. Lightly toasted head (about 1/4 inch) that starts dense and dissipates quickly.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on. Probably just a little chocolate, slightly roasty aroma. Also i agree with some others that theres a musk there that i just cant quite put my finger on (not bad/not good just there).

Taste- A dark roasty lightly chocolaty taste with some very light dark fruit note. Still pretty "hot" with a very distinct boozy note.

Mouthfeel- Decent mouthfeel. For the most part it is smooth however i think i was expecting it to be a little more decadent than it turned out to be.

Overall- This isn't quite as good as I anticipated. I was hoping for a little more chocolaty tinge. This doesn't mean that i didn't enjoy it, however i think i was just a little more disappointed than i thought i would be.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a good stout that unfortunately just didn't speak to me on any great level. I felt it was a little thin, and though it has some great roast coffee chocolaty flavors, it just didn't have anything too complex or different about it. Glad to have tried it, it's a great beer, but just not worth seeking out again. There are better options on the shelf IMO.

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Photo of bnes09
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ink black ale. Whole wheat colored head is bubbly and soda like. Decent retention and not much lacing.

Nothing special in the smell department. Mild roasted character and some bread grains. Slight alcohol aroma.

Good roasted character of coffee, dark chocolate and almonds. Hops are fairly weak under the malt with a mild earthy tone. Mild alcohol spice. Not too much sweet flavor, just a touch of molasses. Not bad, just needs a little more depth.

Full-bodied but not thick and syrupy. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A descent double stout. Could use a bit more complexity in the smell and flavor departments. Tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark, nice brown creamy head.

S- Defintely can smell the Belgian yeast, also picked up a fruit touch to it.

T- Smoky, which is not my thing.

M- The beer got better as neared room temperature.

D- Not my favorite type of beer. Not big on Belgian yeasts, and smoky beers. Of course there are occasions. I may like this more in another setting and it could grow on you.

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Photo of guityler83
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as norwegian metal. no light shines through even when held up to a light bulb. The small head that formed when poured into a tulip glass was a milk chocolate brown color.

S: Sweetness hits me first in the aroma, maybe the belgian yeast?. A slight bit of roast and alchohol is aparent also. As it warmed up the roastyness was combined with some coffee and the sweetness edged off.

T: The dark chocolate malty flavor combined with the belgian yeast charecter makes for a unique experience. It's like a dark chocolate candy at first but then as it lingers on your pallet it becomes slightly fruity (plums?) Let this beer warm up and it gets much better. Not much of the alcohol warmth I'd expect from a beer nearing 10% abv.

M: I'd expect a stout this dark to be very smooth and with lots of body, however i get a chalky like texture. yeast again?

O: While I like the idea of a belgian stout, Dark Truth doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of BigE90
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a good deep black with a 1 finger dense head that was slow to dissappate.

S: A roasted smell with a hint of chocolate, overall very faint because of the dense foam

T: Wow,first taste burnt chocolate, very carbonated, flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue. Has a sharp bitter bite that fades over time but is very present upon every sip. The toasted barley really comes forward along with a hint of smokeness.

M: It starts out strong on the tip of the tongue, bypasses the middle and hits the back with strong dark beer taste. A lingering burnt taste in the mouth does not let you forget that you are drinking a dark beer.

0: Started at 38 degrees finished at 55. Definitely a more refined taste/finish on the warmer side. Would drink again. Also would love to try this on Nitro!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Meantime tulip. 9.7% ABV, "store upright, serve in the proper glass", Batch Number 2010-1 Best By date: 01/13.

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this one with us!

A - Pours out immensely dark with a billowing tan head. Great retention and thick lace coats the glass in fat collars as the beer lowers. Very solid looking.

S - Dark, heavily roasted malts with a little burnt aroma of toast going on. Some dark maduro tobacco and bittersweet chocolate give it a nice nuance to it. Dark cherry and dry fig. Something seems a little bit off in the nose.

