mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a substantial tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, burnt notes, slight espresso and sort of a charcoal quality. Flavour is quite hoppy for a stout, with a considerably woody quality, roasted malts and espresso. Hoppy, boozy finish. Interesting, though a bit off the mark.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very creamy, very smooth, would definitely need to share this one, thank god it was just a sample glass at the ACBF in Boston. Would love to have a bottle of it to really get a good sense of it properly.
Boutip (4858) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.
fiercepanda (595) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 A black beer with a red tinge and a thick tan head. The aroma is plum, dried fruit, and a slight smokiness. The flavor is roasted and smoky with a rich taste of raisin and prune. Well balanced and extremely smooth despite the high ABV.
BrewDad (5015) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle Ė Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Dark Black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big Dark malt and coffee aroma lingering chocolate also is there. The flavor was a thick mass of dark malts coffee and chocolate. Tasty beer this warms up well and was very drinkable. Great beer.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some dark fruit character before a bitter a coffee finish.
thegreenrooster (3300) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a jet black with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt with a nice chocolate and molasses. Flavor is stellar. Tons of dark roasted malt with a nice coffee and chocolate. Finish has some anise and a nice bacon meatyness. Very nice Impy stout with each sip bringing something else out to tantalize the sences.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from CanIHave4Beers. Cheers, Andy! I tried a bit of this from a larger bottle at a tasting a month or so ago and wasnít impressed... but itís not a beer that necessarily makes sense from just a taste. After sharing with a friend and drinking half of this 12oz bottle, I wished I hadnít shared. Pours black with dark brown head. This stood out as not your average coffee/chocolate/roast malt/vanilla-toned stout. More complex. Yes, some coffee and chocolate were there, but big prune and stewed fruits, some bitter hop presence, some hints of ballpoint pen ink (in a good way, really). Big and bold in a flavor, and different. Full, rich palate. Nice one.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to andrew for this pour. Dark brown black with a beige head. Roast and band aid infection. Roasty chocolate flavors that seem good but that infection. I like you boulevard, stop the unintended infections. I guess thatís what happens when you toy with wild beers ... I will grab an uninfected one, one day and re-rate. 5/4/5/2/10
islay (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Initial rating, 5-14-11: 12 oz. bottle, labeled as best by 10-19-11. Appetizing aroma is tart and smoky, featuring tobacco, roasted coffee, dark pitted fruit, dark chocolate, tar, soy sauce, carob, chocolate-covered raisin, and barbecue sauce scents. I think Iím getting some dry hops in the smell. The aroma is really quite good, as it is strong, evocative, and pleasant. Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of dark taupe head and spotty lacing. The appearance would have gotten a 4 instead of a 3 if the head didnít fade away so quickly and/or the lacing were more impressive. The taste begins tarry with a roasted bitterness reminiscent of coffee. As is usually the case with stouts, sweetness develops upon multiple sips, and the beer becomes chocolaty (rich, chocolate cake). Smoky, meaty, barbecue-esque finish. Loan, roasted coffee aftertaste. Medium body. Boozy. Fizzy and a bit oily. Overall, less substantial than Iíd expect for the style, but a slow-sipper nonetheless. Boulevard Dark Truth is a solid and enjoyable beer for sure.
Updated rating from 6-17-11: 11.2 oz. bottle, split between my dad and myself on 6-17-12. Excellent aroma features chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-covered raisins, light coffee, and caramel. Sharp and tart smell with noticeable alcohol. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a small amount of tan head. Lacing minor and unremarkable. Dark Truth tastes much like it smells, but with more coffee or even tar-like bitterness. Sweetness comes to dominate upon multiple sips. Fruity chocolate and caramel flavors. Lively, well-carbonated, smooth, and full-bodied in the palate. Boulevard Smokestack Dark Truth Stout is very good and memorable.