hackobock (3495) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 24, 2015. Bottle, bottled may 15, 2013. (?)
Dark brown almost black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is hints of ash, licorice, coffee, hints of cocoa, moist tobacco and soy.
Taste is light to medium sweet, bitter roasted and light salty. Finish is bitter, salty and light sweet with soy, licorice, coffee earth and ash. Medium bodied, quite creamy with a light dry finish, soft carbonation.
Good, but a bit on the salty side.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not really sure why American brewers feel the need to ferment non-Belgian beer styles with Belgian yeast. In case of Boulevard Dark Truth Stout – an imperial stout fermented with the stuff – the result is rather negligible since the yeast character has little effect on the finished product. This is an excellent, classic, and all-around impressive and delicious brew – Belgian yeast or not.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/13/15 and cost $3.79 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Inky black body that’s virtually opaque. Pours to a fairly large, brown, foamy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Dark chocolate – almost syrupy. Plenty of dark fruit as well, though it’s almost assuredly the yeast esters. Alcohol is noticeable, but blends well with the nose.
Taste: When I think imperial stout, I think of a palette just like the one here. There’s a lot going on: it’s both sweet and remarkably bitter. Strong dark chocolate flavors throughout; akin to German cake. Roasted malt is prominent as well and it helps bridge the gap between the sweet dark maltiness and the fairly intense bitterness that emerges on the apex. There’s a slightly burnt toast flavor, though more of a spicy bitterness likely due to the hops. On the finish I get a lovely dark fruit sensation as only then does the Belgian yeast become apparent in the palette. The alcohol adds a light vanilla sensation and is not distracting at all.
Drinkability: I had reservations about Boulevard Dark Truth Stout considering it’s a pretty potent brew at 9.7% ABV. Thankfully, it is not a beast at all as the alcohol lingers in the background and is only noticeable as a warming sensation in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is plenty full-bodied, though not quite the sticky sensation found in other imperial stouts. There’s a nice aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate which is rather pleasant.
pumpmaster (1355) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Orion gas station Cooper City, FL for $3.59 Very good!
Geiserich (4122) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from fonefan, many thanks: Aroma is round and roasty, dark chocolate, dark fruits, cocoa powder. Black colour, brownish creamy head. Flavour is full bodied with an intensive roastiness, bitter chocolate, cocoa roastiness, dark fruits, plums, light alcohol notes, rum, light roasty bitterness. Light dry, cocoa finish, light bitterness, roasty. Very good.
ByTheirLimpin (277) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a jet black with a fine foamy tan head. Nose is full of malt, caramel sweetness. Had a huge roasted palate full of char. Tart, rounded with a sugared smoothness.
Scouser (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black colour with a little beige head and lacing. Aroma of banana, chocolate, vanilla. Tastes of coffee, smoke, alcohol like, vanilla, and a little butterscotch. A nice beer..
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine, North Miami, Florida, USA. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige creamy head on top. Sweet, roasty, malty, vanilla aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, roasty, malty, vanilla, caramel, hint of chocolate. A quite superb Imperial Stout.
Matt_Foran (96) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark black/brown color with a aroma of Belgian yeast and faint roasted malt. Body is a little thin than anticipated, but works nicely with all that is going on. Not the best imperial stout I've had, but solid.
Lilja (2792) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av mörk choklad, rostad malt, torkad frukt som plommon och fikon, vanilj, kakao, mokka, espreso med toner av sirap, brunt socker, korn, karamell och lakrits. Torr, lagom sötma, pepprig och örtiga toner, välbalanserad, rund och len, fin beska. Enastående gott!
zoucrew102 (1380) - - OCT 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich, roasted malt with Belgian yeast, dark fruit and chocolate malt notes. Beautiful black pour with a thin light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt with a bit of spicy Belgian yeastiness to go along with a silky smooth mouthfeel and full body. Finishes nice and smooth with chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit to round it out nicely. Excellent stout.