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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. 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. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Seattle, bb 12/26/14
Black color, with compact brownish head. The aroma immediately strikes for its fresh fruitiness, apples, pears, and just a hint of roastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, quite round; the dark chocolate flavor prevails over the roasted malt, but there is also a relatively evident liquorice component; it has the right amount of residual sugars, strong bitterness, a peppery note and some alcohol warmth.
Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (3828) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
Tobacco and red raspberry aroma, charred oak underneath. Black, thick tan head. Rich charred oak, charcoal, blueberry and very subtle figs. Followed by creosote and smoke. Never very sweet at all. Medium body, intense, alcohol well concealed. A little thin, but has good balance, excellent transitions and complexity. Wow, easily mistakable as a Danish stout.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HippieFee (63) - - APR 27, 2014
Bottle - Heavy Roasted malt and alcohol taste. Jet black color with only a small head. Thick on the palate. I don’t mind a good stout but I couldn’t get into this one. It tastes to much like alcohol, has the sharp taste going down.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
2014.04.23 - Boulevard Dark Truth Stout - 12 oz bottle best by 5/07/14 A tasty stout. Not as complex as something like Bourbon County but it is rich. Mostly a smoky flavor without being outright "smoked". Some peat like notes at finish. Some sweet maltiness. Took a few drinks for my palate to catch up. It's pretty good afterward. 6/4/7/3/14

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1656) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
Glad I noticed I hadn’t rated this yet since it’s one of my go-to stouts! Dark chocolate, dark fruits, dark coffee and caramelized sugar with a smoky finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. A- Cocoa, roasty, smokey, soy sauce, anise. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Worcestershire sauce, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, smokey, coffee, licorice, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish, O- A good beer but a little bit of a let down for the smokestack series. Some strong notes of soy and Worcestershire sauce and the alcohol is very present. I do think this would benefit greatly from some barrel aging.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (770) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a brown head that lasts on the sides and laces. Aromas roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some boozey warmth. Flavor is roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit and warmth on the end. Medium bodied, lingering roastiness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Bottleshop. Aroma is chocolate, nutmeg, burnt. Taste is chalky burnt malt, charred wood, old cocoa, burnt skin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (220) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 3, 2014
Dark brown head, with completely black color. Malt, toffee, burned malts, chocolate, raisins, cream. Lots of ripe fruits in this, plum, raisins, pear, breadish malts, sweet toffee and a sharp espresso note, preventing the beer from being too sweet. Warm, coffeeish bitterness stays very long on the palate. Very smooth mouthfeel, more creamy than oily, great complexity. Fantastic balance, the beer goes from sweet to bitter to earthy, without letting one impression become too present. Even hints of smoke and alcohol, as the beer warms up, adding to the earthy, warm character.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (187) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle pour at Martin’s West in Redwood City, CA. A thick brooding beast who invites you in for coffee and donuts at 3 am.


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