T - Dark roasted chocolate malt and molasses hints with a big cocoa dryness accompanying a light metallic note on the finish. A hint of smoke comes out as well.

M - Full-bodied and smooth starting out with an incredibly dry finish that's a little off-putting. Acrid bitterness.

D - Thankfully this bottle is shared three ways. This is an ok brew but doesn't stand up to the other beers I've had from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 4/27/13

A: Black with a good sized tan head that sticks around.

S: Dark, roasty chocolate and a hint of dark fruits.

T: Dark chocolate with some coffee and roastiness. Has a bit of dark fruits and alcohol warming in the finish.

M: A bit thin and too carbonated for me.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of unclenate
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

After a fight to uncork the nicely packaged bottle, a frothy brew spilled out. Pure midnight. I gave it a couple of minutes to settle, though the head never disappeared entirely.

The stout lacked the nose, yielding something yeasty and sour. The flavors - mostly brownie and fudge - came through on the initial sip. French roast coffee toward the finish. Amazingly smooth and drinkable for a stout, but needs to either take a step toward thickness in the consistency or a more aggressive move toward dryness, even a louder pop in the spice category.

The high alcohol content didn't prevent something easy drinking. The bubbles were too big, too much. Worth the $8-9?

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Photo of Spcoly
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first boulevard brew...

A: Pours dark with a thick head that takes its time

S: Coffee, roasty, and malty

T: Heavy bodied but not enough flavor for my liking. Came up a little short

M: Good carbonation, somewhat drinkable, but not really

O: Decent brew, but left me hanging. Will probably pass on next time I see it.

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Photo of ms11781
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duff247 for this one. Best by 07/30/2011 on bottle. Reviewed on 05/05/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with dark reddish hues at the edges and bottom of the glass. A thin, tan head develops and has excellent retention, staying for the duration.

The aroma is noticeable from a few feet away as the beer is poured. A nice roasted malt aroma is picked up first along with a hint of sweetness. At times there are some spicy notes and some licorice that can be picked up.

The taste follows closely with the nose but the flavors are bolder and there is a bit more complexity. Roasted malt character hits first along with a fruit-like sweetness. Definitely some dark fruit, maybe raisins or plums. The spice that was picked up in the nose isn't here but the finish has a smoky character that almost has a bit to it.

Medium to heavy body with surprisingly high carbonation. Impressive because usually a stout with carbonation this high feels thin and this one doesn't thin out. The finish is somewhat dry with the smoky finish.

Overall, this was a pretty good stout. Pretty interesting and unique with the full body and high carbonation. The aromas were ok but the flavor was better. The characteristics do seem to be a bit delicate, hence the best by date on a stout with an ABV nearing 10%. I'd like to see this one fresh and compare.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours pitch black with a huge tan head that bubbled over the glass. Great retention, clumpy lacing sticks everywhere.

S: Wood, char, smoke, chocolate, and esters of cherry and plum. slight tartness. The nose is a bit harsh, and doesn't make the beer seem very approachable or appetizing.

T: Estery up front with plum, currant, and cherry tastes. Deep roasted and burnt malt tastes dominate from there. Wood, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, char, and some acrid smoke. Fairly acidic with a slight tartness. Chocolate covered cherries. Leafy hop bitterness. Tobacco and herbs. Phenols. Bone dry finish of dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

M: Thick, chewy, and syrupy, but creamy and velvety at the same time. Ample carbonation lightens the body just enough to keep it from being oppressive. Astringent. Warming alcohol.

O: This was a one-and-done for me. The flavors at work here don't mesh very well. I find the burnt malt tastes and estery Belgian yeast to be at odds. The thick body makes this one a sipper, and it sits in the stomach like a rock. Might be good in or with a hearty stew.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A huge mocha colored cap rises to fill the glass, threatening to spill over, but retreats slowly to a thick layer of foam. Sip lines are prominent. The body is a deep brown with reddish edges.

Dark roast, plums, and a little bit of peaty smoke. Pretty straightforward aroma, not a ton of depth. Clean.

The flavor profile is a little more robust. Dark roasted malt comes in layers while the Belgian yeast strain adds some fruity notes of plums and cherry. There is a sneaky peat/smoke flavor that I really like. Alcohol is well hidden.

Once this hit room temp, the feel really filled up. Full, creamy body. A lingering bitter roast and peat flavor last for quite a awhile.

This is a nice stout, but it lacks some depth I would expect in an imperial/double. The Belgian yeast strain is a nice accent. Good beer.

This is an enjoyable stout

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Photo of BWood
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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 zachary80
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 4/28/13

Pours with a black body and a perfect brown head. Very good retention. Sheets of lacing. Not sure how it could look any better.

Aroma is dominated by a strong roastiness. Slightly metallic.

Bone dry, the roastiness dominates and that metallic character returns. Relatively high bitterness, the flavor lingers for a while. Light chocolate. Belgian yeast influence is there but not a dominating factor.

Mouthfeel is a little light, seems overcarbed with a prickly sensation.

Overall I like Dark Truth, and if you're looking for a big dry stout it is among the best I've had.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a trade from StLThrash. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a very thick 2 finger brown head. Some pretty nice lacing as the head fades.

S - Dark roasted malts, and some bittering hops. Some dark fruits, and warm alcohol too.

T & M - Dry, dark and roasty. Almost burnt flavor on the aftertaste. A little thin, and the alcohol is definately present.

O - I like this one, I don't love it. It has some great flavor characteristics that I look for in a stout, but it was a little light on the pallete for me.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.

The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didn't really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.

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Photo of nickd717
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours darkest brown in color with a huuuuge tan head. Great lacing.

The aroma is, well, a little bretty and lactic. A little infected it seems. Maybe this was intentional. A little roast and some Belgian yeast.

Flavor isn't that bad. It's a little like Cuvee Delphine. Not quite as good though. Very Belgian with maybe a little lacto/brett. Berries, roast, chocolate, and espresso as well.

Medium-full body with some smooth silkiness despite the low carbonation. Dry on the finish.

I have mixed feelings on this beer. For one, it's probably infected. But besides that, it's not bad!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour on this beer is really fantastic. The beer is almost black with a huge, sturdy tan head on it.

S: Where is the aroma? Really bland in terms of the nose. Even as the beer starts to warm up in the glass, all I really get is a bit of roast and a slight acidity.

T: The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of roast, licorice, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A bit of an alcohol note at times, but not surprising at nearly 10%. Fairly bitter with a slight char note from time to time, too.

M: The body is nice, a fairly high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.

D: I was expecting more from Boulevard on this beer. I didn't think it was bad, but sort of bland and uninteresting for a big, bad, imperial stout.

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Photo of brystmar
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an abundance of tan head with frothy bubbles everywhere. Active body. Strong lace. The foam releases an aroma of strongly roasted malts with chocolate and molasses not far behind.

Dark and malty up front. Big, chewy, creamy body. Hops blast through the malts midway through, and the hoppy bitterness lingers after you swallow. Boozy warmth joins in at the end as well. Not in love with the balance of flavors here here.

A decent effort, but even if this were available in NYC I can't see myself purchasing it when beers like FBS are still on the shelves.

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Photo of stephens101
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown beer that has a big, thick rolling head off a slow pour. Retention is excellent. After it slowly breaks apart a thick web of sticky lace is left. Smells oddly tangy at first with an undercurrent of malts. A little shake opens things up a bit and some dark chocolates reveal themselves. Otherwise not a lot going on at the nose. Tastes sweet and malty up front and soon followed by a quick hop bite and some alcohol heat. There's also a bit of a sweet candy middle with a very faint woodiness. Goes down mostly creamy with a lingering alcohol heat in the back of the throat. Kind of a nondescript outing for Boulevard here, but you can't knock a home run every time at bat.

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Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,558 ratings.
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